Friday, July 6, 2018

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 14 Jul 2018, Provo, Utah and online

2018-07-06
Journalists and newsletter editors, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events.  For a shorter version please show the main speaker and topic, give the UVTAGG websites, and say there are classes at all levels of genealogy.  If you need further information, please email me.  Thanks.
Don Snow -- snowd@math.byu.edu

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 14 Jul 2018, Provo, Utah and online

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 14 Jul 2018 from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red" Chapel, 4050 North Timpview Dr., Provo, Utah 84604.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting and the main speaker will be James L. Tanner on WHAT AND WHERE ARE THE RECORDS ON FAMILYSEARCH?  This will be a discussion of the historical records on FamilySearch, how they get there, and how to find them.  James and his wife, Ann, are on Family History missions for the LDS Church in Annapolis, Maryland, so James will be doing this presentation from there.  He has a J.D. Degree from Arizona State University, spent 2 years as an Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Army, and 39 years as an Arizona trial attorney.  He has been interested in doing and teaching family history research for more than 36 years and is an avid blogger of Genealogy’s Star , Rejoice, and be exceeding glad , Walking Arizona , and  360 Cities .  Additional family history related experiences are: 10 years as a missionary at the Mesa, Arizona FamilySearch Library; three years at the BYU Family History Library and making several genealogy videos on for their YouTube Channel; Chairman of the Board of The Family History Guide Association; three years as an Area Temple and Family History Consultant for the LDS Church; member of the Board of Directors of Family History Expos; member of the Board of Directors of the UGA (Utah Genealogical Association); author and co-author of over 25 books on genealogical research; and presenter at Expos and Conferences around the U.S. and Canada.  He previously owned a retail computer business and an Apple Macintosh software company and is a professional photographer.   He and his wife, Ann, have 7 children and 34 grandchildren, and the Tanners are currently on a one-year full-time FamilySearch mission as Document Preservation Specialists at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, Maryland.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog (URLs below) for last minute changes.

(1)  James L. Tanner, Q&A SESSION
(2)  Marie Andersen, FACEBOOK AND MEDIA FOR FAMILY HISTORY
(3)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of the June main presentation, Claire V. Brisson-Banks, MLIS, AG, on ATTACKING BRICK WALLS
(5)  Gaylon Findlay, ANCESTRAL QUEST

All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The meetings have something for all levels of family history expertise including youth, those just getting started, seasoned genealogists, and LDS Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 30-40 people attending the monthly meetings in person and more attending via the Internet.  To watch the meeting on the Internet go to the website  http://uvtagg.org  at 9 am the morning of the meeting and click on the link to join with your Facebook account.  To watch the class at about 10:35 am, repeat this process.  The live presentation and class are open to the public and anyone can sign up to receive emails of the press releases on the blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org .  The Group is experimenting with a new program of teaching family history classes online during the week that will be open to everyone.  The times and topics and how to register to attend these classes online will be announced at this meeting with information also on the website.

Benefits of membership ($15/year) include being able to watch the more than 400 past presentations and classes on the website, receiving the monthly newsletter TAGGology via email, and having access to many genealogy resources through UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Eileen Phelps, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom, Membership; Rayanne Melick, Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, Video Library; and Rick Wightman, Chris Stevenson, Brent Nelson, and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to help with membership and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past main presentations and classes.  Gift memberships and DVDs make good presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Temple and Family History Consultants.  Volunteers who help with the organization get reduced rates for membership.  For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at gengal@comcast.net , or 2nd VP Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu .

Don Snow, 2nd VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG), snowd@math.byu.edu
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

[UVTAGG] UPDATED Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 09 Jun 2018, Provo, Utah and online



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2018-06-01
Journalists and newsletter editors, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events.  For a shorter version please show the main speaker and topic, give the UVTAGG websites, and say there are classes at all levels of genealogy.  If you need further information, please email me.  Thanks.
Don Snow -- snowd@math.byu.edu

[UVTAGG] UPDATED Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 09 Jun 2018, Provo, Utah and online

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 09 Jun 2018, from 9 am to noon in the LDS RIVERSIDE/EDGEWOOD Chapel (NOTE THE CHANGE OF LOCATION due to a funeral), 3511 North 180 East, Provo, Utah 84604.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting. The main presentation this month will be by Claire V. Brisson-Banks, MLIS, AG, on ATTACKING BRICK WALLS.  Ms Brisson-Banks is an Accredited Genealogist and CEO of Timeless Genealogies and will be speaking to us from her home in Independence, Missouri.  Everyone encounters problems of going beyond certain points on some of their ancestral lines and these have come to called "brick walls".  This presentation will show us some ideas of how to attack these problems and what can be done to get through them.  Born in Rhode Island, Claire has lived in a variety of locations throughout the world with Missouri currently being her home. After raising a large family, she returned to education and completed her BS, MLIS and two AGs to further her career as an academic educator and an in depth genealogical researcher. Besides running Timeless Genealogies, she is a Professor for the Family History program at BYU-Idaho and provides technical support for the award winning family tree software, Ancestral Quest. She lectures at various conferences throughout the world and has done webinars and hang-outs that are available online. She devotes much of her time in a multiplicity of avenues in genealogy, family history, forensics, librarianship, and education, while staying on top of the latest advances in each field.  Her Timeless Genealogies page is  https://www.timelessgen.com/Resources.html  and her ICAPGen page is  https://www.apgen.org/directory/search_detail.html?mbr_id=2740 .

NOTE:  Because of the Utah Valley Marathon race that Saturday morning if you have to cross University Avenue to get to the LDS "Red" Chapel in Provo, you may have to wait to cross University Avenue or else go all the way down to 3rd South in Provo to get around.

After the main presentation the following classes are currently scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog (URLs below) for last minute changes.

(1)  Claire V. Brisson-Banks, SHORT Q&A SESSION
(2)  Bud Wood, How Do I Organize Information On My Computer So I Don't Lose It?
(3)  Don Engstrom and John Blake, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of the May main presentation, George D. Hickman on INTERNET PRIVACY, PASSWORDS, AND AVOIDING ONLINE PROBLEMS
(5)  Gaylon Findlay, ANCESTRAL QUEST

All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The meetings have something for all levels of family history expertise including youth, those just getting started in genealogy, seasoned genealogists, and LDS Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 40-50 people attending the monthly meetings in person and more attending via the Internet.  Many are LDS Temple and Family History Consultants.  To watch the meeting on the Internet go to the website  http://uvtagg.org  on Saturday morning, 09 Jun 2018, at 9 am MDT, and click the link to join with your Facebook account.  To watch the class at about 10:35 am, repeat this process.  The live presentation and class are open to the public and anyone can sign up to receive emails of the the press releases on the blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org .  Members of the Group ($15/year) can also watch the more than 400 past presentations and classes on the website.  Members also receive the monthly newsletter TAGGology via email and have access to many genealogy resources through UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Eileen Phelps, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom, Membership; Rayanne Melick, Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, Video Library; and Rick Wightman, Chris Stevenson, Brent Nelson, and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past main presentations and classes.  Gift memberships and DVDs make good presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Temple and Family History Consultants.  Volunteers who help with the organization get membership at reduced rates.  For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at gengal@comcast.net , or 2nd VP Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu .

Don Snow, 2nd VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG), snowd@math.byu.edu
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Thursday, May 3, 2018

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 12 May 2018, Provo, Utah

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2018-05-03
Journalists and newsletter editors, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events.  For a shorter version please show the main speaker and topic, give the UVTAGG websites, and say there are classes at all levels of genealogy.  If you need further information, please email me.  Thanks.
Don Snow -- snowd@math.byu.edu

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 12 May 2018, Provo, Utah 

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 12 May 2018, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of this Group which has been meeting in Provo for the past 27 years.  The main presentation this month will be by George D. Hickman on INTERNET PRIVACY, PASSWORDS, AND AVOIDING ONLINE PROBLEMS.  The daily news is constantly bringing us information about identity theft and personal information being stolen from both individuals and companies.  It would be nice if we could all just use our computers and the Internet without having to worry about such things, but we can't.  This presentation will give us some ways to avoid problems and minimize our online risks.  George D. Hickman is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Technology at Utah Valley University and has degrees from BYU and San Diego State University.  He has nearly completed his PhD at Indiana State University and will receive that soon.  He has taught at UVU since 1996 with specializations in Computer Forensics, Information Security, and Mac OS X / Mac Server.  He is the coordinator for the Digital and Computer Forensics emphasis in the IT Degree at Utah Valley University and is also the Internship Coordinator for internships in the IS&T Department.  More information about him is on his UVU webpage  https://www.uvu.edu/profpages/profiles/show/user_id/2038

After the main presentation the following classes are currently scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog (URLs below) for last minute changes.

(1)  George D. Hickman, Q&A About INTERNET PRIVACY, PASSWORDS, AND AVOIDING ONLINE PROBLEMS
(2)  BYU Video by James Tanner with Updates by Rayanne Melick, UPDATE ON USING MY HERITAGE
(3)  Don Engstrom and John Blake, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of the April main presentation, Laurie Castillo, FINDING MORE RECORDS BY PUTTING YOUR ANCESTOR'S LIFE IN CONTEXT
(5)  Gaylon Findlay, ANCESTRAL QUEST

This is the regular UVTAGG meeting and all meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The meetings have something for all levels of family history expertise and this includes youth, those just getting interested in genealogy, seasoned genealogists, and LDS Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 40-50 people attending the monthly meetings in person and more attending via the Internet.  Many are LDS Temple and Family History Consultants.  To watch the live presentation and a class online go to the website  http://uvtagg.org  on Saturday morning, 17 May 2018, at 9 am MDT, and click the link and join with your Facebook account.  Repeat this process to watch the class at about 10:35 am.  Anyone can watch the live presentation and the class and can also subscribe to receive emails about the press releases by signing up on the press release blog,  http://blog.uvtagg.org .  If you are a member of the Group, you can log into your account on the website and watch any of the more than 400 past main presentations and classes.  Membership is $15/year and you can join online or at the meeting.  Members also receive the monthly newsletter TAGGology via email and have access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Eileen Phelps, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom, Membership; Rayanne Melick, Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, Video Library; and Rick Wightman, Chris Stevenson, Brent Nelson, and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past main presentations and classes.  Gift memberships and DVDs make good presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Temple and Family History Consultants.  Volunteers who help with the organization get membership at reduced rates.  For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at gengal@comcast.net , or 2nd VP Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu

Don Snow, 2nd VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG), snowd@math.byu.edu
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