Wednesday, December 30, 2015

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 09 Jan 2016, Provo

2015-12-30

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, 09 Jan 2016, Provo

The next meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday, 09 Jan 2016, 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. Information about the Group, meeting location, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  http://uvtagg.org and the press releases are at  http://blog.uvtagg.org .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive the press releases via email when they are posted the week before the meetings.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG will be by Randy Wilson, FamilySearch Information Architect, on FAMILYSEARCH: WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU AND HOW CAN YOU HELP.  FamilySearch has been helping people do their family history since 1892. This presentation provides an overview and unique perspective of what family history work is and how FamilySearch is involved in various aspects of it.  We will discuss how FamilySearch discovers, acquires, preserves and scans original records; how these records are indexed by volunteers to make them available for searching, hinting, and linking into the Family Tree; and how the Family Tree helps everyone pick up where everyone else left off.  We will also take a look at preserving your photos and stories, the research Wiki, and how you can preserve and share your personal research in "Genealogies".  All along the way, we will be showing what FamilySearch provides to you, and show how you can most effectively participate to help yourself and others discover our families.  Randy Wilson is the Information Architect for FamilySearch, where he has worked since 2003.  He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brigham Young University, where he did research in machine learning and neural networks.  He was able to put this research to use in improving the matching algorithms used in possible duplicates and record hinting at FamilySearch.  In recent years, he has helped develop data models to allow the Family Tree to link to records in order to help family history work become more efficient and more solidly built on sources.  He lives in Riverton, Utah with his wife Linette and their five children.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website for last minute changes and additions.
(1)  Digitize Your Photos and Movies, by Randy Wilson
(2)  Keep Your PC Healthy, by Jerry Castillo
(3)  Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom and Don Reynolds            
(4)  Video of last November's main presentation: If Sherlock Holmes Were a Family Historian, by Barry Ewell
(5)  RootsMagic, by Renee Zamora
(6)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay

Notice that there is something for everyone, no matter what their level of family history expertise. This includes youth, those just getting interested in genealogy, long-time genealogists, and ward family history consultants.  All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not. The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually about 80 attending the monthly meetings, including many family history consultants.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Eileen Phelps, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter TAGGology, and check out and sell to members of the Group DVDs of past presentations and classes.  Many members don't live close enough to participate in the monthly meetings, but pay the $10 per year online dues to belong so they can receive the monthly newsletter TAGGology via email and purchase the inexpensive DVDs of the presentations and classes.  Gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and family history consultants.  Membership is on a calendar year basis so now is the time to renew your membership to continue receiving the benefits.  See more information about the presentations, classes, class notes, and how to join the Group on the websites above.  You can also 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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Friday, November 6, 2015

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 14 Nov 2015, Provo

2015-11-05

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 Nov 2015, Provo

The next meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday, 10 Oct 2015, 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. Information about the Group, meeting location, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website http://uvtagg.org   and the press releases are at  http://blog.uvtagg.org . On the blog you can subscribe to receive the press releases via email when they are posted the week before the meetings.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG will be by  Barry J. Ewell on IF SHERLOCK HOLMES WERE A FAMILY HISTORIAN.  Family history is a journey of discovery about finding answers to the questions one ponders at one time or another.  The steps of the journey are guided by the questions we ask. With each answer comes another question.  In time you begin to feel a sense of connection and bond that spans generations.  In this presentation we will discover 10 ways to supercharge your family history research.  In other words, how to become the Sherlock Holmes of Genealogists.  Barry J. Ewell is the founder of  MyGenShare.com -- http://mygenshare.com/ , a website for individuals interested in learning, sharing, and discovering family history.  He is a writer, presenter, researcher, and mentor of genealogists.  He has presented and shared his knowledge and experience at local, regional, and national conferences.  Research interests include Eastern U.S., United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Germany, and Russia.  In his professional career in advertising and public relations strategy for technology companies he has worked for companies like IBM, 3M, and Rational Software.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See our website for last minute changes and additions.
(1)  Use the US Census to Resolve Family History Research Problems, by Barry J. Ewell
(2)  Fast Accurate Research  - Affiliate and Other Genealogy Websites, by Van  Celaya
(3)  Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom & Don Reynolds
(4)  Video of last month's main presentation: Genealogy Wikis: A Users Guide, by  Kory Meyerink
(5)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay
(6)  RootsMagic, by Renee Zamora

Notice that there is something for everyone no matter what their level of family history expertise. This includes youth, those just getting interested in genealogy, long-time genealogists, and ward family history consultants.  All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not. The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually about 80 attending the monthly meetings, including many family history consultants.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter TAGGology, and check out and sell to members of the Group DVDs of past presentations and classes. Many members don't live close enough to participate in the monthly meetings, but pay the $10 per year online dues to belong so they can receive the monthly newsletter TAGGology via email and purchase the inexpensive DVDs of the presentations and classes. Christmas is coming and gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and family history consultants. Membership is on a calendar year basis, so if you join now, you will get the Nov and Dec TAGGologies, plus all of next year's.  See more information about the presentations, classes, class notes, and how to join the Group on the websites above. You can also 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 .

Note that due to the chapel being needed for the wards, we will have no meeting in Dec, so the next UVTAGG meeting after this one will be on Saturday, 9 Jan 2016.

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

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Friday, October 2, 2015

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 10 Oct 2015, Provo

2015-10-02

Journalists, 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, 10 Oct 2015, Provo

The next meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday, 10 Oct 2015, 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. Information about the Group, meeting location, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website http://uvtagg.org   and the press releases are at  http://blog.uvtagg.org . On the blog you can subscribe to receive the press releases via email when they are posted the week before the meetings.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG will be by Kory L. Meyrink on GENEALOGY WIKIS: A USER'S GUIDE.  Genealogists learn that researching one’s family history is a collaborative effort.  Other folks may have already found some branches of the family tree, while yet others may have the family Bible or other family documents.  And some relatives may live near the cemetery where ancestors are buried. Research is not a solo effort and seasoned genealogists share their tips, knowledge, and experience to help others learn about new sources and repositories. We all benefit when someone else posts information of value to our research. Wikis are one of the important, yet overlooked, ways to find such information.  Kory began his career in genealogy as a record searcher while attending Brigham Young University and has been involved in nearly all aspects of the field for over 30 years.  Kory served on the staff of the Family History Library as a reference consultant and later as the editor of the library’s publications.  He is a founding director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and has written extensively, including chapters in The Library, all editions of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, and numerous articles and book reviews for the Genealogical Journal, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Genealogical Computing, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and The Genealogist.  He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology, as well as his Masters of Library and Information Science, at Brigham Young University.  He is an Accredited Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association and has served as an officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  His areas of expertise are United States (Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and New England), and Germany.  His bio and contact information are at  https://www.apgen.org/directory/search_detail.html?mbr_id=2487 and  https://www.progenealogists.com/expert/kory-l-meyerink .

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See our website for last minute changes and additions.
(1)  Free State-Provided Sources:  Ready and Waiting Online, by Kory Meyerink
(2)  Fast Accurate Research:  Google, by Van Celaya
(3)  Ask An Expert (Personal Help, also Legacy questions), by Don Engstrom and Don Reynolds
(4)  Video of last month's main presentation: LDS Missionary Records, by Laurie Castillo
(5)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay
(6)  RootsMagic, by Bruce Buzbee

Notice that there is something for everyone no matter what their level of family history expertise. This includes youth, those just getting interested in genealogy, long-time genealogists, and ward family history consultants. All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not. The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually about 80 attending the monthly meetings, including many family history consultants.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter TAGGology, and check out and sell to members of the Group DVDs of past presentations and classes. Many members don't live close enough to participate in the monthly meetings, but pay the $10 per year online dues to belong so they can receive the monthly newsletter TAGGology via email and purchase the inexpensive DVDs of the presentations and classes. Gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and family history consultants. Membership is on a calendar year basis. See more information about the presentations, classes, class notes, and how to join the Group on the websites above. You can also 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