Wednesday, September 3, 2014

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning 13 Sep 2014

Update: The meeting location has changed due to a funeral beheld at the Red Chapel. The new location is:

Edgewood/Riverside LDS Chapel, 3511 North 180 East, Provo, Utah. The chapel is in the Provo "River Bottoms" behind the Jamestown shopping plaza on the east side of University Avenue. You get to it by turning east from University Avenue at 3700 North ("Will's Pit Stop") and then south on 180 East. 


2014-09-03
Journalists and ward 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 13 Sep 2014

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 13 Sep 2014, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  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 a week before the meeting.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG is by Donald R. Snow and his daughter Linda Snow Westover on PRESENTING AND PRESERVING YOUR GENEALOGY:  YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, SO HOW DO YOU LEAVE IT?   This presentation will show how the topics of presenting and preserving your family history are related and doing one helps with the other.  Free computer programs to help with both of these will be discussed and these will include backing up and storing your data, collaborating with others, and having your data so you and others can see later what you have done.  They will also discuss scanning (digitizing) hard copy documents and naming the files so you can tell what's in them, find them easily, and have them form a timeline of a person's life.  The goal is to have your family history organized, presentable, and in a format that will last longer than you do.  The notes with active URL's for this class are posted at  http://uvtagg.org/classes/dons/dons-classes.html .   Don Snow is a Californian by birth, with Snow ancestors from Southern Utah.  After retiring from the BYU Math Faculty, he and his recently deceased wife Diane served four FH missions, including being Directors of the New York Family History Center in Manhattan, in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission on a FH project (http://earlylds.com), and in the London Family History Centre in the Hyde Park Chapel.  Don has been a VP of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group since the 1990's and is a frequent speaker at FH venues.  He has 6 children and 30 grandchildren.  Don's daughter, Linda Snow Westover, has been a family history enthusiast for the past 25 years.  She is a ward family history consultant, an associate director at the Lindon (Utah) Family History center, and her friends call her the ghost-whisperer.  She enjoys helping others and traveling to research her family.  Linda works in the Registrar’s Office at BYU and has 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled; check the meetings page at  http://uvtagg.org/  for last minute changes or additions.   (1)  How To Max a Website:  What Every Internet Researcher Needs to Know, by Laurie Castillo;  (2)  Q&A: Presenting and Preserving Your Genealogy, by Don Snow and Linda Westover;  (3)  Ask an Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom and Finn Hansen;  (4)  Video of last month's main presentation:  Discovering Stories on Google Books, by Jimmy Zimmerman;  (5)  Ancestral Quest, by Benjamin Findlay;  (6)  Sourcing in Legacy, by Dean Bennett; and  (7)  RootsMagic, by Liz Kennington. 

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 100 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays, most of whom are Family History Consultants. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Renee Zamora, Secretary; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson, Webmaster.  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 via email and purchase DVDs of the presentations and classes.  Gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Family History Consultants.  See more information about the presentations, classes, class notes, and 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  laurie@everythingisrelative.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

Friday, August 1, 2014

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning 09 Aug 2014

2014-08-01

Journalists and ward 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 Aug 2014

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 09 Aug 2014, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  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 a week before the meeting.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG is by Jimmy Zimmerman of FamilySearch on DISCOVERING STORIES ON GOOGLE BOOKS.  Google has scanned millions of books and made them searchable online through Google Books.  Jimmy will discuss tips for performing effective searches, obtaining transcriptions, clipping pages, finding books when the full version isn’t available, and sharing discovered stories and photos on FamilySearch.org.  He describes himself as an Apple fanatic who loves discovering stories about his ancestors.  At FamilySearch he works with partnering organizations to help people discover, record, and share their family history.  He is a web developer and project manager and has a Master's Degree in Information Systems Management from BYU.  You can learn more about him at his blog  http://jimmyzimmerman.com/ which he has been writing since about 2005.  Among other things that you can learn there is the fact that his NoteFuser program won the Grand Prize in the 2012 RootsTech Developer Challenge.


After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled; check the meetings page at  http://uvtagg.org/  for last minute changes or additions.   (1)   Q&A: Discovering Stories on Google Books, by Jimmy Zimmerman;  (2)  Using LDS Partner Web Sites:  My Heritage, by Sue Maxwell;  (3)  Online Cemetery Sites - More Than Just Tombstones, by Sharon Monson;  (4)  Online Newspapers: Tips and Comparisons of the 6 Largest Databases, by Marilyn Thomsen;  (5)  Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom & Finn Hansen;  (6)  Video of last month's main presentation Common Surnames - Finding Your Smith, by Juliana Zucs Smith;  (7)  Ancestral Quest, by Claire Brisson-Banks;  (8)  Getting Started with Legacy 8, by Brad Monson; and  (9)  RootsMagic, by Bruce Buzbee.


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 100 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays, most of whom are Family History Consultants. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Renee Zamora, Secretary; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson, Webmaster.  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 dues to belong so they can receive the monthly newsletter via email and purchase DVDs of the presentations and classes.  Gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Family History Consultants.  See more information about the presentations, classes, class notes, and 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  laurie@everythingisrelative.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 .

Thursday, July 3, 2014

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning 12 Jul 2014

2014-07-03
Journalists and ward 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 Jul 2014

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 12 Jul 2014, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  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 a week before the meeting.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG is by Juliana Szucs Smith on COMMON SURNAMES:  FINDING YOUR SMITH.  Whether your ancestor was a Smith, Jones, Brown, or Johnson, Juliana will share some tips for tracking them down on Ancestry.com and beyond.  Using charts, spreadsheets, and a little common sense, you’ll leave this presentation with some ideas for narrowing your search.  Juliana Szucs Smith has been working for Ancestry.com for more than 15 years.  She began her family history journey trolling through microfilms at the tender age of 11 with her mother.  She has written many articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the "Computers and Technology" chapter of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy.  Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.  There is more about her on the Ancestry blog at  http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/author/jsmith/ .

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled; check the meetings page at  http://uvtagg.org/  for last minute changes or additions.   (1)   Getting the Most From Your Discoveries, by Juliana Szucs Smith;  (2)  Using LDS Partner Web Sites:  Find My Past, by Sue Maxwell;  (3)   MAC: IProblems, IGetStarted, and IHelp, by Ron Snowden;  (4)  Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom & Finn Hansen;  (5)  Video from last month's main presentation, Are You Your Own Brick Wall?, by Beth Taylor;  (6)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay;  (7)  Legacy, by Marilyn Thomsen;  and  (8)  RootsMagic, by Bruce Buzbee. 

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 100 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays, most of whom are Family History Consultants. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Renee Zamora, Secretary; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson, Webmaster.  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 belong by paying the $10 per year dues to receive the monthly newsletter via email and purchase DVDs of the presentations and classes.  Gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Family History Consultants.  See more information about the presentations, classes, and class notes, or 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  laurie@everythingisrelative.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