Thursday, August 3, 2017

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 12 Aug 2017, Provo

2017-08-03
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 Aug 2017, Provo

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - formerly UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 12 Aug 2017, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  This is the regular 2nd Saturday-of-the-month meeting.  The main presentation this time will be DIGITIZING AND USING SOUND IN FAMILY HISTORY by Don Snow and his daughter, Linda Westover.  Sound (and pictures) make family history come alive and most of us have some sound recordings about ourselves, our families, or our ancestors or descendants.  Those in analog format, i.e. tape or phonograph recordings, can be converted to digital format so they can be edited, copied, and preserved, and this presentation will show how to do that.  Types of digital audio files and how to record them with freeware programs will also be discussed.  Once files are in digital format, they can be edited, copied, and preserved.  Donald R. Snow is a Californian by birth, with Snow ancestors from Southern Utah.  He is a retired Professor of Mathematics from Brigham Young University and has lived in several foreign countries, both for mathematics and LDS Church assignments.  After retiring from the BYU Math Faculty, he and his now deceased wife Diane served four Family History missions for the LDS Church, 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 is on the Board of Directors of the Utah Genealogical Association whee he is the Host of the UGA Virtual Chapter meetings.  He has been a VP of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group since the early 1990's and is a frequent speaker at FH venues.  He also loves playing his accordion.  He has 6 children and 30 grandchildren.  Linda Snow Westover is Don's daughter and has been a family history enthusiast for the past 25 years.  She is a Temple and Family History Consultant and has been Associate Director of the Lindon (Utah) Shared-Stakes Family History Center.  Her friends call her the ghost-whisperer.  She enjoys helping others and traveling to research her family.  Linda recently retired from the Registrar’s Office at BYU and has 5 children and 6 grandchildren.  The notes for this class and related articles, all with active Internet links, are on Don's website  http://uvtagg.org/classes/dons/dons-classes.html .  The Group is experimenting with live streaming of the main presentations through Facebook.  To watch it online live go to the UVTAGG website  http://uvtagg.org  and click on the link to view the proceedings remotely.

The following classes are currently scheduled after the main presentation this month.  For last minute changes and additions see the UVTAGG website and blog.

(1)  Alan Mann, GETTING MORE FROM FAMILYSEARCH, ANCESTRY, FINDMYPAST, AND MYHERITAGE
(2)  Lorinda Mann, A JOURNAL OF DISCOVERY FINDING LOST CHILDREN 
(3)  Don Engstrom and Lee Cox, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of last month's main presentation:  Alan Mann on TIPS AND TRICKS FOR SEARCHING FAMILYSEARCH 
(5)  Gaylon Findlay, ANCESTRAL QUEST
(6)  Renee Zamora, ROOTSMAGIC AND ANCESTRY - WORKING TOGETHER NOW

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 temple and family history consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 60-70 people attending the monthly meetings, many of whom are temple and family history consultants.  You can join or renew your membership at this meeting or on the website  http://uvtagg.org  where there is also information about the Group, meeting location, current and past presentations, classes, and class notes.  On the press release blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org  is a place to subscribe to receive emails of the press releases when they are posted the week before the meetings.  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, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson, Rick Klemetson, Rick Wightman, and Brent Nelson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly TAGGology newsletter, and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past main presentations and classes.  Members receive the printed  TAGGology (and/or via email, if requested), and have access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The dues for regular membership are $15 per year on a calendar year basis and $10 per year to receive the TAGGologies via email only.  Gift memberships and DVDs make good presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and temple and family history consultants.  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, June 29, 2017

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 08 Jul 2017, Provo

2017-06-29
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, 08 Jul 2017, Provo

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday, 08 July 2017, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  This is the regular 2nd Saturday-of-the-month meeting.  The main presentation will be on TIPS AND TRICKS FOR SEARCHING FAMILYSEARCH by Alan E. Mann, AG®.  Alan will discuss using filters and search parameters to focus in on desired results in FamilySearch.  Alan Mann is an accredited genealogist in England and Australia and recently retired is a senior research consultant in the Family History Library for FamilySearch.  In the past, Alan has been a community manager for the FamilySearch Community Services team and the Information Services manager for the Family History Library.  He taught British Research for BYU (History 412, 413, and 481) and various computer courses for Salt Lake Community College.  Alan writes columns, reviews, and articles for several magazines, and presents around the country on the Internet and British research.  Alan was a director of the Utah Genealogical Association (2004-2009), was program chair for GenTech 2000 in San Diego, and was co-founder and co-chair of the BYU Annual Computerized Genealogy Conference (1998-2002, 2006-2010) that has now morphed into the annual RootsTech conference.  One of his websites is https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/User:MannAE .

The following classes are currently scheduled this month after the main presentation.
(1)  Alan Mann, Q&A on TIPS AND TRICKS FOR SEARCHING FAMILYSEARCH
(2)  Laurie Castillo on JURISDICTION = WHEN + WHERE
(3)  Spencer Fields on USING PHOTOSHOP IN YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
(4)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(5)  Video of last month's main presentation:  Ron Tanner on FAMILYSEARCH FUTURES 
  
For last minute changes and additions see the UVTAGG website and blog.

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 temple and family history consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 60-70 people attending the monthly meetings, many of whom are temple and family history consultants.  You can join or renew your membership at this meeting or on the website  http://uvtagg.org  where there is also information about the Group, meeting location, current and past presentations, classes, and class notes.  On the press release blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org  is a place to subscribe to receive emails of the press releases when they are posted the week before the meetings.  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, Rick Klemetson, Rick Wightman, and Brent Nelson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly TAGGology newsletter, and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past main presentations and classes.  Members receive the printed  TAGGology (and/or via email, if requested), and have access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The dues for regular membership are $15 per year on a calendar year basis and $10 per year to receive the TAGGologies via email only.  Gift memberships and DVDs make good presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and temple and family history consultants.  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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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 10 June 2017, Provo

2017-05-31
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, 10 June 2017, Provo

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday, 10 June 2017, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  This is the regular 2nd Saturday-of-the-month meeting.  The main presentation will be on FAMILY TREE FUTURES by Ron Tanner of FamilySearch.   This will be a review of the most recent changes and proposed features planned for FamilySearch Family Tree.  Come and participate in the directions that are taken and give feedback on what is proposed.  Afterwards, Bro. Tanner will discuss how to fix problems in Family Tree and answer your tough questions.  Ron Tanner is a Group Product Manager for the Family History Department of the LDS Church and leads a team with responsibilities for Family Tree, Search, Memories, Mobile, and other companion products.  He has a Master's Degree in Computer Science from BYU and has previously worked as a Product Manager and Software Engineer at Novell, Citrix, and Bell Laboratories.  Ron and his wife CheRee live in Provo, have four children, 2 son-in-laws, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren (all boys).  And one on the way!! 

The following classes are scheduled this month after the main presentation.  For last minute changes and additions see the UVTAGG website and blog.
(1)  Ron Tanner, Q&A on Family Tree
(2)  Don Engstrom and John Blake, Ask an Expert (Personal Help)
(3)  Video of last month's main presentation:  CLOTHES LINE APPROACH TO ANALYSIS by DearMYRTLE, nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson
(4)  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 everyone, no matter what their level of family history expertise and this includes youth, those just getting interested in genealogy, seasoned genealogists, and temple and family history consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 70-80 people attending the monthly meetings, many of whom are temple and family history consultants.  You can join or renew your membership at this meeting or on the website  http://uvtagg.org where there is also information about the Group, meeting location, current and past presentations, classes, and class notes.  On the press release blog   http://blog.uvtagg.org  is a place to  subscribe to receive emails of the press releases when they are posted the week before the meetings.  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, Rick Klemetson, Rick Wightman, and Brent Nelson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly TAGGology newsletter, and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past main presentations and classes.  Members receive the monthly printed  TAGGology (and/or via email, if requested), and have access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The dues for regular membership are $15 per year on a calendar year basis and $10 per year for email-only TAGGologies.  Gift memberships and DVDs make good presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and temple and family history consultants.  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 .

SPECIAL NOTE:  Saturday morning, 10 June 2017 is the Utah Valley Marathon which goes down University Avenue from Provo Canyon to the Provo Town Center Mall  and you will probably have to wait to cross University Avenue until the police let you when there is a break in the runners, so allow yourself extra time to get to the UVTAGG meeting.

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