Thursday, May 5, 2011

[UVTAGG] Press Release for meeting on Saturday 14 May 2011

5 May 2011
Journalists, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events. Ward newsletter editors, please include parts of the first two paragraphs, and mention that there are classes for everyone. Email me, if you need further information. Thanks.
Don Snow

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley echnology and Genealogy Group (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday, 14 May 2011, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. Information about the Users Group, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on the Group website and the press releases are at .  With the change in name of the organization these URL's will also be changed later.

The main presentation for this meeting will be by Suzanne H. Curley on RESOURCES AVAILABLE AT THE RIVERTON FAMILYSEARCH LIBRARY.  Whether you are new to family history research or a seasoned genealogist, the new state-of-the-art Riverton FamilySearch Library near Bangerter Highway and 134th South, Riverton, Utah, offers you a wide range of genealogical tools.  Their website is .  This presentation will discuss their facilities, popular free monthly seminars, patron classes, access to subscription websites, help from expert research consultants, how to make group bookings, and more.  Suzanne H. Curley is the Director of the Riverton FamilySearch Library and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Utah Genealogical Association.  She is also a licensed attorney and member of the Utah State Bar.  She received her B.A. in Communications from Rider University (in New Jersey) and her J.D. from Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School.  Prior to law school she worked for 10 years as a print journalist, professional writer, and manager of marketing communications for a national company.  She has been involved in family history work for the past thirty years and is a frequent presenter on a wide range of family history topics.

Following the main presentation there will be several classes about family history and technology with something for everyone at any level of expertise. The teachers and classes presently scheduled for this meeting are as follows:  (1)  Tips to Avoid Barking Up the Wrong  Family Tree, by Bret Petersen;  (2)  An Introduction to the US Census, by Jerry Castillo;  (3)  MAC: Using Keynote and Reunion Help Topics, by Ron Snowden;  (4)  Personalized Help, by Finn Hansen & Don Engstrom;  (5)  Q&A: The Riverton FamilySearch Library, by Suzanne Curley;  (6)  Video of last month's main presentation: Eating an Elephant One Bite at a Time, by Marilyn Thomsen;  (7)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay;  (8)  Legacy, by Dean Bennett; and  (9)  RootsMagic, by Sue Maxwell. 

All meetings 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 100-125 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Kay Baker, Gerry Eliason, and Don Engstrom working with finances and membership; and Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, working with the DVD Library.  Several of these will be there to help with membership, answer questions, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter, and check out DVDs of past presentations and classes to members of the group.  Information about the Users Group, presentations, classes, and class notes can be found at the websites mentioned above.  For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at (801-225-6106) or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at or 2nd VP Don Snow at

Don Snow, 2nd VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group

Dr. Donald R. Snow, Retired Professor of Mathematics, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah -

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