Wednesday, September 28, 2011

[UVTAGG] Press Release for meeting on Saturday 8 Oct 2011

[UVTAGG] Press Release for meeting on Saturday 8 Oct 2011

28 Sep 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 Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 8 Oct 2011, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. Information about the Group, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website and the press releases are at . With the organization's name change the latter URL will also be changed eventually.

The main presentation for this meeting will be by Loretta Evans on DEAD MEN DO TELL TALES.   When someone dies, a number of records are created – obituaries, sexton records, death certificates, probates, funeral home documents, and even coroner’s reports.  These can be invaluable for family historians. Many original documents are available online and this presentation will illustrate finding and using them.  Loretta Evans, AG®, is a freelance writer and lecturer with over 35 years of genealogical experience.  Accredited in Midwestern research, she specializes in 19th and 20th century United States genealogy.  Loretta has lectured regularly at genealogical events, including the FGS Conference, BYU Computerized Genealogy Conference, and the BYU-Idaho Family History Conference.  She is the author of six family histories and numerous magazine articles.  She and her husband recently returned from serving as missionaries at the Family and Church History Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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)  Mormon Data, including the Nauvoo Databank, Don Snow;  (2)  Tips and Tricks for Using on MACs & PCs, Cathy Magleby;  (3)  Personalized Help, Don Engstrom & Finn Hansen;  (4)  llustrating Your Family History, Loretta Evans;  (5)  Video of last month's main presentation: The Power of DNA in Unlocking Family Relationships, Ugo A. Perego;  (6)  Ancestral Quest, Gaylon Findlay;  (7)  Legacy 7.5, Joel Graham; and  (8)  RootsMagic 4, Bruce Buzbee.

All meetings of the Group 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; Renee Zamora, Secretary; 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 answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter TAGGology, and check out DVDs of past presentations and classes to members of the group. Information about the 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 (UVTAGG)

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