Saturday, October 29, 2011

[UVTAGG] Press Release for meeting on Saturday 12 Nov 2011

[UVTAGG] Press Release for meeting on Saturday 12 Nov 2011

29 Oct 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, 12 Nov 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 .

The main presentation for this meeting will be by Claire Brisson-Banks on THE PERFECT SOCIAL MEDIA: FAMILY HISTORY & GENEALOGY.  Claire will discuss how family history really helps you find and connect with your extended family.  She has created a nice approach to accomplishing this and the outline is linked on her website . Claire V. Brisson-Banks, BS, MLIS AG®, is a Rhode Island native, 2010 graduate of San Jose State University, accredited in English Research, lecturer and writer. She is the author of "The Social Media Guide for Ancestral Research: Using Web 2.0 Strategies".  Her areas of expertise are Technological Advances in Family History and Genealogy, US, England, Canada, Brick Wall Solutions and Involving Youth in Family History and Genealogy. Past Rhode Island Family History Director for 17 years and has researched and lectured onsite in the US and UK. A British Research Consultant and Technology Specialist at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, she also maintains their Facebook presence. She has her own business Timeless Genealogies, does private research and sells personal history books and CD's at She writes for UGA's Crossroads publication, ICAPGENs' Newsletter and is published in a long list of publications. She is currently an ICAPGen Board member, a member of APG®, and many other genealogical societies.  When not doing Family History, she loves spending time with her family, reading and writing or enjoying a good movie.  She lives in South Jordan.

 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)  Fold3 - Access to Government Records, by Marilyn Thomsen;  (2)  MAC: OSX-7 (Lion), Using iPhoto, and Reunion Q&A, by Ron Snowden;  (3)  Keeping Your PC Healthy, by Jerry Castillo;  (4)  Personalized Help, by Don Engstrom & Finn Hansen;  (5)  Using Technology to Involve Youth in Family History, by Claire Brisson-Banks;  (6)  Video from last month's main presentation: Dead Men Do Tell Tales, by Loretta Evans;  (7)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay;  (8)  Legacy 7.5, by Joel Graham; and  (9)  RootsMagic 4, by Sue Maxwell.

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

A reminder:  the Group does NOT meet in December since the building is needed for other purposes.

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 -