Thursday, May 31, 2012

[UVTAGG] Press release for meeting on Saturday 09 Jun 2012

[UVTAGG] Press release for meeting on Saturday 09 Jun 2012

31 May 2012
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, 09 Jun 2012, 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 this month will be by Don and Diane Snow on YOUR PERSONAL GENEALOGY LIBRARY:  FAMILY HISTORY BOOKS ONLINE.  The Snows will show information about family history books online, how to find them, what formats they are in, and how to use them.  They will show various organizations that are scanning and posting FH books such as the Family History Library, Google, Internet Archive, and others.  There are already thousands of FH books online and most are free to download.  Donald R. and Diane M. Snow are both Californians with Utah roots; Don's ancestors are the Snows from Southern Utah and Diane's are the Manwarings from Northern Utah.  They are both retired from BYU where Don taught Mathematics and Diane taught Humanities.  Since retiring from BYU, they have been on four Family History missions for the LDS Church.  One of these was as the Directors of the New York Family History Center in Manhattan and another was serving in the London Family History Center in the Hyde Park Chapel.  They have been involved with family history for many years and Don has been a Vice President of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group since the 1990's.  They are frequent speakers at genealogy and family history conferences and the details of their talks and schedules are at . They have 6 children, 30 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren and are snowbirds spending half the year in Provo and half in St. George.

Following the main presentation will be the class period and, as always, there will be something about family history and technology for everyone at any level of expertise.  The teachers and classes presently scheduled for this meeting are:  (1)  FamilySearch Family Tree, by Merlin Kitchen;  (2)   Q&A, by Don and Diane Snow;  (3)  Video of a past presentation or class - Your Choice;  (4)  Personal Help, by Don Engstrom & Finn Hansen;  (5)  MAC Projects Discussed and Reviewed, by Ron Snowden;  (6)  RootsMagic, by Sue Maxwell;  (7)  Legacy, by Dean Bennett; and  (8)  Ancestral Quest (teacher to be announced).
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 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, Don Engstrom, and Rayanne Melick 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 -

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