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[UVTAGG] Press release for meeting on Saturday 14 Jul 2012

[UVTAGG] Press release for meeting on Saturday 14 Jul 2012

05 Jul 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, 14 Jul 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 Jim Ericson, Senior Product Marketing Manager at FamilySearch International, on NEW FAMILYSEARCH, FAMILYSEARCH FAMILY TREE, AND WORKING THROUGH THE TRANSITION.   FamilySearch is changing the interface for viewing our family history data in their system.  The "old" interface was nicknamed "new FamilySearch" and the new interface is called "FamilySearch Family Tree".  This transition is taking place gradually.  Some important parts are already in operation and many UVTAGG members are using the new interface.  This presentation will discuss how the changeover is going, how to work with the changes, and what to expect in the coming months.  Jim Ericson, as a Senior Product Marketing Manager for FamilySearch, provides marketing guidance for and helps recruit volunteers for online community efforts, including FamilySearch indexing. He is also responsible for the editorial strategy of and helping with the rollout of new products. Jim has spent several years promoting various online genealogy services, including, OneGreatFamily and FamilyLink.  At the last UVTAGG meeting members where asked for questions and problems relating to new FamilySearch and their data and Jim Ericson and those accompanying him will answer those questions.  During the class period following the main presentation the FamilySearch Team has offered the Group the opportunity to “Ask an Admin.”  The Team regularly does this at Family History conferences.  They describe "Ask an Admin" sessions as follows:  Join one of FamilySearch’s experienced data analysts for an individualized, 20-minute consultation to address (and even fix where possible) 1 or 2 data issues, learn tips and tricks to optimize your new FamilySearch experience, and get answers to your questions.  (Please note:   Some data issues require additional research and/or investigation.  In those situations a Support case may be created and the data issue resolved at a later time).  At press release time we don't have the names of the full Admin Team, but there will be at least three, and the 20-minute appointments will begin at 10:40 and go to 1 PM, if required.  It might be helpful if you bring your database on a jump drive and have a list of the PID's (Personal Identifiers) and problems in your nFS data that you want to ask them about.  To sign up for an appointment contact Laurie Castillo by email at  or call her at 801-224-5327.  This will be a major opportunity to get our questions and problems with our nFS data resolved "on the spot".

After the main presentation the following classes are presently scheduled:   (1)  Ask an Admin-1;  (2)   Ask an Admin-2;  (3)  Ask an Admin-3;  (4)  Free Software to Organize Your Digital Photos, by Marlo Schuldt;  (5)  MAC: Family Tree Maker for the MAC and PC, by Tom Caswell;  (6)  DVD of last month's main presentation: Your Personal Genealogy Library: Family History Books Online, by Don and Diane Snow;  (7)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay;  (8)  Legacy, by Dean Bennett;  and  (9)  RootsMagic 5, by Renee Zamora.  As always, there will be something about family history and technology for everyone at any level of expertise.

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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