Thursday, April 2, 2015

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning 11 Apr 2015

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning 11 Apr 2015

Journalists, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events.  For a shorter version please show the main speaker and topic, give the UVTAGG websites, and say there are classes at all levels of genealogy.  Most wards won't have a ward bulletin this week due to General Conference.  If you need further information, please email me. Thanks. 
Don Snow -- 

[UVTAGG] Press Release for meeting Saturday morning 11 Apr 2015

The next meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 11 Apr 2015, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.   This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting.  Information about the Group, meeting location, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  and the press releases are at .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive the press releases via email when they are posted a week before the meetings.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG will be by Stephen Ehat on WHAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE NOTICED ABOUT U.S. FEDERAL AND STATE CENSUS RECORDS:  LOOK AGAIN!  Sharpen your skills in gleaning information from census reports. There is a lot more there than you realize at first.  Next-door neighbors 40 pages apart from one another?  Members of the same household 37 pages apart from one another?  Persons physically present in one state enumerated in another state a thousand miles away on the day the census taker comes by?  Neighbors giving the wrong information about a family?  The importance of addresses in census analysis.  Use of city directories as census indexes when online indexes fail to reveal where your target is located.  What did the census taker really ask?  Is there such a thing as a misspelling?  Learn to understand censuses.  Look at them again, even if you have found your people in them.  You'll probably be amazed.  Stephen Ehat was born in San Francisco in 1951 and has performed family history research since 1967.  He has over forty years of experience in German, Irish, Italian, French, Swedish, and American genealogical records of all kinds.  He is a California attorney who lives with his wife, Jeanine, in Lindon, Utah, and they have five sons and nineteen grandchildren.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled; check the meetings page at  for last minute changes or additions.   (1)  Have You Checked the Legal Resources?, by Stephen Ehat;  (2)  "Grandpa Did What?" How to Write a Family History the Youth Will Want to Read, by Heather Pack;  (3)  Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom & Finn Hansen;  (4)  Video of last month's main presentation:  The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn, by Devin Ashby;  (5)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay;  (6)  Legacy, by Marilyn Thomsen; and  (7)  RootsMagic, by Sue Maxwell.                   

As you can see, there is something for everyone no matter what their level of family history expertise.  This includes youth, those just getting interested in genealogy, long-time genealogists, and Ward Family History Consultants.  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 about 100 attending the monthly meetings, most of whom are Family History Consultants. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson, Webmaster.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter TAGGology, and check out and sell to members of the Group DVDs of past presentations and classes.  Many members don't live close enough to participate in the monthly meetings, but pay the $10 per year online dues to belong so they can receive the monthly newsletter via email and purchase the inexpensive DVDs of the presentations and classes.  Gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Family History Consultants, and membership is on a calendar year basis.  See more information about the presentations, classes, class notes, and how to join the Group on the websites above.  You can also 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), 

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