Thursday, June 4, 2015


[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 13 Jun 2015, Provo

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.  If you need further information, please email me. Thanks. 
Don Snow --  

[UVTAGG] Press Release for meeting Saturday morning, 13 Jun 2015, Provo

The next meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 13 June 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 the week before the meetings.

This month on Saturday morning 13 June will be the Provo Marathon down University Avenue so there will be delayed crossing of University Avenue.  The police at each intersection will probably let you cross University Avenue when there is a break in runners, but you might have to wait several minutes.  Or you can go down to 3rd South in Provo and get around the block offs.  

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG will be by Amy Archibald on FINDING THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD:  USING THE INTERNET TO FIND YOUR LIVING COUSINS.  The missing link in your family history may be one phone call or email away.  She will explore clues available in family trees, obituaries, online tools, and the resources available to identify your cousin's contact information.  Come and discover your living cousins online.  Amy Archibald is a family historian and reunion organizer with a passion for teaching others.  She has spent 30 years researching her own family and 20 years teaching others.  She lives in Clearfield, Utah with her husband and two children and blogs on family history topics at  .  Amy's earlier version of this topic was streamed live at RootsTech 2015, was very well-received, and is still available to watch online.  Go to  > About > Video Archive. 

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See our website for last minute changes.
(1)   Q&A: Using the Internet to Find Your Living Cousins, by Amy Archibald
(2)   Using DNA in Family History, by Rick Klemetson
(3)   WHAT! My Temple Reservations Have Disappeared?, by Marilyn Thomsen
(4)   Video of last month's main presentation:  Robert Raymond discussing A Genealogically Correct FamilySearch Family Tree
(5)   Ask An Expert (Personal Help), Don Engstrom and Finn Hansen
(6)   RootsMagic, by Renee Zamora 
(The Ancestral Quest classes will start again in July.)    

Notice that 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 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),