Thursday, August 4, 2016

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 13 Aug 2016, Provo


Journalists and newsletter editors, 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 UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 13 Aug 2016, Provo

The next meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday,13 Aug 2016, 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 release blog is at .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive emails of the press releases when they are posted the week before the meetings.

The main presentation at this month's UVTAGG meeting will be by Dallan Quass on ROOTSCITY: A BETTER WAY TO BUILD YOUR FAMILY TREE ONLINE.  With RootsCity you control who can read and edit your tree. You can get hints from multiple record providers (FamilySearch, FindMyPast, and others). You can compare your tree with other trees and see at a glance which trees agree or disagree with yours and how highly the trees are rated. RootsCity is source-centric, meaning that sources are easy to add and strongly encouraged. It has a fresh user interface (UI) that appeals to both genealogists and non-genealogists, making it easy to share what you know with others. RootsCity is currently in limited beta. The talk will include a key for free access to the beta.  Dallan Quass creates family history websites. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University and B.S. and M.S. degrees from BYU. Dallan has served as CTO of FamilySearch and a co-founder of WhizBang! Labs, (acquired by, and Junglee (acquired by He is the developer of, one of the first genealogy wikis,, like google books but for genealogy, and the upcoming
After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog for last minute changes and additions.
(1)  Dallan Quass, - Google Books for Genealogy
(2)  Marilyn Thomsen, Finding Civil War Ancestors
(3)  Don Engstrom and John Blake, Ask An Expert (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of last month's main presentation by Gurchuran Gill, Seek and Find: Extraction of Pedigrees from Revenue Records
(5)  Renee Zamora, RootsMagic
(6)  Gaylon Findlay, Ancestral Quest

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 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 70-80 people attending the monthly meetings, many of whom are family history consultants.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Eileen Phelps, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson, Rick Klemetson, and Rick Wightman, Webmasters.  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.  Membership includes many benefits such as being able to purchase the inexpensive presentation and class DVDs, receiving the monthly newsletter TAGGology (via email, if requested), and access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The online dues are only $10 per year and gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and family history consultants.  Membership is on a calendar year basis.  See more information about presentations, classes, class notes, and joining 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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