Friday, March 4, 2016

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 12 Mar 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, 12 Mar 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, 12 Mar 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 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.

The main presentation at this month's UVTAGG meeting will be by JANET HOVORKA on SIX STEPS TO CHOREGRAPH YOUR RESEARCH ACROSS THE INTERNET.  You will learn how to correlate  your research between the big family history sites and distinguish the difference between navigating your cousin's conclusion trees and actual sources about your family history.  You will discover how to use tabs and timelines to systematically place your results on solid, well-analyzed research.  You can become an expert researcher and quickly document your family's history online with six simple tips for working with multiple family history websites.  Learn how to stay focused and in control of your family history searches.  And understand how to record the results so that you don't get tripped up as you move along your family tree.  Janet Hovorka received a B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern History and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from BYU.  She has held various teaching and library positions at BYU and Salt Lake Community College.  She and her husband Kim Hovorka own Family Chartmasters (, an online genealogy chart printing service that was the first company to be FamilySearch Certified. Janet is passionate about the nutrition family history brings to the souls of all family members and how it creates stronger relationships in the family today. Janet writes the Chart Chick and the Zap The Grandma Gap blogs, has written for numerous genealogy publications, and enjoys speaking about genealogy nationally and internationally. She is past President of the Utah Genealogical Association and has helped thousands of people all over the country understand family history better.  Janet loves traveling to genealogy conferences and working with genealogists -- the greatest group of people in the world.  Her website is .

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website for last minute changes and additions.
(1)  Grandma's Bullet-Proof Vest: Why Your Children Need You To Do Family History, by Janet Hovorka
(2)  Using DAR Research to Strengthen and Extend Your Pedigree, by Marilyn Thomsen
(3)  Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom and Don Reynolds (For added help ways are be considered for you to send in detailed questions before the meeting.)
(4)  Video of last month's main presentation:  Helping Others Love Family History, by Mike Sandberg 
(5)  RootsMagic, by Diana Olsen
(6)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay

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 80-90 people attending the monthly meetings, including many 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 and Rick Klemetson, 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.  Memberships include many benefits such as being able to purchase the inexpensive presentation and class DVD's, 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 so now is the time to renew your membership to continue receiving the benefits.  See more information about the 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),