Saturday, April 2, 2016

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 09 Apr 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, 09 Apr 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, 09 Apr 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 Karen Clifford on TECHNOLOGY FOR LOCATING MISSING OR DESTROYED RECORDS.  Were you told that all the records in the courthouse were burned so you cannot go any further on your ancestor's line? Or have you searched many times at the local repositories only to discover that the records are missing for the years you need? This presentation will cover a handful of proven research techniques that may help you to overcome your destroyed or missing records.  Karen Clifford is an Accredited Genealogist Professional (AG), and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association (FUGA). She is President/CEO of Genealogy Research Associates, Inc. -- . She teaches family history classes at BYU, the Salt Lake Community College, and Monterey Peninsula College, as well as developing and teaching multiple online genealogy courses at colleges. She has authored several college textbooks on genealogy and credentialing in genealogy and numerous family histories. She serves as Co-Chair of the Testing Committee of the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (one of the two major credentialing bodies for genealogists in the United States see . She served 10 years on the board and as a Vice President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, was the founding President of the Monterey County (CA) Genealogy Society, and President of the Utah Genealogical Association. Karen was the Director of the Monterey California Family History Center for ten years and now lives in Provo where her husband, Ray Clifford, is an Associate Dean of the BYU College of Humanities. She is currently the Director of a 3-Stake FHC in Provo, Utah besides teaching Family History at BYU.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website for last minute changes and additions.
(2)  Ron Tanner, RootsTech Video: WHAT'S NEW IN FAMILY TREE FOR 2016
(3)  Don Engstrom and Don Reynolds, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Janet Hovorka, Video of last month's main presentation, 6 STEPS TO CHOREGRAPH YOUR RESEARCH ACROSS THE INTERNET
(5)  Bruce Buzbee, 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 80-90 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 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.  Have you renewed your membership? 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),