Thursday, March 2, 2017

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 11 Mar 2017, 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, 11 Mar 2017, Provo

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday, 11 Mar 2017, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  This is the regular 2nd- Saturday-of-the-month meeting.  The main presentation will be by David Ouimette on FROM ARCHIVAL PRIORITIES TO RECORD HINTS:  HOW FAMILYSEARCH PRODUCES BILLIONS OF SEARCHABLE RECORDS.  This presentation will show how FamilySearch prioritizes and digitizes the records in the archives of the world and in the Granite Mountain Records Vault for online publication. It will review content strategy, camera capture, waypointing, indexing, and search capabilities, with an update on digital capture throughout the world.  David Ouimette, CG, CGL, manages Content Strategy at FamilySearch, prioritizing records for digitization and publication.  He has conducted archival research in dozens of countries across all continents.  He lectures at national genealogical conferences and institutes, serves as a trustee of the Board of Certification of Genealogists, and authored Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide.  He has degrees in Mathematics from BYU and his webpage is .  After the main presentation he will also be giving a class on DNA.

The following classes are scheduled after the main presentation this month.  For last minute changes and additions see the UVTAGG website and blog.
(1)  David Ouimette,  DNA Evidence of Ancestral Origins
(2)  Laurie Castillo,  Jurisdiction = Where + When
(3)  Don Engstrom and John Blake, Ask An Expert (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of last month's main presentation, Stephen C. Young, The British 1881 Census Indexing Project:  A Window Into The Past
(5)  Gaylon Findlay, Ancestral Quest

This is the regular UVTAGG meeting and all meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The meetings have something for everyone, no matter what their level of family history expertise and this includes youth, those just getting interested in genealogy, seasoned genealogists, and temple and family history consultants.  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.  You can join or renew your membership at this meeting or on the website.  Information about the Group, meeting location, current and past presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  and the press release blog .  On the blog you can also subscribe to receive emails of the press releases when they are posted the week before the meetings.  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, Rick Wightman, and Brent Nelson, 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 or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of main presentations and classes.  Members receive the monthly printed newsletter TAGGology (and via email, if requested), and access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The dues for regular membership are $15 per year on a calendar year basis and $10 per year for email-only TAGGologies.  Gift memberships and DVDs make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and temple and family history consultants.  See more information 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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