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[UVTAGG] Press Release - UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 08 Apr 2017, Provo

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 08 Apr 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 - UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 08 Apr 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, 08 Apr 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 ROBERT RAYMOND on ROOTSTECH 2017 AND FAMILYSEARCH.  RootsTech was held 8-11 February 2017 in the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah.  FamilySearch employees presented many classes — far more than any one person could attend, but Robert gave it his best shot.  He will share with you many of the things that he heard, saw, and learned about FamilySearch products during the four whirlwind days that were RootsTech 2017.  His talk will have a handout with helpful links of related material.  Robert Raymond is a deputy to FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer, David Rencher.  He works to increase genealogical soundness of FamilySearch products and helps set record acquisition and publication strategy.  Robert (pseudonymically) writes a top ranked genealogy blog and is a genealogical technologist with more than 30 years experience in technology and genealogy.  He holds over a dozen technology patents and earned a Master's Degree in Electrical (Computer) Engineering from Brigham Young University where he was honored as a Kimball Scholar.  Robert has served as a director of the National Genealogical Society since 2012.   His Association of Professional Genealogists's webpage is  and his FamilySearch Wiki page is .  
The following classes are scheduled after the main presentation this month.  For last minute changes and additions see the UVTAGG website and blog.
(1)  Robert Raymond, Q&A about RootsTech 2017 and FamilySearch
(2)  Don Snow, Keeping Track of Your Own Life - Documents (Don will teach this class remotely via the Internet from St. George.)
(3)  Don Engstrom and John Blake, Ask An Expert (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of last month's main presentation, David Quimette, From Archival Priorities To Record Hints: How FamilySearch Produces Billions of Searchable Records
(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 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 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/or via email, if requested), and have 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 good presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, 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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