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[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 10 June 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, 10 June 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, 10 June 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 on FAMILY TREE FUTURES by Ron Tanner of FamilySearch.   This will be a review of the most recent changes and proposed features planned for FamilySearch Family Tree.  Come and participate in the directions that are taken and give feedback on what is proposed.  Afterwards, Bro. Tanner will discuss how to fix problems in Family Tree and answer your tough questions.  Ron Tanner is a Group Product Manager for the Family History Department of the LDS Church and leads a team with responsibilities for Family Tree, Search, Memories, Mobile, and other companion products.  He has a Master's Degree in Computer Science from BYU and has previously worked as a Product Manager and Software Engineer at Novell, Citrix, and Bell Laboratories.  Ron and his wife CheRee live in Provo, have four children, 2 son-in-laws, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren (all boys).  And one on the way!! 

The following classes are scheduled this month after the main presentation.  For last minute changes and additions see the UVTAGG website and blog.
(1)  Ron Tanner, Q&A on Family Tree
(2)  Don Engstrom and John Blake, Ask an Expert (Personal Help)
(3)  Video of last month's main presentation:  CLOTHES LINE APPROACH TO ANALYSIS by DearMYRTLE, nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson
(4)  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 temple and family history consultants.  You can join or renew your membership at this meeting or on the website where there is also information about the Group, meeting location, current and past presentations, classes, and class notes.  On the press release blog  is a place to  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 TAGGology newsletter, and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past main presentations and classes.  Members receive the monthly printed  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 temple and family history consultants.  You can also contact President Gerhard Ruf at  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at , or 2nd VP Don Snow at .

SPECIAL NOTE:  Saturday morning, 10 June 2017 is the Utah Valley Marathon which goes down University Avenue from Provo Canyon to the Provo Town Center Mall  and you will probably have to wait to cross University Avenue until the police let you when there is a break in the runners, so allow yourself extra time to get to the UVTAGG meeting.

Don Snow, 2nd VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG),

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