Thursday, June 29, 2017

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 08 Jul 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, 08 Jul 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 July 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 TIPS AND TRICKS FOR SEARCHING FAMILYSEARCH by Alan E. Mann, AG®.  Alan will discuss using filters and search parameters to focus in on desired results in FamilySearch.  Alan Mann is an accredited genealogist in England and Australia and recently retired is a senior research consultant in the Family History Library for FamilySearch.  In the past, Alan has been a community manager for the FamilySearch Community Services team and the Information Services manager for the Family History Library.  He taught British Research for BYU (History 412, 413, and 481) and various computer courses for Salt Lake Community College.  Alan writes columns, reviews, and articles for several magazines, and presents around the country on the Internet and British research.  Alan was a director of the Utah Genealogical Association (2004-2009), was program chair for GenTech 2000 in San Diego, and was co-founder and co-chair of the BYU Annual Computerized Genealogy Conference (1998-2002, 2006-2010) that has now morphed into the annual RootsTech conference.  One of his websites is .

The following classes are currently scheduled this month after the main presentation.
(2)  Laurie Castillo on JURISDICTION = WHEN + WHERE
(4)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(5)  Video of last month's main presentation:  Ron Tanner on FAMILYSEARCH FUTURES 
For last minute changes and additions see the UVTAGG website and blog.

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 all levels 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 60-70 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 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 to receive the TAGGologies via email only.  Gift memberships and DVDs make good presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and temple and family history consultants.  For further information 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),