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[UVTAGG] Meeting Saturday morning, 09 Sep 2017, Provo - Press Release

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] Meeting Saturday morning, 09 Sep 2017, Provo - Press Release

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - formerly UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 09 Sep 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 this time will be by Thomas W. Sedeberg on THE BYU FAMILY HISTORY TECHNOLOGY LAB.  This presentation will review briefly the history and mission of the BYU Family History Technology Lab , and then will describe some of the lesser-known features of FHTL software.  These include Relative Finder, Virtual Pedigree, Descendancy Explorer, OnePageGenealogy, Geneopardy, and Wheel of Family Fortune.  Dr. Sederberg retired in June 2017 as Professor of Computer Science at BYU and an Associate Dean of the BYU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.  A first-generation member of the LDS Church, he has actively traced his Swedish and Norwegian ancestors since his teen-age years.  In about 1997, he and his colleague, Bill Barrett, founded the Family History Technology Lab housed in the BYU Computer Science Department.  The FHTL has sponsored scores of Computer Science students to write software to further the work of family history.  Tom has Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from BYU and a PhD from Purdue University.  He has received several prestigious awards, including the BYU Distinguished Lecturer Award and a Thomas Reuters Award as one of the 108 most cited Professors in Computer Science.  More information about him is at  and .

The following classes are currently scheduled after the main presentation this month.  For last minute changes and additions see the UVTAGG website and blog.
(4)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(5)  Video of last month's main presentation:  Don Snow and Linda Snow Westover on DIGITIZING AND USING SOUND IN FAMILY HISTORY 

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.  The Group is experimenting with live-streaming of the meetings and a class using Facebook.  See the link on the webpage.  You can join or renew your membership at the meeting or on the website  where there is also information about the 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, Membership; Rayanne Melick, 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),


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