Thursday, August 3, 2017

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 12 Aug 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, 12 Aug 2017, Provo

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - formerly UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 12 Aug 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 DIGITIZING AND USING SOUND IN FAMILY HISTORY by Don Snow and his daughter, Linda Westover.  Sound (and pictures) make family history come alive and most of us have some sound recordings about ourselves, our families, or our ancestors or descendants.  Those in analog format, i.e. tape or phonograph recordings, can be converted to digital format so they can be edited, copied, and preserved, and this presentation will show how to do that.  Types of digital audio files and how to record them with freeware programs will also be discussed.  Once files are in digital format, they can be edited, copied, and preserved.  Donald R. Snow is a Californian by birth, with Snow ancestors from Southern Utah.  He is a retired Professor of Mathematics from Brigham Young University and has lived in several foreign countries, both for mathematics and LDS Church assignments.  After retiring from the BYU Math Faculty, he and his now deceased wife Diane served four Family History missions for the LDS Church, including being Directors of the New York Family History Center in Manhattan, in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission on a FH project ( ), and in the London Family History Centre in the Hyde Park Chapel.  Don is on the Board of Directors of the Utah Genealogical Association whee he is the Host of the UGA Virtual Chapter meetings.  He has been a VP of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group since the early 1990's and is a frequent speaker at FH venues.  He also loves playing his accordion.  He has 6 children and 30 grandchildren.  Linda Snow Westover is Don's daughter and has been a family history enthusiast for the past 25 years.  She is a Temple and Family History Consultant and has been Associate Director of the Lindon (Utah) Shared-Stakes Family History Center.  Her friends call her the ghost-whisperer.  She enjoys helping others and traveling to research her family.  Linda recently retired from the Registrar’s Office at BYU and has 5 children and 6 grandchildren.  The notes for this class and related articles, all with active Internet links, are on Don's website .  The Group is experimenting with live streaming of the main presentations through Facebook.  To watch it online live go to the UVTAGG website  and click on the link to view the proceedings remotely.

The following classes are currently scheduled after the main presentation this month.  For last minute changes and additions see the UVTAGG website and blog.

(3)  Don Engstrom and Lee Cox, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of last month's main presentation:  Alan Mann on TIPS AND TRICKS FOR SEARCHING FAMILYSEARCH 
(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 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, 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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