Friday, November 3, 2017

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 11 Nov 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, 11 Nov 2017, Provo

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 11 Nov 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 Cathrine McIntyre on USING THE MOUNTAIN WEST DIGITAL LIBRARY AND THE DIGITAL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF AMERICA FOR GENEALOGY RESEARCH.  The Digital Public Library of America is attempting to list all digitized books from all libraries and The Mountain West Digital Library is attempting to list all digital collections in the Mountain West.  Catherine McIntyre is the University Archivist and Digitization Librarian at Fulton Library & George Sutherland Archives at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.  She started as a Reference Librarian there in 1997 and then created the school’s first archive and digitization program in 2004.  She hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Utah and a Masters of Library Science degree from BYU.  Her love of travel is what got her interested in history and, after receiving her BA degree, she taught high school for three years.  When she decided she would go back to school for an advanced degree, the BYU Library Science program attracted her, since she was interested in so many topics, and she liked the idea of working with college-age students and faculty.

After the main presentation, the following classes are currently scheduled this month.  See the UVTAGG website and blog (URL's below) for last minute changes and additions.

(1)  Catherine McIntyre, Q&A on DIGITAL LIBRARIES
(2)  Jerry Castillo, PROTECTING YOUR COMPUTER 2017
(4)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(5)  Video of last month's main presentation, Kory Meyerink, THE BEST WEBSITES FOR YOUR RESEARCH THAT YOU ARE NOT USING
(6)  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.  This will be the last meeting of 2017, since the group doesn't meet during December.  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 classes using Facebook.  If you can't attend in person, 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, Video Library; and Rick Wightman, Chris Stevenson, Brent Nelson, and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, distribute TAGGology, the monthly newsletter, and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past main presentations and classes.  Members receive TAGGology and have access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  Gift memberships and DVDs make good presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and temple and family history consultants.  Volunteers who help with the organization get membership for reduced rates.  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),