Thursday, May 3, 2018

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 12 May 2018, Provo, Utah

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2018-05-03
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 -- snowd@math.byu.edu

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 12 May 2018, Provo, Utah 

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 12 May 2018, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of this Group which has been meeting in Provo for the past 27 years.  The main presentation this month will be by George D. Hickman on INTERNET PRIVACY, PASSWORDS, AND AVOIDING ONLINE PROBLEMS.  The daily news is constantly bringing us information about identity theft and personal information being stolen from both individuals and companies.  It would be nice if we could all just use our computers and the Internet without having to worry about such things, but we can't.  This presentation will give us some ways to avoid problems and minimize our online risks.  George D. Hickman is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Technology at Utah Valley University and has degrees from BYU and San Diego State University.  He has nearly completed his PhD at Indiana State University and will receive that soon.  He has taught at UVU since 1996 with specializations in Computer Forensics, Information Security, and Mac OS X / Mac Server.  He is the coordinator for the Digital and Computer Forensics emphasis in the IT Degree at Utah Valley University and is also the Internship Coordinator for internships in the IS&T Department.  More information about him is on his UVU webpage  https://www.uvu.edu/profpages/profiles/show/user_id/2038

After the main presentation the following classes are currently scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog (URLs below) for last minute changes.

(1)  George D. Hickman, Q&A About INTERNET PRIVACY, PASSWORDS, AND AVOIDING ONLINE PROBLEMS
(2)  BYU Video by James Tanner with Updates by Rayanne Melick, UPDATE ON USING MY HERITAGE
(3)  Don Engstrom and John Blake, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of the April main presentation, Laurie Castillo, FINDING MORE RECORDS BY PUTTING YOUR ANCESTOR'S LIFE IN CONTEXT
(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 LDS Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 40-50 people attending the monthly meetings in person and more attending via the Internet.  Many are LDS Temple and Family History Consultants.  To watch the live presentation and a class online go to the website  http://uvtagg.org  on Saturday morning, 17 May 2018, at 9 am MDT, and click the link and join with your Facebook account.  Repeat this process to watch the class at about 10:35 am.  Anyone can watch the live presentation and the class and can also subscribe to receive emails about the press releases by signing up on the press release blog,  http://blog.uvtagg.org .  If you are a member of the Group, you can log into your account on the website and watch any of the more than 400 past main presentations and classes.  Membership is $15/year and you can join online or at the meeting.  Members also receive the monthly newsletter TAGGology via email and have access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  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, and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past main presentations and classes.  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 at reduced rates.  For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at gengal@comcast.net , or 2nd VP Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu

Don Snow, 2nd VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG), snowd@math.byu.edu
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Friday, April 6, 2018

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 14 Apr 2018, Provo, Utah


2018-04-06
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 -- snowd@math.byu.edu

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 14 Apr 2018, Provo, Utah 

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 14 Apr 2018, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting.  The main presentation will be by Laurie Castillo on UNDERSTANDING YOUR ANCESTOR'S WORLD: FINDING MORE RECORDS BY PLACING YOUR ANCESTOR'S LIFE IN CONTEXT.  By learning more about where our ancestors lived and what they did there are usually clues of other records to look for, besides making their lives much more interesting.  Laurie Werner Castillo is the 1st Vice President of UVTAGG and is a professional genealogist who has done historical background research for books, as well as family research for private clients. She has written articles for publication and presented at numerous conferences, national, state and local, including RootsTech, FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies), UGA (Utah Genealogical Association), and BYU.  She has worked with the UGA in several positions and for many years has been a Family History Missionary, Consultant, and Teacher at the BYU Family History Library, a Stake Family Records Extraction Director, and a Ward Temple and Family History Consultant.  She specializes in research in continental Europe and Scandinavia, especially Germany, Sweden, France, and the Netherlands.  She has researched most everywhere in the U.S. and particularly enjoys New England, Midwest, and the “Western Frontier”.  Besides all this she is a U.S. Census specialist and is well-versed in Early LDS Research.  Laurie was born in Santa Monica, California and raised in West Los Angeles.  In high school she participated in musical groups and was a point guard on the girls basketball team.  She attended BYU where she met and married Jerry Castillo from San Antonio, Texas.  Jerry also works with technical aspects and teaches classes at the UVTAGG.  Laurie graduated from BYU with a BS in Family and Consumer Economics and the Castillo’s live in Orem where Laurie has been a Community Emergency Response Team trainer for the City of Orem and does Earthquake Preparedness presentations.  They have two grown children and 4 grandchildren.

If you can't attend the meeting in Provo in person, you can watch it on the Internet - see details below.

After the main presentation the following classes are currently scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog (URLs below) for last minute changes.

(1)  Laurie Castillo, Part 2 of UNDERSTANDING YOUR ANCESTOR'S WORLD: FINDING MORE RECORDS BY PLACING YOUR ANCESTOR'S LIFE IN CONTEXT
(2)  Dale Stoddard, SCANNING TIPS AND TRICKS 
(3)  Don Engstrom and John Blake, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of the March main presentation, Melissa Corn Finlay, DISCOVER THE STORY BEHIND THE FACTS
(5)  Bud Wood, 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 LDS Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 40-50 people attending the monthly meetings in person and many more attending via the Internet.  Many are Temple and Family History Consultants.  To watch the live presentation and a class online, on Saturday morning, 14 Apr 2018, at 9 am MDT, go to the website  http://uvtagg.org  and click the link and join with your Facebook account.  After the live presentation,members of the Group can log into their account on the website and see the list of about 400 past main presentations and classes.  Membership is $15/year and you can join at the meeting or online.  Besides having all the past meetings and classes available, members also receive the monthly newsletter TAGGology via email and have access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  To receive the press releases via email, go to the press release blog,  http://blog.uvtagg.org , and sign up.  Again, this is open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  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, and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past main presentations and classes.  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 pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at gengal@comcast.net , or 2nd VP Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu

Don Snow, 2nd VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG), snowd@math.byu.edu
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Friday, March 2, 2018

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 10 Mar 2018, Provo


2018-03-02
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 -- snowd@math.byu.edu

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 10 Mar 2018, Provo

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 10 Mar 2018, 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 Melissa Corn Finlay, AG, and will be on DISCOVER THE STORY BEHIND THE FACTS.  Someone said that genealogy is the names, dates, and places, and family history adds the details about their lives, so most people like family history since it has the stories.  Melissa will show us how we can find the life stories of our ancestors, besides just the names and dates.  Melissa Corn Finlay gained a passion for genealogy research as a young teen.  She earned her BA in Family History-Genealogy from BYU and has been teaching others how to discover and share their family history for 20 years.  She was just accredited by ICAPGen with a professional credential in the U.S. Mid-South region.  She is a popular speaker and gave a class at RootsTech 2018 in the Salt Palace last week.  More information about her is available on http://boundlessgenealogy.com/ and Finlay Family Website .  

If you can't attend the meeting in Provo in person, see below how to watch it via the Internet.  This meeting will also have the annual UVTAGG elections of officers.  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 since there may be an additional class this month, possibly one of the classes from RootsTech 2018.

(1)  Melissa Corn Finlay, WHICH CHARLES IS WHICH:  SEPARATING SAME NAME INDIVIDUALS
(2)  Laurie Castillo, NO-COST RESOURCES - GENEALOGY APPS AND TOOLS
(3)  Don Engstrom and John Blake, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of the February meeting main presentation, Francie Kennedy on GOOGLE'S "MY MAPS"
(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 LDS Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 40-50 people attending the monthly meetings, many of whom are Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group is live-streaming the main presentation and one of the classes using Facebook, as well as posting the videos on their website  http://uvtagg.org , for members to watch later.  To watch the meeting live, after it starts at 9 am, Saturday, 10 Mar 2018, click on the link on their website and join with your Facebook account.  On the website is information about the meeting location, current and past presentations, classes, and class notes, and a place to join or renew your $15/year membership; or you can join or renew at the meeting.  Members receive the monthly newsletter TAGGology via email and have access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  On the press release blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org  is a place to subscribe for emails of the press releases 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, and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past main presentations and classes.  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 pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at gengal@comcast.net , or 2nd VP Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu .  An additional note this month, Don Snow has written an article on how to download the pdf handouts for the RootsTech 2018 talks.  These pdfs are available to anyone, whether you attended RootsTech or not.  Don's article is in his Freeware Corner notes at  http://uvtagg.org/classes/dons/dons-classes.html . 

Don Snow, 2nd VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG), snowd@math.byu.edu
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Friday, February 2, 2018

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 10 Feb 2018, Provo

2018-02-02
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 -- snowd@math.byu.edu

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 10 Feb 2018, Provo

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 10 Feb 2018, 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 Francie Kennedy on USING GOOGLE'S "MY MAPS" FOR FAMILY HISTORY.  You can put your ancestors on the map and share it with your family using the straightforward tools provided free in Google’s My Maps.  She will demonstrate how to create and edit maps showing places your family lived, migration routes, and different generations, adding notes, photos, and icons depicting their unique history.  Annotated mapping can be an inspiring interactive tool to share with young people in family history.  Even at a distance, collaborators can create maps and view the shared information.  These mapping tools are also useful for planning a research trip to map out archives, libraries, courthouses and cemeteries to visit.  Including relevant phone numbers, web sites and opening hours all in one place organized geographically is genius.  On a trip use the map like a journal and record what you discover each day, add photos, and allow those at home to follow along virtually on your trip.  She will focus on family maps in this guided tour of Google’s My Maps and introduce many useful ideas for your own maps.  Inspired with ideas for unique maps you can share with family members and can continue to add to in the future, you may wish to review this webinar and follow along step-by-step.  All you need is a free Google account to use the online tools.
Francie Kennedy is passionate about microhistory and inordinately fond of maps and old county histories.  She often stays up late collecting resources for her students in Beginning Methodology classes, and integrating these resources in new ways.  Francie believes that the study of the past through the fascinating lens of genealogy can bring us a new understanding of the world we live in and a sense of our own place within it.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and speaks to genealogical societies on a variety of topics ranging from Google to geography.  Past president of the South Orange County California Genealogical Society (SOCCGS), Francie attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, and is a fourth generation native Californian.  More information about her is on her Association of Professional Genealogists web page and her blog .  She will be giving this presentation and the class following via the Internet from where she lives in California.  If you can't attend the meeting in Provo in person, see below of how to watch it via the Internet.

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)  Francie Kennedy, DEMONSTRATION OF GOOGLE "MY MAPS" APPLICATIONS
(2)  Marilyn Thomsen, NEW DIMENSIONS OF TREES
(3)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of the January meeting main presentation, Michael L. Strauss, THE GREAT WAR: RESEARCHING YOUR WW I ANCESTORS
(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 LDS Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 50-60 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 some classes using Facebook.  To watch online, see the link on the webpage  http://uvtagg.org  to attend via the Internet.  On the website is information about the meeting location, current and past presentations, classes, and class notes, and a place to join or renew your $15/year membership; or you can join or renew at the meeting.  Members receive the monthly newsletter TAGGology via email and have access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  On the press release blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org  is a place to subscribe to receive emails of the press releases 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, and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past main presentations and classes.  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 pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at gengal@comcast.net , or 2nd VP Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu .

Don Snow, 2nd VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG), snowd@math.byu.edu
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Friday, January 5, 2018

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 13 Jan 2018, Provo

2018-01-05
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 -- snowd@math.byu.edu

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 13 Jan 2018, Provo

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 13 Jan 2018, 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 Michael L. Strauss, AG, on THE GREAT WAR: RESEARCHING YOUR WW I ANCESTOR.  With the war in Europe raging since 1914 and the United States having declared neutrality, citizens back home got caught up in the propaganda of events. Thousands of American's crossed the border to fight for Canada, and with uneasy tensions with Mexico and our Government profiling persons deemed threats to National security, many Americans quickly became caught up in the War. Finally on April 6, 1917 President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany and to mobilize the resources of the United States. Numerous genealogical sources share the feelings and attitudes, along with the reactions of our Government, as we can search for our ancestors connection in what was called “The Great War” and "The War to End all Wars".  Michael L. Strauss, AG, is a professional Accredited Genealogist and a nationally recognized speaker. He has been employed as a Forensic Genealogist for nearly 25 years. Strauss holds a BA in History, is a United States Coast Guard veteran, and a licensed Private Investigator. He is also a qualified expert witness in court in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  More information about him is at his ICAPGEN webpage .

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)  Michael L. Strauss, RESEARCHING YOUR WW II ANCESTOR
(2)  Brett Dorny, CONNECT2FAMILY: A PRIVATE ONLINE TOOL FOR BRINGING EXTENDED FAMILY TOGETHER
(3)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of main presentation at last meeting, Cathrine McIntyre, USING THE MOUNTAIN WEST DIGITAL LIBRARY AND THE DIGITAL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF AMERICA FOR GENEALOGY
(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 50-60 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 some classes using Facebook.  To watch online, see the link on the webpage  http://uvtagg.org  to attend via the Internet.  On the website is information about the meeting location, current and past presentations, classes, and class notes, and a place to join or renew your $15/year membership; or you can join or renew at the meeting.  Members receive the monthly newsletter TAGGology via email and have access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  On the press release blog http://blog.uvtagg.org  is a place to subscribe to receive emails of the press releases 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, and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past main presentations and classes.  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 pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at gengal@comcast.net , or 2nd VP Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu .

Don Snow, 2nd VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG), snowd@math.byu.edu
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