Wednesday, August 29, 2018

[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 08 Sep 2018, Provo, Utah, and online


2018-08-29
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 and helps at all levels of genealogy.  If you need further information, please email me.  Thanks.
Don Snow -- snowd@math.byu.edu 

[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 08 Sep 2018, Provo, Utah, and online

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 08 Sep 2018, 9 am to noon, in the Latter-day Saints "Red" Chapel, 4050 North Timpview Dr., Provo, Utah 84604.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting and the main speaker this month will be Bob Ives on INTRODUCTION TO THE FAMILY HISTORY GUIDE.  This is the family history website that everyone is talking about:  The Family History Guide -- www.thefhguide.com .  Approved as a learning and training resource for FamilySearch, this free website brings you a world class learning system with Projects, Goals, Choices, and Steps to guide you.  Beginners will feel right at home with the Quick Start process, Computer Basics, and Family History Basics sections.  More experienced learners can explore the many links to key family history articles and videos.

Robert A. Ives, M.Ed., is the Executive Director and Co-founder of The Family History Guide Association.  He has teaching and technology in his blood and was a teacher and administrator in a large school district.  He received his B.S. in Education from BYU, an M.Ed. in Computerized Curriculum Design and Administrative Certification from the University of Utah, and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  He introduced the use of “micro” computers into classrooms and taught Turtle Graphics from MIT and Basic programming to his elementary school students.  He also served as the Director of Instructional Technology for the Utah State Office of Education.  Bob was instrumental in the pervasive spread of early technology in Utah and the development of cutting edge programs such as satellite distance learning with IBM.  After leaving the State Office of Education he formed his own technology consulting and training company, Educational Renaissance, Inc., and worked as an IBM business partner for 15 years.  As a trainer for IBM Educational Systems he traveled all over the US and Pacific Rim.  Other clients included McGraw-Hill and Allyn & Bacon.  He also served on such state and national committees as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Technology Committee in Washington, DC and the Utah Governors’ Computer Literacy Task Force.  He has given presentations all over the United States, Canada, Singapore, Australia and Malaysia and has managed several other companies with his rich business background.  He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Utah State University in teacher training.  He and his wife Dawn have two sons and four grandchildren and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.  He has served as an Latter-day Saints bishop and in two stake presidencies and currently is the Technology Coordinator for the Sandy Utah Granite Family History Center.  Since he is now “retired”, he only works four jobs! 

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog (URLs below) for last minute changes.
(1)  Bob Ives, HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FAMILY HISTORY GUIDE
(2)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(3)  Video of the Aug main presentation, Don Snow, MAKING SIDE-BY-SIDE IMAGES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
(4)  Bud Wood, ANCESTRAL QUEST, Q&A

All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The meetings have something for everyone, especially Latter-day Saints Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 30-40 people at the monthly meetings in person and more attending via the Internet.  To watch the meeting on the Internet go to the website   http://uvtagg.org  at 9 am the morning of the meeting and click on the link to join with your Facebook account.  During the class period at about 10:35 am, repeat this process to watch the class that is being broadcast.  The live presentation and class are open to the public at no charge.  Also, anyone can sign up to receive emails of the press releases on the blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org .

The Group is also experimenting with a new program of teaching online family history classes between the regular meetings for anyone interested, whether members of the Group or not.  The September classes, their topics, times, and how to register, will be announced at this meeting, will be listed in TAGGology, the monthly newsletter, and will be posted on the website.  Benefits of membership ($15/year and half price after Jun) include having access to the more than 400 past presentations and classes on the website, receiving TAGGology, the monthly newsletter, via email each month, and having access to many genealogy resources through 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 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 reduced rates for membership.  For further information about UVTAGG 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, snowd@math.byu.edu .
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

[UVTAGG] Press Release: UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 11 Aug 2018, Provo, Utah, and online

2018-08-01

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 and helps at all levels of genealogy.  If you need further information, please email me.  Thanks.
Don Snow -- snowd@math.byu.edu 

[UVTAGG] Press Release: UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 11 Aug 2018, Provo, Utah, and online

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 11 Aug 2018, 9 am to noon, in the LDS "Red" Chapel, 4050 North Timpview Dr., Provo, Utah 84604.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting and the main speaker this month will be Don Snow on MAKING SIDE-BY-SIDE IMAGES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.  Frequently, the electronic versions of newspaper articles are long and too tall to fit on a computer screen.  This presentation will show ways to separate these into pieces which can be placed side-by-side so they are easier work with and read.  This can be done with the scans of hard copy articles or with screenshots of online articles.  We will discuss programs and ways to find and work with these.  The notes for this presentation are on Don's website  http://uvtagg.org/classes/dons/dons-classes.html , including several Freeware Corner articles.  Donald R. Snow is a retired Professor of Mathematics from BYU and has been involved with the UVTAGG (formerly the UVPAFUG) for more than 25 years.  He is a snowbird between Provo and St. George and is a speaker at many family history venues.  He and his wife, Diane, now deceased, filled four family history missions for the LDS Church.  Don also plays the accordion for Big Band/Swing Era concerts at Senior Citizens locations in Utah County and in St. George.  His class notes and articles, and even his accordion concert schedule, are all on his website.

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

(1)  Don Snow, TRACKING LIVES WITH TECHNOLOGY
(2)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(3)  Video of the July main presentation, James L. Tanner, WHAT AND WHERE ARE THE RECORDS ON FAMILYSEARCH?
(4)  Gaylon Findlay, ANCESTRAL QUEST

All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The meetings have something for everyone, especially 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 30-40 people at the monthly meetings in person and more attending via the Internet.  To watch the meeting on the Internet go to the website  http://uvtagg.org  at 9 am the morning of the meeting and click on the link to join with your Facebook account.  During the class period at about 10:35 am, repeat this process to watch the class that is being broadcast.  The live presentation and class are open to the public at no charge.  Also, anyone can sign up to receive emails of the press releases on the blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org .

The Group is also experimenting with a new program of teaching family history classes online during the week for anyone interested, whether members of the Group or not.  The August classes, their topics, times, and how to register, will be announced at this meeting and will be posted on the website.  Benefits of membership ($15/year) include having access to the more than 400 past presentations and classes on the website, receiving the email monthly newsletter TAGGology, and having access to many genealogy resources through 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 help with membership and check out or sell to members 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 reduced rates for membership.  For further information about UVTAGG 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, snowd@math.byu.edu .
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Friday, July 6, 2018

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 14 Jul 2018, Provo, Utah and online

2018-07-06
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 Jul 2018, Provo, Utah and online

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 14 Jul 2018 from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red" Chapel, 4050 North Timpview Dr., Provo, Utah 84604.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting and the main speaker will be James L. Tanner on WHAT AND WHERE ARE THE RECORDS ON FAMILYSEARCH?  This will be a discussion of the historical records on FamilySearch, how they get there, and how to find them.  James and his wife, Ann, are on Family History missions for the LDS Church in Annapolis, Maryland, so James will be doing this presentation from there.  He has a J.D. Degree from Arizona State University, spent 2 years as an Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Army, and 39 years as an Arizona trial attorney.  He has been interested in doing and teaching family history research for more than 36 years and is an avid blogger of Genealogy’s Star , Rejoice, and be exceeding glad , Walking Arizona , and  360 Cities .  Additional family history related experiences are: 10 years as a missionary at the Mesa, Arizona FamilySearch Library; three years at the BYU Family History Library and making several genealogy videos on for their YouTube Channel; Chairman of the Board of The Family History Guide Association; three years as an Area Temple and Family History Consultant for the LDS Church; member of the Board of Directors of Family History Expos; member of the Board of Directors of the UGA (Utah Genealogical Association); author and co-author of over 25 books on genealogical research; and presenter at Expos and Conferences around the U.S. and Canada.  He previously owned a retail computer business and an Apple Macintosh software company and is a professional photographer.   He and his wife, Ann, have 7 children and 34 grandchildren, and the Tanners are currently on a one-year full-time FamilySearch mission as Document Preservation Specialists at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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

(1)  James L. Tanner, Q&A SESSION
(2)  Marie Andersen, FACEBOOK AND MEDIA FOR FAMILY HISTORY
(3)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of the June main presentation, Claire V. Brisson-Banks, MLIS, AG, on ATTACKING BRICK WALLS
(5)  Gaylon Findlay, ANCESTRAL QUEST

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 including youth, those just getting started, 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 30-40 people attending the monthly meetings in person and more attending via the Internet.  To watch the meeting on the Internet go to the website  http://uvtagg.org  at 9 am the morning of the meeting and click on the link to join with your Facebook account.  To watch the class at about 10:35 am, repeat this process.  The live presentation and class are open to the public and anyone can sign up to receive emails of the press releases on the blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org .  The Group is experimenting with a new program of teaching family history classes online during the week that will be open to everyone.  The times and topics and how to register to attend these classes online will be announced at this meeting with information also on the website.

Benefits of membership ($15/year) include being able to watch the more than 400 past presentations and classes on the website, receiving the monthly newsletter TAGGology via email, and having access to many genealogy resources through 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 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 reduced rates for membership.  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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Thursday, May 31, 2018

[UVTAGG] UPDATED Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 09 Jun 2018, Provo, Utah and online



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2018-06-01
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] UPDATED Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 09 Jun 2018, Provo, Utah and online

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 09 Jun 2018, from 9 am to noon in the LDS RIVERSIDE/EDGEWOOD Chapel (NOTE THE CHANGE OF LOCATION due to a funeral), 3511 North 180 East, Provo, Utah 84604.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting. The main presentation this month will be by Claire V. Brisson-Banks, MLIS, AG, on ATTACKING BRICK WALLS.  Ms Brisson-Banks is an Accredited Genealogist and CEO of Timeless Genealogies and will be speaking to us from her home in Independence, Missouri.  Everyone encounters problems of going beyond certain points on some of their ancestral lines and these have come to called "brick walls".  This presentation will show us some ideas of how to attack these problems and what can be done to get through them.  Born in Rhode Island, Claire has lived in a variety of locations throughout the world with Missouri currently being her home. After raising a large family, she returned to education and completed her BS, MLIS and two AGs to further her career as an academic educator and an in depth genealogical researcher. Besides running Timeless Genealogies, she is a Professor for the Family History program at BYU-Idaho and provides technical support for the award winning family tree software, Ancestral Quest. She lectures at various conferences throughout the world and has done webinars and hang-outs that are available online. She devotes much of her time in a multiplicity of avenues in genealogy, family history, forensics, librarianship, and education, while staying on top of the latest advances in each field.  Her Timeless Genealogies page is  https://www.timelessgen.com/Resources.html  and her ICAPGen page is  https://www.apgen.org/directory/search_detail.html?mbr_id=2740 .

NOTE:  Because of the Utah Valley Marathon race that Saturday morning if you have to cross University Avenue to get to the LDS "Red" Chapel in Provo, you may have to wait to cross University Avenue or else go all the way down to 3rd South in Provo to get around.

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

(1)  Claire V. Brisson-Banks, SHORT Q&A SESSION
(2)  Bud Wood, How Do I Organize Information On My Computer So I Don't Lose It?
(3)  Don Engstrom and John Blake, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of the May main presentation, George D. Hickman on INTERNET PRIVACY, PASSWORDS, AND AVOIDING ONLINE PROBLEMS
(5)  Gaylon Findlay, ANCESTRAL QUEST

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 including youth, those just getting started 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 meeting on the Internet go to the website  http://uvtagg.org  on Saturday morning, 09 Jun 2018, at 9 am MDT, and click the link to join with your Facebook account.  To watch the class at about 10:35 am, repeat this process.  The live presentation and class are open to the public and anyone can sign up to receive emails of the the press releases on the blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org .  Members of the Group ($15/year) can also watch the more than 400 past presentations and classes on the website.  Members also receive the monthly newsletter TAGGology via email and have access to many genealogy resources through 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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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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