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 -- firstname.lastname@example.org
[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 email@example.com (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at firstname.lastname@example.org , or 2nd VP Don Snow at email@example.com .
Don Snow, 2nd VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG), firstname.lastname@example.org
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