Friday, February 2, 2018

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

(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  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  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  (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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