Friday, April 6, 2018

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

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, 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.

(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

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  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, , 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  (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),