Thursday, May 3, 2018

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

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

(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  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, .  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  (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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