Thursday, May 31, 2018

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

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] 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  and her ICAPGen page is .

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  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 .  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  (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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