Friday, January 4, 2019

[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 12 Jan 2019, Provo, Utah, and online

Journalists, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events.  Newsletter editors, at the top is a shorter version.  If you need further information, please email me.  Thanks.

Don Snow --

[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 12 Jan 2019, Provo, Utah, and online

[Shorter version]
Sat morning, 12 Jan 2019, 9 am-12 noon, LDS "Red" Chapel, 4050 North Timpview Dr (650 East), Provo, Utah 84604
Presentation and class will be presented remotely from St. George; attend in person at the Red Chapel in Provo or online via the Facebook link on .  The class notes are on Don's webpage .

[Longer version]
The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 12 Jan 2019, 9 am to noon, at the "Red Chapel" of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4050 North Timpview Dr., Provo, Utah 84604.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting and the main speaker will be Donald R. Snow on FAMILY HISTORY AND OTHER BOOKS ONLINE.  The meeting will also be streamed live on Facebook via the link on .  Millions of books, family history and otherwise, are posted online. Large collections of genealogy books are on FamilySearch, Google, Internet Archive, HeritageQuest Online, MyHeritage, and many other websites. Many of the online books are every-word searchable, so you can find books that have information about you or your ancestors. We will discuss finding the books you may be interested in and downloading and viewing them.  We will also discuss the most common ebook formats, pdf, ePub, Kindle, and mobi, and how to handle non-searchable pdf's, i.e. those where it is only a picture of the printed page and not the text itself. The notes and other related information, all with active Internet links, is posted on

Don Snow is a Californian by birth, with Snow ancestors from Southern Utah.  He is a retired Professor of Mathematics from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, and has lived in several foreign countries, both for mathematics and church assignments.  After retiring from the BYU Math Faculty, he and his now deceased wife Diane, served four Family History missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  These  included being Directors of the New York Family History Center in Manhattan, in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission on a FH project ( ), and in the London Family History Centre in the Hyde Park Chapel.  Don is on the Board of Directors of the Utah Genealogical Association, is the Host of the online UGA Virtual Chapter Meetings, and has been a VP of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group since the early 1990's.  He loves teaching, is a frequent speaker at FH venues, has 6 children and 30 grandchildren, and plays accordion concerts at Senior Citizen locations.   

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog (URLs above and below) for last minute changes.
(1)  Don Snow on MORE DETAILS ABOUT USING BOOKS ONLINE -- Taught remotely from St. George 
(2)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, FAMILYSEARCH AND PERSONAL HELP
(3)  Video of the November main presentation, Carol Hill on USING FAMILYSEARCH FACEBOOK GROUPS TO BREAK DOWN YOUR BRICK WALLS
(4)  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 everyone, especially Latter-day Saints Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 30-40 people at the monthly meetings in person and more attending via the Internet.  To watch the meeting on the Internet go to the website  at 9 am the morning of the meeting and click on the link to join with your Facebook account.  To attend the class being streamed online after the main presentation, at about 10:35 am, repeat this process.  The live streamings are open to the public at no charge.  Also, anyone can sign up to receive emails of the press releases on the blog .

The Group is also experimenting with teaching and giving online family history help between the regular meetings for anyone interested, whether members of the Group or not.  The classes and topics and how to register will be announced at the meeting and will posted on the website and listed in TAGGology, the monthly newsletter.  Benefits of membership ($15/year) include having access to the more than 400 past presentations and classes on the website, receiving TAGGology via email, and having 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; Marilyn Thomsen, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom, Membership; Rayanne Melick, Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, Video Library; Eileen Phelps, Special Projects Coordinator; Carol Hill, FamilySearch Facebook Groups Coordinator, and Rick Wightman, Chris Stevenson, Brent Nelson, and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to help with membership and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past 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 reduced rates for membership.  For further information about UVTAGG contact President Gerhard Ruf at  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at , or 2nd VP Don Snow at .

Don Snow, 2nd VP, .

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