Monday, March 4, 2019

[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 9 Mar 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.  I know this is too late for weekend bulletins, but we just got the information.  Thanks.
Don Snow --

[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 9 Mar 2019, Provo, Utah, and online

[Shorter version]
UVTAGG MEETING, in person and online
Saturday morning, 09 Mar 2019, 9 am - noon, "Red Chapel", 4056 No. Timpview Dr. (650 East), Provo, Utah 84604
Classes following; free for everyone; information and link on =============================================

[Longer version]
The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 9 Mar 2019, 9 am to noon, at the "Red Chapel" of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4056 North Timpview Dr. (650 East), Provo, Utah 84604.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting and the main speaker will be  James Tanner on AN INSIDE VIEW OF THE FAMILY HISTORY GUIDE.  This is the family history website that everyone is talking about: The Family History Guide .  James Tanner will provide online examples of effectively using the site's features - Projects, Goals, Choices, and Steps - to broaden your understanding of and expand your research.  James has a J.D. Degree from Arizona State University, spent 2 years as an Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Army, and 39 years as an Arizona trial attorney. He has been interested in doing and teaching family history research for more than 36 years and is an avid blogger of Genealogy’s Star , Rejoice, and be exceeding glad , Walking Arizona , and 360 Cities . Additional family history related experiences are: 10 years as a missionary at the Mesa, Arizona FamilySearch Library, three years at the BYU Family History Library and making several genealogy videos on for their YouTube Channel , Chairman of the Board of The Family History Guide Association, three years as an Area Temple and Family History Consultant for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints, member of the Board of Directors of Family History Expos , member of the Board of Directors of the UGA (Utah Genealogical Association), author and co-author of over 25 books on genealogical research, and presenter at Expos and Conferences around the U.S. and Canada.  He previously owned a retail computer business and an Apple Macintosh software company and is a professional photographer. He and his wife, Ann, have 7 children and 34 grandchildren. James and Ann recently returned from a one-year full-time FamilySearch mission as Document Preservation Specialists at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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

(1)  RootsTech 2019 Video: What's New at FamilySearch by Ron Tanner (also on Windows Live)
(2)  Video from last month's main presentation:  Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively by Marilyn Markham
(3)  Ask an Expert (Personal Help)  - Don Engstrom, John Blake, & Lee Cox
(4)  Ancestral Quest by Gaylon Findlay

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 Saint Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 20-30 people at the monthly meetings in person and more attending online.  To watch the meeting streamed live 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 following the main presentation, at about 10:35 am, repeat this process.  The live streamings are open to the public at no charge and remain on the UVTAGG Facebook page for a couple of weeks.  To receive the press releases by email sign up on the blog .

The Group is experimenting with teaching and giving online family history help between the regular meetings for everyone interested, whether members of the Group or not.  Information about helps, classes, topics, and how to register will be announced at the meeting and will posted on the website.  It will also be included in TAGGology, the monthly newsletter.  Benefits of membership ($15/year) include receiving TAGGology via email, having access to the more than 400 past presentations and classes on the website, 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 Director; Rayanne Melick, Finance Officer; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, Video Librarians; 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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