Thursday, April 4, 2019

[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 13 Apr 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, but since this weekend is General Conference, you won't have ward bulletins, unless you send out emails or texts.  Thanks.
Don Snow --

[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 13 Apr 2019, Provo, Utah, and online

[Short version]
UVTAGG MEETING, in person and online
Saturday morning, 13 Apr 2019, 9 am - noon, "Red Chapel", 4056 No. Timpview Dr. (650 East), Provo, Utah 84604
Classes following; free for everyone; information and link on 

[Long version]
Next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) - Saturday, 13 Apr 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 Joe Everett on MINING FOR IMAGES:  TIPS ON LOCATING DIGITAL RECORDS ON MAJOR WEBSITES AND BEYOND.  He will show us how to find digital records that may be hard to find in various database websites.  Joe Everett is the Family History, Local History, and Microforms Librarian at the Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library in Provo, Utah. He has over twenty-five years experience in the genealogical field at BYU, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and  He earned a B.A. in Russian Language and in Family History/Genealogy from Brigham Young University and a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University, one of the oldest public universities in the State of Kansas.  He has served in various library and genealogical associations and has lectured and published articles on U.S. and European family history research, historical geography, and migration.  More information about him is at . 

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

(1)  The FamilySearch Microfilm Lending Library: A Post Mortem, by Joe Everett
(2)  Video from last month's main presentation: An Inside View of the Family History Guide, by James Tanner  
(3)  Ask an Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom, John Blake, & Lee Cox
(4)  Ancestral Quest by Gaylon Findlay

The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and the meetings have something for everyone, especially Latter-day Saint Temple and Family History Consultants.  The meetings are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not, and people can attend in person or online.   To watch the meeting streamed live that morning, go to the Group's UVTAGG Facebook page or get the link from the Group's website .  To watch the class streamed live, repeat the process at the start of the class period, usually about !0:40 am.  The videos remain on Facebook for free for a month.  To receive the press releases by email sign up on the blog .

The Group sometimes teaches free online family history classes and help sessions between the regular meetings for everyone interested.  Information about these and how to register will be announced at the meeting, will be in the monthly newsletter TAGGology, and will posted on the website.  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, .