Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Mark Your Calendars - UVTAGG Meeting!


The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 11 Aug 2012, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  Information about the Group, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website and the press releases are at

The main presentation this month will be by Marlo Schuldt on NEW WAYS TO SHARE AND INTEREST OTHERS IN FAMILY HISTORY.  The presentation will try to achieve four goals:  1. Provide new ideas and fun ways to share family history;  2. Show ways to entice your kids, grandkids and relatives to want and ask for more;  3. Discuss innovative ideas that will get all ages involved in helping you;  and  4. Offer a list of the best free resources and tools to do this.  

To interest the children he will discuss how to tell stories of you, your parents, and grandparents.  For teenagers innovative, but not complicated, multimedia and Internet technology and the CLOUD help to dress up and present family history and he will consider a strategy to entice them into helping you.  For the young family he'll show how to change the attitude of "I'm too busy for family history; that's for Grandma and Grandpa." and show how to turn a scrapbook into a family history storybook.  For the older generation you will learn some easy ways to share all of your family history in various formats: printed, PDF, photos, slideshows, and more.  This will not be too technical, will be fun, and Marlo says to think of it as an "all you can eat" family history smorgasbord.   

Marlo Schuldt is President of LifeStory Productions, Inc., an Orem, Utah-based company that develops family history software and provides assistance to individuals desiring to gather, prepare, print, and share family history.  He enjoys teaching and helping others with their family history and currently teaches classes each month at the BYU Family History Library.  He says he has lost track of the number of classes he has taught at national, regional, and local family history fairs, genealogy organizations, and small groups.  He earned both BS and MS degrees from Brigham Young University in Communicative Disorders and is the author of two software patents. He is the father of five and has expanded his own family history to thirteen grandchildren and hopes it continues to grow.

After the main presentation the following classes are presently scheduled:   
  1. Easier Scanning for Better Results, by Marlo Schuldt
  2. More Time in the Cloud, by Bret Petersen
  3. Video of last month's main presentation: New FamilySearch Family Tree and the Coming Transition, by Jim Ericson
  4. Mountain Lion, The MAC OS and Using Spreadsheets, by Ron Snowden
  5. Topic to be announced, by Marilyn Thomsen
  6. Ancestral Quest: The Temple Ordinance Process, by Merlin Kitchen
  7. RootsMagic, by Sue Maxwell
  8. Legacy, by Dean Bennett.
All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public whether members of the Group or not. The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 100-125 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Renee Zamora, Secretary; Kay Baker, Gerry Eliason, Don Engstrom, and Rayanne Melick working with finances and membership; and Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen working with the DVD Library. Several of these will be there to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter TAGGology, and check out DVDs of past presentations and classes to members of the group. Information about the Group, presentations, classes, and class notes can be found at the websites mentioned above.  For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at (801-225-6106) or 1st VP Laurie Castillo, or 2nd VP Don Snow at

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