Monday, March 04, 2013

Mark Your Calendar - 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, 09 Mar 2013, 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 http://uvtagg.organd the press releases are at .

The main presentation this month will be by  David Ouimette on SOLVING DIFFICULT FAMILY HISTORY PROBLEMS.  Proving family relationships, the essence of  genealogical research, may seem daunting when the evidence is sparse.  This presentation will show how to solve difficult family history problems by applying sound research principles and practices.  David Ouimette, CG, is Manager of Content Strategy at FamilySearch.  His responsibilities include identifying the most valuable records for genealogical research worldwide and prioritizing records to preserve digitally and make available online.  He has conducted onsite family history research and participated in record negotiations in Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and much of the United States.  He previously worked in software development and product management at and has lectured at many national and local gernealogy conferences.  His research specialties include Ireland, Quebec, and New England.  He has contributed articles to Ancestry Magazine, APG Quarterly, Crossroads, The Septs, and BYU Family Historian and is the author of Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide (Provo: Ancestry, 2005).  He currently serves as Vice President of the Utah Genealogical Association and is responsible for publishing Crossroads magazine.

After the main presentation the following classes are presently scheduled:  

  1. Family History in Bulk: More Bang for Your Buck, by Linda Snow Westover
  2. Marching Forward in a Major Way: U.S. Military Records, by Laurie Castillo
  3. Q&A: Solving Difficult Family History Problems, by David Ouimette
  4. Ask an Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom and Finn Hansen
  5. MAC:  Using Reunion 10 and Previous Versions, by Ron Snowden
  6. Video of last month's main presentation: Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons, by Margaret Young
  7. Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay
  8. Legacy, by Jim Kendall
  9. RootsMagic, by Sue Maxwell.  
Check the meetings page at  for last minute changes or additions to the class offerings. 

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 about 100 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, Don Engstrom, and Rayanne Melick working with membership and finances, 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 and sell DVDs of past presentations and classes to members of the group.   Many members don't live close enough to participate in the monthly meetings, but belong so they can receive the monthly newsletter and purchase DVD's of the presentations and classes.  And many members give gift memberships to friends for presents.  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 at, or 2nd VP Don Snow at

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