Thursday, September 11, 2014

UVTAGG Meeting Location Change

The meeting location has changed due to a funeral beheld at the Red Chapel. The new location is:

Edgewood/Riverside LDS Chapel, 3511 North 180 East, Provo, Utah. The chapel is in the Provo "River Bottoms" behind the Jamestown shopping plaza on the east side of University Avenue. You get to it by turning east from University Avenue at 3700 North ("Will's Pit Stop") and then south on 180 East. 

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, 13 Sep 2014, from 9 am to noon in the Edgewood/Riverside LDS Chapel, 3511 North 180 East, Provo, Utah.  Information about the Group, meeting location, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  and the press releases are at .  

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG is by Donald R. Snow and his daughter Linda Snow Westover on PRESENTING AND PRESERVING YOUR GENEALOGY:  YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, SO HOW DO YOU LEAVE IT?   This presentation will show how the topics of presenting and preserving your family history are related and doing one helps with the other.  Free computer programs to help with both of these will be discussed and these will include backing up and storing your data, collaborating with others, and having your data so you and others can see later what you have done.  They will also discuss scanning (digitizing) hard copy documents and naming the files so you can tell what's in them, find them easily, and have them form a timeline of a person's life.  The goal is to have your family history organized, presentable, and in a format that will last longer than you do.  The notes with active URL's for this class are posted at . 

Don Snow is a Californian by birth, with Snow ancestors from Southern Utah.  After retiring from the BYU Math Faculty, he and his recently deceased wife Diane served four FH missions, including 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 has been a VP of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group since the 1990's and is a frequent speaker at FH venues.  He has 6 children and 30 grandchildren.  Don's daughter, Linda Snow Westover, has been a family history enthusiast for the past 25 years.  She is a ward family history consultant, an associate director at the Lindon (Utah) Family History center, and her friends call her the ghost-whisperer.  She enjoys helping others and traveling to research her family.  Linda works in the Registrar’s Office at BYU and has 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled; check the meetings page at  for last minute changes or additions.   
  1. How To Max a Website:  What Every Internet Researcher Needs to Know, by Laurie Castillo
  2. Q&A: Presenting and Preserving Your Genealogy, by Don Snow and Linda Westover
  3. Ask an Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom and Finn Hansen
  4. Video of last month's main presentation:  Discovering Stories on Google Books, by Jimmy Zimmerman
  5. Ancestral Quest, by Benjamin Findlay
  6. Sourcing in Legacy, by Dean Bennett
  7. RootsMagic, by Liz Kennington. 
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, most of whom are Family History Consultants. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Renee Zamora, Secretary; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson, Webmaster.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter TAGGology, and check out and sell to members of the Group DVDs of past presentations and classes.  Many members don't live close enough to participate in the monthly meetings, but pay the $10 per year online dues to belong so they can receive the monthly newsletter via email and purchase DVDs of the presentations and classes.  Gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Family History Consultants.  See more information about the presentations, classes, class notes, and to join the Group on the websites above.  You can also contact President Gerhard Ruf at  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at , or 2nd VP Don Snow at .

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