Sunday, March 08, 2015

Mark Your Calendars - UVTAGG Meeting!

The next meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 14 Mar 2015, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.   This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting.  Information about the Group, meeting location, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website   and the press releases are at  .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive the press releases via email when they are posted a week before the meetings.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG will be by Devin Ashby on THE HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN SHALL TURN.  The LDS Church leaders are asking the youth to get more involved in family history.  This presentation will discuss several of these invitations and give ideas and resources that can help youth participate in this great work of temples and technology.  Devin Ashby is a Project Manager for FamilySearch, the largest genealogical organization in the world.  In 2004 he received Bachelor degrees in History and Spanish and the following year earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.  He has been involved in family history for over twelve years.  There is information about Ashby's topic at .

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled; check the meetings page at  for last minute changes or additions.   
  1. Q&A: The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn, by Devin Ashby
  2. PERSI: New Periodical Index at Find My Past, by Marilyn Thomsen
  3. Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom and Finn Hansen
  4. Video of last month's main presentation on FamilySearch Mobile Apps, by Todd Powell
  5. Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay
  6. Legacy: Importing and Exporting, by Dean Bennett. 
  7. RootsMagic, by Renee Zamora
As you can see, there is something for everyone no matter what their level of family history expertise.  This includes youth, those just getting interested in genealogy, long-time genealogists, and Ward FH Consultants.  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, most of whom are Family History Consultants. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; 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 the inexpensive DVDs of the presentations and classes.  Gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Family History Consultants, and membership is on a calendar year basis, so it is time for members to renew.  See more information about the presentations, classes, class notes, and how 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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