Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mark Your Calendars - UVTAGG Monthly Meeting!

The next meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday, 10 Oct 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 the week before the meetings.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG will be by  Barry J. Ewell on IF SHERLOCK HOLMES WERE A FAMILY HISTORIAN.  Family history is a journey of discovery about finding answers to the questions one ponders at one time or another.  The steps of the journey are guided by the questions we ask. With each answer comes another question.  In time you begin to feel a sense of connection and bond that spans generations.  In this presentation we will discover 10 ways to supercharge your family history research.  In other words, how to become the Sherlock Holmes of Genealogists.  

Barry J. Ewell is the founder of -- , a website for individuals interested in learning, sharing, and discovering family history.  He is a writer, presenter, researcher, and mentor of genealogists.  He has presented and shared his knowledge and experience at local, regional, and national conferences.  Research interests include Eastern U.S., United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Germany, and Russia.  In his professional career in advertising and public relations strategy for technology companies he has worked for companies like IBM, 3M, and Rational Software.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See our website for last minute changes and additions.
  1. Use the US Census to Resolve Family History Research Problems, by Barry J. Ewell
  2. Fast Accurate Research  - Affiliate and Other Genealogy Websites, by Van  Celaya
  3. Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom & Don Reynolds
  4. Video of last month's main presentation: Genealogy Wikis: A Users Guide, by  Kory Meyerink
  5. Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay
  6. RootsMagic, by Renee Zamora
Notice that 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 family history 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 80 attending the monthly meetings, including many 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 and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  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 TAGGology via email and purchase the inexpensive DVDs of the presentations and classes. Christmas is coming and gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and family history consultants. Membership is on a calendar year basis, so if you join now, you will get the Nov and Dec TAGGologies, plus all of next year's.  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 .

Note that due to the chapel being needed for the wards, we will have no meeting in Dec, so the next UVTAGG meeting after this one will be on Saturday, 9 Jan 2016.

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