Friday, January 31, 2014

Hillcrest Family History Fair

Hillcrest Stake Family History Fair

Hillcrest Stake Center, 165 North 350 West, American Fork, Utah

Family History Fair Saturday February 22, 2014

Opening session 9:00 - 9:20 a.m.
Click on Class name for class description, Instructors Name for bio or Handouts for class handouts.
location9:30 - 10:15 a.m.10:35 - 11:20 a.m.11:40 - 12:25 a.m.
Find a Name For the Temple
Find a Name for the Temple
Find a Name for the Temple
Robert Lee
Robert Lee
Robert Lee
Relief Society
Navigating Family Tree
Using Find my Past
to Find Temple Names
Learning to Use Family Tree
With the Training Site
Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons
Barbara Moon
No Handouts
No Handouts
Primary Room
Using Ancestry
to Find Names for the Temple
Placing Photos
in Family Tree
Randy Davis
Randy Davis
No Handouts
No Handouts
Young Men's
How Sourcing Family Tree
Can Find Names for the Temple
How Sourcing Family Tree
Can Find Names for the Temple
Searching FamilySeearch
To Find Names for the Temple
Bryce Roper
Bryce Roper
Bryce Roper
No Handout
No Handout
No Handout

Cultural Hall -- Ward Consultants

15min Appointments
First Come First Serve
Sign Up starts 9:00am
Solve Your Ugly Problems
In Family Tree
Solve Your Ugly Problems
In Family Tree
Solve Your Ugly Problems
In Family Tree
Leland Moon
Leland Moon
Leland Moon

Global RootsTech Conference Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

The following is from the FamilySearch Blog.

RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 6-8, 2014, announced today that 15 of its popular sessions will be broadcast live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend in-person worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at The fourth-year conference has attracted over 10,000 registered attendees in-person, and leaders expect over 20,000 additional viewers online. Click here to view the broadcast schedule.

RootsTech Satellite: Tulsa Family History Fair

Tulsa Family History Fair
The Tulsa East Stake Family History Center
Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (CST)
Tulsa, Oklahoma

The fair is free to attend, however, pre-registration is requested. However, a paper ticket is not necessary. (Registration Link)

Held in connection with RootsTech, the fair this year will offer broadcasts from the RootsTech conference which is being held in Salt Lake City the same weekend. Additionally there will be live presenters from the area. The Family History Center will be open during the hours of the fair for those who may have individual questions or who may be seeking help on searching for a particular ancestor or family line. 

Presentations being offered include topics such as: 
Native American Research, Beginning Your Family History, Military Records, Using Your Census to Find Your Story, and more. There will be sessions presented by speakers from both the Tulsa Genealogy Center and the Oklahoma Historical Society and several others. 

Lunch will not be provided. However, you are free to bring a sack lunch (there is no storage for this, so you will need to plan accordingly) and a list of eating establishments in the immediate area will be available as well. Tables will be set up to accommodate those who either bring their lunch or wish to "drive-through" and bring it back.

The Tulsa East Stake Family History Center
We are located in the Tulsa East Stake Center (where this event is being held). The center is open to the public for those who are interested in doing (or in learning to do) their family history research. We have several services including free access paid sites such as,, and several others. We welcome any interested in learning or researching thier family history to visit us.

Pictures & Stories - Join us next week for RootsTech 2014

The following is from Pictures & Stories.

Join us at RootsTech 2014!

February 6-8, the Salt Palace, Salt Lake City

We are excited to be presenting at RootsTech next week! RootsTech is the largest genealogy and family history conference in North America and we are thrilled to be a part of it.

Tom will be teaching two classes:
  • "How to Interview Yourself for a Personal History" Friday at 2:30 in Hall D
  • "45 Memories in 45 Minutes" Saturday at 10:30, Ballroom E
Alison will be teaching two classes:
  • "From Chaos to C.A.L.M. - Organizing Digital Photos" Friday at 4:00 in Hall E
  • "How Not to Bore Your Family and Friends" Saturday at 1:00, Ballroom B
We'd love to see you at our vendor booth! Come by and say hello at "How to Save Your Life - One Chapter at a Time" booth #220.

For those of you unable to attend, some of the classes will be broadcast live online for free at (including Tom's "Interview" class.) You can see the online class schedule here.For more information, directions, and to sign up for the conference, click here.

We hope to see you there!
Tom and Alison Taylor

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Countdown to RootsTech 2014 - Things You Should Know, Part III

The following is from RootsTech.

RootsTech Family History and Technology Conference

Rootstech - February 6-8, 2014


Countdown To RootsTech 2014 - #3
We're counting down until the start of RootsTech 2014 with updates and information to help you get excited for the conference.
Thanks to our Sponsors and Exhibitors
Our amazing sponsors and exhibitors in the Expo Hall help make RootsTech a great conference. We appreciate their support! This year's Expo Hall is bigger than ever, with hundreds of interactive and informative booths. Check out some of the special offers and opportunities for RootsTech attendees:
When you're at RootsTech, be sure to check out, the world's largest online family resource. This is the company that helped pioneer the market for online family research. Over the last 17 years, they have digitized, indexed and put online 12 billion records to go along with 55 million user-generated family trees. They also operate a suite of online family history brands including AncestryDNA, which provides users insight into genetic ethnicity and distant cousin matches.
Ancestry needs your help!! They are looking for Ancestry enthusiasts to provide feedback on some new concepts on the website experience. Take their survey for a chance to participate. 
RootsTech is the premier place to connect with other genealogists.  We're excited to have the Association of Professional Genealogists be part of the conference.  The Association was established in 19 79 and represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, and others involved in genealogy-related businesses.  Its members represent all 50 states, Canada, and 30 other countries.  
While you're at RootsTech, make it a point to connect with them on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.  You can visit their website at
Don't worry about losing your precious family photos and research.  When you're at RootsTech, you can see how Backblaze can make sure that will never happen.  Backblaze specializes in offering automatic, continuous and safe online backup for all of your photos, video, and genealogical data stored on your computer.  Whether you have a PC or Mac, Backblaze can back you up. 
Backblaze will be featuring free installation of Backblaze Online Backup for all new Backblaze users. And as a special offer at RootsTech, bring your PC or Mac into Booth 527 and they will install 1 FREE year of Backblaze Online Backup.
We are proud to welcome BYUtv to RootsTech this year.  BYUtv is a groundbreaking HD television network available in more than 53 million homes via DirecTV, Dish Network and more than 800 cable systems.  BYUtv won 10 Emmy awards this year.  It's thanks to unrivaled sports coverage, feature films and original programming such as Granite Flats, Studio C and American Ride.  Its "see the good in the world" programming fills a void in the primetime market.
RootsTech attendees will be able to meet the cast of Studio C on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the North Foyer.
RootsTech is proud to be partnering with Dell at this year's conference. Dell can make all your family history searching faster and easier with their powerful and easy-to-use computer products.
If you're looking to upgrade your computer, look for the Dell ad in the RootsTech Conference Guide for more information on the Dell Member Purchase Program.
Danish Heritage Tours
RootsTech could help you find the exact house where your ancestors lived, even if it's half-way around the world in Denmark.  That's possible thanks to Danish Heritage Tours, which is part of RootsTech this year.  They are a Danish based tour operator specializing in family history trips. Their staff of historians and genealogists will help you find the exact places where your family tree has its roots. Their expertise is genealogy, history, tour planning and guiding. 
As a special offer to RootsTech attendees, you can get seven hours of free genealogy research if travel to Denmark is purchased in 2014. Learn more when you visit them during at Booth 1021.  
When you're at RootsTech this year, be sure to get your first look at the latest books and games from Family ChartMasters. They are the award-winning genealogy chart printing service for any kind of chart imaginable. From oversized draft family reunion charts to custom decorative designs, they let you give your chart the personalized attention it deserves. They are introducing new books and online resources-Zap The Grandma Gap-designed to help even the youngest connect to their family history.  It features books, workbooks and website resources.
Be sure to visit Family ChartMasters at Booth 351 for FREE chart consultations and Free Zap The Grandma Gap paper doll sets.   You can also find special sale pricing on blank charts and books.
RootsTech is excited to host the debut of, and you can be one of the first to discover it.  It is the first genealogy service to bring collaboration and game mechanics together. aims to bring families closer together through building their family tree, sharing family stories, researching historical records and more. 
When you stop by Booth 333, you can get a free invitation code from to be one of the first to try Beta.
RootsTech is all about telling your family's story, so it's natural our friends at are here to help out.   Family Storytelling is a website full of ideas, inspiration, recipes, crafts and stories that will help you begin, or continue a tradition of family storytelling. They believe families can be more than just people living under the same roof, give them 5 minutes a day, and them will give you ways to become the happy family you want to be.
Be sure to visit them at Booth 339 and they will give you some ways to become the family you want to be. 
RootsTech is honored to have the Federation of Genealogical Societies be part of this year's event. The FGS represents members of hundreds of genealogical societies across the United States and other nations. They want to help link the genealogical community and help it grow. Be sure to drop by their booth to learn about the War of 1812 Preserve the Pension Project, and the society's premier periodical The Forum. 
Visit them at Booth 725 to learn how you can join them for their annual conference August 27-30 in San Antonio, Texas.
While you're here at RootsTech, be sure to learn more from our friends at Findmypast. Findmypast is the British-owned world leader in online genealogy. They offer access to 1,000 years of records and let you search high-quality images from around the globe. Their parent company DC Thomson Family History (formerly brightsolid) works with institutions like The British Library, Royal Archives, the Imperial War Museum, and national and regional archives.
When you stop by Booth 405, you can learn how to discover your family stories through their global collection of newspapers, vital records, census, migration and even crime records.
RootsTech will help you discover and share your family history. So after you're done, discover better ways to print it out. Lexmark can help you with that. Lexmark is a provider of printing and imaging products, software, solutions, and services that help customers save time and money.
Make sure you take time to visit them at to see how they can help you get more done.
RootsTech is a place to learn the best ways to document your family history. That's the same concept with Mocavo. Mocavo provides free access to family history forever. They launch 1000 new collections every day and never stop looking for more information for you. While you're at RootsTech, you can see demonstrations of and try their free scanning.
You can even get 50% off of a Mocavo Gold subscription when you visit them at Booth 617.
It would be nice to have someone else automatically look for your ancestors.  At this year's RootsTech, you can meet a company doing just that. MyHeritage is a family history network helping millions of families around the world discover and share their legacy.  They have cutting edge family history technologies to help you grow your family tree by automatically finding new relatives, ancestors, and information from billions of historical records and millions of family trees.
Make sure you stop by Booth 605 and ask MyHeritage how they can help you open the door to a new world of discoveries.
RootsTech attracts family historians on all levels, so it's the perfect place to get introduced to the National Genealogical Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1903. They are the premier national society to help everyone from beginners to the most advanced family historians. They offer publications and educational courses. The upcoming NGS 2014 Family History Conference, May 7-10 in Richmond, Virginia is a great opportunity to learn more.
Stop by Booth 227 to learn more about the conference, get a 10% discount off of all books, and sign up for prize drawings. You could win an online course, a one-year NGS membership or a signed copy of Mastering Genealogical Proof.
If your ancestors came through New England, RootsTech could be the place where you find the connections to them.  America's founding genealogical society, NEHGS, will be on hand to help guide you.  They have the nation's largest collection of original family research materials. Its website, offers hundreds of millions of records for New England, New York and beyond.
Be sure to visit their team at Booth 926 and learn how their team can provide expert research assistance with specialties covering the United States, Canada, and Europe.
RootsTech is all about helping you find people.  We're excited to have PeopleFinders be part of this year's conference.  They provide insight on people, places and things.  They are one of the largest owners of public records data in the US, including information on virtually every adult in the nation. They can help you connect with anyone, anywhere. They are a premier online service that helps you quickly search billions of records spanning the last 40 years, and will deliver comprehensive and accurate results.
You will want to drop in to Booth 526 to learn how they can help you find the people important to you.
One of the best parts about family history is the photos that go along with it.  So RootsTech is excited to have Pictureline be part of this year's conference.  Pictureline is a great resource for whatever photography questions you might have.  They understand photos and are committed to helping you achieve success.
Pictureline is in Booth 317, so be sure to stop by and let them show you how to transition to a picture taker to a picture maker.
The 1940 US Census is a great resource, so while you're at RootsTech, learn how to make the most of it. RootsPoint will be on hand to help you with that. RootsPoint is a global community centered on the 1940 US Census and aims to make genealogy accessible to all enthusiasts. Data available spans the 110 years before the census, stretching back to 1830.
Be sure to visit them and learn how their social sharing tools can help make your searching easier.
When you come to RootsTech, you'll be learning the latest ways to gather your family stories and histories. After RootsTech, you're going to want to keep learning.  Salt Lake Community College can help.  The Division of Continuing Education at SLCC offers a genealogy certificate for those who want to learn some solid genealogical research and organization skills.  You can learn more about the course and meet their nationally and internationally renowned instructors and learn about financial assistance opportunities.
As an extra incentive, the first 10 attendees to visit them at Booth 235 will receive a 50% discount. All attendees will also receive a 10% discount for a non-credit course.
Home to five national parks, 43 state parks, seven national monuments, two national recreation areas and "The Greatest Snow on Earth®", Utah represents the best of the Rocky Mountains and the Desert Southwest. RootsTech welcomes the Utah Office of Tourism as a new sponsor for 2014.
While you're here at RootsTech, enjoy easy access to Utah and enjoy scenic vistas, outdoor recreation, shopping, dining, and Western culture.   
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Countdown to RootsTech 2014 - Things You Should Know, Part II

The following is from RootsTech. (Sorry a little late posting this.)

RootsTech Family History and Technology Conference

Rootstech - February 6-8, 2014


Countdown To RootsTech 2014 - #2
RootsTech 2014 is just 8 (now 6) days away! We're counting down with email updates and information about the conference. 
RootsTechApp2_smallRegistration Check-In
To get your RootsTech name badge and conference materials, stop by Registration Check-In located in the South foyer of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Be sure to bring photo ID. Avoid the lines and check in at your earliest convenience! Registration Check-In is open at the following times:
    • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Innovator Summit
    • Wednesday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
    • Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
    • Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Family History Library at NightFriday Night Fun at the Library
The Family History Library is the place for aFriday Night Pizza Party.  The largest library of its kind in the world is staying open late for you. Come do some research, find a name, and grab a slice of pizza. There will be an "Open Mic Night" for five-minute story sharing and then catch an episode of The Story Trek, hosted by Todd Hansen, who will be a keynote speaker at RootsTech Saturdaymorning. Tickets for the pizza are nearly gone, but the library is open late that night for everyone!

Interactive and Hands-on
Be sure to check out the new Family Discovery Exhibit, sponsored by FamilySearch, in the RootsTech Expo Hall.

Photo Scanning Area
Make digital copies of family photos that you can preserve, share, and even upload directly to your FamilySearch Family Tree. There are also plenty of high-capacity scanners that make great digital copies quickly. 

What to do: Bring the photos you want to scan and a flash drive. 

Recording Booth - Record Your Story
Video or audio record your favorite family story in one of our enclosed sound booths. Your private recording session includes ten minutes of recording time and you'll get a copy of it on a flash drive. Enjoy sharing the memory for many years to come. 

What to do: Think of a family story or memory that you want to capture and preserve. Story helps will be provided on-site.

Record a Call - With Someone Who Inspires You
Make a phone call that will last a lifetime. Simply call a parent, grandparent, or someone who inspires you and find out more about their life. Our app will record the conversation and you can take it and treasure the memory for years. 

What to do: Bring a phone number of a person you want to call and interview, as well as an email address you'd like to send the recorded file to.

See Yourself in History
How would you look as a cowboy or as one of the pretty maids all in a row? Have your face (and the faces of your friends) added to one of several fun antique photos and e-mail yourself a digital copy you can share. 

What to do: Have an email address to send your new photo to. 

FamilySearch Book Scanning Booth
Get your family book scanned for free. We'll make a digital copy, you keep the original and a searchable PDF copy for yourself. You can also donate personal works, books that are copyright protected, and books that are in the public domain. Questions?

RT-Disc-Share-badge-200sqDiscover the Official RootsTech Bloggers
Over 15 bloggers are sharing their excitement, insights, tips and tricks before, during and after RootsTech 2014. Check out the full line-up, including photos, bios, and links to their blogs here
Thanks to Our Gold Sponsors
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Ordering Family History Library Films from the Vault During RootsTech

The following is from the FamilySearch Blog.

Films that are not currently available in the Family History Library can be ordered from the Granite Mountain Record Vault. Films are ordered twice a day, Monday thru Friday. Films ordered by 1:00pm will arrive the same day around 5:00pm. Films ordered after 1:00pm will arrive the next business day around 11:00am.
During RootsTech week, the film ordering deadline on Friday (February 7th) will be extended to 5:00pm. Films will arrive that same day around 7:00pm.
To order the films in advance, go to or call one of the Access Services Windows: US & Canada  801-240-7378, International  801-240-2334; British  801-240-7379. Focus Group Needed at RootsTech 2014

The following is from a Facebook post by Heather Wilkinson Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy Blog.

They are looking for folks for a few focus groups at RootsTech to provide feedback on some new concepts on the website experience. If you are interested in applying for participation, email

There are two ways to participate:

1. There will be two 90 minute focus groups from 4:30 - 6:00 PM each day Thursday 2/6 and Friday 2/7. You will be asked to pull up people from your tree and share with the research team and the other people in the group.

2. A 50 minute, one to one interview with a member of the Product Research team who will walk you through some new concepts and get your input. They will be conducting 7 sessions at different times during the day on Thursday 2/6 and Friday 3/7.

To participate in either type of research session you need an active account with a tree. Please fill out the survey at this link to set up scheduling:

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Mapleton Annual Family History Fair - FREE!

Reserve the date for the center's biggest and best annual opportunity to update your family history skills in this all-day event with free lunch. This year's theme is "Me and My Tree—Family History for Everyone." Jeff Hawkins, product manager of FamilySearch Family Tree will give our keynote address. Other notable instructors include Tim Cross, product manager for FamilySearch; Brad Young, product manager of FamilySearch Photos and Stories; Todd Powell, manager of Family Tree mobile app; and Bruce Buzbee, president of RootsMagic. These and other experienced family history instructors will present over twenty classes this year, including a special course designed specifically for high priest group leaders and a track especially for youth. For those who attended in the past, we will be at a new venue this year, Mapleton North Stake Center, 475 North 1600 West (Highway 89), Mapleton, Utah.

Click here to see the 2014 Fair Poster
Click here for a map to the Mapleton North Stake Center
Click here to see 2014 class schedule & handouts
Click here to see Mapleton North Stake Center layout

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 onSaturday, 08 Feb 2014, 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 .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive the press releases by email when they are sent out a week before the meeting. 

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG will be a recorded keynote address from Thursday or Friday at the large RootsTech 2014 Conference.  

RootsTech 2014 starts Wednesday, 5 Feb, and ends Saturday, 8 Feb, in the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City.  RootsTech began 4 years ago sponsored by the LDS Church, BYU, Ancestry, and other companies, and has already grown to be the largest genealogy conference in the United States with over 10,000 people expected to attend this year.  Besides the in-person attendees, this year more than 500 LDS stakes have signed up to use RootsTech presentations in their local Family History seminars later.  

Since many of our UVTAGG members are Family History Consultants and will be at the Salt Palace, it was decided to use RootsTech presentations for the UVTAGG meeting this month.  To avoid bandwidth problems with the Internet at the chapel we will be recording the streaming videos of the RootsTech presentations Thursday and Friday to show at our Saturday morning meeting.  We will show one of the keynote addresses for our main presentation and then show three other presentations during the class period, so you can select the one you want to watch.  All of the RootsTech keynote presentations and additional classes will be streamed live from the Salt Palace on their website , so people can even watch them at home on their own computers.  And the videos will be available there after the conference is over.

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; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Renee Zamora, Secretary; Kay Baker, Don Engstrom, and Rayanne Melick working with membership and finances, Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen working with the DVD Library, and Chris Stevenson as the Webmaster.  Some 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 by paying the $10 per year dues to receive the monthly newsletter via email and purchase DVDs of the presentations and classes.  Gift memberships are wonderful presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Family History Consultants.  See more information on the websites mentioned above about the presentations, classes, and class notes, or to join the Group.  You can also contact President Gerhard Ruf at (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at, or 2nd VP Don Snow at