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  3. [UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 10 Nov 2018, Provo, Utah, and online
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[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 9 Feb 2019, Provo, Utah, and online

2019-01-31
Journalists, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events.  Newsletter editors, at the top is a shorter version.  If you need further information, please email me.  Thanks.
Don Snow -- snowd@math.byu.edu 

[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 9 Feb 2019, Provo, Utah, and online

[Shorter version]
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UVTAGG MEETING, Saturday morning, 09 Feb 2019, 9 am - noon, "Red Chapel", 4056 No. Timpview Dr. (650 East), Provo, Utah 84604
Marilyn Markham  --  WHAT'S AVAILABLE AND HOW TO FIND IT?  USING THE FAMILYSEARCH CATALOG EFFECTIVELY
Classes following; free for everyone, in person or online at link on  https://www.uvtagg.org/ =============================================

[Longer version]
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The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 9 Feb 2019, 9 am to noon, at the "Red Chapel" of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4056 North Timpview Dr. (650 East), Provo, Utah 84604.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting and the main speaker will be Marilyn Markham, AG, CG, MLS, on WHAT'S AVAILABLE AND HOW TO FIND IT?  USING THE FAMILYSEARCH CATALOG EFFECTIVELY.  The FamilySearch Catalog is an important help for family historians.  It has information about everything available through FamilySearch, including online, at the FamilySearch Library and at many of the Family History Centers.  Learn how to use effectively this significant resource to find records about your family.  Marilyn Markham, AG, CG, MLS, worked in the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for almost 34 years.  For the first two years she cataloged records from Spain and Columbia and then she worked in the US/Canada Reference Unit at the Family History Library.  She also helped design various computer projects as a users representative and has taught at many genealogy conferences.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog (URLs above and below) for last minute changes.

(1)  Barbara Robertson,  USING OCCUPATIONAL AND WORK RECORDS IN YOUR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH - also streamed live on UVTAGG's Facebook page - see link on UVTAGG website
(2)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, FAMILYSEARCH AND PERSONAL HELP
(3)  Video from last month's main presentation, Don Snow, FAMILY HISTORY AND OTHER BOOKS ONLINE
(4)  Gaylon Findlay, ANCESTRAL QUEST

All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The meetings have something for everyone, especially Latter-day Saint Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 20-30 people at the monthly meetings in person and more attending online.  To watch the meeting streamed live on the internet go to the website  https://www.uvtagg.org/  at 9 am the morning of the meeting and click on the link to join with your Facebook account.  To attend the class being streamed online after the main presentation, at about 10:35 am, repeat this process.  The live streamings are open to the public at no charge and remain on the UVTAGG Facebook page for a couple of weeks.  To receive the press releases by email sign up on the blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org/ .

The Group is experimenting with teaching and giving online family history help between the regular meetings for everyone interested, whether members of the Group or not.  Information about helps, classes, topics, and how to register will be announced at the meeting and will posted on the website.  It will also be included in TAGGology, the monthly newsletter.  Benefits of membership ($15/year) include receiving TAGGology via email, having access to the more than 400 past presentations and classes on the website, and having access to many genealogy resources through UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Marilyn Thomsen, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom, Membership Director; Rayanne Melick, Finance Officer; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, Video Librarians; Eileen Phelps, Special Projects Coordinator; Carol Hill, FamilySearch Facebook Groups Coordinator, and Rick Wightman, Chris Stevenson, Brent Nelson, and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to help with membership and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past presentations and classes.  Gift memberships and DVDs make good presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Temple and Family History Consultants.  Volunteers who help with the organization get reduced rates for membership.  For further information about UVTAGG contact President Gerhard Ruf at pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at gengal@comcast.net , or 2nd VP Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu .

Don Snow, 2nd VP, snowd@math.byu.edu .=========================
    

[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 12 Jan 2019, Provo, Utah, and online

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2019-01-04
Journalists, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events.  Newsletter editors, at the top is a shorter version.  If you need further information, please email me.  Thanks.

Don Snow -- snowd@math.byu.edu

[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 12 Jan 2019, Provo, Utah, and online

[Shorter version]
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UVTAGG MEETING - FAMILY HISTORY AND OTHER BOOKS ONLINE by Donald R. Snow
Sat morning, 12 Jan 2019, 9 am-12 noon, LDS "Red" Chapel, 4050 North Timpview Dr (650 East), Provo, Utah 84604
Presentation and class will be presented remotely from St. George; attend in person at the Red Chapel in Provo or online via the Facebook link on  https://www.uvtagg.org/ .  The class notes are on Don's webpage  https://uvtagg.org/classes/dons/dons-classes.html .
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[Longer version]
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The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 12 Jan 2019, 9 am to noon, at the "Red Chapel" of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4050 North Timpview Dr., Provo, Utah 84604.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting and the main speaker will be Donald R. Snow on FAMILY HISTORY AND OTHER BOOKS ONLINE.  The meeting will also be streamed live on Facebook via the link on  https://www.uvtagg.org/ .  Millions of books, family history and otherwise, are posted online. Large collections of genealogy books are on FamilySearch, Google, Internet Archive, HeritageQuest Online, MyHeritage, and many other websites. Many of the online books are every-word searchable, so you can find books that have information about you or your ancestors. We will discuss finding the books you may be interested in and downloading and viewing them.  We will also discuss the most common ebook formats, pdf, ePub, Kindle, and mobi, and how to handle non-searchable pdf's, i.e. those where it is only a picture of the printed page and not the text itself. The notes and other related information, all with active Internet links, is posted on  http://uvtagg.org/classes/dons/dons-classes.html

Don Snow is a Californian by birth, with Snow ancestors from Southern Utah.  He is a retired Professor of Mathematics from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, and has lived in several foreign countries, both for mathematics and church assignments.  After retiring from the BYU Math Faculty, he and his now deceased wife Diane, served four Family History missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  These  included being Directors of the New York Family History Center in Manhattan, in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission on a FH project ( http://earlylds.com ), and in the London Family History Centre in the Hyde Park Chapel.  Don is on the Board of Directors of the Utah Genealogical Association, is the Host of the online UGA Virtual Chapter Meetings, and has been a VP of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group since the early 1990's.  He loves teaching, is a frequent speaker at FH venues, has 6 children and 30 grandchildren, and plays accordion concerts at Senior Citizen locations.   

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog (URLs above and below) for last minute changes.
(1)  Don Snow on MORE DETAILS ABOUT USING BOOKS ONLINE -- Taught remotely from St. George 
(2)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, FAMILYSEARCH AND PERSONAL HELP
(3)  Video of the November main presentation, Carol Hill on USING FAMILYSEARCH FACEBOOK GROUPS TO BREAK DOWN YOUR BRICK WALLS
(4)  Gaylon Findlay, ANCESTRAL QUEST

All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The meetings have something for everyone, especially Latter-day Saints Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 30-40 people at the monthly meetings in person and more attending via the Internet.  To watch the meeting on the Internet go to the website  https://www.uvtagg.org/  at 9 am the morning of the meeting and click on the link to join with your Facebook account.  To attend the class being streamed online after the main presentation, at about 10:35 am, repeat this process.  The live streamings are open to the public at no charge.  Also, anyone can sign up to receive emails of the press releases on the blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org/ .

The Group is also experimenting with teaching and giving online family history help between the regular meetings for anyone interested, whether members of the Group or not.  The classes and topics and how to register will be announced at the meeting and will posted on the website and listed in TAGGology, the monthly newsletter.  Benefits of membership ($15/year) include having access to the more than 400 past presentations and classes on the website, receiving TAGGology via email, and having access to many genealogy resources through UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Marilyn Thomsen, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom, Membership; Rayanne Melick, Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, Video Library; Eileen Phelps, Special Projects Coordinator; Carol Hill, FamilySearch Facebook Groups Coordinator, and Rick Wightman, Chris Stevenson, Brent Nelson, and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to help with membership and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past presentations and classes.  Gift memberships and DVDs make good presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Temple and Family History Consultants.  Volunteers who help with the organization get reduced rates for membership.  For further information about UVTAGG contact President Gerhard Ruf at pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at gengal@comcast.net , or 2nd VP Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu .

Don Snow, 2nd VP, snowd@math.byu.edu .
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[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 10 Nov 2018, Provo, Utah, and online

UVTAGG - Blog and press release - 2018-11-01
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2018-11-01
Journalists, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events.  Newsletter editors, at the top is a short version.  If you need further information, please email me.  Thanks.

Don Snow -- snowd@math.byu.edu

[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 10 Nov 2018, Provo, Utah, and online

[Short version]
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UVTAGG FAMILY HISTORY MEETING - Sat, 10 Nov 2018, 9 am - noon, LDS "Red" Chapel, 4050 North Timpview Dr (650 East), Provo, Utah 84604
Carol Hill on USING ONLINE FAMILYSEARCH FACEBOOK GROUPS FOR SOLVING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY BRICK WALLS
Also streamed live on Facebook - see link on  https://www.uvtagg.org/ ; classes following; all invited; no charge
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[Long version]
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The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 10 Nov 2018, 9 am to noon, in person at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints's "Red" Chapel, 4050 North Timpview Dr., Provo, Utah 84604, and online at their Facebook page linked to  https://www.uvtagg.org/ . This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting and the main speaker this month will be Carol Hill on USING ONLINE FAMILYSEARCH FACEBOOK GROUPS FOR SOLVING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY BRICK WALLS.  Carol will show how you can get free help from someone on the other side of the world right from the comfort of your home.  She says it's pretty amazing to see people translating a document, finding a newspaper article or an obituary, sharing a genealogy joke, etc.  FamilySearch has also created some communities, not a part of Facebook, that she will discuss.  Carol Hill is the Family History and Temple Consultant trainer for the 6-Stake Lindon Family History Center and is also serving a Family History Service mission as a Facebook Administrator.  She received her bachelor's degree in Family History from Brigham Young University in 2003 and is presently working on her accreditation for the Gulf South US region.  She loves helping individuals find their ancestors and descendant cousins and has been helping people for more than 15 years.  for several years she has been writing her  http://www.freegenealogyhelp.com/  blog and there is more information about her there.  She also creates Family History YouTube videos which are at  Youtube .  You can also find information and help from the Lindon, Utah, FHC Consultant Training website at  http://lindonfhc.org/committee1/ .  Besides her family history work, she loves her 6 children, 23 grandchildren, and wonderful husband who loves developing Family History Mobile Apps.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog (URLs above and below) for last minute changes.
(1)  Rayanne Melick on BEGINNING RESEARCH IN THE FORMER GERMAN, RUSSIAN, AND AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN EMPIRES
(2)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, FAMILYSEARCH AND PERSONAL HELP
(3)  Video of the October main presentation, Laurie Castillo on HOW TO BE MORE SUCCESSFUL WITH GENEALOGY WEBSITES
(4)  Gaylon Findlay, ANCESTRAL QUEST

All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The meetings have something for everyone, especially Latter-day Saints Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 30-40 people at the monthly meetings in person and more attending via the Internet.  To watch the meeting on the Internet go to the website  https://www.uvtagg.org/  at 9 am the morning of the meeting and click on the link to join with your Facebook account.  During the class period at about 10:35 am, repeat this process to watch the class that is being broadcast.  The live presentation and class are open to the public at no charge.  Also, anyone can sign up to receive emails of the press releases on the blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org/ .

The Group is also experimenting with teaching online family history classes between the regular meetings for anyone interested, whether members of the Group or not.  The November classes, their topics, times, and how to register, will be announced at this meeting, will posted on the website, and will be listed in TAGGology, the monthly newsletter.  Benefits of membership ($15/year) include having access to the more than 400 past presentations and classes on the website, receiving TAGGology via email, and having access to many genealogy resources through UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Eileen Phelps, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom, Membership; Rayanne Melick, Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, Video Library; and Rick Wightman, Chris Stevenson, Brent Nelson, and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to help with membership and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past presentations and classes.  Gift memberships and DVDs make good presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Temple and Family History Consultants.  Volunteers who help with the organization get reduced rates for membership and the Group is looking for a newsletter editor to assist and later take over editing TAGGology.  For further information about UVTAGG contact President Gerhard Ruf at pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at gengal@comcast.net , or 2nd VP Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu .

Don Snow, 2nd VP, snowd@math.byu.edu .
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[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 13 Oct 2018, Provo, Utah, and online


2018-10-04
Journalists and newsletter editors, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events.  For a shorter version please show the main speaker and topic, give the UVTAGG websites, and say there are classes and helps at all levels of genealogy.  If you need further information, please email me.  Thanks.
Don Snow -- snowd@math.byu.edu 

[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 13 Oct 2018, Provo, Utah, and online

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 13 Oct 2018, 9 am to noon, in person at the Latter-day Saints "Red" Chapel, 4050 North Timpview Dr., Provo, Utah 84604, and online at their Facebook page linked to  http://uvtagg.org.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting and the main speaker this month will be Laurie Castillo on HOW TO BE MORE SUCCESSFUL WITH GENEALOGY WEBSITES.  Every website has its own unique qualities and quirks. Understanding each site will greatly improve the success of the researcher.  Discussion will include the many elements that go into the making of a website.  Knowing the website owner and the purpose for maintaining it may prove insightful.  Becoming familiar with the search functions and features available improves the quality and relevancy of results. The presentation will discuss search functionality such as searching with wild cards, just a last name, just a given name, location, or keywords. Examples will illustrate some very helpful ways to test a website search in advance so searches can be tailored for improved effectiveness. The result hit lists and what can be done with information found will be discussed. Many other questions exist: Does the site include any collaborative or interactive features? What are your legal rights concerning data or pictures there?  What about website contents and organization? Do you really know exactly what you are searching? Is there an inventory? Answering these questions and more will increase success! 

Laurie Werner Castillo is the 1st Vice President of UVTAGG and is a professional genealogist who has done historical background research for books and family research for private clients. She has written articles for publication and presented at numerous conferences, national, state and local, including RootsTech, FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies), UGA (Utah Genealogical Association), and BYU (Brigham Young University). She has worked with the UGA in several positions and for many years has been a Family History Missionary, Consultant, and Teacher at the BYU Family History Library, a Stake Family Records Extraction Director, and a Ward Temple and Family History Consultant. She specializes in research in continental Europe and Scandinavia, especially Germany, Sweden, France, and the Netherlands. She has researched most everywhere in the U.S. and particularly enjoys New England, Midwest, and the “Western Frontier”. Besides all this, she is a U.S. Census specialist and is well-versed in Early LDS Research. Laurie was born in Santa Monica, California and raised in West Los Angeles. In high school she participated in musical groups and was a point guard on the girls basketball team. She attended BYU where she met and married Jerry Castillo from San Antonio, Texas. Jerry also works with technical aspects and teaches classes at UVTAGG. Laurie graduated from BYU with a BS in Family and Consumer Economics and the Castillo’s live in Orem.  She was a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Trainer for the City of Orem, Utah, and did Earthquake Preparedness presentations. They have two grown children and 6 grandchildren. 

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog (URLs below) for last minute changes.
(1)  Marilyn Thomsen, FAMILY HISTORY MEMORIES WORKSHOP (Bring your smartphone or computer!)
(2)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(3)  Video of the September main presentation, Robert Ives on INTRODUCTION TO THE FAMILY HISTORY GUIDE
(4)  Gaylon Findlay, ANCESTRAL QUEST

All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The meetings have something for everyone, especially Latter-day Saints Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 30-40 people at the monthly meetings in person and more attending via the Internet.  To watch the meeting on the Internet go to the website  http://uvtagg.org  at 9 am the morning of the meeting and click on the link to join with your Facebook account.  During the class period at about 10:35 am, repeat this process to watch the class that is being broadcast.  The live presentation and class are open to the public at no charge.  Also, anyone can sign up to receive emails of the press releases on the blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org .

The Group is also experimenting with teaching online family history classes between the regular meetings for anyone interested, whether members of the Group or not.  The October classes, their topics, times, and how to register, will be announced at this meeting, will be listed in TAGGology, the monthly newsletter, and will be posted on the website.  Benefits of membership ($15/year and half price after Jun) include having access to the more than 400 past presentations and classes on the website, receiving via email TAGGology, the monthly newsletter, and having access to many genealogy resources through UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Eileen Phelps, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom, Membership; Rayanne Melick, Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, Video Library; and Rick Wightman, Chris Stevenson, Brent Nelson, and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to help with membership and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past presentations and classes.  Gift memberships and DVDs make good presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Temple and Family History Consultants.  Volunteers who help with the organization get reduced rates for membership and the Group is looking for a newsletter editor to assist and later take over editing TAGGology.  For further information about UVTAGG contact President Gerhard Ruf at pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at gengal@comcast.net , or 2nd VP Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu .

Don Snow, 2nd VP, snowd@math.byu.edu .
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[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 08 Sep 2018, Provo, Utah, and online


2018-08-29
Journalists and newsletter editors, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events.  For a shorter version please show the main speaker and topic, give the UVTAGG websites, and say there are classes and helps at all levels of genealogy.  If you need further information, please email me.  Thanks.
Don Snow -- snowd@math.byu.edu 

[UVTAGG] Press Release: Family History meeting Saturday morning, 08 Sep 2018, Provo, Utah, and online

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group) will be on Saturday, 08 Sep 2018, 9 am to noon, in the Latter-day Saints "Red" Chapel, 4050 North Timpview Dr., Provo, Utah 84604.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting and the main speaker this month will be Bob Ives on INTRODUCTION TO THE FAMILY HISTORY GUIDE.  This is the family history website that everyone is talking about:  The Family History Guide -- www.thefhguide.com .  Approved as a learning and training resource for FamilySearch, this free website brings you a world class learning system with Projects, Goals, Choices, and Steps to guide you.  Beginners will feel right at home with the Quick Start process, Computer Basics, and Family History Basics sections.  More experienced learners can explore the many links to key family history articles and videos.

Robert A. Ives, M.Ed., is the Executive Director and Co-founder of The Family History Guide Association.  He has teaching and technology in his blood and was a teacher and administrator in a large school district.  He received his B.S. in Education from BYU, an M.Ed. in Computerized Curriculum Design and Administrative Certification from the University of Utah, and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  He introduced the use of “micro” computers into classrooms and taught Turtle Graphics from MIT and Basic programming to his elementary school students.  He also served as the Director of Instructional Technology for the Utah State Office of Education.  Bob was instrumental in the pervasive spread of early technology in Utah and the development of cutting edge programs such as satellite distance learning with IBM.  After leaving the State Office of Education he formed his own technology consulting and training company, Educational Renaissance, Inc., and worked as an IBM business partner for 15 years.  As a trainer for IBM Educational Systems he traveled all over the US and Pacific Rim.  Other clients included McGraw-Hill and Allyn & Bacon.  He also served on such state and national committees as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Technology Committee in Washington, DC and the Utah Governors’ Computer Literacy Task Force.  He has given presentations all over the United States, Canada, Singapore, Australia and Malaysia and has managed several other companies with his rich business background.  He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Utah State University in teacher training.  He and his wife Dawn have two sons and four grandchildren and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.  He has served as an Latter-day Saints bishop and in two stake presidencies and currently is the Technology Coordinator for the Sandy Utah Granite Family History Center.  Since he is now “retired”, he only works four jobs! 

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog (URLs below) for last minute changes.
(1)  Bob Ives, HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FAMILY HISTORY GUIDE
(2)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(3)  Video of the Aug main presentation, Don Snow, MAKING SIDE-BY-SIDE IMAGES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
(4)  Bud Wood, ANCESTRAL QUEST, Q&A

All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The meetings have something for everyone, especially Latter-day Saints Temple and Family History Consultants.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 30-40 people at the monthly meetings in person and more attending via the Internet.  To watch the meeting on the Internet go to the website   http://uvtagg.org  at 9 am the morning of the meeting and click on the link to join with your Facebook account.  During the class period at about 10:35 am, repeat this process to watch the class that is being broadcast.  The live presentation and class are open to the public at no charge.  Also, anyone can sign up to receive emails of the press releases on the blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org .

The Group is also experimenting with a new program of teaching online family history classes between the regular meetings for anyone interested, whether members of the Group or not.  The September classes, their topics, times, and how to register, will be announced at this meeting, will be listed in TAGGology, the monthly newsletter, and will be posted on the website.  Benefits of membership ($15/year and half price after Jun) include having access to the more than 400 past presentations and classes on the website, receiving TAGGology, the monthly newsletter, via email each month, and having access to many genealogy resources through UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Eileen Phelps, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom, Membership; Rayanne Melick, Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, Video Library; and Rick Wightman, Chris Stevenson, Brent Nelson, and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to help with membership and check out or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of past main presentations and classes.  Gift memberships and DVDs make good presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Temple and Family History Consultants.  Volunteers who help with the organization get reduced rates for membership.  For further information about UVTAGG contact President Gerhard Ruf at  pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at  gengal@comcast.net , or 2nd VP Don Snow at  snowd@math.byu.edu .


Don Snow, 2nd VP, snowd@math.byu.edu .
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