29 September 2011

UTAH VALLEY TECHNOLOGY AND GENEALOGY GROUP MEETING (UVTAGG)

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, 8 Oct 2011, 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 http://uvtagg.org.

The main presentation for this meeting will be by Loretta Evans on DEAD MEN DO TELL TALES.   When someone dies, a number of records are created – obituaries, sexton records, death certificates, probates, funeral home documents, and even coroner’s reports.  These can be invaluable for family historians. Many original documents are available online and this presentation will illustrate finding and using them.  Loretta Evans, AG®, is a freelance writer and lecturer with over 35 years of genealogical experience.  Accredited in Midwestern research, she specializes in 19th and 20th century United States genealogy.  Loretta has lectured regularly at genealogical events, including the FGS Conference, BYU Computerized Genealogy Conference, and the BYU-Idaho Family History Conference.  She is the author of six family histories and numerous magazine articles.  She and her husband recently returned from serving as missionaries at the Family and Church History Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Following the main presentation there will be several classes about family history and technology with something for everyone at any level of expertise. The teachers and classes presently scheduled for this meeting are as follows:
(1)  Mormon Data, including the Nauvoo Databank, Don Snow;
(2)  Tips and Tricks for Using Ancestry.com on MACs & PCs, Cathy Magleby;
(3)  Personalized Help, Don Engstrom & Finn Hansen;
(4)  llustrating Your Family History, Loretta Evans;
(5)  Video of last month's main presentation: The Power of DNA in Unlocking Family Relationships, Ugo A. Perego;
(6)  Ancestral Quest, Gaylon Findlay;
(7)  Legacy 7.5, Joel Graham; and
(8)  RootsMagic 4, Bruce Buzbee.

All meetings of the Group 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 100-125 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays.