04 July 2013

Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group Meeting and Classes (UVTAGG)

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the UVPAFUG will be on Saturday, 13 July 2013, 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 this month will be by Terry Dahlin on TREASURES IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD: GENEALOGY RESOURCES IN THE BYU LIBRARY.  This will be a discussion of the wealth of services, technology, and print and online collections available to genealogical researchers at the Harold B. Lee Library on the BYU Campus.  Terry Dahlin is the Family and Local History Librarian at BYU.  He was born in Bremerton, Washington, raised in Utah, and served an LDS mission to Chile.  He met his wife in a BYU singles ward and they have two sons and two daughters.  He completed a bachelor’s degree in U.S. social history and a master’s degree in library science, both at BYU.  He pursued advanced graduate study in public and educational policy at the University of Utah.  He has worked in a variety of positions in the Harold B. Lee Library since 1974, including head of government documents and maps.  He has served as a bishop and a high councilor with responsibility for temple and family history work.  His genealogical research interests have been in the western U.S. and England and more recently on pursuing his family lines into Sweden.  

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  Check the meetings page at http://uvtagg.org/ for last minute changes or additions.
(1)  Q&A: Treasures in Your Own Backyard:  Genealogy Resources in the BYU Library, by Terry Dahlin;  (2)  Evernote:  The Genealogist's Workhorse, by Don Snow;
(3)  MAC Help: Individual Help With Problems & OSX, by Ron Snowden;
(4)  Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom, Finn Hansen, & Beth Ann Wiseman;
(5)  Video of last month's main presentation: Techniques for Successful Searching, by Alan Mann;
(6)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay;
(7)  Legacy, by Dean Bennett; and
(8)  RootsMagic, by Diana Olsen and Renee Zamora.

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. 

03 July 2013

Riverton FamilySearch Library Free Seminar for July

The Five Most Important Resources for Finding Your U.S. Families

With an ever-growing number of sources, websites, and research tools, today’s family historian can be overwhelmed at the possibilities. Where to start? How to be sure you have not missed anything? Here are the tools that will help you be sure you have made a broad and deep sweep of the possible sources.
These five resources are true power tools. They can accomplish great searches in just a little time. Learn all their features and functions, so their power will work for you.

Kory Meyerink, one of the founding partners of ProGenealogists, has been involved in nearly every aspect of genealogy and family history for the past 30 years, beginning as a record searcher while attending Brigham Young University, where he received an associate degree in family and local history, as well as a bachelor of science degree in psychology. He later completed a master of library and information science degree. He has written extensively and contributed numerous articles and columns for both Ancestry and Heritage Quest magazines. He recently served as the lead editor for the ground-breaking new methodology book, Becoming an Excellent Genealogist, published by the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen), where he served for eight years as a commissioner. His volunteer work also includes serving as an officer and on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and as past-president of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA).

Following the keynote presentation from 9:00–10:00 a.m., two blocks of four classes each are offered that cover topics of interest for beginning, intermediate, and advanced family history enthusiasts.
The classes available from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. are:

“ResearchTies: A Quality Tool for Logging and Tracking Research” - Jill Crandell

“Find Your French Ancestors Online” - Heidi Sugden

“Installing and Using IrfanView Software” - Colleen Willis

“Basic Indexing” - Rose Scott

The classes available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. are:

“Research Fundamentals for Consultants and Novice Genealogists” - Sherry Zealley

“Fundamentals of Legacy Family Tree” - Carl Holland

“Find Green Arrows through Descendency Searches” - Cathy Anderegg

“Using Billiongraves.com as a Source on Family Tree” - Linda Baker

Registration is not required for this free seminar. The Riverton FamilySearch Library is located in the LDS Riverton Office Building at 3740 Market Center Drive in Riverton, Utah. The facility is near the intersection of Bangerter Highway and 13400 South, just east of The Home Depot.