15 January 2015

Riverton FamilySearch Library Hosts Free Seminar - Saturday, January 17th, 9-Noon

Don't Let Them Be Forgotten—Honoring Our Ancestors through the Arts

The Riverton FamilySearch Library will host a free seminar on Saturday, January 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. The seminar will help genealogists of all skill levels learn how to:

•    Involve your children, nephews, and nieces in family history.
•    Share your heritage with your family, so they will become interested.
•    Teach your family to gain inspiration from the greatness of their heritage.
•    Teach them of the sacrifices made in the past from which they benefit.
•    Teach them about understanding the past.
•    Teach them that they are a part of the greater whole.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m., guests will hear from Clive Romney, who will present stories, songs, and cowboy (pioneer) poetry that tell how his heart was turned to his fathers through family history research and how his art has turned to our fathers as he has traveled through Utah for the past six years unearthing untold stories of Utah pioneers.

Following the keynote presentation from 9:00 to 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.

10:10–11:10 a.m. Choose one of the following four classes:

•    “Road Tripping for Genealogy” Laurie Beardall

•    “New FamilySearch Indexing Program” Scott Flinders

•    “Family History Detectives: Inspiring Youth to Dig In” Susanne Hansen

•    “Find Your Past with findmypast” Sue Maxwell

11:20 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Choose one of the following four classes:

•    “Managing 100s of Family File Cards” Mark Ruhlman

•    “Your Ancestors in the Newspapers: Read All About It” Ron Ray

•    “Make Family Memories: Tell Your Story Today” Joan Gust

•    “MyHeritage—It’s Working While You Sleep”––– Sue Maxwell

Registration is not required for this free seminar. The Riverton FamilySearch Library is located in the LDS Riverton Office Building at 3740 West Market Center Drive (13175 South), Riverton, Utah. 

06 January 2015

UVTAGG Meeting and Free Classes-Saturday 10 Jan 2015

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG will be on Saturday, 10 Jan 2015, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG is by Ben Baker on FAMILYSEARCH INSIDER TIPS AND TRICKS.  There are many powerful tools available on FamilySearch.org that are not well-documented in manuals nor easily discovered in the products themselves.  This presentation will help you learn some tips and tricks from a FamilySearch engineer of how to be more productive in using the resources on FamilySearch.org.  

Ben Baker has been a senior software engineer at FamilySearch for the past 5 years.  His computer education is from BYU and he currently leads an engineering team working on Family Tree.  He has also worked with digital image processing of historical documents.  He enjoys helping others do Family History more effectively and tries to do his own.  His background information and a list of some of his previous presentations is online at https://www.linkedin.com/in/familysearchbenbaker .

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: FamilySearch Insider Tips and Tricks, by Ben Baker;  

 (2)  Using LDS Membership Records Worldwide: A Gold-Mine of Information, by Liz Snow; 

 (3)  Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom and Finn Hansen;  

(4)  Video of the last main presentation (Nov 2014):  Adding a Visual Dimension to Your Research, by Peg Ivanyo;  

(5)  MAC Help, by Ron Snowden;  

(6)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay;  

(7)  Legacy: Searching, Tagging and Focus Groups, by Dean Bennett;  and  

(8)  RootsMagic, by Sue Maxwell.

As you can see, there is something for everyone no matter what their level of family history expertise.

Information about the Group, meeting location, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  http://uvtagg.org.