The regular monthly meetings of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group are held on the second Saturday of each month, except December, from 9 AM to noon. The meetings are free and open to the public. They are held at the Red Brick LDS Chapel, 4050 North 650 East (Timpview Drive), Provo, Utah, usually in the Cultural Hall. If you would like to receive email notification of classes planned for the next meeting, go to our blog page for instructions on how to subscribe.
Map of the Meeting Location
The main presentation will be on CLOTHES LINE APPROACH TO ANALYSIS by DearMYRTLE , nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, author of the award-winning DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog
, consistently among the top 5 family history blogs internationally, where her focus is on beginning genealogy topics. She is the National Genealogical Society’s 2015 President’s Citation
recipient. This presentation includes several newer case studies and explains why reasonably exhaustive research isn’t accomplished when using only FamilySearch.org
. Renowned for multiple live video hangouts weekly, including Mondays with Myrt and Wacky Wednesday, DearMYRTLE eschews the lecture format in favor of the “home-work-first with panelist moderation format” in her Mastering Genealogical Proof and Genealogy and the Law and other study group sessions. Over 400 videos are archived on DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel
. A speaker at regional and national conferences including live videocasts at RootsTech 2011 and 2012, Myrt is co-founder of the Genea-Quilters group on Facebook, and founder of www.GeneaWebinars.com
, a centralized calendar and blog for all known genealogy webinar hosts and virtual presenters. More information about her is at http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/p/bio.html
The following classes are scheduled after the main presentation this month.
(1) Dear Myrtle, Clothes Line Approach to Analysis, Q&A
(2) Laurie Castillo, Jurisdiction = When + Where
(3) Marilyn Thomsen, Cemetery Records – Locating, Searching and Sourcing
(4) Don Engstrom and John Blake, Ask an Expert (Personal Help)
(5) Video of last month’s main presentation: Robert Raymond, RootsTech 2017 and Family Search
(6) Gaylon Findlay, Ancestral Quest
The meetings are always open to the public and generally open with announcements that include what is happening in technology that effects family history work. A featured guest speaker will then make a one hour presentation on a topic of general interest relating to some aspect of technology and genealogy. The list of past and future main presentations is available. Following the general session 8 to 10 classes are taught relating to technology and genealogy. These are at all levels from beginning to advanced and typically include classes about various features of FamilySearch, RootsMagic, Legacy, Ancestral Quest other genealogy programs and instruction for using the Internet for Family History work. The classes vary from month to month. There is a list of teachers and their specialties on the Officers and Volunteers page. This list includes contact information in case you have a question. A few of the teachers have provided class outlines or summaries for some of their classes. Eileen Phelps, Editor of the UVTAGG’s monthly Newsletter, TAGGology, and Donald Engstrom, Membership Secretary will have copies of the current issue available for distribution to members at a table in the corner of the Cultural Hall. Following the meeting unclaimed copies of the newsletter are mailed to the contributing members. For telephone information about the meetings or about the Group, call Gerhard Ruf at 801-225-6106.