19 July 2014

Join the 24-Hour Worldwide Indexing Event - and Hangout!


Join volunteers from around the world on July 20 and 21st for an international history-making event! The goal is to get OVER 50,000 indexers and arbitrators to submit at least one batch during the 24-hour period. Even if you have never indexed before, this is the time to get started.



Only hours away!


This is going to take everyone's help. Even yours! No matter what language you speak or read you can add to this event. It's been two years since the first Worldwide Indexing Event and a total of 49,025 people participated. Let's beat that old record!

You can work on any project you like but FamilySearch suggests that you work on the following projects in your native language, if possible. 

  • US—Obituaries, 1980–2014
  • US—Passport Applications, 1795-1925
  • US, New Orleans—Passenger Lists, 1820-1902
  • UK, Manchester—Parish Registers, 1787-1999

If you haven't had a great deal of experience I'd suggest you give the obituaries a try. Even though they are listed under the "intermediate" category, rather than "beginner", you will find most of them typewritten. You just need to identify the people listed in the obituary by type, i.e. deceased, family, other. Be sure to look at the project instructions included with the download. Most of the these batches include only five obituaries.

The record-setting even begins at 00.00 coordinated universal time (UTC) on July 21st. Here are a few times based on time zones. All event times end 24-hours later.

  • US Eastern Time Zone - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 20th
  • US Mountain Time Zone - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 20th
  • US Alaska, Anchorage - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 20th
  • England, London - 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 20th
  • Australia, Sydney - 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 21th

  • Come on and join in the fun! Let's make this happen and help families around the world find their ancestors!

    And, if you really want to have a great time and jump into the excitement, join our own DEAR MYRT online! She is hosting a 24-hour GeneaSleepOver hangout on air! For all the fun details jump on over to her site. It begins at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight time on Sunday evening. And, if you have never participated in one, this is the one to start with!



    Let's break the record!!







    10 July 2014

    UVTAGG July 10th Saturday Seminar - Come Join Me!

    The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG will be on Saturday, 10 July 2014, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  Information about the Group, meeting location,  main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  http://uvtagg.orgThe meetings are free and open to the public. 

    Map of the Meeting Location

     Whether your ancestor was a Smith, Jones, Brown, or Johnson, Juliana share some tips for tracking them down on Ancestry.com and beyond. Using charts, spreadsheets, and a little common sense, you’ll leave this class with some ideas for narrowing your search.

    Juliana Szucs Smith has been working for Ancestry.com for more than 15 years. She began her family history journey trolling through microfilms at the tender age of 11 with her mother.  She has written many articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the “Computers and Technology” chapter of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University’s Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

    After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled:

    (1)   Getting the Most From Your Discoveries, by Juliana Szucs Smith;  

    (2)  Using LDS Partner Web Sites:  Find My Past, by Sue Maxwell;

    (3)   MAC: IProblems, IGetStarted, and IHelp, by Ron Snowden;  

    (4)  Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom & Finn Hansen;  

    (5)  Video from last month’s main presentation, Are You Your Own Brick Wall?, by Beth Taylor;

    (6)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay;  

    (7)  Legacy, by Marilyn Thomsen;

    (8)  RootsMagic, by Bruce Buzbee. 

      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. 

    24 June 2014

    Is this a WIN-WIN? Findmypast acquires Mocavo

    Yesterday, two major players in the genealogy community announced that Mocavo was being acquired by Findmypast.  You can read the fine details here Findmypast announcement and Mocavo announcement.

    It’s always a guessing game when two major players in the genealogy community join forces, one acquiring another, or merging to become one. I find myself second-guessing the motives and where the win-win might be in the transaction.  So here is my take ...

    Mocavo.com, a privately held internet company based in Colorado, first launched in March of 2011 as an index to all free online genealogy information. It searches the National Archives, Library of Congress, FreeBMD, Find A Grave, Rootsweb, Archives.org and many others, including many U.S. state archives, message boards, family trees, and the many genealogy web sites built by you and me. It finds many records that you could find individually by searching each and every site, but it does it in one search from their site. In just the past couple of years, Mocavo.com has added their own acquired records including millions of pages of yearbooks. They also have a paid version that has added benefits. Later in 2011 they launched Mocavo.co.uk, expanding beyond the U.S. 

    The following year Mocavo acquired ReadyMicro, a company that specializes in digitization and preservation services. So Mocavo was already beginning to expand their business model to include acquired records and become more than a genealogy search engine. 

    Cliff Shaw, the original founder of Mocavo, is the technical brain. Among the various backers behind Mocavo is our own fellow genealogist, Michael J. Leclerc who is a former director at the New England Historic Genealogical Society and a former board member of APG and many other positions. He added the genealogical brains to Mocavo a year later in 2012. 

    Cliff Shaw was also the founder of GenForum that was later sold to The Learning Company/A&E Television Networks; founder of Pearl Street Software that was sold to MyHeritage; founder of ProtectMyPhotos which eventually became PicStreem and then BackupMyTree.com (an automatic backup service for family trees). BackupMyTree was acquired by MyHeritage in 2012. MyHeritage is now well known for its Smart Matching search techniques.

    Are you seeing a pattern here?

    Findmypast has been around since 1965 in various forms, beginning as a small group of professional and probate genealogists.  It is a privately held online genealogy service owned by a UK company, DC Thomson Family History (previously known as brightsolid). Back in 2003 the website was known as “1837online” which was a pay-per-view service that allowed access to BDM registers from the General Register Office (GRO) in England. Gradually they added many records including the UK censuses. 

    In 2009/10, Brightsolid acquired both Genes Reunited (British newspapers) and its sister company, Friends Reunited (social network), both UK companies. In 2012, they created a partnership with the British Library to publish 100 years of the UK electoral registers. They have since partnered with FamilySearch, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Society of Genealogists, and the UK National Archives. 

    And another of our brilliant genealogists, D. Joshua Taylor joined Findmypast as Business Development Manager and is now the Data Strategy Manager – North America and the lead genealogist. He also is a former director at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and was a featured genealogist on “Who Do You Think You Are”. He currently serves as the President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).

    See more connections and patterns?

    Interestingly, Findmypast has had its fair share of controversy recently after changing their website interface and subscribers voicing their difficulty with the search engine.  Plenty of complaints were made directly to the company and throughout the genealogical community. The company shared in the news media, just two months ago, that they would “listen to customers’ feedback and make the necessary improvements as quickly as possible”. 

    Findmypast has been suffering from the same out-of-date technology issues that Ancestry faced with their switch to the “new search” and dropping “old search”, and even FamilySearch has been dealing with the changes from newFamilySearch to the current FamilySearch. Old technology is something we all have to deal with, whether it’s with a company we do business with, a software package we purchase or use (think PAF being discontinued), or even the vehicle we drive (don't you just wish you still had that old clunker you loved so much?). Technology changes faster than most other areas of our lives and is a very costly and difficult part of any business. It required CHANGE and ADAPTATION on our part, as well.

    So, looking at the latest announcement from Findmypast and Mocavo, and all the above details, this acquisition makes perfect sense to me. There are some heavy hitters with significant technical and genealogical knowledge finding ways to join forces, blending their various expertise to make their businesses stronger and provide us, as users, additional and better products. Besides that, I see some of the successful entrepreneurs in this industry who have terrific ideas that become very successful. After they grow it to the best it can be, they sell it off to another company who has the need giving the seller the capital to either move on or further enhance their product. I see the perfect WIN-WIN for everyone. So I’m excited for this change and look forward to both Findmypast and Mocavo becoming better than they were yesterday! Mocavo needs capital and Fndmypast needs better search capability. The two companies can remain somewhat independent but share in the knowledge each offers. 

    Think Findmypast, MyHeritage and FamilySearch partnerships! Also, a terrific WIN-WIN!

    02 June 2014

    Riverton FamilySearch Library - Free Seminar - June 21st

    The Riverton FamilySearch Library will host a free seminar on
    Saturday, June 21st, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
    that will offer help to genealogists of all skill levels.

    Puzzilla: My Work Is Done? Or, We’ve Only Just Begun!

    If you were navigating in a deep forest, how helpful would it be to have a view from above? We will introduce the Puzzilla.org descendants viewer, recognize patterns and methods for finding work that remains to be done, and discuss basic concepts that new researchers need to understand to find missing relatives.

    Bill Harten founded UNIConnect in 1997 and is the creator of the UNIFlow process definition language, process tracking database, and UNIFlow quality compliance engine. He is known globally for being on a team that invented the GEDCOM format used to exchange computerized genealogical information and campaigning around the world for its establishment as a standard, resulting in its use in almost every genealogical database program developed since 1985, including many hundreds of independent software products worldwide. He has lectured widely, consulted, and taught advanced courses on LIMS, informatics, and genealogical computing around the world. He has consulted on informatics practices by invitation of the Russian State Historic Archive at their repository in St. Petersburg and published recommendations on informatics practices at the request of the US National Archives in Washington D.C.

    He was on a team that invented the high-performance database technology used in the LDS Church’s huge FamilySearch genealogical database on CD and is recognized in the database community as a world expert on database architectures for extreme computing requirements. He has developed several high-performance engines for matching complex genetic profiles and genealogies. In an experimental system, his matching engine was able to search a simulated copy of the FBI’s national criminal DNA database of 50 million samples in 0.1 seconds.

    He holds US patent 6904412 for an invention that uses artificial intelligence concepts to implement a comprehensive legal and regulatory compliance and workflow engine for the mortgage industry, enabling and documenting compliance with all federal requirements, plus the bewildering different requirements of all 50 US states. He is active in presenting and publishing papers in the laboratory and genealogical technology communities. He earned an MS degree in Computer Science and BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University in 1977, is a Sun-certified java developer, and has completed post-graduate work in artificial intelligence at the University of Utah.

    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 a.m. Choose one of the following four classes:

    ·         “Internet Sources for Locating Your 19th Century German Ancestor” -- Baerbel Johnson

    ·         “Legacy 8: An Update for the Future” -- Carl Holland

    ·         Googling for Grandpa” -- Bret Peterson

    ·         “Fast and Accurate Online Searches -- Van Celaya

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

    ·         “What’s New in German Research on the Internet” -- Baerbel Johnson

    ·         “LDS Pioneer Research” -- Steven Sorensen

    ·         Make Family Memories: Tell Your Story Today -- Joan Gust

    ·         “My Tree Is Full; Now What?” -- Carol Moss


    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. The facility is near the intersection of Bangerter Highway and 13400 South, just east of The Home Depot.

    15 May 2014

    Free Saturday Seminar at Riverton Family History Library

    Saturday, May 17, 2014 / 9:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

    The library offers a free seminar the third Saturday of each month, except for July and December. An opening session is held at 9:00 a.m. featuring a keynote address. Following this session attendees are offered four choices of presentations at both 10:10 and 11:20 a.m. 
    The address for the library is 3740 West Market Center Drive (13175 South), Riverton, Utah. If you take Bangerter Highway and exit at 13400 South, you will see the building to the northeast behind Home Depot and across from Kohl's.

    9:00 a.m.

    Keynote Address - "Let's Get Your Book Ready to Print"- Carol Holland

    10:10 a.m.

    "Ancestral Quest Basics: Getting Off to a Good Start" - Bud Wood
    "Are You Your Own Brick Wall? Common Genealogy Mistakes and Their Solutions" -Beth Taylor
    "Pictures Past, Present and Future" - Jens Nielsen
    "In-laws and Outlaws: The Bylaws of Teaching Youth About Family Skeletons"- Janet Horvorka

    11:20 a.m.

    "Are Your Personal Genealogy FIles Messed Up? Are They Multiplying? Are They Lost? Do Your Photos Disappear?" - Bud Wood'
    "The Tired, the Poor, the Huddled Masses, and the Wretched Refuse: U.S. Immigration, 1820-1954" - Beth Taylor
    "Capturing My Ancestors' Lives: A Guide to Writing Family Histories" - Michael Grimshaw
    "Tear Down This Wall!"- Scott Fisher

    12 May 2014

    New Features and Content from Ancestry.com

    Over the last several weeks Ancestry.com has added some new features and some new content to their site. Check these out...

    Ancestry.com New Features

    New Paging Control for Sweden Church Records
    The Sweden Church Records is an important collection for those doing Swedish research. This unique collection contains over 20 million images, but no name index.  You would typically browse or search by location and date to narrow down the images you need to evaluate.

    Some of these images have hand-written cross references to other pages in the collection. These page numbers do not correspond to image numbers. We have implemented a Page Number control in the interactive image viewer that helps users get to the correct page number.




    Save an Image after Browsing
    Prior to this update, if you did any browse action after coming into the interactive image viewer - next page, previous page, changing a setting in the browse breadcrumb – and tried to save the image, your only option was to "Save to Computer" unless you opened up the Index panel, selected a person, and then clicked Save. There was similar, but worse, experience on the old Content Viewer.

    Now, you can select the person (record) on the image that you want to save and select the person in the tree you want to save it to in one simple step.
      
      

    Updates to sliding controls for search results

    We are expanding the functionality of the sliding controls in your search results to allow more of the fields entered in the search form to be controlled by sliders – up to 10 fields. Additionally, we have improved the display of the fields entered that are not editable with sliders. With this update users can expand the section of fields below the sliders to see all of the entered search criteria.

     NOTE: These sliders actually save time in searching with Ancestry. They are exactly the same categories as previously available, but now you don't have to back up to the prior page, or edit the search, and then run the search again. It cuts out a lot of load time by performing the functions on the same page. 




    Ancestry.com April New Content

    U.S., Military Registers, 1862–1970 (update)

    Records (new): 657,627

    More men and women guarding the home front. 



    London, England, Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828–1930 (update)
    Records (new): 72,000

    We’re adding Bethnal Green Settlement records this month. According to the Guardian, while Bethnal Green has developed some trendy spots of late, including a boutique hotel, there are still “alleys that look like they’d do you mischief.”



    Savannah, Georgia, Registers of Free Persons of Color,
    1817–1864
    Records: 11,329         

    Prior to changes brought on by the Civil War, free persons of color in Savannah had to register with the city. An 1839 ordinance also required owners of slaves and guardians of free persons of color to register and obtain badges before permitting their charges to be employed. You’ll find those registers here.

      
    Florida and South Carolina, Airline Passenger Arrivals, 1907–1957
    Records (new): 17,518

    Among the records from ships and planes being added in this update are alien and Chinese crew lists for vessels arriving at Charleston.
      

     
    New South Wales, Australia, Butts of Marriage Licenses, 1813–1835, 1894

    Records: 1,300           

    Registers and butts for marriage licenses issued in New South Wales, Australia, 1813–1835, 1894. A butt is the portion of a certificate that remains in a certificate or license book. (It’s also the object of a joke. Which we won’t be making here.)


    Texas, Naturalization Records, 1881–1992
    Records: 219,154                   

    This database contains original U.S. naturalization records from the state of Texas. For people applying to be citizens of the U.S., not Texas. Just to be clear.





    New South Wales, Census and Population Books, 
    1811–1825

    Records: 55,887                     

    Find out who was who, where, worked for whom, and owned what in these population, land, and stock books from New South Wales, 1811–1825. (While some of the records do count cattle, they are not listed by name.)



    Isle of Wight, England, Methodist Registers, 1813–1937
    Records: 17,241                      Images: 4524

    How’s this for a curious fact: The Isle of Wight is the smallest county in England—at high tide. It was also home to various Wesleyan Methodist, United Methodist, Primitive Methodist, and Bible Christian congregations whose baptism and marriage records you can find in this collection. (Queen Victoria and Jimi Hendrix both visited the isle, but neither was a Methodist.)

      
    San Juan, Puerto Rico, Passenger and Crew Lists, 
    1901–1954 (update) 

    Records (new): 1,236,035

    We’re adding 1.2 million new records to this index to manifests of aliens arriving at San Juan and Ponce, Puerto Rico. In them, you might discover anything from where these folks came from to details on their luggage.
      

    Brazoria County, Texas Marriage, 1870–2012 

    Records: 210,399       

    Brazoria County bills itself as the place “Where Texas began.” Since these are Brazoria County marriage records rather than birth records, we can’t confirm that. 





    New South Wales, Australia, Convict Applications for the Publication of Banns, 1828–1830, 1838–1839
    Records: 3,309           

    During these early years of New South Wales history, convicts who wanted to marry had to get official permission. Applications can provide everything from name and age to an applicant’s sentence and year of arrival or even comments on his (or her) character. Plus, these folks lived in places with great names, like Bathurst, Sackville Reach, and Field of Mars.
      

    Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms, 1758–1912
    Records: 197,227  
         
    Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Marriages, 1758–1937
    Records: 103,637       

    Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Deaths and Burials, 1758–1987
    Records: 97,860                     

    Manchester has been inhabited since the Romans pitched up in 79 A.D. John Dalton came up with atomic theory in Manchester. Rolls and Royce met here. And it’s the birthplace of the oldest professional football league on the planet—as well as these free-thinking folks who told Henry VIII they didn’t want to be a part of his new church, thank you very much.


    Germany, Confederation of Jews, 1930–1944 

    Records: 1,662

    The Confederation of Jews in Germany (Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland) became a repository for thousands of documents that have been recorded on microfiche. This database contains a list of people with files in the collection and the relevant fiche number.


    Germany, Sachsenhausen Deaths, 1938–1942 

    Records: 1,504

    In the early years of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Oranienburg, north of Berlin, deaths in the camp were recorded at the Oranienburg civil registry office. Including these.




    Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906–1962
    Records: 2,477,238    

    The thing about death records like these is they provide a summary of a life: name, address, gender, race, age, parents’ names and birthplaces—you get the idea. Our first installment to this database includes records for 1906–1924. 





    02 May 2014

    UVTAGG Family History Meeting and Classes- Come Join Me!!

    The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG will be on Saturday, 10 May 2014, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  Information about the Group, meeting location,  main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  http://uvtagg.org. 

    The main presentation this month at UVTAGG by Sue Maxwell is titled ANCESTRY - READY, SET, GO!  HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.  Whether you have a personal subscription to Ancestry.com, use the Library Edition at a local library or Family History Center it is important to understand how Ancestry.com functions and what it can do to enhance your family history experience and make the most of this incredible opportunity to do research at home.  All members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will soon have access to Ancestry.com at home through their login to FamilySearch. Learn about all that Ancestry has to offer so you will be prepared to utilize its varied tools and features. Come see how the interface will work when the new features are released to all members.  

    Sue Maxwell is a genealogist and blogger specializing in teaching, training and mentoring others to help their computer skills, software, family history, and genealogical research. Her focus is on helping others find the joy in identifying and learning about their ancestors.  Sue is actively involved in the genealogy community, former Vice President of Utah Genealogical Association (UGA), a member of NGS and UVTAGG where she is a speaker and trainer.  She and her husband are serving as Area Family History Advisors for the Church and serve 17 stakes in Sandy, Utah. She teaches at Family History Centers and at the FamilySearch Library in Riverton. She recently presented at the Regional Family History Conference in Rexburg Idaho to about 1000 attendees. She has served as a Director, Trainer and Tech Support for a local Family History Center and maintains her blog, Granite Genealogy. This blog focuses on training, information, and materials and helps people keep up to date on what's going on in Family History.  She retired after a 27-year career in management in the utility industry.

    After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  Check the meetings page at http://uvtagg.org/ for last minute changes or additions.  

    (1)  Ancestry.com: Strategies for Effective Searching, by Sue Maxwell

    (2)  German Research:  Online Resources, by Laurie Castillo;  

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

    (4)  Video of last month's main presentation,  Using State Archives and Local Libraries Online, by Luana Darby; 

    (5)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay; 

    (6)  Organizing Media Files with RootsMagic, by Terri Tyler; and 

    (7)  Legacy, by Dean Bennett. 
     
    There will be no Mac class this time, though several of the above classes are "Mac-compatible."

    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.


    17 April 2014

    Access the Civil War Collection at Fold3 - FREE until April 30th

    From out friends at Fold3!

    To remember the commencement of the Civil War in April 1861, Fold3 invites you to explore all records in its Civil War Collection for free April 14–30.

    Explore Civil War documents featuring everything from military records to personal accounts and historic writings. Soldier records include service records, pension index cards, “Widows’ Pension” files, Navy survivors certificates, Army registers, and much more. Other record types include photographs, original war maps, court investigations, slave records, and beyond. Items such as the Lincoln Assassination Papers, Sultana Disaster documents, letters to the Adjutant General and Commission Branch, and the 1860 census are also contained in the Civil War Collection.

    Confederate-specific records include Confederate service records, amnesty papers, casualty reports, and citizens files, as well as Confederate Navy subject files and Southern Claims Commission documents.

    Join Fold3 in its commemoration of the Civil War. Discover information on famous participants as well as your own Civil War ancestors through documents, photos, and images that capture the experiences and vital information of those involved in America’s deadliest conflict. Then commemorate your ancestors by creating or expanding memorial pages for them on Fold3’s Honor Wall. Get started searching the Civil War Collection here.

    04 April 2014

    UVTAGG Genealogy Meeting and Classes - Saturday 12 April 2014



    The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG will be on Saturday, 12 Apr 2014, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. 

    The main presentation this month at UVTAGG will be by Luana Darby on USING STATE ARCHIVES AND LOCAL LIBRARIES ONLINE.  With many state archives and local libraries posting one-of-a-kind information that many times has never been seen outside of that institution, the wealth of information now available to genealogists and family historians is astounding.  Vital records, journals, obituaries, city directories, maps, photographs and more are accessible, if you know where to look. Learn how to search and where to find these elusive, but vital resources. These digital collections will enrich your genealogical experience and may offer that family breakthrough you are looking for!  

    Luana Darby is a professional genealogist and lecturer.  She graduated from BYU with a degree in Family History and received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.  She is the owner of Lineages by Luana, a genealogical research company which focuses on US/Canada and Western European research and consultations and is co-owner of American Patriots and Pioneers Research Services, lineage application specialists.  She has lectured at various regional and national genealogical conferences including NGS. FGS, RootsTech, UGA, BYU and ICAPGen.  She has served as treasurer, vice president and president of the Utah Genealogical Association and is working on her accreditation in Midwest research.  Her love for genealogy came from listening to her grandmother tell her stories of growing up on the Kansas prairies at the turn of the century.  These stories created a desire to learn more about her ancestors and their stories.  She has spent the last 35 years reconstructing these accounts and looks for every opportunity to connect with "cousins," some of the most recent coming from genealogical DNA breakthroughs.  It is her goal to instill this passion and desire in everyone that she meets.  

    After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  Check the meetings page at http://uvtagg.org/ for last minute changes or additions.   

    (1)  Can You Hear Me Now?  Voice Recognition, by Luana Darby;  
    (2)  FamilySearch Subscription Site Access Preview, by Beth Ann Wiseman;  
    (3)  Software and Genealogy Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom and Finn Hansen;  
    (4)  Video of last month's main presentation: Family History with Heart: Digging Info Out of Distant Relatives, by Suzanne Hansen;  
    (5)  Help With The MAC Software "Reunion", by Ron Snowden;  
    (6)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay;  
    (7)  RootsMagic, by Sue Maxwell; and 
    (8)  Legacy, by Dean Bennett.
    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

    31 March 2014

    Riverton FamilySearch Library Free Seminar-April 19th, 2014

    The Riverton FamilySearch Library will host a free seminar on
    Saturday, April 19th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
    that will offer help to genealogists of all skill levels.

    Putting the Family Back in Family History: Getting Your Whole Family Engaged

    Families can be strengthened as children and youth accept the challenge to engage in family history and temple work. Come learn how your family can receive blessings promised by the Brethren by getting everyone engaged in the work of salvation, as families implement creative ways to turn the hearts of the children to their fathers.

    Presenter Suzanne H. Curley is the North America patron services manager for FamilySearch, working with family history centers throughout the United States and Canada to enhance the patron experience. She is the former director of the Riverton FamilySearch Library. Suzanne is also a licensed attorney and member of the Utah State Bar. Suzanne and her husband Mike are the parents of four children and 14 grandchildren.

    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 a.m. Choose one of the following four classes:

    “How to Find Your Swedish Ancestors” Part 1- Geoffrey Fröberg Morris

    “The Magic in RootsMagic”- Ron Ray

    “Can Genealogy Be Simplified?” Part 1- Ray Millgate

    “Finding the Lost That You Didn’t Know Were Lost”- Ann Rueckert

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

    “How to Find Your Swedish Ancestors” Part 2- Geoffrey Fröberg Morris

    “FamilySearch Indexing”- Rose Scott and Margaret Klingler

    “Can Genealogy Be Simplified?” Part 2- Fred Ratliff

    “Family History Detectives - Inspiring Youth to “Climb” Their Family Tree and Enter a New Exciting World of Adventure,  Mystery, and Discovery”––Suzanne Hansen

    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. The facility is near the intersection of Bangerter Highway and 13400 South, just east of The Home Depot.

    07 March 2014

    UVTAGG Meeting and Training Classes-Saturday March 8th


    The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG will be on Saturday, 08 Mar 2014, 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 and the press releases are athttp://blog.uvtagg.org . On the blog you can subscribe to receive the press releases by email when they are sent out a week before the meeting.


    The main presentation this month at UVTAGG will be by Suzanne Hansen on DIGGING INFORMATION OUT of DISTANT FAMILY MEMBERS. Suzanne Hansen is a wife, mother, grandmother, artist, author, speaker, genealogical researcher, historian, and blogger. One of her greatest passions is to teach and mentor children, teens, and adults in discovering their history that makes up their own family and the nation to which they belong, and their connection in the world. She believes that by bridging the past with present we can all shape a better future. 

    After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.
    1. Writing Family Newsletters, by Suzanne Hansen
    2. Puzzilla and Other Affiliate Apps, by Marilyn Thomsen
    3. RootsTech 2014 Video, 5 Ways To Do Genealogy in Your Sleep, by Deborah Gamble
    4. Ask an Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom and Finn Hansen
    5. Video of January's Main Presentation, Discover the Future of the Family History Library and Centers
    6. Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay
    7. Legacy, by Dean Bennett
    8. RootsMagic, by Renee Zamora  
    There will be no MAC class at this meeting.
    Check the meetings page at http://uvtagg.org/ for last minute changes or additions.

    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.