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Our Next Meeting: 

June 10, 2017

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Presentation:  Ron Tanner

Clothes Line Approach to Analysis

Meeting Location – The Red Brick LDS Chapel 4050 North 650 East, Provo, Utah
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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.

The main presentation will be on FAMILY TREE FUTURES by Ron Tanner of FamilySearch.   This will be a review of the most recent changes and proposed features planned for FamilySearch Family Tree.  Come and participate in the directions that are taken and give feedback on what is proposed.  Afterwards, Bro. Tanner will discuss how to fix problems in Family Tree and answer your tough questions.  Ron Tanner is a Group Product Manager for the Family History Department of the LDS Church and leads a team with responsibilities for Family Tree, Search, Memories, Mobile, and other companion products.  He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from BYU and has previously worked as a Product Manager and Software Engineer at Novell, Citrix, and Bell Laboratories.  Ron and his wife CheRee live in Provo, have four children, 2 son-in-laws, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren (all boys).  And one on the way!!

The following classes are scheduled after the main presentation this month.

1) Q&A about Clothes Line Approach (Ron Tanner — Cultural Hall)
2) Cemetery Records – Locating,Searching and Sourcing (Marilyn Thomsen — Relief Society Room)
3) Ask An Expert – Personal Help (Don Engstrom & John Blake — Computer Room)
4) Last month’s presentation video: Cloths Line Approach To Analysis by DearMYRTLE, nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson (Room 8 — South Hall)
5) Ancestral Quest (Gaylon Findlay, Room 18-19 — South Hall)

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. 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 Teachers page. 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.