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Our Next Meeting: 

Feb 18, 2017

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Presentation:  David Ouimette

From Archival Priorities to Record Hints: How FamilySearch Produces Billions of Searchable Records

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.

This presentation will show how FamilySearch prioritizes and digitizes the records in the archives of the world and in the Granite Mountain Records Vault for online publication. It will review content strategy, camera capture, waypointing, indexing, and search capabilities, with an update on digital capture throughout the world. David Ouimette, CG, CGL, manages Content Strategy at FamilySearch, prioritizing records for digitization and publication. He has conducted archival research in dozens of countries across all continents. He lectures at national genealogical conferences and institutes, serves as a trustee of the Board of Certification of Genealogists, and authored Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide. He has degrees in Mathematics from BYU and his webpage is https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/User:OuimetteDS . After the main presentation he will also be giving a class on DNA.

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

1) Using DNA in Family History (David Ouimette — Cultural Hall)
2) Jurisdiction = Where + When (Laurie Castillo — Relief Society Room)
3) Ask An Expert – Personal Help (Don Engstrom & John Blake — Computer Room)
4) Last month’s presentation video:The British 1881 Census Indexing Project:  A Window Into The Past (Room 8 — South Hall)
5) Ancestral Quest (Gaylon Findlay, Room 18-19 — South Hall)
6) PC Computers: Q&A (Jerry Castillo)

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.