The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 09 Feb 2013, 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 at http://blog.uvtagg.org .
The main presentation this month will be by Margaret Young on NOBODY KNOWS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BLACK MORMONS. Margaret Blair Young teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. An accomplished author, she has won numerous awards from the Utah Arts Council and other organizations. These include Best Short Story Collection and, twice, Best Novel of the Year. She has also written three plays and teaches at the Spanish Institute at BYU. In addition, she and Darius Gray co-authored a thoroughly documented trilogy of historical fiction titled Standing on the Promises, about Black Mormon pioneers or slaves of Mormon pioneers, which received a special award from the Association for Mormon Letters. She has also co-produced (again with Darius Gray) a documentary about African-American pioneer Jane Manning James, titled Jane James: Your Sister in the Gospel. She is currently working on another documentary. Margaret and her husband, Bruce, a professor of English at BYU, are the parents of four children and live in Provo, Utah. A website listing her works and information is http://mormonlit.lib.byu.edu/
After the main presentation the following classes are presently scheduled:
- RecordSeek - A New Tool to Add Sources to Family Tree, by Marilyn Thomsen
- Jump Starting Your English Research (PC & MAC), by Ron Snowden
- Personal Help (including Family Tree and Family Tree Photos), by Don Engstrom, Finn Hansen, and Beth Ann Wiseman
- Video of last month's main presentation: The Church History Library's Online Databases, by Alan Morrell
- Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay
- Legacy, by Dean Bennett
- RootsMagic, by Bruce Buzbee.
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. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Renee Zamora, Secretary; Kay Baker, Don Engstrom, and Rayanne Melick working with membership and finances, and Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen working with the DVD Library. Several of these will be there to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter TAGGology, and check out DVDs of past presentations and classes to members of the group. Many members don't live close enough to participate in the monthly meetings, but belong so they can receive the monthly newsletter and purchase DVD's of the presentations and classes. And many members give gift memberships to friends for presents. Information about the Group, presentations, classes, and class notes can be found at the websites mentioned above. For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at firstname.lastname@example.org(801-225-6106) or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at laurie@everythingisrelative.