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Our Next Meeting: 

Nov 9, 2019
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Presentation: James Tanner

Making the Most of Your LDS MyHeritage Account

Meeting Location – The LDS “Red Chapel”, 4050 North Timpview Drive (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 10 AM (NEW START TIME) 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 Group is experimenting with live streaming of the main presentations through Facebook. To watch it online live click on UVTAGG Facebook website link in the box above and view the meeting remotely.

James Tanner

James will discuss how to make the most of what MyHeritage has to offer.


James has a J.D. Degree from Arizona State University, spent 2 years as an Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Army, and 39 years as an Arizona trial attorney. He has been interested in doing and teaching family history research for more than 36 years and is an avid blogger of Genealogy’s Star , Rejoice, and be exceeding glad , Walking Arizona , and 360 Cities . Additional family history related experiences are: 10 years as a missionary at the Mesa, Arizona FamilySearch Library, three years at the BYU Family History Library and making several genealogy videos on for their YouTube Channel , Chairman of the Board of The Family History Guide Association, three years as an Area Temple and Family History Consultant for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints, member of the Board of Directors of Family History Expos , member of the Board of Directors of the UGA (Utah Genealogical Association), author and co-author of over 25 books on genealogical research, and presenter at Expos and Conferences around the U.S. and Canada. He previously owned a retail computer business and an Apple Macintosh software company and is a professional photographer. He and his wife, Ann, have 7 children and 34 grandchildren. James and Ann recently returned from a one-year full-time FamilySearch mission as Document Preservation Specialists at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, Maryland.


The following classes are scheduled after the main presentation this month (Start Time 11:10).

(1) Q&A on My Heritage and Other FamilySearch Partners – James Tanner
Take a Virtual Tour of Your Ancestor’s Life Using Google Earth Pro – Scott and Carol Hill
Ask an Expert (Personal Help) – Lee Cox
Video: 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know – Gena Philibert-Ortega

(Note: There will be no Ancestral Quest Class this month.)
FYI, we plan on recording Carol and Scott’s class and posting it after the fact to our Facebook page a day or two after the meeting.
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.