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Our Next Meeting: 

Apr 14, 2018
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PresentationLaurie Castillo

Understanding Your Ancestor’s World: Finding More Records By Placing Your Ancestor’s Life In Context

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 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 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.

Laurie Castillo

By learning more about where our ancestors lived and what they did there are usually clues of other records to look for, besides making their lives much more interesting.

Laurie Werner Castillo is the 1st Vice President of UVTAGG and is a professional genealogist who has done historical background research for books, as well as family research for private clients. She has written articles for publication and presented at numerous conferences, national, state and local, including RootsTech, FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies), UGA (Utah Genealogical Association), and BYU.  She has worked with the UGA in several positions and for many years has been a Family History Missionary, Consultant, and Teacher at the BYU Family History Library, a Stake Family Records Extraction Director, and a Ward Temple and Family History Consultant.  She specializes in research in continental Europe and Scandinavia, especially Germany, Sweden, France, and the Netherlands.  She has researched most everywhere in the U.S. and particularly enjoys New England, Midwest, and the “Western Frontier”.  Besides all this she is a U.S. Census specialist and is well-versed in Early LDS Research.  Laurie was born in Santa Monica, California and raised in West Los Angeles.  In high school she participated in musical groups and was a point guard on the girls basketball team.  She attended BYU where she met and married Jerry Castillo from San Antonio, Texas.  Jerry also works with technical aspects and teaches classes at the UVTAGG.  Laurie graduated from BYU with a BS in Family and Consumer Economics and the Castillo’s live in Orem where Laurie has been a Community Emergency Response Team trainer for the City of Orem and does Earthquake Preparedness presentations.  They have two grown children and 4 grandchildren.

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

(1) Laurie Castillo, Part 2 Of Understanding Your Ancestor’s World: Finding More Records By Placing Your Ancestor’s Life In Context
(2) Dale Stoddard, Scanning Tips And Tricks
(3) Don Engstrom And John Blake, Ask An Expert (Personal Help)
(4) Video Of The March Main Presentation, Melissa Corn Finlay, Discover The Story Behind The Facts
(5) Bud Wood, Ancestral Quest


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.