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Our Next Meeting: 

Apr 10, 2021
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Presentation: Don SnowThe Rootstech Connect 2021 Website and Open Discussion
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 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.

Don Snow

RootsTech Connect 2021 was a virtual (online) family history conference sponsored by FamilySearch in Feb 2021 and was the first RootsTech conference to be entirely virtual and free. It had 1,500 sessions from 250 presenters in several languages and more than 1.2 million attendees from 242 countries. The videos of all keynotes and classes will be online and free for the next year and is a major source of family history help, instruction, and inspiration. This class will discuss the website and how to use it, followed by questions and comments from group members.


Don is a Californian by birth, with Snow ancestors from Southern Utah.  He is a retired Professor of Mathematics from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, and has lived in several foreign countries, both for mathematics and church assignments.  After retiring from the BYU Math Faculty, he and his now deceased wife Diane Snow, who taught Humanities at BYU, served four Family History missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  These included being Directors of the New York Family History Center in Manhattan, in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission on a FH projecthttp://earlylds.com, and in the London England Family History Centre in the Hyde Park Chapel.  Don served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Utah Genealogical Association, where he was the Host of the online UGA Virtual Chapter Meetings, and has been a VP of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group since the early 1990’s.  He is a frequent speaker at FH venues and loves teaching and playing his accordion.  He has 6 children and 30 grandchildren.  His FH class schedule and notes are posted on his webpage at https://uvtagg.org/classes/dons/dons-classes.html

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

Class Presenters:

 Sandra Brimhall   Wendy Brimhall

Title: Are You Getting the Most Out of Family History Records?

Description: This presentation explains how to get the most out of family history records–censuses, newspapers, research guides, military records, land records, church records, probate records, vital records, and court records.

Bio: Sandra Brimhall has a B.S. in Mass Communication from the University of Utah. She was a co-author of Brigham Young’s Homes and she has published many times in the Utah Historical Quarterly. She has received two awards from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies for her articles. Wendy Brimhall has a B.A. in Family History from Brigham Young University. She did a family history internship at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky. She is employed as an associate genealogist with ProGenealogists.


Please note: Additional classes will be taught at the meeting location when meeting attendance justifies it.

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 main presentation 3 or 4 classes are taught relating to technology and genealogy. These are at all levels from beginning to advanced and typically include classes about various 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. Marilyn Thomsen, 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 or text Gerhard Ruf at 801-602-5048.