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Our Next Meeting: 

Jan 09, 2021
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Presentation: Stephen Kent Ehat

Can You Illustrate A Family History Without Family Photos?

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.

Laurie Castillo

Yes! You can create family histories that are vibrant and appealing even when few family photos are available. All of us will need these techniques for ancestors who lived before the advent of modern photography in 1839. Fortunately, there are many other ways to illustrate the life and times of our ancestors. Be mindful of the ways they traveled, worshipped, gained an education and made a living. Consider the places they lived, the climate and weather, their dress, ethnicity, talents and skills. 21+ ideas will be presented with accompanying resources. So many engaging items exist that can shed light on the lives of our ancestors and breathe life into the family history! You can do it!


VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group; Former VP & Board Member, Utah Genealogical Association; BYU FHL consultant, teacher 27+ years; Professional researcher, writer and presenter 30+ years; Former Red Cross and CERT Instructor; Earthquake Preparedness Instructor; HAM Radio Operator KF7MGM; Former local and Utah State DAR Officer

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

Class: Rayanne Melick

Title: Tips and Tricks for Family History Consultants

You’ve been called as a Temple and Family History Consultant. Congratulations! Now what? Let’s look at some different ways to approach Family History that will engage all ages in the family from the Littles to the Teens and beyond. Your only limitation is your own imagination!


Family history is Rayanne’s passion! Her particular interest is Eastern European history and research, but she really loves dabbling in all areas of the world AND helping other people do the same. Rayanne also loves to travel. She is definitely a history nerd and loves to learn what makes other countries tick. For the last eight years, Rayanne has served as a Church Service Missionary at the BYU Family History Library. She is a former co-director of the Grove Creek & Timpanogos Discovery Days and a former director of the Pleasant Grove Grove Creek Multi-Stake Family History Center. She is the current treasurer for the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG), registrar for the Foundation for East European Family History Studies (FEEFHS), and chair of the training committee for the BYU Family History Library church service missionaries.  


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.