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Our Next Meeting: 

June 10, 2023
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Presentation: Michael L. Strauss, AG

Influenza: The Twentieth Century’s Deadliest Pandemic

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.

Michael L. Strauss, AG

Title: Influenza: The Twentieth Century’s Deadliest Pandemic


In 1918 with the war raging in Europe, a silent deadly killer traveled with the soldiers from the United States over to the war zones in France. Considered America?s deadliest epidemic, it killed more people here than the soldiers that lost their lives fighting. As quickly as the virus spread it disappeared by early 1919. Many genealogical and historical records document our ancestors who died or survived this terrible period of our history.


MICHAEL L. STRAUSS, AG, is a nationally recognized genealogical researcher and speaker. He is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah and works as a Research Manager with Ancestry. Michael has a BA in History and is planning on getting additional degrees. He is a United States Coast Guard veteran, a licensed Private Investigator, and is certified to testify as an expert witness in courts in many U.S. states. He is also a faculty member of SLIG, GRIP, and IGHR, genealogy course programs across the U.S., where he is the coordinator for the military history courses taught. 

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

Class Presenter: Carol Hill

Title: Can You See My Tree? Imports to FamilySearch


Did you know that you can upload GEDCOM files to FamilySearch? Carol will be showing how you upload your file to the Pedigree Resource file, how others can view the uploaded tree, and how you can add information to FamilySearch the correct way.


Carol Hill received her bachelor’s degree in Family History from BYU in 2003, and has been helping others with their family history since then.  She is currently serving a FamilySearch support mission and serving as a YSA stake family history consultant. She creates Family History YouTube videos to help others understand different features of FamilySearch, and other genealogy sites as well. She loves her 6 children, 31 grandchildren, and wonderful husband.

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. For information about the meetings or about the Group, email us at uvtagginfo@gmail.com or call or text Gerhard Ruf at 801-602-5048.