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Our Next Meeting: 

March 11, 2023
Click here to watch live on Facebook

Presentation: Olivia Jewell

Panel Discussion: RootsTech 2023 Highlights

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 & Rayanne Melick


Join in and share what you learned at or liked about RootsTech 2023

Bio – Laurie Castillo:

Laurie Castillo: 1st VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group; Former VP, Exec Sec and Board Member, Utah Genealogical Association; BYU FH Library consultant, teacher 28+ years; Professional researcher, writer 30+ years; Presenter: RootsTech 2016-2020, BYU FH Conference 2014-2019, BYU Education Week 2016-2017; Former Red Cross Instructor, Girl Scout Troop Leader and Chihuahua breeder; Interests include: history, mystery, geography and genetics. Research Specialties: Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, New England, Mid-West, South-West and Western Frontier of the U.S.

Bio – Rayanne Melick

Family history is Rayanne’s passion! Her particular interest is Eastern European history and research, which initially started because of the crazy family surnames on her paternal lines. However, she 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 (probably a product of her degree in psychology and love of people in general)! Rayanne is working her way through an Eastern Europe certificate program just for the fun of it and loving every moment. She is currently a volunteer in the BYU Family History Library, the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG), and is the registrar for the Foundation for East European Family History Studies (FEEFHS) organization. Last, but not least, Rayanne has the best job in the world…teaching eight little people (grandkids) to recognize and love their ancestors.

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

Class Presenters: Laurie Castillo & Rayanne Melick

Title: Effectively Using RootsTech.org


Learn how to get the most and share your experiences using this web site.


See above bios.

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.