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Our Next Meeting: 

Feb 8, 2019
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Presentation: Michael Strauss, AG

The New Deal: Putting Our Ancestors to Work

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 (NEW START TIME) 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 Strauss

Out of the New Deal programs of the 1930’s came an abundance of records used by genealogists today as part of the 3-R’s of Relief, Recovery, and Reform. Genealogists today use many documents to record the personal experiences of their ancestors who lived through the Great Depression and sought help from the Federal Government.


Michael L. Strauss, AG is a forensic investigator and qualified expert witness in the courts in NY, NJ, PA, and VA in addition to lecturing nationally. Strauss has a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is a faculty member of IGHR, SLIG, and GRIP and featured regularly on the Genealogy Gems Podcast with Lisa Louise Cooke.

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

(1) Roosevelt’s Tree Army: Research in the Civilian Conservation Corps – Michael Strauss
Ask an Expert (Personal Help) – Lee Cox
(3) Ancestral Quest – Gaylon Findlay
(4) Video: Dealing with Difficult FamilySearch FamilyTree Tasks – Ron Tanner


Abstract for Michael’s, 2nd class: Roosevelt’s Tree Army: Research in the Civilian Conservation Corps
One of largest programs to come from the New Deal the Civilian Conservation Corps was organized in 1933, and disbanded in 1942 with the United States entry into World War II. Genealogical resources include personnel files, discharge certificates, accident reports, along with camp and district reports, photographs, and motion pictures are examined.


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.