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Our Next Meeting: 

Jun 09, 2018
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PresentationClaire V. Brisson-Banks, MLIS, AG

Attacking Brick Walls

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 9 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.

Claire V. Brisson-Banks, MLIS, AG

Ms Brisson-Banks is an Accredited Genealogist and CEO of Timeless Genealogies  and will be speaking to us from her home in Independence, Missouri.  Everyone encounters problems of going beyond certain points on some of their ancestral lines and these have come to be called “brick walls”.  This presentation will show us some ideas of how to attack these problems and what can be done to get through them.

Born in Rhode Island, Claire has lived in a variety of locations throughout the world with Missouri currently being her home. After raising a large family, she returned to education and completed her BS, MLIS and two AGs to further her career as an academic educator and an in depth genealogical researcher. Besides running Timeless Genealogies, she is a Professor for the Family History program at BYU-Idaho and provides technical support for the award winning family tree software, Ancestral Quest. She lectures at various conferences throughout the world and has done webinars and hang-outs that are available online. She devotes much of her time in a multiplicity of avenues in genealogy, family history, forensics, librarianship, and education, while staying on top of the latest advances in each field.  Her Timeless Genealogies page is https://www.timelessgen.com/Resources.html  and her ICAPGen page is  https://www.apgen.org/directory/search_detail.html?mbr_id=2740 .

The following classes are scheduled after the main presentation this month.

(1) Claire V. Brisson-Banks, Short Q&A Session
(2) Bud Wood, How Do I Organize Information On My Computer So I Don’t Lose It?
(3) Don Engstrom And John Blake, Ask An Expert (Personal Help)
(4) Video Of The May Main Presentation, George D. Hickman On Internet Privacy, Passwords, And Avoiding Online Problems
(5) Gaylon Findlay, Ancestral Quest


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.