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Our Next Meeting: 

Oct 12, 2019
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Presentation: Gena Philibert-Ortega

50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know

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.

Gena Philibert-Ortega

You’re familiar with Ancestry.com and FamilySearch, but there’s so much more to researching genealogy than the well-known web sites. Learn more about other websites that can help you with your genealogy and help you break down brick walls.


Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy and social and women’s history. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s degree in Religion. Her published works include two books, numerous articles, two volumes of Tracing Female Ancestors, and a QuickGuide from Legacy Family Tree. She is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s magazine, Crossroads. She has presented to diverse groups including the National Genealogical Society, Alberta Genealogical Society Conference, & the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series.


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

(1) 25 Tips for Researching Your Female Ancestors – Gena Philibert-Ortega
Ask an Expert (Personal Help)  – Lee Cox
Video: An Introduction to FindMyPast for the LDS CommunityUsing the New FamilySearch – Lindsey Bayless
Ancestral Quest – Gaylon Findlay

Addl Info.
Here is a description of Lindsey’s second class.
25 Tips for Researching Your Female Ancestors
Finding female ancestors can be a challenge. In historical records, women adopted their husbands’ surnames when they married and carried that name through the rest of their lives. Property and estate records were most often recorded in the husband’s name. While this can make researching our female ancestors difficult, there are records out there that document their lives. Genealogical researcher Gena Philibert-Ortega has specialized in researching the women in our family trees and she will share 25 tips that will help you identify, trace, and discover more about your female ancestors.

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.