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Our Next Meeting: 

Aug 10, 2019
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Presentation: Dennis Meldrum

Using the New FamilySearch Digital Library

to Learn More About Your Family

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.

Dennis Meldrum

The new FamilySearch Digital Library is a collection of over 400,000 electronic books available at FamilySearch for free. Learn about this collection that contains books from the leading genealogy and family history collection in the US. Learn how to find names, stories, and photos of your ancestors. We will demonstrate the recently changed book viewer which significantly reduces the response time.


Dennis Meldrum, MLS, has been with FamilySearch since 1981. Currently he is the Partnership Manager for Fanily History Books. He has a BA in political science and a master of library Science degree from BYU. He and his wife have three children and three grandchildren.


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

(1) Tracking Lives with Technology  – Don Snow
Ask an Expert (Personal Help)  – Lee Cox
Video: Organizing Temple and Family History in Wards and Stakes – Lance McIntosh
(4) Ancestral Quest – Gaylon Findlay


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.