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Our Next Meeting: 

April 13, 2024
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PresentationRobert Givens

FamilySearch Labs: Family Group Trees and the Together App

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.

Robert Givens

Title: FamilySearch Labs: Family Group Trees and the Together App


These new features of FamilySearch were made public at RootsTech 2024.  The Family Group Trees feature has been in the works for over 7 years and allows a family to create a private place on FamilySearch where the living members of the family can create a tree of the living where everyone can see everyone else in the group.  Memories and sources can be added and everyone in the group can see them. The Together app is a new app that is intended to be a companion to the new Family Group Trees. With it you can share many kinds of things about yourself and your family and share with the living members of your Family Group Tree.


Robert Givens has received advanced degrees from Fresno State College and California State University, Fresno. His career in education spanned 39 years in that area. He started researching in family history during his high school years and has been even more actively involved since his retirement in 2008. This included 8 years directing the Fresno North Stake Family History Center and currently with his wife is an Area Temple and Family History Adviser for 11 stakes in the Fresno region.
For 15 years as a FamilySearch volunteer he was actively involved supporting various features of FamilySearch, including helping patrons with their problem records, launching and supporting social communities and administering research groups sponsored by FamilySearch in Facebook, and working on its Research Wiki. He is an experienced researcher in New England, Midwest and southern state records, has published 4 genealogy books, and presented on genealogical topics in multiple states. When he is not researching, he loves to garden, read, and watch sports on TV.

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

Class Presenter: Robert Givens

Title: Five Lesser Used Features of FamilySearch 


This presentation covers the following features:
– Start Discovering Your Family Story
– About page
– Time Line and Map page
– Chats, Notes, Discussions and Brief Life Story (Collaboration Tools)

– The Following feature.

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.