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Our Next Meeting: 

October 14, 2023
Click here to watch live on Facebook

Presentation: Robert Raymond

FamilySearch Family Tree for Influencers

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 Raymond

Title: FamilySearch Family Tree for Influencers


FamilySearch Family Tree is an important undertaking. You are building something bigger than yourself. While genealogists within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regularly use FamilySearch Family Tree, non-genealogists in the Church and genealogists outside the Church do not. As an influencer, you might wish you could convince more knowledgeable genealogists to use the Tree more often (and less knowledgeable genealogists to use it less)! Influencers need a new mindset. See contributions by other influential genealogists and learn how they dissuade unwanted changes. Learn some focus areas for your time and how to apply genealogical standards.


Robert Raymond is a deputy to FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer, David Rencher. He is a frequent presenter at national, regional, and local conferences. He was a director of the National Genealogical Society from 2012 to 2018. Robert is a genealogist and technologist with over 40 years of experience in technology and genealogy. He holds over a dozen patents (inventions, not land 😉 and earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University where he was honored as a Kimball Scholar. He was a member of the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

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

Class Presenter: Robert Raymond

Title: FamilySearch Record Search Tips and Tricks


This presentation covers searching historical record collections. Whether you are a new searcher or an accomplished researcher, this presentation has something for you. Learn foundational tips and power-user features. When you understand what is happening under the covers, you are in a better position to guide the search engine. If search results have ever left you scratching your head, this presentation will move you ahead, increasing your ability to find the most elusive records.


See above bio.

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.