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Our Next Meeting: 

Aug 8, 2020
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Presentation: Dana and Cindy Henriksen

Getting the Most Out of England’s GRO Index

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.

Dana and Cindy Henriksen

Learn how to use England’s civil registration birth and death records to find information about your English ancestors and their families. The GRO can help you: find mother’s maiden names, discover missing children that died before the next census, separate families that have been improperly merged, identify more accurate birth years than provided in the census, and other useful information.


Dana and Cindy Henriksen have been heavily involved in family history for the last 10+ years. They have been managing the Lindon Shared Stakes Family History Center as Assistant Directors / Directors for nearly six years and were consultants before that. They were recently released and are now serving in a YSA Ward.

Dana and Cindy specialize in researching England, Sweden, and Denmark – home to many of their ancestors and distant cousins. They were especially motivated to sharpen their research skills during the three plus years their daughter wanted 20 names a week to take to the temple for baptisms – it was quite the challenge to keep up with her.

They have spent a lot of time digitizing images of their ancestors. It has been great to ride the wave of new technology and innovation for family history research – With the great online resources available, they can do in minutes today what was impossible just a few years ago.

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

Class:  Marily Thomsen

Title:  Youth as Temple and Family History Consultants

At the 2020 RootsTech Elder Bednar said “youth don’t need to listen to adults tell them how great this work is, or your turn is coming. They need to be anxiously engaged in this work right now to move it across the world.” Marilyn Thomsen will provide some real examples and tips for wards to actively use and empower their youth as consultants. Count on the blessings resulting from youth doing family history.

Marilyn Thomsen is an enthusiastic teacher and a confessed snoop, who loves helping uncover secrets hiding in family trees.  She served an Internship at Georgia’s National Archive Regional Center to complete her BA from BYU (’05) with a Family History focus on US Southern research. Twice she won BYU’s Family History of the Year Award researching and writing about her Pioneer ancestors. She has served as a Church Family History Service Missionary in the Salt Lake Family History Library and in the FamilySearch’s Facebook Community.  Her husband Richard and Marilyn love traveling and have researched family in the Southern USA, Isle of Man, Ireland, Denmark and England. Currently, they are Family History Center directors and love involving their grandchildren in family history.  For the last year, Marilyn has been the editor of UVTAGG’s newsletter, TAGGology.


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. Marilyn Thomsen, 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 or text Gerhard Ruf at 801-602-5048.