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Feb 10, 2018
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PresentationFrancie Kennedy

Using Google’s “My Maps” For Family History

Meeting Location – The Red Brick LDS Chapel 4050 North 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.

Francie Kennedy

You can put your ancestors on the map and share it with your family using the straightforward tools provided free in Google’s My Maps.  She will demonstrate how to create and edit maps showing places your family lived, migration routes, and different generations, adding notes, photos, and icons depicting their unique history.  Annotated mapping can be an inspiring interactive tool to share with young people in family history.  Even at a distance, collaborators can create maps and view the shared information.  These mapping tools are also useful for planning a research trip to map out archives, libraries, courthouses and cemeteries to visit.  Including relevant phone numbers, web sites and opening hours all in one place organized geographically is genius.  On a trip use the map like a journal and record what you discover each day, add photos, and allow those at home to follow along virtually on your trip.  She will focus on family maps in this guided tour of Google’s My Maps and introduce many useful ideas for your own maps.  Inspired with ideas for unique maps you can share with family members and can continue to add to in the future, you may wish to review this webinar and follow along step-by-step.  All you need is a free Google account to use the online tools.

Francie Kennedy is passionate about microhistory and inordinately fond of maps and old county histories.  She often stays up late collecting resources for her students in Beginning Methodology classes, and integrating these resources in new ways.  Francie believes that the study of the past through the fascinating lens of genealogy can bring us a new understanding of the world we live in and a sense of our own place within it.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and speaks to genealogical societies on a variety of topics ranging from Google to geography.  Past president of the South Orange County California Genealogical Society (SOCCGS), Francie attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, and is a fourth generation native Californian.  More information about her is on her Association of Professional Genealogists web page and her blog .  She will be giving this presentation and the class following via the Internet from where she lives in California.  If you can’t attend the meeting in Provo in person, see below of how to watch it via the Internet.

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

    (2)  Marilyn Thomsen, NEW DIMENSIONS OF TREES
    (3)  Don Engstrom, John Blake, and Lee Cox, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
    (4)  Video of the January meeting main presentation, Michael L. Strauss, THE GREAT WAR: RESEARCHING YOUR WW I ANCESTORS
    (5)  Gaylon Findlay, ANCESTRAL QUEST


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.