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Our Next Meeting: 

May 11, 2019
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PresentationLisa Ratziaff

Life’s Second Certainty (hint: the first one is death)

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.

Lisa Ratziaff

What can tax records can tell us other than where a person is living and what he was worth? These valuable documents can provide a wealth of information you may not find elsewhere. Come learn how to read early tax records and bring to light the secrets they reveal.


Lisa Ratzlaff is the FamilySearch Training Coordinator.  She was born into a rich heritage of family history researchers.  She’s the former Assistant Director of Curriculum at the Utah South Area Family History Training Center and has been an avid researcher and enthusiast herself for over 25 years.  Lisa has presented at RootsTech, the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy, and at numerous seminars throughout Utah, specializing in making family history research approachable to attendees.  She also has a particular love of youth, coupled with an unparalleled talent for relating with them, teaching them, and motivating them.

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

(1) Getting Started in International Research — Lisa Ratzlaff
Ask an Expert (Personal Help)  – Don Engstrom, John Blake & Lee Cox
Video: Mining for Images: Tips for Locating Digital Records — Joe Everett
(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.