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Mt. Timpanogos Temple, photo by Rick Satterfield, used with permission

Monday, May 23, 2011

This Just in from FamilySearch!

May 23, 2011
                                                Information and tips
We would like to make you aware of a family history event occurring soon on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo.
As part of the Utah Festival of Books on June 4, 2011, there will be a family history venue with presentations from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. It will be located in 3714 HBLL, on the south side of the Harold B. Lee Library.
There will be many family history and local history presentations to choose from. The family history events are as follows:
10:00–10:45 a.m.              “Research Resources” by Jim Greene, FamilySearch
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.     “FamilySearch 2011 and Beyond” by Jim Greene, FamilySearch
12:00–12:45 p.m.              “Chasing Provo’s History: Seldom Told Tales” by Robert Carter
1:00–1:45 p.m.                  “Learning to Love Our Own Ancestors” by Jayare Roberts, MLS, AG, FUGA,
2:00–2:45 p.m.                  “How to Write a Memoir” by Douglas Thayer, local author
3:00–3:45 p.m.                  “Crash Course in Family History” by Paul Larsen, author
4:00–4:45 p.m.                  “True Miracles with Genealogy” by Anne Bradshaw, local author
5:00–5:45 p.m.                  “Getting the Most Out of Ancestry” by Crista Cowan,

All presentations are free and open to the public. This event is hosted by BYU Bookstore and sponsored by KSL and Read Today.
The festival also includes other family-friendly events held on BYU campus. For a complete schedule, please refer to the festival website at A program will also be printed in issues of the Deseret News.
Note: We suggest you park in the Marriott Center parking lot. A shuttle will be provided for transportation to campus. There will be construction near Heritage Halls, limiting Campus Drive to one lane. The main entrance to the Wilkinson Student Center will also be closed for construction.

For further information, please contact:
Marva Ellis                      or                Jo Calabio                  


Monday, May 16, 2011

This post is right off of the Utah Genealogical Association blog! I love how we can participate in all of these genealogy events without ever leaving home! Remember, these meetings are only available for free through May. After that, joining UGA ($35/year for individuals) is required!

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

Free Webinar: How Mature Are You Genealogically?

Utah Genealogical Association


How Mature Are You Genealogically?
Robert Raymond
 Deputy to FamilySearch CGO David Rencher

Join us and learn an easy system to rate your own genealogical skill level and identify your strengths and weaknesses. You will learn a simple framework for improvement using Genealogical Maturity Levels. After attending this presentation you will have the knowledge you need to become a better genealogist.

May 19, 2011, 7:00 pm MT @

The UGA Virtual Chapter meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month. Through May these meetings are free to both members and non-members of UGA. They include both video and audio, and can be accessed anywhere there is internet access. Please join us by visiting the URL above. Email with questions.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Need Some Research Ideas?

Today I thought that I would pass this training video along. The video was created by Carol LeMon for the BYU Family History Library missionaries. This video is being posted with her permission. Sometimes we think that everything that we would ever want in family history has been digitized, when in reality, that is not the case. This video gives us a tour of some of the resources found at the BYU Family History Library that ARE NOT digitized. For those of you who live elsewhere, you will find that many of the resources can be found in larger public libraries or in family history centers around the world. For example, P. William Filby's Immigration and Passenger Index Lists can be found in major libraries. Newspapers and books about different locations are also found at major libraries. Enjoy this video! I hope that it sparks a new idea for you!

Utah Valley PAF Users Group

This is the press release for the upcoming PAF Users Group Meeting on May 14, 2011. Notice the name change!


The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley echnology and Genealogy Group (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday, 14 May 2011, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. Information about the Users Group, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on the Group website and the press releases are at . With the change in name of the organization these URL's will also be changed later.

The main presentation for this meeting will be by Suzanne H. Curley on RESOURCES AVAILABLE AT THE RIVERTON FAMILYSEARCH LIBRARY. Whether you are new to family history research or a seasoned genealogist, the new state-of-the-art Riverton FamilySearch Library near Bangerter Highway and 134th South, Riverton, Utah, offers you a wide range of genealogical tools. Their website is . This presentation will discuss their facilities, popular free monthly seminars, patron classes, access to subscription websites, help from expert research consultants, how to make group bookings, and more. Suzanne H. Curley is the Director of the Riverton FamilySearch Library and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Utah Genealogical Association. She is also a licensed attorney and member of the Utah State Bar. She received her B.A. in Communications from Rider University (in New Jersey) and her J.D. from Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School. Prior to law school she worked for 10 years as a print journalist, professional writer, and manager of marketing communications for a national company. She has been involved in family history work for the past thirty years and is a frequent presenter on a wide range of family history topics.

Following the main presentation there will be several classes about family history and technology with something for everyone at any level of expertise. The teachers and classes presently scheduled for this meeting are as follows: (1) Tips to Avoid Barking Up the Wrong Family Tree, by Bret Petersen; (2) An Introduction to the US Census, by Jerry Castillo; (3) MAC: Using Keynote and Reunion Help Topics, by Ron Snowden; (4) Personalized Help, by Finn Hansen & Don Engstrom; (5) Q&A: The Riverton FamilySearch Library, by Suzanne Curley; (6) Video of last month's main presentation: Eating an Elephant One Bite at a Time, by Marilyn Thomsen; (7) Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay; (8) Legacy, by Dean Bennett; and (9) RootsMagic, by Sue Maxwell.

All meetings are open to the public whether members of the Group or not. The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 100-125 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Kay Baker, Gerry Eliason, and Don Engstrom working with finances and membership; and Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, working with the DVD Library. Several of these will be there to help with membership, answer questions, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter, and check out DVDs of past presentations and classes to members of the group. Information about the Users Group, presentations, classes, and class notes can be found at the websites mentioned above. For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at (801-225-6106) or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at or 2nd VP Don Snow at

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Riverton Seminar Series--May Classes

This information is from FamilySearch.
May 11, 2011

Information and tips

Riverton Seminar Series—May Classes

Many genealogists and family history enthusiasts may not have considered a tool they already own that can simplify the recording of genealogical information. On May 21, participants at the Riverton FamilySearch Library’s Saturday Seminar will hear from keynote speaker Mary E. V. Hill as she presents “Using Your Digital Camera to Copy Records.” She will explain how easy it can be to record digital images of information found in cemeteries, on microfilm, in manuscripts, and in other genealogical sources. She will explain camera settings and pixels and will explain how to get the best images in various circumstances.

Mary E. V. Hill, MLS, AGCM (Southern and Eastern states), CG, has served as a reference librarian at the BYU Family History Library, a genealogy instructor at BYU, a Family History Library reference consultant for the U.S. and Canada, and a member of the Utah Genealogical Association board of directors. She also recently served a mission at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. She is an author and lecturer on U.S. research methods and genealogical organization.

The seminar will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Following the keynote presentation, there will be two blocks of four classes that will cover topics of interest to both beginning and advanced family historians.

Classes to be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. are:

“Descendency Research: Finding the Past in the Present”—Tim Bingaman

“Social Networking for the Genealogist”—Janet Hovorka

“From the Heartland: Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research”—Luana Darby

“Increasing Productivity on the FamilySearch Website”—Andrea Schnakenburg

The classes available from 11:00 a.m. to noon are:

“Serving in Family History”—Jim Greene

“The Vision of FamilySearch Indexing”—Randy Bryson

“Families and the War: Tracing Your Civil War Era Ancestors”—Yvonne Curry

“Mormon Ancestors: Across the Seas and across the Plains”—Terry Nels Lee and Carol Anne Lee

Registration is not required for this free seminar. The Riverton FamilySearch Library is located in the LDS Riverton Office Building at 3740 Market Center Drive. The facility is near the intersection of Bangerter Highway and 13400 South, just east of The Home Depot.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Legacy Family Tree is at it Again!

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Can I just stay that I LOVE LegacyFamilyTree Webinars! They are always so informative and easy on the ears! The next webinar will be Wednesday, May 4th. The presentation is Preserving Family Photographs: 1839 to the Present by Maureen Taylor. The presentation is at 2:00 pm EST, 12:00 noon for us in the Mountain Time Zone. Go to to register. You won't be sorry! Another nice thing about these webinars is that if you miss them at the scheduled time, most of them are recorded and posted for a week (or more) so that you can catch them on your time!
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