Our Next Meeting: 

Apr 8, 2017

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Presentation:  Robert Raymond

RootsTech 2017 and FamilySearch  

Meeting Location – The Red Brick LDS Chapel 4050 North 650 East, Provo, Utah Click here for map

      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.

Map of the Meeting Location


RootsTech was held 8-11 February 2017 in the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. FamilySearch employees presented many classes — far more than any one person could attend, but Robert gave it his best shot. He will share with you many of the things that he heard, saw, and learned about FamilySearch products during the four whirlwind days that were RootsTech 2017. His talk will have a handout with helpful links of related material. Robert Raymond is a deputy to FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer, David Rencher. He works to increase genealogical soundness of FamilySearch products and helps set record acquisition and publication strategy. Robert (pseudonymically) writes a top ranked genealogy blog and is a genealogical technologist with more than 30 years experience in technology and genealogy. He holds over a dozen technology patents and earned a Master’s Degree in Electrical (Computer) Engineering from Brigham Young University where he was honored as a Kimball Scholar. Robert has served as a director of the National Genealogical Society since 2012. His Association of Professional Genealogists’s webpage is  and his FamilySearch Wiki page is .  

The following classes are scheduled after the main presentation this month.
(1) Robert Raymond, Q&A about RootsTech 2017 and FamilySearch
(2) Don Snow, Keeping Track of Your Own Life – Documents (Don will teach this class remotely via the Internet from St. George.)
(3) Don Engstrom and John Blake, Ask An Expert (Personal Help)
(4) Video of last month’s main presentation, David Quimette, From Archival Priorities To Record Hints: How FamilySearch Produces Billions of Searchable Records
(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. The list of past and future main presentations is available. 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 Officers and Volunteers page. This list includes contact information in case you have a question. 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.