Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Press release for UVPAFUG meeting Sat, 10 Nov 2007 - Blogger

30 Oct 2007

Journalists, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events. Ward newsletter editors, please include in your newsletters parts of the first paragraph and mention that there are classes for everyone. Call or email me if you need further information. Thanks.

Elder Snow

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley PAF (Personal Ancestral File) Users Group will be on Saturday, 10 Nov 2007, from 9 am until noon in the LDS "Red" Chapel at 4000 North Timpview Drive (650 East), in Provo. The main presentation will be by G. David Dilts on FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY INTERNET FAVORITES. David Dilts, AG,has worked and taught at the Family History Library since 1975. He is currently a Senior Reference Consultant in the US East and Canada Reference Unit. He is a past Comissioner of ICAPGen and past VP of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA). Recent presentations include conferences at ICAPGen, BYU Computerized Genealogy, UGA, and Grand Junction. He is accredited in LDS Records and German research. His wiki at http://www.familysearchwiki.org/u-s-and-canada/worldwide-content/family-history-library-internet-favorites has a brief abstract of this presentation which will feature selected browser links (bookmarks) which are available from the Family History Library to help you find good genealogical Internet sites. He will explain how they are organized, some simple strategies for using them, and how to load them on a home computer.

Following the main presentation there will be several classes taught concerning technology and family history. As usual, there will be something for everyone at all levels of expertise. The classes currently scheduled for this meeting are the following: (1) PAF 5 Basics, by Ralph Hansen; (2) PAF 5: Advanced Search, Customs Lists, Global Search & Replace, by Duane Dudley; (3) World War I Research on the Internet, by Laurie Castillo; (4) Family Insight, by Diane Olsen; (5) Individual Mentoring (mini-class on using the Nauvoo Databank), by Pat Andrus & Lila Sowards; (6) Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay; (7) Legacy by Joel Graham; and (8) RootsMagic, by Sue Maxwell.

All meetings of the Users Group are open to the public whether members of the Group or not. The Users 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. Several of the officers, including Gerhard Ruf, President; Brian Cooper, 2nd VP; Lynne
Shumway, PAFology Editor; Kay Baker, Membership Chairman; and Bruce Merrill, DVD & Video Librarian, will be there to help with membership, questions, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter PAFology, and to check out videos and DVD's of past presentations and classes to members of the group. Information about the Users Group, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on the Group's website http://uvpafug.org . For further information see the website or contact President Gerhard Ruf at pres@uvpafug.org (801-225-6106), VP1 Elder Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu, or VP2 Brian Cooper at vp2@uvpafug.org.

Elder Donald R. Snow, 1st Vice President of Utah Valley PAF Users Group
England London Mission, Hyde Park Family History Centre, http://www.hydeparkfhc.org
Retired Professor of Mathematics, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, snowd@math.byu.edu

Thursday, October 11, 2007



Your Source for Technology Help in Family History

The Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group is a grass-roots, non-profit, tax-exempt educational organization. It is devoted to fostering the use of technology for family history.

UVTAGG is an organization of genealogists who use computers and Personal Ancestral File or other genealogy programs for record keeping. Although we meet in Provo, our members come from throughout Utah, from other states, even some from overseas. Check out our web site at www.uvtagg.org to see what is happening.
  • Monthly Meetings
    We hold meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month, except December, in the Edgemont area of Provo, Utah. Meetings are open to the public. They generally include a main presentation and are followed by six to eight classes on topics relating the use of technology in furthering your family history. Subscribing to this blog feed will notify you of our upcoming meetings and announcements.
  • Monthly Newsletter
    Our monthly publication, TAGGology, (formerly PAFology) is sent via email and/or snail mail to members of the group (see how to become a member) about the time of each meeting. It includes articles of general interest to those using computers to further their family history. Members may choose to receive the newsletter via snail mail or email or both. Selected articles of lasting interest are also published on the web for public access.
  • Updated Listing of Utah County Family History Centers
    Volunteers from the group keep in touch with FHCs in Utah County, Utah to maintain an updated list including address, phone, hours, hardware and special collection information.
  • Video Lending Library
    Videotapes of many main presentations classes that seem to have the biggest interest demand at our monthly meetings can be borrowed or purchased by members of the Utah Valley PAF Users Group. A list and instructions is available on the videos page.