Wednesday, June 4, 2008

[UVPAFUG] Press Release for UVPAFUG meeting, 14 Jun 2008

4 Jun 2008

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. 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, 14 Jun 2008, 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 Matt Misbach on SELF-PUBLISH THE EASY AND FREE WAY. With recent advancements in technology in the publishing industry self-publishing is easier than ever, and is gaining tremendous popularity. This presentation will show you how to self-publish your book for FREE. The process is simple enough that anyone can do it. Matt Misbach is President of Misbach Enterprises, a genealogy company specializing in charting and publishing for over 40 years. Matt has developed several genealogy software programs, designed numerous pedigree and descendant charts, and has published the following books: The Griffiths Story, Jacob Persinger, The Van Der Kemp Collection, Jacob the Indian, and Misbachs In Mongolia.

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) Documenting Sources in PAF and New Family Search, by Duane Dudley; (2) Using Footnote and Other FamilySearch Affiliates in Family History Centers, by Robert Raymond; (3) Stuck? Tips for Getting Unstuck, by Laurie Castillo; (4) Q&A on Self-Publish the Easy and Free Way, by Matt Misbach; (5) Individual Mentoring (and mini-class on Using Census Records at Heritage Quest for Free), by Larine Mortensen and RaeLee Steinacker; (6) Video - newFamilySearch Synchronization with Ancestral Quest, Family Insight, and RootsMagic by Gaylon Findlay, John Vilburn, & Bruce Buzbee; (7) Legacy 7: Charting, by Dean Bennett; and (8) RootsMagic, by Bruce Buzbee.

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; Eileen Phelps and Lynne Shumway, PAFology Editors; Kay Baker and Gerry Eliason working with finances and membership; and Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen working with the DVD & Video Library, will all be there. They will help with membership, questions, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter PAFology, and check out DVD's and videos 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 . For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at (801-225-6106), VP1 Elder Don Snow at, or VP2 Brian Cooper at

Elder Donald R. Snow, 1st Vice President of Utah Valley PAF Users Group England London Mission, London Family History Centre (formerly Hyde Park Family History Centre)

Elder Donald R. Snow, England London Mission London Family History Centre (formerly Hyde Park Family History Centre),
Retired Professor of Mathematics, Brigham Young University, Provo,