Thursday, April 2, 2009

[UVPAFUG] Press Release for meeting on 11 Apr 2009

2 Apr 2009
Journalists, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events. If any of you Ward newsletter editors are printing your newsletters this weekend even though it's General Conference, please include parts of the first paragraph and mention that there are classes for everyone. Email me, if you need further information. Thanks.

Don Snow


The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley PAF (Personal Ancestral File) Users Group will be on Saturday, 11 Apr 2009 from 9 am until noon IN THE EDGEWOOD/RIVERSIDE LDS CHAPEL, 3511 North 180 East, Provo, Utah. The Group appreciates the Edgemont Stake for allowing us to meet in their new LDS chapel behind the Jamestown shopping plaza on the east side of University Avenue in the Provo "River Bottoms". You get to it by going east on 3700 North from University Avenue and then south on 180 East. There is a map showing the new and old locations on our website given below. The main presentation for this meeting will be by Roger C. Flick on EXCITING FAMILY HISTORY FINDS IN THE BYU SPECIAL COLLECTIONS. Roger was born and raised in East Los Angeles and went on a mission for the LDS Church to the West Central states. He graduated from BYU in Math and Education and then obtained a Master of Library and Information Science degree from there. He went to work at the BYU Library and had a major role in setting it up and doing much family history research. Roger is a popular presenter at national and local genealogy conferences and is a frequent speaker at BYU Education Weeks. He serves as a cataloger librarian and consultant for Computer Assisted Research Projects at BYU's Harold B. Lee Library. He is also an Accredited Genealogical Researcher in English research. He has also served as president of the local chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers and teaches family history classes in the BYU Distance Learning program. His talk will discuss what is available and how to use it from the Harold B. Lee Library's Special Collections.

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) Using PAF Insight and Family Insight, by Duane Dudley; (2) Panel Discussion: Organizing Your Paperwork by BethAnn Wiseman and Renee Zamora; (3) Genealogical Software for the MAC, by John McKinney; (4) Q&A: Exciting Family History Discoveries in the BYU Special Collections, by Roger Flick; (5) Ancestral Quest 12.1, by Gaylon Findlay; (6) Legacy Review and Handwriting in English Records, by Joel Graham; and (7) Roots Magic 4, 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; Beth Ann Wiseman, PAFology Editor; Kay Baker and Gerry Eliason working with finances and membership; and Bruce Merrill, Lynne Shumway, and Marie Andersen, working with the DVD & Video Library, will all be there. They will help with membership, answer 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 and the press releases are online at For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at (801-225-6106), VP1 Don Snow at, or VP2 Brian Cooper at

Don Snow, 1st Vice President of Utah Valley PAF Users Group

Donald R. Snow, recently returned from the England London Mission, London Family History Centre Retired Professor of Mathematics, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

1 comment:

  1. Any chance that these announcements could be better formatted? (or, at least start a new paragraph with the main presentation)

    I really don't like having to read through appreciation and directions to the chapel just to find out what this month's presentation is about.