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UTAH VALLEY PAF USERS GROUP MEETING
The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley PAF (Personal Ancestral File) Users Group will be on Saturday, 9 Jan 2010, from 9 am to noon BACK AT THE OLD LOCATION, THE LDS "RED CHAPEL", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. This is a change back from the temporary location where the Group was meeting while the "Red Chapel" was being remodeled. There is a map showing the location on the group's website http://uvpafug.org .
The main presentation for this meeting will be by Janet Hovorka on COMPARING NEW FAMILYSEARCH CERTIFIED SOFTWARE. Her presentation will compare the features available in the various software programs that have been certified by the LDS Church to interface with New FamilySearch including Ancestral Quest, Family Insight, Legacy, and Roots Magic. Janet Hovorka has a BA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and an MA in Library Science from BYU and has held positions at BYU and Salt Lake Community College before having her children. She has been teaching family history classes at local, regional, and national genealogical conferences for a number of years. Janet and her husband, Kim, operate Generation Maps, an online genealogy chart printing service at http://www.generationmaps.com/ . She also authors The Chart Chick Blog at http://thechartchick.blogspot.com/ .
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 teachers and classes currently scheduled for this meeting are the following: (1) Searching for Completed Ordinances in nFS, by Duane Dudley; (2) Getting to Know New FamilySearch (Class 3 of 4), by George Scott; (3) Genealogy on Your MAC, by Venita Parry; (4) Will Your Family History Work Survive the Digital Age?, by Janet Hovorka; (5) Video of last month's main presentation, Easier Scanning - An Art And A Science, by Marlo Schuldt; (6) Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay; (7) Legacy 7, by Joel Graham; 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. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Don Snow and Brian Cooper, VP's; Beth Ann Wiseman, PAFology Editor; Kay Baker, Gerry Eliason, and Don Engstrom working with finances and membership; and Bruce Merrill, Lynne Shumway, 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 PAFology, and check out 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 and the press releases are at http://blog.uvpafug.org/. For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at firstname.lastname@example.org (801-225-6106) or VP1 Don Snow at email@example.com.
Don Snow, 1st Vice President of Utah Valley PAF Users Group