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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, 13 Mar 2010, from 9 am to noon at our usual location at the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. There is a map showing the location on the group's website http://uvpafug.org . The main presentation for this meeting will be by Barry J. Ewell on HOW TO CONDUCT EFFECTIVE GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET. If you are frustrated with searching the Internet and not being able to find information about your family, this talk may help. It will show you how to do better Google searches and find more information about your family from obscure websites to more popular databases and collections. Barry Ewell resides in Riverton, Utah and is a Senior Marketing Manager for IBM. He graduated from BYU in Communications in 1981 and is a writer and researcher with extensive genealogical experience in field research, oral and written histories, using the web, and computer and digital resources. His genealogical research interests include Eastern U.S., United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Germany, and Russia. He is also the founder of http://mygenshare.com/ which will be launched soon and which will have lots of helpful genealogy resources and information.
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) Ralph Hansen on Decluttering Your Family History Closet; (2) Duane Dudley on Submitting Names to the Temple with New FamilySearch; (3) George Scott on Solving Problems in New FamilySearch; (4) Venita Parry on Genealogy on Your MAC; (5) Barry J. Ewell on Learn the Tech to Trace Your Roots; (6) Video of last month's main presentation by Art Johnson on Building Strong Relationships with Priesthood Leaders; (7) Gaylon Findlay on Ancestral Quest; (8) Joel Graham on Legacy 7; and (9) Bruce Buzbee on RootsMagic. 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 Laurie Castillo, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents; Liz Kennington, 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 1st Vice President Don Snow at email@example.com.
Don Snow, 1st VP of Utah Valley PAF Users Group
Retired Professor of Mathematics, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah firstname.lastname@example.org