Wednesday, September 1, 2010

[UVPAFUG] Press release for meeting 11 Sep 2010

1 Sep 2010
Journalists, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events. Ward newsletter editors, please include information from the first and second paragraphs 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 Sep 2010, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. Information about the Users Group, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on the Group's website and the press releases are at .  On the Group's website you can sign up to receive an email copy of the press releases as they are sent out.

The main presentation for this meeting will be by George R. Ryskamp on CONNECTING NEW FAMILYSEARCH ANCESTORS WITH ORIGINAL RECORDS. This will be a discussion of how to use the clues you've found in New FamilySearch to connect with original records and find new ancestral family members. George R. Ryskamp, JD, AG®, is an attorney, author, and Associate Professor of History at BYU. He is the author of numerous books and articles, and a regular lecturer at National and International conferences. He is an accredited genealogist specializing in Spanish language research and United States probate and legal systems and has, each year for twelve years, taken groups of students to Spain, France and/or Italy to learn first hand how to research in archives. George is a popular speaker and is the Director of the Lindon FHC. He will be sharing the benefit of his experience with New FamilySearch. His Curriculum Vitae is posted at 

Following the main presentation there will be several classes about family history and technology with something for everyone at any level of expertise. The teachers and classes presently scheduled for this meeting are as follows: (1) Using Multimedia with PAF, by Bret Petersen; (2) Personalized Help with NFS and PAF, by Don Engstrom and Finn Hansen; (3) Genealogy on the MAC: Q & A, by Roger Lehr; (4) Q&A on Connecting to Original Records, by George Ryskamp; (5) Video of last month's main presentation: Answers From FamilySearch Wiki and Forums, by Kara Wahlquist; (6) Ancestral Quest: Uploading and Revising Data Between PAF and New FamilySearch, by Merlin Kitchen; (7) Legacy, by Dean Bennett; and (8) RootsMagic, by Sue Maxwell. There will be no FamiliyInsight Class this month.

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, 1st VP; Laurie Castillo, 2nd VP; Liz Kennington, PAFology Editor; Kay Baker, Gerry Eliason, and Don Engstrom working with finances and membership; and Bruce Merrill 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, presentations, classes, and class notes can be found at the websites mentioned above. For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at (801-225-6106) or 1st VP Don Snow at or 2nd VP Laurie Castillo at

Don Snow, 1st VP of Utah Valley PAF Users Group

Donald R. Snow, Retired Professor of Mathematics, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

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