Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Mark Your Calendars! - UVPAFUG


The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley PAF (Personal Ancestral File) Users Group will be on Saturday, 8 Sep 2007, 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 Thomas Jay Kemp on GENEALOGYBANK - UNIQUE CONTENT FOR DOCUMENTING YOUR FAMILY TREE.

The website Tom will be discussing is at http://www.genealogybank.com and has historical newspapers, books, and documents, plus modern obituaries and the Social Security Death Index, the only site that updates the SSDI weekly. The information is completely word-searchable so you might find your ancestor's name in obscure historic newspapers and books. Anyone can see the index and snippets of the references and you can subscribe for a nominal rate and then download any of the articles in pdf format.

Tom Kemp is the Director of Genealogy Products at NewsBank which includes GenealogyBank. A well-known librarian and genealogist for more than 30 years, he is the author of more than two-dozen books. His numerous articles regularly appear in state and national library, archival and genealogical journals. He has served on many national and regional library genealogy boards and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Utah Genealogical Association. His most recent books include: Virtual Roots 2.0: A Guide to Genealogy and Local History on the World Wide Web and The 1930 Census: A Reference and Research Guide. Tom and his family live in New England, but he will be in Utah Valley this weekend helping one of his children get settled into BYU.

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. Following are the classes currently scheduled for this meeting.

1. PAF 5 Basics, by Ralph Hansen
2. Documenting Sources in PAF 5, by Duane Dudley
3. Cleaning Up Your PAF Database, by Laurie Castillo
4. GenealogyBank Q&A, by Tom Kemp
5. Individual Mentoring (in the FHC), by LaRita Evans and Vivian Brown
6. Video of a Past Main Presentation (Your choice)
7. Legacy, by Joel Graham
8. RootsMagic 3, by Bruce Buzbee
9. Ancestral Quest 12, by Gaylon Findlay.

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; Lynne Shumway, PAFology Editor; Kay Baker, Membership Chairman; and Bruce Merrill, DVD & Video Librarian, will be there to help with membership, questions, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter PAFology, and to check out videos and 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 web site http://uvpafug.org . For further information see the web site or contact President Gerhard Ruf at pres@uvpafug.org (801-225-6106), VP1 Elder Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu, or VP2 Brian Cooper at vp2@uvpafug.org.

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