Thursday, October 04, 2007

Mark Your Calendars - UVPAFUG 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 Oct 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 John Finlay on SHARE YOUR GENEALOGY AND COLLABORATE WITH RELATIVES ONLINE USING PHPGEDVIEW.

PhpGedView (PGV) is a revolutionary Open Source genealogy program allowing you to share your genealogy easily over the internet including photos and multimedia. The program includes full privacy settings so that you maintain control of who can view or edit your data online. This lecture will show how to use PhpGedView to edit, research, and collaborate more effectively with your relatives. Being Open Source, PhpGedView is the combined effort of developers, testers, and translators from all around the world. It is also free. While designed primarily for the Internet, it can also be run as a desktop application.

John Finlay graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Computer Engineering. He worked in the IT industry for several years developing systems for digital archives and preservation. He is currently a full-time Computer Science faculty member teaching at Neumont University. In the summer of 2002, John founded the Open Source genealogy project, PhpGedView. It is currently the largest and most active Open Source genealogy application. John is married to Melissa Corn Finlay who holds a degree in genealogy and family history. They reside is South Jordan, Utah and have 5 children.

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. Editing Places 101 with PAF, PAF Pal, and PAF Insight, by Lila Sowards
2. Documenting Sources in PAF, by Duane Dudley
3. Q&A About PHPGedView, by John Finlay
4. Individual Mentoring, by Jon Allan & Val Buxton
5. Video of last month's main presentation on, by Thomas J. Kemp
6. Ancestral Quest 12: Connecting PAF Data to the New Family Search, by Gaylon Findlay
7. Legacy 6, by Dean Bennett
8. RootsMagic 3, by Sue Maxwell

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 website . For further information see the web site or contact President Gerhard Ruf at (801-225-6106), VP1 Elder Don Snow at, or VP2 Brian Cooper at

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