Thursday, January 03, 2008

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, 12 Jan 2008, 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 Barry J. Ewell on DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR GENEALOGISTS.

Barry Ewell lives in Riverton, Utah, and is a Senior Marketing Manager for IBM. He is a writer and researcher with extensive genealogical experience in Internet and field research, digital and software resources, and mentoring genealogists. His research interests and expertise include Eastern U.S., United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Germany, and Russia. He will discuss turning your digital camera into one of your most valued genealogical research tools to effectively acquire records and preserve documents. It will greatly cut reproduction costs and help you achieve more with your available time. He will also discuss how to preserve, catalog, and file images for easy access.

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. FamiliySearch Indexing and Record Search, by Duane Dudley
2. Installing and Configuring a PHPGedView Website by John Finlay
3. What Can I Do with SMGF DNA Test Data? by Gerhard Ruf
4. Video of the main presentation at the last meeting: FHL Internet Favorites by G. David Dilts
5. Individual Mentoring in the Family History Center by Lila Sowards and Sherry Stevens
6. Ancestral Quest by Gaylon Findlay
7. Legacy by Geoff Rasmussen
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. Several of the officers, including Gerhard Ruf, President; Brian Cooper, 2nd VP; Lynne Shumway, PAFology Editor; Kay Baker and Gerry Eliason working with finances and membership; and Bruce Merrill, Eileen Phelps, and Marie Andersen, working with the DVD & Video Library, will all be there. They will help with membership, questions, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter PAFology, and check out DVD's and videos 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 contact President Gerhard Ruf at (801-225-6106), VP1 Elder Don Snow at, or VP2 Brian Cooper at

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