Saturday, January 02, 2010

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, 9 Jan 2010, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "RED" CHURCH AT 4050 North 650 East (Timpview Drive), Provo, Utah. NOTE THE CHANGE OF LOCATION. This chapel is within one mile of where we have been meeting for the past year. It is the same location where we met for the prior 15 years. A map showing the old and new location is located at .

The main presentation for this meeting will be by Janet Hovorka on COMPARING NEW FAMILYSEARCH CERTIFIED SOFTWARE. She will will compare the features available in the various software programs that have been certified by the LDS Church to interface with New FamilySearch, including Ancestral Quest, Family Insight, Legacy, and Roots Magic. Questions will be welcome. Janet Hovorka has a BA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and an MA in Library Science from BYU and held positions at BYU and Salt Lake Community College before having her children. She has been teaching classes at local, regional and national genealogical conferences for a number of years. Janet and husband Kim own Generation Maps, an online genealogy chart printing service. She authors the Chart Chick Blog (

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. Duane Dudley on Searching for Completed Ordinances in New FamilySearch
  2. George Scott on Getting to Know New FamilySearch (Class 3 of 4)
  3. Venita Parry on Genealogy on Your MAC
  4. Janet Hovorka on Will Your Family History Work Survive the Digital Age?
  5. Marlo Schuldt on Easier Scanning - An Art And A Science - video of last month's main presentation
  6. Gaylon Findlay on Ancestral Quest
  7. Joel Graham on Legacy
  8. Bruce Buzbee on Roots Magic.
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 100-150 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Don Snow and Brian Cooper, VP's; Beth Ann Wiseman, 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, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on the Group's website and the press releases are at For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at (801-225-6106) or VP1 Don Snow at

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