Wednesday, July 29, 2009

[UVPAFUG] Press Release for mtg on 8 Aug 2009

29 Jul 2009

Journalists, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events. Ward newsletter editors, please include parts of the first two 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, 8 Aug 2009, from 9 am until noon in the Edgewood/Riverside LDS Chapel, 3511 North 180 East, Provo, Utah. The chapel is in the Provo "River Bottoms" behind the Jamestown shopping plaza on the east side of University Avenue. You get to it by turning east from University Avenue at 3700 North ("Will's Pit Stop") and then south on 180 East. There is a map showing the location on the group's website .

The main presentation for this meeting will be by Mary E. V. Hill on USING A DIGITAL CAMERA IN GENEALOGY. She will discuss how to use a digital camera for many things in genealogy, for example, copying records in libraries and archives and photographing tombstones and other items. Mary E. Vassel Hill was born in Norwalk, Connecticut and obtained a BA in Family and Community History and an Master of Library Science from Brigham Young University. She was a Reference Librarian at BYU (1989-1992), Instructor in Family History and genealogical research at BYU (1992-1995), and joined the staff of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as a cataloger in Spanish and Portuguese (1995-1998). In 1998 Mary joined the US/Canada reference staff and was an instructor in various aspects of genealogical research. She served as an LDS Missionary at the Family History Library (2006-2008). She is an accredited genealogist in Eastern and Southern states research, and is a sought after speaker at genealogy fairs and conferences. The workshop she developed on setting up a paper filing system in this day of the computer has been particularly popular. She is also a mother and grandmother and author of several genealogy books. Her website is .

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) Clearing Names for the Temple in 2009, by Duane Dudley; (2) How to Teach New Family Search to Members, by Laurie Castillo; (3) Google for Family History, by Susan Maxwell; (4) Using the MAC Computer in FH, (TBA); (5) Q&A on Using Digital Cameras, by Mary Hill; (6) Video of last month's main presentation by Lance MacIntosh on Family History Support; (7) Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay; (8) Legacy, by Joel Graham; and (9) 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. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Don Snow and Brian Cooper, VP's; Beth Ann Wiseman, PAFology Editor; Kay Baker and Gerry Eliason working with finances and membership; and Bruce Merrill, Lynne Shumway, 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 online at For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at (801-225-6106), VP1 Don Snow at, or VP2 Brian Cooper at

Don Snow, 1st Vice President of Utah Valley PAF Users Group

Donald R. Snow, recently returned from the England London Mission,
London Family History Centre
Retired Professor of Mathematics, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah