Wednesday, June 2, 2010

[UVPAFUG] Press release for meeting on 12 Jun 2010

2 Jun 2010 Journalists, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events. Ward newsletter editors, please include parts of the first paragraph 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, 12 Jun 2010, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.   For directions to get there see the map on the group's website

The main presentation for this meeting will be by Andrea Schnakenburg on HOW TO LIGHT A FIRE UNDER YOUR WARD. This presentation is geared toward family history consultants and family history center directors. Join us as we share some fun and fabulous tips for getting everyone excited about doing genealogy. We'll talk about how to get ward leaders involved, beginners excited, and research moving forward. Come learn how to motivate and inspire everyone, including the people who "just don't have the time". Andrea Schnakenburg is the Training Coordinator at Ohana Software where she organizes and teaches various free web seminars. After graduating from BYU with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2007, she started work with Ohana Software as a graphic designer. That's when she really caught the genealogy bug and she has been learning and teaching ever since. She recently returned to Utah after living in Hawaii where she started her work with Ohana Software. Following the main presentation there will be several classes taught concerning technology and family history with topics for all levels of expertise and interest. 

The teachers and classes presently scheduled for this meeting are as follows. (1) Duane Dudley, Using the NFS Help Center and Sandbox to Solve Problems; (2) Andrea Schnakenburg, FamilyInsight: Separating Incorrectly Combined Individuals and More; (3) Barry Ewell, The Basics of Photoshop Essentials; (4) Larry Hudgins, Mac or PC - The Best of Both Worlds; (5) Don Engstrom & Finn Hansen, Individualized Help with PAF and NFS; (6) Video of last month's main presentation by Don and Diane Snow, Freeware and Shareware for Family History; (7) Gaylon Findlay, Ancestral Quest; (8) Dean Bennett, Legacy; and (9) Sue Maxwell, RootsMagic. 

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, 1st VP; Laurie Castillo, 2nd VP; Liz Kennington, 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 1st VP Don Snow at or 2nd VP Laurie Castillo at

Don Snow, 1st VP of Utah Valley PAF Users Group

Donald R. Snow, Math Faculty, Nauvoo University Retired Professor of Mathematics, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

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