Wednesday, January 30, 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, 9 Feb 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 Gordon J. Clarke on FAMILYSEARCH WEB SERVICES AND

This will be a discussion of how FamilySearch has made it possible for many existing and new software products to work in conjunction with New FamilySearch through the development of Web Services. Web services is the way that web and desktop applications can communicate with an online service such as new FamilySearch. Desktop applications can work online or offline and synchronize, as desired. Learn what type of products and tools are becoming available. Discover when and why to use various compatible web or desktop products according to individual needs, purposes, and abilities.

Gordon Clarke joined the Family and Church History Member Needs team over 2 years ago. He is coordinating Developer Services and Affiliate Marketing in addition to his product management responsibility for the FamilySearch Web Services. Previously Gordon was the founder and president of ici MEDIA. Over the last 25 years Gordon has organized and lead numerous companies and projects, creating and delivering Internet, desktop computer, audio/video, and enterprise solutions for many different industries.

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. Using All the Features of PAF Insight, by Duane Dudley
  2. Administering a PHPGedView Website (Part 2 of 3), by John Finlay
  3. What Can I Do with SMGF DNA Test Data?, by Gerhard Ruf
  4. Keeping Your PC Healthy, by Jerry Castillo
  5. Q&A: New FamilySearch and 3rd Party Programs, by Gordon Clarke
  6. Video of last month's main presentation: Digital Photography for Genealogists, by Barry J. Ewell
  7. Individual Mentoring (British Research mini-class), by Vivien Brown and Val Buxton
  8. Legacy, by Dean Bennett.
  9. There will be no classes for RootsMagic or Ancestral Quest this time.
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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