Wednesday, July 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 Aug 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 Laurie Werner Castillo on FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH AT BYU: THE OTHER FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY.

BYU's Harold B. Lee Library (HBLL) is a major university library with 5 levels of books, manuscript collections, periodicals, maps and gazetteers, photographs, and displays. Additionally, it provides an Interlibrary Loan service for patrons to see books from other libraries. The HBLL website contains a wealth of valuable digital collections with many items of interest to family historians. The family history section of the HBLL was recently designated as a Family History Library, so it is no longer a Family History Center, but a branch of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. This presentation will show some of the family history items available at the HBLL, as well as on its website.

Laurie Werner Castillo is a mother and grandmother first, and then a professional genealogy researcher, speaker, and free-lance writer. She has served at the BYU Family History Center for many years as a Consultant, Teacher, and Family History Missionary Trainer. She has also served as a Ward Family History Consultant, Stake Family Records Extraction Coordinator, President of the Utah Valley Chapter of the Utah Genealogical Association, and Vice-President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Utah Genealogical Association. Currently, she serves with the Utah Valley PAF Users Group teaching many classes there.

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. FamilySearch Indexing and RecordSearch, by Duane Dudley
  2. Beginning Danish Research on the Internet, by Sherry Stevens
  3. Mentoring and a New England mini-class, by Becky Roberts and Lynne Shumway in the FHC
  4. Q&A on the BYU Family History Library, by Laurie Castillo
  5. Video of last month's main presentation on Digital Photography for Family History, by Marlo Schuldt
  6. Legacy 7, by Joel Graham
  7. RootsMagic, by Bruce Buzbee
  8. Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay.
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; Eileen Phelps, PAFology Editor; Kay Baker and Gerry Eliason working with finances and membership; and Bruce Merrill, Lynne Shumway, 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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