04 October 2010

Come Join Me at UVPAFUG Meeting and Training Classes!


The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley PAF (Personal Ancestral File) Users Group will be on Saturday, 9 Oct 2010, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. Information about the Users Group, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on the Group's website http://uvpafug.org.

The main presentation for this meeting will be by Gary T. Wright on PRESERVING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY RECORDS DIGITALLY. This presentation will discuss the challenges and benefits of digital preservation as a means to preserve personal family history materials. It will also explore potential solutions to the challenges, identify what types of family history materials are suitable for digital preservation, and summarize what is required to get started.

 Gary T. Wright is currently Senior Product Manager of Digital Preservation at FamilySearch. In this role, he is responsible for guiding FamilySearch to become a world leader in digital preservation. Gary earned a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado. Before joining FamilySearch, he directed enterprise storage marketing, services, and solution development for prominent storage technology companies such as IBM, HP, LSI, and StorageTek. Gary is also the author of the book The Light of Ancient America, an award winning composer, and a violinist with the Orchestra at Temple Square.

Following the main presentation there will be several classes about family history and technology with something for everyone at any level of expertise. The teachers and classes presently scheduled for this meeting are as follows: (1) Vital Records Indexes and Records Online, by Laurie Castillo; (2) Family History Books Online, by Don Snow; (3) MAC: Making Reunion and OSX Work For You, by Ron Snowden; (4) Personalized Help, by Don Engstrom and Finn Hansen; (5) Q&A Preserving Your Family History Records Digitally, by Gary T. Wright; (6) Video of last month's main presentation: Linking nFS Ancestors to Original Records, by George Ryskamp; (7) Ancestral Quest: Ordinance Reservation and Tracking, by Merlin Kitchen; (8) Legacy, by Dean Bennett; (9) RootsMagic, by Sue Maxwell; and (10) Family Insight, by Andrea Schnakenburg.

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.