Thursday, December 24, 2009

WCPAF Users Group - January meeting...

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, January 16th, 2010....10:00 a.m. at the Morningside State Center - 9th and River Road, St. George, Utah.

Our vice-president, Bob Kroff will present a class on genealogy/family history software.
Bob will bring PAF, RootsMagic and Legacy to us by teaching us what each of these programs will bring to us. He will review each program and help us get to know the program and help us understand how they work. The bells, whistles, ins and outs.

There have been many new and exciting, which brings many things we need to learn more about. This presentation will start us off and during this new year we will have classes to help us with our research.

Washington County PAF Users Group - Jan meeting

Our December business meeting and get-together was held on Saturday, December 19th.
The election of officers was held with the following elected to the board: Connie Stewart - President: Bob Kroff - Vice-President: June Morton - Secretary/ Membership: Pat Foster - Treasurer: Max Turpin: Marilyn Rohrer: Curt Rohrer: Helen Lenz: Russ Bateman: Fran Lightner: and a welcome to our newest board member - Julie Hammons.
A video was played which reviewed the year 2009 with the WCPAF Users Group in pictures and music.
Goodies brought were shared by all. All were really good.
We appreciate those who presented our classes in 2009. We had classes on many subjects by those who share their knowledge in these subjects. Thanks to all presenters!
We welcome you to come to our monthly meetings, except for August when no meeting is held, and join with our group. Visitors are welcome!
As you go forward with your family history we wish you the best of findings in this new year 2010!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

6th Annual St. George Family History Expo 2010

It's time to make your plans to attend the Annual St. George History Expo 2010 coming up Feburary 26 - 27, 2010.
This is a fantastic Expo every year with speakers and presenters who provide great information.
Take a look at the web site for speakers, presenters and class schedule, and register at:

Pre-registration, ends Feb. 1, 2010 - $65.00 for the 2 days.
At the door cost will be $75.00, $40.00 for 1-day, or $12.00 per class.

December 19, 2009 Annual Meeting

Our December meeting will be held on Saturday, December 19th. This is our annual meeting to handle all necessary business, and nominating and election of officers and board members.

All are invited to attend and guests are welcome. It's time to visit and enjoy each others company.

Don't forget to bring your favorite finger food.

We will show a video presentation on the Users Group in the year 2009.

Great year thanks to Connie, Bob, Ron, June, Max, Pat, Marilyn, Helen, Russ, Curt and Fran, the officers and board members.

We've had another year of wonderful classes with great presenters. A BIG THANK YOU to all the board members who got this all organized by inviting our presenters to share their individual knowledge on computer security - research - various software information - cleaning up our files both on our computers and in our drawers and boxes, or even on the floor! We revisited 'Uncle Verl', information on the newFamilySearch, a Crash Course in Genealogy, and learning how to 'Break down brick walls'

Our web site is up and running. It is still a 'work in progress', but we are making that progress.
Take a look at: - or google Washington County PAF Users Group.

Our big THANK YOU to Russ Bateman for the many hours he has spent working on this site.

The Washington County Cemetery Project is on-going. Gathering obituaries and putting those on the web site on the grave site information; Gathering pictures and histories to also be added to the grave site information.

We are continuing our work on the Cemetery Project and would appreciate volunteers coming on-board to help get this work done. The data entry is done in your home, on your computer and you can put in whatever amount of time you have available.

Going out to the cemeteries takes more effort - taking pictures of grave stones. Again, going when you have the time available.

Max Turpin is also been working on getting local information on 'Find-A-Grave' and co-ordination to the area cemeteries.

If you can volunteer to help us on this please contact: Fran Lightner 688-1260. Or, email at:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Clean Up Your PAF File

Our class for 'Clean Up Your PAF File' and the presenter will be Tom Hitchcock from the St. George Regional Family History Center.
For those doing Family History it seems that we are the generation of 'clean-up'. Now for most of our files it's about time to clean them up and so this seems like a very timely presentation.
We invite all to attend on Saturday, November 21st, 2009 - Morningside Stake Center, on River Road at 700 South and enter at the back door.
Meeting starts at 10:00 a.m. until Noon.
See you there!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Class Schedule

We had a great class on Oct. 17, 2009 when Julie Hammons presented a class on 'Brick Walls'. Julie's class got us all thinking we could break through those walls and ready to get back to it.

Don't miss our up-coming classes to help you with your software and research.

Our Nov. class will be held on November 21st - 'Clean Up Your PAF File'. Now if you are using PAF, RootsMagic, Legacy or any other software we all need to clean up our files.

Tom Hitchcock from the St. George Regional Family History Center will be our presenter.

Come and join us on the 21st of Nov. - 10:00 a.m. until Noon -

Sunday, October 4, 2009

'The Threads That Bind' Family History Fair

November 13th & 14th, 20009 'The Threads That Bind' Family History Fair will be held at the Ivins Stake Center - 290 East 1060 South - Ivins, UT.
Friday - Nov. 13th 6p.m. - 10p.m. and Saturday - Nov. 14th 10a.m. - 2:30p.m.
Friday evening at 6p.m. the Keynote Speaker will be Ronald T. Halverson.
Classes begin at 7:00p.m. ending at 10:00p.m. On Saturday classes will begin at 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Vendors representing RootsMagic and FamilyInsight will be available.
Classes will be held on - Training on the Internet - - US Census Searches - Family Search Wiki - Getting started with Family History - Descendancy (Collateral) Research - Organizing Family History Records - New Family Search How to get started and New Family Search How to Use it - Personal Computer Security - Making Time for Family History.
Display tables will present cultural and heritages.
All are welcome to come to enjoy the display tables and attend to any classes that interest them.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Next PAF Users Group Monthly Meeting

Our next class will be September 19, 2009, no class is held in August as that is our summer recess.
10:00 a.m. to noon. Morningside Stake Center on River Rd. - St. George, Utah

Robert Booth, Director of the St. George Regional Family History Training Center will enlighten us on the New

Saturday, July 16, 2009 Member Meeting

The meeting started with President Connie Stewart welcoming those in attendance. No announcements were reported.
The meeting was turned over to presenter Bob Kroff.
Bob Kroff is a retired Teacher/Administrator from the Tooele School District. He taught and was principal at Hurricane Middle School in the early 70's, and has owned a grocery store in Springdale, adjacent to Zion National Park.
While employed in the District Office in the Tooele School District he was a Teacher Trainer and traveled Utah and Idaho presenting skills in teaching.
Bob is currently serving a Mission at the St. George regional Family History Training Center, with a special interest in personal histories, as well as currently serving as Vice-President of our Washington County PAF Users Group.
Bob has given several presentations on the importance of personal family history and personal journal keeping to local family history groups and will present at the up-coming Family History and Genealogy Jamboree in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, September 12, 2009. (We'll get more information out on that Jamboree in August.)
Bob and his brother Joel first presented their Uncle Verl to our group several months ago. Since then they have added more to their presentation.
Due to a prior commitment Joel will not be with Bob today with this presentation.
'Revisiting Uncle Verl' - Bob began his presentation with the song 'Remember Me' written by his son Rob Kroff. http://kroffproductions/com/Remember%20Me.pdf
Remember Me
Words and music by Rob Kroff
Copyright 2007 Kroff Productions
When the golden wheat fields bend and speak of summer
When the autumn colors glide upon the wind
In the winter cold or when spring gives birth to flowers
Remember me
But not for trophies I have won for they do not matter
Fortunes I may have gained mean nothing in the end
But if I was a friend to you or lent to you my shoulder
Remember me
And if you'd grant me one last wish,
I wish that you could see
The wonder that I saw
In every tree and flowing river
All the beauty there.
I hope you learn from all the things I've done
Mistakes that I have made
My humble legacy
Is to leave with you my story
Then you will remember me
As you turn the pages, chapters of a lifetime
As you open memories sketched upon the soul.
Smile when you come across the colors of my journey
Remember me
Let the joy around you, ease the aching spirit
I have only passed beyond the realms of what you see
I am not so far, I am just a thought away
When you remember me
I am just a thought away
When you remember me
What is personal history? To LDS members it is sometimes just looking for ancestors name and ordinance data. The rest of the world perhaps it's wanting to know who their ancestors were and a bit about their history. Our personal history is just as valuable as that of our ancestors.
And so we were introduced to the personal history of 'Uncle Verl' through his small note books and the video of 'Uncle Verl' put together by Bob and Joel Kroff - the music by Rob Kroff and the video narrated by Bob's niece.
Some excerpts from just the fishing note books of Uncle Verl. There are other note books about deer hunting, goose hunting, etc.
A quiet man who walked, rather than driving when possible, who lived in Tooele, Utah, left for those of us privileged enough to hear his story, a great legacy.....
Every personal history is important. Learn from Uncle Verl and keep those every day thoughts and begin, or continue with your personal history for those generations to come.
Thanks to Bob and his family who put this great lesson on how important and exciting personal histories are.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

July 2009 Monthly Meeting

Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Morningside Stake Center - St. George, Utah
Bob and Joel Kroff will return with 'Uncle Verle Revisited'.
When they first introduced us to Uncle Verle they had a great presentation. The family had gone through Uncle Verle's belongings, after his death, and found Verle's life story in many interesting ways. Misc. items for living and working, items for hunting and fishing. And pocket size notebooks, diaries containing his thoughts and daily activities.
Using all that they found, they put together a video which was enjoyed by all.
Since that first presentation a song has been written to go along with an updated video.
We think you will enjoy this presentation and we invite you to join us.

Third Edition of Crash Course in Family History now available.

Unforeseen delays from the printer delayed the arrival of this book, but the book is now available at your local bookstore. The cost is $34.95.
I just received my copy of Paul Larsen's Third Edition of 'Crash Course in Family History' and sat down to look through the pages. WOW, so much information and so many pages got my attention, and I finally took out a pad of Post-it-notes and started sticking them on pages.
I took an afternoon to go through the entire book and each time I'd come across an area I wanted to check out better I had to tell myself to mark it and move on. Well, 15 sticky notes later I now need to decide where to start.
"Using a computer and the Internet has taken research to such a level in searching information, but with so many sites and ways to go it can just become overwhelming. 'Crash Course in Family History, Third Edition, gives us pages and pages to help us".
Shanna Jones reviewed this book in the Senior Sampler, July 10, 2009 issue, and said, "......If you are serious about learning how to do family history, this is the book for you. The book is a great resource directory for everyone interested in genealogy and family history work, expert and novice alike. It contains up-to-date information for connecting to your ancestors using today's technology."
EasyFamilyHistory,com said, "The companion website is also available to help stay current with all of the new web sites launched regularly, and the new tools and technologies that are taking place in family history everyday".
We recommend you take a look!

Crash Curse in Family History now available

Saturday, June 27, 2009

June 20, 2009 Monthly Meeting

The class presenter was Paul Larsen, who presented the 3rd Edition of 'Crash Course in Family History'.
This book is packed with step-by-step tutorials and lessons helping us with the easiest ways to connect to our ancestors. It took Paul a full year of research to write this book. He also created a web site that goes along with the book. He will try to keep this book current by republishing with the new things that have happened since this latest version.
In the presentation were discussions on - Top 10 Web Sites - New & Improved Web Sites -
Family Trees - Web Directories and Portals - Latest Software - Finding Billions of Database Records and Invaluable Resources - Social Networking Sites - Tools to Make It Easier, including - Death - - - - - newspaper collections - One-Step Search Tools - - Tutorials for how-to search - WeRelated-org.
Family History Made Easy - Paul's website even has his book on it in a searchable form.
Those beginners, as well as the seasoned researcher can benefit from Paul's information.
Thanks Paul!
You can check with your local bookstore for Paul's book(s).

July 18, 2009 - Our next meeting will be held on July 28, 2009 Our Presenters will be Bob and Joel Kroff. It's been about 2-years since Bob and Joel first introduced their 'Uncle Verle' to our Users Group. We all fell in Love with this man and to Bob and Joel for their sharing his story with our group. And for showing us that we too could put together our family stories.
They also showed us how careful we need to be as we go thru any belongings our family members had Don't just throw items away that look like they are 'of no use'. They found that many 'special items' were then lost.
Come and see what they have been able to do since we last saw them.

No meeting is held in the month of August.

Check back to see the class schedule for September, October, November and December.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009 Saturday Meeting

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2009. Paul Larsen will be presenting his new book, "Crash Course in Genealogy" Paul's books are great help and we expect this new book will have helpful information for this day in Family History and Genealogy.
Come, join us and see what you can learn!

Saturday, May 21, 2009 Meeting

General Announcements: Pat Foster is the new Treasurer. Pat will be available at our monthly Saturday meetings to take your membership dues. Thanks Pat!

Our THANKS to Ron Coleman, who asked to be reassigned. Ron has served for the Treasurer for 3-years and we have appreciated all the work her has done keeping the Users Group finances in order. Ron has now taken the responsibility of Education Chairperson. Ron has a great deal of experience with Family History/Genealogy and will be great in helping the Users Group organize our monthly meeting presentations.

Cemetery Project - we are seeking volunteers to help transcribe information and take pictures of the MANY cemeteries he have in Washington County. Please call Max Turpin - 674-9204 or Fran Lightner - 688-1260 We can also use help in clipping obituaries out of the newspaper and putting them on the Cemetery website. This can be done in your home. Contact Fran if you can help with this.

Website - We are still working on the website. It is a slow process, but take a look where you can read monthly class minutes and up-coming class schedules. If you have any suggestions for the site give Fran a call - 688-1260.

RootsMagic4, our presentation in April, is the first software affiliate product that is certified to reserve and submit ancestral names to temples to print LDS temple name cards using new FamilySearch Web services. Congrats and Good Work RootsMagic4!

For more info on RootsMagic4 go to:

Allen Forsyth gave our presentation on - Personal Computer Safety. Allen started us off by saying "Always Be On Guard - and, Just Don't Click". Allen's class certainly gave us some moments of feeling like we can't possibly keep all of these 'BUGS' off of our computers. But continued on by giving11 steps to protect our computers. Lots of information was given to help us each do what we can to keep our information safe. Thanks Allen!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bruce Buzbee presents RootsMagic4 - Bruce Buzbee, founder and president of RootsMagic opened his presentation with the introduction to the RootsMagic4 Tutorial. You can look at this tutorial at -
Bruce said that RootsMagic is in the process of adding video tutorials showing RootsMagic 4's integration with New FamilySearch. Here are some screenshots of RootsMagic 4's New FamilySearch features. Links to the following items: Importing your information from PAF: Matching your date with New FamilySearch: Exchanging information (syncking) with New FamilySearch: FamilySearch Central: One-click Temple Status: Ordinance Reservation: Creating a Temple Trip.
You can also check out -
You can preview RootsMagic4 at -
RootsMagic4 is currently ready to work with the New FamilySearch.
A great presentation and information was given. We appreciate Bruce coming to give updated infromation on RootsMagic4!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Our Web site!

April 9, 2009 - Washington County PAF Users Group web site........
After to much time we have a Webmaster and are working to get a web site up and available.
This process is very time comsuming and takes a talented Webmaster.
We are excited to have found that talented Webmaster and get the site up and make information available to you.
This is a work in progress! We hope to have this ready for you to take a look in the new future.

Up-Coming Classes April - May - June - July 2009

April 18, 2009 - Roots Magic 4 - Bruce Buzbee will present the latest version of Roots Magic 4 and its updates. This software is one that will work with the NewFamilySearch - Family Tree.
We will have the opportunity to learn about the program and Bruce will be available to answer questions. We feel this will be an excellent opportunity to see the options available with Roots Magic 4.

May 16th - Allen Forsyth will help us with 'Internet Security'. Allen will share with us help to to keep our computers safe. If you were at the first presentation Allen gave us you know how important it is to be up to date on computer security.

June 20 - Crash Course in Family History, Part 2 - Paul Larsen. If you've read Paul's book, Crash Course in Family History you'll want to see Part 2. Come and see what Paul has added that will help you with your research.

July 18th - 'Uncle Verle Revisited' - Bob Kroff. Some time back Bob and Joel Kroff introduced us to Uncle Verle. It was such an interesting presentation. Since then more has been put together and Bob is going to share that with us. Not only will we enjoy more on Uncle Verle, but Bob will show us the many options to putting together a relative or families story.

August - No meeting is help in the month of August.

Saturday, March 7, 2009


Update worth marking your calendars for: The St. George Regional Family History Training Center and WCPAFUG are sponsoring the following presentations.....
ANCESTRAL QUEST, FAMILY INSIGHT AND ROOTS MAGIC 4. These three programs have worked closely with FamilySearch to become a Certified Affliate of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints newFamilySearch program.
As part of preparaton for Utah using the New FamilySearch we all need to understand the changes that come with that in our software. Currently these three companies are certified to work with FamilySearch.
FamilySearch Certified Affiliates are thrid-party companies and organizatons that provide products and services with features that are compatible with FamilySearch programs. Certification indicates the affiliates declaration of compliance with FamilySearch requirements. Note that these producst and services are independently devoloped and supported by their respective organizations, not by FamilySearch.

If it highly recommended that you attend all three of these presentations before making your choice for the product which will best suit your needs in syncing with the newFamilySearch-Family Tree.

PAF users have gone thru, will PAF stay or will PAF go? What other programs will work using our currant PAF files? Will they be user friendly? What other options will these programs give us? We may like PAF and are not eager to go into another program.

Attending these 3 presentations will give you an insight to making a move over and still having your current PAF files.

FAMILY INSIGHT (previously PAFInsight) - John Vilburn of FamilyInsight will present how new FamilyInsight program will work and what options it has. This will be held on Saturday, March 14th, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the LDS Church - 85 South 400 East.

ANCESTRAL QUEST - Gaylon Findley will present the newest version of his software. This will be held on Saturday, March 21st at the monthly meeting of the Washington County PAF Users Group. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon at the Morningside Stake Center - 900 South and River Rd.
This presentation will also be given at 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the LDS East Stake Center - 449 South 300 East.

ROOTS MAGIC 4 - Bruce Buzbee will present information on the latest version of his software at the April monthly meeting of the Washington County PAF Users Group - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 18th at the Morningside Stake Center - 900 South and River Rd. And again later that evening at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the LDS East Stake Center - 449 South 300 East.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Ancestral Quest Demonstration

Gaylon Findlay, President of Incline Software will give two presentations on Saturday, March 21, 2009. Co-sponsored by Washington County PAF Users Group - 652-9463 and St. George Regional Family History Training Center - 673-4591. These presentations are free to the public.
Presentation 1 - 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Morningside Stake Center - Relief Society Room.
(Corner of 900 South and River Road, St. George. Enter at the back of the building.)
Presentation 2 - 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., at the St. George East Center - Relief Society Room.
(449 South 300 East, St. George, just east of the temple.)
Ancestral Quest is one of the several products that work directly with New FamilySearch (Family Tree) to synchronize your personal genealogy with the Church's files. It has the advantage of both reading and writing PAF-5 databases directly without loss of data. Therefore, you can use both PAF and Ancestral Quest interchangeably and have the advantage of additional features that PAF does not provide, including direct access to New FamilySearch.

Monday, February 2, 2009

2009 Membership Dues

Just a reminder that it's time to pay your 2009 Membership dues. Dues are still $12.00 per year. For a hard copy printed and mailed the cost is $17.00.
Ron Coleman will be available at our February meeting if you would like to pay then. Or, you can send your payment to WC-PAFUG - 473 South River Rd. - #1-196 - St. George, Ut. 84790
Pay your dues by February 28th to avoid interruption in your membership.

Saturday - January 17, 2009

President Connie Stewart welcomed all members, noting we had several new members in attendance. Opening prayer was given by Helen Lenz.
Ron Coleman, Treasurer was set up at the back of the room and accepting membership dues.
Everyone was reminded to be sure to give Ron and new address', phone numbers and/or new email changes.
It was noted that the monthly newsletter was ready to go, but will be sent out upon the return of Curt and Denece Larsen from Salt Lake City.
A change in today's presentation has been made. Becky Carroll is ill, but will be presenting our February class on February 21, 2009 on Blogs. (You too can create a Blog just like this one!)
A reminder that the Alaskan Cruise will be sailing on June 19 - 26, 2009. Contact Mary or Lauren at Morris Travel - 435-628-3633 or 800-777-1785.
Don Snow noted that FamilySearch Wiki has started a new project called 'Barn-Raising' wherein individuals input information on the State of Maryland'.
St. George Expo will be held on February 27th and 28th. You can get details and register by going to
A 'Thank You' to John Callister for his donation to the Washington County PAF Users Group.
TECHNO TIME - was presented by June Morton - WCPAFUG Secretary and member of a PAF Users Group since 1992 in Pocatello, Idaho. June is currently serving a Mission at the Regional Family History Training Center. June arrived in St. George six years ago to live in Temple Apartments and to enjoy Temple Service, during that time she was also involved with the local Record Extraction Group.
After about a year she felt the need to return to research and family history work, and applied for a Service Mission at the Regional Center....she is currently in her fifth year at the center and is blessed daily for her service.
June is the mother of two daughters, eight grandchildren and currently 13 great grandchildren...who she loves dearly and of course, they are the best, the brightest and cutest around. Her only regret is that the family lives to far away in Pocatello and Salt Lake so visits are few and far between.
FAMILY HISTORY AND THE INTERNET SEARCH ENGINE.....form the new book..."Google Your Family Tree'. A short Power Point presentation accompanied June's presentation on the Commands and Syntax instruction which can help one's search on Google and other internet search engines.
Handouts of various Commands and Syntax which help in searches were available. If you would like a handout please contact Fran Lightner.
TEN TOP GENEALOGICAL SITES- was presented by Max Turpin.
Max is a Board Member and has been a member of the WC-PAFUG for six-seven years now. He is a retired US Postal Service worker and has lived in Washington City for 16 years. He has a strong liking for the computer world.
In Max's handout he has noted the Ten Top Genealogical Sites as listed by Dan Lynch form the new book 'Google Your Family Tree'. The book shows a picture of the opening page with a description of each site.
Max also noted information regarding PAFInsight. He also like the special features and time saving that the program PAF PAL offered.
FIND-A- GRAVE - While serving a mission in Washington State on the Cooley Dam on an Indian Reservation he helped a woman of Indian descent find her ancestor's cemetery plot and a picture on Find-A-Grave which had been entered by others. So the indepth entry and cemetery visits began.
Find-A-Grave was created by Jim Tipton of Salt Lake City, Utah. It has grown to include cemeteries in most states in the United States and some countries throughout the world with almost 30,000,000 entries, adding a million entries every 45 days or so.
Max moved through the program from place to place, family member to family member demonstrating how to use the program.
He instructed us on how to create links from one page to another, link family members.
Max is also entering names from St. George Cemetery Burial Records on to Find-A-Grave as part of the current project.
ST. GEORGE CEMETERY PROJECT - was presented by Fran Lightner. Fran is the past-present of our group and now serving as a board member. She was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Indio, California. She is the mother of three children and grandmother of nine. She and her husband John will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in February.
Fran has lived in California, Idaho, Nevada and Utah. She started genealogy about 35 years ago when John received a request from a cousin to send her a family group sheet for their family and his parents and siblings. Life's never been the same since catching the bug from that cousin's request.
As a groups we are trying to add to the project..... by adding pictures of the tombstones and including them on the Find-A-Grave site.
Fran is seeking volunteers for this project. The comments that struck us all was the 'we need to give back to our community and help with this project'.... we have so much and our family and friends interred need to be indexed so they can be found by those searching for them.
The Meeting was a great success with much information proceeding forth to help us in our research effort.
Closing prayer was given by Thayle Smith.
Recording Secretary - June Morton

Friday, January 16, 2009

Change in January 17th, 2009 Class Presentations

January 17th Class - Becky Carroll's presentation on the 'Blog' has been canceled due to illness..
She will reschedule, so check back on updates on class schedules.

For Saturday, the 17th - June Morton will present the Techno Time presenting information on Google Research Helps.

Also, Max Turpin and Fran Lightner will present information on the St. George Cemetery Project and how you can help, and how it will help those doing family research. They will go on-line to the Find-A-Grave and sites.

With work being done on the St. George Cemetery this will add some information and pictures of grave sites. For those who have family members buried here in the St. George Cemetery but live a distance and can not come to here to visit the cemetery themselves, they will be able to go on-line and even see a picture of those sites.

If you've gone to any of the sites available searching your family members in other areas of the country, maybe even the world, you can understand how someone took their time to get that information made available. We need to do that here too!

As with all of our class presentation, if you've done research at a cemetery we would appreciate your in-put in this class.

See you Saturday!

Friday, January 9, 2009

January 2009 Class Presentation

January 2009 Meeting will be held on January 17th.......

In October 2008 Becky Carroll started us off on setting up a Blog. Her presentation, and spending some time with me soon after, got this Blog going. It is a 'work in progress'.

Blogs seem to be the way to keep information up to date for our Group. Many families use a blog to share family news and pictures. Becky shared her family Blog showing how it can be used. Family and friends located through out the world can get to your Blog 24/7.

I know, it's a new techno project and looks hard to set up. It's one of those - 'take a look - try it - you might just like it'. Becky will be back for our January 2009 class to follow up on her October presentation. For anyone who would like to have help setting up a Blog, or help with one that may already be started, Becky asks that you bring your Google email address and some ideas on what you would like set up. She will help as many as time allows. Some other members and board members who have started a Blog that can help too.

February 2009 meeting will be held on the 21st.

Bob Kroff will return with 'The Best of Uncle Verle'. This story has also been a work in progress that started with Bob and those working together to get this project to where it is now. Putting together a video presentation, with music and voice takes effort and the willingness of trying new things. Well, come see that that work has created!