Monday, November 14, 2011

Our next meeting will be held Saturday, November 19, 2011
Everyone is invited to attend!

Don and Diane Snow will present our November Meeting where
they will discuss ‘Using Newspapers in Genealogical Research.’
Don and Diane are both retired BYU Professors, but they
retired to serve.

Don and Diane served together in Minnesota, where he was the
President of Minnesota Stake Mission. They also served
Missions as Directors of the New York FHC in Manhattan,
and as FHC Missionaries in Illinois Nauvoo Mission and
Hyde Park London, as well as Missionaries at the St. George
Regional FHC.

They currently teach a ‘Family History Update Class’

Old newspapers are becoming more available and the
Snow’s will teach us how to locate them, and what types of
information we can find.

Our meeting starts at 10am at the East Stake Center --
449 South 300 East, St. George.

Monday, October 3, 2011


OCTOBER 15, 2011 MEETING.....

October is ‘Family History Month’ and for our October 15, 2011 meeting we invite those attending to bring their favorite ‘Ancestor Treasure’ to share with us all. We did this in 2010 and it was a fun meeting because we all enjoyed each other’s ‘Ancestor Treasures’.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Our October 2011 Meeting

Our October meeting will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2011.
October is Family History Month and again this year we will ask everyone to bring something that was owned, a picture or short story of one of their ancestors. We had a great meeting last year on this and expect the same this year.
Light refreshments will be provided.
We look forward to seeing you in October.

We need help!

Starting with our October 15, 2011 meeting we will asking for those who could help our group continue by volunteering as officers and board members.
We REALLY DO need your help!
We have 5-8 officers who will not be continuing in 2012 and need to be replaced. Most have been on the board for 2 - 6 years and are just feeling like the group needs some new faces and ideas.
Please consider volunteering yourself and think of others that you can get involved.
You can contact Fran Lightner or June Morton for further information.

The summer has gone by.....mostly

Her it is almost time for us to get back to our meeting schedule. For those that have already signed up, and been in contact with June Morton, we will be going on our visit to St. George Live - this coming Saturday.
If you haven't already checked your email please do. Where we will meet and the time is there for you.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Southern Utah Family History & Genealogy Group (Washington County PAF Users Group) will not have meetings in the summer months of June, July and August.
Plans are already made for our September 2011 meeting.
Members are invited to join us in the Historic St. George Live! tour on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The tour will be a gift from the SGFH&G Group Board for our members. Non-members can sign up and pay the cost of $3.00.
The year St. George is celebrating it's 150th anniversary of the settling of this area.
On this tour we have the opportunity to hear some of the history and meet those who were part of this settlers. Brigham Young, Erastus Snow, Orson Pratt, Jacob Hamblin and Judge John Menziers Macfarlane, in period costumes, will take us through this historic tour.
Mark your calendar to join us.
We will update where we will meet, and other information as the time gets closer.
For more information contact Fran at 688-1260 or June at 652-9463

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Washington County PAF User Group

St. George East Stake Building
449 South 300 East, St. George, UT
Saturday, May 21, 2011

GREETERS .................... Sandra Bryant and Helen Lenz WELCOME: .................... Fran Lightner at 10:00 am

OPENINGPRAYER: .............. Gatha Wilson

Welcome was extended to all members and visitors.

TEACHING MOMENT: ............ Genealogy Related

President Fran Lightner introduced Alta Thorpe, Chapter Regent of Color Country Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. An organization that has dedicated themselves to historic preservation, promotion of eduction and encouragement of patriotic endeavor.

Fran Lightner then presented information relative to RootsMagic and backup information for the database.

PRESENTERS : ................ Don Snow
Douglas D. Alder has lived a Utah life, spending one-quarter century in Salt Lake City and another quarter century on the northern border in Logan, Utah as a professor of history at Utah State University. He then spent nearly a quarter century on the southern border in St. George. Dr. Alder received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Utah, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1966. He taught European History at Utah State University, and served as the 14th President of Dixie College. After his presidency, he remained teaching history full-time, and later serving as an adjunct professor. He and his wife, Elaine, have four grown children, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

PRESENTATION: ................ Dr. Douglas D. Alder
The presentation was begun by asking all present where they were born ….. finding no St. George natives. Dr. Alder has been and is currently involved in researching, reviewing, and typing oral histories of Washington County residents and searching for their descendants.
When you think of Dixie you think of ARID. The early settlers brought with them the ability to create irrigation and implemented it in the early years, which included many different techniques.
As the Mormons came into the area they created “villages”, even though farming was the main industry. The people lived in the “village” creating communities and not on the farms. The families 'in town” lived on one acre lots, and on these lots the family planted gardens which provided all their food while the fathers worked on the farms raising cotton and then alfalfa.
Within the communities large fantastic building were built, which compared to buildings in the eastern states. The Tabernacle, the Courthouse, the Cotton Factory, the Temple and the Opera House.
Dr. Alder addressed and spoke of the water problem, the springs, the canals, and the damns.
He spoke of why the Temple was built here in St. George, noting that after the tabernacle was near finishing the skills and materials were already here, therefore, St. George Temple came to be before the Manti and Logan Temples.

What a great presentation we had today. Those who missed it, missed an outstanding history lesson about Washington County. Dr. Alder, with Karl Brooks, has written the book, “The History of Washington County: Isolation to Destination.”

CLOSING PRAYER: ........... Julie Hammons

Members Attending: 25 Visitors: 3 TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 28

PRIZES: Carla Tobler, Sandra Brant, Merrill Hymas

Many Thanks go out to the Board Members who came early and set-up the room for this presentation.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

We welcome all to our next meeting -
Saturday, May 21, 2011 - Our monthly meeting will
feature Dr. Doug Alder
Dr Doug Alder will be the presenter at our May Meeting.
He is a historian and will talk about the history
of Washington County. ‘From Isolation To Destination:
Washington County and Dixie College’. He will also
be a great resource to tell us about the technology and
website programs he uses to help with research.
Dr. Alder received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from
the University of Utah, and earned his Ph.D. from the
University of Oregon in 1966. He taught European
History at Utah State University, and served as the
14th President of Dixie College. After his presidency,
he remained teaching history full-time, and later
serving as an adjunct professor.
He and his wife Elaine and have four grown children,
12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
The meeting begins at 10 am on Saturday May 21, at
449 South 300 East, St. George Utah (East Stake
Center RS Room).
Washington County PAF User Group
St. George East Stake Building
449 South 300 East, St. George, UT
Saturday, April 16, 2011

GREETERS: ….... Sandra Bryant, Wilma Staton and Marilyn Rohrer

WELCOME: ...... Helen Lenz .. 10:00 am

OPENING PRAYER: .....Pat Miller

✱Welcome was extended to all members and visitors.

TEACHING MOMENT: .....Genealogy Related

Helen Lenz, Vice-President, Introduced Wayne and Terri Shamo with the Washington County Library System. There are seven branches within the system: Enterprise, Hurricane, New Harmony. St. George, Santa Clara, Springdale, and Washington. Terri noted that they have many genealogical related items in the branches. Notably the Heritage Quest collection. For more information on the Washington County Libraries go to:


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 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 and his wife Carol served a Mission at the St. George Family History Center, with a special interest in personal histories. Bob has served as Vice-President of our Group and is presently on our Board of Directors.

Joel was born in SLC Utah and raised in Tooele, Joel went to Southern California on an LDS mission and attended Brigham Young University following his mission. While going to B.Y.U Joel spent the summer in Springdale, Utah, working for his brother Robert, where Joel met and fell in love with his wife Marium. They have now been married 40 years. They are the parents of 5 wonderful boys. Joel and Marium currently reside in St. George, Utah. Joel is active in the local toastmasters club, a public speaking forum, where he has achieved their highest achievement, that of a Distinguished Toastmaster.

AND MCKAY MURDOCK from iPreserve.
Mckay was born in Kahuku Hawaii to George & Mimi Murdock, but grew up in Orem, Utah. His family moved to Hurricane, Utah in 2001 where he attended High School and started his business adventures. Mckay started, owned and sold several companies over the years. Through High School his Lawn Care and Rock Salt Delivery services kept him busy. Towards the end of High school he started an asphalt maintenance and striping company called Stripe It. He began by just painting parking lots and runways but soon expanded to asphalt crack repair, seal coating, asphalt patchwork, and paving. That was a fun adventure and taught him many wonderful lessons that he is now very grateful for! After selling Stripe It he turned into a bit of a traveler. He traveled all over Europe, Israel and the U.S. After having his share of life on the road he discovered the budding Media Conversion industry and met the founder of iPreserve. Mckay has been the owner of iPreserve for about 2 years now and loves his job! He is happy and grateful that he can be a part of a necessary and important service in preserving those priceless memories we all have, making sure they can be enjoyed for generations to come! His wife Emily and daughter Haylee love St. George as much as he does so he will be here for quite a few years taking care of all our precious memories!

PRESENTATION: .....Bob Kroff, Joel Kroff and Mckay Murdock
Bob and Joel began the presentation with a recap of how they got into digital format memory by reintroducing “UncleVerl” and displaying ‘his’ box of memories. Hopefully in October during our Family History Month we will be able to have the video of Uncle Verl again. The brothers discovered through Uncles Verl’s journal that he was a man of intelligence rather than, as children, the ‘unintelligent hermit’ they thought him to be.
Main thought was .... You do not have to wait for your WHOLE history to be completed to share your memories. Their goal was to demonstrate converting personal memories to digital format.
With the aid of a Kodak Sport Recorder of sound and picture, about $125 to purchase, memories could be saved to computer, CD and/or DVD for posterity. Many in the group experienced ‘remembrances’ of childhood days which were recorded by Joel, which we all viewed on the big screen. What a great day was had by all in the remembrances and in the new innovations that could bring childhood memories beyond the written word.
McKay, from iPreserve, was introduced. Mckay encouraged all to find the old home movies, 8mm film, audio tapes, the old slides, old negatives and/or pictures and convert them to digital format. He expressed the need to find the old media whether in the garage or attic or under the bed or hidden away in boxes some where ..... retrieve them before they are totally destroyed from heat or bugs or other harmful things to media objects. Yes, we could do it with our “home methods” but the quality and professional touch will not be there. .iPreserve has the ability to convert ANY media type ever created to digital! With iPreserve your precious memories stay local in our lab in St. George never going through the mail to be lost or stolen. Mckay will sit down with you in his store or in your home to answer any questions you might have about the Media Conversion Process.
.iPreserves is located on Sunset Blvd next to Play-It-Again Sports and the store hours are Monday - Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm or Saturday by appointment.
What a great presentation we had today. Those who missed it , missed walking down the ‘memory trail’ to your childhood and great memories.

CLOSING PRAYER: ….....Lena Jones

Members Attending:24 Visitors:16 TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 40

PRIZES: Lynn Johnston , Gordon Stewart, Marion Millet.
AND 100 photo upload to a DVD FREE from iPreserve and McKay Murdock, which was won by Ted Brewster

Many, Many Thanks to our Set-Up Crew this month!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Next meeting - Saturday, April 16, 2011


APRIL 16, 2011 -BOB & JOEL KROFF ARE COMING BACK! For those who saw their first presentation on 'Uncle Verl' you know that they can sure put on a great presentation and provide us with good information for our own use.
Bob & Joel are returning with 'Beyond Uncle Verl - Family History & the 21st Century.
Ways of keeping up with what is available to us today in Family History. This will be a great presentation and we invite all to come and join us.

May 21, 2011 - This will be our last meeting before our summer break. Just to remind you we DO NOT hold meetings in June, July & August.

For our May meeting we have invited Doug Alder to be our presenter. Doug is currently involved with St. George Live - Former President & Professor of Dixie State College. For our May meeting Dougs presentation will be on 'Early Washington County History.' We invite all to come and join us in hearing about the areas early history.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Washington County PAF User Group

St. George East Stake Building
449 South 300 East, St. George, UT
Saturday, March 19, 2011

GREETERS: ..... Marilyn Rohrer, Wilma Staton and Sandra Bryantd
WELCOME: ..... Fran Lightner – 10:00 am
OPENING PRAYER: .....Helen Lenz

✱Welcome was extended to all members and visitors.

✱Fran Lightner the president explained to the group the concept of our September meeting. With their input and approval we will be doing a “St. George Live” Tour. The group will be paying for the cost of the tour for our members. A list has been circulated for all those interested to sign. Reservation are necessary for any attending the tour.

✱ Fran noted Don Snow’s classes being held at the Morningside Stake Center were going well and listed the last classes for this season. Those remaining are:
6 April 2011 – The Lay of the Land - Online Maps for Family History
20 April 2011 – A Case Study Using New Tools

TEACHING MOMENT: Family History Center Introductions

Helen Lenz, Vice-President, introduced the Directors of the Buena Vista FHC, Tom and Betty McKnight, told of their newly renovated center and the schedules.
They are open: Tuesday - 9am-5pm; Wednesday - 9am-9pm; Thursday - 1pm-9pm

PRESENTER, Jeanine Vanderbrugger, was Introduced by Fran Lightner

Jeanine Vanderbrugger is on the Board of Directors of the McQuarried Memorial Museum and the President of the Washington West Company of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP). Jeanine spent 30 years in a working career with a large corporation in Los Angeles, and upon retirement, and upon obtaining her teaching credential, she began teaching elementary school.
Jeanine relocated to St. George from Southern California in 2005, and was immediately introduced to the DUP. This brought about the realization that all of her ancestors were among the original settlers of Southern Utah. She enjoys drawing upon these experiences to the history of our early pioneers with those old and new to this area, with visitors from around the world, or with school children.

PRESENTATION: Jeanine Vanderbrugger

Jeanine opened the presentation with the History of the settlement of St. George which was accompanied by a Power Point Presentation.

Charles L. Walker, among one of the first workers on the St. George Tabernacle, described the area.
“Saint George was dry and forbidding. When he arrived, Charley observed, "St. George is a barren looking place .... Very windy, dusty, blowing nearly all the time. The water is not good and far from being palatable. And this is the country we have to live in and make it blossom as the Rose. Well its all right; we shall know how to appreciate a good country when we get to it, when the Lord has prepared the way for his People to return and build up the waste places of Zion."

Brigham Young called several hundred Saints to southern Utah—Dixie—to raise the crop most in demand since the War Between the States began. In October 1861 - 300+ families were “called” to settle southern Utah. The main settlement was called St. George and another group was sent to Santa Clara (Swiss colony), most of these individuals in this group spoke little to no English. Those selected were people living in the Salt Lake Valley area who were from different parts of the US and Europe. It was noted that those who were selected had proven they would not give up. Many who came were traders, farmers, blacksmiths, potters, carpenters, musicians, merchants, etc.

Arrival began with the fist two families on November 25, 1861, the Robert Thompson and William Fawcett families. The majority of the “called” families began arriving on December 4, 1861. The first organization, Camp Council was set up on December 5, 1861. The first camp was in the area of the present day Dixie State College.

William Carter was the first to plowed a furrow in the rocking sandy ground.

Rocks were so abundant that the black volcanic rock was used for foundations and red sandstone for the walls. Good timber was found in surrounding mountains where saw mills were constructed. The first saw mill was in Pine Valley.

Money was almost unknown so many items were traded. To attend a social function, tickets were purchased with produce, molasses, squash etc., and performers were paid with the item brought.

St Georg Tabernacle cornerstone was laid June 1, 1863 and the building was dedicated December 28, 1872. Immediately thereafter the St. George Temple was begun - 1872 and completed in 1877.

Some of the first families to St. George were: Robert Gardner, George Woodward, Daniel D. McArthur, William Carter, Angus M. Cannon, James G. Bleak, Benjamin F. Pendelton, Ute Perkins, William Lang, William Fawcett, Israel Ivins, Lysander Dayton, Aston Kelsey, Jacob Gates, Walter E. Dodge, Orson Pratt, Jr., and many others.

Included in the Power Point presentation were pictures of many of the antique Items in the museum. The museum also includes Photos of early”“DIXIE pioneers; Histories of early pioneers; “Under Dixie SUN” history of southern Utah; Listings of markers and monuments of Washington County; Map of Early St. George.

Jeanine Vanderbrugger has created an Index for the "Under Dixie Sun" book. This is a great cross-reference for those looking for pioneer ancestors who are mentioned in the book. This book is a wonderful resource for learning the history of the early settlements and pioneers of Washington County, Utah and is available at the museum.



Members Attending: 27
Visitors 3


PRIZES: Dwight Seamons, Betty Versteeg, and Lena Jones

Friday, March 4, 2011

Our Saturday, February 18, 2011 Meeting

Souther Utah Family History & Genealogy Group -
St. George East Stake Building
449 South 300 East, St. George, UT Saturday, February 19, 2011
GREETERS: Marilyn Rohrer & Wilma Staton
Welcome: Fran Lightner – 10:00 am
ºWelcome was extended to all members and visitors.ºFran explained our need to use the smaller, Young Women’s Rooom, as there was a funeral being held in the Relief Society Room. Apologized for the inconvience to the members.
ºFran told the group we were having a booth at the St. George Family History Expo on the 25th and 26th, Friday and Saturday. Hoping their were members who would volunteer to man the booth.
ºOur group is in need of a Publicity Chairperson. If you are interested, please check with Fran after the meeting.
U Don Snow mentioned that the Church History Newspaper had an article about the Roots Tech Conference and encouraged all to read the article. RootsTech was not the ordinary type of conference. It was an interactive presentation between the presenter and attendees.
Don Noted his classes being held at the Morningside Stake Center were going well and handed out his list of forthcoming classes. Those remaining are:
02 March 2011 – Filling Out the Family: Censuses in Family History
16 March 2-11 – Great Grandpa was a Mormon: LDS and Utah Records
Family History Center Intro:
The Hurricane Family History was scheduled but unable to attend.
Helen Lenz, instead, gave a short presentation on what a microfiche was and stated that most FHC’s had them.
PRESENTERS: Robert and Elaine Booth
Bob and Elaine Booth are the Directors of the Family History Center. They have been members of our group for years and presenters on many occasions. And when we have projector and/or computer problems Bob is the first one to get a call and he responds quickly and fixes the problems. Elaine noted that she became interested in Family History at the age of 15 year, before joining the church. Bob became interest when he met Elaine, at the age of 16 year. As young married Elaine and Bob served in the Peace Corp in Brazil and other South American countries. During this time with Peace Corp. Is when they were introduced to the Gospel.
After returning to the US they became professional students for a time until Bob finally found a subject that he was interested in., it took a BS and two Masters to get there but he finally found his niche ... Computer Science. Bob worked for the Family History Department of the Church for 20 years before retiring 12 years ago. After moving to St. George they were still involved in Family History by helping others and creating their business, CSG, Computer Science, which is now been laid to rest because of their call to become Directors of the St. George Family History Center
Bob Booth’s presentation focused on .... some changes and different methods of use. He began with outlining the information from New.FamilySearch.
New FamilySearch Website ( February 2011
New Features as of December 2010
The December 2010 release has many improvements. Among these are the ability to watch individuals, receive e-mail notifications when changes occur, and some temple-related changes.
Receive E-mail Notifications for Changes
You can now “watch” individuals in your family tree and receive an e-mail notification when information about them changes.
For now, the notification identifies the following types of changes:
* Someone changes the individual’s summary.
* Someone starts a new discussion or adds a comment to an existing discussion. * Someone combines an individual that you are watching with another record. * Someone separates a record from an individual that you are watching.
The notification e-mail will eventually list more types of changes.
Select the Individuals in a Family Whose Ordinances You Want to Do
When you reserve the ordinances for a family, you can now deselect any family member whose ordinances you do not want to do.
Reserve Ordinances for Someone Born in the Last 95 Years
If you try to reserve ordinances for someone who was born in the last 95 years, the system now asks whether you are the closest living relative or have permission from the closest living relative to do the ordinances.
Note: The closest living relatives are, in this order:
* An undivorced spouse. (The spouse to whom the individual was married when he or she died.) * An adult child. * A parent. * A brother or sister.
If you need to obtain permission to do ordinances, verbal approval is acceptable. Family members should work together to determine when the ordinances will be done and who will do them.
Please honor the wishes of the closest living relative. Doing ordinances against those wishes can cause hard feelings within families and towards the Church.
Increased Size Limit for Discussions
In the previous version of the system, discussions and comments could contain up to 1,000 characters (500 for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean). The size limit has increased to 4,000 characters (2,000 for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean).
Internet Explorer 6
Support for Internet Explorer 6 has been discontinued.
You can use the new FamilySearch website on several browsers and operating systems. For best results, use one of these combinations:BROWSER Operating Systems
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 and
newer * Windows XP (Home and Professional SP3 and newer)
* Windows Vista (32-bit)
* Windows 7
Firefox 3.0 and newer * Windows XP (Home and Professional SP3 and newer)
* Windows Vista (32-bit)
* Windows 7
Safari 3.12A Mac OS X (10.5.6 and newer)
Note: Support for Macintosh and Safari is limited. If Safari
does not work well, try using Firefox instead

You can use other browsers and operating systems, though some features may not work as well.
Corrections and Additions to the User’s Guide
This document summaries the changes made to the new FamilySearch website for the December 2010 release.
A User’s Guide to the New FamilySearch Website (December 2010) explains the changes in detail. These Changes are marked with blue arrows like the following:
The most significant changes occurred in the following chapters:
Chapter 1, “Introduction to the New FamilySearch Website” Chapter 4, “Correcting Information That Is Already in the System” Chapter 5, “Working with Others Users” Chapter 8, “Performing Temple Ordinances for Your Ancestors”
At the conclusion of this review, Bob outlines the following:
What you should do now
• Register on new FamilySearch
• Keep your best information at home
• Clean up your genealogy database
• Scan your documents
• Check Ordinances
Access new FamilySearch
• Directly in new FamilySearch ) OR
• From home genealogy software )
• Check ordinances
• Correct localities
• Upload new data
• Download new data
*Upload sources and scanned documents
At the conclusion of the presentation, Bob noted the description of classes being held at the St. George Family History Center located at 410 So. 200 East - St. George
Classes at the FHC
● New FamilySearch
● PAF and Family Insight
● Ancestral Quest
● Legacy Family Tree
● Root Magic
● Comparative Features of Home-Based Genealogy Software
● Records Organization
● Scanning
● Photo Editing
For a list of all the classes being held go to:
Members Attending: 33 Visitors 6

Saturday, Marth 19, 2011

St. George is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the settling of the area. There will be many activities involved during this time of celebration.
We have invited the Daughters of Utah Pioneers to share with our group some of the many artifacts, histories of early settlers and information that is part of the McQuarrie Memorial Museum (DUP Pioneer Museum).
Jeanine Vander Bruggen, President of the Washington West Company of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the McQuarrie Memorial Museum, will be our presenter.
Jeanine also volunteers in the Museum along with members of the other 15 camps in Washington County.
Jeanine relocated to St. George from Southern California in 2005 and was immediately introduced to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers bringing about the realization that all of her ancestors were among those who originally settled Southern Utah in 1861.
Jeanine spent 30 years in a working career with a large corporation in Los Angeles, and upon retirement, and after obtaining her teaching credential, began teaching elementary school. She enjoys drawing upon these experiences to share the history of our early pioneers with those old and new to this area, with visitors from around the world, or with school children.
We invite you to come and enjoy this presentation.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Formerly known as Washington County PAF User Group
We are so much MORE than a PAF User Group - We specialize
in Computer and Family History Technology

Seems to be going on these day within our group

We have a new Name - Southern Utah Family History and Genealogy Group

We have a new President - Fran Lightner

We have several new Board Members - Don Snow, Wilma Staton and Sandra Bryant

We have a new meeting place - St. George East Stake Center
449 So. 300 East - St. George

The Presenters for our February Meeting - Robert and Elaine Booth
Will enlighten us about 'The CHANGES in New.FamilySearch'

WHEN: Saturday, 19th February 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

St. George East Stake Meeting House - 449 So. 300 East - St. George

Thursday, February 3, 2011

2011 has brought changes to our group


Washington County PAF Users Group is now doing business as - Southern Utah Family History & Genealogy Group

When I first joined the WC-PAF Users Group Board, 5 ½ years ago, one of the agenda items was what to do with the PAF part of our name. Not just us here in St. George, but all PAF Users Groups.

That was about the time that at least three new genealogy software programs were getting ready to be put on the market. RootsMagic, Ancestral Quest and Legacy.

Some discussion was held on what would happen to PAF – would it be around, or not. Most expected it to continue to be a part of genealogy software, but not sure if keeping PAF Users Group in a group name would be good.

Part of the discussion has always had two areas - First – many who have not been involved in family history/genealogy have no idea what a PAF is. We would lose their interest before they even knew exactly what our group was. Or, knew what PAF was, but are no longer using it and saw no reason to come to our meetings.
Second – keeping PAF in the name did not let others know that ‘we’re not just PAF anymore’. We’re research: using all of the current software: using our computers, and keeping them safe: using the internet: organizing our files: writing personal histories: and any other subjects that are needed by our members.

Discussion has been held on this right up to 2011.

Now, almost 6-years later we all know of the many changes that have been made. With multiple programs available it seems hard to know where to go with a name change. Other PAF Users Groups have had the same discussions.

After much discussion, and wondering what to do, our Board made a decision. That decision was to keep the original, Washington County PAF Users Group, but to have a ‘doing business as’ (dba).

The dba that was chosen is 'Southern Utah Family History & Genealogy Group’ We are in the process of making the many changes on our brochures, newsletter, web site and blogspot. Putting out that we are a family history and genealogy group.

Our intent to educate in all areas of doing family history remains the same.

Our meeting location and our dba name have changed, our classes and meetings will continue on as they have for so many years.

Thank You for your membership and support!

President Fran Lightner

January 2011 - Monthly Meeting

St. George East Stake Building
449 South 300 East, St. George, UT
Greeters................ Marilyn Rohrer and Wilma Staton

WELCOME: Fran Lightner – 10:00 am


➔Welcome was extended to all members and visitors.

➔Fran noted and gave Thanks to the Directors of the St. George Family History Center, Robert and Elaine Booth, for procuring this meeting site for our group. A special thanks was extended to Director Booth for securing means to set-up the Internet. It appears the Internet is not Family History friendly and he, Elder Booth, will be meeting with the powers-that-be to see if various genealogical sites can not be available through this Internet.

➔Former President Connie Stewart was present and she was given a Thank You gift from the user group with much applause and many thanks. The gift was a gift card for Desert Book.

➔We have a new “Intro Minute” beginning today which will highlight the various Family History Centers in our areas. Marlene Williams from the Ivins Multi-Stake Family History Center gave a short history of their center which services 4 stakes. Many classes are given at this center.

PRESENTERS: ..... Don and Diane Snow

Donald and Diane Snow are both Californians with Utah roots; Don's ancestors are the Snows from Southern Utah and Diane's are the Manwaring's from Northern Utah. Both of the Snows are retired from BYU where Diane taught in the Humanities Department and Don in the Mathematics Department. Diane has a Masters Degree in Humanities from BYU and Don has a PhD in Mathematics from Stanford. They have lived and taught in Minnesota, Colorado, Ontario Canada, Peru, London England, and Provo. They have 6children and 30 grandchildren. Since retiring from BYU, they have been on four Family History missions for the LDS Church, including being Directors of the New York Family History Center, serving in the London Family History Center, and in Nauvoo where they worked on a database of LDS Church members which is now posted on http:// They have been involved with family history for many years, and Don has been a Vice President of the Utah Valley PAF Users Group since the 1990's. Don is currently a Board Member of our User Group. They are frequent speakers at genealogy and family history conferences.

Don told the group of the classes that are being held at the Morningside Stake Center by he and Diane. A list was presented to those attending. Family History Update Series - 1st and 3rd Wednesdays – 1:00 to 2:30 pm
16 February 2011 – The Best Things in Life are Free: Freeware for Family History
02 March 2011 – Filling Out the Family: Censuses in Family History
16 March 2011 – Great Grandpa was a Mormon: LDS and Utah Records

PRESENTATION: ..... Don and Diane Snow

This class discussed and demonstrated some programs that were freeware or inexpensive shareware for genealogy, which are defined as:
• "Freeware" means completely free with no "nag" screens; can use freely and give copies to anyone else
• "Shareware" means that if you plan to use it regularly, you should send a specified donation (usually small) to the author at the address given in the program.
• "Open Source" means freeware including the source code, so you can edit it if you know programming
• "Apps" means applications, i.e. software.
The lesson was summarized as follows:
• Freeware screen capture tool allows you to capture images online
• Capture Options – Active Windows, Window/Object, rectangle, Free Hand, Scrolling Window Full Screen.
• Capture in jpg, pdf, tif, and other formats.
• Freeware to find files quickly anywhere on your computer
• File Maintenance
• Use in tandem with Explorer or Q-DIR to move files to where they belong
• Drag and drop
• Find and delete duplications
• Freeware to search in files for specified texts
• Can have it search entire hard drive or only specific folders
• gives a list of which files contain those words or phrases
• Freeware Personal Information Manager
• Daily calendar and record
• Easy to search for any word, event, name, location
• Good for historical record and shows activities in context
• Free website to show a life in its historical context
• Helpful in writing history
• Gives ideas of what records to research, e.g. wars going on during his/her life
• Freeware optical character recognition (OCR) programming
• Requires that you have MS Word 2003 or later on your computer, but doesn't use it
• Saves text to clipboard so you can paste it anywhere, e.g. into PAF sources
• Good accuracy; does better when text is larger size
• Freeware program to help in transcribing handwritten documents (DOESN'T read handwriting)
• Format is two panels, one to show image of document and one where you type the transcription
• Has many features such as moving the image down when you press ENTER at end of line, can convert image to negative an zoom in or out
• Freeware program that acts like having two or more copies of Windows Explorer open at once
• Panels in Q-DIR (windows) can show contents of different folders so you can rename files or drag and drop between them to copy or move files from one to the other
• Has many other features as well, including printing a directory of a folder

The complete handout contained the following:
1. PAF 5.2 -- -- Free and still a good program to use until you need something more; can get help for it at any FHC
2. PAF Companion 5.2 -- -- Additional reports not in PAF 5.2, including fan charts; free trial version only does 3 generations; full version is on CD bundled with PAF 5.2 CD from the LDS Church Dist Centers (about $8) or can be ordered online
3. Ancestral Quest -- -- Has a free version (Ancestral Quest Basics), as well as a 60-day free trial of full version; can be used to link to and download from new FamilySearch; full version is free to use in FHC's
4. RootsMagic -- -- Has a free version (RootsMagic Essentials); can be used to download from new FamilySearch; full version is free to use in FHC's
5. Get My Ancestors -- -- Freeware to download data from new FamilySearch -- Family Insight is also from Ohana Software - commercial program, but free to use in FHC's; links your PAF database to new FamilySearch
6. Legacy -- -- Free version (Standard version); full version is free to use in FHC's
7. Family Tree Builder -- -- Free genealogy program
8. Smart Genealogy -- -- Free genealogy program; can import/export Excel and GEDCOM files which is sometimes very helpful
9. PhpGedView -- -- Freeware to generate web pages from your GEDCOM for on- and offline use; requires PHP (also free)

10. PAF Pal -- -- free helpful utility for PAF 5 databases to expand and contract US state names and add "USA" after every state; can then change "USA" to "United States" globally, as nFS wants now
11. GENViewer Lite -- -- free and commercial versions; very fast and helpful to read and analyze GEDCOM's and databases from several genealogy programs
12. Addnote -- -- free utility to add a note to every record in a GEDCOM
13. Addsour -- -- free utility to add a source to every record in a GEDCOM
14. GEDCOM Viewer -- -- Open source program to view GEDCOM files
15. OurTimelines -- -- Free website that makes timelines of world events during your ancestor's life; can be personalized with up to 10 events of your own ancestor's life; can then save as pdf or html file and link it into your PAF program like a photo
16. OnePageGenealogy -- -- Makes pdf's of large pedigree and/or descendant charts from GEDCOM's
17. Pedigree Viewer -- -- Trial release of new FamilySearch program by LDS Church to view large pedigree and descendant charts
18. Parish Locater -- -- Program and database of 15,000 parishes in the United Kingdom; draws maps with nearby parishes
19. Parish Locater for Windows -- -- Program and database of 25,000 parishes in the United Kingdom
20. PRF Magnet -- on -- Downloads data from Pedigree Resource File index (index only, no notes nor sources) on FamilySearch
21. FamilySearcher -- -- Searches IIGI and several other web sites for names in a GEDCOM

22. Adobe Reader X -- -- Free reader for pdf files
23. FastStone Capture (version 5.3 is last freeware version, later versions are shareware) -- -- Excellent screen capture utility that also captures entire scrolling screens
24. FastStone Image Viewer -- -- Good image viewer that also has screen capture features, but doesn't capture scrolling screens
25. Namexif -- -- Renamer for digital photos that copies date and time from metadata and puts them at start of file name, so sorting arranges photos in chronological order; can add other descriptive terms after the date/time for further ease of searching
26. Irfanview -- -- Photo editor, converter, and slideshower; many features, including batch conversions
27. Picasa 3 -- -- Google's free photo editor and organizer
28. GIMP -- -- Freeware open source photo editor -- GIMPShop is an interface that makes GIMP menus look and act like PhotoShop
29. Oscar's File Renamer -- -- Good batch file renamer that allows you to see what the file name changes will look like before you actually change them

30. Audacity -- -- Excellent sound recorder and editor, but parts are hard to learn
31. WavePad -- -- Sound recorder and editor
32. VLC -- -- Good media player, has adjustments to synchronize sound and video when they don't match
33. Skype -- -- Free program to talk through your computer and the Internet - free to talk to other Skype users worldwide, small charge to talk to any land or cell phone worldwide; requires a broadband connection

34. Jarte -- -- Small, very fast, free text editor that handles txt and rtf
35. IBM Lotus Symphony office suite -- -- Free and compatible with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; seems to work faster than OpenOffice 3
36. OpenOffice 3 -- -- Powerful open source office programs compatible with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and others
37. Gnumeric spreadsheet -- -- Open source spreadsheet compatible with Excel and many others
38. NotePad++ -- -- Excellent open source text editor - very useful for many formats
39. PDF995 -- -- Installs as a printer so you can "print" anything to pdf, e.g. PAF genealogy reports
40. PDFX-Change Viewer -- -- PDF utility, allows you to write on pdf files, e.g. to fill out a pdf form and save the results to print, email, etc.
41. PDF Split and Merge -- -- Open source program to split or combine pdf files
42. JOCR -- -- Freeware optical character recognition program for images of text on screen - small, fast, and works well, but requires that MS Word 2003 or later be installed (doesn't work with OpenOffice)
43. Transcript -- -- Helps you in transcribing from images of handwritten documents, keeps image and your typed text in sync as you move down the page
44. Essential PIM -- -- Personal information manager (PIM); good for appointments, calendars, To Do lists, etc.
45. TreePad Lite -- -- Personal information manager (PIM), uses tree-format
46. Tinyspell -- -- Spell checker that works even in PAF notes
47. Thunderbird Email -- -- Free email reader with many helpful features
48. Eudora Email -- -- Freeware email reader with many features; open source version is in progress

49. BelArc Advisor -- -- Utility to analyze and list your computer's hardware and software
50. Dropbox -- -- Automatically synchronizes (copies via the Internet) whatever you put in the Dropbox folder on one computer to any other computer(s) you specify
51. Everything - desktop search engine -- -- Very fast desktop search engine for files on your computer; very helpful to search, launch, and organize files on your computer
52. FileSeek -- -- Free and fast search engine for text inside files on your computer
53. Q-Dir -- -- Helpful two or more panel Windows Explorer-type program for file maintenance such as checking, copying, moving, and deleting files
54. DupKiller -- -- Fast program to find all the duplicate files on your computer
55. Piriform Defragler -- -- Good defragger for your hard drives
56. Glary Utilities -- -- Helpful computer utilities to keep your computer running smoothly; free for home use
57. Advanced SystemCare Free -- -- Helpful computer utilities
58. JustZipIt -- -- Simple zip/unzip file compression program
59. WinHTTrack -- -- Will download all or part of an entire website for offline browsing and backing up
60. PageNest Free -- -- Website copier for offline reading and backing up
61. Clipboard Magic -- -- Allows saving multiple items to clipboard
62. Karen's Replicator -- -- Freeware to backup your data from one location to another
63. ImgBurn -- -- Freeware CD/DVD image burner with instructions
64. LogMeIn Free -- (listed under Products) -- Allows you to control one computer through another over the Internet

• Many freeware programs are better than the corresponding commercial programs.
• -- Lists freeware that works like commercial programs
• -- Finds open source alternatives to commercial programs
• Free Apps -- -- you select the freeware programs you want from a list and it installs all of them for you
• Portable Apps -- -- contains several good freeware apps and allows them to run from your flash drive so you can take them with you
• Many additional freeware and shareware programs
• -- Categories of freeware
• -- Article and list of open source freeware
• -- List of freeware
• -- The Free Software Foundation
• -- The largest open source software (freeware) development site
• -- Old Versions of software
• -- Old Apps - older versions of freeware and some commercial apps
• To find many more such websites do a Google search for terms like "genealogy freeware" or "free software for family history" (without the quotes)



Members Attending: 43
Visitors: 10


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Genealogy Now - January 29, 2011

GENEALOGY NOW - a FREE Family History Conference
Keynote Speaker - Former Governor Olene Walker
Free Admission - Free Classes, Displays, Exhibits, Door Prizes
Janury 29, 2011, 10am - 5pm
LDS Meetinghouse - 550 E. 700 S., St. George
Sponsered by: St. George Family History Center
Classes: Getting Started: NewFamilySearch: Indexing: File Organization: Photo Editing: Google Earth: Free Websites: Cemetery Search: Ancestral Quest: Family Insight: Legacy Family Tree: RootsMagic:
FH Consultants.
More Information: 673-4591

Saturday, January 8, 2011

January 2011 - President Messsage

Happy New Year!

Welcome to our 3 new board members: Don Snow, Wilma Staton and Sandra Bryant.

New meeting place:
As the Board looked forward to 2011, planning all the needs of our group, trying to look ahead.
Most importantly in our on-going discussion every year are bringing information to our members that will help with our on-going research: our keeping up with the daily, or hourly, changes in so much of what we use: keeping our computers clean and avoiding ‘bugs’: and encouraging us all to continue our family history.

The history of the Washington County PAF Users Group is now about 19-years of meetings. Mostly these meetings were held in the Morningside Stake Center. The Relief Society and Primary Rooms have been our ‘home’. We have appreciated the on-going use provided for our meetings.

Our ‘Thank You’ to those who provided our meeting place for all these years.

The Board was notified in mid-December that the Morningside Stake would no longer make the rooms available to our group as of January 2011.

It was quite a surprise, but we got right on finding another meeting location. We looked into the Senior Center, the Pioneer Center (behind the Senior Center), the Library and other possible locations around the area. Each one had guidelines that would keep us from using that location.

The St. George Family History Center offered us the option to meet there, but none of the rooms offered enough space for us.

We were coming up with ‘almost’, but nothing that would meet all our needs.

It was then that we were given the opportunity to meet in the East Stake Center building. This offers all that we had in the Morningside Stake Center, and allowed us just one large change to be made, instead of many little ones - moving to a new location.

After discussion and opening up any suggestions for another option, it was decided this would be the best option available.

January 2011 brings a new ‘home’ for our meetings - the St. George East Stake Center

The St. George East Stake Center is located across from the Temple, and the old hospital, now the Women’s Hospital. 449 S. 300 E.

Our meeting day and time will remain the same. The 3rd Saturday of each month, except June, July and August, 10:00 a.m. to noon.

This will be the first year of taking 3 months off during the summer months. It is not the easiest time to get presenters for classes, and our attendance is low during these 3 months. This subject has been discussed by our Board to come to this discussion. The newsletter will continue during this time.

We hope everyone will enjoy the summer break and come back in September.

In October, Family History Month, we had a wonderful meeting where many brought an artifact, or story of their ancestors. It was so nice to share. We will keep this activity in our October meeting in 2011. Sharing our ancestors, and their stories is just a very special experience.

2011 will being some changes in the Washington County PAF Users Group. Some planned and others not even in our agenda. Changes aren’t always easy, but we have done our best to make this as easy a change as possible. The Board hopes that in our new location will allow us to continue on with meetings and classes that help us all to do our research in Family History.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Don and Diane Snow will be the main presenters at the January meeting of the Family History and Genealogy User Group: Washington County PAF Users Group on SATURDAY MORNING 15 JAN 2011 from 10am-noon. The Group's meeting location has been changed to the Relief Society Room of the ST. GEORGE EAST STAKE CENTER across the street east of the Temple. The title of the Snows' presentation is FREEWARE FOR FAMILY HISTORY and will discuss free software that you can use to help in various ways in family history. There is no charge to attend. Printed notes will be given out and will be posted online at . The WCPAFUG has a webpage at which will list more of the details, but has not been updated for the new meeting location yet. For any comments or questions please get in touch with the Snows at 435-673-1932 or

We're moving our meeting location

After so many years at the Morningside Stake Center the Washington County PAF Users Group is moving.
This was not a planned move, and not one we wanted to make.
We searched various locations in the area, but were unable to fine a meeting room that meet our needs, or that we fit the criteria.
Elaine Booth, at the St. George Family History Center (across from the temple) was able to help us out. We appreciate Elaine's help, and because of her help we will not miss any meetings.
Starting with our January 2011 our new location is: St. George East Stake Center - 449 South 300 East - St. George, Utah. (Across from the old hospital and the temple.)
It will take some getting use to. Being at the same location for so long our cars could go there on their own. Now we'll have to take our cars off of automatic pilot, or change the GPS directions.
The monthly board meetings will now be held at the St. George Family History Center at 5:15 p.m. the Wednesday before our regular Saturday monthly meeting.
If you have any questions or comments please call Fran Lightner 688-1260, Helen Lenz 668-2099 or June Morton 652-9463.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Our annual December business meeting and social was held today. No class is held during our December meeting.
Out-going President Connie Stewart presided over the annual business meeting. An overview of activities and classes presented in 2010 was given. Then nomination and election of officers and board members for 2011 was held.
After the business meeting was ended drawings were held for several gifts donated by various business' in the area. We thank all those who made those donations!
With the various finger foods brought by those in attendence we had plenty to try.
Thanks to all for another good year at the WC PAF UG in 2010 and we look forward to 2011!