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!