Saturday, September 1, 2012

It's September - Let's get back to our meetings!

Saturday, September 15, 2012......10:00 a.m. - Noon

Please note this change in the location this class will be held.  Because of meetings to be held at our regular home, our September meeting only will be held at the - FLOOD STREET CHAPEL - 85 SOUTH 400 EAST IN ST. GEORGE.

We have invited Dennis Weist to present this meeting.  Dennis is currently teaching classes at the St. George FamilySearch Library on 'Family Tree from'.   Family Tree will soon replace  The change is taking shape and it is time for everyone to start learning Tree.   At some time will be taken off the system.

Dennis has been teaching this class for several weeks and is very knowledgeable in the current program and what can be expected.  If you have already started working with Tree, or haven't looked at all, this presentation will be for you.


Saturday, October 20, 2012.....10:00a.m. - Noon


October is Family History Month and Kathy Blake's Christmas Family History demonstration will be our presentation.    Kathy has a variety of ways to prepare a Christmas gift using your personal family information.  Start in October and be prepared by Christmas!


Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:00a.m. - Noon

Our November class will be presented by Max Turpin, and he will present two subjects.  Find-A-Grave and Drop-Box.

Both of these subjects are a great tool in doing our Family History.   Find-A-Grave continues to grow and having the option of contacting a Find-A-Grave volunteer in the area where your person has been buried can be very helpful.   If your person is not on the web site currently, a volunteer may be able to go out to the cemetery, find the grave site, and take pictures to share.  Drop Box is a way to store and share your files.   Documents, pictures, whatever you have on your computer.   And -we're told it's safe.   Come and learn how these two programs can work for you.


Monday, May 28, 2012

Berrter get caught up.....


Our May meeting..... Saturday, May 19, 2012

President Bob Kroff opened the meeting with a welcome to all members and visitors.  Bob then thanked all those who are participating in the 1940 Census Indexing.  

For those who are not doing indexing, it's not to late.   Contact any board member for help starting, or go to the St. George Family History Center (in the temple parking lot) and help is available there.

President Kroff then introducted a visitor, Charles Clayton.  Mr. Clayton will be the Grand Marshall for the Thursday, September 27th Opening Cememony at the Santa Clara 2012 Swiss Days.  He was chosen for his donation to the Historical Society making possible for the Museum at the Santa Clara Town Hall.  Mr. Clayton also noted that the Coleville Restoration Group was involved in the dedication and Open House for the Josiah Stowell home and the Knight Farmhouse in Nineveh, New York, the Coleville area.  Mr. Clayton descends through the Samuel Knight family.

Todays Presenter was Lida Larkin.  Lida who lives in both St. George and Las Vegas is the mother of seven children and now enjoys her 20 grandchildren, with a couple of great-grandchildren thrown into the mix.  Lida is a Board Member of the SUFH&GGroup.

Since the age of 13 Lida has been involved in family history and genealogy research.  She has written three extensive Family Histories and is working on a fourth at the present time.  She is a Family History Consultant and enjoys helping others with their genealogy research.   She loves the FamilySearch site and other genealogy helps online, and has a free Family History Tips newsletter, sent occasionally.  You can receive by signing up on her website at

Lida's presentation Building a Genealogy Tool Box was very informative and followed a Power Point Demonstration with a handout.  (Contact any board member for this handout.)   The presentation specializes in creating a 'container' to hold your genealogy/family history documents and/or URL sites.

A Research ToolBox personalizes your own genealogy research.  You can make it geared to fit your own style and likes.  This handout is loosely based on Tom MacEntee's webinar. 
                                  Thomas MacEntee's website -

Objective:  To help you organize your bookmarks and links and be able to find your favorite research websites.  (Instead of hammers, nails and screwdrivers, you use websites.)
Containers:  Contents reside in a container.  You select the best one for you before adding content.
Select a Container:  You can change or upgrade containers at a later date.  Cindy's list is one of the most popular toolboxes that you can access and search..  You need to have your own and Lida's class outline provides the necessary information to create you own Toolbox.

For help:  Lida Larkin - http://www.tipsforfamilyhistorycom  
                email Lida at -

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Saturday - February 18, 2012 meeting.....
Southern Utah Family History and Genealogy Group

Today at our meeting Don Snow talked about how to save, scan and organize those letters we have in our family archives.

.....This was a great meeting, I learned a lot Don Snow gave us a hint I didn't know. If you are clicking on a link in a document, hold down the control key and it will open a separate window for the link.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012 Monthly Meeting

Washington County PAF User Group

St. George East Stake Building

449 South 300 East, St. George, UT

Saturday, January 21, 2012

GREETERS: .....Helen Lenz, Marilyn Rohrer, and Sandra Bryant
Welcome: .....Vice-President Fran Lightner ---10:AM
Opening Prayer .....Russ Bateman
Welcome was extended to all members and to all our visitors.

Teaching Moment given by Fran about using a CD for journaling. Write about what is going on in your life, your feelings and emotions, not just the weather etc, especially any insights or spiritual moments that you have experienced. Write down about our family and then it is part of their history also. She also asked for help about using a Blog.

Then she introduced our presenters. Bob is a retired teacher/Administrator from the Toole School District. He taught and was the principal at Hurricane Middle School in the early 70’s and owned a grocery store in Springdale. While employed in the District office in Tooele Bob 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 with our group for several years and is presently our President.

Joel his brother was born in SLC and raised in Tooele, Joel went to Southern California on an LDS mission and attended BYU following his mission. While going to BYU Joel spent the summer in Springdale working for his brother Robert. This is where Joel met and fell in love with his wife Marium. 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.

Presenters: The Kroff Brothers “LIFE CHANGING MOMENTS”

Bob & Joel begin their Presentation with a recap of how they became aware of ‘ the box ‘ and how with Uncle Verl’s passing that some had gone into the home and had already taken some of the things that they thought were of more value than’ the box’ of notebooks , scrapbooks, newspaper & magazine articles and stuff. But when these two opened the box and took a peek, they knew they had the real treasure. They discovered through Uncle Verl’s journals of such that he was a man of intelligence rather than, as children, the ‘unintelligent hermit’ they had thought him to be.

So the point they wanted to bring out to us was…….You do not have to wait for your whole history to be completed to start to share your memories. They have done this by telling their story over and over the last couple of years. And now they have added to it the digital format with slides of all the things of interest to the story, also with even words and music and they published a small book of Uncle Verl. They have done a great job and have included some of their children in writing a special song for Verl.

Again they wanted to demonstrate to us you can put onto CD and then self-publish your work for a very fraction of the cost as to have someone do it for you. And it works great!! And they told us of some of the places to go and things needed to accomplish this. We all had a great time in remembrance of days past and learning how to move forward with what we have, Now! The point is Do Something!!


Russ Bateman package of paper clips, Ned G. a ream of paper and also Norene Walton a ream of paper.

We sent around a signup sheet for all who wanted to get the newsletter from the Family History Center.

Recording Sec.: Marilyn and Sandra
Members attending: 32
Visitors: 9
Total: 41

Closing prayer given by Gaye Bateman

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Our next meeting is coming up...... Saturday, February 18th....

There will be a Southern Utah Family History & Genealogy Group meeting
Saturday at 10:00 A.M., February 18, 2012 at the St. George East Stake Bldg., 449
So. 300 East, St. George, UT (across from the Temple). All are invited to attend.
Presenters are Julie Bliss Hammons and Don and Diane Snow.
Julie Bliss Hammons presentation will be on how to safely use Facebook for genealogy, and the
benefits of our SUFHGG Facebook page, how to access it and contribute to it. Julie Bliss
Hammons has been involved in genealogy research nearly all her life. She has been a Stake
Family History Director, a genealogy columnist. She has taught at genealogy conferences here and
in Arizona.
Don and Diane Snow’s presentation will be Erastus Snow and His Families from their Personal
Letters. Don and Diane Snow are Californians with Utah roots, his ancestors are the Snows from
Southern Utah and Diane’s are the Manwarings from Northern Utah. Both are retired from BYU
where Diane taught Humanities and Don taught Mathematics.

February 2012 1st Page of Newsletter

Friday, January 13, 2012

Annual Saturday Meeting 12-17-2011

(Washington County PAF User Group)

St. George East Stake Building
449 South 300 East, St. George, UT
Saturday, December 17, 2011

GREETER: Sandra Bryant

WELCOME: Marilyn Rohrer - 10:00 am


Welcome was extended to all members and visitors.

Several announces were made which included:
→Don Snow’s classes for the remainder of the year were announced.
Printed schedules available from Don.
Wed 04 Jan 2012 -- Your Questions (Please give us your genealogy
and technology questions in advance, if possible)
• Wed 18 Jan 2012 -- Picasa and Other Freeware to Work with Photos
• Wed 01 Feb 2012 -- Descendancy Research
• Wed 22 Feb 2012 -- Search Tools: Desktop and Online

Pat Foster announced that next years dues will be $12.00 per household per year. There will be no more newsletters to be mailed, USPS, they will all be send via email. Dues are due by February 1, 2012 to receive further copies of the newsletter. See Pat for an Application/Renewal form.

The question was asked, from the audience, if our group was going to participate in the St. George Heritage Fair being held next month. This will be looked into by the board.

The names of nominees were read and seconded; there were no further nominations from the floor.
The voting was unanimous in favor of the nominees.

The Officers and Board Members of the Southern Utah Family History & Genealogy Group for the year 2012 are as follows:

President: Bob Kroff Vice-President: Fran Lightner
Secretary: Sandra Bryant Treasurer & Membership: Pat Foster
Publicity: Wilma Stratton Greeters: Sandra Bryant and Helen Lenz
Newsletter: Julie Hammons Correspondence Secretary: June Morton
Set-Up: Curt Rohrer WebMaster: Russ Bateman

Board Members-At-Large: Don Snow, Lida Larkin, Max Turpin, Marilyn Rohr
At this point the Conducting of the Meeting was turned over to the new President Bob Kroff

Prize Drawing was held.


Russ showed a video of the story of David and Willi Cannon. It was from the old Death Valley Days TV program. The story was entitled ” Sago Lillies”. It was the story of the original settlers of St. George. This was fitting end to our year of learning about the history of St. George.

Bob Kroff, our new President, spoke about the up-coming year.
He has chosen a theme of “Moving Ahead”. He wants the year to be a year of learning new skills and moving further into the technical world. He announced that January’s presentation would be on the original Uncle Verl video and self publishing.

Great treats and goodies were enjoyed by all.



2011 Christmas Gift List
Flash Drive Helen Lenz
Staples $10.00 Gift Certificate Julie Hammons
Fairway Grill $20.00 Gift Certificate Bob Kroff
Barnes and Noble $10.00 Gift Card Curt Rohrer
Applebee's 2 for $20.00 Gift Certificate LaNell Ehrheart
WalMart $10.00 Gift Card Connie Hatch
See's Candy $10.00 Gift Card Lola Crowley
Office Max $10.00 Gift Card Russ Bateman
Red Robin $10.00 Gift Card Pat Foster
Flash Drive Jo Covington
Box of 'Cutie” Tangerines Don Snow
In-n-Out $5.00 Gift Card Sandra Byrant
Staples $10.00 Gift Card Sandra Nagy
WalMart $10.00 Gift Card Reta Adams
Fairway Grill $10.00 Gift Card Mary Alice Hansen
Turkey from Albertson Pat Miller
Office Max $10.00 Gift Card Sharon Jewkes
Red Robin $10.00 Gift Card Irvin Wright
Flash Drive Marlene Stewart
Garden Sprout $25.00 Gift Certificate Gordon Stewart
In-n-Out $5.00 Gift Card Max Turpin
Ham from Albertson Paul Covington

January 2012 - Newsletter - 1st page

Family History/Genealogy
Newsletter Vol. 3 #1- January 2012
Facebook -Southern Utah Genealogy ! ! ! ! !
Southern Utah Family History and Genealogy Group
In This Issue
-p2 New Board Members
-p2 Board Message
-p2 News on the 1940 Census
-p2 Welcome New Board
-p3 in 2012
-p3 FamilySearch News
-p4 Upcoming Conferences
-p5 FHC Open House
-p5 Classes Available
-p6 My Life Online
-p6 Board Information
January Meeting
Our first meeting of
2012 will be held
Saturday 21st at 10
am. at the East Stake
Center -- 449 South
300 East, St. George
The presenters will
be brothers Robert
and Joel Kroff who
will give their original
presentation of the
“Uncle Verl” story. They have presented Verls’ story
to many local interest groups, but the original
presentation always sparks a renewed interest in
leaving a legacy of our own. The second half of the
presentation will be a demonstration of the “Kroff
Family Publications”, which started with the story of
Uncle Verl and has opened up their self-publishing
Dues are Due
Pat Foster announced that next year’s dues will be
$12.00 per household per year, and are due by
February 1, 2012. If your dues are not paid by then
will no longer receive copies of the newsletter, until
your membership is paid. See Pat Foster for an
Application/Renewal form.
Robert is a retired teacher/administrator and is
presently President of the Southern Utah Family
History & Genealogy Group. He has a special
interest in personal family histories.
Joel is a member of Toastmasters International,
recently earning the title of Distinguished
Toastmaster in St. George.
Robert & Joel enjoy bringing their sense of humor
and interest in family history with the hope that it
creates a motivation for each of us to “tell our own
You will notice some slight changes to the newsletter this year. The newsletter now will vary between 4-8 pages,
expanding or contracting dependent on the amount of news. You should check our other ways of getting
information and contacting the membership by going to our webpage, facebook or blog.
News happens so quickly these days that often, by the time it gets into the
newsletter, it really isn’t ‘news’ anymore. When you subscribe to the Blog
you will receive a notice when new content has been added. As we use our
Blog and Facebook more, we will be able to be kept up-to-date on family
history happenings.
Handouts for our meetings will be found on our Webpage. If you miss a
meeting you should check there for copies of the handouts .

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Southern Utah Family History & Genealogy Group Meeting - Saturday, January 21, 2012 10:00a.m. - Noon - St. George East Stake Center - 449 S. 300 E.
The presenters will be brothers Bob & Joel Kroff who will give their original presentation of the 'Uncle Verl' story. They have presented Verls' story to many local interest groups but the original presentation always sparks a renewed interest in leaving a legacy of our own. The second half of the presentation will be a demonstration of the 'Kroff Family Publications', which started with the story of Uncle Verl and has opened up their self-publishing efforts.
Bob is a retired teacher/administrator and is presently President of the Southern Utah Family History & Genealogy Group. He has a special interest in personal family histories.
Joel is a member of Toastmasters International, recently earning the title of Distinguished Toastmaster in St. George.
Bob & Joel enjoy bringing their sense of humor and interest in family history with the hope that it creates a motivation for each of us to 'tell our own story'.
All are invited to attend our meetings.

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