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07 May 2006 @ 08:49 pm
I'm not sure how many of you know it but I'm the Secretary for the Utah Valley PAF Users Group (UVPAFUG). Last Thursday we had an Executive Meeting and I thought I would share with you some notes, new websites and programs you might be interested in.

1. This months meeting 13 May the presenter will be Dallan Quass on Using Wiki’sFor Genealogical Research. He will be showing us his website http://www.werelate.org. I'm not sure if I can make that meeting because hopefully I will be moving. (Pray for me!) The nice thing is they make a video/DVD of the presentation that I can watch later. If you ever want to borrow or purchase a DVD for the group you need to be a member, the cost is $10.00 for an electronic membership. You can go to our website http://www.uvpafug.org/videos.html and see a list of what we offer.

2. Screen Hunter Free http://www.wisdom-soft.com/products/screenhunter.htm. This program will help you screen capture websites, really nice if you want to make a slide presentation afterwards. This program will create jpg images out of the screen captures. Now if you want to capture the whole screen and not have to scroll down you can use HTTracker freeware. This will capture the HTML and you can use your browser to view off line.

3. Soundex converter online - http://www.bradandkathy.com/genealogy/

4. If your looking for older version of software go to http://www.oldversion.com

5. Don and Diane Snow continue to work on their website http://earlylds.com. It contains the membership of early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Really nice site if you have LDS ancestors. I don't have any LDS ancestors but I have cousin that were. It's been fun finding how I'm connected to at least some pioneers.

6. http://clusty.com - helpful search engine that categorizes hits for you.

7. http://www.ABFsoftware.com/freeware/Lens - free magnifying glass used on FHL computers. I use this one it's great.

8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_misleading_place_names - helpful list of ambiguous places. I haven't looked at this but need to give it a try.

9. http://dupkiller.bira.ck.ua/en - helpful free program to find and delete duplicate files on your computer

10. Kip Sperry and Susan Easton-Black's Family History Seminar at the Homestead in Midway, UT in November http://home.byu.net/ks4/

11. Smith's Food King in Provo has the flexible (roll-up) keyboards on sale for $9.00. I went and bought one, I don't have a laptop yet but I just had to get this keyboard it's so cool. As you can gather really great if you want a full size keyboard for your laptop. I gave it to my son, even a teenager likes it.

12. The LDS Church has several beta tests going on. One is the Pedigree Resource File on DVD's. They send the beta testers a new DVD each month. The latest one had 5 million names on it.

13. We are thinking the beta test for new FamilySearch is in a couple of weeks. They are already sending out emails from the Research Forum and they are scheduled to begin one week before the new FamilySearch (Family Tree) part begins.

Well I hope something here has been useful to you.

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
07 May 2006 @ 10:52 pm
My computer has just finished running Legacy's IGI Search feature. It has taken 11 days to search 8,944 individuals that had incomplete ordinances in my database. I have the slowest DSL connection that Qwest/MSN offer. I ran it around the clock, just shutting it down twice a day and restarting it. No one says you have to do that I just do that to give everything a fresh start. When I first started I wasn't on the latest Legacy download version. It had some issues on the earlier build. Once I download the latest build everything ran smoothly. I haven't noticed any bugs. Now the big task is to look at all the matches it found and update my records! Right now I'm only into the D's. It has found a lot of matches for me. Hopefully more than half will have had their work done. Even at half we are still talking about 4,500 people needing temple work. Do I have my work cut out for me or what?

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!
Current Mood: impressedimpressed