The Roots Users Group of Arlington, VA is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, fraternal, mutual self-help group of amateur genealogists who use The Master Genealogist and Family Tree SuperTools software produced by Wholly Genes, Inc., and the Ultimate Family Tree software produced by genealogy.com to do their genealogical computing. The RUG was issued a certificate of incorporation by the Corporation Counsel of the Commonwealth of Virginia on 16 February 1989. Our less than 400 members come not only from Virginia and nearby areas but altogether from 39 states and six other countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. None of our members or officers is paid for their services. The RUG is not part of, nor under the direction of, any software publisher or other organization.

History of the RUG, 1988 to the present:
Significant Events
Officer Elections
Key Appointments

Our officers for 2016 are:

President
(Vacant)
(Vacant) Vice President
Janis Rodriguez

Secretary
Brenda Wesner
Assistant Secretary
Mike Nolen

Treasurer
Clyde Roby
(Vacant) Program Chairman
(Vacant)
Wendy McGuire
Newsletter Editor
Wendy McGuire
Connie Jeremiah
Membership Director
Connie Jeremiah



Margaret Keys:
Facilities Chairman - Makes arrangements for meeting places, posts signs to direct people to the meeting place, provides auxiliary power cables, arranges the furniture for each meeting, returns the furniture to its original place.
Margaret Keys:
Media Librarian - Maintains a Media Library (mainly disks, tapes, and printed matter), purchases blanks and mailers, reproduces and labels media as required to satisfy requests both at the meetings and by mail. Forwards receipts to the Treasurer, and mails media to members as required.
Mike Nolen:
Assistant to the Membership Director.
Clyde Roby:
Webmaster - Composes pages, updates and augments the RUG web site. Prepares updates to the index of articles for posting on the RUG web site. (Mail the Webmaster if you have suggestions for improvement).
Survey Manager - Collects and posts member survey data to the membership and survey data bases, sends confirmation messages to responders. Prepares summaries of the survey results.
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Richard Cleaveland:
Data base manager - Creates and maintains the structure and programs of the RUG membership data base. Acts as backup for the Membership Chair and assists Webmaster.

If you are interested in forming a user group in your area, we suggest you see the article HOW TO START A USER GROUP By John Wiegard.