Friday, October 24, 2014

Pima County Library Rolling Out A New Website Nov 19th

NEW WEBSITE COMING ON NOV. 19!
(TUCSON, Ariz.) Rediscover how awesome your library is when the Pima County Public Library’s new website launches on Wednesday, Nov. 19
Redesigned with features suggested by our own customers, the new site highlights the Library’s collections, services, programs, and yes…books! Although the website is still being developed, you can get a sneak peekright now and let us know what you think. The current site will be up until Nov. 19

New Features
·         Searching for books, eBooks, DVDs, music, and anything else is easier than ever.
·         Check out eBooks and eAudiobooks directly from our catalog using Overdrive.
·         Rate, review, and comment on what you’ve read, listened to, or watched.
·         Add quotes from your favorite books and DVDs.
·         Create lists and browse lists from other customers.
·         Save items to read later and track what you’ve already read.
How to get started
1. Take a look at our new website FAQs.
2. Register your library card on the new site.
3. Need a library card? Visit any of our libraries, and we’ll help you sign up for one. It’s free.

We’re excited about our new website, and we hope you are, too. In FY 13-14, PCPL had over 4.3 million visitson our website.
About Pima County Public LibraryThe Pima County Public Library (PCPL), which is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, enriches lives and builds community through opportunities to learn, know, interact and grow. With 27 public libraries serving nearly one million people in Tucson and the surrounding communities of Arivaca, Green Valley, Sahuarita, South Tucson, Ajo, Marana, Oro Valley and Catalina, PCPL provides a wide range of free services that contribute to the economic development of the community.  For more information, visit www.library.pima.gov or call 520-791-4010.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Our First Annual Writing Contest - WRITE ON!

Pima County Genealogy Society is proud to announce Write On!, our first annual writing contest. Open to all members and non-members of PCGS, this is your chance to flex your writing muscles and create something of lasting value for you and your family, and have the opportunity to win some cash.

We are looking for original and unpublished works, such as:
  • Memoirs and biographies where the major portion of the facts are from personal memories, interviews, family oral traditions, etc. No, or few, historical documents are used in research. However, information that is not from your personal memory should be cited, to show where and how you learned of facts or stories.
  • A family history or biography that is researched and documented through historical documents.
  • Genealogical poems or essays.
Entries should be 4,000 words or less, excluding textboxes, footnotes and endnotes. Authors retain copyright of their material, but grant permission to print the entry in the PCGS newsletter or other PCGS publications. Photos and illustrations used must be free of copyright, or have written permission from the copyright holder, and contain appropriate attribution.

PCGS will offer a mini-workshop early in 2015 that will provide attendees with techniques for writing a quality family history story. This is an excellent opportunity for contestants to improve on their entries before the deadline.

Each entry will be read and graded by three judges using the guidelines at this link. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners. The Contest Coordinator and Judges are ineligible.

The contest begins now–entries must be received by the coordinator no later than 18 April 2015. Winners will be announced, and prizes awarded, at the 20 June 2015 PCGS general meeting. To enter, follow this link to the Write On! Contest Entry Form and follow the instructions provided. Questions can be directed to the Contest Coordinator at pimacountygenealogysociety@gmail.com (please put "Write On!" in the subject line).


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

General Meeting This Saturday: FamilySearch Toolbox

Don't forget our meeting is coming up this Saturday, September 20th .  We will be meeting in our normal room 2117 in the Medical College which is located at the University Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell.  New members are encouraged to contact Beth at 820-4488 for help finding our meeting location. 

As usual some of our members will be meeting in the cafeteria for lunch prior to the meeting.  Folks usually arrive for lunch around 11:30 to 12.   

Sherri Hessick will be our featured speaker.  Her program is called "The FamilySearch Family Tree Toolbox".  We hope to see you there!

We are looking for photos to use on our website.  The photos must be scanned images 300dpi or higher.  Please email your pictures and consent for use to our general mailbox at pimacountygenealogysociety@gmail.com.

Presidio Project Needs Volunteers! Please Help.

THE TUCSON PRESIDIO NEEDS OUR HELP!
The Pima County Genealogy Society has been asked to participate in a project led by the Tucson Presidio Trust to compile family histories of the soldiers and settlers of the Tucson Presidio during the Spanish colonial period (1775-1821) and the Mexican territorial period (1821-1856) as the first priority.  The Arizona territorial period (1856-1912) will be included at a later stage of the project.
If you are interested in volunteering to work on this project, please contact Betty Bengtson at bettybengtson@gmail.comor 219-3507.   Volunteers will be compiling genealogy information for the Presidio families, entering data and performing other tasks to be defined.  Research has been done for some families and some verification or sourcing of the information may be necessary.  The information will be made available to the public at the Presidio.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Here is a little teaser: PCGS 2014 Seminar and Workshop featuring Lisa Louise Cooke Door Prizes and Raffles

PCGS Door Prize and Raffle 2014 Seminar

Certificate for one night stay at Crystal Inn in Salt Lake City
Three PCGS Research Bags
Family Tree Maker Software
Roots Magic ver 6 software with Book and mapping software
One Year Membership to Ancestry World Explorer
One Year Membership to Find My Past U.S. Subscription
Six Month Membership to Find My Past World Subscription
Onesie from Geni.com 12-18 months
Genealogist tote bag
Book:  Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse by Lisa Louise Cooke
Book "How to Trace Your Family Tree in England, Ireland, Scotland and
                        Wales"
Book "Native American Directory"
Book "Mastering Genealogical Proof"


One year (2015) free membership to PCGS
Shadow Book
and more.....

Everyone receives a door prize ticket.  

Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.00

It's not too late!  We will continue to take reservations until September 30th!  See event info above under 2014 Seminar Lisa Louise Cooke.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

PCGS Calendar Updates for the next 30 days.....

September 13 
  1:00 pm  PCGS Help Session at UMC Room 2500D off the cafeteria.

September 20
 10:00 to 11:30  Family Tree Maker SIG at UMC Room 2500D off the cafeteria.

   1:00 pm  PCGS Monthly Meeting:  FamilySearch Tree Toolbox speaker Sherri                   Hessick will update us on the latest at FamilySearch.

There is no monthly meeting in October.  Several of us will be gathering during our normal meeting time to watch a webinar or two since we already have the room reserved.  We will announce the webinar titles in the beginning of October.

Please join us at the workshop and/or seminar Oct 3 and 4th featuring Lisa Louise Cooke.  Registration information may be found on our blog at http://pimacountygenealogysociety.blogspot.com/p/2014-seminar-lisa-louise-cooke.html

We also have a land workshop featuring author and genealogist Michelle Goodrum on November 22 from 9 am to noon.  Information and registration is available here: http://pimacountygenealogysociety.blogspot.com/p/workshops-tours-and-seminars.html


Please email us at pimacountygenealogysociety@gmail.com to pay for the seminar or either of the workshops with a credit card.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

DNA Sale - Family Tree DNA

Time is limited. Order now because the sale ends on 9/3/2014.

As an added bonus, Big Y is also on sale for $495*. Big Y is the most comprehensive Y chromosome discovery test on the market. With Big Y, 340,000 years of Y-DNA ancestry is just a test away!
Standard Tests Regular Price Sale Price
Y-37 $169 $129
Y-67 $268 $199
Y-111 $367 $279
Big Y $595 $495


Upgrades Regular Price Sale Price
Y-12 -> Y-37 $99 $70
Y-12 -> Y-67 $189 $148
Y-12 -> Y-111 $339 $239
Y-25 -> Y-37 $49 $35
Y-25 -> Y-67 $148 $114
Y-25 -> Y-111 $249 $209
Y-37 -> Y-67 $99 $79
Y-37 -> Y-111 $220 $179
Y-67 -> Y-111 $129 $109

* Note: Only previously awarded Big Y coupons are usable with sale items.  Other offers and coupons are not valid with Y-DNA sale prices.
To unsubscribe please click here
Family Tree DNA
1445 North Loop West, 820, Houston, TX, 77008