Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
Do you have Swedish relatives? Free access to ARKIVDIGITAL's entire online historical archive November 8-9. Records include church books, estate inventories, ship manifest, military and court records.
Please visit GeneaPress: Free Access to ArkivDigital on November 8-9 for more information.
Posted by Pima County Genealogy Society at 8:41 AM
Thursday, November 6, 2014
WVGS Annual Seminar
Full Day Seminar - Saturday, February 21, 2015
Registration 8:30 - 9:00 am, Seminar 9:00 am-3:30 pm
Lakeview United Methodist Church - Smoot Hall
10298 West Thunderbird Road, Sun City, AZ.
Our speaker this year will be Dr. John Colletta. Those who have enjoyed one of Dr. Colletta’s lectures always are anxious to hear him again. Using engaging case studies and real-life examples, he combines his years of research experience and his proficiency in European languages and history with a sense of humor and the ability to make our ancestors come alive.
The topics he will be speaking about, are the following:
Passenger Arrival Records, Colonial Times to Mid-20th Century
This lecture begins with a discussion of sources for discovering the arrival time and place—and perhaps the ship—of an immigrant to colonial America. It then explores U.S. passenger arrival records, especially 1820-1957, available on microfilm and the Internet. It suggests what facts you need to begin your search and explains step-by-step how to conduct that search. Specific examples illustrate how to use Web sites, National Archives microfilmed indexes, book indexes, and other research tools.
Naturalization Records, Colonial Times to Mid-20th Century
This lecture addresses the legal means by which non-British settlers in colonial America could become naturalized citizens of Great Britain. It then explains U.S. naturalization laws and processes, which began in 1790, and describes the records that resulted from them. It considers the naturalization of both alien classes and individuals, and provides guidance on how to find an ancestor’s records, whether the naturalization occurred in a municipal, state or federal court. Pertinent research tools such as Internet sites, manuals and indexes are all demonstrated.
Lesser-Used Federal Records: Sources of Rich Detail about Ancestors’ Lives
Whenever the path of an ancestor’s life intersected with a federal government agency, paperwork was created. That paperwork fills our National Archives. Most of it has not been indexed, published, microfilmed or digitized, but some of it has. This lecture explores some of the more easily accessible paperwork that provides rich biographical detail about our ancestors. Discussion includes a selection from the following: 1) passport applications, 1791-1925; 2) homestead files, beginning 1863; 3) Civil War Income Tax records, 1862-72; 4) The Journals of Congress, 1789-1873; 5) Appointments of Postmasters, 1789-1971; 6) Federal Court records, 1789-1911; and 7) Civil War draft registrations, 1863-65.
Our Immigrant Ancestors: Pulling Together Each One’s Unique Personal Story
The immigrant experience was not the same for every one of the millions of English, Irish, Italians, Germans, Jews, and others who came to America. Each immigrant’s story is unique. Using three 19th-century case studies, this lecture describes the original records and published materials available to discover the particular facts of your own ancestor’s story. It discusses how to evaluate those facts and assemble them into a story that conveys both the drama and individuality of your ancestor’s emigration/immigration experience.
For more information about Dr. Colletta, check out his website, www.genealogyjohn.com.
Registration fee of $40 before 12/31/14; $45 effective 1/1/15
includes: Program, Contint'l Breakfast, Box Lunch, Beverages and Prizes.
includes: Program, Contint'l Breakfast, Box Lunch, Beverages and Prizes.
Click here for the seminar flyer which has all the details about the seminar and can be printed for convenience to register for the seminar.
Enjoy a free Findmypast World subscription this weekend
This Veterans Weekend, we want to help everyone find their First World War ancestors and learn more about their family history.
Findmypast Live Broadcast
Monday, November 3, 2014
Ms. Goodrum is a family historian, genealogist and writer with a passion for photography, researching land records, and organization. She is the author of Digging For Ancestors: An In-Depth Guide to Land Records, and a regular contributor to The In-Depth Genealogists, a digital community that contributes to the advancement of all genealogists. Michelle also pens the monthly column Timeless Territories and contributes regular blog posts.
Her topics for this workshop are:
Federal Land Records: Digging for Ancestors at the BLM Website
Searching For Land Records
Location: University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell, Tucson, AZ
Room 2500 C & D (just off the cafeteria)
Parking in the visitor lot is free.
Workshop Fees: $12.00 for PCGS Members
$15.00 for Non-Members
Registration forms may either be mailed in or brought to our next general meeting November 15.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2015.
The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:
Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2014. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or fewer. These are entries from the author’s regular column-not features. Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).
Category II -- Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2014 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.
Category III – Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in
2014. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. These may be print or online newsletters. The once-a-year newsletters usually sent at Christmas do not qualify for this competition as two issues from the same calendar year are needed.
Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.
Category V– Unpublished material - Published Authors. This category is for original unpublished genealogically related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.
Category VI – Poetry. This category is for original content (published in 2014 or unpublished), that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).
Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. Certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards will be announced in September 2015.
Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count. Send entries to: Competition@ISFHWE.org
Appropriate entry fee(s) - and membership dues to receive the discount - may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at ISFHWE.org
Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition - Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: http://www.isfhwe.org/competition.php
For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: Competition@ISFHWE.org
Posted by Pima County Genealogy Society at 3:19 PM
Mark your calendars - Green Valley Genealogical Society announces Judy Russell as their seminar speaker Feb 2015
Green Valley Genealogical Society, Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley.
SEMINAR: "GENEALOGY and THE LAW" by Judy Russell, Certified Genealogical Lecturer
TOPICS: That First Trip to the Courthouse: Not everything is available online. How to prepare, what to expect, what to ask for, and how to be sure you'll be welcomed back are explored in this lecture.
Don't Forget the Ladies – A Genealogist's Guide to Women and the Law: In early America, women were relegated to “protected” – second-class – status. Understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.
From Blackstone to the Statutes at Large – How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists: To understand why our ancestors did what they did, we need to understand the law that governed their lives in so many ways.
Beyond X and Y -- The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing: Learn more about this exciting addition to the toolkit of 21st century genealogists.
Judy Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She is a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer who lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. Judy currently serves as a Trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and she is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and several state genealogical societies. She has also written extensively for several national publications.
The seminar fee is $35 for members, $40 for non-members. Registration is required, bywww.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~. More information and a registration form will soon be posted on our website (
azgvgs/, or just Google "azgvgs"). Questions may be directed to Linda Hanson at (520)396-3701 (e-mail: hanson_24013@)msn.com).