Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Genealogy Odyssey–November 18, 2017

Come join us for our final meeting of the year where Paul Duffey will give his final presentation: Paul to Charlemagne: My Genealogy Odyssey. We will follow Paul's lineage through King Edward III, William the Conqueror & Charlemagne.

Paul Duffey in front of Denali (Mt. McKinley) in Alaska
Paul Duffey has been doing genealogy research off and on for the past 21 years. He has found numerous living relatives and received helpful family information from them. He and his wife and granddaughters have visited relatives in Germany, and Paul & Mary Lou visited relatives in Ireland. Within the limitations of currently available documentation, he has traced his ancestors back to Adam & Eve.

Paul has done his DNA but found no close relatives. He taught our DNA SIG for about 5 years, and the Saturday Help session for about 4 years. He has self-published 3 books of family history. He is currently working on organizing his genealogy information to record on DVDs for his children and grandchildren. He retired last year after 14 years as Arizona State Society Genealogist for Sons of the American Revolution. He has given genealogy talks in Tucson, Green Valley, Saddlebrook, Rancho Vistoso, Casa Grande, Yuma, Colorado Springs, Gilbert, Peoria, and Mesa.

The handouts for this presentation are available to PCGS members only on our website in the Secure Download area. Remember to select Members Login to login, then navigate to Secure Download in the left navigation panel. There are two files, so be sure to print both of them to bring to the meeting.

Non-members are welcome to attend up to two of our meetings as a guest. All attendees are eligible for the door prize.


Saturday, November 18, 2017
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Banner-University Medical Center
Duval Auditorium (Room 2600)
1501 N. Campbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ

Parking is free

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Get Your DNA Tests Before CeCe Moore's Seminar

Many of you have registered for our DNA event with the genetic genealogist CeCe Moore scheduled for March 9 and 10, 2018. The March 9 Workshop has been sold out for a while now, but there are still a few seats available for the full-day Seminar on March 10. Visit the 2018 DNA Seminar page on our website for details and to register.

If you haven't taken a DNA test yet, or if there are others in your family you would like to test, there are several promotions going on this month to make it more affordable. Having your DNA results before the DNA event will make it more meaningful to you.

23andMe Thanksgiving Family Offer
From now through November 23, 23andMe is offering a 50% discount when you buy two or more Ancestry Service kits. The regular price for this kit is $99. If you buy two or more, you will receive each kit for $49. If you buy one kit, the price is $69. Click here to visit their website for more information and to order.

Living DNA Holiday Gift Sale
For a limited time, Living DNA is offering a 38% discount on their DNA test. The regular price is $159 but is on sale for $99. Living DNA is a 3-in-1 ancestry test. They will test your autosomal, mitochondrial, and Y (if you are male) DNA for one low price. In addition, they give you twice the detail of other tests. Click here to visit their website for more information and to order.

The popular AncestryDNA kit, regularly $99, is on sale for $79. The AncestryDNA database contains DNA data for more than 6 million people. In addition to the sale price, you can get free shipping if you enter FREESHIPDNA at checkout. Visit their website at to order your kit. (Note: if you have an Ancestry account, you may need to sign out in order to see the promotional page.)

MyHeritage Thanksgiving Special Offer
MyHeritage's DNA kit is 40% off their regular price until November 23. Regularly priced at $99, it is only $59 during the Thanksgiving offer. Click here for details and to order.

Family Tree DNA
The Family Finder DNA test kit is currently $69, a savings of $20 off their regular price of $89. Click here to visit their website for details and to order.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A Valuable New Resource for Illinois Researchers!

The Pima County Genealogy Society received the following announcement:
Are you researching your Illinois roots, and seeking more resources? Look no further than the Illinois Newspaper Project
INP is an initiative of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library, and the Department of Preservation Services, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The INP contains an inventory and catalog of Illinois newspaper collections held by libraries and repositories, private organizations, and individuals across the state. The holding information is readily available in an easy to use database that allows the user to locate newspapers based on title, county, or year. Contact information for each holding institution is available with the returned search results. 
Some of the newspaper titles have been digitized, and are easily accessible via the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections. IDNC contains over 111 titles, which are searchable by title, year, and date. We hope you enjoy utilizing these resources as much as we do here at the HPNL! Please contact us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns at or at (217)-333-1509.
Charles Henry Alston, Artist, [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Family History Discovery Day November 11, 2017

The Tucson Arizona South Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is hosting a Family History Discovery Day on Saturday, November 11, from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm, at the Corona building, 700 E. Sahuarita Rd., located at the intersection of Sahuarita Road and Melpomene in Corona de Tucson. Activities include:

  • Instructor-led FamilySearch classes for starting your 4 generations & adding sources to your family tree.
  • Videos from the 2017 RootsTech conference. 
  • Topics include FamilySearch, Ancestry, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage websites (comparing the Big 4) and two DNA classes, Mexican and British research and Censational Census Strategies.
  • How to make your home a Family History Center.
  • A computer lab with knowledgeable Temple & Family History Consultants to help you get started and answer your questions. There will be several computers in the lab available for use by participants, or you may bring your own devices.
  • The youth will complete their Merit Badge and personal progress Family History requirements and have opportunities for service.
  • FUN activities for children ages 3-11. A nursery area is provided, but not staffed!
See the flyer and schedule below for more details.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Birthday To Us!

© Aalok Thakur, Wikimedia Commons,
CC BY-SA 3.0
We are 5 years old! Come to our birthday party on Saturday, October 21, 2017, to help us blow out the candles. Cupcakes and refreshments will be served.

Our featured speaker's topic is NARA in a Day. PCGS member Laurie Desmarias has more than 20 years of genealogical research experience. She is a regular conference attendee, volunteer, blogger, and participant in many Facebook user groups. She is a life member of the American-French Genealogical Society and is the Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board membership officer. In addition to being a member of the Pima County Genealogy Society, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, and the Southern California Genealogical Society. Laurie specializes in New England research. Her blog is

Come celebrate with us on our special day. You do not have to be a PCGS member to attend.



Saturday, October 21, 2017
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Donna R. Liggins Center
2160 N. 6th Ave.
Tucson, AZ

Update 10/20/17: Changed speaker's topic.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

RootsTech 2018 Registration is Open!

Registration for the most popular genealogy conference is now open. Early bird pricing of $169 for a full conference pass is available until October 13, at which time the price goes up to $279. The conference will be held from February 28 to March 3, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Four nearby hotels are offering special discounted conference pricing for out of town visitors. See the list and prices at their Hotels Near RootsTech webpage.

If you have never been to RootsTech, and don't know if it's worth it, visit their blog post 8 Reasons to Attend RootsTech 2018 to see what you've been missing. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bridging Generations–October 21, 2017 Family History Conference in Tempe

Registration begins soon for the FREE Family History Conference sponsored by the Mesa FamilySearch Library. We received the following press release from them:
ANNOUNCING THE 2017 Family History Conference sponsored by the Mesa FamilySearch Library on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the Tempe Institute of Religion on the ASU Campus, 1000 South McAllister Avenue in Tempe, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.
This year’s conference will feature a keynote address by Lisa McBride of FamilySearch, an Accredited Genealogist, who works with area family history centers and serves on the FamilySearch Wiki Governance Council.
Our theme is “Bridging Generations” and provides a wide variety of over 50 class choices for all types of learners, from beginners to the most advanced genealogists.  Come and learn how to be more effective and efficient when doing your research.  Learn to trace your roots with DNA.  Learn to find and document your sources.  Get specific information on various ways to research in specific states and countries.  If you are new to family history, come learn the basics.  Some of the most popular classes are repeated in an effort to accommodate everyone.   Spend all day or come for a single class or two; you may attend a maximum of five classes.
Detailed conference information will become available and registration will begin online at on Thursday, September 21, 2017.  At the time of registration, registrants will be given the opportunity to purchase lunch from Jason’s Deli.  Otherwise, the conference is FREE.  Parking is also free and convenient but registrants are reminded that cars are parked in a public facility and are urged to be cautious with their valuables. See you in October! 
In the past, you were required to select the specific classes you plan to attend during the registration. Seats for each class is limited and registration closes for that class when it is full. This conference usually fills up very quickly so don't delay in reserving seats for the classes you really wish to attend.