Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Italian Mobsters and International Research–Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cool down from the August heat by coming to the air-conditioned auditorium where PCGS will resume our monthly meetings after our short break in July.

Our featured speaker, Joey Caccarozzo, will take us along on her journey to reveal the truth behind the Caccarozzo surname.  Is Caccarozzo her family's original surname or did her great-grandfather create that name before immigrating to the U.S.? Did her great-grandfather's emigration story involve criminals and mobsters?

The meeting will open with Joey giving us the Do's and Don'ts of a Successful International Research Trip based on her own experiences during her very successful research trip to Italy where she discovered the truth behind her surname and traced her paternal line back several more generations. Following a short break and award of door-prizes, she will present what she learned in the Case Study: Criminals, Mobsters and the Truth Behind My Name.

Joey Caccarozzo is a relative newcomer to genealogy. She began researching her family tree only seven years ago, when she was pregnant with her second child. She has three – ages 10, 5, and 4 years, and they keep her very busy.  Although she is new to genealogy, she is very experienced at complex international research, thanks in part to her career.

Joey has been a prosecutor for the Department of Homeland Security for over thirteen years. She has prosecuted removal cases involving national security, human rights violators, and individuals who have provided material support to terrorists. Her specialty is Eastern European asylum fraud, but she has also aided in the prosecution of large scale fraud involving Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, and Eritrean nationals. Her employment background has assisted her in pursuing her family's history; likewise, pursuing her family's history has helped her become a better researcher in her career.

Joey is a PCGS member and serves on the PCGS Steering Committee. In her spare time, she teaches classes on DNA at the annual Tucson Family History Fair, at local Family History Centers, and at genealogy clubs.

Our general meetings are free and open to members and non-members alike. Members will have access to the handouts via the Members Only section of our website (, one of the many perks of becoming a member.


Saturday, August 19, 2017
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Banner-University Medical Center
Duval Auditorium (Room 2600)
1501 N. Campbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ

Parking is free

Monday, August 7, 2017

FREE Nordic Family History Conference, September 11-15, 2017

Registration is open for the upcoming week long Nordic Family History Conference hosted by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City on September 11-15, 2017. The conference will be streamed online for free for those who cannot attend in person. The conference will cover a range of topics from Arkiv Digital to Danish tax records. The classes are for beginning and intermediate genealogists interested in learning about records of Nordic localities and the Family History Library collections.

Registration is required to attend in person or online. Class descriptions, handouts, and registration is available at the FamilySearch Wiki here at this URL: Below is a schedule of classes (all times are in MDT, Arizona is one hour earlier):

11 September
12 September
13 September
14 September
15 September
9:00-10:00 AM MDT
2017 Is the Year of Nordic Records! Learn What's Coming!
What's New in Arkiv Digital
Probate Laws and Records for Swedish Genealogy
Norwegian Church Records
Danish Estates
10:15-11:15 AM MDT
Panel Q&A: The Who, What, Where, Why, and How of Nordic Records on FamilySearch
Name Searchable Databases in Arkiv Digital
Databases for Swedish Genealogy
Norway: We're Getting Married! Traditions and Records.
Little Used Records on the "Arkivalieronline"
1:15-2:15 PM MDT
Exploring the Feast-Day Calendars for Norway, Denmark, and Sweden
Swedish Naming Customs
Introduction to Icelandic Church and Census Records
"Lensrekneskapsbøker" in Norway
Painting a Picture of Your Danish Ancestors Through Their Tax Records
2:30-3:30 PM MDT
Scandinavian-American Resources
Military Records in Arkiv Digital
“Finnish Immigration and Methodology: How to tackle Finnish challenges”
Norwegian Migration and Immigration
Research in Copenhagen

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Evidentia is on sale in August 2017

We just received the August 2017 issue of the Evidentia Software News. I can't find a link to the announcement, so I am just copying it directly here:

Time for a Sale!
Peanut , the head of our shipping department,  believes we need as free shipping offer in August.  I explained to him that it wasn't fair to those who like to download our products, and agreed to offer a $5 off coupon for ALL our customers.

Use the coupon code PEANUT when you check out and save $5.

One Coupon per person.  Offer good thru the end of August.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

To take advantage of this sale, go to their website at

Don't forget to enter the coupon code to get the discount.

The summer sales are dribbling in a little at a time. Keep an eye on our blog or our Facebook page for more.

Pima County Genealogy Society is not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned in this article, nor do we endorse any of the products mentioned. We are simply passing on news that we feel may be of interest to you, our readers.

Friday, August 4, 2017

MyHeritage Acquires Legacy Family Tree

Legacy Family Tree issued a press lease yesterday informing us that they are now part of MyHeritage. They are very excited about this merger because it allows the Legacy team to focus on improving and supporting their product without having to worry about all the other things a small business has to deal with.

Legacy says they will continue to give customers the same high level of support they receive now. Visit the Legacy Family Tree News article Legacy Family Tree has a new home with MyHeritage for more details about what will change and what will stay the same. Be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions and the Comments to get the full details.

To celebrate the merger, Legacy Family Tree is offering a 50% discount on Legacy 9 software (regularly $34.95, now $17.48) and on a 1 year webinar membership or extension (regularly $49.95, now $24.98). If you have the current coupon code from the latest webinar, you can get an extra 10% off (visit Legacy Family Tree Webinars and click on the free Tracing Your West Country Ancestors webinar. The code is in the description. Code is valid through August 8, 2017). And if you are already a webinar subscriber, be sure to login to receive an additional 5% discount. Follow the hyperlink in the news article to purchase the software or webinar membership at the reduced price.

Pima County Genealogy Society is not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned in this article, nor do we endorse any of the products mentioned. We are simply passing on news that we feel may be of interest to you, our readers.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Family History at the Pima County Public Libraries

October is Family History Month. As we have done for the past several years, experienced genealogists from the Pima County Genealogy Society will lead sessions to help you start your family tree. We will examine the resources available at home, on the internet, and in the library. Each instructor will present real-life case studies using the tools you will learn.

Classes will be held at five separate libraries in Tucson. Each library will feature a different genealogist who will present a different case study. Classes are free and no registration is required so there is no reason you can't attend as many classes you wish.

Adults and teens are welcome. Class times and locations are:

Quincie Douglas Library
Himmel Park Library
1585 E. 36th Street
1035 N. Treat Avenue
Saturday, October 7
Saturday, October 7
2–3:30 pm
2–3:30 pm

Kirk-Bear Canyon Library
Joel D. Valdez Main Library
8959 E. Tanque Verde Road
101 N. Stone Avenue
Saturday, October 14
Saturday, October 14
2–3:30 pm
10:30 am–Noon

Mission Library

3770 S. Mission Road

Saturday, October 28

2–3:30 pm

For more information, call the library infoline at (520) 791-4010 or visit the Events page on the Pima County Public Library website ( and filter for the History & Culture Event Type.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Press Release: Microfilm Distribution to be Discontinued

FamilySearch made the following announcement today:

"SALT LAKE CITY, UT (26 June 2017)—FamilySearch, a world genealogy leader and nonprofit, announced today its plans to discontinue its 80-year-old microfilm distribution service. The transition is the result of significant progress made in FamilySearch’s microfilm digitization efforts and the obsolescence of microfilm technology. The last day for ordering microfilm will be August 31, 2017. Online access to digital images of the world's historic records allows FamilySearch to service more people around the globe, faster and more efficiently. See FindingDigital Images of Records on and FrequentlyAsked Questions for additional information. Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearchNewsroom.

"A global leader in historic records preservation and access, FamilySearch and its predecessors began using microfilm in 1938, amassing billions of the world’s genealogical records in its collections from over 200 countries. Why the shift from microfilm to digital? Diane Loosle, Director of the Patron Services Division said, "Preserving historic records is only one half of the equation. Making them easily accessible to family historians and researchers worldwide when they need them is the other crucial component."

"Loosle noted that FamilySearch will continue to preserve the master copies of its original microfilms in its Granite Mountain Records Vault as added backup to the digital copies online.

"As the Internet has become more accessible to people worldwide over the past two decades, FamilySearch made the decision to convert its preservation and access strategy to digital. No small task for an organization with 2.4 million rolls of microfilm in inventory and a distribution network of over 5,000 family history centers and affiliate libraries worldwide.

"It began the transition to digital preservation years ago. It not only focused on converting its massive microfilm collection, but also in replacing its microfilm cameras in the field. All microfilm cameras have been replaced with over 300 specialized digital cameras that significantly decrease the time required to make historic records images accessible online.

"FamilySearch has now digitally reproduced the bulk of its microfilm collection—over 1.5 billion images so far—including the most requested collections based on microfilm loan records worldwide. The remaining microfilms should be digitized by the end of 2020, and all new records from its ongoing global efforts are already using digital camera equipment.

"Digital image collections can be accessed today in three places at Using the Search feature, you can find them in Records (check out the Browse all published collections link), Books, and the Catalog. For additional help, see FindingDigital Images of Records on

"Transitioning from microfilm to digital creates a fun opportunity for FamilySearch's family history center network. Centers will focus on simplified, one-on-one experiences for patrons, and continue to provide access to relevant technology, popular premium subscription services, and restricted digital record collections not available to patrons from home.

"Centers and affiliate libraries will coordinate with local leaders and administrators to manage their current microfilm collections on loan from FamilySearch, and determine when to return films that are already published online. For more information, see DigitalRecords Access Replacing Microfilm."

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Si, Si, CeCe Moore!

PCGS is proud to announce that the featured speaker for our 2018 seminar will be the Genetic Genealogist herself, CeCe Moore!

CeCe Moore is the genetic genealogy consultant for the popular PBS television series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Her work has also been featured on 20/20, Genealogy Roadshow, Nightline, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Crime Watch Daily, Nancy Grace, CBS This Morning and The Doctors, as well as being quoted in many online and print publications. Her primary focus is promoting genetic genealogy education and sharing positive stories about the power of genetic genealogy through the media. CeCe is the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and has written the popular blog Your Genetic Genealogist since 2010.

Ms. Moore will be in Tucson on Saturday, March 10, 2018, for an all-day DNA seminar. Her talks will span beginning, intermediate, and advanced tools for incorporating DNA into your family history research process.

This seminar promises to be a very popular one and will probably sell out quickly. Keep an eye out on our blog for upcoming details and registration information when they become available.

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