Saturday, January 20, 2018

We've Moved!!!

We've grown a lot in the six years since our humble beginnings in August 2011. This blog was our only means of communicating to our members until the launch of our website in January 2015.

We have undergone a few growing pains with our website as well. But now it is time to embrace our domain name and move our blog to our new home: Please update your bookmarks and links.

Unfortunately, for those of you that are subscribed to our blog via email, you will need to re-subscribe in our new location.

We hope you like our new home and that you subscribe via email so that you can get all the latest news in your email box.

See you at our new digs.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It's All Online–Saturday, January 20, 2018

The January PCGS meeting is all about social media and using the PCGS website.

Sherri Hessick will Explore the PCGS Website, giving us tips on managing the Members Only section and purchasing workshops and seminars.

Sherri was the eighth person to join PCGS. She has served on the Steering Committee since its inception, was a guest blogger on the PCGS blog in 2013-2014 and became the main blogger in 2015. She accepted the Web Manager position in October 2017 and the 2nd Vice President role in January 2018. She is a member of the Tucson chapter of the DAR, a certificate holder from Boston University's Genealogical Research Program, and a graduate of the inaugural Research Like a Pro Study Group.

Nicole Dyer will follow the class with our featured program How Can I Use Twitter and Other Social Media in My Genealogy Research? Collaborating with a community of like-minded genealogists can aid your research in a number of ways. Nicole will discuss monthly genealogy chats on Twitter, the hundreds of genealogy Facebook groups, and how to share a #GenealogyPhotoADay on Instagram.

Nicole has been researching her ancestors and delighting in their stories for over fifteen years. She and her mother regularly write on their Family Locket Blog where they share tips and ideas on how to get children interested in their family history, share research tips, talk about family reunions, crafts, FamilySearch, and much, much more. Nicole spoke at RootsTech 2017 on Kid Genealogists - Inspiring the Next Generation and is speaking at RootsTech 2018. She is also the developer of the Preschool Family History Storytime and the Family History Craft Day at the Tucson Family History Center (visit the Tucson Family History Center Facebook group at for details). Nicole is a PCGS member, serves on the Steering Committee and the Social Media Committee as our Tweeter.

Non-members are welcome to attend up to two meetings as our guest. All attendees are eligible for the door prizes. Handouts are available to PCGS members under Secure Download in the Members Only section of our website:



Saturday, January 20, 2018
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Operations Division Midtown
Hardesty Multi-Service Center
1100 S. Alvernon
Tucson, AZ

Parking is free

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Happy New Year! What's Happening this Winter 2018?

Happy New Year! 2018 promises to be an exciting year for genealogists. Here is a preview of what is happening in and around Tucson this winter.

Visit our website at for details of these and other events.

Pima County Genealogy Society Special Interest Groups are all meeting in January: RootsMagic on January 6, DNA Group on January 13, and Family Tree Maker on January 20. SIGs are a benefit of PCGS membership and are open to members only. Visit our website for meeting location and times.

Top: Sherri Hessick
Bottom: Nicole Dyer
Our first meeting of the year featuring Sherri Hessick and Nicole Dyer will be on January 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. Sherri will Explore the PCGS Website, giving us tips on managing the Members only section and purchasing workshops and seminars. Nicole will answer the question How Can I Use Twitter and Other Social Media in My Genealogy Research? Non-members are welcome to attend up to two of our meetings as a guest. All attendees are eligible for the door prize.
Note Location Change for This Month’s Meeting


Saturday, January 20, 2018
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Operations Division Midtown
Hardesty Multi-Service Center
1100 S. Alvernon
Tucson, AZ

Parking is free

The Pinal County Genealogists will host their 15th annual genealogy workshop in Casa Grande. All workshop information, registration forms, and lecture descriptions are at

February starts out with the annual Tucson Family History Fair on February 3 at the LDS East Stake Center, 6901 E. Kenyon Dr. The Fair opens at 8:30 a.m. with Bob Ives, Executive Director of The Family History Guide, presenting A Digital Revolution in Family History. The Fair is offering a choice between seven different classes during each of the five hour-long class sessions. The class descriptions, schedule, and handouts are on the Tucson Family History Center wiki page. 
NOTE: Handouts will not be available at the Fair. Attendees must print them in advance from the wiki page.

PCGS is back at the Banner-University Medical Center on February 17 when we will be talking about researching our German ancestors.  The Family Tree Maker members-only SIG meets from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the same day.

The Green Valley Genealogical Society annual seminar featuring Gena Philibert-Ortega is also on February 17. Registration and details are on the GVGS website.

West Valley Genealogical Society is also hosting a seminar on February 17 with Cyndi Ingle in Sun City. Visit their website at for details and registration.

CeCe Moore
The Pima County Genealogy Society is hosting a workshop and seminar featuring CeCe Moore, Genetic Genealogist on March 9 and 10. The March 9 workshop, I Have My Results, Now What??, is sold out. However, there are still seats available for the March 10 seminar. Seminar topics include:

  • The Power of DNA
  • Autosomal DNA: Discovering Your Ancestors In You
  • Using Mitochondrial DNA and X-DNA for Genealogy Research
  • Jefferson-Hemmings: Revealing the Truth Through DNA
CeCe Moore has never spoken outside California before. Don't miss this once in a lifetime event. Visit the PCGS seminar webpage for details and registration.

Our March 17 general meeting will feature Howard Mathieson of Winnepeg, Canada and a member of the Guild of One Name Studies, speaking on Surnames and One-Name Studies-the Origin of British Surnames.

The Family History Society of AZ is hosting their annual seminar with Thomas W. Jones on March 23 and 24 in Mesa. Details and registration are on the FHSA website

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.