Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Save the Arizona Genealogy Library!

The following is from NGS:

We need your help to save the Arizona Genealogy Library in Phoenix!  Please email our representatives as soon as possilbe, contact information listed below.  The following is from the NGS blog (www.upfront.ngsgenealogy.org):
 
Access to one of Arizona's largest genealogical collections is being threatened in a move from the Arizona State Library in the Arizona State Capital to the Arizona State Archives, 1901 W. Madison, both in Phoenix, Arizona.  In the email sent to the Family History Society of Arizona President, Ro Hein, from Laura Stone, Digital Content Director from the State Library, the following was mentioned:
 
"The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records is preparing to announce that the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building will house the genealogy research center. Researchers will now have access to a rich portfolio of resources, including unique Arizona materials, online genealogical sources and expert staff for support. The former location of state genealogy resources at the State Library of Arizona, located in the Historic Capitol Building, will close to the public on July 31."
 
There is a grave concern that the books, vertical file materials, periodicals, microfilm/microfiche materials and other physical items will NOT be moved to the Archives building, and that there will only be access to digital databases such as Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest Online. We do not know the reasoning behind this "immediate" move to the State Archives but we need to be vigilant and pro-active to stop this from occurring. What will happen to the 20,000+ genealogy books and materials presently housed in the Genealogical collection? We know that the State Archives does not have room to house all these materials.
 
We in the concerned genealogical community are very concerned about the future of the Arizona State Genealogy collections. We are asking all genealogists to take time out of their busy schedules to send an email to the Secretary of State Michele Reagan <www.azsos.gov/contact>, to the Arizona State Librarian Joan Clark <www.azlibrary.gov/about>, to Digital Content Director Laura Stone <lstone@azlibrary.gov, to the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey <http://azgovernor.gov/governor/form/contact-governor-ducey, your legislative representative and any other interested parties. In your email, share experiences you have had with the genealogical library staff, the connections to ancestors you have made through using the resources, and the outreach that has been offered by the genealogical staff for over thirty years. Share that the genealogical collection is a special collection that needs to be saved and not placed into boxes. Be polite, but firm in your message. And, in the email to Secretary of State Reagan and Governor Ducey, add the phrase, "Genealogists vote". Genealogists have a vested interest in keeping the State Genealogy collection where it is, and politicians want to be retained in office, so voting matters to them.
 
Please send your emails and letters to the above-mentioned people quickly. The move is supposed to take place this Friday, the 31st! We need to stop them.
 
Thank you for your support of the Arizona State Genealogy Library.
 
 
Linda Caldwell McCleary, M.L.S.
Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board (AzGAB) Past President
National Genealogical Society (NGS) Life Member
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Past Board Member
FGS/NGS Records Preservation and Access Committee Member
Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Former Director
Brigham Young University Professional Genealogy Certificate
 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Celebrate Independence Week Genealogy Style!

July 4, 1776, marks the day that the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and is considered the birth of the United States of America. That day has been celebrated nearly every year since its first anniversary in 1777 (Wikipedia: "Independence Day (United States)").

Spirit of '76 by Archibald MacNeal Willard, 1875

This year, three genealogy websites are offering FREE access to some of their records in celebration of our Independence Day:
  1. Fold3 is offering FREE access to the Revolutionary War Collection from July 1 to July 15. Visit the Fold3 HQ blog at http://blog.fold3.com/free-access-to-the-revolutionary-war-collection/ for details and links to their collection.
  2. NEHGS is granting FREE access to all online searchable databases on AmericanAncestors.org related to the Great Migration from July 1 through July 8. You must sign up as a Guest User (also free) to take advantage of this offer. Visit their website at http://www.americanancestors.org/fourthofjuly for details and links to the collections.
  3. Ancestry is offering FREE access to their 13 Colonies Collection from July 1 through July 5. Visit the 13 Colonies Collection page at http://search.ancestry.com/search/grouplist.aspx?group=thirteen_colonies for a full list of the records in this collection and to search all those records.
Take time between your picnics and fireworks to do some free research on your colonial ancestors.

Don't forget that there will be no PCGS meeting in July. Our next meeting will be held August 15 at the regular time, but we are meeting at a different location. Visit our website's calendar page at http://azpimagensoc.org/eventListings.php?nm=19&ec=7&tf=12 for the address and a map to our temporary location.

Stay cool!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Write On! Competition Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Write On! Competition.
1st Place --  Margaret Ward for her piece title The Long Journey of Mabel Ida Lewis Smith
2nd Place --  Debra Kabinier for her piece title The Tale of the Traveling China
3rd Place -- Doris Briscoe-Lyon for her piece title An Incident at the Well

Congratulations to the winners! Watch for the winning stories in future editions of The PCGS Researcher.

Thank you to all the writers who submitted an entry to the contest. We hope you will all participate again.   And thank you to our judges who worked hard to ensure a fair contest.

Watch this blog and our website for news of our 2nd annual Write On! Competition!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

MyHeritage SIG and Discount for RM Users


MyHeritage is offering a special discount on its annual membership price to RootsMagic users. The regular price is $119.40 per year but RootsMagic users can get it for just $79.99. But this special offer ends June 10. To take advantage of this offer, click the link for June 2015 RootsMagic News archive.


This discount comes at a good time for PCGS members! We are beginning a members only MyHeritage Special Interest Group (SIG)! The first meeting for this brand new SIG is Saturday, August 1, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the University Medical Center, Room 2500C. The SIG is open to all PCGS members, whether or not you use RootsMagic. If you are a current user of MyHeritage, or wondering if MyHeritage is right for you, come to the SIG meeting to learn and share your knowledge.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2015 Jamboree Live Streaming

Posted: 18 May 2015 11:24 AM PDT

Jamboree offers an outstanding opportunity to the genealogical community, so we would like everyone everywhere to know that they have access to 15 hours of free genealogical education on June 5, 6 and 7. Will you please help us spread the word?

Please forward this message, post a link to this announcement, or copy and send it to your FAN Club - Friends, Associates and Neighbors (with a tip of the hat to Elizabeth Shown Mills, who coined the phrase that is this year's Jamboree theme.)  In other words, fellow genealogical society members, cousins or other research buddies, your family research societies or newsletters, billboards, skywriting, whatever works for you. Do you have a family website, or family page on Facebook? Post it there.

We thank you, and your FANs will thank you too!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May Meeting Saturday May 16th, How to Uncover Hidden Clues in Photos!

Pull out your magnifying glass and put on your detective hat! This months meeting will show you How to Uncover Hidden Clues in Photos,Presented by Sherri Hessick and Jodi Strait, this program promises to give you new insight to old photos.   We will meet from 1:00PM-3:00PM in our usual location:

 University Medical Center, College of Medicine, Room 2117. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!  Please feel free to join us prior to the meeting in the cafeteria for lunch and genealogy talk!