Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tracing Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors Seminar

Emigrants Leave Ireland by Henry Edward Doyle 1868
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation will be presenting a two-day seminar on March 3 and 4, 2017 at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library in Phoenix, Arizona.

Many Irish records were destroyed in 1922, making researching your Irish ancestors very difficult. But many other records survived and have recently come online.

Different topics on Irish and Scots-Irish research will be presented each day of the seminar. Advance registration is required and must be made for each day separately. Click here to visit the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library website for details and to register.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Free access to all UK records at this weekend is giving FREE access to more than 1 billion UK & Irish records this weekend only. Free access to these records is starting at 2:00 p.m. ET (12:00 noon Arizona time) today, February 17, 2017, and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET (9:59 Arizona time) on Monday, February 20, 2017.

Click here to visit their UK & Irish Records page to see a full list of the records in the featured collection and get started finding your ancestors.

NOTE: After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry Worl Explorer or All Access paid membership.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Spotlight on Wills and Probates in February

We are welcoming a special guest speaker for the February meeting. Suzanne Young Brayer will speak to us on one of her most popular topics: Wills and Probate - What a Buried Treasure!

As genealogists, we depend on clues to aid our trek along the ancestral trail. Wills and probate records can be a motherlode of clues. Decedent’s date of death, names of spouse and children, in-laws, places of residence, land ownership, religion, and military service are just a few of the juicy tidbits these records can reveal. Suzanne will provide strategies and sources to help analyze probate records and reconstruct family relationships.

Suzanne Young Brayer is an educator, researcher, and avid genealogist. She graduated with degrees in history and education from Arizona State University.

Her involvement in researching her family history began in the early 80s when she and her father worked together gathering the pieces of their ancestry puzzle. From Mayflower ancestors to Revolutionary War patriots to 19th-century German immigrants and a few criminals along the way, she, like most of us, represents the “melting pot” of American culture.

She is past President of the Family History Society of Arizona, a member of the West Valley Genealogical Society, The Federation of Genealogical Societies, The Indiana Historical Society, The Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists, and the National Genealogical Society. She has taught genealogy classes and spoken to numerous groups in Arizona.

The February general meeting will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the Hardesty Multi-Service Center, 1100 S. Alvernon in Tucson, AZ. The meeting is open to the public and parking is free.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Registration for Family History Conference in Glendale is now open

The Mesa, Arizona, FamilySearch Library is sponsoring a FREE Family History Conference in Glendale. The conference will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. at the Glendale Arizona Stake Center, 8602 N. 31st Avenue in Phoenix/Glendale.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Duane Roen from ASU, a respected guru in family history writing. Attendees can choose from multiple classes each hour. Register online at

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017 Arizona-New Mexico History Convention April 20-22

This year's annual Arizona History Convention will be a joint convention with the Historical Society of New Mexico. The three-day convention will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona from Thursday, April 20 through Saturday, April 22, 2017. The convention has many well-known speakers and topics that will be of interest to anyone interested in Arizona or New Mexico.

In addition to the many lectures and workshops offered throughout each day, participants may choose from three tours to take on Saturday afternoon.

This convention is open to everyone. Visit the Arizona History Convention website for a detailed program, convention registration, and to book a room at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Parade on Back Street, Flagstaff All-Indian Pow Wow.
NAU.PH.2011.21.1.VRN30. Northern Arizona University,
Cline Library, Vorih, Marcelin and Lillian Collection.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Update on the 2017 Tucson Family History Fair

More information is being posted on the Tucson Family History Center website as the instructors make them available. Not only is the schedule available, but several classes have descriptions and handouts online. Remember, handouts will not be available at the event, please print them out and bring them with you. If you have trouble printing them, please visit any Family History Center for assistance.

Highlights from this year's class lineup include:
  • Researching in several countries will be presented this year.
    • Old German Empire (this is a 2 hour class)
    • Spanish speaking countries
    • Great Britain
    • Italy
    • Scandinavia
  • Unique research challenges for several ethnic groups will be discussed
    • African American
    • Jewish
    • Native American
  • Three classes on genetic genealogy (DNA) are returning from last year
  • Classes on record types, some new and some returning from previous years, will be offered
    • Wills and probate
    • Deeds
    • Death records
    • Immigration and Naturalization
  • A new class will teach you how to share your family history with children and keep them coming back for more.
 There is truly something for everybody this year. And the best part is that it is absolutely FREE! And there is no pre-registration; just come and go as you please.

Visit our previous blog post Tucson Family History Fair February 25, 2017 for our initial Fair announcement. Click here to view the Fair details and get the handouts from the Tucson Family History Center website.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Dear Genie to the Rescue

Do you have a question about a genealogy dilemma? Have you hit a stumbling block in your research and don't know what to do next? Well, you may be in luck!

A benefit of membership in the Pima County Genealogy Society is access to our quarterly newsletter, The PCGS Researcher. And one of the segments in that newsletter is "Dear Genie." Genie has hundreds of years of experience in family history research and is excited to use her expertise by answering your questions.

The question should not be in the form of a case study but rather, should be framed as a brief synopsis (not more than 100 words). Genie will not do the research for you, but she will give you ideas of how to proceed.

Simply submit your question to with "Dear Genie" in the subject line. You do not need to sign your name to the question if you wish to remain anonymous. Previous queries were signed by names like Stuck on In-Laws, Curious, and No Y Here.

2017 submission deadlines for the newsletter are below. However, Genie will need some time to draft the answer for your question and submit it by the deadline. Therefore, you should submit your questions at least two weeks before the newsletter deadline.


Newsletter Submission
Question to Genie
1 March
15 February
1 June
18 May
1 September
18 August
1 December
17 November
Go ahead and submit your question to Genie. What have you got to lose?