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 FamilySearch.org 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 FamilySearch.org. 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 FamilySearch.org.

"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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Friday, June 16, 2017

Genealogy Apps and Family History Blogs—Saturday, June 17, 2017

Come join us this Saturday, June 17, for two fascinating topics.

Our meeting starts with a class on Using Genealogy Apps on Your Tablet by Kathi Gardner. Following the class, Nicole Dyer will present a program on Tips on Sharing Family History with a Blog.

Nicole has been researching her ancestors and delighting in their stories fro over fifteen years. She and her mother regularly write on their "Family Locket Blog."  They share tips and ideas on how to get children interested in their family history, share research tips, and talk about family reunions, crafts, FamilySearch, and much, much more. Nicole spoke at RootsTech 2017 on Kid Genealogists - Inspiring the Next Generation. She is also the developer of the Preschool Family History Storytime held in April and May and the June Family History Craft Day at the Tucson Family History Center (visit the Tucson Family History Center Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1695205970728001/ for details).

Our general meetings are free and open to members and non-members alike. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 17, 2017
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Banner-University Medical Center
Duval Auditorium (Room 2600)
1501 N. Campbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Support Pima County Genealogy Society for Father's Day

Father's Day is coming up this Sunday, June 18. Remember that if you shop Amazon through our portal at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to PCGS! This donation has no impact on the price you pay for the item, it is covered completely by Amazon's profits.

Click on the Amazon Smile icon to the right of this blog post to register Pima County Genealogy Society as your charity organization of choice, then go to smile.amazon.com instead of https://www.amazon.com/ whenever you shop at Amazon. It's that simple!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Be More "Source Centric" for Less

Did you like what you heard at today's meeting about the Evidentia software? You're in luck! Thomas McEntee of Genealogy Bargains is extending an exclusive offer of 25% off the Evidentia Software & Book Bundle. Click here to get the details and the promo code. This offer ends May 31, 2017.

Were you unable to attend the meeting and are curious about Evidentia but not quite ready to buy? Evidentia offers a 14 day free trial. Visit their home page at https://evidentiasoftware.com/ to download the free trial.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Putting a Spark into Starting (or Restarting) Your Family Tree

PCGS is pleased to announce a new workshop: Charge! Putting a Spark into Starting or Restarting Your Family Tree, featuring members of our Board of Directors.

This beginner's workshop is limited to 30 participants. Our seasoned genealogists will cover these topics:
  • Documents to gather and search
  • Chart basics and genealogy tools
  • Moving from paper to digital
  • What and where to document

Our instructors have a combined 95+ years of experience.

Barbara Salyer
  • 45+ years genealogical research, instructor, speaker & author
  • Certified Genealogist for 25 years
  • Member of the National Genealogy Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogy Societies (FGS)
  • Member of D.A.R. (Tucson Chapter) & Daughters of Colonial Wars
  • Received Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008, from Arizona State Genealogical Society

Jodi Lynn Strait
  • Doing genealogical research for over 20 years
  • Member of the National Genealogy Society (NGS); completed NGS home study course.
  • Boston University Genealogical Research Program certificate holder
  • Member of Chinkchewunska (NJ) chapter of the D.A.R.

Amy Urman
  • Researching her family roots for over 30 years
  • Member of the National Genealogy Society (NGS), Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and Federation of Genealogy Societies (FGS)
  • Boston University Genealogical Research Program certificate holder
  • Graduate of ProGen 28, SLIG Law, and SLIG Land

The workshop will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9:30AM to 12 Noon in Rooms 2500 E & F at Banner-University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Road, Tucson, AZ. The cost to attend is $15 for PCGS members and $20 for non-members. 
To register, visit our website at https://azpimagensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=33 and pay on-line at the PCGS Marketplace (Members must sign in before registering to get the discounted rate) or print the form and mail to us along with your check. But hurry, registration and payment deadline is Saturday, May 27.

Monday, May 15, 2017

FREE Western European Family History Conference

FamilySearch is again hosting free online research seminars.

The first is the Western European Family History Conference on May 15-19, 2017. This seminar is for anyone who has German, French, Belgium, Dutch, Swiss, and Luxembourger ancestry. It is 5 days of classes in order to help you find your ancestors. You can attend in person or online. Registration is required to attend in person or online. Check out the FamilySearch Wiki for registration, class descriptions and handout links herehttps://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Western_European_Family_History_Conference. Below is a schedule of classes (all times are in MDT, Arizona is one hour earlier):
TIMEMonday, 15 MayTuesday, 16 MayWednesday, 17 MayThursday, 18 MayFriday, 19 May
GermanyFranceThe Low CountriesThe NetherlandsSwitzerland
9:00-10:00 AM MDTFinding German Places of OriginFinding Your French Ancestors Online, part 1 (FamilySearch and Ancestry)Latin for ResearchersNames in Belgium and the NetherlandsBeginning Swiss Research
10:15-11:15 AM MDTSpelling Variations in German Given and Place NamesFinding Your French Ancestors Online, part 2 (FranceGenWeb)Calendar Changes in France, Germany, Switzerland and the Low CountriesWieWasWie, Past the Index: What to do NextSwiss Maps and Gazetteers
11:30 AM-12:30 PM MDTMeyer's Gazetteer Now Online, Indexed and Fully Searchable!Finding Your French Ancestors Online, part 3 (Geneanet)Gazetteers and Maps for Belgium, Luxembourg, and the NetherlandsDutch Provincial and City ResearchSwiss Archives Online Records
2:00-3:00 PM MDTGerman Church Records and Beyond: Deepen Your Research Using a Variety of Town RecordsOut of the Ashes of ParisBeginning Research in LuxembourgDutch Research Before 1811Swiss Census Records
3:15-4:15 PM MDTElusive Immigrant: Methods of Proving IdentityResearch in Alsace-LorraineBeginning Research in BelgiumFinding Your Family in the Amazing Online Amsterdam City ArchivesSwiss Chorgericht Records

Save the date for two upcoming week long seminars:

  • September 11-15, 2017, Nordic Research Seminar
  • October 2-6, 2017, U.S. Research Seminar