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 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 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 here 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

Evidentia and The Family History Guide--Saturday, May 20, 2017

We have a special treat for you at this Saturday's general meeting.

We will start the meeting with Rondie Yancey presenting a class on Evidentia, a unique program that helps you to analyze your evidence, resolve conflicts, and confidently reach sound conclusions. The software follows the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) developed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).

Rondie Yancey was born and raised in the Northwest, but settled in Tucson in 1989, and considers Tucson the best place in the world to live. It was shortly after moving to Tucson that she became interested in genealogy, and began research on one family that she thought might take one or two years to complete….(short pause for laughter to subside). After all these years, she still thinks genealogy is the most fascinating of subjects, and likes to create small books about members of her ancestral line for the benefit of family members who don’t have time or inclination to do the research, but who do enjoy reading about their family history.

Following the class, Bob Black  will present a program on The Family History Guide. This free new website represents a best-in-class learning environment for family history. Its scope is broad, but its focus is narrow enough to help you achieve your goals, step by step. The Guide's mission is to "greatly increase the number of people actively involved in family history worldwide, and to make everyone's family history journey easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable."

Bob Black spent 20+ years working in healthcare human resources before retiring. In 2011, he began working at the eastside Tucson Family History Center along with his wife, June. He began serving as Director there in 2014. Bob's passion is helping people at the Center with their family history discovery journey.

Remember, if you are not a PCGS member yet, you may attend up to two meetings as a non-member at no charge.

Handouts will be available to PCGS members under Secure Download in the Members Only section of our website (

DATE: Saturday, May 20, 2017
TIME: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
PLACE:  Banner-University Medical Center, Duval Auditorium (Room 2600), 1501 N. Campbell Rd., Tucson

Thursday, April 20, 2017

DNA Day Sales Have Begun!

DNA Day is April 25, but the sales have already begun. All of the major companies are offering discounts, some starting today and most lasting through April 26.

Visit the DNA Day Sales! section of the National DNA Day website for each company's prices, coupons for free shipping, and links to purchase at the reduced prices by clicking here.

Got Australian or New Zealand Ancestors?

Findmypast is opening up their entire collection of Australian and New Zealand records FREE from Friday, April 21 to Tuesday, April 25, 2017 to mark Anzac Day.

Observed on April 25, Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served (Wikipedia, Anzac Day, 

Click here to search Findmypast's over 96 million Australian and New Zealand records for FREE. While you are there, scroll down to get more free stuff:

  • Free guide: Tracing Ancestors in Australia and New Zealand
  • Free webinar: How to Discover Your Anzac Ancestors
  • The Complete Guide to Findmypast's Global Military Records
  • Get Back to Britain and Ireland with these FREE Records

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mark Your Calendars for the 2018 Tucson Family History Fair

The 2017 Tucson Family History Fair had the largest attendance in its history; 283 in the second hour. The Fair is an annual event hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Tucson Family History Center and partnered with Pima County Genealogy Society.

Free and open to the public, the Fair offers classes for those just starting their family history as well as those that have been working on it for many years. The class schedule, handouts, and class descriptions are still available on the Tucson Family History Center wiki. The list of classes and handouts for the 2013-2016 Fairs are also available on the wiki.

In the past few years, the date for the Fair has been inconsistent in order to avoid conflicts with other genealogical events occurring in the area. In order to avoid those conflicts in the future, starting with 2018 the Family History Fair will be held on the first Saturday in February.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, February 3, 2018 will be the next Tucson Family History Fair.

By Jackaranga - Own work, GFDL, Link