Saturday, September 24, 2016

BCG Free Day of Quality Education October 7, 2016

Image from Legacy Family Tree News
The Board for Certification of Genealogists is sponsoring six one-hour lectures at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City on October 7. The lectures are free and open to the public with no advance registration.

The good news for those of us residing outside the Salt Lake City area, five of those lectures will be broadcast as live webinars by Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Registration for the webinars is required. Go to the Legacy Family Tree News article To Be Broadcast Online - BCG's Free Day of Quality Genealogy Education October 7 in Salt Lake City for details and the link to register. Below is the schedule for the live broadcasts (all times are in Arizona time):
8:00 AM - "Enough is Enough. Or Is It?" Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL

9:15 AM - "FAN + GPS + DNA: The Problem-Solver's Great Trifecta." Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

10:30 AM - "Black Sheep Ancestors and Their Records." Ann Staley, CG, CGL

12:30 PM - "Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections." Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG

3:00 PM - "When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicting Evidence." Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL



Friday, September 23, 2016

Marriage Indexing Seminar

Image Source: FamilySearch Blog
The U.S. Marriages Project is a joint initiative between findmypast.com and FamilySearch.org. Its purpose is to save the marriage records from every state in the United States. This service project will create a high quality, searchable database of nearly every marriage recorded in the United States since the early 1800s.

Anyone can participate in this deserving project. Indexers may choose the state(s) they wish to index. Who knows? You might even get the marriage record for your great-grandparents! Visit the FamilySearch Blog Join the Cause! Index Every Marriage Record in the United States for instructions on how to get started.

Also, FamilySearch representatives will be in Arizona soon to show how anyone can learn to do this work.
WHEN: September 30, 2016
WHERE: Mesa FamilySearch Library Training Center, 464 E. 1st Ave. Mesa, AZ
TIME: 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Attendance is free and registration is not required. Save a marriage! Join in this special project.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fall 2016 Workshop & Seminar : "A Little Bit of Everything"



We announced our Fall workshop & seminar in a previous blog post from March 10, 2016, A Little Bit of Everything Workshop & Seminar. The deadline for registering is drawing near.

The seminar will take place Saturday, November 5, at the La Quinta Inn & Suites, 102 N. Alvernon Way.  Pamela Boyer Sayre and Richard G. Sayre will be our presenters. Seminar topics include:
  • Enough is Enough Or Is It 
  • Apps Galore for a Genealogist
  • Capital Treasures
  • The Civil War-A Valuable Genealogical Resource 
The seminar includes lunch and beverages. Vendors, book sales, and door prizes will also be available. Check-in is 8:30-9:00 a.m. and the seminar runs from 9:00-4:00 p.m. PCGS member cost is $45.00, Non members $55.00.  

An optional workshop on using Maps will also be presented from 2:00-4:00 p.m. (check-in from 1:30-2:00 p.m.) on Friday, November 4th by Pamela Boyer Sayre and Richard Sayre at the above location. The cost of the workshop is $35 for members and $45 for non members.

Special pricing for attending both events will also be available.

Registration deadline is October 22, 2016.

Visit our previous blog post (link above) or our 2016 Workshop-Seminar page on our website for details and registration.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Putting It All Together -- October 29, 2016 Family History Conference in Tempe

Registration for the 2016 Family History Conference sponsored by the Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library in Tempe is now open! We received the following press release from them:
ANNOUNCING THE 2016 Family History Conference sponsored by the Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at the Tempe Institute of Religion on the ASU Campus, 1000 South McAllister Avenue in Tempe, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.
This year’s conference will feature a keynote address by James Tanner, a friend to our conference and respected family history guru.
Our theme is “Putting It All Together” and provides a wide variety of over 50 class choices for all types of learners, from beginners to the most advanced genealogists.  Come and learn how to be more effective and efficient when doing your research.  Learn to trace your roots with DNA.  Learn to document your sources.  Get specific information on various ways to research in specific countries.  If you are new to family history, come learn the basics.  Some of the most popular classes are repeated in an effort to accommodate everyone.   Spend all day or come for a single class or two; you may attend a maximum of five classes.
Registration will begin online at www.mesafsl.org on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.  At the time of registration, registrants will be given the opportunity to purchase lunch from Jason’s Deli.  Otherwise, the conference is FREE.  See you in October!

In the past, you were required to select the specific classes you plan to attend during the registration. Seats for each class is limited and registration closes for that class when it is full. This conference usually fills up very quickly so don't delay in reserving seats for the classes you really want to attend.

Putting It All Together -- October 29, 2016 Family History Conference in Tempe

Registration for the 2016 Family History Conference sponsored by the Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library in Tempe begins soon! We received the following press release from them:
ANNOUNCING THE 2016 Family History Conference sponsored by the Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at the Tempe Institute of Religion on the ASU Campus, 1000 South McAllister Avenue in Tempe, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.
This year’s conference will feature a keynote address by James Tanner, a friend to our conference and respected family history guru.
Our theme is “Putting It All Together” and provides a wide variety of over 50 class choices for all types of learners, from beginners to the most advanced genealogists.  Come and learn how to be more effective and efficient when doing your research.  Learn to trace your roots with DNA.  Learn to document your sources.  Get specific information on various ways to research in specific countries.  If you are new to family history, come learn the basics.  Some of the most popular classes are repeated in an effort to accommodate everyone.   Spend all day or come for a single class or two; you may attend a maximum of five classes.
Registration will begin online at www.mesafsl.org on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.  At the time of registration, registrants will be given the opportunity to purchase lunch from Jason’s Deli.  Otherwise, the conference is FREE.  See you in October!

In the past, you were required to select the specific classes you plan to attend during the registration. Seats for each class is limited and registration closes for that class when it is full. As of this writing (September 14 @ 9:50 a.m.), registration had not yet been opened. However, this conference fills up very quickly so keep checking often in order to reserve a seat for the classes you really want to attend.

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

On October 26 & 27, 2016 (Wednesday & Thursday), the National Archives is hosting a two-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. Viewers have the opportunity to participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts will be available from the National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair web page free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience. Registration is not required. Visit their web page at http://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/ for the class schedule and links to watch the free conference. You can also get materials from past conferences from their web page.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Special October General Meeting

Each October, PCGS hosts a special luncheon event for our general meeting and this year is no different.

On Saturday, October 15, we will have our annual luncheon at the Evergreen Cemetery (3015 N. Oracle Road, Tucson). There will be several speakers including Betty Cook and the Arizona Chapter Association for Gravestone Studies. Topics include the Greenwood Cemetery, Evergreen Cemetery, Symbolism and Grave rubbings.

The cost is $5 and may be paid through the PCGS Marketplace or by check or cash at the September meeting. This event is open to members and non-members for the same $5. Advanced registration and payment by October 8 is required. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery, 3015 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson