Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Meetings this week ......

Master Genealogist User Group - 1-3 pm, Himmel Park Library, 1035 N Treat Ave
Beginner's Group -  Vital Records,3-4:30  pm,  Himmel Park Library, 1035 N Treat Ave

Roots Magic User Group - 1-3 pm, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724 Room 2117 University Medical Center (UMC )
Beginner's Group -  Vital Records, 3-4:30 pm, Columbus Library 4350 E. 22nd St

Please see our page for Special Interest Groups (SIGS) located on the right side of our blog.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


A group of experienced genealogists have volunteered their time to be mentors for beginners.  Some of our mentors are or have been staff members at both Family History Centers. Since family research encompasses all of the states and foreign countries, no one mentor will have knowledge or experience in the area you may be looking.  Each mentor has a list of those geographic or specialization areas of the other mentors so if they cannot help you they can put you in contact with a mentor who can.  Al Seames, the mentor coordinator will be able to put you in contact with a suitable mentor for your special needs.
Several mentors will be waiting to greet you as you arrive at a monthly meeting and be standing near the exit as you leave.  Look for their red badges that signify they are a mentor.

PCGS has members and friends spread over a wide geographic area, not all mentors will be available to meets people that are a great distance from them.

To be matched with a mentor or to volunteer to be a mentor, e-mail Al Seames at toydisplay@comcast.net.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Free Swedish Records

Free Access to Swedish Records this Weekend

I received the following today from Thomas Hermelin, ArkivDigital, SWEDEN:
From Cyndi's List:

"The Swedish Genealogical Society celebrates their 25th anniversary the 27th - 28th of August. As usual there will be a big convent and a lot of public genealogical activities, mainly during Saturday and Sunday.

We will of course be there and to make it easy for everyone who wants to try ArkivDigital we will open up our service globally between Saturday 01:00 AM Swedish time until 01:00 AM Monday (probably a bit longer) - that correlates to US time, CST: 7:00 PM Friday 26th - 7:00 PM Sunday 28th.

To be able to take advantage of this free offer one must register at our homepage:www.arkivdigital.net and install our software ADOnLine2."

For more resources for Sweden/Sverige: http://www.CyndisList.com/sweden/

Other free genealogy learning opportunities

YouTube –Go to youtube.com and you will  find over one hundred videos to choose from. Topics include organization, Native American research, DNA, military, Irish research, New Family Search – the list goes on….
Geneawebinars:  http://blog.geneawebinars.com/  As the name implies this blog is a calendar and blog devoted to coordinating online genealogy seminars (webinars).  Geneawebinars lists both free and fee presentations.
Genealogy Radio Shows:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/geneabloggers - Listen to previously recorded radio shows and see what shows are upcoming.
http://www.genealogyguys.com/ - The Genealogy Guys, listen to previously recorded and upcoming shows.
http://genealogygemspodcast.com/  - Lisa Louise Cooke offers free podcasts at genealogy gems.  Please visit her archived podcasts and tune into her live broadcasts.  Archived podcasts are also available for free at itunes.
http://www.familytreemagazine.com/info/podcasts - Family Tree magazine podcasts.  Archived and current show.

FamilySearch - https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html offers learning opportunities for locations, ethnicities, subject matters.
Bringham Young University http://ce.byu.edu/is/site/courses/free.cfm several subjects are available but there are regional/ethnic lessons available for German, French, Scandinavian, and Huguenot research.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Free Seminars!

The latest thing in genealogy are webinars: attendees view from their own homes on their own computers over the internet. You get the advantage of professional level instruction without the costs. Many genealogy software companies offer this service for free. Most of them are focused on providing tips for using their own programs, but they also offer some classes on topics that are of interest to all genealogists no matter the tools they use for recording their research.

One such company is Legacy Family Tree. Not only do they offer a wide range of topics for free, but they retain the recording of their webinars in their archives for at least 10 days (sometimes forever) at http://legacyfamilytree.com/Webinars.asp. After the 10 days, you will have to purchase a CD of the webinar if you wish to view it. However, the Langley Family History Center is purchasing some of the webinars and are making them available to the public.

The archives currently holds the following webinars:
·        Newspapers for Genealogist. This is an excellent presentation of GenealogyBank.com’s features and tips for searching their collection of newspapers. GenealogyBank.com requires a subscription to use, but it is available for free at the Family History Center. There is no expiration date listed for this webinar at this time.
·        Google+ the Next Big Thing. This webinar explains how to use the exciting new social networking product Google+. Did you know that you can have a video call with up to 10 people at once? Imagine how fun that would be to get nine of your relatives on a video call, or even to hold one of the SIGs that the PCGS is starting up! Someone living in Oro Valley could attend a user’s group meeting hosted by someone living in Vail. And you wouldn’t even have to worry about parking or driving at night or the high cost of gas! This webinar will be available in the archives until August 25.
·        Organizing for Success. Karen Clifford shares some tips on how to keep your paper records organized so that you can gets your hands on any document within minutes. This webinar is available indefinitely.
·        The Power of DNA. An interesting discussion of using DNA in your family history research. Available indefinitely in the archives.
·        There are several other webinars that are available indefinitely. Just scroll down the page to see the list and click on the “Watch Now” button.

Another company that offers free webinars is Rootsmagic. Rootsmagic makes their webinars available indefinitely on their website athttp://rootsmagic.com/Webinars/. Besides webinars on using Rootsmagic, there are two very good ones on Google Search Tips and Tricks and on Google Earth for Genealogy, both by Lisa Louise Cooks of Genealogy Gems Podcast.

Finally, FamilySearch.org currently houses many video tutorials and slide presentations at all skill levels covering several countries and almost every genealogical topic. Many of the video tutorials are live presentations to genealogy societies that were filmed and donated for the website. These are not technically webinars, but they are very instructional. These tutorials can be found at  https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html.

Contributed by Sherri Hessick

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Family Tree Maker Group

Talk about quick work, the society members interested in Family Tree Maker have a blog!  If you use FTM make sure you post to the blog and add your name in as an interested party.  I will add this user blog to our member blog list.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Are you a beginner? Free session - Vital Records

The Pima County Genealogy Club is offering a session for those people new to family history.  This session will concentrate on vital records.  We will have several experienced family historians at each session to help those attending.
You can join us at one of the following two sessions:
            Friday, September 2, 2011          3:15 to 4:45 p.m.       
            Himmel Park Branch Library
            1035 N. Treat Avenue 85716

            Saturday, September 3, 2011      3:15 to 4:45 p.m.
            Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library

            4350 E. 22nd Street 85711

Please reserve your spot at one of the sessions by contacting 
Barbara Salyer   296-1498 or bsalyer@cox.net

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Footnote.com is now Fold3

Footnote announces a name change and revamped website.  Check out their blog at http://blog.fold3.com/footnote-is-now-fold3/ for information on their changes.  The focus of the website will be U.S. Military records.  The other records are still on the website it just takes a little more navigation to get to them.  Like any changes we just need to wander around the site and get familiar with the changes.  What are your thoughts on the change?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

August 20th Meeting

Our next meeting is this Saturday, August 20th at the Wilmot Library.  Please remember to bring your dues, $20, for the next year and four months.  Dues will then be payable every January beginning in 2013.  The $20 will pay for the remainder of this year and the entire calendar year of 2012.   Dues will be collected at the end of our meeting.

Please download your own copy of the presentation handout to bring with you to the meeting.  Copies will be available for 50 cents if you forget to download a copy - first come first serve basis.  The handout can be accessed by August 20th Handout clicking the link and downloading it to your computer and then printing it out. The handout will be available for the next seven days. We thank you in advance for downloading the handout.

Our first presentation will be a tour of the blog, then a full presentation on Research Resources in Arizona For Your Ancestors--Those Who Lived in Arizona and Those Who Never Lived  in Arizona , presented by Barbara Salyer.  


Sunday, August 14, 2011

We have a new name and blog!

The results of our survey are in.  Our new name is the Pima County Genealogy Society (PCGS).  Meetings will take place the third Saturday of the month at varied locations until a final decision is made on a meeting location.  We appreciate all of the wonderful suggestions for programs.  Many of the suggestions have already been utilized for our upcoming programs.  I will be posting a listing of our programs as soon as we have our speakers and locations confirmed.  We have decided to meet ten months of the year.  There will be no meeting in July or December.

The group decided on dues of $15.00 per year.  We will be converting to a calendar year.  Dues for the remainder of the year are $5.00 or $20.00 for August 2011 through December 2012.  Please bring your dues to our August meeting on the 20th at the Wilmot Library.  Our Financial Coordinator is Jo Clark  Checks may be made payable to the Pima County Genealogy Society.  Thank you Jo for volunteering.

Please join us  20 Aug 2011  at the Wilmot Library - 530 North Wilmot Road
1:15 to 1:45 p.m. Blog Tour by Amy Urman
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Research Resources in Arizona For Your Ancestors--Those Who Lived in Arizona and Those Who Never Lived  in Arizona , presented by Barbara Salyer

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New Webinars from RootsMagic

RootsMagic announced today three new user webinars.  They are:

Research Tools in RootsMagic

Getting Help Using RootsMagic

Running RootsMagic on your Mac
For additional information and to register go to  http://www.rootsmagic.com/webinars/

Beginner's Group Volunteers: A Big Thank You

We had two beginners groups meet last week.  One on Friday at the Himmel Park Branch Library and one on Saturday at the Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library.  The meetings were so successful both groups of beginners want to meet again! 

We wanted to thank our volunteers for showing up and giving our beginners a helping hand. Thank you to Jean Banowit, Marc Kaplan, Barbara Sayler, Amy Urman,  Leslie Carney, Jackie Fry, Nan Hallman, Robin Harris, Sherri Hessick, Colleen McHugh, and Edie Sly.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Google - Useful search techniques

In our beginning class today we discussed a few techniques to get more from a Google
 search, here are two of my favorites.

The ~ included in a Google search will search for similar words to the keyword.

For example:  poundstone ~genealogy

the above search will search genealogy, family, ancestry, family tree, genealogical,
genealogical records, records, roots, surname, vital records. etc - all the words
 similar to genealogy.

- will exclude information

For example:   poundstone ~genealogy -paula

the above will exclude Paula from the search

Try these techniques on your next Google search!