Tuesday, December 27, 2011

RSVP Now for our Beginner Class January 6


Are you new to genealogy?  Do you have research questions or need research guidance?  

Please join us at our next session for beginners on January 6, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wilmot Library medium conference room.  We will have a short presentation and one on one assistance. 

Please R.S.V.P. to Amy Urman at amyandgary99@cox.net so that we can have the appropriate number of folks to help during the one on one session.

Tombstone Tuesday - Charles Siems, Ziems, Seames


This Tuesday's Tombstone brought to you by member Al Seames:

The pictures below represent my hunt for the grave of my great-grand father Charles SIEMS, ZIEMS, SEAMES.  He was buried in the North Street Cemetery in Buffalo, NY in 1882 and later in 1901 was moved to the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY ( a suburb of Buffalo).  He died at age  25, cause unknown, and left a widow with three small children.  It took several visits and letters to locate the cemetery where the North Street Cemetery remains were reburied.  Finding the grave in the sea of green turf that was about 3 to 4 inches thick was another problem ( see picture before turf was pulled away).

Because Charles died at such a young age there are few things known about his parents except his mother was a widow when he was married.  Best I can determine his father, Karl or Charles, died when he was somewhere between 10 and 17 years old.   His marriage record and his son's census records indicate he was born in Buffalo, NY but I have not been able to find a baptism record or any record in City Directories of his family living in Buffalo until his mother shows as a widow in 1875.



Monday, December 26, 2011

Arizona Family Expo, Mesa, Arizona - January 20-21th


It's not too late!  You still have time to registration for the Family History Expo in Mesa January 20-21st.
The event will be held at the Mesa Convention Center, 262 N. Center Street, Mesa, Arizona.  Registration fee
is $69 for both days, Friday only $59, Saturday only $59, registration at the door $99.  Information on the expo is available at Family History Expos.


Attention Tucson researchers:  the Mesa Family Library is closed  both January 20-21.  Come a day early to research at the library or spend the morning of the 20th (expo starts at 1 pm for registration) with the Genealogy  Collection, housed in the Law and Research Library at the State Capitol.   The library is home to family histories, community histories, genealogy journals, online genealogical services and genealogy for just about every state and  region in the United States.  You can search the library's catalog at Library Catalog Searches.  The Law and Research Library is located at 1700 W. Washington Street, Suite 300, in Phoenix.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Free Webinar -


The Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region, Inc., are pleased to announce that they now have the capability to offer Webinars thanks to the support of TechSoup and Citrix, Inc.



    Sign up for the free next Webinar scheduled for Monday,     January 9th, 2012, with Constance Potter, staff archivist and genealogy specialist, who will present "An Introduction to the 1940 Federal Census. 

Please visit http://friendsnas.org/webinarSch.htm for more information.




Friday, December 16, 2011

DNA Talk on January 14, 2012

On Saturday, January 14, 2012 the program for the DNA SIG at UMC Room 2117 will be a talk on use of DNA by Dr. Matt Kaplan, Director of the Bio5 DNA testing lab that does all the testing for National Geographic Genographic Project and for Family Tree DNA. Matt is a master presenter, and makes this subject very understandable. Don't miss this opportunity!



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Beginner Session Scheduled for January


Are you new to genealogy?  Do you have research questions or need research guidance?  

Please join us at our next session for beginners on January 6, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wilmot Library medium conference room.  We will have a short presentation and one on one assistance.  

Please R.S.V.P. to Amy Urman at amyandgary99@cox.net so that we can have the appropriate number of folks to help during the one on one session.

Wedding Wednesday - Katzenstein and Trexler

This is the marriage of Miss Katherine Adele Katzenstein to Mr. William Harry TREXLER on 22 September (year unknown) in Sussex County, New Jersey.  This is not my family but my grandmother, Beatrice (Repsher) Strait, was a good friend.  She recently passed away and I inherited her newspaper/photo collection.  If this is your family I would like to send the newspaper clipping to you.  Shared by Jodi Strait-Shutts.






Do you have a tombstone or wedding picture you would like to share? We would love to showcase your family pictures in our Tombstone Tuesday or Wedding Wednesday postings.  Please include a jpeg and a short paragraph or few sentences about your picture/family.  Your picture will be posted on our blog and any inquiries will be forwarded to you.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share your family research with the society and the Geneabloggers on the web.  Please email your pictures and info to pimacountygenealogysociety@gmail.com.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Mary Margaret Luna to Patrick J. Sammon 14 Aug 1965

This is the marriage of Miss Mary Margaret LUNA to Mr. Patrick J. SAMMON on 14 Aug 1965 in Sussex County, New Jersey.  This is not my family but my grandmother, Beatrice (Repsher) Strait, was a good friend.  She recently passed away and I inherited her newspaper/photo collection.  If this is your family and would like the picture and newspaper clipping, I would love to send it to you. Shared by Jodi Strait-Shutts




Do you have a tombstone or wedding picture you would like to share? We would love to showcase your family pictures in our Tombstone Tuesday or Wedding Wednesday postings.  Please include a jpeg and a short paragraph or few sentences about your picture/family.  Your picture will be posted on our blog and any inquiries will be forwarded to you.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share your family research with the society and the Geneabloggers on the web.  Please email your pictures and info to pimacountygenealogysociety@gmail.com.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Mary R. Norwitz

This week posting is from Lee Levin:


Mary R. Norwitz (never married)
b. 1912
d. 1937, Camden, Camden, New Jersey
Buried Har Zion Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


Do you have a tombstone or wedding picture you would like to share? We would love to showcase your family pictures in our Tombstone Tuesday or Wedding Wednesday postings.  Please include a jpeg and a short paragraph or few sentences about your picture/family.  Your picture will be posted on our blog and any inquiries will be forwarded to you.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share your family research with the society and the Geneabloggers on the web.  Please email your pictures and info to pimacountygenealogysociety@gmail.com.

Monday, December 5, 2011

PCGS - This week's genealogy opportunities


Tucson British Isles Research Group
WhenFri, December 9, 12pm – 3pm
WhereBRIO Tuscan Grille 4500 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705 (map)
Description12:00-1:15 p.m. for those who care to eat lunch together, meeting is 1:15-3:00 p.m. Please contact Sharon Barry at sbarry36@cox.net for further information.

Family Tree User Group
WhenSat, December 10, 10am – 12pm
Where1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724 Room 2117 University Medical Center (UMC ) (map)
DescriptionUser Group for Family Tree Maker, please check the groups blog at http://ftmsig.blogspot.com/

Legacy Tucson User Group
WhenSat, December 10, 10:00am – 11:30am
WhereFamily History Center 500 S. Langley, Tucson, AZ (map)
DescriptionWhere did that come from? Documenting using the SourceWriter.

Help Session
WhenSat, December 10, 1pm – 3pm
Where1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724 Room 2117 University Medical Center (UMC) (map)
DescriptionHelp Session - Come break down your brickwall

Friday, December 2, 2011

Green Valley Seminar and Workshop featuring Dr. Tom Jones

Green Valley Genealogical Society Workshop and Seminar
Featuring Dr. Tom Jones — February 17-18, 2012.
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, works full time as a
genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. Dr. Jones has co-edited the
National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2001. He serves the Board for
Certification of Genealogists as trustee and is a past president. He is the 2011 recipient
of the Association of Professional Genealogists' Professional Achievement Award, 2004
recipient of its Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit, and 1997 and 2002 winner of
the National Genealogical Society Award for Excellence for articles in the NGS
Quarterly. He has been certified since 1994.
A professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., he is a genealogical
educator who speaks and writes frequently on genealogical evidence, proof, and
problem solving with broad application across geographic areas, time periods, and
levels of expertise. Dr. Jones is known for meaty lectures benefiting genealogists of all
experience levels. He coordinates and teaches courses at Samford University’s
Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of
Genealogy, and teaches in Boston University’s Genealogical Certificate Program. His
research has encompassed records of every state east of the Mississippi, as well as
Iowa, Missouri, Texas, England, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, and Wales. He
specializes, however, in Georgia and Virginia and is most interested in solving “brickwall”
genealogical problems.
WORKSHOP – FEB. 17, 9 AM - 12 Noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints, 17699 S Camino de las Quintas, Sahuarita. Exit I-19 on Duval Mine Road; go
west to La Canada turn right; go north 8.5 miles to W Camino Antigua; turn right; go
east to stop sign. LSD Church is to the right across Camino de las Quintas. The
workshop is for experienced genealogists only. Enrollment is limited to 30 attendees to
allow interaction with the presenter.
Workshop Topics (75 minutes each):
Correlating Sources, Information and Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems.
Analysis and interpretation principles applicable to any kind of genealogical source;
working with evidence from many sources; seeing patterns, parallels, and conflicts in
evidence; working with records in a series (including censuses, tax rolls, rent rolls, city
directories, communion lists, guardian and estate accounts); timelines, matrices, and
other ways of graphically arranging evidence; explaining how records correlate and
using correlation to build a convincing case.
Resolving Conflicting Evidence. Recognizing agreements and disagreements in
records; distinguishing significant evidence conflicts from the trivial; strategies for
reporting a conclusion when records disagree; evidence-based, rational, nonsubstantiation,
and other approaches to resolving conflicting evidence.
SEMINAR – Feb. 18, 9 AM – 4 PM at the Desert Hill Green Valley Recreation Center
Auditorium. 2980 S Camino del Sol, Green Valley. Exit I-19 on Continental; go west
on Continental to traffic circle; around to Camino del Sol; and south 3 miles just past the
Valley Presbyterian Church. Desert Hills R.C is on the south side of the parking area,
and the auditorium is the first door on your right.
Seminar Topics (60 minutes each):
Five Ways to Prove Who Your Ancestor Was (Some Reliable and Others Not Reliable).
Case studies will illustrate five ways – some reliable and others not – that genealogists
“prove” an ancestor's identity using information provided by others; using a single
source; following a chain of evidence; correlating evidence from multiple sources; and
weighing conflicting evidence. Attendees will learn how to use the Genealogical Proof
Standard (GPS) to identify their ancestors accurately.
Finding “Unfindable” Ancestors. The failure of common research practices to identify
ancestors does not mean they are “unfindable”. This session will describe and
demonstrate nine approaches to locating difficult-to-trace ancestors.
How to Avoid Being Duped by the Internet. The Internet brings increasingly bountiful
amounts of information to genealogists’ desktops – some valid, some erroneous, and
much of unknown accuracy. Attendees will learn practical strategies for discriminating
between correct and misleading information. They also will learn how online
genealogical information – even if its accuracy is unknown – can lead to valid
conclusions about ancestors.
Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor. Genealogists may be frustrated by
not finding ancestors in the records and places where they logically expect them to be.
This presentation will explain seven reasons why such ancestors seem to have
disappeared, provide examples of each from actual case studies, and suggest
strategies to help attendees find their elusive ancestors.
 Registration can be found at Green Valley Workshop and Seminar information