Wednesday, December 26, 2012

PCGS Membership Fees due January 1!


Only seven days left to renew your membership for Pima County Genealogy Society!  Membership begins January 1 and ends December 31 of each calendar year.   

Single membership is $15.00 and a Family membership (two individuals at the same address) is $22.00.

Click here for a membership application:  Membership





Sunday, December 23, 2012

Family Tree Maker meeting Saturday, January 5, 2013

The next meeting of the Family Tree Maker SIG is Saturday, January 5, 2013, in Room 2500D at UMC. 2500D is next to the cafeteria. We begin at 10:00 am.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Green Valley Genealogy Society December Meeting


December 20, 2012  Green Valley Genealogical Society, 1 PM to 3 PM at the St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S. La Cañada Dr., Green Valley.  
Clarice Bird:  Understanding and Locating the Law in Family History Research 
Knowing the laws at a particular time in a particular place can help you solve genealogical problems.  For instance, if you find a guardianship record and know at what age a child could choose his own guardian, you can estimate a birth date.  But how do you know what the law was?  This presentation will help you learn how to find out, and present examples of how knowing the law helped in genealogical research. 
Clarice Bird grew up in Southeast Texas.  She moved around a bit before settling in Sahuarita, Arizona 22 years ago.  A graduate of Brigham Young University, Clarice is the director of the Sahuarita Family History Center.  She is the editor of Past Tracks, the newsletter of The Green Valley Genealogical Society.  Clarice has given speeches and taught classes on genealogical topics in Lake Havasu City, Saddlebrooke, Casa Grande, Tucson, and Green Valley. 
Short Program:  Show and Tell – Family Treasures.  Do you have a family item passed down in your family that you would like to share with us?  Pictures?  Clothing?  Military medals?  Please send JoAnn Herbst (joannherbst@cox.net) a brief description of your treasured heirloom.  Three treasures will be selected for the owners to share their story.  All treasures will be on display during the break.  
Free and visitors are welcome.  Contact JoAnn Herbst for more information or go to our web page. 
The GVGS February Genealogy Seminar features J. H. Fonkert.   Information is posted at http://www.rootsweb.com/~azgvgs/.   Please note that participation is limited to 100, and registration must by received by February 8.
        

Friday, December 14, 2012

Register for the First PCGS Event of 2013


Subscription websites, genealogy research books from all over the world, family histories, and local access to films stored at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City:  $0.00 at the Family History Center.

An orientation tour of the treasure trove of resources, including the ones above, held at the Tucson Family History Center:  $0.00

Handouts to take home with you: Minimal $ (collected at the door)

Using what you learn while on the tour to find a new branch of your family tree: Priceless.

Join us for this no cost tour of the Tucson Family History Center and see what priceless bits of information you find!


The orientation will be on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required and the registration deadline is 12 January--just a few short weeks away. Follow this link for the registration form. Don't miss out...register today!



Watch our blog for the full list of the year's events to be posted soon.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Wall Street Article - Finding A Few Hundred Cousins

Here is a link to the Wall Street article regarding DNA testing and genealogy

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443589304577635801333547784.html?KEYWORDS=finding+a+few+hundred+cousins

Archives Recipe Contest

Family Recipe Contest


The holidays aren't complete without that special family recipe. Archives wants to celebrate your family's favorite holiday recipes. Between now and 12:00pm (PST) on December 21, 2012, enter the Archives Family Recipes Contest for a chance to win great prizes:
  • 1st Prize: $300
  • 2nd Prize: $200
  • 3rd Prize: $100
Click here to enter the contest and for official rules. All you have to do is fill out a brief form!
First, second, and third prize winners will also receive an autographed copy of From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes by Gena Philibert-Ortega (Family Tree Books, 2012).
Please feel free to share with your friends and family!

Arizona Historical Society Library Renovation Closure


The Tucson Library and Archives reading room will be CLOSED for renovations from December 24, 2012 through February 1, 2013Reference assistance will be available by email and phone. For more
information contact us at ahsref@azhs.gov or 520-617-1157

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Genealogy Help Session this Saturday!

This Saturday, December 8 at 1 PM in University Medical Center on Campbell, in Room 2117, Paul Duffey will provide a genealogy help session. Bring what information you have on that hard-to-find relative and see what else he can find for you. Paul is just back from the wilds of Colorado and raring to go!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Liking the Likes on Facebook

The Community Food Bank, Nanini Branch Library and Tucson Festival of Books: Science City all like us on Facebook.

You can too! It's easy and fun.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pima-County-Genealogy-Society/154968861251726

PCGS Membership Dues are Due


PCGS membership dues are due.  Renew or sign up in 2013, we want to have you on board. We bring you classes, programs, and workshops that move your genealogical research forward!!

Please send payments to:
Pima County Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 16421
Tucson, AZ 85732-6421

Members get our Newsletter, discounted pricing on workshop, and access to years of experience through our Mentor program.  Join now and see what we can do for you in the 2013 New Year.

Homer Thiel "Presidio Families" from our November 17, 2012 meeting


We had a great meeting today before our month-long break for the holidays.  For those of you asking, here is the link to our guest speaker, Homer Thiel's, paper on Presidio Families:
http://www.archaeologysouthwest.org/pdf/presidio_families.pdf

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

PCGS this Saturday - November 17th


The Archaeology of a Mexican Family and Cemetery Headstones  - November 17th Meeting

We have two interesting programs for you this Saturday.  The first program will be a presentation by Homer Thiel from the Tucson-based Desert Archaeology.  He will talk about the excavation of the Francisco Solano Leon and Ramona Elias Farmstead.  Our second presentation will be about the cemetery headstones.  Leslie Carney will be our presenter for the second session. 

As always, some of our members will be meeting for lunch at 11:30 am in the cafeteria.  Please join us for some pre-meeting genealogy social time.
WhenSat, November 17, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
WhereUniversity of Arizona, College of Medicine, Room 2117 (map)
DescriptionMeeting host Jodi Lynn Strait 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. The Archaeology of A Mexican Family - Homer Thiel 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. Cemetery Headstones - Leslie Carney

Organize Your Research with a free Webinar

Free Webinar - Monday, December 10th, 2012
  
The Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region, Inc., are please to present Jump Start a New Year's Resolution: Using Spreadsheets to Help Organize Your Research with Linda  Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL.

Linda will demonstrate a variety of uses for MS Excel (applicable to other spreadsheet programs) relating to genealogical and historical research 

Monday, December 10th, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm Eastern
Register now at:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/910658294   
Note: There is no limit to the number registering for this webinar, but attendance is limited to 100 attendees (the first 100 to sign in to the event will be able to view the live webinar). The webinar will be recorded (if all goes well) and will be placed on the "Members Only" pages of the Friends website
 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Family Tree DNA is having a sale - perfect gift for your favorite genealogist!

To order this special offer, log in to your personal page and click on the Order An Upgrade button in the upper right corner. A link to the login page is provided below. ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED AND PAID FOR BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012 11:59:00 PM CST TO RECEIVE THE SALE PRICES.
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As always, we appreciate your continued support.
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To order this special offer, log in to your personal page and click on the Order An Upgrade button in the upper right corner. A link to the login page is provided below. ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED AND PAID FOR BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012 11:59:00 PM CST TO RECEIVE THE SALE PRICES.
Log In to Order an Upgrade.
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As always, we appreciate your continued support.
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"History Unearthed Daily"

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Free Webinar from Illinois State Genealogical Society - Ready-Set-Plan! Developing a One-Step Research Plan

Ready-Set-Plan! Developing a One-Step Research Plan

Tue, Dec 11, 2012 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM MST
Webinar Registration
Presenter:  J. Mark Lowe

Learn a simple technique for breaking down difficult research problems into manageable segments. Learn how to stay focused while getting more research done.

About Mark:  J. Mark Lowe is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer and researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. He also serves as a Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and Samford University’s Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (Research in the South) and Director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance), learning sessions and hands-on research focusing on original documents and manuscripts at regional archives. Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? appearing on a recent episode featuring Lionel Richie.

He is a Past-President of APG, Past-President of FGS, and Past-President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society. Mark is a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association, and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.

REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

DNA Meeting on autosomal DNA this Saturday!

The DNA Special Interest Group meets next Saturday, November 10 from 1-3 PM at UMC. The room is being negotiated. Probably it will be in Room 2117, but if changed, a new email will be sent. Paul Duffey will present information on autosomal DNA, which is different from Y and mt DNA. He will illustrate a success story by one of our members using autosomal DNA. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Green Valley Genealogical Society


November 15, 2012 – Green Valley Genealogical Society,  1 PM to 3 PM at the St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S. La Cañada Drive, Green Valley.   

Main Program:  Suzanne Brayer will discuss information that can be found in her program, “Wills and Probate”.  As genealogists we depend on clues to aid our trek along the ancestral trail. Probate records can be a mother lode of clues. Decedent’s date of death, names of spouse and children, in-laws, places of residence, land ownership, religion and military service are just a few of the juicy tidbits these records can reveal. Suzanne will provide strategies and sources to help analyze probate records and reconstruct family relationships. 

Short Program:  Jon Ott will demonstrate “IrfanView”, a free to use image file manipulation software that is a very fast, small, compact, and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows users.  

Visitors are welcome. Contact JoAnn Herbst (396-4630 or joannherbst@cox.net) for more information or Google “gvgs az”.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Free Webinar Illinois State Genealogical Society featuring George G. Morgan

Sidestep Genealogy 

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM MST


Presenter:  George G. Morgan

Brick wall research blocks are inevitable. We strive to start with ourselves and work backwards, but sometimes there are impediments that stop us in our tracks. It is then that we must use our most creative research skills, and it is essential that we move to other family members. That means researching our ancestors' siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, and the collateral lines with which they are connected.

Sidestep genealogy means researching these alternative individuals, their records, the places that they lived, and other resources. This lecture will make you stop and think about what alternative research paths you might use, and point you to new resources you may never have considered.


About George:  George G. Morgan is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at local, state, national, and international genealogical conferences.

George is the prolific author of literally hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, Singapore, and elsewhere. McGraw-Hill has published his tenth book, the third edition of his How to Do Everything: Genealogy, in 2012.

He is Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and other societies in the U.S. and the U.K.

George and Drew Smith produce The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast on the Internet at genealogyguys.com, the longest running genealogical podcast in the world, with thousands of listeners around the globe.

REGISTER HERE

Friday, October 12, 2012

Scottish DNA Seminar - Irish Cultural Center Nov 18


Genealogy Seminar
on  Scottish  DNA



Sunday, 18 November 2012,  2pm-5:30pm
Registration: 1:00-2:00pm, Seminar 2:00-5:30pm



At the


Irish Cultural Center – McClelland Irish Library, 1106 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ
Tel:  602 864-2351     Email: dmoneta@cox.net   Website:  http://azirishlibrary.org/

Presenting:

Tyrone Bowes, Ph.D.
Degree in Neuropathies, Specialist in
making and characterizing therapeutic antibodies.
From:
Galway, Ireland





2:00-3:00pm   “History, Genes, and Geography”  This session details the cultural and historical factors that make it possible for one to use simple commercial ancestral DNA testing to pinpoint precisely where one’s direct male Scottish ancestor lived when he first took his surname over 1000 years ago. There will be a 15 min. question and answer period at the end of the session. 

3:10-4:10pm  “Pinpointing Your Scottish Genetic Homeland” 7 simple steps; everything you will need to know to pinpoint an origin, from which test, and which commercial testing company, to the freely accessible resources that one will need. There will be a 15 min. Q and A period.
4:20-5:20pm   “Case Studies” Practical examples of people who have successfully used their DNA to determine firstly whether their Scottish ancestors were of Celtic, Pictish, Viking, Ancient Briton, or Anglo-Saxon origin, and where precisely they lived; a 15 min. question and answer period at the end. 
5:20-5:30pm  Drawing for prizes.


Registration Fee: $25 for non-members or $20 for Irish Cultural Center members
Fee includes Program, Handouts, Refreshments, Beverages, and Raffle Prizes
Deadline for registration: 14 November 2012, or first 100 people
Do not hesitate to register now!

Turn over for map, registration form





All freeways lead to the downtown Phoenix area.

Exit from I-10 at 7th St. or 7th Ave. (depending on the direction you are coming.

The McClelland Irish Library is (a 4-story Norman Castle, you can’t miss it!) on Central Ave, 3 blocks south of McDowell Road, on west side of Central (across from the Phoenix Public Library), located in Margaret T. Hance Park..

Phoenix Light Rail (from Tempe, Mesa, and north Phoenix) stops near the front of the Library, exit on Roosevelt and walk north one block.


Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Irish Library Membership (ICC)
$30 Senior (62 or older) & Student (valid student ID)
$40 Friend of The Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Irish Library
Membership benefits described on http://azirishlibrary.org/

(Please cut on dotted line, keep top portion, and mail lower portion in with your fee.)

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Registration Form for Scottish DNA Seminar
Registration Fee: $25 for non-members or $20 for Irish Cultural Center members
Fee includes Program, Handouts, Refreshments, Beverages, and Raffle Prizes
Make checks payable to:  Irish Cultural Center Library
1106 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tel:  602 864-2351. Call the library to pay by credit card.  Email: dmoneta@cox.net

Deadline for registration: 14 November 2012, or first 100 people
   Do not hesitate to register now!

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Irish DNA Seminar at Irish Cultrual Center in Phoenix Nov 17th


Genealogy Seminar
On  Irish  DNA



Saturday, 17 November 2012,  9am-12:30pm
Registration: 8:00-9:00am, Seminar 9:00-12:30pm



At the


Irish Cultural Center – McClelland Irish Library, 1106 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ
Tel:  602 864-2351     Email: dmoneta@cox.net   Website:  http://azirishlibrary.org/


    Presenting:

Tyrone Bowes, Ph.D.
Degree in Neuropathies, Specialist in
making and characterizing therapeutic antibodies.
From:
Galway, Ireland





9:00-10:00am   “History, Genes, and Geography”  This session details the cultural and historical factors that make it possible for one to use simple commercial ancestral DNA testing to pinpoint precisely where one’s direct male Irish ancestor lived when he first took his surname over 1000 years ago. There will be a 15 min. question and answer period. 

10:10-11:10am  “Pinpointing Your Irish Genetic Homeland” 7 simple steps; everything you will need to know to pinpoint an origin, from which test, and which commercial testing company, to the freely accessible resources that one will need. There will be a 15 min. question and answer period.
11:20-12:20pm   “Case Studies” Practical examples of people who have successfully used their DNA to determine firstly whether their Irish ancestors were of Irish-Celtic, Viking, Norman, Scottish-mercenary, or Planter origin, and where precisely those ancestors lived. 15 min. question and answer period.

12:20-12:30pm  Drawing for prizes.

Registration Fee: $25 for non-members or $20 for Irish Cultural Center members
Fee includes Program, Handouts, Refreshments, Beverages, and Raffle Prizes
Deadline for registration: 14 November 2012, or first 100 people
Do not hesitate to register now! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tucson Presidio presents Symbols of our Mexican Past

This Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 10:30 am till noon the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation presents Symbols of our Mexican Past at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson.

Symbols of Our Mexican Past is the first major exhibit of the Tucson Presidio Trust and the City of Tucson's recreated Spanish Fort, Presidio San Agustin del Tucson.  The museum lies within the northeast corner f the 11 acre fort that is Tucson's birthplace.  The Presidio is operated by the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation and is supported by the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation.  The exhibit will run through March.

For more information please visit their website:   Tucson Presidio Trust

Monday, October 1, 2012

Green Valley Genealogy Society has shared the following announcement:


October 18, 2012 -- Green Valley Genealogical Society, 1 PM to 3 PM at the St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S. La Cañada Dr., Green Valley.  

Main Program:  Margaret Rennaker will present “What You Can Find at the Courthouse.” She will to cover deeds, wills, births, marriages, and other records that you can find in the Courthouse.  Margaret has been searching for her ancestors since 1948 when her second cousin introduced her to genealogy.  But her cousin forgot to instruct Margaret to proof her findings.  Margaret has since visited courthouses in TX, WV, OH, IN, and MO to proof her records. The records maybe old and dusty, but they have interesting stories to convey. 

Second Program: Short Program:  “The Feng Shui Approach of Organizing Your Family Research” by Jill Bailey.  Jill has worked on her genealogy for the past 7 years and has tried several methods to organize her research.  We are fortunate that Jill is willing to share her comedic experiences so we may follow a more "organized" path.
Our programs are free and open to all interested in searching for their ancestors.  Refreshments are served.  Exciting genealogy items are featured as Door Prizes, Silent Auctions, and Raffles at our meetings.  Open to all; refreshments will be served.  Contact JoAnn Herbst (396-4630 or joannherbst@cox.net) for more information or Google “gvgs az”.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Archives.com announces the 1940 is completely indexed on their site!

The 1940 Census is now fully indexed just in time for October's Family History Month! To commemorate these two great occasions, Archives.com created a fun and informative interactive graphic showcasing all 23 Censuses! The interactive graphic can be found at the following URL:

http://www.archives.com/1940-census-facts.html

Complete with images of each decade’s questionnaire as well as statistics and valuable data, we hope you enjoy it! You can share it on your Facebook page, Like it, Tweet it, etc. Thank you!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Time is running out to register for our Map Workshop



Locating Your Relatives with
Maps and GPS
University Medical Center
1501 North Campbell Ave
College of Medicine, Room 2117
October 6, 2012  9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Learn how to use maps and the Global Positioning System (GPS) in genealogy.  Maps and GPS can provide clues to where your ancestors lived and where to look for written records about them. GPS technology and maps can enhance your family history by showcasing migration routes, family events, and family clusters.    Handouts included.


Please see our previous post at Workshop for details on our speakers.  This is a wonderful opportunity to utilize mapping in your genealogy search.  A registration form can be downloaded here:  Registration  Registration must be received no later than October first.

Scottish Roots?

Do you have Scottish roots?  Check out ScotslandPeople at http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk/.  The website is celebrating it's 10th year of providing records of Scottish ancestry.  The website features census records, Scottish wills, birth certificates and death certificates.  Happy hunting!






Tuesday, September 11, 2012


The Cox Collection and The Paper Trail of Death - September 15th Meeting

We have two wonderful programs for you this Saturday.  The first program will be a presentation by Barbara Sayler.  She will discuss what wonderful items can be found in the Cox Collection stored at the Family History Center right here in Tucson.  Our second presentation will be about the types of documents that are generated when our dearly beloveds departed this world.  Amy Urman will be our presenter for the second session. 

As always, some of our members will be meeting for lunch at 11:30 am in the cafeteria.  Please join us for some pre-meeting genealogy social time.
WhenSat, September 15, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
WhereUniversity of Arizona, College of Medicine, Room 2117 (map)
DescriptionMeeting host Ken Castle 1:15 to 2:00 p.m. The Cox Collection - Barbara Salyer 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. The Paper Trail of Death - Amy Urman

Using Maps in Your Genealogy Research Workshop

Maps are essential tools for the family historian. We use them to locate our ancestor’s farm or home, identify neighbors and other relatives, track migration routes, and provide the locations of local schools, cemeteries and churches. Charles Smith and Marc Kaplan are presenting a workshop on October 6 to help us learn how to effectively use maps in our genealogy research.

Charles Smith, owner and general manager of Tucson’s Map and Flag Center, will lead a brief discussion on how to identify locations on Topographic and other maps, focusing on known features on the Maps. Among the topics will be how to locate points using Latitude and Longitude as well as using Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grid system and a "roamer" to tie in Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates to a map, and vice versa. The discussion will be tied to demonstrations and questions that may come from the audience. We will identify some of the different sources for maps that may be beneficial to finding your ancestors (if you really want to find them!) and discuss Geographic connections to Genealogy.

Charles Smith
Charles has been interested in geography since about the age of seven. When the family took road trips for vacation, he and his brother discovered that gas stations had free maps. So they built decent collections of road maps. Upon joining the boy scouts, Charles picked up an interest in topo maps. He jumped at the chance to work in a field that encompassed his love of maps by accepting a position at Tucson’s Map and Flag Center. After four years, the owner asked if he would be interested in purchasing the store. That was 19 years ago.

Charles combines his love of geography with an interest in genealogy. His mother did extensive research into her family in the 1960s and he has been researching his paternal grandmother’s family. He has found roots in Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, England, Romania, and Scandinavia.

Marc Kaplan will teach you how to use Google Earth to see your ancestral home as it looks today without leaving the comfort of your home. Google Earth uses a virtual globe using satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, etc. You can virtually levitate to your desired location.  Search for location names and much more; even navigate through directions.

Marc Kaplan and Smokey Bear
Marc is employed by the U.S. Forest Service, Coronado National Forest, specializing in analyzing data, making/designing maps with the mapping software ArcGIS (©ESRI), and responding to record requests made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); sometimes these are old records of historic interest on how the Federal  government works—and sometimes include famous people’s names and some not so famous—perhaps yours. He has also served as a volunteer consultant at the Tucson Family History Center for over 20 years and is a member of the Mormon Church which encourages and supports everyone in this great work of searching out our living and dead ancestors who gave us life. He has been a member of the Pima County Genealogy Society since its recent inception. Once a year he has the honor of making living history (video) interviews with World War II veterans associated with the 379th Heavy Bomb Group – the Grand Slam unit. His recent presentations, made jointly or independently, include:  “How to Effectively Use the Internet for Family History Research”, “How to use Maps in Your Family History Research”, “Internet Map Sources Useful in Your Family History Research”, “How to Preserve Your Family Records, “How to transfer Your Older Electronic Records to the Latest in Electronic Formats.”

Join us at 9:30 a.m. on October 6 at the University Medical Center College of Medicine, room 2117 for this exciting event. Preregistration is required—you can find the registration form here or pick one up at the general meeting this Saturday, September 15.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Roots Magic's SIG this Saturday


There will be a Roots Magic Support Group this Saturday, September 1 in Room 2117 at the U of A College of Medicine. I know it is holiday on Monday, but we have missed a couple of months, so I am going for this one.
 
We will probably be having one or two guests or beginners at this meeting. You are welcome to bring a guest if you know of something interested in genealogy software.
 
Bring any questions or problems you are having for discussion. We will also be going over another chapter in the Manual.
 

Free Census Searches at Ancestry.com Aug 29th through Sep 3


News Release from Ancestry.com!

From August 29th through September 3rd, Ancestry.com is opening all of its U.S. census records – FREE. You can start your free census search at www.ancestry.com/census.

Learn about your family’s true story in the census records and see what your own life could have been like as an adult in 1940 with the Ancestry.com Time Machine. Ancestry has an interactive, time-travel experience requires just a handful of information provided by you. In return, you get a custom video featuring YOU in 1940. While it’s not genealogy, it is high-tech fun. Create your own video and share it with your followers. And encourage them to create their own at www.ancestry.com/TimeMachine.  

Another Ancestry tool is the free guide Follow Your Family Using Census Records available at Census Guide

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Free Webinars from the Friends of the National Archives Southeast Region


Friends Webinars
Learning from the Comfort of Your Home

The Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region, Inc., are proud to announce that they now have the capability for offering Webinars to our membership and the general public thanks to the support of TechSoup and Citrix, Inc.
A Webinar is the term used for a Web-based seminar, lecture, or presentation delivered via the Internet. Audience my register and attend (using their computer) from the comfort of their home. If you've never attended a Webinar, Citrix, producers of GoToWebinar have prepared a useful Webinar Attendeed Guide.
Following each event the Handouts, when applicable, will be available on the "Members Only" pages of this website.>
Date
Start Time
(U.S. Eastern Time)
Speaker
Presentation
Brief Description
Register

Mon, 10 Sep
7pm
Sara Brewer
Maritime Records at the National Archives at Atlanta
The maritime history of the South is a treasure trove of exciting information related to ships, lighthouses, and sailors. Learn about historical records from the U.S. Customs Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation held at the National Archives at Atlanta

Mon, 8 Oct
7pm
Kathy Huber
Doing the Dawes: Locating Ancestors on the Final Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes

Free Access to Swedish Genealogy Records this weekend!


NEWS ALERT FROM ARKIVDIGITAL 

ArkivDigital for free August 25-26, 2012

see announcement at:
Every year, at the end of August, we gather to the Swedish Genealogical days. Learn more about the genealogy days (http://www.sfd2012.se).
ArkivDigital is one of the major exhibitors and we are celebrating this year's genealogy days with an offer for everyone: "Free access to ArkivDigital this weekend!". During this weekend (Saturday August 25th until Sunday August 26th 2012, CET) we offer everyone free access to our image database. Take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with Swedish Genealogy research and what we have to offer. 

For English version please read note in yellow below.

How do I research for free this weekend?

To gain access to ArkivDigital free over the weekend August 25-26 2012 you have to do a few things. It is not difficult; just follow the steps below carefully.
  1. Register with us
    • If you have already registered then proceed to paragraph 2.
    • If you are not registered with us previously, you will have to do the following; Go to:http://www.arkivdigital.net/users/register and fill in the information requested. Be especially careful to write the correct email address and password you choose. The password must consist of at least 6 characters and/or numbers.
  2. Installation
    • Install the software ADOnLine2http://www.arkivdigital.net/products/adonline/installation. If you do not have the latest version we advise you to install it. The latest version is called 1.4.2 (rev 610). You can see which version you have if you press the Help menu and then click About in the program.
    • During the installation you will be asked some questions. You must respond to them "in a positive way" and when installation is complete, you will have an icon on your desktop called “ADOnLine2”.
    • Double-click the icon to start the program.
    • Now the login box appears. Fill in your login information (email address and password). Be sure to enter them exactly as you did when you registered - there is an important distinction between uppercase and lowercase letters. If you get an error message regarding your email address, something is not correctly entered. Click to close the error messages and then open the log in box from the File (sv: Arkiv) menu and “Login”. Now the login box appears again. Erase all information and fill in your details again.
  3. Start researching.
    • Once you have logged in the program opens and you can start researching immediately.
    • To the left you will find a list of archives. Find "your" church/archive in the list or type it directly into the search box above – the list will be filtered according to what you type. Then click on the name of the Church (parish) in the list to select.
    • To the right you will find a list of volumes from your chosen parish. Look for the volume you wish to open in the list and double click it with left mouse button to open the volume.
    • When the volume is opened: To browse in the volume, use the buttons -5, -1, +1 and +5 or make a specific choice in the drop-down-list between the -1 and +1-buttons

NOTE:
If you would like to try our new Beta-version of ADOnline, you will be able to switch to English language.
Start installation here: arkivdigital-installer-1.4.3-beta-r654.exe
To change language select "Visa" in the menu and then "Språk/Language".