Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tucson Oasis Class Schedule

Pima County Genealogy Society will be presenting several classes through Oasis.  Subjects and information about the classes are listed below.  Pima County Genealogy Society members are entitled to a reduced fee for each class. Please notify Oasis when registering that you are a member.

Oasis is an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of mature adults (50+) through programs in the arts, humanities,technology and volunteer service.  Please visit their website at for additional information about the classes and registering.

Thank you to our members that are volunteering their time to teach at Oasis:  Colleen McHugh, Jodi Strait-Shutts, Barbara Salyer, Amy Urman, Sherri Hessick, and Barbara Ball.

Tucson Oasis Class Schedule
(Listed in Winter Trimester Catalog, January 2012)
February 21, 2012 – Tuesday 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. - Junior League Office, 2099 E. River Road
        Say Cheese! Interpreting Clues in Ancestors’ Photos  (Class #262)
        Instructors:   Jodi Strait-Shutts and Sherri Hessick 
        We will discuss the different types of photographs and the dates when they were in use. There are several published sources and websites that may be of help in dating photographs. We will also talk about the different ways of preserving your photographs, including scanning.
February 24, 2012 – Friday – 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Junior League Office, 2099 E. River Road
        Diggin’ Up Those Bones -- Exploring Your Family History (Class #540)
        Instructor:        Barbara Salyer and Amy Urman
        This is a class for those who are interested in finding out more about their ancestors.  We will explore how to begin searching or how to continue your research. What  records are you looking for? We will discuss how to locate pictures and documents, as well as give you tips on communicating and corresponding with relatives. We will also give you suggestions on planning your research and finding available resources.
March 12, 2012 – Monday – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Junior League Office, 2099 E. River Road
        March Forth! Did Your Ancestor Serve in the Military? (Class #155)
         Instructors:  Barbara Salyer and Sherri Hessick
        Discussion of military records for World Wars I and II, and Spanish-American War, Civil War and American Revolution. Pension records and military records are available for some military conflicts. A military record may tell you medical information on your soldier. Personnel records are available for civilians who worked for the military. Draft registration records for men of age to serve in the military give information on an individual – although he never actually served in the military.
April 6, 2012 – Friday 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. -- Junior League Office, 2099 E. River Road
        Thrifty Tips and Tricks for Researching Your Family on the Internet (Class #546)
        Instructors:  Amy Urman and Barbara Ball
        We will be reviewing a number of free sites as well as some of the more valuable sites that require a subscription. We will also tell you about the subscription sites that are available free at LDS Family History Centers.

Family History Center - Classes at the Langley location

The Family History Center will be offering repeat classes from the Family History Fair weekly during the months of February, March and April.  "Getting the Most Out of" will be taught Feb. 7 and 8.  Call the FHC at 298-0905 for times and to register.  Additional classes on different subjects will be offered, please contact FHC for more information.

The center is located at 500 S. Langley, Tucson, AZ  85710.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

1940 Census - FamilySearch

FamilySearch has a fun article on the 1940 census titled: 

1940 U.S. Census Is Coming! Don't Flip Your Wig. FamilySearch Is Cooking with Gas. You can access the Wiki article here

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

French Translation - Geneabloggers Rock!!!!!

On November 28, 2100 one of our members posted the following:

One of our society members is looking for assistance to translate French in old (1900) handwriting. We all know how "maddening" it is to have a source and not be able to read it.  Attached below is a sample of the material that needs translation:

Fellow Geneablogger Susan Fenn sent in the following translation:

Dear and venerable parents,

The 50 years spent in the midst of a family which was the object of your care, that you love, and to which you were always the most noble of examples, have been very short, since already time, which passes so quickly, is   leaving almost imperceptible traces.

But we, we who are your children, we who have the memories of the heart, we who have known your generous devotion, know well that these years passed in work and in the inevitable difficulties of life, which we do not doubt ...

Thank you Susan!

Monday, January 16, 2012

This week's genealogy opportunities:

Green Valley Genealogical Society
WhenThu, January 19, 1pm – 3pm
WhereSt. Francis In The Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S. La Cañada Drive, Green Valley (map)
Description PROGRAM: "Collateral and Allied Families" SHORT SUBJECT: "Family Legends and Fables" -- Gordon Gray

Arizona Family History Expo - Mesa
WhenJan 20 – 21, 2012
WhereMesa Convention Center 263 N. Center Street, Mesa, Arizona (map)
DescriptionSee for registration and information regarding classes and vendors.

Pima County Genealogy Society General Meeting
WhenSat, January 21, 2:00pm – 4:30pm
WhereJoel D. Valdez Main Library 101 N. Stone Ave. (map)
DescriptionParking is free in the library's parking garage and nearby meters. 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. Organizing Yourself to Organize Your Research presented by JoAnn Thiabault 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Genealogy Fair – Software Demonstrations Library directions and parking information can be found at:

Monday, January 9, 2012

January 14, 2012 - DNA Special Presentation

DNA molecule
This Saturday at 1 - 3 PM in Room 2117 at UMC Matt Kaplan will present information on use of DNA in genealogy research. He has some new material on analyses of genes responsible for certain medical conditions. Matt is the director of the U of A testing lab for DNA specimens from Family Tree DNA and also National Geographic Genographic Project. Bill Peckat wil host the room and introduce Matt. Matt is a master presenter, and explains the science in a very understandable way. If you have any interest in DNA, don't miss this presentation!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

National Archives Posts Genealogy Lectures on YouTube

National Archives Press Release January 4, 2012
For the first time, the National Archives has launched online videos of its most popular genealogy “how to” workshops. These videos cover “hot topics” in genealogical research such as census, immigration and military records. Now, these popular workshops led by National Archives experts are available on the National Archives YouTube channel [].
The National Archives-produced Know Your Records video shorts cover the creation, scope, content, and use of National Archives records for genealogical research. "The National Archives is proud to make our most popular genealogy lectures available online and ready for viewing by anyone, anywhere, at any time," said Diane Dimkoff, Director of Customer Services.
Genealogy Introduction: Military Research at the National Archives: Volunteer Service (8:22) []
Archives specialist John Deeben discusses compiled military service records at the National Archives.
Genealogy Introduction—Military Research at the National Archives: Regular Service (6:11) []
Archives Specialist John Deeben explains how to use Army and Navy registers of enlistment and rendezvous reports for research.
Genealogy Introduction—Military Research at the National Archives: Pension Records (9:04)
Archives Specialist John Deeben discusses how to research military service using pension records dating from 1775 to 1916. Deeben shows samples of both Revolutionary War and Civil War pensions.
Genealogy Introduction—Immigration Records at the National Archives (11:57)
Archives Specialists Katherine Vollen and Rebecca Crawford provide an overview of immigration records from 1800 to 1957, including Customs Service and Immigration and Naturalization records, as well as records of ports and border crossings.
Genealogy Introduction: Census Records at the National Archives (11:57)
Genealogy expert Constance Potter shares tips and strategies for researching U.S. Federal Census Records 1790 to 1930, and explains how they can be used for genealogical research.

Background on “Know Your Records” programs

The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. The Know Your Records Program offers opportunities for staff, volunteers, and researchers to learn about these records through lectures, ongoing genealogy programs, workshops, symposia, the Annual Genealogy Fair, an online genealogy tutorialreference reports for genealogical research, and editions of Researcher News for Washington DC area researchers.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Pinal County Genealogy Workshop - January 28th

The Pinal County Genealogists in Casa Grande, AZ will hold their
ninth annual workshop on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1555 N. Colorado, Casa Grande,
AZ. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the first session starts at 9:00 a.m.

There will be 19 sessions, some of which will be the basic favorites.
At the opening session you will learn of the changes at
Of special interest to beginning genealogists is "Unpuzzle Your Past - One Piece at a Time".
There will be topics never before presented.

Click here for session descriptions.
Click here for speaker biographies.
Click here for a registration sheet you can print.

Click here for the workshop syllabus.
Registration $20.00 (Lunch & Syllabus included)                
At the Door $25.00 (Lunch & Syllabus not guaranteed)
You can print off the entire syllabus or whichever classes you wish.
Printed copies of the syllabus will be in each registrant's packet the day of the workshop.

For further information please contact Linda at 520-836-1876.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Green Valley Genealogical Society January Program and Feb. Seminar Info

January 19, 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: “Collateral and Allied Families” by Edie Sly.  If you're up against a brick wall in your research, you'll want to hear how collateral and allied research might help you.  Edie has been doing family history research for 25 years, mostly in the Midwest but also in records of Norway, Denmark, and Germany.  She has presented various topics for the GVGS, ASGS, Pinal County Genealogists, Sun City Vistoso, Voyager RV Resort, and the Las Cruces (NM) Genealogy Society. 

Short Program:  Gordon Gray will present “Family Legends and Fables”.  Besides being the GVGS Librarian, Gordon is owner of the GrayLine Group LLC, a genealogy and family history research business, and has been active in a number of genealogical societies. 
Exciting genealogy items are featured as Door Prizes, Silent Auctions, and Raffles at our meetings.  Visitors welcome; refreshments will be served.  Contact JoAnn Herbst (396-4630 or for more information.

Information for the Annual Genealogy Seminar on Feb. 18, 2012 featuring Tom Jones, a nationally know speaker, is available at  Unfortunately the workshop is filled. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Our next society meeting is January 21st - Get Organized for 2012

WhenSat, January 21, 2:00pm – 4:30pm
WhereJoel D. Valdez Main Library 101 N. Stone Ave. (map)
DescriptionParking is free in the library's parking garage and nearby meters.
2:00 to 2:45 p.m. Organizing Yourself to Organize Your Research presented by JoAnn Thiabault 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Genealogy Fair – Software Demonstrations Library directions and parking information can be found at:

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

DNA - Dr. Matt Kaplan to Speak

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. This program begins at 1:00 p.m.  Don't miss this opportunity!