Friday, March 30, 2012

Who's On First

There are less than 4 days until the release of the 1940 census!!! There is substantial work to be accomplished by FamilySearch to prepare the images for indexing. This first batches will be available sometime in the afternoon on April 2. But which states will be the first to beavailable for indexing? A little birdie told me that there will be five states available to download for indexing by 7 p.m. (Arizona time) on Monday, April 2: Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Oregon, and Virginia. If one of those states is the one you are most interested in, you are in luck.

But if you want a different state, don’t despair. All 50 states will be available within 10 days of the initial launch.

If you haven’t registered as an indexer yet, go to and click on the red “Download the Indexing Software” button at the bottom. Install the software, create a FamilySearch account with “Pima County Genealogy Society” as your Group, take the tutorial, and start indexing! If you already have a FamilySearch account, you can align yourself with us by following these steps:
1.      Go to
2.      Sign In with your FamilySearch account (top right of your browser window)
3.      Click on “My Info” (top right of your browser window)
4.      Click on the Edit button
5.      Under the Additional Indexing Information section, select “Group or Society” in the Local Support Level field
6.      Select “Pima County Genealogy Society” in the Group field
7.      Click the Save button

Or you can email our group administrator at with your FamilySearch User Name (NOT password) and she can move you into the group.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bradley W Brock

It is with great regret that I share a passing our one of our members Bradley W. Brock.  A service is being held on Palm Sunday, April 1 at 3pm at Desert Gardens Presbyterian Church.  Please keep his family in your thoughts.  Below is the obituary that ran in the Arizona Daily Star. 

Bradley Warren Brock, 56, died at home in Tucson on March 20, the first day of spring, from cholangiocarcinoma. He was a warrior, as his oldest son put it, in his four year battle with this disease. Brad was so prepared and did his very best to prepare his family. He was valiant, so connected and grounded in his approach to everything he did. So many memories will always be treasured.

He was born on July 18, 1955 in Greenwich, CT to Warren Heath Brock, MD and Priscilla Ellen (Golden) Brock. He is a 1973 graduate of Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Brad maintained close friendships with his longtime childhood friends and former IBM associates where he worked for 33 years in several states.

Brad was past Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 141 at the Tanque Verde Lutheran Church, 8625 E Tanque Verde Rd 85749. He was recognized with Pilot Certification from US Power Squadrons, Sigma Delta Pi­Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society 1973, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and IBM Quarter Century Club, 2003. Among many things he enjoyed were sailing, hiking, camping, backpacking, genealogy, and the Cornell Ornithology Bird Watch program.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara B. Brock, and two sons, Alexander James Brock, and Patrick Warren Charles Brock, and their dog Missy, all of the home address. He is also survived by two brothers and three sisters: Stephen Brock, Croyden, NH; Christopher W. Brock, Milford, NH; Lauretta Brundage, Springfield, NH; Barbara Marsh, New Hartford, CT; and Heather Benotti, Stratham, NH, and several nieces, nephews, many friends and associates near and far. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Warren Randall Brock of New Hampshire.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. April 1 at Desert Gardens Cumberland Presbyterian Church where he is a member, 10851 E. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, with Pastor Jerry Hagelin presiding. Family and friends are invited to gather afterward at the family's home. 

Another memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, New London, NH. Final details will be published in local newspapers.

Brad's desire was that any tax deductible donations be made to Friends of Saguaro National Park; PO Box 18998; Tucson, AZ 85731-8998 -or- BSA Scout Troop 141; c/o Treasurer D. Winston;
3581 N Pelligrino Dr.; Tucson, AZ 85749

1940 Census First Weekly Contest Ends March 30

1940 Census First Weekly Contest Ends March 30
The 1940 Census Community Project is hosting games and awarding prizes during the length of the project. If you are registered as an indexer with the Pima County Genealogy Society group, you are automatically registered for the games and contests. You will need to perform a specific task each week in order to be eligible for that week’s drawing. Visit the link below to find out what the tasks are for this week’s prizes.
This week is all about getting prepared to index the 1940 U.S. Census when it's released in April.  Enter this week's contest to reward yourself for getting prepared!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Celebrate the Launch of the 1940 Census!

The Tucson Arizona Family History Center (500 S. Langley) will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 2 to help the community register and start indexing. There will be big band music and refreshments. Bring your friends, neighbors, and family in for a few minutes to be a part of this historic event. You may wish to bring a laptop in case all the computers get busy.

Photo: Census Bureau employees review punch cards containing data from the 1940 census. Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Where Do I Find Grandpa G. I. Joe in the 1940 Census?

The enumerator was instructed to enumerate every living person whose usual place of residence was in their district, including persons temporarily absent. These persons were to be marked with “Ab” after their names. There were a few exceptions to that rule, however.
·        Military personnel were enumerated as residents of the place where they were stationed whereas members of their families were enumerated at the place in which they resided.
·        Officers of merchant vessels under the American flag were enumerated at their homes on land.
·        The crews of American merchant marine vessels were enumerated as part of the population of the port from which the vessel operated.
·        Members of the household attending the Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, or any other training school operated by either the War Department, the Navy Department, or the United States Coast Guard were enumerated as residents of those institutions.
·        Student nurses away from home were enumerated as residents of the hospital, nurses’ home, or other place in which they lived while receiving their training.
·        Inmates of a mental institution, nursing home, home for the blind and deaf, soldiers’ home, reformatory, prison, home for orphans, or any other institution in which the inmates may remain for long periods of time were enumerated as residents of the institution.
·        Prisoners of jails were enumerated at the jail no matter the length of the sentence.
·        Hotels, tourist or trailer camps, missions, and cheap one-night lodging houses (flophouses) were enumerated as of the night of April 8. All residents of those places on that night were enumerated on separate sheets numbered serially beginning with 81 so that the numbers would not overlap the numbers assigned to schedules used for persons enumerated in regular order.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Training Classes for Indexing the 1940 Census

The Tucson Arizona Family History Center (500 S. Langley) is offering a training class for indexing the 1940 census at noon on April 11. Please call 298-0905 to sign up.

Online training webinars will be broadcast in March, April, and May at 5:00 p.m. Fifteen minutes prior to the webinar start time, go to, click the date, login as a guest user, and follow the prompts to enter the Meeting ID.

It will be necessary to either call in or to request that the organizers call you to listen to the presentations.
        Intro to Indexing (Meeting ID: 6310)
       Tuesday:  March 20 and March 27
        Tips & Tricks for Indexing the 1940 Census (Meeting ID: 8496)
       Wednesday:  April 18, April 25 and May 2

Monday, March 19, 2012

Discover Who You Know in the 1940 Census!

Join the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project, an historic national service project to preserve and share online the records of the “greatest generation.” You can make a difference by transcribing the census records in your local area—giving others the opportunity to connect with their past, while at the same time connecting with your own.

History is waiting. Get started today!

Visit and register with your local project team: Pima County Genealogy Society.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March Meeting this Saturday, March 17th

University Medical Center (UMC) Room 2117 - Jo Clark meeting hostess
1:15 to 1:45 p.m.  The 1940 Census Is Coming In Sixteen Days –Sherri Hessick and Pam Ingermanson
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Hunting the Living - Finding Your Relatives, Classmates, and Old Flames - Amy Urman

Feel free to dress with a 1940's flair!  Members are invited to meet prior to the meeting for lunch in the cafeteria from 11:30 am to 12:45.

Don't forget to print out your own copy of the handout.  The handout can be found here:  March handouts  

Monday, March 12, 2012

March 17th monthly meeting - 1940's Census and Finding the Living

1:15 to 2:00 p.m.The 1940 Census Is Coming In 13 Days - Sherri Hessick and Pam Ingermanson
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Hunting The Living-Finding Your Relatives, Classmates, Old Flames - Amy Urman

University Of Arizona Medical Center 1501 North Campbell Avenue, Room 2117

The March meeting is going to be really fun, especially if we all dress up a little like the 1940s. I promised I would send some examples. Here are some links of websites with pictures of clothing, hairstyles, hats, etc. for both men and women in the 1940s. I didn’t bother with shoes since that would be a little more difficult to come up with without spending a bunch of money.

I sorted the links by the type of item (i.e. clothing, hair, etc.) with a little explanation of what it holds. At the bottom, I provided the links again, but just the links, and sorted by gender, mostly so the men won’t have to weed through the verbiage about the women’s styles and vice-versa.

There are also tons of Youtube videos on how to fix the hair (both men and women) and more of the clothing, etc. You can always Google it and see what you come up with in addition to all the below.

Women wore below the knee, flared skirts and shoulder pads. Leg makeup and line drawn down the back of the leg to simulate the seam. See Patterns and Images from 1940-1949

Men wore suits or military uniforms. Seems they still wore the zoot suit in early 1940s, carried over from 1930s, but also pin-stripe suits. Here are some examples: There’s an article about mens fashion in the 1940s here

Here is another website that has mostly women, but also some men, fashions from the 1940s. It also has examples of women’s trousers…high waisted and very full legs with cuffs.

Women’s hair is parted on the side and curly. Seems to be pulled back and bobby-pinned on one side. See 1940s hairstyles

Men’s hair is slicked back and parted on the side. Or they had crew cuts or flat tops since the war began. See
Men also had pompadours with their slicked back hair. Here is a website with instructions on how to do it.

Women wore hats, lots of hats! This website has some examples of hats and hairstyles in the 40s: They also wore crocheted snoods. See And for a really casual look, they wore bandanas like Rosie Riveter. Instructions for how to tie a bandana 1940s style is here

Men also wore hats, mostly wide-brimmed fedoras. And, of course, they also had a pipe.

Red lipstick and nail polish that matched your clothes. They put a little “bow” at the tips of the mouth with the lipstick. Good examples are at  and the Vintage Make-up Guide



Speaker's Needed!

The Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists will be holding its annual meeting in Phoenix at the end of May.  At this time we are looking for speakers who would like to present at this meeting.  If you have a topic close to your heart that you would like to speak about, please contact Barbara Ball -  You can visit our website at

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Free Webinars - Monday, March 12th. Apr 9th, May 14th, June 11

The Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region, Inc., are please to present Using U.S. Federal Records to Locate the Townland of Your Irish Ancestors   
Donna Moughty, our presenter, will focus on U.S. resources can give you a real passport to finding your way to the right place and time in Ireland.

Monday, March 12, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm Eastern
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Future Webinars
  • Apr. 9, 2012: War of 1812 Records with Shane Bell
  • May 14, 2012: Social Networking: New Horizons for Genealogists with Thomas MacEntee
  • Jun 11, 2012: Railroad Retirement Records & CCC Records with Maureen Hill

Monday, March 5, 2012

DNA Group to meet March 10

This Saturday, March 10, at 1-3 PM at UMC Room 2117 will be the DNA help session. Bring your DNA questions, and make sure your data is entered in whatever is the proper website, and let's see what we can find! Paul Duffey

Friday, March 2, 2012

Pima County Genealogy Society Joins the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project

Pima County Genealogy Society has joined forces with genealogy societies and organizations around the country as part of the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. The initiative aims to publish a free, online searchable name index of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census after images of the census are released to the public in April 2012.   This online index will be free forever, offering family history researchers a rich genealogical data set for their ongoing use. Three leading genealogy organizations,, FamilySearch International,, launched the initiative at the end of last year, and the project is already engaging volunteers to help provide this invaluable resource to family historians around the world as soon as possible.

The index created by the project will allow the public to easily search every person found in the census and view digital images of the original census pages where he or she is listed. The highly anticipated 1940 U.S. Census is expected to be the most popular U.S. record collection released to date.

“The 1940 Census is attractive to both new and experienced researchers because most people in the United States can remember a relative that was living in 1940. It will do more to connect living memory with historical records and families than any other collection previously made available,” said David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch.

The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project is also receiving support from leading societal organizations like the Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society, and Ohio Genealogical Society, as well as other societies around the United States.

Go to and register to participate with our society.  Simply select Pima County Genealogy Society on the profile screen when creating your account. Every new person indexing with our society gets us closer to milestones that qualify us for incentives provided by the sponsors of the project, so sign up today!