Thursday, May 31, 2012

Roots Magic Support Group - June 2

There will be a Roots Magic Support Group meeting on Saturday, June 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Room 2117.
We will take another chapter in the RM Book and discuss the different features. We will also discuss any problems that you all bring to us.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Project to build Online Hub for Archival Materials

Here is an interesting story that may one day influence your genealogy research.

Projects Aims to Build Online Hub for Archival Materials [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

The prototype (SNAC) is up at

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

University of Arizona Library Tour

The University Tour of the Main Library will begin at 10 am this coming Saturday.  Please arrive at least ten minutes early to check in.  This is a pre-paid/pre-registered event and no walk ins will be allowed.  Registered participants will meet at the main doors of the library.  We look forward to showing you the genealogy gems that are housed in this library.

Memorial Day Genealogy Craft Project

The HP website is offering a couple of fun little projects to help you celebrate your military ancestor.  You can find the templates for the project here:
Photo frame
Book plate/bookmark
Have fun!
Here are my completed projects:
Otis Elmer Clark

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists 2012 Annual Meeting

The Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists 2012 Annual Meeting will be at the Family History Training Center 464 East 1st Avenue, Mesa on Saturday June 2nd from 1-4 pm..  Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL will be presenting two lecture via Skype:
"Write As You Go"
"Using the Genealogical Proof Standard in Everyday Problems:  A Case Study"

An optional social time prior to the meeting will be at 11:30 am for lunch at the Landmark Restaurant.

Nonmembers and guest are welcome - space is limited.  Please notify Janet Buchanan at or call 602-687-7030.   Please visit for complete information.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Free Webinars from the Illinois State Genealogical Society

Upcoming Webinars

June 2012
The War of 1812 – America’s “Forgotten” War
  • PresenterPeggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
  • Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • DescriptionThe War of 1812 is one of the forgotten wars of the United States, yet records abound for our ancestors who were willing to fight the British once again.
  • Register:
July 2012
Clue to Clue: Tracking a Family Over Time and Miles
  • PresenterJean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG
  • Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • DescriptionUsing various clues, this presentation shows how to move from one piece of information to the next to piece together the life of an ancestral family.  The steps used are illustrated so that they can be followed by the beginner as well as the seasoned genealogist.  Use of census, probate, property, and personal records, among others, are explained.
  • Register:
 August 2012
Major Midwestern Archives & Their Records
  • PresenterPaula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
  • Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • DescriptionDates, names, ages, relationships, lawsuits, prison records, church records, bibles, probates, and more await us in archives. This presentation highlights some major Midwestern archives and their holdings, finding aids, websites, and special indexes. An overview ill be presented for each state’s archive and some will be covered in greater detail. Archives are not created equally! For the states we are covering this is very evident. Some have a combination state historical society and/or library and the state archives. The websites, research services, online databases, range of holdings, and even the mission statements show big differences. We will also look at other unique archives in the Midwest. The main aim is to show the wealth of material available, how to access it, and why the on-site experience can be so rewarding.
  • Register:
 September 2012
Grandma did What!?: Researching your Famous and Infamous Relatives
  • PresenterGena Philibert-Ortega
  • Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • DescriptionIn order to research infamous ancestors, genealogists have to be knowledgeable about the diverse historical resources available. In this presentation, using various case studies, we  will look at manuscript collections, ephemera, newspapers and repositories available to research your famous or infamous ancestor.
  • Register:
October 2012
Jumping Over Hurdles in German Research
  • PresenterLeslie Albrecht Huber
  • Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • DescriptionHas your German research run into a hurdle? Find out how to jump over some of the most common hurdles such as immigration, access to records, language, and handwriting.
  • Register:
November 2012
Sidestep Genealogy
  • PresenterGeorge G. Morgan
  • Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • DescriptionBrick 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.
  • Register:
December 2012

Ready-Set-Plan! Developing a One-Step Research Plan
  • Presenter: J. Mark Lowe, CG
  • Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • DescriptionLearn a simple technique for breaking down difficult research problems into manageable segments. Learn to get more research done while remaining focused.
  • Register:

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Way to go, y'all!

The Pima County Genealogy Society members have indexed and arbitrated a total of 54,519 records since the release of the 1940 census on April 2nd. With 22 members participating in the project, that makes an average of nearly 2,500 records each. Way to go, y'all!

Three of our members are the biggest contributors to the effort with completion of a little over 21,000 of the records. Those are Candice King, Margaret Ward, and Charlotte Venekamp. Congratulations and a big Thank You for the time you put into this. We will all benefit from the product of this indexing project.

The 1940 Census project reports that it is 40% complete as of early this morning with 1.5 million of the 3.7 million records indexed and arbitrated. Six states are searchable online: Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Virginia. Another eleven states are 100% complete and will be searchable online very soon: Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming. The latest estimate is that the entire census will be indexed in July! It will probably take another month after that for all 50 states to be searchable online. Way to go, y'all!

If you've been thinking about joining the project but have been delaying, now is the time to do it. If you wait much longer, there won't be any 1940 census images left! Go to, download and install the program, register for an account, and start indexing. It's fun and easy and you can do it on your own time. You get to choose which state to index (but not the county) and you get a week to finish the batch. Each batch is one census page with no more than 40 names. Once you get the hang of it you can index a full page in 15 minutes or less.

Keep on Indexing!

Help! Please like us on Facebook!

We only need seven more people to like us on Facebook to allow Pima County Genealogy Society to have full access to the resources of Facebook.  Please stop by our page and like us, just put Pima County Genealogy Society in your search box to find us.

Thank you!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Our next meeting is this Saturday, May 19th

 Our next monthly meeting will be this Saturday, May 19th.  The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with our first program Patriotic Societies with Danna C. Koelling starting at 1:15 p.m.  Our second program Military Service and Pension Records and Civil Service Records by Barbara Salyer (American Revolution), Sherri Hessick (War of 1812) and Pam Ingernamson (The Civil War) will begin at 2:15 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to join  for lunch in the cafeteria at 11:30 for some social time prior to the meeting.  

See you Saturday!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Free Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Free webinars from Legacy Family Tree register at

June 2012
 Researching Your German Ancestors by Kory Meyerink. 6/6.
 Putting Flesh on the Bones by Ron Arons. 6/13
 Marriages and Anniversaries: mining newspapers by Tom Kemp. 6/20
 Staying Safe Using Social Media by Thomas MacEntee. 6/22
 Digital Images: scanning, digitizing, editing, and preserving your photos by Geoff Rasmussen. 6/27

July 2012
 The Quest for your English Ancestors by Claire Brisson-Banks. 7/11
 Plan Your Way to Research Success by Marian Pierre-Louis. 7/18
 The Genealogy Cloud: Which Online Storage Program is Right For You? by Thomas MacEntee. 7/27

August 2012
 Neglected History by Megan Smolenyak. 8/1
 Wikis for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. 8/8
 The 5 C’s for Success in Genealogy Today with Barbara Renick. 8/22
 Building a Family from Circumstantial Evidence by Judy Russell. 8/29

September 2012
 Beyond the Arrival Date: Extracting More from Passenger Lists by Lisa Alzo. 9/5
 What is a ‘Reasonably Exhaustive Search’? by Michael Hait. 9/12
 Using Your Digital Camera to Copy Records by Mary Hill. 9/19
 Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists: FamilySearch, Research Wiki, and Legacy Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen. 9/26
 Getting Started w/Heritage Collector Software by Kathleen Bitter. 9/28

October 2012
 Privacy and Our Ancestors by Thomas MacEntee. 10/3
 Ten Brick Wall Tips for Intermediate Researchers by Marian Pierre-Louis. 10/17
 Your Civil War Ancestors: Beginning Your Research by Michael Hait. 10/24
 Breaking Down Your Irish Brick Wall by Judith E. Wight. 10/31

November 2012
 Researching Your Canadian Ancestors by Claire Brisson-Banks. 11/7
 Genealogy for Novices: Where Do We Begin? by Linda Geiger. 11/14
 The Big 4 U.S. Record Sources by Mary Hill. 11/28
December 2012
 Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Beyond the Basics by Judith E. Wight. 12/5

Sunday, May 6, 2012

FamilySearch: Indiana is not complete!

FamilySearch update from their Facebook page (

Indiana not complete for 1940 Census:

"When we started the Indiana—1940 US Census indexing project, not all of the images and batches were included. We’ve now made all of them available, so Indiana appears on the Download Batch list again in the indexing program. The percentage complete has changed to 18%, instead of 100%. We’re very sorry for the confusion, but we hope all those indexers and arbitrators interested in Indiana will band together to increase that percentage again."

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

University of Arizona Library Tour - Time is running out, register soon!

University of Arizona Tour
Meet at the main doors of the Library 1510 E University Blvd
May 26, 2012 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

The University of Arizona Main Library has a treasure trove of goodies for the genealogist.  The library has county histories, family histories, city directories, research guides, newspaper microfilms, biographical references, maps, obituary indexes – oh the list just goes on and on.  Join us on a tour to locate these wonderful resources.  Handout included.

Reservation Form may be found here: U of A Library Reservation Form
Please fill out page 2 of the form and mail it in no later than May 21st or bring to our May 19th monthly meeting.