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 Aug 29th through Sep 3

News Release from!

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

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 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  

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.>
Start Time
(U.S. Eastern Time)
Brief Description

Mon, 10 Sep
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
Kathy Huber
Doing the Dawes: Locating Ancestors on the Final Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes

Free Access to Swedish Genealogy Records this weekend!


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 (
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: 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 ADOnLine2 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

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".

Monday, August 20, 2012

Free Webinars from Legacy Family Tree

Date presented liveName of WebinarPresenter  
Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

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Building a Family from Circumstantial Evidence. Most genealogists learn very quickly that it's a rare family where direct evidence supplies all the proof needed to connect one generation to another and tie brothers and sisters to each other. In most cases, it's necessary to build the case for family relationships from bits and pieces and hints and clues gathered from a wide variety of sources. Find out more about how to build a family from circumstantial evidence.Judy G. Russell, CGRegister
Wednesday, September 5, 2012.

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Beyond the Arrival Date: Extracting More from Passenger Lists. Passenger lists provide key information about an ancestor’s arrival in the New World. But there are additional hidden clues you on them you might be missing. Learn how to really examine these lists to get more of the story!Lisa Alzo Register
Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

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What is a 'Reasonably Exhaustive Search'? The first step of the Genealogical Proof Standard is to "complete a reasonably exhaustive search for all relevant records" related to your research objective. This presentation discusses what a "reasonably exhaustive search" constitutes, why this is necessary, and how to conduct a search. A case study explores how failing to identify all relevant records can lead to missing information and forming inaccurate conclusions about your ancestors' lives.Michael Hait, CGRegister
Fridays, September 14/21/28, 2012.

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Getting Started with Heritage Collector Software (a Legacy add-on tool for your photos). Whether you are just getting started with organizing your digital photos or have been using the Legacy add-on software, Heritage Collector, to manage your digital collections, you will benefit from this three-class series, taught by Heritage Collector's Kathleen Bitter. You may attend all three or pick and choose what suits your needs. Register once and you are registered for all three classes. September 14/21/28. Class details at registration screen.Kathleen BitterRegister
Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

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Use Your Digital Camera to Copy Records. Learn how to use your digital camera to copy records from microfilm, original sources, books and manuscripts. Know what settings to use on your camera, learn about mega pixels, and how to get the best images possible in various circumstances.Mary HillRegister
Wednesday, September 26, 2012.

2:00 PM Eastern (U.S.)
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Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists: FamilySearch, Research Wiki, and Legacy FamilyTree. Everyone can use a little research help every now and then, right? Learn about best practices in using the latest technology to organize and plan your research strategies. Call on these digital research assistants 24/7. Geoff Rasmussen will educate, compare, and contrast the three major research guidance tools: FamilySearch, Research Wiki, and Legacy Family Tree's Research Guidance. You will learn how to easily keep track of what you've previously researched, as well as plan your research To Do List.Geoff Rasmussen Register
Wednesday, October 3, 2012.

2:00 PM Eastern (U.S.)
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Privacy and Our Ancestors. With all the news about privacy, identity theft and the role of access to vital records, have you ever considered that in 2012 most of us (at least here in the United States) have more privacy than our ancestors? As a result of living in the a digital age ruled by the Internet and social media, is there really less privacy than in prior years? In fact, the reverse is true. Learn what type of information about your ancestors was public and how to find it!Thomas MacEnteeRegister
Wednesday, October 17, 2012.

2:00 PM Eastern (U.S.)
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Ten Brick Wall Tips for Intermediate Researchers. Earlier this year Marian Pierre-Louis gave us " Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners." Now she's back with Ten Intermediate Brick Wall Tips. This next set of tips will stretch your research even further. Marian will demonstrate ways to analyze your research, tweak your methodology and encourage you to look for records off the beaten path. Sign up for this webinar and watch your brick walls start to come tumbling down.Marian Pierre-Louis Register
Wednesday, October 24, 2012.

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Your Civil War Ancestors: Beginning Your Research. Learn how to identify your Civil War ancestors, and what information can be found in the Civil War records. Both Union and Confederate ancestors are covered.Michael Hait, CGRegister
Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

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Breaking Down Your Irish Brick Wall. Where do you turn when you can't find your Irish ancestors in civil registration, church records or what few censuses survive? Experienced researchers dive right in to the Irish estate records. There is a surprising array of material in estate records that can be used to document the tenants who lived on the estates that covered rural Ireland. In this webinar you will learn how to identify the estate where your ancestor lived, repositories where estate records might be found, and what types of records were kept.Judith Eccles WightRegister
Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

9:00 PM Eastern (U.S.)
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Researching Your Canadian Ancestors - an Overview. Got Canadian ancestors? Don't miss this webinar by Claire Brisson-Banks, an accredited genealogist (AG). The key to good research in any country is understanding its history, records and resources. This class will review a timetable and discuss the differences in searching Canadian records versus US records. It will cover a mini-history of the country's growth, census, church, land, and probate records along with online and community resources.Claire V. Brisson-BanksRegister
Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

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Genealogy for Novices: Where Do We Begin? Tips for the beginning genealogist or family historian will be offered including organization skills, home sources, personal interviews, and jurisdiction of some original records.Linda GeigerRegister
Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

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The Big 4 U.S. Record Sources. Research in the United States depends upon census, vital, land, and probate records, the bread and butter of American research. Get an overview of each type of record. Learn where to find them and how to use them effectively in your research.Mary HillRegister
Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

2:00 PM Eastern (U.S.)
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Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Beyond the Basics. As difficult as Irish research is, we can overcome its hurdles if we have a better understanding of the idiosyncrasies of Irish given names, surnames, and place names. Our speaker, Judy Wight, solved the case of Delia Holland - in Ireland she was known as Bridget Houlihan. This webinar discusses situations you may encounter with names and places and provides resources for overcoming these problems.Judith Eccles WightRegister

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Google Presentation Extras

A Google "cheat sheet" with the Google search tips we reviewed at our meeting today can be found Reference Sheet.  The web address for the Google search classes is

Don't forget to explore the more and even more buttons on Google.

Pima County Genealogy Society will be teaching at OASIS this fall

The Pima County Genealogy Society is happy to announce that they will once again be teaching at  OASIS.  The classes are open to anyone fifty years of age and over. They meet at various locations through Pima County.  OASIS will waive the class fee for PCGS Members wishing to attend the classes taught by PCGS, but they will need to pay the "once per trimester" $12 processing fee. Contact the OASIS office for more information at (520) 322-5627. Registration for the Fall trimester begins August 28. You can pick up an advanced copy of the catalog at our August 18 meeting or preview it online here OASIS .  The Fall Trimester Classes PCGS will be presenting are as follows:

501   Finding Digital Needles in the PC Haystack

Are you tired of spending hours locating that single digital record or photograph hidden somewhere in your computer? Learn some simple techniques to organizing and preserving your digital records and photographs so you can find them in just a few minutes.
Instructor: PCGS -  Jodi Lynn Strait
Friday    9/14/12    1:00 - 2:30   
$10    1 Session    Location: Pima Council on Aging  

225   The Blue and The Gray

Did you have a relative who served for either the North or the South in the Civil War? Men born between 1820 and 1845 participated on both sides of the War Between the States, which began on April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter. Some men served as little as 3 months and some served for 3 years. The Civil War involved over 3.5 million and 600,000 deaths. There are military and pension records available depending on whether the soldier was with the Union or with the Confederacy. Learn how to find the records of your Civil War relatives.
Instructor: PCGS - Sherri Hessick
Tuesday    9/25/12    1:00 - 2:30   
$10    1 Session    Location: Atria Bell Court Gardens  

545   The British Are Coming

The American Revolution began on April 19, 1775 and ended in 1783. Men between the ages of 18 and 30 served in the US Military, State Volunteer Units, Local Militia Units and in support of the Americans by providing housing, horses, food, and supplies. Find out how to locate the pension and miltary records of soldiers who fought. Windows' pensions have valuable information. Come learn how to access those records and about the lives of your Revolutionary Ancestors.
Instructor: PCGS - Barbara Salyer
Friday    9/28/12    1:00 - 2:30   
$10    1 Session    Location: Pima Council on Aging  

247   Finding The Living - Expanding Your Genealogy Search Forward

Bring your genealogy forward to find the living. We will go over basic skills to locate long lost family and friends. Connecting with the living is a great way to locate additional family information, history and photos. It may take finding a living member of your extended family to knock down your genealogical brick wall.
Instructor: PCGS - Amy Urman
Tuesday    10/2/12    10:00 - 11:30   
$10    1 Session    Location: OASIS at the Junior League  L

Monday, August 13, 2012

PCGS August Meeting August 18th

We have two wonderful presentations for you this Saturday. They are "Tips and Tricks to Using Google Successfully" and "Using Newspapers to Find Information". Handouts for the presentations have been emailed to members. If you are a member and did not receive an email with the handouts, please contact us at

Some members will be meeting for lunch prior to the meeting at the UMC cafeteria. Members usually begin to arrive for lunch between 11:30 and 12:00. Please join us and tell us about your summer genealogy finds or research.

Meeting host Barara Salyer 1:15 to 2:00 p.m. Tips and Tricks to Using Google Successfully - Amy Urman 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Using Newspapers to Find Information - Jean Banowit

Hope you had a wonderful summer!

October Fest Luncheon

We are so excited to be able to present Steve Packer as a speaker for our October Fest Luncheon Event.  Steve's presentation is called Ach du meine gute! (Where did they come from?) and will discuss German related research.

Steve Packer has served at the Mesa Regional Family History Center since December 2007 and has concentrated on German and German related research.  He teaches about thirty classes a year in his community and enjoys helping others find the solution to their brick walls.

The luncheon will take place at the Benedictine Monastery, 800 County Club Road.  A tour of the Monastery will be available for free  at 11:00 a.m.  The monastery also has a small gift shop with unique gifts made by the sisters  through out the United States.  A perfect place to pick up some Christmas gifts!

Lunch will consist of sandwiches, accompaniments and dessert.  The cost of the event is $12.00 for members and $17.00 for non-members.  Reservations must be received by October 13, 2012.  No walk ins will be permitted.

You can access our flyer/reservation form here :  October Fest Luncheon

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Free Webinars from Illinois State Genealogical Soc.

August 2012
Major Midwestern Archives & Their Records
  • Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
  • Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Dates, 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 will 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
  • Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega
  • Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: In 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
  • Presenter: Leslie Albrecht Huber
  • Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: Has 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
  • Presenter: George G. Morgan
  • Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 8:00 pm Central
  • Description: 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.
  • 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
  • Description: Learn a simple technique for breaking down difficult research problems into manageable segments. Learn to get more research done while remaining focused.
  • Register:

Friday, August 3, 2012

Life after the 1940 census

It's over! As of 2:00 p.m. MDT, the final batch of the 1940 U.S. census was arbitrated and submitted for publication. We finished the indexing portion of the census a full two months early. And we helped -- members of the Pima County Genealogy Society indexed 93,474 records and arbitrated 4,321 records. What a great achievement! Read the FamilySearch blog post Nearing the End of the Marathon for the full story. And while you're there, don't forget to pick up your victor's laurel by folowing the link provided in the post.

FamilySearch Indexing Indexer Badge FamilySearch Indexing Indexer Badge

There are many steps that must be taken to process the indexes, and more were added to increase the quality of this particular index. For those reasons, it will be a few more weeks before the census is fully searchable online at FamilySearch and their partner sites:, and Check out the FamilySearch blog post Paying the Price for more information about the processing. However, if you don't want to wait. announced today that the 1940 census index is complete on their website and free to search until December 2013. This index was done independantly from the US Census Community Project and may be different. If you don't find the household for which you are seeking on one site, always check the other.

But what if you want to keep helping making records available online to genealogists everywhere? Don't despair. The next community indexing project From Sea to Shining Sea has already begun! This is an exciting new project of Immigration and Naturalization records. These projects are available in the download batch list now with the project name beginning with "US (Community Project)" (you can sort the list by Project Name by clicking on the column header.) Visit the FamilySearch blog post From Sea to Shining Sea for a list of projects under this category, some interesting immigration historical facts, links to FamilySearch wiki articles on Immigration and Naturalization, and links to free research courses on using immigration and naturalization records.

If you haven't participated in the indexing program and have been curious about how it works, visit the same blog post to download and install the program, register for a familysearch account, and start indexing. You can always email our society indexing administrator at if you have any questions or need some one-on-one indexing training.

Keep on Indexing!


The RootsMagic group will not meet this Saturday.  Sorry for the inconvenience!

Family Tree's "101 Best Genealogy Websites"

Family Tree Magazine had announced their "101 Best Genealogy Websites".  You can access their list here at 101 Best.  Categories include:
Best Big Websites
Best Websites to Find and Share Family Tree Data Online
Best Old Map and Photo Websites for Genealogy
Best Websites for Genealogy in the USA
Best Websites for Genealogy in New England and the Eastern United States
Best Websites for Midwestern US Genealogy
Best Websites for Western US Genealogy
Best  Websites for Genealogy in Canada
Best Websites for UK and Irish Genealogy
Best Websites for Genealogy in Europe
Best Websites for Genealogy Research in Military Records
Best Websites for Getting Genealogy News

Let us know if your favorite is listed or if you have found a "new" favorite on the list.