Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Gravestone Project Article

Here is an interesting article from MSNBC called Cemetery Science:  Gravestones aplenty and a few dead ends.

Cemetery Science

Tombstone Tuesday - Tombstone looking for a new home - Sarah Ball

Sarah Ball, tombstone from Tioga Cemetery, Pennsylvania (although could be New York).  Tombstone is now in the Tucson, AZ.   Tioga Cemetery was moved but tombstones did not move with it.  They were given away or sold to antiques dealers.  This one came to us through my husband's mother who was an antique dealer in Mosherville/Millerton area of PA.   Sarah's memorial now sits in our side yard.  Who would think to look in people's yards for your lost relative?



Monday, February 27, 2012

Storytellers - Online Writing Group looking for additional member


Storytellers is an online writers group that meets the third Sunday of every month from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.   There are currently four members and we are looking for a fifth to join our group. What makes our group unique is that all meetings are conducted as Google+ Hangout video chats. The beauty of meeting online is that you don’t have to miss a meeting just because you are out of town as long as you have access to the required equipment.

Equipment requirements are a computer, a high-speed internet connection, and a webcam and microphone (most webcams come equipped with built in mics). It is also recommended to use either headphones or earbuds to avoid echoing (caused by your camera’s microphone picking up what is coming out of the computer’s speaker).

We never assign topics—each member chooses what he or she wants to write and the style in which s/he wishes to write it. The topics of the writing varies from personal memoirs to biographies to traditional family histories in the style of NGS Quarterly. The purpose of the group is to improve each person’s writing skills by providing constructive criticism and suggestions about the work submitted. In that spirit, every member of the group is welcome to attend every meeting to provide feedback to the rest of the members, even if s/he has not produced a paper for review that month.

If you are interested in becoming a Storyteller, please email the Pima County Genealogy Society at pimacountygenealogysociety@gmail.com with your contact information. A member of the group will contact you with additional guidelines for joining and to answer any questions you may have.

This week's genealogy activities.........

March 2          1pm - 3 pm     Master Genealogist   Himmel Park Library 1035 N Treat

March 3          9am - 12 pm    Internet Workshop  UMC, 1501 N Campbell, Room 3117 Medical College

March 3          1pm - 3 pm      RootsMagic            UMC, 1501 N Campbell, Room 3117 Medical College                 

Free Genealogy Classes from the Family History Center


The Family History Center is offering repeat classes from the Family History Fair weekly during the months of February, March and April.  "Publishing/Sharing Your Family History Projects" will be taught Feb. 28 and 29.  Call the FHC at 298-0905 for times and to register.  For a complete listing of classes go to see below or go to: https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Tucson_Arizona_Family_History_Center.






Sunday, February 26, 2012

Genealogical Internet Workshop

Don't forget to sign up asap for our Genealogical Internet Workshop this Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 9a - 12 p.  The workshop will be held at the University Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell Ave, College of Medicine, Room 3117 (this is one floor up from our usually location). 



Are you searching for your family tree on the web and not sure where to look?  Do you want to learn how to effectively search through the vast resources on the web to locate useful information on a select topic? This workshop will cover how to use the internet for genealogy. We’ll take a look at some of the more valuable, reliable websites and review strategies for online research. Participants will have the use of their own computer during the workshop.   Handout included.

Registration form is available here: Workshop and Tour Registration


Monday, February 13, 2012

Our next meeting is this Saturday, February 18 - See you there!

Pima County Genealogy Society Meeting
WhenSat, February 18, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
WhereUniversity of Arizona College of Medicine, Room 2117, Tucson, Arizona 
DescriptionMeeting hostess: Barbara Salyer 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Castle Garden and Ellis Island - Leslie Carney 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Tracing Your Ancestors Overseas – presented by Dr. Paul Duffey



February Handout

Please print your own copies of the handout.  Some of us will be having lunch in the cafeteria at noon prior to the meeting, please join us if you have the opportunity! 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Help Session Saturday, Feb. 11th

Help is on the way! Tomorrow, Saturday, February 11 from 1-3 PM in UMC Room 2117. Bring all the information you have on that elusive ancestor and see what Paul Duffey and the other experienced genealogists can help you find!!!

Monday, February 6, 2012


Pima County Genealogy Society

           2012 Workshop/Tour Information and Registration


Genealogical Internet Workshop
University Medical Center, 1501 North Campbell Ave, College of Medicine, Room 3117 (This is not our normal meeting room)
March 3, 2012     9:00 to 12:00 pm

Are you searching for your family tree on the web and not sure where to look?  Do you want to learn how to effectively search through the vast resources on the web to locate useful information on a select topic? This workshop will cover how to use the internet for genealogy. We’ll take a look at some of the more valuable, reliable websites and review strategies for online research. Participants will have the use of their own computer during the workshop.   Handout included.

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.

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.

Click the link below to print reservation form

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Silly Old Snapshot Contest - Maureen Taylor


Maureen Taylor has announced a Silly Old Snapshot contest.  Please visit her website at 
and to vote for your favorite photo! 

What’s your S.O.S.? That’s Silly Old Snapshot for short. Enter your pre-1940 funny family photos* in this contest to win a free consultation from Maureen sponsored by Voicequilt.com, a copy of Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats, a copy of Lisa Louise Cooke’s new book How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers and the right to call your picture an S.O.S.
Also, thanks to Legacy Family Tree, we now have some additional great prizes! Including:
  • Legacy 7.5 Deluxe (Download edition)
  • Google Images and Beyond webinar-on-CD
  • Preserving Your Family Photographs webinar-on-CD
  • Children and Genealogy webinar-on-CD
  • Photo Essentials CD
Here’s how it works.
  • Upload your humorous pictures
  • Get your friends to vote on them (**Please advise your friends that they will receive an email to confirm their vote. They must confirm it for the vote to count)
  • Deadline for submissions is February 25, 2012