Monday, June 17, 2013

Announcing the new Genealogy Research Skills Special Interest Group

PCGS has formed a new Special Interest Group called "Genealogy Research Skills", or GRS SIG for short. Our goal is to study educational books on genealogy research methodology, practice the skills learned, and discuss them for the purpose of improving our genealogy research skills. The first book we will study is Dr. Thomas Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof .

The SIG consists of two teams–one will meet on Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and the other on Wednesday afternoon from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. The teams will meet every other month, beginning in July, on the 2nd Tuesday evening and 2nd Wednesday afternoon of the month.

Both teams will study the same book at the same pace so if someone needs to switch periodically there will be no interruption in their studies. Everyone is expected to read the assigned chapter and do that chapter's exercises before each meeting.

This SIG is open to PCGS members only. If you are interested in joining one of the teams, send an email to with your name, email address, and which team you wish to join. But hurry, because the first meetings are due July 9 (Tuesday) and July 10 (Wednesday) where we will discuss the preface and first chapter exercises.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Registration for the Arizona Guided Research Trip Now Open

PCGS is now accepting registrations for the Arizona Guided Research Trip; an overnight trip to Phoenix and Mesa on November 1 and 2, 2013.

Polly Rosenbaum Archives & History
We will begin our genealogy adventure at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives & History Building in
Phoenix on Friday, 1 November, at 9:30 a.m.  After a tour of the facility, we will travel to the Arizona State Genealogical Library on the 3rd floor of the Capitol Building.  The Genealogy Collection at the Arizona State Archives consists of materials from all 50 states as well as from some foreign countries, family histories, general indexes, journals, ship passenger lists, atlases and biographical encyclopedias. The State Buildings close at 5:00 p.m. at which time we will dismiss to the hotel.

Mesa FamilySearch Library
The following morning at 9:00 a.m., we will arrive at the Family History Training Center in Mesa for a lecture on navigating their website and a review of what is available at the library.  From there, we will commence to the Mesa FamilySearch Library at 10:00 a.m. for personal research. The Mesa FamilySearch Library, the largest Family History Center outside of Utah, is a branch of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Its holdings consist of over 700 Commercial CDs with genealogical research data, 40,000 books, 81,000 rolls of microfilm, 52,000 microfiche and more. The library closes at 5:00 p.m. and we will return to Tucson.

Your package includes a pre-trip class which will provide information needed for researching at the libraries we will be visiting, tips on organizing your research, and an opportunity to network with your fellow genealogists prior to the trip. It also includes transportation, handouts, and private behind-the-scenes tours with experienced archivists at all three locations. Individuals are responsible for making their own hotel reservations and meal costs. A block of reduced price rooms are available at Days Inn, 1750 E. Main St., Mesa for $54.99 (plus tax) for double occupancy or queen. The hotel offers a complimentary continental breakfast and free wifi. Instructions for obtaining the discount priced reservation will be emailed at the time of registration for the trip.

Space is limited to 40 people; preference will be given to PCGS members. Be advised that PCGS may cancel the trip if less than 15 participants are registered. Were this to happen, a full refund would be made of the amount paid to PCGS.

Preregistration is required and registration deadline is 21 September. Click here to download the registration form.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June Monthly Meeting - June 15th

Our monthly meeting is this Saturday, June 15th.  Please join us!

15 June 2013  -   Medical Research Building Room 102 
1:15 – 1:45 p.m.        Fraternal Organizations – Barbara Salyer
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.        Collateral Research-A Backdoor Approach to Finding Your Family  – 
                                     Jean Banowit 

Don't forget  that we're meeting in a different location while our normal room is being renovated.
WhenSat, June 18, 1:00pm – 3:30pmWhereUniversity of Arizona, Medical Research Building Room 102 - 1656 Mabel Street located at the Southeast corner of Cherry and Mabel. Parking available in lot in front of the building.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

“Preserve Your Treasures: How To Remove Photos from a Sticky Album”

“Preserve Your Treasures: How To Remove Photos from a Sticky Album” — Smithsonian Archives Conservation

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Legacy Tucson Users Group meeting June 8

The next Legacy Tucson Users Group meeting is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Family History Center, 500 S. Langley.

This month's topic is Take a note: using Research, Medical, and Event notes in Legacy. The presentation will be followed by open discussions where we can all share something new that we may have learned about Legacy or try to work out solutions to questions that we might have. Please come prepared with your tips, questions, and with ideas for future presentations. Click here for the presentation schedule. Feel free to bring your laptops if you desire.