Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group Starts Up Again in August!

The Family Tree Maker SIG is starting up again and our next meeting will be on Saturday, August 17th beginning at 10:00 am in Room 2500D, just off of the cafeteria at University Medical Center. This meeting is prior to the PCGS monthly meeting 1:00 pm.
If you use Family Tree Maker or are interested in learning more about it, you are encouraged to join our group.  For more information please visit the FTM SIG blog site: http://ftmsig.wordpress.com/

Friday, July 26, 2013

Interesting Article about Proving your Genealogy Research

Here is an interesting article on proving you genealogy research. Keep it in mind if you are one of the many people studying the Mastering Genealogical Proof book by Thomas W. Jones.

Did I Prove It? Ten Questions To Ask Along the Way

by Harold Henderson | Jul 23, 2013


Thursday, July 11, 2013


Ken Castle is looking for volunteers to make presentations during Family History Month at some of the local libraries.  

We currently have 8 interested libraries, some wide open in time, some with specific time slots.  The libraries are all over:

Valencia (near the airport), Mission (southeast Tucson), Joyner in Green Valley, Dewhirst in Catalina north of Tucson, Flowing Wells (west Tucson), Nanini (northwest Tucson), Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr. (also northwest Tucson) and Dusenberry (River and Craycroft). Some additional libraries may join this list.

This is a wonderful opportunity to share family history.

Please contact him at:

or cell phone: 245-8431

Monday, July 1, 2013

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

This just in from FOLD3.COM:
The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863
What can we say today about an event as historically significant and perpetually reviewed as the Battle of Gettysburg? It is seared into our consciousness like no other military engagement—probably as a result of Lincoln's impassioned Gettysburg Address. Or perhaps because the casualty count was the highest ever on American soil, or that this three-day battle was considered a crucial turning point in the Civil War. No matter whether your allegiance favors the North or the South, both nations suffered greatly. Now, one hundred fifty years later, we commemorate it.

The Battle of Gettysburg was fought ferociously and courageously by over 160,000 men over three days—1-3 July 1863—in and around the small rural town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The logistics and strategies of the battle are well documented. Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia fought the Union's Army of the Potomac, led by Major General George G. Meade. Lee's Army made significant progress and gained a good deal of ground during the first two days of battle, yet a Confederate strategy on the third day, known as "Pickett's Charge," was repulsed and the Union forced the Confederates to retreat. The result was a massive Union victory, foiling General Lee's attempted invasion of the north. Casualty estimates range upward of 51,000, including over 7,000 fatalities, with more dying from wounds and infections in the months ahead.

There are grisly stories of the aftermath. The citizens of Gettysburg suffered, too. Thousands of bodies required burial and tens of thousands of injured needed medical treatment. Makeshift hospitals overtook the town. Camp Letterman General Hospital was established east of Gettysburg a few weeks after the battle. It consisted of hundreds of tents and support services. It was winter before the last soldier departed.

It took a week to bury the dead and most were in shallow graves, hastily dug to avoid epidemics. Many Confederates were reinterred years later in southern states, while the Union dead were ultimately reburied in a location set aside a few months after the battle as the National Cemetery at Gettysburg. It was there, on November 19, 1863, that Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. It was two minutes long and less than 300 words, dedicated to "those who here gave their lives" so that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Explore the Civil War Collection on Fold3.com to learn more about the Battle of Gettysburg.

Family Tree DNA Sale - Sale Pricing Good Until July 26th

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Sizzling Summer Sale

Summer is once again upon us and it is time for our Sizzling Summer event! Our successful summers over the last two years have led us to offer you great values again this year.
We have been working with Illumina to offer our Family Finder autosomal test for only $99 during our summer event. In fact, if we receive enough orders at $99, Illumina may be able to help us keep it at this extremely low of rate of $99!
As you take advantage of our summer event, remember that the permanency of the $99 Family Finder test is actually in your hands!
Beginning on Thursday, June 27, 2013 and running until Friday, July 26, 2013, we will offer the following:
Family Finder was $289 Now $99
mtDNA Full Sequence was $289 Now $189
Y-DNA37 was $169 Now $129Y-DNA67 was $268 Now $208
Y-DNA111 was $359 Now $308
Family Finder + Y-DNA37 was $368 Now $228
Family Finder + Y-DNA67 was $467 Now $307
Family Finder + mtDNAFullSequence was $398 Now $288
Comprehensive Genome (Y-DNA67, FMS & FF) was $666 Now $496