Sunday, December 28, 2014

RootsMagic SIG 10-noon Jan 3, 2014

Join us for the RootsMagic Special Interest Group, Saturday Jan 3.  We will be meeting in Dining Room D off the Cafeteria at the University of Arizona Medical Center.  We will learn to export a gedcom, import a gedcom, and compare two databases in this session.

Monday, December 1, 2014

PCGS Members: DNA Special Interest Group Meets Saturday December 6th

DNA SIG meets this coming Saturday, December 6, from 1-3 PM in a new location, UMC Room 2406. The subject will be “How DNA confirms my paper trail medieval lineage back to 450 AD” with the sources I used. Also if you need help exploring your DNA, bring your kit number and password and see what we can find.  Seating limited to 30.   Paul Duffey

Directions to UMC Room 2406

1.     Enter main door of Hospital at top of horseshoe drive.
2.     You are facing a wall of square glass bricks – turn left.
3.     Jog a slight left into the hallway.
4.     Pass the pharmacy.
5.     Go through the last door on the right before the
double glass door exit. This is 115 feet or 42 man paces from the front door.
6.     Enter the first room on the left 2406.

See you there!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

General Meeting This Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sherri Hessick will present: Pajama Skill Building: Podcasts and Webinars. 

Steve Schuldenfrei will present: What are Two Jews doing in the Klondike? 

We will be meeting in our normal room 2117 in the University of Arizona Medical Center.  

We would love to see you before the meeting for lunch in the cafeteria beginning at 11:15 am!

Friday, November 7, 2014

GeneaPress: Free Access to ArkivDigital on November 8-9

Do you have Swedish relatives?  Free access to ARKIVDIGITAL's entire online historical archive November 8-9.  Records include church books, estate inventories, ship manifest, military and court records.
 Please visit GeneaPress: Free Access to ArkivDigital on November 8-9 for more information.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

WVGS Annual Seminar featuring Dr. John Colletta

WVGS Annual Seminar

Full Day Seminar - Saturday, February 21, 2015

Registration 8:30 - 9:00 am, Seminar 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Lakeview United Methodist Church - Smoot Hall

10298 West Thunderbird Road, Sun City, AZ.

Our speaker this year will be Dr. John Colletta. Those who have enjoyed one of Dr. Colletta’s lectures always are anxious to hear him again. Using engaging case studies and real-life examples, he combines his years of research experience and his proficiency in European languages and history with a sense of humor and the ability to make our ancestors come alive.

The topics he will be speaking about, are the following:

Passenger Arrival Records, Colonial Times to Mid-20th Century

This lecture begins with a discussion of sources for discovering the arrival time and place—and perhaps the ship—of an immigrant to colonial America. It then explores U.S. passenger arrival records, especially 1820-1957, available on microfilm and the Internet. It suggests what facts you need to begin your search and explains step-by-step how to conduct that search. Specific examples illustrate how to use Web sites, National Archives microfilmed indexes, book indexes, and other research tools.

Naturalization Records, Colonial Times to Mid-20th Century

This lecture addresses the legal means by which non-British settlers in colonial America could become naturalized citizens of Great Britain. It then explains U.S. naturalization laws and processes, which began in 1790, and describes the records that resulted from them. It considers the naturalization of both alien classes and individuals, and provides guidance on how to find an ancestor’s records, whether the naturalization occurred in a municipal, state or federal court. Pertinent research tools such as Internet sites, manuals and indexes are all demonstrated.

Lesser-Used Federal Records: Sources of Rich Detail about Ancestors’ Lives

Whenever the path of an ancestor’s life intersected with a federal government agency, paperwork was created. That paperwork fills our National Archives. Most of it has not been indexed, published, microfilmed or digitized, but some of it has. This lecture explores some of the more easily accessible paperwork that provides rich biographical detail about our ancestors. Discussion includes a selection from the following: 1) passport applications, 1791-1925; 2) homestead files, beginning 1863; 3) Civil War Income Tax records, 1862-72; 4) The Journals of Congress, 1789-1873; 5) Appointments of Postmasters, 1789-1971; 6) Federal Court records, 1789-1911; and 7) Civil War draft registrations, 1863-65.

Our Immigrant Ancestors: Pulling Together Each One’s Unique Personal Story

The immigrant experience was not the same for every one of the millions of English, Irish, Italians, Germans, Jews, and others who came to America. Each immigrant’s story is unique. Using three 19th-century case studies, this lecture describes the original records and published materials available to discover the particular facts of your own ancestor’s story. It discusses how to evaluate those facts and assemble them into a story that conveys both the drama and individuality of your ancestor’s emigration/immigration experience.

For more information about Dr. Colletta, check out his website,

Registration fee of $40 before 12/31/14; $45 effective 1/1/15
includes: Program, Contint'l Breakfast, Box Lunch, Beverages and Prizes.

Click here for the seminar flyer which has all the details about the seminar and can be printed for convenience to register for the seminar.

Free Findmypast World Subscription Access this Veterans Weekend

Enjoy a free Findmypast World subscription this weekend

5 November, 2014

This Veterans Weekend, we want to help everyone find their First World War ancestors and learn more about their family history.

So we’re delighted to announce that this Veterans Weekend, we’ll be opening up our archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. That means that between 7am on Friday, November 7th and 7am on Monday, November 10th (EST), absolutely everyone will have access to all our historical records, including:
  • Global record sets that include census, birth, marriage, and death records from the 1600s to the present.
  • Millions of global newspapers spanning from 1710 to 2014.
  • Largest collection of local English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish records dating back to 1500.
  • Military records dating from 1760, encompassing the Civil War, World War I and World War II.
  • Passenger lists and naturalizations, covering the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, and beyond.
  • Local histories, genealogies, and exclusive access to the PERiodical Source Index
As well as millions of other records that will give everyone the opportunity to explore their family history this Veterans Weekend.

Findmypast Live Broadcast

This Saturday 8th November, we will be hosting our first ever Live Broadcast – a series of short, live presentations from our resident family history experts and special guests that will ensure you get the most out of your free Findmypast World access. To find out more about our Live Broadcast, head to our Broadcast page, read the programme and speaker biographies on our blog, or follow us onTwitter throughout the day using the hashtag #FMPLive.
If you’re a Findmypast Local customer, you’ll be given free access throughout the weekend to all of our international records, so you can research any of your ancestors who may have moved around the world. Because we don’t want anyone to miss out, we’ll be adding three free days to Findmypast World 12 month subscriptions, meaning everyone has a weekend on the house.
If you have any questions regarding our free weekend or Live Broadcast, let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or contact our dedicated support team at We hope you enjoy exploring all our records for free, and discover more about your family’s history this Veterans day weekend!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Land Workshop featuring Michelle Roos Goodrum November 22, 2014

We are pleased to have Michelle Roos Goodrum as our featured speaker for our last 2014 workshop.

Ms. Goodrum is a family historian, genealogist and writer with a passion for photography, researching land records, and organization.  She is the author of Digging For Ancestors:  An In-Depth Guide to Land Records, and a regular contributor to The In-Depth Genealogists, a digital community that contributes to the advancement of all genealogists.  Michelle also pens the monthly column Timeless Territories and contributes regular blog posts.  

Her topics for this workshop are:

Federal Land Records:  Digging for Ancestors at the BLM Website

Searching For Land Records

Location:  University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N.                             Campbell, Tucson, AZ

                Room 2500 C & D (just off the cafeteria)
                Parking in the visitor lot is free.

Workshop Fees:  $12.00 for PCGS Members

                           $15.00 for Non-Members

Registration forms may either be mailed in or brought to our next general meeting November 15.



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ISFHWE 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2015.

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE)

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2015. 
The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:

Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2014. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or fewer. These are entries from the author’s regular column-not features. Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).
Category II -- Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2014 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.

Category III – Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in
2014. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. These may be print or online newsletters. The once-a-year newsletters usually sent at Christmas do not qualify for this competition as two issues from the same calendar year are needed.
Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category V– Unpublished material - Published Authors. This category is for original unpublished genealogically related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category VI – Poetry. This category is for original content (published in 2014 or unpublished), that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. Certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards will be announced in September 2015.

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count.  Send entries to:

Appropriate entry fee(s) - and membership dues to receive the discount - may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at
Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition - Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to:

For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at:

Mark your calendars - Green Valley Genealogical Society announces Judy Russell as their seminar speaker Feb 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015   9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Green Valley Genealogical Society, Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley.
SEMINAR: "GENEALOGY and THE LAW" by Judy Russell, Certified Genealogical Lecturer

TOPICS: That First Trip to the Courthouse: Not everything is available online.  How to prepare, what to expect, what to ask for, and how to be sure you'll be welcomed back are explored in this lecture.
Don't Forget the Ladies – A Genealogist's Guide to Women and the Law: In early America, women were relegated to “protected” – second-class – status.  Understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.
From Blackstone to the Statutes at Large – How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists: To understand why our ancestors did what they did, we need to understand the law that governed their lives in so many ways.
Beyond X and Y -- The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing: Learn more about this exciting addition to the toolkit of 21st century genealogists.

Judy Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She is a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer who lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing.  Judy currently serves as a Trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and she is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and several state genealogical societies. She has also written extensively for several national publications.

The seminar fee is $35 for members, $40 for non-members.  Registration is required, byFebruary 7. More information and a registration form will soon be posted on our website (, or just Google "azgvgs"). Questions may be directed to Linda Hanson at (520)396-3701 (e-mail: hanson_24013@)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pima County Library Rolling Out A New Website Nov 19th

(TUCSON, Ariz.) Rediscover how awesome your library is when the Pima County Public Library’s new website launches on Wednesday, Nov. 19
Redesigned with features suggested by our own customers, the new site highlights the Library’s collections, services, programs, and yes…books! Although the website is still being developed, you can get a sneak peekright now and let us know what you think. The current site will be up until Nov. 19

New Features
·         Searching for books, eBooks, DVDs, music, and anything else is easier than ever.
·         Check out eBooks and eAudiobooks directly from our catalog using Overdrive.
·         Rate, review, and comment on what you’ve read, listened to, or watched.
·         Add quotes from your favorite books and DVDs.
·         Create lists and browse lists from other customers.
·         Save items to read later and track what you’ve already read.
How to get started
1. Take a look at our new website FAQs.
2. Register your library card on the new site.
3. Need a library card? Visit any of our libraries, and we’ll help you sign up for one. It’s free.

We’re excited about our new website, and we hope you are, too. In FY 13-14, PCPL had over 4.3 million visitson our website.
About Pima County Public LibraryThe Pima County Public Library (PCPL), which is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, enriches lives and builds community through opportunities to learn, know, interact and grow. With 27 public libraries serving nearly one million people in Tucson and the surrounding communities of Arivaca, Green Valley, Sahuarita, South Tucson, Ajo, Marana, Oro Valley and Catalina, PCPL provides a wide range of free services that contribute to the economic development of the community.  For more information, visit or call 520-791-4010.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Our First Writing Contest - WRITE ON!

Pima County Genealogy Society is proud to announce Write On!, our first writing contest. Open to all members and non-members of PCGS, this is your chance to flex your writing muscles and create something of lasting value for you and your family, and have the opportunity to win some cash.

We are looking for original and unpublished works, such as:
  • Memoirs and biographies where the major portion of the facts are from personal memories, interviews, family oral traditions, etc. No, or few, historical documents are used in research. However, information that is not from your personal memory should be cited, to show where and how you learned of facts or stories.
  • A family history or biography that is researched and documented through historical documents.
  • Genealogical poems or essays.
Entries should be 4,000 words or less, excluding textboxes, footnotes and endnotes. Authors retain copyright of their material, but grant permission to print the entry in the PCGS newsletter or other PCGS publications. Photos and illustrations used must be free of copyright, or have written permission from the copyright holder, and contain appropriate attribution.

PCGS will offer a mini-workshop early in 2015 that will provide attendees with techniques for writing a quality family history story. This is an excellent opportunity for contestants to improve on their entries before the deadline.

Each entry will be read and graded by three judges using the guidelines at this link. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners. The Contest Coordinator and Judges are ineligible.

The contest begins now–entries must be received by the coordinator no later than 18 April 2015. Winners will be announced, and prizes awarded, at the 20 June 2015 PCGS general meeting. To enter, follow this link to the Write On! Contest Entry Form and follow the instructions provided. Questions can be directed to the Contest Coordinator at (please put "Write On!" in the subject line).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

General Meeting This Saturday: FamilySearch Toolbox

Don't forget our meeting is coming up this Saturday, September 20th .  We will be meeting in our normal room 2117 in the Medical College which is located at the University Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell.  New members are encouraged to contact Beth at 820-4488 for help finding our meeting location. 

As usual some of our members will be meeting in the cafeteria for lunch prior to the meeting.  Folks usually arrive for lunch around 11:30 to 12.   

Sherri Hessick will be our featured speaker.  Her program is called "The FamilySearch Family Tree Toolbox".  We hope to see you there!

We are looking for photos to use on our website.  The photos must be scanned images 300dpi or higher.  Please email your pictures and consent for use to our general mailbox at

Presidio Project Needs Volunteers! Please Help.

The Pima County Genealogy Society has been asked to participate in a project led by the Tucson Presidio Trust to compile family histories of the soldiers and settlers of the Tucson Presidio during the Spanish colonial period (1775-1821) and the Mexican territorial period (1821-1856) as the first priority.  The Arizona territorial period (1856-1912) will be included at a later stage of the project.
If you are interested in volunteering to work on this project, please contact Betty Bengtson at bettybengtson@gmail.comor 219-3507.   Volunteers will be compiling genealogy information for the Presidio families, entering data and performing other tasks to be defined.  Research has been done for some families and some verification or sourcing of the information may be necessary.  The information will be made available to the public at the Presidio.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Here is a little teaser: PCGS 2014 Seminar and Workshop featuring Lisa Louise Cooke Door Prizes and Raffles

PCGS Door Prize and Raffle 2014 Seminar

Certificate for one night stay at Crystal Inn in Salt Lake City
Three PCGS Research Bags
Family Tree Maker Software
Roots Magic ver 6 software with Book and mapping software
One Year Membership to Ancestry World Explorer
One Year Membership to Find My Past U.S. Subscription
Six Month Membership to Find My Past World Subscription
Onesie from 12-18 months
Genealogist tote bag
Book:  Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse by Lisa Louise Cooke
Book "How to Trace Your Family Tree in England, Ireland, Scotland and
Book "Native American Directory"
Book "Mastering Genealogical Proof"

One year (2015) free membership to PCGS
Shadow Book
and more.....

Everyone receives a door prize ticket.  

Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.00

It's not too late!  We will continue to take reservations until September 30th!  See event info above under 2014 Seminar Lisa Louise Cooke.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

PCGS Calendar Updates for the next 30 days.....

September 13 
  1:00 pm  PCGS Help Session at UMC Room 2500D off the cafeteria.

September 20
 10:00 to 11:30  Family Tree Maker SIG at UMC Room 2500D off the cafeteria.

   1:00 pm  PCGS Monthly Meeting:  FamilySearch Tree Toolbox speaker Sherri                   Hessick will update us on the latest at FamilySearch.

There is no monthly meeting in October.  Several of us will be gathering during our normal meeting time to watch a webinar or two since we already have the room reserved.  We will announce the webinar titles in the beginning of October.

Please join us at the workshop and/or seminar Oct 3 and 4th featuring Lisa Louise Cooke.  Registration information may be found on our blog at

We also have a land workshop featuring author and genealogist Michelle Goodrum on November 22 from 9 am to noon.  Information and registration is available here:

Please email us at to pay for the seminar or either of the workshops with a credit card.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

DNA Sale - Family Tree DNA

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Early Bird Registration $139 for Feb 11-14, 2015 FGS Conference in Salt Lake

Register for FGS 2015 in Salt Lake City now & take advantage of the special early bird pricing!
The Federation of Genealogical Societies - Linking the Genealogical Community
Register for FGS 2015 "Connect.Explore.Refresh" Conference.

FGS 2015 Conference Regsitration is Open

Connect.Explore.Refresh - A Conference for the Nation's Genealogists

Registration is now open for the FGS 2015 national conference scheduled for February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This highly anticipated genealogy event puts the FGS and RootsTech conferences under one roof at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC).
Registration opens with a special early bird price of $139 for a full FGS conference registration. That pricing is available through September 12, 2014. Attend only FGS or add-on a full RootsTech pass for an additional $39. Register now at:
FGS President, D. Joshua Taylor, shares "FGS 2015 will undoubtedly be part of the largest family history event in North America. We are delighted to partner with RootsTech to bring the best of tradition and innovation to the family history community."
Conference Highlights
  • Conference Sessions: The program features lectures for genealogists of all experience levels. Attendees will learn from a variety of tracks including Tried and True Methods, The Most Useful Records Hidden in Plain Sight, Compiling Singular Records into Lively Stories, A Retro Look at Organizing and Planning, and Modern Access to Vintage Resources. See the full program and list of speakers at
  • General Sessions: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings will kick off with a joint general session for all FGS and RootsTech attendees.  
  • Expo Hall: Both conferences will share an expo hall covering more than 120,000 square feet, which will offer at least 240 booth spaces and a Demo Theater featuring special vendor presentations.
  • Research Opportunity: The Family History Library is the reason that Salt Lake City is the dream destination of genealogists everywhere. The library is a located in walking distance of the Salt Palace Convention Center and the four conference hotels.  
  • Focus on Societies: Sessions on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 will give society leaders and volunteers ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, increase membership, and develop sources of revenue.
  • Librarians’ Day: On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, ProQuest will sponsor a full pre-conference day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.  
Visit the FGS conference website at for additional details including links to the conference hotels. Watch for future announcements about general session speakers, special activities and more on the FGS Voice Blog at and through FGS social media channels (links available on the conference website).  
See you in Salt Lake City in February!  
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