Saturday, August 30, 2014

DNA Sale - Family Tree DNA

Time is limited. Order now because the sale ends on 9/3/2014.

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Y-111 $367 $279
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Y-12 -> Y-67 $189 $148
Y-12 -> Y-111 $339 $239
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Y-25 -> Y-67 $148 $114
Y-25 -> Y-111 $249 $209
Y-37 -> Y-67 $99 $79
Y-37 -> Y-111 $220 $179
Y-67 -> Y-111 $129 $109

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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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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Check out our member winners that entered the ISFHWE writing competition!!!!

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors
Website:                                   Mailing Address: PO Box 152987, Cape Coral, FL 33915
For Immediate Release – August 27, 2014
The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Excellence-in-Writing Competition.  The winners are:
Category 1 - Columns
1st Place – Shelley K. Bishop “The Legacy of Mary Comfort Eberhard”
2nd Place – Nancy Ann Calhoun “People can ‘flesh out’ genealogy at library”
3rd Place – Maureen K. Wlodarczyk “Precious Paper in the Digital World”
Honorable Mention – Shannon Combs-Bennett “Getting You Pointed in the Right Direction”
Honorable Mention – Michelle Roos Goodrum “Using Social Media to Enrich Stories of the Family Home” (Our November Land Speaker!)
Honorable Mention – Carolyn Schotts “Fading Family Roots”
 Category 2 - Articles
1st Place – Schelly Talalay Dardashti “The Other Side of Jewish Genealogy: Learn how to get started exploring your Sephardic roots”
2nd Place – Shelley K. Bishop “Turning Forests into Farms: the George Clark Family of Licking and Delaware Counties, Ohio
3rd Place – Mari Margaret McLean, PhD “Finding Maxa Ann Hadden and Mr. McLean: Serendipity and the Brick Wall”
Honorable Mention – Smiljka Kitanovic “Appreciating Genealogy Angels”
Honorable Mention – Carolyn B. Leonard “Early Settlement Leaves Quiet Legacy”
Honorable Mention – Chip Rowe “Who Was Joel Holcomb of Wallingford, Connecticut”
 Category 3 – Genealogy Newsletters
1st Place – Patricia Mansfield Phelan “Irish Family History Forum”
2nd Place – James M. Beidler “Der Kurier” – newsletter of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society
3rd Place – Kay Waterloo “Goodrich Family Association Quarterly”
Honorable Mention – Carolyn B. Leonard “Dutch Cousins”
 Category 4 – Unpublished Authors
1st Place – Shirley McKenzie “Sylvira Said ‘They burned My House’- June 1864, Silver Springs, MS”
2nd Place – Robbi J. Ryan “A Strong Will to Live”
Category 5 – Unpublished Material by Published Authors
1st Place – Rondie Yancey “Murder at the Post Office: One Family’s Tragedy”
2nd Place – Leslie Tichenor Mason “Create a Colorful Picture of Your Ancestors from a Grey Palette of Facts”
3rd Place – Marie Navarro “Fighting on Both Sides of the Alamo”
Honorable Mention – Kenneth R. Castle, PhD “Eden Booth, a Tale of Westward Migration”
Honorable Mention – Sherri Hessick “Al Allan Alton William Wade Wendergren Westman”
Honorable Mention – Barbara Lee “Carolyn 1947-1947 – Hanford Nuclear Site and a Baby’s Death”
Honorable Mention – Chip Rowe “What Happened to Boyd?”
Honorable Mention – Jodie Lynn Strait “William Henry Hunt: An Original Texter”
 Category 6 – Poetry
1st Place – Smiljka Kitanovic “River Journey”
2nd Place – Marie Navarro “Another Day, Another Time”
3rd Place – Andrea Ramsey “Young Girl”
Honorable Mention – Kenneth R. Castle, PhD “There Once Was a Man…”
Honorable Mention – Paul K. Graham, CG, AG “Genealogy Standards: A Poem”
Honorable Mention – Nicole Gilkison LaRue “To My Isa…”
Honorable Mention – Darcie Hind Posz, CG “Generations”

Address questions to
Details on the 2015 Competition will be released shortly.  The competition will open on 1 October. Details may be obtained on the website at

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NGS Announces a New Publication: Genealogy and the Law

Press Release
Contact: B. Darrell Jackson, PHD, CGSM
Phone: 703-525-0050

NGS Announces Publication of Genealogy and the Law by Kay and William Freilich

ARLINGTON, VA, 26 AUGUST 2014: The National Genealogical Society announces the release of Genealogy and the Law: A Guide to Legal Sources for the Family Historian by Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, FNGS and William B. Freilich, Esq. Genealogy and the Law guides readers through the variety of legal sources that genealogists need in order to explain many of the events that occurred in their ancestors’ lives. Land ownership, estate administration, and taxation are a few of the many aspects of life that cannot be fully understood without knowledge of the law in effect at the time.

The authors, an award-winning genealogist and an attorney, both with long service in their professions, bring the perspectives of genealogy and the law together in a book that covers the language of the law, how to find pertinent laws, the kinds of sources available, where they can be found, citation of legal works, and how to apply legal research to genealogical problems.

Genealogy and the Law may be pre-ordered at the NGS booth at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference inSan AntonioTexas, August 27–30. After September 1, it can be ordered from the NGS online store at Copies of the book are expected to be ready for shipment by October 1.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia–based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

copyright © National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Seminar and Workshops can now be paid by Debit or Credit Card

Good News!  We can accept debit and credit card payments for our October Seminar  and Workshop featuring Lisa Louise Cooke and the  Land Workshop with Michelle Goodrum.  To pay with a credit or debit card email our general mailbox at PCGS Mail.  Specify in your email what event or events you would like to attend.  An invoice will be sent to you through Paypal to pay for your selection(s).  The invoice will include a transaction fee of $1.50 per invoice (not per event).  You do not need a Paypal account to use this service.

 October Seminar event information is as follows (more info under tab 2014 Seminar Lisa Louise Cooke above):

Oct 3 - Friday Hands on Workshop:  member $30, non-member $40
Friday no host dinner: $0
Oct 4 - Saturday All Day Seminar:  member $45, non-member   $55
Both Events – Friday and Saturday:  member $75, non-member $95
Membership to PCGS $20

November Land Workshop featuring Michelle Goodrum
Nov 22 9am-noon
Members $12
Non-members $18

See you there!

Friday, August 15, 2014

New Edition of Going In-Depth Digital Magazine is out

The latest edition of Going In-Depth is out.  Going In-Depth is a free digital genealogy magazine.  Michelle Goodrum, who will be doing a land workshop for us in November is a contributing author.  Check out the latest edition at Going In-Depth

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

PCGS Meeting Reminder and Annoucements

Monthly meeting this Saturday 1:00 to 3:00 p.m room 2117 at the University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell

Please join us!  
            Class:             TIMELINES—Jodi Strait
            Program:       HISTORY OF THE TUCSON PRESIDIO--Rick                                              Collins, Friends of the Presidio


Members please check your email for the most recent Surname List.  The list is now sorted by Surname - Thanks Colleen for your hard work!

Also this Saturday:

Family Tree SIG meeting this Saturday from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in UMC Rooms 2500 C&D.

Steering Committee will meet Saturday from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in UMC Rooms 2500 E

Don't forget to join us in the cafeteria for lunch prior to the meeting.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Tom Jones in your home (and it's free)

The 2014 Summer Genealogy Fest held in Eugene, Oregon on August 2 featured Thomas W. Jones. One of his presentations, Debunking Misleading Records, was recorded live by Legacy Family Tree Webinars and is available free for a limited time.

"Genealogical sources of all kinds contain errors, both accidental and intentional, that mislead. Standard tests expose the errors, helping researchers make correct conclusions." Dr. Jones describes his four-step process for debunking those records in his talk.

So, get comfortable, grab your favorite beverage, and visit the Legacy Family Tree Webinar: Debunking Misleading Records. But hurry, it is only free until August 10.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Help Session will meet on Saturday August 9th

The PCGS Help Session will meet on Saturday August 9th from 1 to 3 PM. We will be in room 2500 D off the cafeteria at UAMC.
This is an opportunity to discuss your research problems with other PCGS members and/or to share researching techniques that you have found helpful. The session is open to all PCGS members.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Free Webinars: U.S. Research Series

FamilySearch began a series of monthly webinars back in April of this year. The focus of those webinars is U.S. Research. These webinars are available to the public for free! All you need is a computer and an internet connection.

Don't know what a webinar is? A webinar is a seminar that is broadcast over the internet. This form of presenting a seminar is much less costly than the traditional, in person method since travel and accommodation costs are not involved. They reach a much wider audience because they can be viewed by anyone around the world. And, since you are watching it from the comfort of your own home, you can do so in your PJs and bunny slippers  if you like.

This month's FamilySearch webinar topic is United States Church Records and will be broadcast on Thursday, August 14 at 6:00 p.m. MDT (that's 5:00 p.m. Arizona time). No pre-registration is required, simply visit a few minutes before the scheduled start time, enter your name as a Guest, and click the "Enter Room" button.
Visit the FamilySearch blog post Free Webinar US Research Series: United States Church Records - August 14, 2014 for more information on this webinar. Please be aware, however, that the Date in the body of the post is incorrect–the correct date is August 14–all other information is accurate.

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, please follow the links in the above blog post to test your connection at least a few hours before the webinar. This link will check that you have the necessary software and that your internet connection is sufficient for watching the webinar.