Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Demise of Ancestry's Family Tree Maker Software

Ancestry's Senior VP of Product Management, Kendall Hulet, made a shocking announcement yesterday: "We've made the decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015." He went on to say: "Ancestry will continue to support current owners of Family Tree Maker at least through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™, will continue to work, and Member Services will be available to assist with user questions." (Read the full announcement on the Ancestry blog post Ancestry to Retire Family Tree Maker Software.)

Family Tree Maker was the Golden Award Winner and ranked the #1 genealogy software program for 2016 by Top Ten Reviews. It has been one of the most popular software applications for genealogists for many years and its demise will be felt by many genealogists from beginners to advanced.

Legacy Family Tree and RootsMagic, the #2 and #4 ranked genealogy programs, respectively, each announced special pricing for FTM users wishing to switch and provided videos and guides on transitioning FTM databases into their programs. You can read the news articles at Legacy News, Update on the Family Tree Maker announcement, and the RootsMagic Blog, Family Tree Maker® users have a new home at RootsMagic; Upgrade offer with Free Book and Magic Guides.

In the meantime, members of the Pima County Genealogy Society that use Family Tree Maker will not be abandoned. The PCGS members only Family Tree Maker SIG will continue to meet from 10am to 12pm on the third Saturday through 2016, or for as long as the members wish to meet. Visit the PCGS Calendar on the Pima County Genealogy Society website for details. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Family History Discovery Fair Schedule Available

The tentative class schedule for the Family History Discovery Fair on January 30, 2016 has been posted on the Tucson Family History Center's Wiki. The direct link to the schedule can be found here.
Six hour-long classes will run simultaneously from 8:30am to 3:15pm and one-on-one personal help will be available until 4:30pm.

The most popular classes from past years will be presented again, but there are 13 new classes being offered this year. The DNA class has been expanded from one class in 2015 to three classes in 2016.

They will post class descriptions over the next several weeks, as well as links to any handouts that you can print in advance of the Fair. Please check the wiki page periodically for those additions. Handouts will not be available at the event, please print them out and bring them with you.

Remember, this event is FREE and open to the public.

Monday, November 2, 2015

D. Joshua Taylor appearing in Green Valley February 19-20, 2016

Registration is now open for the Green Valley Genealogical Society annual seminar and workshop. Both are featuring D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS.

Taylor has appeared on several episodes of Who do You Think You Are? and is a host of the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow. He is the former Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the current President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and the Business Development Manager for findmypast.

The interactive workshop on Friday, February 19, 2016, is titled The History in your family history. Participants will learn how to use history to provide a deeper context to their personal genealogical research. Visit the GVGS Workshop webpage for details and a printable reservation form.

The seminar will be held the following day on Saturday, February 20. Joshua will speak on four topics that will spark every genealogist's interest. Details and a printable reservation form can be found on the GVGS Seminar webpage.

Both events will be held at the Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley, Arizona. Seating is limited to 30 participants for the workshop and to the first 100 registrants for the seminar.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Happy Family History Month!

In 2001, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation to designate October as "Family History Month." The bill, sponsored by Utah Senators Orrin Hatch and Robert Bennett, encouraged President Bush to "issue a proclamation calling upon Americans to observe it with appropriate ceremonies and activities." 1 Genealogists across the country have hearkened to our president's proclamation ever since. Social media has been inundated with Family History Month articles, tips, conferences, and suggestions for family activities since Thursday.

There are several events happening in and around Tucson in celebration of Family History Month 2015. Visit the Pima County Genealogy Society website for some of them. Check out yesterday's blog post Bringing Genealogy Education into Your Home for some others. Whatever you choose to do this month, celebrate Family History Month by finding out a little bit more about where you came from.

1. Lee Davidson, "Family history accorded its own month," The Deseret News, Sep. 27, 2001, p. B4; digital images, Google News ( : accessed 4 Oct 2015), Archives Search.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Bringing Genealogy Education into Your Home

Every year around this time, we start thinking about furthering our education. And every year we are given many opportunities to increase our knowledge and research skills for free, or nearly so. Here are some ways you can bring the classroom into your own home. Most of these webinars have a chat box available during the live broadcast for attendees to ask questions, making it seem almost like being in the room with the presenter.

Note: Times given below are in the hosting organization's time zone. To determine local time, visit the Time Zone Converter, enter the date and time of the broadcast, select the From Time Zone (for example, US/Central), select the To Time Zone (for example, US/Arizona), and click on the green "Convert Time Now" button.

Family History Library Webinars
Each month, the Family History Library hosts a number of free online family history webinars. The list of upcoming webinars are on the Family History Library Classes and Webinars wiki page. I counted 23 webinars scheduled for October and 6 for November. Topics range from researching in US church, cemetery and vital records to improving skills in citing sources, organizing your research, and solving tough research problems to international research techniques in England, Germany, Italy, and Portugal and much, much more. Most of the Latin America webinars are taught in Spanish. And that is only in the months of October and November!  Registration for these webinars is not necessary—simply go to the webinars wiki page 15 minutes before the webinar begins and click on the link next to the group teaching the webinar (US/Canada, British Isles, International/Scandinavian, or Latin America). You can also find recordings of past webinars on pretty much every country that same wiki page. Handouts for all upcoming and past webinars are at the Family History Library Class Handouts wiki page.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Every Wednesday is Webinar Wednesday at Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Prominent Genealogists give a free hour-long presentation every Wednesday at 12pm Mountain, except the second Wednesday which is at 7pm Mountain time. Once a month an additional webinar is offered on Friday, also at 12pm Mountain. The webinars are free, but pre-registration is required to attend the live session. Following the live webinar, the recording will be available to view for free for about a week. After that, you must be a paid member to view the recording. You also must be a member to download the handouts. Visit their website to see the schedule for the rest of this year and to register for webinars you wish to attend live.

Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Webinars
ISGS offers a webinar on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm Central time. These webinars cover topics on a wide range of research methodology and strategies relevant to all genealogists, not just Illinois and the Midwest. And the presenters are some of the best-known genealogy speakers. The live broadcasts are free and open to the public. After the live broadcast, the recording is available to ISGS members only. Visit their Upcoming Webinars page for the schedule for the rest of this year and to register for the live broadcast.

Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) Webinars
Live SCGS webinars are broadcast the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. Saturday sessions are held at 10am Pacific time and Wednesday sessions are held at 6pm Pacific time. The webinars are presented by professional genealogists and lecturers. The live broadcasts are free to the general public; the recordings are available only to SCGS members. To view the schedule for the rest of this year and to register for the webinars, visit the SCGS Webinar Series website.

BCG Webinars
The Board for Certification of Genealogists present occasional free webinars. There doesn't appear to be a schedule of those webinars, but they announce the a few days in advance on their blog SpringBoard News and Notes. To receive email notification of upcoming webinars, visit their blog and scroll down to the Email Notification area, enter your email address where indicated and click the Subscribe button. Pre-registration is required to attend the live viewing. BCG offers recordings of some of their past webinars, some are free but most are available for a fee. Previews and links to all videos are available on the BCG Webinars page.

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Online Classes
NEHGS offers online educational programs in the form of webinars, videos, and online classes. Most webinars are available for NEHGS members and Guests. Registration is required. Visit their Online Classes webpage for the schedule and to register. Archived webinars are available from their Learning Resources webpage and from the AmericanAncestors YouTube channel. Most of the webinars are about using the resources available at NEHGS and, but also give instruction on how to do research in the New England states and Canada. AmericanAncestors databases are free to patrons of the Tucson Family History Center.

As you can see, there are many options for furthering our education in genealogy. Take a look at what is offered between now and the end of the year and go for it! I promise that you won't be disappointed.

Do you know of any other options? Tell us about them in the comments below.


Image: Written by Meg, ePortfolio (Megan E. Ford) / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Learn to Find Your Women Ancestors and Enjoy Lunch, Too!

PCGS is hosting a Special Luncheon Event on Saturday, October 17 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center, 2160 N. 6th Ave., Tucson. 
Dr. Melanie Sturgeon, State Archivist and Director of History and Archives Division for Arizona, will present a program on Finding Women In Public Records.
In addition to lunch, this event includes a silent auction, a raffle and door prizes! 
This special luncheon event is open to members and non-members. Members pay $5.50 for lunch; non-members pay $12.00.

Pre-registration is required and must be received no later than October 12. You can download the Registration Form at this link and mail it OR you can pay on-line through the PCGS Marketplace. PCGS members must be logged in before making purchase to ensure the special member pricing.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Meet our Write-On! Competition Winners

The winners of our 2015 Write-On! Competition were announced at our June General Meeting and on our blog post Write-On! Competition Winners. We are now introducing our winners to you.

1st Place
Margaret Ward
The Long Journey of Mabel Ida Lewis Smith 

 I was born in Central India to Canadian missionary parents. My mother’s family had been in India for generations, many holding positions that kept the British Raj running – post office and railway, for example. My schooling was varied. I attended a private school in New York, a one-room school in rural Ontario, and boarding schools in India and Canada. Following my undergraduate years, I married a psychiatrist. After three biological children, we adopted eight others, aged from infancy to thirteen. Once I was widowed, I wintered in Arizona, and eventually married an Arizonan. I have degrees in English, and Child and Lifespan Development and taught in high school and college. For many years, my interest in family traditions had no focus. As part of my graduate studies, I undertook a personal development project in which I collected and shared family stories. That was the spark that lit focused genealogical research.

2nd Place
Debra Kabinier
The Tale of the Traveling China

 Debra Fowler Kabinier started working on genealogy with her two great aunts when she was a young teenager.  The three of them would conduct research at the old county library and local historical society.  Her quest for family history continued in small spurts but took a back-seat to raising a family and growing a career.  Now that she is retired, genealogy is her full-time hobby.  She hones her skills by attending conferences, webinars, and taking classes.

3rd Place
Doris Briscoe-Lyon
An Incident at the Well
 I grew up on a dairy farm in Oregon and spent the summers driving a tractor on a hay farm. Working outdoors made my spirit soar and I felt free and close to God and nature. I was born to be left-handed, but in school I was forced to write with my right hand which was a trial for me, but my left hand is still the strongest. In high school I received good grades for public speaking and writing. After raising six children, I began writing poetry which seems to come quite easily to me. So now I am writing poetry and my memoirs, which releases my creativity. When I need a change, I go for a walk or play the piano which has been a special gift to me. I had only eighteen months of lessons when I was ten years old, and I was told I'd never be a piano player. But I am! I feel so blessed!

Be sure to read the winning stories in the September 2015 issue of The PCGS Researcher (available now in the Members Only section of our website). And let our winners know how much you enjoyed reading them.

Friday, September 4, 2015

NEHGS Offers Free Access on for Labor Day Weekend

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) made the following announcement on their website:

Labor Day—the American Way: Working on Your Family History

Your ancestors worked hard to give you this extra day of rest—so spend it in tribute to them, uncovering more of your family history. In commemoration of Labor Day, American Ancestors and NEHGS offer a week to work FREE on your past, with FREE access to some of our most popular American Ancestors databases. In these resources containing census, tax, and voter list information, you might just find your ancestors diligently at work. Register as a FREE Guest User on and enjoy making new discoveries about your family history—where, unfortunately, the work is never done. Open now through Wednesday, September 9.

About Census, Tax, and Voter Lists

Census, Tax, and Voter Lists contains a range of resources to provide information about the families who resided in the New England states between the 18th and 20th centuries. Broader collections help to trace families as they moved to other areas of the United States. And a handful of European databases can assist researchers attempting to further document their family’s heritage.
Visit to access these records through September 9.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

ISFHWE Announces Winners of the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition

Members of the Pima County Genealogy Society are among the winners of the ISFHWE Excellence-in-Writing Competition for the third year running!


Press Release – September 4, 2015
The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the Excellence-in-Writing Competition. All entries were exceptional this year. Submission details for 2016 will be announced soon. For any questions on the competition, email Tina Sansone at

ISFHWE’s Excellence in Writing Competition

Category 1 - Columns

1st: Ernest Thode – Ask Ernie
2nd: James M. Beidler – Roots & Branches: Painful, poignant visit to mentor’s grave
3rd: Maureen Wlodarczyk – Genealogy: It’s not a tree or a chart…it’s a story!
HM: Michael McKeag – Where to Finish? 1 - My Family History
HM: Carolyn Leonard – When the Cheering Stopped – the last years of Woodrow Wilson

Category 2 – Articles

1st: Barbara J Starmans, PLCGSMarried to the Army
2nd: Maureen Wlodarczyk – Grazia Fucci Lipari
3rd: George G. Morgan – Managing Your Speaking Engagements
HM: Sherri Hessick – MayDay! MayDay! Lost Behind Enemy Lines
HM: Vi Parsons – Root Cellar Preserves

Category 3 – Newsletters

1st: Michelle D. Novak – The Archivist
2nd: Stephen Gauss – Harriman Family Newsletter
3rd: Kathryn Manz – Penn in Hand
HM: Linda Vixie – Pike Peak Genealogical Society Newsletter
HM: James M. Beidler – Der Kurier

Category 4 – Unpublished Authors

1st: Elyse Hill – History Lessons Learned From a Birth Certificate
2nd: Wendy Wilson Spooner – Civil Registration and Census Development in Great Britain & America
3rd: Catherine Smith – In a Flash
HM: Louise A. Eckhardt – A Mystery within a Mystery
HM: Diane Buescher – Finding Elusive Ancestors in Early German Church Records

Category 5 – Unpublished Material/Published Authors

1st: David Harper – Corresponding Hearts
2nd: Robyn Smith, of "Reclaiming Kin" Genealogy Blog – Minty’s Legacy: A Black Family in Slavery and Freedom
3rd: Dave Strausfeld – Hudie Streisfeld and her life in the Austro-Hungarian Empire
HM: Ruth Randall, CGEvidence of the Parentage of a Buffalo Solder: John Martin Daniels, Company I, 125th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
HM: Carolyn Leonard – Dutch Letters

Category 6 – Poetry

1st: Luanne Griffin – Going Home
2nd: Casey Lin Brown – If I’d Met You
3rd: Lisa Brahin Weinblatt – Great-Grandmother
HM: Phyllis Matthews Ziller, MLISFinding Sarah 
HM: Kenneth R. Castle, PhDThey are Calling to You

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mesa FamilySearch Conference - Registration opens September 9, 2015

The Mesa FamilySearch Library has been closed since last November and there is still no estimated date for reopening. However, that isn't stopping them from sponsoring the annual Family History Conference. Here is last week's official announcement:
ANNOUNCING THE 2015 Family History Conference sponsored by the Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at the Tempe Institute of Religion on the ASU Campus in Tempe, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.  The Library may be closed, but family history work goes on!

This year’s conference will feature a keynote address by Todd Powell of FamilySearch.  Mr. Powell is a Senior Product Manager for the FamilyTree Department at  He graduated from BYU and has over 25 years working in technology and business leadership.  Todd is a native of Phoenix and the Gila Valley and enjoys visiting extended family in Arizona.

This year’s theme is “Putting It All Together” and provides a wide variety of over 50 class choices for all types of learners, from beginners to the most advanced genealogists.  Come and learn how to be more effective and efficient when doing your research.  Learn to trace your roots with DNA.  Learn to document your sources.  Get specific information on various ways to research in specific countries.  If you are new to family history, come learn the basics.  Some of the most popular classes are repeated in an effort to accommodate everyone.   Spend all day or come for a single class or two; you may attend a maximum of five classes.

Registration will begin online on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.  At the time of registration, registrants will be given the opportunity to purchase lunch from Jason’s Deli.  Otherwise, the conference is FREE.  See you in October!
Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti at

Did you see that? It's FREE! So, arrange your carpools and visit the Mesa FamilySearch Library website on September 9 to register. Last year, registration closed very early because they reached the maximum number of attendees allowed. If you want to ensure a seat this year, be sure to register as soon as possible after registration opens. And while you're on the website, visit the Annual Conference Archives for the handouts for the 2012-2014 conferences, also FREE.

FREE Access to Records this Labor Day Weekend

This announcement was made on the Ancestry Facebook page this morning:
Ancestry has launched the largest online collection of wills and probate records in the United States, with more than 170 million pages and searchable records included from all 50 states spread over 337 years (1668-2005). This unprecedented collection launches a new category of records for family history research never before available online at this scale the United States.

Search this new collection for your ancestors today thru September 7th FREE:
 Not only that, but they are including ALL U.S. birth, marriage, and death records FREE.

 UPDATE: Reader Rondie reported that she accessed the new Wills and Probate collection this morning and found a very short and incomplete probate record for the person she was seeking. She poked around a little and found that most of his probate papers were incorrectly indexed under another person's name—the person appearing right before him in the probate book. So, if you don't find the records you are hoping for, browse the images because they may be before or after your relative's indexed file.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2016 Tucson Family History Fair is Coming (January 30, 2016)

for the 2016 Tucson Family History Fair to be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016. It is still in the planning stages; more information will follow closer to the event. A record 300 people attended the 2015 Fair. The planning committee is reviewing the feedback received from those attendees with the result that next year's Fair should be better than ever. And best of all, there is no charge for this event.

PCGS has partnered with the Tucson Family History Center on this event for the past few years and will again next year. Our members teach classes and provide great displays in the Cultural Hall.

Please check their wiki page periodically for information on the Fair and on the Tucson Family History Center. You can access the wiki page by clicking here or by entering "Tucson Family History Center" in your browser's search engine.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Save the Arizona Genealogy Library!

The following is from NGS:

We need your help to save the Arizona Genealogy Library in Phoenix!  Please email our representatives as soon as possilbe, contact information listed below.  The following is from the NGS blog (
Access to one of Arizona's largest genealogical collections is being threatened in a move from the Arizona State Library in the Arizona State Capital to the Arizona State Archives, 1901 W. Madison, both in Phoenix, Arizona.  In the email sent to the Family History Society of Arizona President, Ro Hein, from Laura Stone, Digital Content Director from the State Library, the following was mentioned:
"The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records is preparing to announce that the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building will house the genealogy research center. Researchers will now have access to a rich portfolio of resources, including unique Arizona materials, online genealogical sources and expert staff for support. The former location of state genealogy resources at the State Library of Arizona, located in the Historic Capitol Building, will close to the public on July 31."
There is a grave concern that the books, vertical file materials, periodicals, microfilm/microfiche materials and other physical items will NOT be moved to the Archives building, and that there will only be access to digital databases such as and HeritageQuest Online. We do not know the reasoning behind this "immediate" move to the State Archives but we need to be vigilant and pro-active to stop this from occurring. What will happen to the 20,000+ genealogy books and materials presently housed in the Genealogical collection? We know that the State Archives does not have room to house all these materials.
We in the concerned genealogical community are very concerned about the future of the Arizona State Genealogy collections. We are asking all genealogists to take time out of their busy schedules to send an email to the Secretary of State Michele Reagan <>, to the Arizona State Librarian Joan Clark <>, to Digital Content Director Laura Stone <, to the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey <, your legislative representative and any other interested parties. In your email, share experiences you have had with the genealogical library staff, the connections to ancestors you have made through using the resources, and the outreach that has been offered by the genealogical staff for over thirty years. Share that the genealogical collection is a special collection that needs to be saved and not placed into boxes. Be polite, but firm in your message. And, in the email to Secretary of State Reagan and Governor Ducey, add the phrase, "Genealogists vote". Genealogists have a vested interest in keeping the State Genealogy collection where it is, and politicians want to be retained in office, so voting matters to them.
Please send your emails and letters to the above-mentioned people quickly. The move is supposed to take place this Friday, the 31st! We need to stop them.
Thank you for your support of the Arizona State Genealogy Library.
Linda Caldwell McCleary, M.L.S.
Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board (AzGAB) Past President
National Genealogical Society (NGS) Life Member
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Past Board Member
FGS/NGS Records Preservation and Access Committee Member
Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Former Director
Brigham Young University Professional Genealogy Certificate

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Celebrate Independence Week Genealogy Style!

July 4, 1776, marks the day that the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and is considered the birth of the United States of America. That day has been celebrated nearly every year since its first anniversary in 1777 (Wikipedia: "Independence Day (United States)").

Spirit of '76 by Archibald MacNeal Willard, 1875

This year, three genealogy websites are offering FREE access to some of their records in celebration of our Independence Day:
  1. Fold3 is offering FREE access to the Revolutionary War Collection from July 1 to July 15. Visit the Fold3 HQ blog at for details and links to their collection.
  2. NEHGS is granting FREE access to all online searchable databases on related to the Great Migration from July 1 through July 8. You must sign up as a Guest User (also free) to take advantage of this offer. Visit their website at for details and links to the collections.
  3. Ancestry is offering FREE access to their 13 Colonies Collection from July 1 through July 5. Visit the 13 Colonies Collection page at for a full list of the records in this collection and to search all those records.
Take time between your picnics and fireworks to do some free research on your colonial ancestors.

Don't forget that there will be no PCGS meeting in July. Our next meeting will be held August 15 at the regular time, but we are meeting at a different location. Visit our website's calendar page at for the address and a map to our temporary location.

Stay cool!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Write On! Competition Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Write On! Competition.
1st Place --  Margaret Ward for her piece title The Long Journey of Mabel Ida Lewis Smith
2nd Place --  Debra Kabinier for her piece title The Tale of the Traveling China
3rd Place -- Doris Briscoe-Lyon for her piece title An Incident at the Well

Congratulations to the winners! Watch for the winning stories in future editions of The PCGS Researcher.

Thank you to all the writers who submitted an entry to the contest. We hope you will all participate again.   And thank you to our judges who worked hard to ensure a fair contest.

Watch this blog and our website for news of our 2nd annual Write On! Competition!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

MyHeritage SIG and Discount for RM Users

MyHeritage is offering a special discount on its annual membership price to RootsMagic users. The regular price is $119.40 per year but RootsMagic users can get it for just $79.99. But this special offer ends June 10. To take advantage of this offer, click the link for June 2015 RootsMagic News archive.

This discount comes at a good time for PCGS members! We are beginning a members only MyHeritage Special Interest Group (SIG)! The first meeting for this brand new SIG is Saturday, August 1, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the University Medical Center, Room 2500C. The SIG is open to all PCGS members, whether or not you use RootsMagic. If you are a current user of MyHeritage, or wondering if MyHeritage is right for you, come to the SIG meeting to learn and share your knowledge.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2015 Jamboree Live Streaming

Posted: 18 May 2015 11:24 AM PDT

Jamboree offers an outstanding opportunity to the genealogical community, so we would like everyone everywhere to know that they have access to 15 hours of free genealogical education on June 5, 6 and 7. Will you please help us spread the word?

Please forward this message, post a link to this announcement, or copy and send it to your FAN Club - Friends, Associates and Neighbors (with a tip of the hat to Elizabeth Shown Mills, who coined the phrase that is this year's Jamboree theme.)  In other words, fellow genealogical society members, cousins or other research buddies, your family research societies or newsletters, billboards, skywriting, whatever works for you. Do you have a family website, or family page on Facebook? Post it there.

We thank you, and your FANs will thank you too!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May Meeting Saturday May 16th, How to Uncover Hidden Clues in Photos!

Pull out your magnifying glass and put on your detective hat! This months meeting will show you How to Uncover Hidden Clues in Photos,Presented by Sherri Hessick and Jodi Strait, this program promises to give you new insight to old photos.   We will meet from 1:00PM-3:00PM in our usual location:

 University Medical Center, College of Medicine, Room 2117. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!  Please feel free to join us prior to the meeting in the cafeteria for lunch and genealogy talk!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Deadline extended for Write On! Contest

The deadline for entries in our first Write On! writing contest has been extended to May 2, 2015. This gives you two additional weeks to polish up that story you've been working on.

The winners will be announced, and cash prizes awarded, at the June 20 PCGS meeting. You do not need to be present to win.

For more information and links to the entry form, visit our website at The entry form will not be updated with the new deadline, so please do not be alarmed.

Please direct your questions to

Good luck!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ancestry Immigration and Naturalization Records FREE April 16-20 Offers Free Access to Immigration and Naturalization Records April 16th - 20th

Week of Free Access Enables Families to Discover Stories of Ancestors International Travels and Passage

To start researching the immigration and naturalization records for free, please visit Ancestry Immigration and Naturalization 

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Write On! Deadline is Quickly Approaching

The deadline for entries in the Write On! writing contest is just around the corner: April 18 will be here sooner than you think. Don't miss your opportunity to get some valuable tips on your writing and maybe win some Cash along the way.

This contest is open to everyone. 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 member 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.

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. Winners will be announced, and prizes awarded, at the June 20, 2015 PCGS general meeting. You do not need to be present to win. 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).

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Excel Workshop - Learn to use Excel to track and analyze your genealogy data


Saturday, May 30, 2015 
9:30 AM to Noon

University Medical Center
1501 N Campbell Road
Tucson, AZ
Room 2500 C & D
Free Parking

Learn to use this popular spreadsheet program to help you track and analyze data, visualize it in context, summarize it all in charts and graphs, and a whole lot more!  You will learn:
Basic navigation tools
How to perform the basics of copy/paste and cell formatting
How to insert & delete columns and rows
Sorting, filtering, and color coding
How to use pivot tables to do advanced data analysis

Feel free to bring your laptop!

Workshop Fee:  $10 members, $15 non-Members

Advanced registration required.  
Registration form: Excel Registration

Monday, March 23, 2015

Free Beginning Classes 4 April 2015

Join us for a FREE Beginner's Session - reserve your spot by downloading the registration or by emailing 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Come join us for our General Meeting this Saturday, March 21, 2015

Our March meeting will be on Saturday, January 21st .  We will be meeting in our normal room 2117 in the Medical College which is located at the University Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell.  The meeting begins at 1:00 p.m.  

Please join us in the cafeteria for lunch prior to the meeting.  Folks usually arrive for lunch around 11:15 to 12.   We look forward to seeing you there! 

PCGS General Meeting
Saturday, March 21
PCGS General Meeting  (Monthly Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Univ. Medical Center, College of Medicine, Room 2117
Get the scoop on lineage societies and how to accurately complete the required documentation. Lynne Brooke, our featured speaker for this program, is a professional genealogist and formerly worked on the genealogy staff of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her program, "Lineage Society Proofs", will guide you through the maze of lineage societies currently available and explain how to locate the required documentation to prove your lineage. The second part of our meeting will challenge you with "What Do You Think You Know?" about all things genealogy! 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Free Videos from Rootstech

Rootstech has posted free videos of some of their classes.  Take a look and see if you can find any of interest. The 2015 video archive can be viewed at

Monday, February 16, 2015

General Meeting Saturday February 21, 2015, 1-3 pm

All are welcome, bring a friend!

PCGS General Meeting
Saturday, February 21
PCGS General Meeting  (Monthly Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Univ. Medical Center, College of Medicine, Room 2117
This month's meeting focuses on DNA testing and its uses. Our guest speaker, Daniela Moneta, CG, will explain the three DNA tests availabe to every genealogist: Y-chromosome DNA, Mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA, and how to use the results to further your generalogy research. She'll also explain how to use DNA testing when applying for DAR and SAR membership. Ms. Montena's program will be a great starting point for anyone wanting to learn more about DNA testing.

Arizona History Convention April 23-26

Arizona History Convention Logo
The Arizona History Convention will take place April 23-26, 2015 at the Casino del Sol Resort. The  convention has many well know speakers and topics that may be of interest to anyone with an interest or tie to Arizona history.  Information on the conference may be found at

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Do it the Write Way: A Free Writing Workshop!

Have you thought about writing your memoirs but just can't seem to get started? Do you want to publish your family history, but you're afraid of putting your readers to sleep? Do you have some fascinating family stories of one of your ancestors that you want to share with your loved ones, but don't know how to get them interested in reading them? Do you want to enter our writing contest Write On!, but wish you could get some tips before submitting your story? Join us on February 28 for a free workshop: Do it the Write Way! to learn techniques to bring your family history to life, and create a fascinating story anyone would want to read.

The workshop will be led by Rondie Yancey, a two-time winner in the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) Excellence in Writing CompetitionFirst Place in 2014 and Honorable Mention in 2013. Rondie taught Writing and English to high school students for many years. Her love of writing extended to writing her family history, learning what works and what doesn't along the way. She will share her knowledge with you and give you an opportunity to start your story right in class.

Do it the Write Way workshop will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the University Medical Center rooms 2500 C&D (just off the cafeteria). The workshop is free, but space is limited to 30 attendees so preregistration is required. While it is open to everyone, PCGS members will receive priority. To register, download the form at  or email your name, complete address, phone number, email address and whether or not you are a PCGS member to with Writing Workshop 2015 in the subject line.
 Registration deadline for Do it the Write Way is February 21, 2015.

See our blog post Our First Writing Contest - WRITE ON! for more information about the contest and links to the judging guidelines and entry forms. Deadline for submitting your contest entries is April 18, 2015.

Friday, January 30, 2015

A Special Surprise for Tucson! Gena Philbert-Ortega will be in town for the Gem and Mineral Show!

Gena will be presenting to the Geo-Literary Society at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society Show. 
You may see her presentation in the Crystal Ballroom, Friday February 13th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at the convention center.  I hope you all get a chance to hear her speak and show her some Tucson hospitality.  Please visit her blog at

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Lisa Alzo to speak at Family History of Arizona Seminar

The Family History of Arizona will be hosting a seminar featuring Lisa Alzo on March 7, 2015.  The event will be held at Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ.  For additional information on this event please visit their website at

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Two wonderful Seminars and PCGS General Meeting on February 21st

Green Valley Genealogical Society Annual Seminar will be at the Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino Del Sol, Green Valley. Judy Russell will be presenting Genealogy and the Law.  Please  visit GVGS website at for information.

West Valley Genealogical Society Annual Seminar will be at the Lakeview United Methodist Church, 10298 W. Thunderbird, Sun City.  Dr. John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. will be presenting four topics:  Passenger Arrival Records, Naturalization Records, Lesser Used Federal Records and Our Immigrant Ancestors.  Visit for more information.

PCGS will also be holding our monthly meeting on February 21st.  Our speaker Daniela Moneta will be speaking on DNA and it's role in Genealogy.  Please visit our website at for additional information.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

General meeting this Saturday, January 17, 2015

Our January meeting will be on  Saturday, January 17th .  We will be meeting in our normal room 2117 in the Medical College which is located at the University Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell.  The meeting begins at 1:00 p.m.  Handouts will be made available in the members only section hopefully no later than Friday.

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.   

Steve Campos will be our speaker for the day.  He will talk on two subjects: 

Photo Scanning Software 

Restoring Old Photographs

See you there!

Monday, January 12, 2015

The new website is up and running!

Well we finally did it, we have a wonderful new website.  Please check it out at

Members check your inbox for your log in to the members only pages.  We will be showing off our new website at the general meeting this Saturday, January 17th and answering any questions you may have.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lisa Alzo Speaker for Family History Society of Arizona Seminar March 7th

On Saturday, March 7, 2015, the Family History Society of Arizona (FHSA) will hold our Annual Meeting and Seminar in Fountain Hills, Arizona. The speaker will be Lisa Alzo, who will present topics of interest to family history researchers. This event will be held at the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana Dr. Fountain Hills, AZ. Cost is $35.00 for members $40.00 for non members. (includes box lunch)  Ms Alzo will also speak on Friday evening, March 6 at the Granite Reef Senior Center in Scottsdale. The address is 1700 N Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Cost is $10.00 for this talk. Refreshments will be served. More details and registration will soon be posted on our website:

  • Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past, Present and Future
  • Using a Genealogy Research Log
  • Silent Voices: Telling the Stories of Your Female Immigrant Ancestors
  • The Write Stuff: Using Nonfiction Writing Techniques To Write a Better Family History

Special Evening Session Friday March 6
  • Murder, Mayhem and Town Tragedy

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Mark your calendars! January General Meeting Saturday, January 17, 2014

Our January meeting will be on  Saturday, January 17th .  We will be meeting in our normal room 2117 in the Medical College which is located at the University Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell.  The meeting begins at 1:00 p.m.

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.   

Steve Campos will be our speaker for the day.  He will talk on two subjects: 

Photo Scanning Software 

Restoring Old Photographs

See you there!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Tucson Family History Fair January 31, 2015

The tentative schedule for the 2015 Family History Fair can be found on the Tucson Arizona Family History Center wiki site by clicking here.

The Fair will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 6901 E. Kenyon (near Broadway and Kolb). There will be a break for lunch on your own (tables will be available) and snacks and water will be provided throughout the day. Interesting displays will be open during breaks and lunch. There is no charge for this event.

This year's line-up includes five hour-long classes running simultaneously from 8:30am to 3:10pm with a 70 minute break for lunch. Our most popular classes from previous years are updated and will be presented again. There are also several new classes including Introduction to DNA and Using Evernote for Research.

As in years past, the handouts for the classes will be available on the Tucson Arizona Family History Center wiki as we draw closer to the event. Please print the handouts and bring them to class.

Legacy Family Tree Tucson Users Group Meets Saturday, January 10

The Legacy Tucson Users Group is meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 10, at the Family History Center, 500 S. Langley. The meeting is open to the public.
This month’s topic is Tips for Merging Files. The presentation will be followed by open discussions where we can all share something new that we may have learned about Legacy Family Tree 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; click here for the handouts. Feel free to bring your laptops if you desire.