Sunday, August 20, 2017

Family Tree DNA Summer Sale

Another Summer Sale! You can save 20% or more at Family Tree DNA with their Friends and Family sale on most of their tests. Offer ends August 31, 2017.

Here are the tests that are on sale:

Regular Price
Sale Price

Family Finder
mtFull Sequence
Family Finder + Y-37
Family Finder + mtFull Sequence
Family Finder + Y-67 + mtFull Sequence

Visit their Friends and Family sale page here for more details.

Pima County Genealogy Society is not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned in this article, nor do we endorse any of the products mentioned. We are simply passing on news that we feel may be of interest to you, our readers.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Got DNA? Register Now to Explore Your DNA with CeCe Moore in Spring 2018

CeCe Moore with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Photo used with permission from CeCe Moore
Registration is officially open for our 2018 DNA event featuring Your Genetic Genealogist, CeCe Moore!

Ms. Moore will be in Tucson March 9 and 10, 2018, for a Seminar & Workshop. Both events are being held at:
Fountain of Life Lutheran Church
710 S. Kolb Road
Tucson, Arizona
(north of 22nd, just south of Kenyon, on the west side of the street)
The seminar, Explore DNA with CeCe Moore, is Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will explore DNA topics:

  • The Power of DNA
  • Jefferson-Hemmings: Revealing the Truth Through DNA
  • Autosomal DNA: Discovering Your Ancestors in You
  • Using Mitochondrial DNA and X-DNA for Genealogy Research

The workshop, I Have My Results, Now What??, is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 9.

Registration for Saturday's seminar is open to the public now.

The workshop is limited to fifty (50) attendees. The first two weeks of registration for the workshop are open to PCGS members only.  If space is still available, registration will be open to the public on September 3, 2018. Please check back on our website then.

You must be logged in with your PCGS member account to see the worskhop registration page and to receive the discounted member pricing.

Visit the PCGS Marketplace on our website at to register for this exciting weekend with CeCe Moore.

Registration deadline is February 17, 2018.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Italian Mobsters and International Research–Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cool down from the August heat by coming to the air-conditioned auditorium where PCGS will resume our monthly meetings after our short break in July.

Our featured speaker, Joey Caccarozzo, will take us along on her journey to reveal the truth behind the Caccarozzo surname.  Is Caccarozzo her family's original surname or did her great-grandfather create that name before immigrating to the U.S.? Did her great-grandfather's emigration story involve criminals and mobsters?

The meeting will open with Joey giving us the Do's and Don'ts of a Successful International Research Trip based on her own experiences during her very successful research trip to Italy where she discovered the truth behind her surname and traced her paternal line back several more generations. Following a short break and award of door-prizes, she will present what she learned in the Case Study: Criminals, Mobsters and the Truth Behind My Name.

Joey Caccarozzo is a relative newcomer to genealogy. She began researching her family tree only seven years ago, when she was pregnant with her second child. She has three – ages 10, 5, and 4 years, and they keep her very busy.  Although she is new to genealogy, she is very experienced at complex international research, thanks in part to her career.

Joey has been a prosecutor for the Department of Homeland Security for over thirteen years. She has prosecuted removal cases involving national security, human rights violators, and individuals who have provided material support to terrorists. Her specialty is Eastern European asylum fraud, but she has also aided in the prosecution of large scale fraud involving Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, and Eritrean nationals. Her employment background has assisted her in pursuing her family's history; likewise, pursuing her family's history has helped her become a better researcher in her career.

Joey is a PCGS member and serves on the PCGS Steering Committee. In her spare time, she teaches classes on DNA at the annual Tucson Family History Fair, at local Family History Centers, and at genealogy clubs.

Our general meetings are free and open to members and non-members alike. Members will have access to the handouts via the Members Only section of our website (, one of the many perks of becoming a member.


Saturday, August 19, 2017
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Banner-University Medical Center
Duval Auditorium (Room 2600)
1501 N. Campbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ

Parking is free

Monday, August 7, 2017

FREE Nordic Family History Conference, September 11-15, 2017

Registration is open for the upcoming week long Nordic Family History Conference hosted by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City on September 11-15, 2017. The conference will be streamed online for free for those who cannot attend in person. The conference will cover a range of topics from Arkiv Digital to Danish tax records. The classes are for beginning and intermediate genealogists interested in learning about records of Nordic localities and the Family History Library collections.

Registration is required to attend in person or online. Class descriptions, handouts, and registration is available at the FamilySearch Wiki here at this URL: Below is a schedule of classes (all times are in MDT, Arizona is one hour earlier):

11 September
12 September
13 September
14 September
15 September
9:00-10:00 AM MDT
2017 Is the Year of Nordic Records! Learn What's Coming!
What's New in Arkiv Digital
Probate Laws and Records for Swedish Genealogy
Norwegian Church Records
Danish Estates
10:15-11:15 AM MDT
Panel Q&A: The Who, What, Where, Why, and How of Nordic Records on FamilySearch
Name Searchable Databases in Arkiv Digital
Databases for Swedish Genealogy
Norway: We're Getting Married! Traditions and Records.
Little Used Records on the "Arkivalieronline"
1:15-2:15 PM MDT
Exploring the Feast-Day Calendars for Norway, Denmark, and Sweden
Swedish Naming Customs
Introduction to Icelandic Church and Census Records
"Lensrekneskapsbøker" in Norway
Painting a Picture of Your Danish Ancestors Through Their Tax Records
2:30-3:30 PM MDT
Scandinavian-American Resources
Military Records in Arkiv Digital
“Finnish Immigration and Methodology: How to tackle Finnish challenges”
Norwegian Migration and Immigration
Research in Copenhagen

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Evidentia is on sale in August 2017

We just received the August 2017 issue of the Evidentia Software News. I can't find a link to the announcement, so I am just copying it directly here:

Time for a Sale!
Peanut , the head of our shipping department,  believes we need as free shipping offer in August.  I explained to him that it wasn't fair to those who like to download our products, and agreed to offer a $5 off coupon for ALL our customers.

Use the coupon code PEANUT when you check out and save $5.

One Coupon per person.  Offer good thru the end of August.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

To take advantage of this sale, go to their website at

Don't forget to enter the coupon code to get the discount.

The summer sales are dribbling in a little at a time. Keep an eye on our blog or our Facebook page for more.

Pima County Genealogy Society is not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned in this article, nor do we endorse any of the products mentioned. We are simply passing on news that we feel may be of interest to you, our readers.

Friday, August 4, 2017

MyHeritage Acquires Legacy Family Tree

Legacy Family Tree issued a press lease yesterday informing us that they are now part of MyHeritage. They are very excited about this merger because it allows the Legacy team to focus on improving and supporting their product without having to worry about all the other things a small business has to deal with.

Legacy says they will continue to give customers the same high level of support they receive now. Visit the Legacy Family Tree News article Legacy Family Tree has a new home with MyHeritage for more details about what will change and what will stay the same. Be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions and the Comments to get the full details.

To celebrate the merger, Legacy Family Tree is offering a 50% discount on Legacy 9 software (regularly $34.95, now $17.48) and on a 1 year webinar membership or extension (regularly $49.95, now $24.98). If you have the current coupon code from the latest webinar, you can get an extra 10% off (visit Legacy Family Tree Webinars and click on the free Tracing Your West Country Ancestors webinar. The code is in the description. Code is valid through August 8, 2017). And if you are already a webinar subscriber, be sure to login to receive an additional 5% discount. Follow the hyperlink in the news article to purchase the software or webinar membership at the reduced price.

Pima County Genealogy Society is not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned in this article, nor do we endorse any of the products mentioned. We are simply passing on news that we feel may be of interest to you, our readers.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Family History at the Pima County Public Libraries

October is Family History Month. As we have done for the past several years, experienced genealogists from the Pima County Genealogy Society will lead sessions to help you start your family tree. We will examine the resources available at home, on the internet, and in the library. Each instructor will present real-life case studies using the tools you will learn.

Classes will be held at five separate libraries in Tucson. Each library will feature a different genealogist who will present a different case study. Classes are free and no registration is required so there is no reason you can't attend as many classes you wish.

Adults and teens are welcome. Class times and locations are:

Quincie Douglas Library
Himmel Park Library
1585 E. 36th Street
1035 N. Treat Avenue
Saturday, October 7
Saturday, October 7
2–3:30 pm
2–3:30 pm

Kirk-Bear Canyon Library
Joel D. Valdez Main Library
8959 E. Tanque Verde Road
101 N. Stone Avenue
Saturday, October 14
Saturday, October 14
2–3:30 pm
10:30 am–Noon

Mission Library

3770 S. Mission Road

Saturday, October 28

2–3:30 pm

For more information, call the library infoline at (520) 791-4010 or visit the Events page on the Pima County Public Library website ( and filter for the History & Culture Event Type.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Press Release: Microfilm Distribution to be Discontinued

FamilySearch made the following announcement today:

"SALT LAKE CITY, UT (26 June 2017)—FamilySearch, a world genealogy leader and nonprofit, announced today its plans to discontinue its 80-year-old microfilm distribution service. The transition is the result of significant progress made in FamilySearch’s microfilm digitization efforts and the obsolescence of microfilm technology. The last day for ordering microfilm will be August 31, 2017. Online access to digital images of the world's historic records allows FamilySearch to service more people around the globe, faster and more efficiently. See FindingDigital Images of Records on and FrequentlyAsked Questions for additional information. Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearchNewsroom.

"A global leader in historic records preservation and access, FamilySearch and its predecessors began using microfilm in 1938, amassing billions of the world’s genealogical records in its collections from over 200 countries. Why the shift from microfilm to digital? Diane Loosle, Director of the Patron Services Division said, "Preserving historic records is only one half of the equation. Making them easily accessible to family historians and researchers worldwide when they need them is the other crucial component."

"Loosle noted that FamilySearch will continue to preserve the master copies of its original microfilms in its Granite Mountain Records Vault as added backup to the digital copies online.

"As the Internet has become more accessible to people worldwide over the past two decades, FamilySearch made the decision to convert its preservation and access strategy to digital. No small task for an organization with 2.4 million rolls of microfilm in inventory and a distribution network of over 5,000 family history centers and affiliate libraries worldwide.

"It began the transition to digital preservation years ago. It not only focused on converting its massive microfilm collection, but also in replacing its microfilm cameras in the field. All microfilm cameras have been replaced with over 300 specialized digital cameras that significantly decrease the time required to make historic records images accessible online.

"FamilySearch has now digitally reproduced the bulk of its microfilm collection—over 1.5 billion images so far—including the most requested collections based on microfilm loan records worldwide. The remaining microfilms should be digitized by the end of 2020, and all new records from its ongoing global efforts are already using digital camera equipment.

"Digital image collections can be accessed today in three places at Using the Search feature, you can find them in Records (check out the Browse all published collections link), Books, and the Catalog. For additional help, see FindingDigital Images of Records on

"Transitioning from microfilm to digital creates a fun opportunity for FamilySearch's family history center network. Centers will focus on simplified, one-on-one experiences for patrons, and continue to provide access to relevant technology, popular premium subscription services, and restricted digital record collections not available to patrons from home.

"Centers and affiliate libraries will coordinate with local leaders and administrators to manage their current microfilm collections on loan from FamilySearch, and determine when to return films that are already published online. For more information, see DigitalRecords Access Replacing Microfilm."

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Si, Si, CeCe Moore!

PCGS is proud to announce that the featured speaker for our 2018 seminar will be the Genetic Genealogist herself, CeCe Moore!

CeCe Moore is the genetic genealogy consultant for the popular PBS television series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Her work has also been featured on 20/20, Genealogy Roadshow, Nightline, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Crime Watch Daily, Nancy Grace, CBS This Morning and The Doctors, as well as being quoted in many online and print publications. Her primary focus is promoting genetic genealogy education and sharing positive stories about the power of genetic genealogy through the media. CeCe is the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and has written the popular blog Your Genetic Genealogist since 2010.

Ms. Moore will be in Tucson on Saturday, March 10, 2018, for an all-day DNA seminar. Her talks will span beginning, intermediate, and advanced tools for incorporating DNA into your family history research process.

This seminar promises to be a very popular one and will probably sell out quickly. Keep an eye out on our blog for upcoming details and registration information when they become available.

By entering your email in the "Follow by Email" field to your right, you will receive an email when new articles are published on this blog including additional information on next year's seminar!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Genealogy Apps and Family History Blogs—Saturday, June 17, 2017

Come join us this Saturday, June 17, for two fascinating topics.

Our meeting starts with a class on Using Genealogy Apps on Your Tablet by Kathi Gardner. Following the class, Nicole Dyer will present a program on Tips on Sharing Family History with a Blog.

Nicole has been researching her ancestors and delighting in their stories fro over fifteen years. She and her mother regularly write on their "Family Locket Blog."  They share tips and ideas on how to get children interested in their family history, share research tips, and talk about family reunions, crafts, FamilySearch, and much, much more. Nicole spoke at RootsTech 2017 on Kid Genealogists - Inspiring the Next Generation. She is also the developer of the Preschool Family History Storytime held in April and May and the June Family History Craft Day at the Tucson Family History Center (visit the Tucson Family History Center Facebook group at for details).

Our general meetings are free and open to members and non-members alike. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 17, 2017
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Banner-University Medical Center
Duval Auditorium (Room 2600)
1501 N. Campbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Support Pima County Genealogy Society for Father's Day

Father's Day is coming up this Sunday, June 18. Remember that if you shop Amazon through our portal at, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to PCGS! This donation has no impact on the price you pay for the item, it is covered completely by Amazon's profits.

Click on the Amazon Smile icon to the right of this blog post to register Pima County Genealogy Society as your charity organization of choice, then go to instead of whenever you shop at Amazon. It's that simple!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Be More "Source Centric" for Less

Did you like what you heard at today's meeting about the Evidentia software? You're in luck! Thomas McEntee of Genealogy Bargains is extending an exclusive offer of 25% off the Evidentia Software & Book Bundle. Click here to get the details and the promo code. This offer ends May 31, 2017.

Were you unable to attend the meeting and are curious about Evidentia but not quite ready to buy? Evidentia offers a 14 day free trial. Visit their home page at to download the free trial.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Putting a Spark into Starting (or Restarting) Your Family Tree

PCGS is pleased to announce a new workshop: Charge! Putting a Spark into Starting or Restarting Your Family Tree, featuring members of our Board of Directors.

This beginner's workshop is limited to 30 participants. Our seasoned genealogists will cover these topics:
  • Documents to gather and search
  • Chart basics and genealogy tools
  • Moving from paper to digital
  • What and where to document

Our instructors have a combined 95+ years of experience.

Barbara Salyer
  • 45+ years genealogical research, instructor, speaker & author
  • Certified Genealogist for 25 years
  • Member of the National Genealogy Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogy Societies (FGS)
  • Member of D.A.R. (Tucson Chapter) & Daughters of Colonial Wars
  • Received Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008, from Arizona State Genealogical Society

Jodi Lynn Strait
  • Doing genealogical research for over 20 years
  • Member of the National Genealogy Society (NGS); completed NGS home study course.
  • Boston University Genealogical Research Program certificate holder
  • Member of Chinkchewunska (NJ) chapter of the D.A.R.

Amy Urman
  • Researching her family roots for over 30 years
  • Member of the National Genealogy Society (NGS), Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and Federation of Genealogy Societies (FGS)
  • Boston University Genealogical Research Program certificate holder
  • Graduate of ProGen 28, SLIG Law, and SLIG Land

The workshop will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9:30AM to 12 Noon in Rooms 2500 E & F at Banner-University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Road, Tucson, AZ. The cost to attend is $15 for PCGS members and $20 for non-members. 
To register, visit our website at and pay on-line at the PCGS Marketplace (Members must sign in before registering to get the discounted rate) or print the form and mail to us along with your check. But hurry, registration and payment deadline is Saturday, May 27.

Monday, May 15, 2017

FREE Western European Family History Conference

FamilySearch is again hosting free online research seminars.

The first is the Western European Family History Conference on May 15-19, 2017. This seminar is for anyone who has German, French, Belgium, Dutch, Swiss, and Luxembourger ancestry. It is 5 days of classes in order to help you find your ancestors. You can attend in person or online. Registration is required to attend in person or online. Check out the FamilySearch Wiki for registration, class descriptions and handout links here Below is a schedule of classes (all times are in MDT, Arizona is one hour earlier):
TIMEMonday, 15 MayTuesday, 16 MayWednesday, 17 MayThursday, 18 MayFriday, 19 May
GermanyFranceThe Low CountriesThe NetherlandsSwitzerland
9:00-10:00 AM MDTFinding German Places of OriginFinding Your French Ancestors Online, part 1 (FamilySearch and Ancestry)Latin for ResearchersNames in Belgium and the NetherlandsBeginning Swiss Research
10:15-11:15 AM MDTSpelling Variations in German Given and Place NamesFinding Your French Ancestors Online, part 2 (FranceGenWeb)Calendar Changes in France, Germany, Switzerland and the Low CountriesWieWasWie, Past the Index: What to do NextSwiss Maps and Gazetteers
11:30 AM-12:30 PM MDTMeyer's Gazetteer Now Online, Indexed and Fully Searchable!Finding Your French Ancestors Online, part 3 (Geneanet)Gazetteers and Maps for Belgium, Luxembourg, and the NetherlandsDutch Provincial and City ResearchSwiss Archives Online Records
2:00-3:00 PM MDTGerman Church Records and Beyond: Deepen Your Research Using a Variety of Town RecordsOut of the Ashes of ParisBeginning Research in LuxembourgDutch Research Before 1811Swiss Census Records
3:15-4:15 PM MDTElusive Immigrant: Methods of Proving IdentityResearch in Alsace-LorraineBeginning Research in BelgiumFinding Your Family in the Amazing Online Amsterdam City ArchivesSwiss Chorgericht Records

Save the date for two upcoming week long seminars:

  • September 11-15, 2017, Nordic Research Seminar
  • October 2-6, 2017, U.S. Research Seminar