Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Update on the 2017 Tucson Family History Fair

More information is being posted on the Tucson Family History Center website as the instructors make them available. Not only is the schedule available, but several classes have descriptions and handouts online. Remember, handouts will not be available at the event, please print them out and bring them with you. If you have trouble printing them, please visit any Family History Center for assistance.

Highlights from this year's class lineup include:
  • Researching in several countries will be presented this year.
    • Old German Empire (this is a 2 hour class)
    • Spanish speaking countries
    • Great Britain
    • Italy
    • Scandinavia
  • Unique research challenges for several ethnic groups will be discussed
    • African American
    • Jewish
    • Native American
  • Three classes on genetic genealogy (DNA) are returning from last year
  • Classes on record types, some new and some returning from previous years, will be offered
    • Wills and probate
    • Deeds
    • Death records
    • Immigration and Naturalization
  • A new class will teach you how to share your family history with children and keep them coming back for more.
 There is truly something for everybody this year. And the best part is that it is absolutely FREE! And there is no pre-registration; just come and go as you please.

Visit our previous blog post Tucson Family History Fair February 25, 2017 for our initial Fair announcement. Click here to view the Fair details and get the handouts from the Tucson Family History Center website.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Dear Genie to the Rescue

Do you have a question about a genealogy dilemma? Have you hit a stumbling block in your research and don't know what to do next? Well, you may be in luck!

A benefit of membership in the Pima County Genealogy Society is access to our quarterly newsletter, The PCGS Researcher. And one of the segments in that newsletter is "Dear Genie." Genie has hundreds of years of experience in family history research and is excited to use her expertise by answering your questions.

The question should not be in the form of a case study but rather, should be framed as a brief synopsis (not more than 100 words). Genie will not do the research for you, but she will give you ideas of how to proceed.

Simply submit your question to newsletter@azpimagensoc.org with "Dear Genie" in the subject line. You do not need to sign your name to the question if you wish to remain anonymous. Previous queries were signed by names like Stuck on In-Laws, Curious, and No Y Here.

2017 submission deadlines for the newsletter are below. However, Genie will need some time to draft the answer for your question and submit it by the deadline. Therefore, you should submit your questions at least two weeks before the newsletter deadline.


Newsletter Submission
Question to Genie
1 March
15 February
1 June
18 May
1 September
18 August
1 December
17 November
Go ahead and submit your question to Genie. What have you got to lose?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Tucson Family History Fair February 25, 2017

The Tucson Family History Fair will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 6901 E. Kenyon (south of Broadway and west of Kolb).

This annual event is free and open to the public.  Seven classes will run simultaneously each hour from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. with a one hour break for lunch on your own (tables will be available). Displays, individual help, water, and snacks will be available in the Cultural Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. One-on-one support will be provided at the Family History Center from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Several new classes will be offered this year, mostly on researching outside the United States. Countries of interest include Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, and the United Kingdom. Some of the most popular classes will be offered again, including the DNA classes updated with new discoveries and technology since last year.

PCGS has for many years partnered with the Tucson Family History Center for this event. Our members teach classes and provide great displays in the Cultural Hall.

The Tucson Family History Center will post the schedule, class descriptions, and links to any handouts that you can print in advance of the Fair. Please check the Tucson Arizona Family History Center wiki page periodically for those additions. Handouts will not be available at the event, please print them out and bring them with you. The website can be reached by clicking here or by entering "Tucson Family History Center" in your browser's search engine.

Remember, this event is FREE and open to the public. Plan to spend a day of learning with us and fellow researchers.

UPDATE January 6, 2017: The tentative schedule is posted on the Family History Center website. Click here to view and print.