Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Spotlight on Wills and Probates in February

We are welcoming a special guest speaker for the February meeting. Suzanne Young Brayer will speak to us on one of her most popular topics: Wills and Probate - What a Buried Treasure!

As genealogists, we depend on clues to aid our trek along the ancestral trail. Wills and probate records can be a motherlode of clues. Decedent’s date of death, names of spouse and children, in-laws, places of residence, land ownership, religion, and military service are just a few of the juicy tidbits these records can reveal. Suzanne will provide strategies and sources to help analyze probate records and reconstruct family relationships.

Suzanne Young Brayer is an educator, researcher, and avid genealogist. She graduated with degrees in history and education from Arizona State University.

Her involvement in researching her family history began in the early 80s when she and her father worked together gathering the pieces of their ancestry puzzle. From Mayflower ancestors to Revolutionary War patriots to 19th-century German immigrants and a few criminals along the way, she, like most of us, represents the “melting pot” of American culture.

She is past President of the Family History Society of Arizona, a member of the West Valley Genealogical Society, The Federation of Genealogical Societies, The Indiana Historical Society, The Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists, and the National Genealogical Society. She has taught genealogy classes and spoken to numerous groups in Arizona.

The February general meeting will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the Hardesty Multi-Service Center, 1100 S. Alvernon in Tucson, AZ. The meeting is open to the public and parking is free.

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