Thursday, August 31, 2017

What's Happening at the FGS 2017 Conference?

By Guest Blogger Nicole Dyer

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is having their national conference this week. If you're not fortunate to be able to attend in person, you can follow along on Twitter! Don't have a Twitter account? You don't need one! Using the tag #FGS2017, you can search Twitter and only see "tweets" (short updates) from people attending the conference. Many people share tips or ideas that are shared by the speakers. They may tag another Twitter user by using their Twitter handle (username). The handle for FGS is @FGSgenealogy and our society's handle is @azpimagensoc.

So, if you want to follow along with tweets about the FGS conference this week, here's how: 
  1. Go to
  2. Click on the magnifying glass to search Twitter
  3. Type #FGS2017 and click enter
  4. Click "Latest" to see the most recent tweets about this subject
  5. Scroll down to see what's happening at the conference!
  6. If you decide to create a Twitter account, make sure you follow us at @azpimagensoc to get news and updates about our society.

Have fun!

3. Type #FGS2017 in the search box and click enter

4. Click "Latest" to see the most recent tweets about this subject

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Update on Discontinuance of Microfilm

Photo by Logan Ingalls [CC BY 2.0]
Two months ago, we alerted you to the FamilySearch press release that they would discontinue distribution of microfilm (see Press Release: Microfilm Distribution to be Discontinued) and that the last day for ordering microfilm would be August 31, 2017.

Today, FamilySearch released the following update with helpful facts and tips to help patrons better navigate the transition from microfilm to digital:
  • Patrons can still order microfilms online until Thursday, September 7, 2017.
  • After film ordering ends, if customers need access to a particular film yet to be digitized, they can express interest to have it added to the priority digitization list by contacting FamilySearch Support (Toll Free: 1-866-406-1830). 
  • All of the microfilm rented by patrons in the past 5 years have now been digitized by FamilySearch—over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images).
  • The remaining microfilms are being digitally scanned at a rate of 1,000 films per day and are projected to be complete by 2020.
  • New digital images are available as they are scanned in the Catalog.
  • Films currently on loan in family history centers and affiliate libraries are automatically granted extended loan status.
  • Affiliate libraries now have access to nearly all of the restricted image collections as family history centers.
  • Visitors to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City will still be able to order needed microfilms to use during their research visits.
Digital image collections can be accessed today in 3 places on, all under Search.
  • Catalog. Includes a description of all the microfilms and digital images in the FamilySearch collection. This is where all of FamilySearch's digitized microfilm and new digital images from its global camera operations are being published. A camera icon appears in the Catalog adjacent to a microfilm listing when it is available digitally.
  • Records includes collections that have been indexed by name or published with additional waypoints to help browse the unindexed images.
  • Books include digital copies of books from the Family History Library and other libraries, including many books that were previously copied to microfilm.
For additional help, see Finding Digital Images of Records on, or watch this how-to video “Where are the digitized records on FamilySearch?
Centers have the option of returning the microfilm that is available online or otherwise not needed. The Tucson Family History Center on Langley does not intend to return any of the microfilm in its collection at this time.

For more information, visit the FamilySearch Newsroom article UPDATE: FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Family History Storytime

A new session of Family History Storytime is starting on Monday, September 11, 2017. These one-hour classes are designed for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers, but all ages are welcome. The six classes are full of fun stories and activities focused on getting the young ones interested in their own family history.

When?  Mondays, September 11-October 23 at 10am
Where?  Tucson Family History Center, 500 S. Langley Ave.

September 11 – My Family
September 18 – Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and cousins
September 25 – Family Trees
October 2 – Heirlooms
October 9 – No Storytime (Columbus Day)
October 16 – Quilts
October 23 – Brave Ancestors

Walk-ins are welcome, but since there are crafts involved it helps to get an idea of how many children to expect. Visit the Tucson Family History Storytime website at to sign up so they can be prepared.

If you can't make it this time, the next session begins November 6 and ends December 11. Visit the Storytime website (link above) to register for this session.

They are also looking for volunteers to help lead some of the sessions. Lessons plans will be provided. Contact information for more details and to volunteer is on the website.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Extra! Extra! Workshop on Newspapers in September 2017!

Find Your Family in the News of the Day! Melanie Sturgeon, Ph.D, will be in Tucson on September 30 to teach us how to find our family in newspapers.

Melanie recently retired as the State Archivist and director of the Arizona State Archives and Records Management Branch of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records where sh served for 16 years. She has a Ph.D. in history and is an avid family historian. She uses a variety of newspapers to help find missing ancestors, to learn more about them and to help her in her writing about 19th century prostitutes. As an archivist who works with government records, she is familiar with numerous primary sources that contain information about people. She has taught family and oral history workshops throughout the state of Arizona and has conducted over 100 oral history interviews ranging from family histories to interviews with the original residents of the first Sun City.

Registration is required and must be received no later than September 16, 2017. You may register online using a credit card or Paypal, or mail in your check or money order with the registration form by visiting our website here. Attendance is limited to 25 people, so act fast.


Saturday, September 30, 2017
9:30am – 12 noon
Banner-University Medical Center
Rooms 2500 C&D (just off the cafeteria)
1501 N. Campbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ

Parking is free

Monday, August 21, 2017

Leverage Others’ Knowledge to Grow Your Own

By Ansonlobo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0],
via Wikimedia Commons
A mistake that rookie, and even some experienced, genealogists make is to ignore reference material that comes from a geographic area outside of their research areas. They think that if none of their people came from [insert state here], how can anything coming from that state’s archives help them?

Someone recently sent me a link to the “History For All the People,” a blog for the State Archives of North Carolina. They are beginning a series of posts on deciphering the “Handwritten Records of Early America.” The first installment, “What Does That Say?”Series, Pt. I, says:
The following sections include a brief history of writing during this time period, characteristics of 17th and 18th century British-American handwriting, and some tips on deciphering the text found within these records.
There are examples of abbreviations used, like He├▒ for Henry [an approximation restricted by the modern keyboard]. It explains about the thorn, often mistaken for the word “ye”:

  • ye is "the” 
  • yt is “that” 
  • ym is “them”

And it goes on to give more examples of old handwriting and a list of recommended reading to learn more.

Records written in colonial times is certainly not unique to North Carolina, or to any other state of the union. We should never discard information coming from areas outside our research areas. My advice to you is to click here to read the blog post and if it is relevant to you, bookmark it and sign up to receive their blog posts in your email so you won’t miss the next installment in that series.

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, 2017. 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
"Lensrekneskapsb├Şker" 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.