Wednesday, December 4, 2019

December 3 Workshop

We saw examples of the problems listed above using our own members' research questions. There were suggestions for analyzing situations where two people of the same age lived in the same area. We also looked at difficulties caused by unusual names and cases where the indexers were careless.

Making use of research time

Monday, December 2, 2019

December Plans

We have three workshops planned for December, and we will need volunteers for our table at the December craft fair.

December 3: We will be talking about census research and providing a few examples of difficulties encountered. There will be a brief review of FamilySearch and Ancestry research techniques. 

December 10: Our speaker will tell us about a "one-place study" that she has produced for a village in Galicia, including researching all the residents.

December 17: The topic will be cluster and collateral research with a story about researching several families with the same surname in one county to decide whether they were related.

Join us!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Legacy's December Webinars

Visit to see whether you would like to watch any of the following selections. If the time is wrong for you, they are free to view for a week after the presentation.

Tuesday, December 3 - "Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest" by Paul Milner.  Intermediate

Wednesday, December 4 - "Which Spot Does 'X' Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action" by Debra Renard.  Intermediate

Wednesday, December 11 - "Grandma's Obituary Box: The Use of Obituaries in Genealogical Research and Their Role in American Culture" by Pam Stone Eagleson.  Beginner, Intermediate

Tuesday, December 17 - "Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders" by J. Mark Lowe.  Intermediate

Wednesday, December 18 - "How to Trace Your UK Ancestry" by Kirsty Gray.  Beginner

Thursday, November 28, 2019

DNA Sales for Black Friday

Ancestry is announcing that their DNA kits will be on sale for $49 through December 2. If you are still considering a DNA test, Google "DNA Sales Black Friday" and you can compare options and prices for all the various companies.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Workshop: November 26

Maureen told us a bit about the history of the Library of Congress, which has been in existence since 1800. She also provided suggestions about using the website and demonstrated a few of the discoveries she has made there. The handout gave us specific links to useful sections of the website, such as the catalog, prints and photographs, genealogy services and "ask a librarian." The newspaper website "Chronicling America" can also be accessed from the LOC.  Thanks, Maureen!

Maureen explaining the LOC

Tonight's attendees

Monday, November 25, 2019

Legacy Software

If you have not chosen a software program for your genealogy research, Legacy Family Tree is having a "Black Friday" sale. Notice that the membership deal for webinars is only for new subscribers.

Get 50% off Legacy Family Tree 9.0 software!

Get 50% off a full year's webinar membership! (New memberships only, not valid to extend an existing membership.)

Through Monday, December 2, 2019.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The McClelland Irish Library

The McClelland Irish Library in Phoenix is presenting another genealogy workshop on December 4. Here's the necessary information and website:

Griffith’s Valuation and Other Irish Land and Property Records

Level II: Intermediate
This workshop provides a comprehensive look at Irish land and property records that can be used as a substitute for missing or lost 19th Century Irish records and those of earlier eras. The workshop will demonstrate how to utilize records such as Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe Applotment Books, and numerous other online and offline record sources to uncover relevant genealogical information in Ireland. 

Current Members of the Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Library: $15
Non-Members: $20

Miles Davenport has over 17 years of genealogy research experience. In 2010, he published his own colonial family history spanning over ten generations. He has been published in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and taught advanced genealogical courses at the Scottsdale Public Library. Miles is currently a volunteer staff genealogist at the McClelland Irish Library.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

November 19 Workshop

Sharon Horton provided our mini-topic last night. Sharon and her husband have been researching for many years, visiting towns and villages along the way. She has published two family history books and shared her research process and ideas for compiling the books. Her slogan is "Collect--Compose--Complete."

Sharon explaining the writing process

Sharon used a website called My Canvas to compose her books. This website allows you to transfer Ancestry information directly and to add photos and other embellishments to the book. She also pointed out that it is important to have an ending point to your story with some closing thoughts about your ancestors.  If you have an interest, visit

Club members in attendance