Tuesday, January 28, 2020

2020 Pinal County Genealogy Workshop

We can report about another successful workshop, as there were 228 total registrations. Most evaluations were positive, except for complaints about the temperature of the building! It seems unlikely that anything can be done about it; we may need to advise wearing layers in future years.

Registration began at 8:00 A.M.
Nearly 50 door prizes were awarded, including a DNA kit and a six-month Ancestry subscription.
Some of the available door prizes.

The local DAR organization had a booth.

Beginning genealogy, FamilySearch WIKI, DNA kindergarten, newspaper research, Canadian research, upstate New York, and Swedish genealogy were some of the popular classes.

Here are some photos of our members who are now much more knowledgeable than they were last week! Do you recognize any faces?

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective

The Family History Society of Arizona is holding a seminar and its annual meeting on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Maureen Taylor, the recognized expert for identifying old photographs, will be the featured speaker. The seminar will be held at the LDS Inter-Stake Center, 830 E. Second Avenue, Mesa, AZ.

Original post had incorrect date. The Friday session is March 20; Saturday session is March 21.

There is a special Friday evening session titled "Buns, Beards, Bodices and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing" from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020.

Saturday sessions include: "Identifying and Dating Family Photographs," "Eight Steps to Preserving Your Family Photographs" and "No Language Barrier: Immigrant Clues in Photographs." The Saturday session runs from 8:45-3:00.

Find more information and online registration forms at www.fhsa.org.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Genealogy Meeting - January 21

Using Cemeteries for Family History Research

Duane Roen demonstrated a variety of websites that can be used for researching cemeteries, death records and obituaries. The handout was extensive, and we'll make an effort to attach it to an email so that members can click directly to each site.

Looking at cemetery sites

Suggestions: start with Google! Proceed to FamilySearch and/or Ancestry and then consider the cemetery sites such as Find a Grave, Billion Graves or Interment. Cyndi's List is also useful with links to various subject and location areas.

We had a great crowd this week.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

FindMyPast Subscription

FindMyPast is offering 25% off a one-month subscription this week. If you have some extra time during the next month, you might think about taking advantage of the discount. The offer is good through January 25.

Findmypast - New record releases

Friday, January 17, 2020

January 14 Workshop

This week's workshop was a busy one. Annie gave a brief overview of the census, pointing out the important information to be found in the columns beyond the name, age and birthplace.

We broke up into focus groups for the remainder of the time. Members chose among U. S. beginning research, Canadian research, Legacy software, Family Tree Maker software and FamilySearch Family Tree. Except for the annoying internet service in the room this week, it seemed that this experiment was a success. Feedback would be welcome!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Irish Cultural Center Workshop

The Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix has scheduled a workshop for 10:30 AM February 8, 2020. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Details follow.

Level I: Introductory

This workshop will provide information for efficiently using the McClelland Library Genealogy printed collection in your Irish family research.

Level I: Introductory, topics include:

Why you will not find Online all you need to develop a comprehensive Family History
The current status of Genealogical Record Digitization
The McClelland Library Genealogy Collection, what is available and how to locate and utilize its reference materials
Print resources frequently used in finding ancestral places of origin and jurisdictional details
Examples where printed resources revealed additional details or helped to overcome roadblocks


Jim reported at our meeting last night that this class is, unfortunately, filled. They only have room for about 20-25 people, so it is important to register early.

The next class will be March 7 (we think: check their website), and will discuss beginning Irish research. Registration opens JANUARY 22.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Club Expo

Palm Creek's first Club Expo seems to have been a great success. It looked as if every club had a table and attendance was excellent. The only drawback was difficulty hearing everyone who stopped at our table.

Karen and Susan were two of our volunteers

It will be interesting to see how many new members we gather on Tuesday from this effort. Thanks to Diane, Annie, Susan, Karen and Nancy for taking time to volunteer.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

January 7 Genealogy Club

Our speaker this week presented a very useful class on how to organize genealogy research. Larry began the session by discussing how to keep your paper files in order and continued with demonstrations of his genealogy files on the computer. He suggested two methods of organization: by generation and birth order or alphabetically by surname.

Larry getting us organized

Larry also provided a comprehensive handout that should be simple to follow for those of us who need direction in organization! Thanks, Larry.

Members who will now be better organized