Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pinal County Genealogy Workshop

The workshop committee met this week to continue planning the 15th annual genealogy workshop. Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 27, 2018. The registration fee remains at $20, which includes four lectures, a Q&A session and lunch.

As usual, there will be two classes geared to beginning genealogists. Some of the other selections include Eastern European research, locating your German hometown, German websites, the "march of the Virginians," genealogy software, genealogy on your iPad, land records, and two FamilySearch sessions.

More information, including the registration form and class descriptions, will be online in the near future.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

October News

Vista Grande Library in Casa Grande is holding a monthly genealogy class. The classes are being held on the second Friday of the month from 10 AM to 12 noon. Sessions are free and you do not have to register ahead of time. The first hour is an informative presentation and the second hour is a lab and question/answer format. The next class addresses Native American research and is scheduled for Friday, November 10, at 10:00 AM.

Palm Creek Genealogy Club will begin our 2017-2018 season with workshops during November and December. We continue to meet Tuesday evenings at 7 PM in the SanTan room. Bring your computer or other device, as there will be time to work on your own family tree or internet research. Club dues are $5 per site for the season.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Finding Your Roots

The PBS program "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." began its new season last week. You can find it on most PBS stations on Tuesday evenings; check your local listings for time. Tonight's guest is Fred Armisen.

Monday, October 2, 2017

October Webinars

Celebrate Family History Month by watching one of the free webinars from Legacy. Register or find more information at  Notice that Friday, October 6 has a day-long lineup of presentations at many different times.

Wednesday, October 4 - No Easy Button: Using "Immersion Genealogy" to Understand Your Ancestors, by Lisa Alzo.    Beginner and Intermediate

Friday, October 6 - Sweden's Multiple Naming Systems and How They Changed in the 1800s, by Martha Garrett.   Intermediate

Friday, October 6 - Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise, by Jeannie Bloom.  Intermediate

Friday, October 6 - Reasonably Exhaustive Research of African American Families That Came Out of Slavery, by LaBrenda Garrett Nelson.  Intermediate

Friday, October 6 - Using Timelines for Correlation and Analysis, by Jill Morelli.  Intermediate

Friday, October 6 - Land, Licenses, Love Gone Wrong, and Other Assorted Courthouse Records, by Ann Staley.   Intermediate

Friday, October 6 - Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results to Help Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls, by Tom Jones.  Intermediate

Wednesday, October 11 - Southern States Migration Patterns, by Mary Hill.  Intermediate

Friday, October 13 - Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace, by Pat Richey, who writes the 'Dear Myrtle" blog.

Tuesday, October 17 -  Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard, by David Ouimette.  Intermediate

Wednesday, October 18 - The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy, by Gena Philbert-Ortega.

Wednesday, October 25 - Midwestern & Plains States Level Census Records, by Paula Stuart-Warren.  (State Census Records)   Beginner and Intermediate

Sunday, October 29 - Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish BMD, by Rose Feldman.   Intermediate

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Research in Montana

My cousin's husband has been researching ancestors in Musselshell County, Montana. He made contact with a woman there who enjoys doing lookups. She spent time locating material at the courthouse and also goes through newspaper files for surnames of interest. 

One of the interesting pieces of information was a document labeled "Registration of Firearms and Weapons" from 1918. The date and place of birth of the respondent was part of the information collected!

We knew that the family migrated from central Minnesota to Montana via North Dakota but were not sure of the dates. The respondent's reported birth in a specific North Dakota town in 1904 was very helpful in figuring out the migration pattern.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Mesa Family History Conference

Registration is now open for next month's Family History Conference. Here's the information from the email announcement.

ANNOUNCING THE 2017 Family History Conference sponsored by the Mesa FamilySearch Library on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the Tempe Institute of Religion on the ASU Campus, 1000 South McAllister Avenue in Tempe, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.

Our theme is “Bridging Generations” and provides a wide variety of over 50 class choices for all types of learners, from beginners to the most advanced genealogists.  Come and learn how to be more effective and efficient when doing your research.  Learn to trace your roots with DNA.  Learn to find and document your sources.  Get specific information on various ways to research in specific states and countries.  If you are new to family history, come learn the basics.  Some of the most popular classes are repeated in an effort to accommodate everyone.   Spend all day or come for a single class or two; you may attend a maximum of five classes.

Detailed conference information will become available and registration will begin online at on Thursday, September 21, 2017.  At the time of registration, registrants will be given the opportunity to purchase lunch from Jason’s Deli.  Otherwise, the conference is FREE.  Parking is also free and convenient but registrants are reminded that cars are parked in a public facility and are urged to be cautious with their valuables.
See you in October!

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Webinars

The recent sale of Legacy to My Heritage does not seem to have caused any change in the webinar schedule. Check for more information about this month's selections.

Wednesday, September 6: Geoff Rasmussen's topic, "Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist" will provide tools for computer genealogy time. All levels of experience will benefit.

Wednesday, September 13: "Finding Isaac Rogers" by Nicka Smith will show "how a book, scant clues, crowd sourced research, and limited online records came together to make ancestral ties to the Trail of Tears, US Civil War, a hanging judge, an outlaw, and of slavery in the Cherokee Nation." This case study is at a beginner level.

Friday, September 15: "The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestor's School Records" by Melissa Barker is for all levels and will show what types of school records there are and how to find them in repositories.

Tuesday, September 19: "When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion?" by Tom Jones will discuss options when useful information or DNA test results appear after a researcher establishes a conclusion. Intermediate and experienced researchers will find this most helpful.

Wednesday, September 20: Thomas MacEntee will present "Wolfram Alpha for Genealogists." MacEntee says that Wolfram Alpha provides solutions to questions such as “How am I related to my great-grandmother’s niece” or “What was the time of the sunrise on April 1, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois?” Learn how this unique site can expand your genealogy and family history research. The topic is at a beginner level.

Wednesday, September 27: "Quick Guide to Texas Research" by Deena Coutant is for beginners and will give an introductory look at the records and repositories useful for research in Texas.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Software Report

Have you heard?

Israel-based genealogy website MyHeritage announced this month that it has purchased the developer of Legacy Family Tree software and the Legacy webinars program. The announcement seemed to indicate that there would be no changes to the webinars program. Any club members using Legacy software might be able to provide us with more information.

RootsMagic users can now sync to Ancestry by using "TreeShare." RootsMagic has added a "WebHints" feature that searches Ancestry's collections. However, you must post your tree to Ancestry in order to use that feature.

FamilyTreeMaker finally considered the 2017 version to be ready for shipping this summer. Ancestry has changed their requirements, and you must now post your tree to Ancestry (either public or private) to be able to use the "shaking leaf" hints that had been available for everyone until the product was sold to MacKiev.