Saturday, December 16, 2017

December 12 Workshop

Annie demonstrated how to develop a research plan from a few pieces of family information. The plan was then used at the Family History Library to discover birth, marriage and death records that had been microfilmed. Adding a probate file to the mix helped to prove the relationships. Finally, the two families were discovered in census records.

It is interesting that the microfilms we used in the past have now been digitized and can be accessed online on FamilySearch. Everyone should check the locations of their family surnames to see whether this is true for their research.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Pinal County Genealogy Workshop

The 15th annual Pinal County Genealogy Workshop is scheduled for January 27, 2018. All information is now available at Just click the link for the 2018 workshop. Registration form and syllabus have been posted. Hope to see you there!

Friday, December 8, 2017

December 5 Workshop

The workshop webinar was called "The Importance of Checking Original Records." Several examples showed how names and places could be misinterpreted by an indexer. It was also interesting to see that extra notes on the original record added information to an ancestor's story.

Today was the monthly genealogy talk at Vista Grande. Unfortunately, it was cancelled because the building had lost power: no school, no library, no speaker! If the presentation is rescheduled, I'll try to let everyone know.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December Webinars

Visit for more information on registering for these free webinars.

Wednesday, December 6: "Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records" by Lisa Salinas. Beginner, Intermediate

Wednesday, December 13: "I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes" by James Baker.  Beginner, Intermediate

Friday, December 15: "Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth" by Jill Morelli. Beginner, Intermediate

Tuesday, December 19: "The Law the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search" by Judy Russell. Intermediate

Wednesday, December 20: "South Carolina for Genealogists" by Rorey Cathcart. Beginner

Wednesday, December 27: "Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search" by Elissa Scalise Powell.  Beginner, Intermediate

Sunday, December 3, 2017

November 28 Workshop

The subject of the mini-topic was Using FamilySearch and Ancestry efficiently by narrowing a search to a specific place or database. We also looked at ways to overcome a complicated Polish surname during census research.

Maureen mentioned two of our club library's many resources. These can be used during workshops or checked out for two weeks.

Moorhead Magazines occasionally publishes magazines that deal with a specific place or type of research. Included in our club library are "Tracing Your Ancestors: Beginner's Guide," "Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors," "Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors," "Tracing Your Italian Ancestors," "Tracing Your Female Ancestors" ( 2 volumes), "Tracing Your Eastern European Ancestors" and "Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors." All articles in the magazines contain information on those specific subjects and include many useful websites.

We also have a useful group of "Quick Guides" on various subjects. These are laminated sheets that are generally four pages in length. Topics include immigration research, English genealogy, migration routes, Scottish genealogy, finding female ancestors, Irish genealogy, Ellis Island and German genealogy.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

November 21 Workshop

Maureen explained the binders we have in our library that deal with specific regions or countries, including Canada, Germany, Great Britain and other areas of Europe. One binder has a collection of website lists that might help in your research. Binders can be checked out for two weeks at a time, and copies can be made of the information.

Nancy had visited the local Family History Center and mentioned its location and days of operation. The center is open Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a long list of subscription websites, including Ancestry, available on their computers.

The mini topic "Census Quirks" suggested ways to add to your research by looking at the entire census rather than just the names, ages and birthplaces. We also looked at a timeline that was created by Beverly to focus on her problem ancestor. Members analyzed the items and made suggestions for research.

We set a goal of finding one new record after the presentation and it seemed that many attendees were able to do that.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Genealogy Club News: November 16

November 14 Workshop

We covered a few suggestions for getting started in genealogy followed by a short demo of the Family Tree section of FamilySearch. New members spent time with Maureen and Carolyn.  We were also able to match two researchers who have a specific interest in Scotland.


Have you visited lately? The website was recently purchased by the subscription site FindMyPast, and they have since changed the look of the site considerably. I am not sure it would be considered an improvement! Take a look and let us know what you think.

Occupations website 

Trish recently sent a link to a website that provides names and definitions of old occupations. Here's her note: "thought you might like to see this interesting site that provides the names of old occupations.    Who would have known that a Brideswell was a keeper of the gaol!"