Friday, November 30, 2012

DAR Success Story

Last season Marty Kantenan gave a tutorial on using the DAR website. When Jean Turner visited the website following the talk, she learned that her great aunt was a member of the DAR. During the summer she was able to locate records to prove the connections and became a member herself!

Thanks, Marty. And congratulations, Jean.

Could this same scenario exist in your family? Ask Marty or Jean how it works.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pinal County Genealogy Workshop

The registration form for the 10th annual Pinal County Genealogy Workshop has been posted on their website at Speakers' biographies and course descriptions are also available on the website. The syllabus will be posted there January 1.

The workshop will be held Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the LDS church on Colorado Street. Early registration (postmarked by January 19) is $20, which includes lunch. This year the syllabus can be printed from the website; if you wish a printed copy, there is a $5 charge to cover printing.

Note that our club member Trish Kelly will be presenting a talk on "Ontario Land Records." Way to go, Trish!

Member spotlight: Nancy Archibald

Nancy Archibald has been a member of our club since 2010, which is when she began doing genealogy research. Nancy has two children and lives in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada.

Nancy’s interest in genealogy began when her family from Nova Scotia put together the “Archibalds of Nova Scotia Book” that dates back to the 1600s. She has two uncles who also wrote their life stories. She started reading all three of these books and found them fascinating. Nancy joined our club to learn more about how to find family members. She also took courses in Guided Autobiography to learn how to write her own life story.

At present she is researching the names Huybens, Roberts and Archibald. Her great grandfather Huybens, who was born about 1885 in Belgium, is her current brick wall. Nancy met a lady from Belgium while on a hike in Las Vegas who told her Huybens is a very popular name in Belgium.
Nancy recommends the Legacy website and its free webinars.

Monday, November 19, 2012

November 20 Workshop

This Tuesday we will present a short power point demonstration of a successful brick wall breakdown. It might give you a few ideas about solving your own problem.

Special interest group meetings to follow. Our library is open for business, along with the subject folders and magazines. Plan to browse!

Legacy Webinar

Another webinar is now available at 

This lecture can be viewed until November 26. It is especially designed for beginning genealogists. The title is "Genealogy for Novices: Where Do We Begin?" Topics include home sources, getting organized, interviewing and location of various records.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cancer Awareness Fund Raiser

Marty & Jean open for business


Registering the first client

Genealogy Club's Ancestors R Us table at the craft fair...

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tuesday Workshop

Workshop: Nov. 13, 7 PM, San Tan Room

We'll start collecting dues ($5 for the season) and providing folders.

Video: Courthouse Research

Remember, we have a router if you want to use the Internet after the video

We'll also break up into special interest groups.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Success Story

Jerry Linderman has been searching for information on his  3rd great grandmother, Josephine Woster, for many years and finally had a breakthrough this summer. It turned out that her name in Germany was Jacobina Wurster.

Jerry says, "I did a general search of the name Woster and found a naturalization record for a Jacob Woster. It was signed by the applicant in two different places using the name Wurster. When I looked up that name in the Wurtemberg emigration list I found my third great grandmother with that name and also her whole family that had applied to come to the US at the same time in 1846. Jacob turned out to be the half brother of Jacobina/Josephine, my third great grandmother."

Genealogy lesson #1: Be open to variations in names.
Genealogy lesson #2: Do not give up.

Congratulations, Jerry!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Legacy Webinar

Several club members met in the San Tan room yesterday to view Legacy's latest webinar live. The presentation was 60 minutes followed by a 30-minute question/answer session. It was called "Researching Your Canadian Ancestors, an overview." Three main topics were covered very thoroughly: census records, church records and land records. The presenter mentioned many websites where various records could be accessed, and provided many examples.

If you were unable to join us Friday, you can view this webinar free during the next 10 days. Just go to: and find the title given above.

It's well worth your time.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Tuesday's Workshop

Sixteen people attended last Tuesday's workshop; six of them had visited the Family History Library last spring or this fall--proving our contention that Salt Lake City is on the way to and from anywhere!

Maureen Edwards spent time at the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana and recommends it highly. She also reported that there is a new building at the military records facility in St. Louis, but the records are just as difficult to access.

Several reported advancing research over the summer; others were planning to order microfilm this year.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Legacy Webinar scheduled

We have scheduled a special webinar for the Friday November 9 in the Santan Room starting at 12:00 Sharp.

The webinar is entitled  RESEARCHING YOUR CANADIAN ANCESTORS, AN OVERVIEW being presented by Legacy.

Don't miss this webinar by Claire Brisson-Banks, an accredited genealogist (AG).

The key to good research in any country is understanding its history, records and resources. This class will review a timetable and discuss the differences in searching Canadian records versus US records. It will cover a mini-history of the country's growth, census, church, land, and probate records along with online and community resources.

The webinar will be done by 1:30 as we have to vacate the room by 2:00.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Tuesday Workshop

First workshop of the season!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

7 PM  --  San Tan Room

Short video with tips for success on the family search website

Roundtable topic: summer successes or questions