Saturday, September 17, 2016

Workshop Plans: 2016-2017

Nancy Archibald, a club member for many years, has volunteered to lead/mentor a writing group during our workshops this year. She has taken courses in Guided Autobiography and has taught classes at the local senior center. Nancy will assist members in writing autobiographies or biographies of chosen ancestors. She plans to start about mid-November and continue throughout the coming season. If you have been considering doing some writing and need a little encouragement or assistance, plan on joining Nancy's group on workshop nights.

Carolyn Stone will continue to assist beginners during workshops. Anyone who thinks they would benefit from extra help in beginning U. S. research can plan on working with Carolyn.

This year we also plan to have special help for beginners with Canadian ancestors. Since Canadian researchers might need to know about other types of records to get started, it makes sense to have someone with expertise in Canadian research as a guide.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

2016 Family History Conference

For the past several years, the Mesa FamilySearch Library has been holding an October conference. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, October 29. If you will be back at Palm Creek by that time, it's an excellent value: FREE!

Registration will begin on September 14, and at that time you will also have an opportunity to purchase a lunch from Jason's Deli. The conference will be held at the Tempe Institute of Religion on the ASU Campus, 1000 South McAllister Avenue in Tempe, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Plan to register or read more about it at

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Legacy's September Webinars

Wednesday, September 14: Judy Russell will present "The Treasure Trove of Legislative Petitions" for intermediate level researchers. She says our ancestors petitioned our government with concerns about forming counties, building bridges and highways, or other matters of public concern.

Friday, September 16: Richard Thomas will talk about Clooz software, which is used to capture and analyze document information before transferring the events into Legacy Family Tree. (He is the co-owner of the company that sells the software.)  The presentation is directed at intermediate and advanced researchers.

Tuesday, September 20: Rick Sayre's webinar is called "Finding Evidence of Kinship in Military Records." Also for intermediate researchers, the talk will cover pensions, service records, medical records, etc. but suggests that it is usually necessary to consult both online and textual military records.

Wednesday, September 21: Devin Ashby is a project manager for Family Search and his presentation is an introduction to for first time users/beginners. He says, "We'll discuss Family Tree, Memories, Search, Indexing, and the “My Family” booklet."

Wednesday, September 28: Jonathan Shea will present "Beginning Polish Genealogy." His talk is geared toward intermediate researchers, and he will explore using document sources in the US to find the ancestral birthplace before discussing archives in Poland.