Saturday, December 31, 2016

Genealogy Club Plans

Happy New Year!

January 3: We're beginning the month with a presentation on FindAGrave. Nancy Archibald will be explaining the website and plans to include hands-on practice.

January 10: The mini-presentation will be about the Family Search Wiki. You will be surprised to learn how much information is available on that part of the website.

January 17: Steve Taylor will be talking about Research in Germany. He tells me that this is an updated version of his favorite topic.

January 24: We will review the search function of the Family Search website. Since we talked about it in November, many new databases have already been added.

January 31: Maureen Salter has been learning all about the British Home Children, as one of her ancestors is part of that group. She will share her research with us.

And don't forget the Pinal County Genealogy Workshop on January 28.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Census Success

The first set of records we suggest that beginners use is the census and we try to stress using different combinations of names, initials, spellings, etc. The experience of one of our new members this year illustrates perfectly why!

Diane had trouble finding her grandfather in the 1940 census. When she finally located the family, she discovered he was listed by his initials. Even knowing that, it was almost impossible to find him in 1930 because the indexer had misread the last name as "Past" instead of "Post."

Once Diane had this second clue, she was able to trace the family back through the census years. Here's her elusive grandfather in five censuses!

1940: C. B. Post
1930: Charles B. "Past"
1920: C. Bernard Post
1910: Charles B. Post
1900: Bernard C. "Past"

Friday, December 16, 2016

Research Opportunities

Are you researching any Swedish ancestors? According to an ad in the recent Family Tree Magazine, the subscription website ArkivDigital is offering a free week of access to their records. The offer expires on December 30, 2016 and is only good for new customers. The ad states that the week's subscription will end automatically. Go to: to learn more.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Fold3 is allowing free access to over 113 million WWII records—including 35 million WWII draft registration cards. This offer is good during the month of December. Visit

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Legacy's Upcoming December Webinars

Go to for more information if any of these free webinars look interesting.

Wednesday, December 14

         "From the Heartland--Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research": Luanna Darby. The title says it all, except the focus will be on free websites. The speaker will include the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. (For beginning and intermediate researchers.)

Friday, December 16

         "Tracing Your European Ancestors": Julie Goucher. This webinar is a broad overview of research in Europe with a look at obstacles and pitfalls a researcher may encounter because of historical events. (Intermediate.)

Tuesday, December 20

          "No, no, Nanette! What negative evidence is . . . and isn't": Judy Russell. Negative evidence is defined loosely as "a type of evidence arising from an absence of information." Learn more about what negative evidence is--and what it isn't--and how to use it.  (Advanced.)

Wednesday, December 21

           "An Introduction to BillionGraves": Garth Fitzner. BillionGraves uses GPS to provide locations of headstones. Fitzner will discuss how to use the site, the technology, and how you can help. (Beginner.)


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Genealogy Club News

Thanks to Maureen and Mike Salter and Rick Wood we now have locks on our new cabinets! Even the leftover sawdust has been removed: a special thanks to Maureen! That means the club's genealogy books will be available for use next Tuesday.

This past week's workshop concentrated on census research. We are happy to report that our beginners have all had success in locating ancestors in various census years. Sometimes those rascals are quite elusive.

Next week will be our last workshop of 2016; meetings will begin on January 3 with a presentation on the FindAGrave website.

Be sure to consider attending the annual Pinal County Workshop planned for January 28, 2017. All necessary information, including the registration form, can be found at If you bring your completed registration form and the fee to next week's workshop, I will deliver it at our next committee meeting. Forms must be postmarked by January 14 to qualify for the $20 registration fee.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Genealogy Club Update

We will be talking about searching the census at this week's workshop--looking at tips and tricks for finding those elusive ancestors. You can find several census help sheets among the selections on a "freebies" table that will be available during the first workshop of each month.

Volunteers, please: we will set up our genealogy table during next Tuesday's Craft Fair. If you can spare an hour to talk about the genealogy club to fair attendees, let me know.

Reminder: Annie will deliver registration forms for the January 28 Pinal County Genealogy Workshop. Bring forms and your $20 to either of this month's workshops: December 6 or 13. For more information on this annual workshop, visit

The Legacy Webinar for Wednesday, December 7 is called "Becoming a Genealogy Detective." The presenter, Sharon Atkins, will be concentrating on how to approach and solve your brick walls. More information and registration at