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!"

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November 7 Workshop

Our first workshop was held this week and was well attended for the early season. A group of returning members welcomed some new faces. Everyone was reminded to mark calendars for the Pinal County Genealogy Workshop scheduled for January 27, 2018.

Members reported advancing their research. Beverly was contacted by a first cousin as a result of posting her tree on Ancestry. Nancy found records for a previously unknown child in the family and a footnote in a family book included a death certificate. (Reread notes and information!) Maureen located the grave of Mike's grandmother's sister and the couple who adopted her.

We listened to a webinar by James Tanner called "Why You Can't Trace Your Ancestry Back to Adam." His main point was that written records are not available for most researchers beyond the 1500s.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

1921 Canada Census

GenealogyInTime Magazine produces an interesting online newsletter with "news of the week in genealogy" and also lists the new records available online. Today's newsletter included the following information. 

"The Canada 1921 census is now available for free on the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) website.

Several years ago, LAC signed a contentious contract with Ancestry whereby in exchange for Ancestry taking the time to digitize and transcribe the Canada 1921 census (or more specifically, the microfilm of the census), Ancestry had the exclusive rights to put the census records on their subscription website for a period of four years starting in August 2013. Now four years later, LAC has put the records on their website.

One thing to note with this collection is that the original records from the 1921 census were destroyed when the records were transferred to microfilm back in 1955. The quality of these microfilm images varies enormously, and the odd image is (unfortunately) unreadable.

These records can be searched by first name, last name, age, province and keyword. If you cannot find your ancestors by searching by name (we had this problem), you might want to consider scanning the images by location if you happen to know where your ancestors lived. Alternatively, try searching for your ancestors by alternative name spellings (the Ancestry translation was not always the best). See the LAC website for more details. Access is free."

There is a link to the LAC website on our page.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Genealogy Club News


We will be starting workshops next Tuesday, November 7, in the San Tan room at 7 PM. We are looking forward to our usual productive season. Workshop format will continue: a short presentation followed by time for internet research, using our library resources and getting help with any genealogy-related activity. We will have special help for beginners and the writing group will continue.

Have you made a break-through in your research? Tell us about it! Do you have questions about software, brick walls, etc.? Or, will you be confessing that no research was done since March? Whatever the answers, we are looking forward to the year.

We plan to have a genealogy information table at the November, December and January craft fairs. Great news this year: we will be inside! Our November assignment is in the San Tan room and in December our table will be in the Adobe room. (No hats or sunglasses needed!) Please let Annie know if you can spare an hour volunteering at our table to encourage new members to join the club.

November Webinars

Legacy is presenting another varied group of webinars this month. If you missed registering for today's German topic, remember that you can watch on your own time for the next seven days. Visit for more information or to register for upcoming presentations.

Wednesday, November 1: "Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece" by Luana Darby. Intermediate.

Wednesday, November 8: "New York City Genealogical Research" by Michael L. Strauss.  Beginner and Intermediate

Friday, November 10: "Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence" by Jill Morelli. Beginner and Intermediate

Wednesday, November 15: "British and Irish Research: the differences" by Brian Donovan. Intermediate

Tuesday, November 21: "Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required" by Melissa Ruffner. Intermediate and Advanced

Wednesday, November 29: "Understanding Alabama" by Rorey Cathcart. Beginner