Saturday, November 30, 2019

Legacy's December Webinars

Visit to see whether you would like to watch any of the following selections. If the time is wrong for you, they are free to view for a week after the presentation.

Tuesday, December 3 - "Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest" by Paul Milner.  Intermediate

Wednesday, December 4 - "Which Spot Does 'X' Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action" by Debra Renard.  Intermediate

Wednesday, December 11 - "Grandma's Obituary Box: The Use of Obituaries in Genealogical Research and Their Role in American Culture" by Pam Stone Eagleson.  Beginner, Intermediate

Tuesday, December 17 - "Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders" by J. Mark Lowe.  Intermediate

Wednesday, December 18 - "How to Trace Your UK Ancestry" by Kirsty Gray.  Beginner

Thursday, November 28, 2019

DNA Sales for Black Friday

Ancestry is announcing that their DNA kits will be on sale for $49 through December 2. If you are still considering a DNA test, Google "DNA Sales Black Friday" and you can compare options and prices for all the various companies.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Workshop: November 26

Maureen told us a bit about the history of the Library of Congress, which has been in existence since 1800. She also provided suggestions about using the website and demonstrated a few of the discoveries she has made there. The handout gave us specific links to useful sections of the website, such as the catalog, prints and photographs, genealogy services and "ask a librarian." The newspaper website "Chronicling America" can also be accessed from the LOC.  Thanks, Maureen!

Maureen explaining the LOC

Tonight's attendees

Monday, November 25, 2019

Legacy Software

If you have not chosen a software program for your genealogy research, Legacy Family Tree is having a "Black Friday" sale. Notice that the membership deal for webinars is only for new subscribers.

Get 50% off Legacy Family Tree 9.0 software!

Get 50% off a full year's webinar membership! (New memberships only, not valid to extend an existing membership.)

Through Monday, December 2, 2019.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The McClelland Irish Library

The McClelland Irish Library in Phoenix is presenting another genealogy workshop on December 4. Here's the necessary information and website:

Griffith’s Valuation and Other Irish Land and Property Records

Level II: Intermediate
This workshop provides a comprehensive look at Irish land and property records that can be used as a substitute for missing or lost 19th Century Irish records and those of earlier eras. The workshop will demonstrate how to utilize records such as Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe Applotment Books, and numerous other online and offline record sources to uncover relevant genealogical information in Ireland. 

Current Members of the Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Library: $15
Non-Members: $20

Miles Davenport has over 17 years of genealogy research experience. In 2010, he published his own colonial family history spanning over ten generations. He has been published in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and taught advanced genealogical courses at the Scottsdale Public Library. Miles is currently a volunteer staff genealogist at the McClelland Irish Library.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

November 19 Workshop

Sharon Horton provided our mini-topic last night. Sharon and her husband have been researching for many years, visiting towns and villages along the way. She has published two family history books and shared her research process and ideas for compiling the books. Her slogan is "Collect--Compose--Complete."

Sharon explaining the writing process

Sharon used a website called My Canvas to compose her books. This website allows you to transfer Ancestry information directly and to add photos and other embellishments to the book. She also pointed out that it is important to have an ending point to your story with some closing thoughts about your ancestors.  If you have an interest, visit

Club members in attendance

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Research in Mexico

I attended the "Research in Mexico" presentation at Vista Grande last Friday, although the presenter evidently had a problem connecting with Skype. Instead the moderator gave a demonstration of his excellent website.

Moises Garza has a blog, podcast, ebooks, and an extensive website with information and links for all Mexican states. There are also Facebook groups for each state. Part of the website is in Spanish. if you would like to take a look.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Happy Birthday FamilySearch

FamilySearch is celebrating its 125th birthday!

Information from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

The Genealogical Society of Utah was established on November 13, 1894, under the direction of Wilford Woodruff, the 4th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Franklin D. Richards was appointed as the society’s first president. The purpose of the society was to help its members (who were predominantly immigrants from Europe) to gather genealogical records from their homelands so they could remember and build their ancestral connections.

FamilySearch, aka Genealogical Society of Utah, has been dedicated to helping individuals discover their ancestral roots for 125 years.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Workshop Report - November 12

It was great to have more returning members in attendance last night, as well as four new members. They had visited our table during the Craft Fair that morning. After the presentation they got started with Carolyn and Maureen.

The mini topic dealt with using FamilySearch more efficiently. Every database on the website has a page on the Wiki where you can learn more about the information that is included in those records. Knowing specifically which locations and dates are covered is especially helpful. It seems that the Wiki page is updated more often than the description of the database.

November 12 Craft Fair

The Maureens are explaining our club
Our morning at the craft fair was successful. Four new members attended last night's meeting; all of them had stopped to visit with our volunteers. Besides Maureen and Maureen, thanks to Delrene, Nancy, Deenie, Dick and Annie.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Free Military Records on Ancestry

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Free Weekend on Findmypast

Findmypast is free this Veterans Day Weekend

Access Findmypast for free* from November 8-11.

From time to time, we open up access to Findmypast completely free of charge to encourage more people to explore their family history. To use Findmypast for free this weekend, you simply need to sign up. Once you’re signed up, log in during the free period and you’ll be able to access all the records and features that would normally be included in a paid subscription.

This free weekend runs from 12:00 midday GMT on Friday, November 8 to 12:00 midday GMT on Monday, November 11.

All of Findmypast’s records will be free to access during the free weekend, apart from some notable exclusions.

Records excluded from this free weekend promotion are:

All newspapers
The Periodical Source Index (PERSI)
UK Electoral Registers & Companies House Directors 2002-2019

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

November 5 Workshop

Nancy introduced the officers and the roundtable produced some interesting responses.

Butch spent 11 weeks in England over the summer doing "pet sitting" at various locations. They were able to spend much time touring.

Carolyn is continuing to provide documentation for her research.

Maureen attended two conferences: the NGS in St. Charles, MO and the FGS in Washington, D.C. She signed up for a DNA analysis and is still processing the results.

Delrene was contacted by someone who located her via FindAGrave to return two of her father's paintings that had been purchased in Bozeman. She also received a photo of her g.g. grandmother through an Ancestry contact.

Laurie has completed his project of scanning 6500 family photos from the early 1900s on and is ready to return to genealogy research. Relatives from Wales who visited them over the summer turned out to be subjects of a photo taken there on a trip his parents took many years ago.

Nancy visited the Family History Library on her way south this fall where one of the volunteers helped her to locate her grandfather's Alberta marriage certificate by "thinking outside the box."

Susan is documenting information on living relatives, including a new granddaughter!

Mary Ann bought a Mac when her computer failed and found out she could no longer use Legacy. She has re-entered her information on FamilySearch.

Deenie has been attending writing classes at a local senior center.

Dick spent several days at the Wisconsin Historical Society collecting obituaries using their microfilm collection.

Bob met with a cousin who is eight years older and who was able to share memories of their grandfather.

Annie has made some interesting connections with other researchers on FamilySearch.

We also had a short review of the Linkpendium website and a preview of the upcoming Pinal County Genealogy Workshop.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

November Plans

We're beginning the new season with workshops this month. Tonight we will be sharing any interesting discoveries from the summer or asking for help for brick walls.

November 12: We will do a review of FamilySearch and suggest more efficient ways to use the website.

November 19: Sharon Horton from Robson is coming to talk about producing her two family history books, including a website that she used.

November 26: Maureen Edwards will educate us about the Library of Congress website.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Virtual Institute for British Genealogy



The ISBGFH is pleased to announce their Virtual Institute which will run from March 16-19, 2020. The theme for this Institute is Researching in Commonwealth Countries. Each day of the Institute will feature 4 presentations on a particular Commonwealth Country:

Monday: Canada
Tuesday: South Africa
Wednesday: British India
Thursday: Australia

$70 usd per day. $249 usd for all 4 days.
Registration allows you access to recordings of the presentations until April 30th.

To register or learn more about the conference:

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Ancestry DNA

Ancestry has its DNA kits on sale again. $59 through the 27th of November.