Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Celebrate Independence Week Genealogy Style!

July 4, 1776, marks the day that the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and is considered the birth of the United States of America. That day has been celebrated nearly every year since its first anniversary in 1777 (Wikipedia: "Independence Day (United States)").

Spirit of '76 by Archibald MacNeal Willard, 1875

This year, three genealogy websites are offering FREE access to some of their records in celebration of our Independence Day:
  1. Fold3 is offering FREE access to the Revolutionary War Collection from July 1 to July 15. Visit the Fold3 HQ blog at http://blog.fold3.com/free-access-to-the-revolutionary-war-collection/ for details and links to their collection.
  2. NEHGS is granting FREE access to all online searchable databases on AmericanAncestors.org related to the Great Migration from July 1 through July 8. You must sign up as a Guest User (also free) to take advantage of this offer. Visit their website at http://www.americanancestors.org/fourthofjuly for details and links to the collections.
  3. Ancestry is offering FREE access to their 13 Colonies Collection from July 1 through July 5. Visit the 13 Colonies Collection page at http://search.ancestry.com/search/grouplist.aspx?group=thirteen_colonies for a full list of the records in this collection and to search all those records.
Take time between your picnics and fireworks to do some free research on your colonial ancestors.

Don't forget that there will be no PCGS meeting in July. Our next meeting will be held August 15 at the regular time, but we are meeting at a different location. Visit our website's calendar page at http://azpimagensoc.org/eventListings.php?nm=19&ec=7&tf=12 for the address and a map to our temporary location.

Stay cool!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Write On! Competition Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Write On! Competition.
1st Place --  Margaret Ward for her piece title The Long Journey of Mabel Ida Lewis Smith
2nd Place --  Debra Kabinier for her piece title The Tale of the Traveling China
3rd Place -- Doris Briscoe-Lyon for her piece title An Incident at the Well

Congratulations to the winners! Watch for the winning stories in future editions of The PCGS Researcher.

Thank you to all the writers who submitted an entry to the contest. We hope you will all participate again.   And thank you to our judges who worked hard to ensure a fair contest.

Watch this blog and our website for news of our 2nd annual Write On! Competition!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

MyHeritage SIG and Discount for RM Users


MyHeritage is offering a special discount on its annual membership price to RootsMagic users. The regular price is $119.40 per year but RootsMagic users can get it for just $79.99. But this special offer ends June 10. To take advantage of this offer, click the link for June 2015 RootsMagic News archive.


This discount comes at a good time for PCGS members! We are beginning a members only MyHeritage Special Interest Group (SIG)! The first meeting for this brand new SIG is Saturday, August 1, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the University Medical Center, Room 2500C. The SIG is open to all PCGS members, whether or not you use RootsMagic. If you are a current user of MyHeritage, or wondering if MyHeritage is right for you, come to the SIG meeting to learn and share your knowledge.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2015 Jamboree Live Streaming

Posted: 18 May 2015 11:24 AM PDT

Jamboree offers an outstanding opportunity to the genealogical community, so we would like everyone everywhere to know that they have access to 15 hours of free genealogical education on June 5, 6 and 7. Will you please help us spread the word?

Please forward this message, post a link to this announcement, or copy and send it to your FAN Club - Friends, Associates and Neighbors (with a tip of the hat to Elizabeth Shown Mills, who coined the phrase that is this year's Jamboree theme.)  In other words, fellow genealogical society members, cousins or other research buddies, your family research societies or newsletters, billboards, skywriting, whatever works for you. Do you have a family website, or family page on Facebook? Post it there.

We thank you, and your FANs will thank you too!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May Meeting Saturday May 16th, How to Uncover Hidden Clues in Photos!

Pull out your magnifying glass and put on your detective hat! This months meeting will show you How to Uncover Hidden Clues in Photos,Presented by Sherri Hessick and Jodi Strait, this program promises to give you new insight to old photos.   We will meet from 1:00PM-3:00PM in our usual location:

 University Medical Center, College of Medicine, Room 2117. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!  Please feel free to join us prior to the meeting in the cafeteria for lunch and genealogy talk!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Deadline extended for Write On! Contest

The deadline for entries in our first Write On! writing contest has been extended to May 2, 2015. This gives you two additional weeks to polish up that story you've been working on.

The winners will be announced, and cash prizes awarded, at the June 20 PCGS meeting. You do not need to be present to win.

For more information and links to the entry form, visit our website at http://azpimagensoc.org/. The entry form will not be updated with the new deadline, so please do not be alarmed.

Please direct your questions to info@azpimagensoc.org.

Good luck!