Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Our First Annual Writing Contest - WRITE ON!

Pima County Genealogy Society is proud to announce Write On!, our first annual writing contest. Open to all members and non-members of PCGS, this is your chance to flex your writing muscles and create something of lasting value for you and your family, and have the opportunity to win some cash.

We are looking for original and unpublished works, such as:
  • Memoirs and biographies where the major portion of the facts are from personal memories, interviews, family oral traditions, etc. No, or few, historical documents are used in research. However, information that is not from your personal memory should be cited, to show where and how you learned of facts or stories.
  • A family history or biography that is researched and documented through historical documents.
  • Genealogical poems or essays.
Entries should be 4,000 words or less, excluding textboxes, footnotes and endnotes. Authors retain copyright of their material, but grant permission to print the entry in the PCGS newsletter or other PCGS publications. Photos and illustrations used must be free of copyright, or have written permission from the copyright holder, and contain appropriate attribution.

PCGS will offer a mini-workshop early in 2015 that will provide attendees with techniques for writing a quality family history story. This is an excellent opportunity for contestants to improve on their entries before the deadline.

Each entry will be read and graded by three judges using the guidelines at this link. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners. The Contest Coordinator and Judges are ineligible.

The contest begins now–entries must be received by the coordinator no later than 18 April 2015. Winners will be announced, and prizes awarded, at the 20 June 2015 PCGS general meeting. To enter, follow this link to the Write On! Contest Entry Form and follow the instructions provided. Questions can be directed to the Contest Coordinator at pimacountygenealogysociety@gmail.com (please put "Write On!" in the subject line).


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

General Meeting This Saturday: FamilySearch Toolbox

Don't forget our meeting is coming up this Saturday, September 20th .  We will be meeting in our normal room 2117 in the Medical College which is located at the University Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell.  New members are encouraged to contact Beth at 820-4488 for help finding our meeting location. 

As usual some of our members will be meeting in the cafeteria for lunch prior to the meeting.  Folks usually arrive for lunch around 11:30 to 12.   

Sherri Hessick will be our featured speaker.  Her program is called "The FamilySearch Family Tree Toolbox".  We hope to see you there!

We are looking for photos to use on our website.  The photos must be scanned images 300dpi or higher.  Please email your pictures and consent for use to our general mailbox at pimacountygenealogysociety@gmail.com.

Presidio Project Needs Volunteers! Please Help.

THE TUCSON PRESIDIO NEEDS OUR HELP!
The Pima County Genealogy Society has been asked to participate in a project led by the Tucson Presidio Trust to compile family histories of the soldiers and settlers of the Tucson Presidio during the Spanish colonial period (1775-1821) and the Mexican territorial period (1821-1856) as the first priority.  The Arizona territorial period (1856-1912) will be included at a later stage of the project.
If you are interested in volunteering to work on this project, please contact Betty Bengtson at bettybengtson@gmail.comor 219-3507.   Volunteers will be compiling genealogy information for the Presidio families, entering data and performing other tasks to be defined.  Research has been done for some families and some verification or sourcing of the information may be necessary.  The information will be made available to the public at the Presidio.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Here is a little teaser: PCGS 2014 Seminar and Workshop featuring Lisa Louise Cooke Door Prizes and Raffles

PCGS Door Prize and Raffle 2014 Seminar

Certificate for one night stay at Crystal Inn in Salt Lake City
Three PCGS Research Bags
Family Tree Maker Software
Roots Magic ver 6 software with Book and mapping software
One Year Membership to Ancestry World Explorer
One Year Membership to Find My Past U.S. Subscription
Six Month Membership to Find My Past World Subscription
Onesie from Geni.com 12-18 months
Genealogist tote bag
Book:  Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse by Lisa Louise Cooke
Book "How to Trace Your Family Tree in England, Ireland, Scotland and
                        Wales"
Book "Native American Directory"
Book "Mastering Genealogical Proof"


One year (2015) free membership to PCGS
Shadow Book
and more.....

Everyone receives a door prize ticket.  

Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.00

It's not too late!  We will continue to take reservations until September 30th!  See event info above under 2014 Seminar Lisa Louise Cooke.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

PCGS Calendar Updates for the next 30 days.....

September 13 
  1:00 pm  PCGS Help Session at UMC Room 2500D off the cafeteria.

September 20
 10:00 to 11:30  Family Tree Maker SIG at UMC Room 2500D off the cafeteria.

   1:00 pm  PCGS Monthly Meeting:  FamilySearch Tree Toolbox speaker Sherri                   Hessick will update us on the latest at FamilySearch.

There is no monthly meeting in October.  Several of us will be gathering during our normal meeting time to watch a webinar or two since we already have the room reserved.  We will announce the webinar titles in the beginning of October.

Please join us at the workshop and/or seminar Oct 3 and 4th featuring Lisa Louise Cooke.  Registration information may be found on our blog at http://pimacountygenealogysociety.blogspot.com/p/2014-seminar-lisa-louise-cooke.html

We also have a land workshop featuring author and genealogist Michelle Goodrum on November 22 from 9 am to noon.  Information and registration is available here: http://pimacountygenealogysociety.blogspot.com/p/workshops-tours-and-seminars.html


Please email us at pimacountygenealogysociety@gmail.com to pay for the seminar or either of the workshops with a credit card.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

DNA Sale - Family Tree DNA

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Early Bird Registration $139 for Feb 11-14, 2015 FGS Conference in Salt Lake

Register for FGS 2015 in Salt Lake City now & take advantage of the special early bird pricing!
The Federation of Genealogical Societies - Linking the Genealogical Community
Register for FGS 2015 "Connect.Explore.Refresh" Conference.

FGS 2015 Conference Regsitration is Open

Connect.Explore.Refresh - A Conference for the Nation's Genealogists

 
Registration is now open for the FGS 2015 national conference scheduled for February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This highly anticipated genealogy event puts the FGS and RootsTech conferences under one roof at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC).
 
Registration opens with a special early bird price of $139 for a full FGS conference registration. That pricing is available through September 12, 2014. Attend only FGS or add-on a full RootsTech pass for an additional $39. Register now at: http://FGSconference.org/2015.
 
FGS President, D. Joshua Taylor, shares "FGS 2015 will undoubtedly be part of the largest family history event in North America. We are delighted to partner with RootsTech to bring the best of tradition and innovation to the family history community."
 
Conference Highlights
 
  • Conference Sessions: The program features lectures for genealogists of all experience levels. Attendees will learn from a variety of tracks including Tried and True Methods, The Most Useful Records Hidden in Plain Sight, Compiling Singular Records into Lively Stories, A Retro Look at Organizing and Planning, and Modern Access to Vintage Resources. See the full program and list of speakers at http://FGSconference.org/2015.
  • General Sessions: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings will kick off with a joint general session for all FGS and RootsTech attendees.  
  • Expo Hall: Both conferences will share an expo hall covering more than 120,000 square feet, which will offer at least 240 booth spaces and a Demo Theater featuring special vendor presentations.
  • Research Opportunity: The Family History Library is the reason that Salt Lake City is the dream destination of genealogists everywhere. The library is a located in walking distance of the Salt Palace Convention Center and the four conference hotels.  
  • Focus on Societies: Sessions on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 will give society leaders and volunteers ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, increase membership, and develop sources of revenue.
  • Librarians’ Day: On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, ProQuest will sponsor a full pre-conference day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.  
 
Visit the FGS conference website at http://FGSconference.org/2015 for additional details including links to the conference hotels. Watch for future announcements about general session speakers, special activities and more on the FGS Voice Blog athttp://voice.fgs.org/ and through FGS social media channels (links available on the conference website).  
 
 
See you in Salt Lake City in February!  
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