Monday, December 1, 2014

PCGS Members: DNA Special Interest Group Meets Saturday December 6th

DNA SIG meets this coming Saturday, December 6, from 1-3 PM in a new location, UMC Room 2406. The subject will be “How DNA confirms my paper trail medieval lineage back to 450 AD” with the sources I used. Also if you need help exploring your DNA, bring your kit number and password and see what we can find.  Seating limited to 30.   Paul Duffey

Directions to UMC Room 2406

1.     Enter main door of Hospital at top of horseshoe drive.
2.     You are facing a wall of square glass bricks – turn left.
3.     Jog a slight left into the hallway.
4.     Pass the pharmacy.
5.     Go through the last door on the right before the
double glass door exit. This is 115 feet or 42 man paces from the front door.
6.     Enter the first room on the left 2406.

See you there!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

General Meeting This Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sherri Hessick will present: Pajama Skill Building: Podcasts and Webinars. 

Steve Schuldenfrei will present: What are Two Jews doing in the Klondike? 

We will be meeting in our normal room 2117 in the University of Arizona Medical Center.  

We would love to see you before the meeting for lunch in the cafeteria beginning at 11:15 am!

Friday, November 7, 2014

GeneaPress: Free Access to ArkivDigital on November 8-9

Do you have Swedish relatives?  Free access to ARKIVDIGITAL's entire online historical archive November 8-9.  Records include church books, estate inventories, ship manifest, military and court records.
 Please visit GeneaPress: Free Access to ArkivDigital on November 8-9 for more information.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

WVGS Annual Seminar featuring Dr. John Colletta

WVGS Annual Seminar

Full Day Seminar - Saturday, February 21, 2015

Registration 8:30 - 9:00 am, Seminar 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Lakeview United Methodist Church - Smoot Hall

10298 West Thunderbird Road, Sun City, AZ.

Our speaker this year will be Dr. John Colletta. Those who have enjoyed one of Dr. Colletta’s lectures always are anxious to hear him again. Using engaging case studies and real-life examples, he combines his years of research experience and his proficiency in European languages and history with a sense of humor and the ability to make our ancestors come alive.

The topics he will be speaking about, are the following:

Passenger Arrival Records, Colonial Times to Mid-20th Century

This lecture begins with a discussion of sources for discovering the arrival time and place—and perhaps the ship—of an immigrant to colonial America. It then explores U.S. passenger arrival records, especially 1820-1957, available on microfilm and the Internet. It suggests what facts you need to begin your search and explains step-by-step how to conduct that search. Specific examples illustrate how to use Web sites, National Archives microfilmed indexes, book indexes, and other research tools.

Naturalization Records, Colonial Times to Mid-20th Century

This lecture addresses the legal means by which non-British settlers in colonial America could become naturalized citizens of Great Britain. It then explains U.S. naturalization laws and processes, which began in 1790, and describes the records that resulted from them. It considers the naturalization of both alien classes and individuals, and provides guidance on how to find an ancestor’s records, whether the naturalization occurred in a municipal, state or federal court. Pertinent research tools such as Internet sites, manuals and indexes are all demonstrated.

Lesser-Used Federal Records: Sources of Rich Detail about Ancestors’ Lives

Whenever the path of an ancestor’s life intersected with a federal government agency, paperwork was created. That paperwork fills our National Archives. Most of it has not been indexed, published, microfilmed or digitized, but some of it has. This lecture explores some of the more easily accessible paperwork that provides rich biographical detail about our ancestors. Discussion includes a selection from the following: 1) passport applications, 1791-1925; 2) homestead files, beginning 1863; 3) Civil War Income Tax records, 1862-72; 4) The Journals of Congress, 1789-1873; 5) Appointments of Postmasters, 1789-1971; 6) Federal Court records, 1789-1911; and 7) Civil War draft registrations, 1863-65.

Our Immigrant Ancestors: Pulling Together Each One’s Unique Personal Story

The immigrant experience was not the same for every one of the millions of English, Irish, Italians, Germans, Jews, and others who came to America. Each immigrant’s story is unique. Using three 19th-century case studies, this lecture describes the original records and published materials available to discover the particular facts of your own ancestor’s story. It discusses how to evaluate those facts and assemble them into a story that conveys both the drama and individuality of your ancestor’s emigration/immigration experience.

For more information about Dr. Colletta, check out his website,

Registration fee of $40 before 12/31/14; $45 effective 1/1/15
includes: Program, Contint'l Breakfast, Box Lunch, Beverages and Prizes.

Click here for the seminar flyer which has all the details about the seminar and can be printed for convenience to register for the seminar.

Free Findmypast World Subscription Access this Veterans Weekend

Enjoy a free Findmypast World subscription this weekend

5 November, 2014

This Veterans Weekend, we want to help everyone find their First World War ancestors and learn more about their family history.

So we’re delighted to announce that this Veterans Weekend, we’ll be opening up our archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. That means that between 7am on Friday, November 7th and 7am on Monday, November 10th (EST), absolutely everyone will have access to all our historical records, including:
  • Global record sets that include census, birth, marriage, and death records from the 1600s to the present.
  • Millions of global newspapers spanning from 1710 to 2014.
  • Largest collection of local English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish records dating back to 1500.
  • Military records dating from 1760, encompassing the Civil War, World War I and World War II.
  • Passenger lists and naturalizations, covering the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, and beyond.
  • Local histories, genealogies, and exclusive access to the PERiodical Source Index
As well as millions of other records that will give everyone the opportunity to explore their family history this Veterans Weekend.

Findmypast Live Broadcast

This Saturday 8th November, we will be hosting our first ever Live Broadcast – a series of short, live presentations from our resident family history experts and special guests that will ensure you get the most out of your free Findmypast World access. To find out more about our Live Broadcast, head to our Broadcast page, read the programme and speaker biographies on our blog, or follow us onTwitter throughout the day using the hashtag #FMPLive.
If you’re a Findmypast Local customer, you’ll be given free access throughout the weekend to all of our international records, so you can research any of your ancestors who may have moved around the world. Because we don’t want anyone to miss out, we’ll be adding three free days to Findmypast World 12 month subscriptions, meaning everyone has a weekend on the house.
If you have any questions regarding our free weekend or Live Broadcast, let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or contact our dedicated support team at We hope you enjoy exploring all our records for free, and discover more about your family’s history this Veterans day weekend!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Land Workshop featuring Michelle Roos Goodrum November 22, 2014

We are pleased to have Michelle Roos Goodrum as our featured speaker for our last 2014 workshop.

Ms. Goodrum is a family historian, genealogist and writer with a passion for photography, researching land records, and organization.  She is the author of Digging For Ancestors:  An In-Depth Guide to Land Records, and a regular contributor to The In-Depth Genealogists, a digital community that contributes to the advancement of all genealogists.  Michelle also pens the monthly column Timeless Territories and contributes regular blog posts.  

Her topics for this workshop are:

Federal Land Records:  Digging for Ancestors at the BLM Website

Searching For Land Records

Location:  University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N.                             Campbell, Tucson, AZ

                Room 2500 C & D (just off the cafeteria)
                Parking in the visitor lot is free.

Workshop Fees:  $12.00 for PCGS Members

                           $15.00 for Non-Members

Registration forms may either be mailed in or brought to our next general meeting November 15.



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ISFHWE 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2015.

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE)

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2015. 
The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:

Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2014. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or fewer. These are entries from the author’s regular column-not features. Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).
Category II -- Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2014 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.

Category III – Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in
2014. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. These may be print or online newsletters. The once-a-year newsletters usually sent at Christmas do not qualify for this competition as two issues from the same calendar year are needed.
Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category V– Unpublished material - Published Authors. This category is for original unpublished genealogically related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category VI – Poetry. This category is for original content (published in 2014 or unpublished), that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. Certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards will be announced in September 2015.

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count.  Send entries to:

Appropriate entry fee(s) - and membership dues to receive the discount - may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at
Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition - Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to:

For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: