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PCGS November 17 General Meeting

Our final meeting of the year will be on Saturday, November 17.
Bob Black and Robert Wilbanks
The short class is Researching the World on a Shoestring Without Leaving Town by Bob Black. This presentation will be an update on The Family History Guide (thefhguide.com), the best free, at-home learning and resource guide for genealogists wherever they are in their discovery journey. No need to Google something like "British genealogy" and go through 130,000 websites any more!
Robert Wilbanks IV will present the featured program Heading West, Starting Fresh: Our Ancestors and American Expansion. This beginner to intermediate topic is an historical overview of United States migration from teh earliest Colonial period through to the later 1800s. This preentation explains the geography and topography of the Eastern United States, and how it influenced early settlement and growth, as well as the westward expansion after the Revolutionary War through the post Civil War Era. It also discusses what pushed and pulled our ancestors to pick up and head elsewhere.
Bob Black, Tucson Family History Center Director, retired in 2015 after too many years working in healthcare human resources, including 20 years at UMC, 9 years at St. Joseph's/St. Mary's (the last year traveling around the country every week), and 2 years at La Frontera, all in Tucson. He started his career in El Centro, CA, but moved to Tucson for the cooler weather in 1984. He was born in Albuquerque, grew up in San Diego (such a tough place to live!), spent two years speaking German in Germany (but is now only able to tell you when they are cussing in Indiana Jones movies), and graduated with a bachelor's and master's degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He has six children and nine grandchildren. He's been at the Family History Center since 2011 and has been serving as Co-Director with his wife June since 2014. He really enjoys working with people at the Center on their family history discovery journey. 
Robert Wilbanks IV has been a practicing genealogist for 40 years and a professional genealogist for 29. He holds a B.A. in History and attended the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University. He is the president of the Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists and the Chief Genealogist & Historian for the Caledonian Society of Arizona. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the National Genealogical Society. His areas of expertise are U.S. Military History & Records, American Civil War, Old South, Colonial Virginia, United States, and British Isles. Learn more about him by visiting his website Ancestral Pride: Professional Genealogy Services.
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Banner-University Medical Center
DuVal Auditorium (Room 2600)
1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ
You do not have to be a PCGS member to attend.


Another Membership Benefit

PCGS Professional Genealogist Online Directory
PCGS members who are professional genealogists and accept clients (paid or pro-bono) may be listed in a PCGS Professional Genealogist Online Directory. The directory will be publicly available on the PCGS website, but only PCGS members are eligible to be listed.
If you are an active PCGS member and would like to be included in the Professional Genealogist Online Directory, please fill out the pdf form under Members Only > Secure Download > Pro Genealogist Directory Form and email it to webmanager@azpimagensoc.org.


Volunteers Needed!

We need your help
Our Society runs on volunteers. Below are the most critical positions needed immediately. Please consider contributing your time and talents to these areas.
Program Committee Chair
Work with established committee to develop and plan subject matter and obtain speakers for nine monthly society meetings per year. All topics, most hosts, and some speakers are already identified for the 2019 program year. All that is left is to identify the rest of the speakers with the help of the program committee and the society members. Please email president@azpimagensoc.org if you are interested in helping with this critical task.

Research Committee Chair
Monitor, coordinate, and distribute website research requests to the researchers. Please email president@azpimagensoc.org for more information and to volunteer.


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The Conference Beat


2018 International Genetic Genealogy (i4GG) Conference: December 7–9, 2018
San Diego, CA
i4GG has been called "the most important DNA conference in America." The conference will cover the most cutting edge Genetic Genealogy methodologies for any genealogy application, including uknown parentage. Registration is now open. Visit their website for more details.
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG): January 13–18, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT
Elevate Your Genealogical Education to New Heights. A week long in-depth learning experience; includes 15 courses on topics such as advanced methodology, African American and Native American research, immigration, overcoming record loss, establishing genealogical proof with DNA, and more. Registration opened July 7, 2018 @ 9:00AM (MDT). Visit the SLIG website for more details.
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) Extended: January 19–24, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT
Two programs are available for SLIG students to take advantage of during the week following SLIG: Gudied Research and Consultation with Craig R. Scott, and DNA Consultations with Karen Stanbary. Visit the SLIG website for more details. 
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) Academy for Professionals: January 21–25, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT
For Professionals and Budding Professionals. This program will focus on professional development topics not offered at SLIG or elsewhere in a week-long, in-depth format. It will open with a special event to commemorate the life and legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and end by Friday noon. Two meals are included with registration: Monday brunch and Thursday evening dinner. Visit the SLIG website for more details.
RootsTech 2019:  February 27–March 2, 2019

Salt Lake City, UT

Connect - Belong is again the theme for the 2019 RootsTech Conference. The 2019 conference will see many great changes to the way things work -- no badge scanning, later general sessions, more breakout sessions and popular sessions repeated. Lots of changes to make your conference experience better! Registration Now Available! Register before October 12 to take advantage of exclusive early bird pricing. Visit www.rootstech.org to register and for more details.


NGS Family History Conference: May 8–11, 2019
St. Charles, MO
This is your opportunity to choose from more than 150 lectures presented by many nationally recognized speakers, explore an exhibit hall filled with more than 80 exhibitors, and network with more than 2,000 genealogists. Every NGS conference has a different theme with a new program top to bottom—so there is always more to learn and discover. Register for the Family History Conference starting 1 December 2018. Watch their website for details visit the NGS conference page
SCGS JAMBOREE: May 30–June 2, 2019
Burbank, CA
The Big 50 for The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. 50 continuous years of genealogy education, friendships, partnerships and offering the latest innovations in genealogy and technology. Come celebrate 2019 as we honor the past and embrace the future of Jamboree and genealogy.  Watch for details http://genealogyjamboree.com/.
International German Genealogy Conference: June 15–17, 2019
Sacramento, CA
Sacramento will host the second international conference of the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP). More than 700 people are expected to attend the conference to focus on the history and genealogy of those with German ancestry, wherever they live in the world. See the website for full descriptions and information. https://iggpartner.org.
Association for Gravestone Studies Conference: June 25–June 30, 2019
Boiling Springs, NC
AGS holds an annual conference every June. Held in a different location each year, the conference features lectures, demonstrations, exhibits, conservation and documentation workshops, classroom sessions, slide presentations, and guided cemetery tours. Registration will open in Spring 2019. For more information, visit https://gravestonestudies.org.
Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR): July 21–July 26, 2019
Athens, GA
The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) hosted by the Georgia Genealogy Society provides an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation, and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive study led by nationally prominent genealogical educators. Students choose one course that lasts throughout the week. Topics range from a course for beginners to a variety of courses on specialized topics. Visit the IGHR website for more details.
FGS National Conference:  August 21–24, 2019

Washington, D.C.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies makes its first visit to the nation's capital with the National Archives, Library of Congress, DAR Library, and more a Metro ride away. For more information, visit the FGS conference page.

Professional Management Conference:  September 19-21, 2019

Salt Lake City, UT

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Association of Professional Genealogists at the one conference designed by professionals for professionals in Salt Lake City, the city where APG began. Attend advanced-level presentations you can't get anywhere else, network with genealogy pros from all over eh U.S. and beyond, and research at the Family History Libreary before and after the conference. Watch their conference webpage for details as they unfold.


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