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Seminar & Workshop Registration is Open!

Registration is open now for the Seminar and Workshop! Go to 2020 Photo Seminar in the left navigation pane for details and link to register for the seminar and to 2020 Photo Workshop to register for the workshop.

September 19 Meeting Link

Registration for the September virtual monthly meeting is open. The link to register is
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You do not need to be a PCGS member to attend the live broadcast; however, membership is required for access to the handouts and the recording.
The meeting will begin with PCGS member April Hale giving a short class on Library of Congress Resources. Discover what resources are available through the Library of Congress to aid you in your genealogical research. Topics of discussion will include the available records and how to access them, both remotely and at the Library. In addition, we will discuss how your personal research can be submitted to the Library for storage and reference. We will discuss the types of personal genealogies that can be submitted to the Library and how to do it.
April Hale is a genealogist with a passion for knowledge and a love for her family, both past and present. She is a middle-school history teacher who loves to find ways to integrate genealogy into her classroom. She is currently working on her master's degree in history.
Our guest speaker is Debra Dudek speaking on World War I Genealogy–Where Do I Start? Start your journey towards learning more about your family’s connection to the war to end all wars. Using a fail-proof method of record gathering, you can begin to construct a large amount of information even if your ancestor’s official military records were destroyed in the NRPC fire. With thousands of resources available online, traditional archives, and in specialized museums, you'll be on your way to tracing your ancestor's Great War experience quickly and confidently.
Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy, World War I research, and emerging technology topics. An alumna of Olivet College (Olivet, Michigan) and the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland). Ms. Dudek holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, a Masters in Information and Library Studies, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies.
Our monthly meetings begin at 1:00 p.m. Arizona time. This meeting will be recorded as usual, so PCGS members will be able to watch it later if they are unable to attend live, or they may watch it to refresh their memories if they forget something.
We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy during this difficult time. PCGS will continue to provide educational opportunities in a virtual format to meet the needs of the genealogical community and simultaneously doing our part to help stopping the spread.


Effective 1 January 2020, our membership dues will increase from $20 for individual and $27 for family memberships to $25 and $32 respectively. You can still join or renew at the existing $20/$27 prices until 31 December 2019 by visiting our Join / Renew page and following the instructions.
This is the first dues increase since our organization was founded in 2011 and represents the many membership benefits that have been added since then. We hope that you will agree that membership in Pima County Genealogy Society is a bargain.


Announcing a New Member Benefit!

We are now recording our monthly meetings! The recordings are available for our Members Only to be viewed in case they missed a meeting or wish to review something the speaker said or didn't quite catch the website address on the screen. This is especially helpful for our members who are winter visitors–now they won't miss our summer programs!
We would still love to see our members join us at the meetings in person. We love seeing your smiling faces andwe have much more fun when we are together. But we know that isn't always possible and this option is there for those of us that can't always be there.
To access the recordings, log in to Members Only with your username and password, then click on Videos in the left navigation panel.
Members are reminded that these recordings are provided as a benefit of membership in the Pima County Genealogy Society and may not be shared or broadcast outside of the Society. Not a member of PCGS? Click here for our easy online join process or for a link for the form to join by mail.


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 is 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


What Does Our Logo Symbolize?

Our logo is based on the state flag of Arizona which “represents the copper star of Arizona rising from a blue field in the face of a setting sun” (quote from legislation). The 13 gold and red rays represent the sun setting over the western desert and the original 13 colonies. Red and gold colors were also carried by Coronado’s Spanish expedition in search of the Seven Cities of Cibola in 1540. The center star signifies copper production. Arizona produces more copper than any other state in the country and one of its nicknames is the Copper State. The field of blue is the same liberty blue as the United States flag. Blue and old gold are also Arizona’s official state colors. For more information about the state symbols of Arizona, visit the Arizona page of the State Symbols USA website.

Get the Latest Society News in Your Email Inbox!

Do you want to get the latest Society news in your email inbox? When are the meeting handouts available for download? What is the next meeting about? When can I register for that workshop I heard about? We always post notices of those items and more on our blog and you can sign up to receive email notification when a new post is published on the blog. Here's how:
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We also occasionally send emails to our members through our website (like when a new issue of The PCGS Researcher is published). Please make sure your spam filters are set-up to include mail from our email server: We will not fill out your spam filter requests for verification. It will be your responsibility to update things on your end to receive all your member benefits like newsletters and meeting reminders! 



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Upcoming Events
September 19
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Family Tree Maker SIG - MEMBERS ONLY
  If you are an FTM user (PC and Mac) and interested in exploring all the features of this software program, please join us. FTM users ...
September 19
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
PCGS General Meeting
Class: Library of Congress Resources Discover what resources are available through the Library of Congress to aid you in your genealogical research. Topics of ...
September 26
9:30 am to 11:30 am
  Get answers to your DNA questions, guidance on interpreting your results and updates on what's new in DNA testing.
October 3
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  RootsMagic software users' general meeting to further their knowledge and share their expertise of the software. Bring your questions to be answered and problems to be ...
October 16
2020 Workshop & Seminar with Photo Expert Maureen Taylor
Friday Workshop Title: Love and Loss in the Family Album: Finding the Story Between the Covers Morning: 9am to 11 am Afternoon: 1pm to 3pm ...
October 17
In lieu of our regular monthly meeting, we will be holding our semi-annual seminar with Maureen Taylor the Photo Detective. Please check our seminar page ...
October 24
9:30 am to 11:30 am
  Get answers to your DNA questions, guidance on interpreting your results and updates on what's new in DNA testing.
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