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Registration for GGiP 2 Study Group is Now Open!

Registration is now open for the members-only group to study the Genetic Genealogy in Practice workbook by Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne. Our facilitators will guide us through the workbook in seven monthly lessons. Participants will have homework assignments that will be reviewed and discussed the following month. It will be necessary to complete all assignments in order to receive the completion certificate which will be awarded at the end of the program.
All participants are required to have taken at least one DNA test and must own a personal copy of the workbook. The workbook may be purchased from the PCGS Marketplace (you must be signed in) or from the NGS or Amazon (Kindle edition only) websites. (If you choose to purchase from Amazon, please scroll down to the bottom of this page and access it via our portal. Amazon will donate 0.5% to PCGS at no additional cost to you!).
Attendance is limited to 22 participants; priority will be given to members that were unable to attend the first GGiP group. As such, pre-registration is required with a nominal fee of $10 to cover expenses. Meetings will be held on Saturday mornings from 10am to 12 noon at the Family History Center, 500 S. Langley. Students must attend all sessions, or complete all homework before coming to the next class if they miss a session. Students who miss three or more sessions are not eligible to graduate. The course schedule follows:
5 October 2019
9 November 2019
14 December 2019
11 January 2020
22 February 2020
14 March 2020
11 April 2020
18 April 2020 – Graduation and recognition at the PCGS General Meeting (Truly Nolen LTC)
To register, sign in to the Members Only, then click on the "*REGISTER FOR GGiP 2" link in the left navigation panel.  After registration, you may choose to print the form and mail it with your check or pay online with a credit card via PayPal. Only one person may register per account in order to keep track of the names of the students.
Not a PCGS member yet? No problem. Simply join online by clicking here then sign in with your new Member account and register.


Research Like a Pro Workshop

PCGS is proud to sponsor a Research Like a Pro workshop led by Diana Elder AG® and Nicole Dyer of The mother-daughter team will lead us in this hands-on workshop using the process that has proven results time and time again. The workshop will consist of three hour-long blocks of lecture/work, with 10-minute breaks between, a 40-minute lunch break, and end with a project utilizing the Research Like a Pro process. Check-in is at 8:30 am with the workshop beginning sharply at 9:00 am.
Participants will have the choice of ordering lunch to be delivered from a local restaurant or of bringing their own. Instructions for ordering lunch will be provided to paid participants via email at a later date.
Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Truly Nolen LTC
436 S. Williams Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85711
Members - $25
Non-Members - $35
Registration & Payment Deadline: October 19, 2019
Visit the PCGS Marketplace to register online and either mail in the registration with your check or pay with a credit card via PayPal. PCGS Members be sure to sign in before visiting the Marketplace in order to receive the reduced member price.

Society Cookbook

PCGS is publishing a Society Cookbook. We invite our members to submit their favorite family recipes. There is room for a short note to tell a little about the recipe if you wish. The recipes can be those that have been handed down through generations, or just traditional recipes that your immediate family enjoys. Perhaps recipes your immigrant ancestors brought from their home country. 
For instructions on submitting a recipe, login to Members Only, then click on Cookbook in the left navigation panel. If you don't wish to type the recipe in yourself, email it to Michelle Launi and she will enter it for you. Her email address is in the instructions.
Thank you for sharing your recipes and a piece of your heritage. We will let you know when the books will be available for purchase.


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 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


Our Meeting Place

Beginning in 2019, we meet at the Truly Nolen Leadership Training Center, 436 S. Williams Blvd. Only our monthly meetings and the Family Tree Maker SIG are affected by this change. Reference our blog post We've Got a New Home! for details.
Map to Truly Nolen LTC and photo of front of building

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.

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. The 2019 program year planning is complete. We need a Program Committee Chair to head up the program committee for the 2020 program year planning, which should begin at least as early as May 2019. Please email if you are interested in helping with this critical task.


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:
  1. Click on the Wordpress logo above or click on this link to get to our blog.
  2. On the right side of the screen you will see SUBSCRIBE TO BLOG VIA EMAIL. Enter your email address in the field provided and click on the Subscribe button.
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  3. You will receive a confirmation email. Once you confirm that you wish to subscribe, you are done! 
  4. To return to our homepage from the blog, simply click HOME at the top of the blog page.
You do not need to be a member to subscribe to our blog.

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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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Conferences and Institutes

FGS National Conference:  August 21–23, 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.

Utah Genealogical Association Virtual Conference:  September 24-25, 2019


Announcing the Virtual Conference of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA), entitled "Establishing a Standard of Excellence." Scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, 24-25 September 2019, the Conference features Keynote Speaker: The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, CG®, CGLâ„ . Please mark your calendars and reserve the dates!
Tuesday features an exciting evening of DNA presentations from Blaine Bettinger, Kitty Cooper, and Patti Hobbs. Wednesday opens with the keynote address at 9:00 a.m. MST, followed by a full slate of expert presentations.
The two-day virtual conference marks the beginning of an exciting journey towards the Association's 50th-anniversary celebration in 2021. Registration opens July 15, 2019.

See the website at for more details and to register.
Virtual Genealogical Association (VGA) Virtual Conference:  November 1-3, 2019


SAVE THE DATE! 3-Day Virtual Conference on Nov 1-3, 2019
Keynote: Blaine Bettinger (USA)
Additional speakers include:
Amy Johnson Crow (USA)
Audrey Collins (England)
Bernice Bennett (USA)
Christine Woodcock (Canada)
Denise Levenick (USA)
Daniel Earl (USA)
Gena Philibert-Ortega (USA)
Helen Smith (Australia)
Judy Russell (USA)
Katherine R. Willson (USA)
Lisa Alzo (USA)
Nicka Smith (USA)
Peggy Lauritzen (USA)
Thomas MacEntee (USA)
Ursula C. Krause (Germany)
Details coming soon.
Programs are for paid members only. Membership is $20/year and includes access to all presentations, presentation recordings and handouts for six months following the live webinar. Join VGA today!

Upcoming Events
September 7
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
RootsMagic Users Group - MEMBERS ONLY
  RootsMagic software users' general meeting to further their knowledge and share their expertise of the software.
September 14
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  Get answers to your DNA questions, guidance on interpreting your results and updates on what's new in DNA testing.    
September 21
9:30 am to 11:30 am
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 21
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
PCGS General Meeting
  Class: Resources at the Tucson Family History Center  An overview of the genealogy and family history resources at the Tucson Family History Center, including ...
October 5
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  Participants are studying the Genetic Genealogy in Practice workbook by Blaine T. Bettinger and  Debbie Parker Wayne. There is an established syllabus and participation requires pre-registration.  ...
October 12
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  Get answers to your DNA questions, guidance on interpreting your results and updates on what's new in DNA testing.
October 19
Our Annual Celebration!
  Celebrate with us at our annual celebration of the founding of Pima County Genealogy Society!   This will be a luncheon meeting and will start ...
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