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Register now for the Jewish History Museum Tour

On Sunday, February 24, we will be taking a two-hour tour of the Jewish Heritage Center of the Southwest. Beginning at 1:00 pm, we will be greeted by a museum docent who will welcome us in the courtyard and then take us on a guided visit of both buildings and the outdoor spaces of the campus. We will start in the Jewish History Building located in the historic temple, the oldes synagogue in Arizona built in 1910. After exploring the core exhibition spaced "Meanings Not Yet Imagined," we will spend at least 45 minutes next door in the Holocaust History Center. This center shares the lived experiences of the Holocaust survivors who made Southern Arizona their home. Visit their website for more information.
There is no dress code. The museum asks that you do not bring food inside the museum; drinks are allowed. Attendance is limited to 50 participants, the cost is $10 per person. All proceeds will be donated to the museum.  To register, go to our Shop at and click the Add to cart button.
Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Jewish History Museum
564 S. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ
Parking is on the street in front of the museum. You may wish to arrange carpooling in order to reduce the number of vehicles parked in the street if we fill the tour group.

Our New Meeting Place

Beginning with our January 2019 monthly meeting, we will 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.

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


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.


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The Conference Beat

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!  Visit 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. 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
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.
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP): June 23–June 28, 2019 and July 14-July 19, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA
GRIP offers 17 courses in TWO week-long learning opportunities in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2019. Choose which week(s) to attend depending on your continuing education and research needs. 23-28 June 2019 and 14-19 July 2019. Registration will open 20 February 2019. For information:
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
Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI): July 9-July 11, 2019
Ft. Wayne, IN
MAAGI is the only African American focused event offering a total of 48 classes over 3 days with evening lectures, and guided personalized instruction. MAAGI 2019 will begin on Tuesday July 9th and conclude on Thursday July 11th, so come and join the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute family for a memorable and content rich experience! Visit their website at for details and to register.
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.

Upcoming Events
February 24
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Jewish History Museum Tour
We will be taking a two-hour tour of the Jewish Heritage Center of the Southwest. Beginning at 1:00 pm, we will be greeted by a ...
March 2
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Genetic Genealogy in Practice Study Group - PRE-REGISTERED MEMBERS ONLY
  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.  ...
March 2
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.
March 9
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  Get answers to your DNA questions, guidance on interpreting  your results and what's new in DNA testing.
March 16
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 ...
March 16
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
PCGS General Meeting
  Class: Abbreviations & Symbols Speaker: Amy Urman Amy Urman is an experienced speaker, Professional Genealogist and Private Investigator. She holds a General Research Certificate ...
April 6
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
NOTE: This is a change to the regular schedule.   Get answers to your DNA questions, guidance on interpreting your results, and updates on what's ...
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