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Working on the Railroad

Our annual special event this year is all about the Railroad. We will start the day off by taking a ride to visit the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum in the Black Trolley Limousine, have lunch at Maynards Market & Kitchen across the street, then return to hear from our guest speaker Kim S. Harrison on Railroad Pension Records: Their Value for Genealogical Answer and Business of Railroads Impact People's Lives (Created Other Sources). The Trolley ride is $5.00; go to the PCGS Marketplace to order and pay online. Lunch is Dutch treat. Kim's lectures are free.
OCTOBER 20, 2018
10:30am-12:15pm $5.00 Trolley makes trips between parking lot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1540 E. Linden St. and Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 414 N. Toole Ave. every 15 minutes. The last Trolley leaves the museum for the church at 12:15pm.
Finish by 12:15pm Dutch Treat Lunch at Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave. or at a location of your choice.
1:00pm-3:00pm FREE Presentations by Kim S. Harrison in the Cultural Hall at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1540 E. Linden St. We will serve cupcakes for dessert.
In Railroad Pension Records: Their Value for Genealogical Answer, Kim will review a pension record and the value of the information to tell the person's story. This is a must have for railroad workers after the 1930s.
In Business of Railroads Impact People's Lives (Created Other Sources), Kim will give us a review of different types of records and information about railroads and your ancestor's story. Many of these records are at our fingertips as well as hiding in archives and libraries. Many records exist concerning your ancestors that never was employed by railroads.
Kim S. Harrison
Kim S. Harison has been doing genealogy since 1974 and in 1998 was fortunate to turn her passion into her vocation. She had the privilege of working in the library community by representing some of the big online providers of information (Gale,, ProQuest, NewsBank and Ancestry) before relocating her consultant business to Arizona. During the 1980s Kim lobbied the National Archives to stop the destruction of the Railroad Pension Application files. Later she wrote a grant for the preservation of the investigation into the Sultana Disaster, which is now available (free) on
You do not need to be a PCGS member to attend.


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The Conference Beat


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 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
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.
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
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.


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October 20
PCGS General Meeting – SPECIAL EVENT
Kim S. Harrison is presenting Railroad Pension Records: Their Value for Genealogical Answer and Business of Railroads Impact People's Lives (Created Other Sources). ...

October 27
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 ...

November 3
RootsMagic Users Group - MEMBERS ONLY
RootsMagic software users' general meeting to further their knowledge and share their expertise of the software.

November 3
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 ...

November 10
Get answers to your DNA questions, guidance on interpreting your results, and updates on what's new in DNA testing.

November 17
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, ...

November 17
PCGS General Meeting
This month's class is "Researching the World on a Shoestring Without Leaving Town" by Bob Black, Director, Tucson Family History Center. ...
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