Brick Walls are Crashing Down on Saturday, August 18, 2018

Brick remains near the foot of the trail from the Great Highway/

Photo ©BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons. Used with permission.

We all have those pesky brick walls. You know, those lines that you just can’t get any further. The ones you could swear were dropped on the planet by aliens (the extraterrestrial kind). There is a rock-solid brick wall at the end of your pedigree right at that spot.

That is exactly the situation our three panelists were in until recently. They broke through their brick walls and on Saturday, August 18, they are going to tell us how they did it. Our panel moderator spoke to me for a few minutes today about what to expect. You can hear what she had to say in the short video below.

 Introducing our three panelists:

Panelists

Kathi Gardner is a PCGS member who has been searching for her biological family for several years. She is a member of the PCGS Steering Committee and is the coordinator of the DNA Special Interest Group.

Denni Ann Gershaw-Smith has had her own calligraphy business since 1971 and been the family genealogist since 1981. She started doing genealogy for others in 1989. She belongs to Genealogy societies in Colorado, Wisconsin and Arizona, and just completed the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate Program. She specialize in Wisconsin (and now Arizona) as well as Belarus and Judaic genealogy. She is happy to be back home in Tucson with the saguaros again!

Rondie Yancey is a PCGS member and has been researching her family for over 25 years. Over that period of time, she has seen the internet resources grow exponentially, and has learned to make Google her BFF. With a special interest in writing genealogical histories of ancestors, she has completed several small “booklets” to distribute to family members.  She recently completed the Research Like a Pro Study Group and used the methodology to solve a longstanding family mystery.

Following the panel discussion, we will hear from Jodi Lynn Strait on State Censuses—Which ones exist, where can you find them, and what clues do they provide? Many states took censuses in between the federal census, and they were taken for different reasons so their questions would be different and often unique. They could provide you with the information you need to break through that brick wall caused by the ten year gap between the federal census, or the twenty year gap caused by the loss of the 1890 census. Jodi Lynn will help you determine if they exist for your state and help you find them.

STRAIT-Jodi-Lynn-2014Jodi Lynn Strait has been doing genealogical research for over 20 years. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Chinkchewunska, New Jersey, chapter of the DAR. She completed the NGS home study course and is a certificate holder of Boston University’s Genealogical Research Program. Jodi was the third person to join PCGS. She has served on the Steering Committee since its inception, has been the newsletter editor since 2014, and has been the Treasurer since January 2018. She also serves on the Program Committee and on the Publicity Committee as our Facebook administrator.

Our general meetings are free and open to members and non-members alike. Members will have access to the handouts via the Members Only section of our website (https://azpimagensoc.org or click the HOME button at the top of this page), one of the many perks of becoming a member.

 

DATE:
Saturday, August 18, 2018
TIME:
1:00pm – 3:00pm
PLACE:
Banner-University Medical Center
Duval Auditorium (Room 2600)
1501 N. Campbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ

PARKING IS FREE

A Summer of DNA eConference August 4, 2018

We received the following news from the Family History Fanatics:

If any members of the Pima County Genealogy Society are looking for an opportunity to learn more about using your DNA testing for genealogy research, Family History Fanatics will be producing “A Summer of DNA” eConference on August 4th. Speakers and topics will include:

Diahan SouthardYour Tree is Full, There is Still Room for DNA
Sam WilliamsAncestry DNA Tools
Michelle LeonardAdoption and Unknown Parentage
Kitty CooperSegment Triangulation

The online sessions will begin at 9am Central Time [that’s 7am in Arizona] on August 4th. A final panel discussion will end the day. All registrants will be able to view the conference for 30 days. Register and get your questions answered by some of the most popular genetic genealogy educators! Presentations are live, not pre-recorded, and you can ask questions throughout.

Price is only $19.99 until July 21st and then it will be $24.99. Also, we will be having DNA kits and other stuff as door prizes that will be given away. You don’t have to be present to win, but you do have to register.

More information is available on the website: http://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/summerdna

Feel free to let any friends, family, or genealogy society members (or anyone else who may be interested) know about this great opportunity.

This sounds like an excellent way to stay cool during some of our hottest days this summer. And you don’t have to view it live—you can watch the recordings for 30 days after the event!

The Vikings Are Coming! – Saturday, June 16, 2018

Vikings Heading for Land by Frank Dicksee, 1873, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Well, not exactly. The Ingermansons are coming to talk about researching in Scandinavian records. Len Ingermanson’s ancestry is from Finland and Sweden and his genealogy research has been exclusively in those countries. Pam’s Scandinavian roots are in Sweden and Norway. She says that you the Swedish and Norwegian records are “miles ahead of the U.S.” and that “you can’t write fast enough” when researching the Swedish records, especially.

You can listen to a short interview we had with them below.

Len and Pam will cover Finland, Sweden, and Norway in their talk. Although they will not cover Denmark, their handout contains resources for researching in Denmark. The handout is available to PCGS members only on our website in the Secure Download area. Remember to select Members Only to login, then navigate to Secure Download on the left navigation panel.

We forgot to break out our mobile devices last month during the break to see who was related to whom. Don’t worry, we won’t forget this month. If you want to play, be sure to bring your smart phone or tablet with the FamilySearch Family Tree app installed and we will see if we are related!

DATE:
Saturday, April 21, 2018
TIME:
1:00pm – 3:00pm
PLACE:
Banner-University Medical Center
Duval Auditorium (Room 2600)
1501 N. Campbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ

PARKING IS FREE

 

New Photo and Flatbed Scanners at the Family History Center

The following was written by Bob Black, Director of Tucson Family History Center and PCGS Steering Committee Member.

The Family History Center (500 S. Langley, southwest of Broadway and Kolb by Palo Verde Park) recently purchased a Kodak PS80 Scanning System. The system includes a high-speed photo scanner (85 pages per minute at 300 dpi) and a flatbed scanner that can separate sheets of photos, such as scrapbook or photo album pages, into individual scanned pictures. Scanned pictures can then be saved to a USB drive, uploaded to your FamilySearch memories gallery, or printed. There is no charge to scan and save the pictures but there is a per page printing fee of $.10 for black and white and $.25 for color. This is a great tool to digitize those boxes of photos and photo albums that keep you up at night whispering “digitize me – you know you should and I’m slowly deteriorating!”

The system is available on a first come – first serve basis. If demand becomes too great, we may go to reserved time slots, which is what other Family History Centers have implemented.

The Family History Center opens at 10:00 am Tuesday thru Saturday and is open until 8:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights (if there are patrons working at the Center at 8:00 pm, we will remain open until 9:00 pm on those evenings). We close at 2:00 pm on Wednesday and 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Summer closures:

  • We will be closed the morning of Saturday, June 9, 2018, for a special youth activity, opening at noon until 5:00 pm.
  • We will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
  • We will be closed for vacations from Tuesday, August 7 through Monday, August 20, 2018, reopening on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.

Join the Tucson Family History Center Facebook Group for the latest Center news.

Tracing Your Jewish Genealogy

Moritz_Daniel_Oppenheim_-_The_Wedding_(Die_Trauung)_-_Google_Art_Project

The Wedding (Die Trauung) by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, 1866, [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The following article is written by guest blogger Moreen Ferdie, professional genealogist and moderator of the Jewish Genealogy SIG.

The Jewish Genealogy Special Interest Group is a free group that meets the first Wednesday of the month from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Family History Center, 500 S. Langley Ave., Tucson, Arizona. All are welcome to attend.

The first part of the meeting is in the back room where we share, discuss and learn. We share new findings, as well as success stories. We discuss and learn how to search different databases, and which ways lead to better searches for Jewish ancestors. We also learn from each other ways to improve our genealogy research through members sharing.

The second part of the meeting is hand-on work in the front room with the computers. We apply some of the techniques we learned during the first part of the meeting. Members are also free to search and use the other databases available at the center.

For more information, please contact Moreen at tucsongoalie@gmail.com and/or feel free to just show up for one of our meetings. No reservation is needed and there is no cost to attend.

Registration Open for Irish Research Workshop

Image Source: Clipart Library (http://clipart-library.com/)

PCGS is the proud sponsor of the workshop 19th Century Irish Genealogy Research: What’s Available and How to Use it. Workshop participants will gain an in-depth look at Irish records created during the 1800’s. The Irish Civil Registration process will be explored, including the time period covered by these records and their limitations. The workshop will demonstrate how to use church parish records, Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe Applotment Books, and other early 19th Century sources to uncover your Irish ancestors. Participants will learn about Ireland’s civil and religious jurisdictions and why this knowledge is essential in locating your Irish ancestors. A case study will be used to illustrate the various ways to determine family relationships prior to the start of the Civil Registration process.

The workshop features Miles Davenport, genealogist & lecturer at the McLelland Library in Phoenix. Miles has over 18 years of genealogy research and publishing experience. In 2010, he published his own colonial family history spanning over ten generations. He has been published in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and teaches beginning and advanced genealogical courses at the Scottsdale Public and McClelland Libraries. Miles is currently a volunteer genealogist and lecturer at the McClelland Irish Library in Phoenix, Arizona.

The cost for attending the workshop is $15 for PCGS members or $20 for non-members. Advance registration is required and must be received no later than August 25, 2018.

 

DATE:
Saturday, September 8, 2018
TIME:
9:30am – 12:00pm
PLACE:
Banner-University Medical Center
Duval Auditorium (Room 2600)
1501 N. Campbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ

PARKING IS FREE

Visit the PCGS Marketplace to register. Members be sure to sign in before adding the workshop to your cart in order to receive the discount price.

Your Irish Genealogy Questions Answered

We received the following announcement from Legacy Tree Genealogists, Inc.:

Your Irish Genealogy Questions… Answered!


Do you have Irish ancestry? If you have questions about Irish genealogy research, you’re not alone–and we want to help!

Submit your Irish genealogy questions on our website at https://legacytree.com/live, then join us for the scheduled LIVE broadcast on our Facebook page for answers from one of our Irish genealogy experts, Kate Eakman. 

Thursday, May 31st at 7:30 p.m. MDT

No Facebook? No Problem.

We’ll also share the broadcast on our YouTube channel. Subscribe here.


DISCLAIMER: PCGS neither endorses Legacy Tree Genealogists nor receives any compensation from them. We are simply passing on this free opportunity to our members and readers.

Find Your Civil War Ancestors on Saturday, May 19, 2018

By Kurz & Allison (Library of Congress) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Come join us next Saturday, May 19, for The Blue and the Grey — Tracking Down Your Confederate and Union Soldiers featuring Nicole Dyer and Amy Urman.

Nicole will speak on Sources to Research Confederate Soldiers Online. Confederate soldiers in your family tree may be more difficult to research than Union soldiers. Using the Compiled Military Service Record (CMSR) as a starting point, we’ll dive into the world of the Civil War by finding regiment histories, photographs, hospital descriptions, and more to bring your relative’s service to life. Online state archive collections, the Library of Congress’ Civil War Photo and Maps collections, digitized letters and diaries, and civil war forums may contain valuable tidbits to help you understand why they served and what the war was like for them.

Nicole Dyer is a genealogist, lecturer, and creator of FamilyLocket.com. She is the co-author of Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide. She specializes in Southern United States research including Texas, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Virginia. Nicole speaks regularly at genealogy conferences and local events. She is a member of the Pima County Genealogy Society and a member of their steering committee, program committee, and social media committee. She also manages the society’s Twitter account. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in History Teaching and taught middle school for one year before her children were born. Nicole teaches family history storytime for preschool age children at the Tucson Family History Center and consults in local middle schools during units on family history. Nicole is currently pursuing genealogy accreditation in the Mid-South region of the United States.

Amy’s talk will be about the Sources for Locating Union Civil War Records. More than 2.8 million Union and Confederate soldiers served during the war. Records can be found on a federal, state, and local level. Amy will give us the tools to find the records for our Union soldiers, sailors, and marines at all levels.

Amy Urman is an experienced speaker, Professional Genealogist and Private Investigator. She holds a General Research Certificate from Boston University and is a graduate of ProGen. She spent twenty years working in a law office researching and hanging around courthouses prior to striking out on her own. Amy now owns her own Private Investigative agency, Nosy Wilma LLC. She has served in numerous volunteer and leadership positions for several state societies. She is the co-founder and current president of the Pima County Genealogy Society.

We had a lot of fun last month during our break finding out who was related to whom in the room, so we are going to play it every month. If you didn’t get a chance to play last month, read our blog post Are We Related? Find out on Saturday, April 21, 2018 to find out what you need to do before the meeting in order to play.

Non-members are welcome to attend up to two of our general meetings as guests. All attendees are eligible for the door prize. Handouts for this presentation are available to PCGS members only on our website in the Secure Download area. Remember to select Members Only to login, then navigate to Secure Download on the left navigation panel.

PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGE THIS MONTH ONLY

DATE:
Saturday, May 19, 2018
TIME:
1:00pm – 3:00pm
PLACE:
Operations Division Midtown
Hardesty Multi-Service Center
1100 S. Alvernon
Tucson, AZ

PARKING IS FREE

DNA and Genealogy – Saturday, April 21, 2018

I am hearing it all over in the genealogy community, on Facebook, in podcasts, on blog posts: “2018 is the year for DNA!” Jonny Perl won the RootsTech Innovation award for DNA Painter in March. PCGS had a full day of DNA instruction from the wonderful CeCe Moore, also in March. All of the DNA companies have been offering all-time low prices on their test kits. National DNA Day is April 25 and there are many blog posts out there giving us ideas and increasing our knowledge about using DNA in our genealogy research. The Board for Certification of Genealogists is teaching us that DNA results must be considered whenever possible in order to reach a reasonably exhaustive research. Karen Stanbary, CG, stated in her article Can a Genetic Relationship Be Proved by DNA Alone?: “Genetic evidence provides high quality information about biological relationships. Our DNA is akin to an original record providing information about our ancestral lines. When it’s possible and applicable to a question, incorporating analysis of DNA data into our proof arguments provides increased confidence that our conclusions are accurate.”

The April PCGS meeting will feature two talks about DNA and how to use it in your genealogy research.

Amy UrmanThe first talk features Amy Urman giving us tips on How to Cite Your DNA Results.  Citing DNA in your genealogy research is tricky and since it is such a new resource, there has been a lot of discussion about it in the genetic genealogy community. Amy will help us navigate those murky waters so we can be consistent and ensure the privacy of our matches in our citations.

Amy is an experienced speaker, Professional Genealogist and Private Investigator. She holds a General Research Certificate from Boston University and is a graduate of ProGen. She spent twenty years working in a law office researching and hanging around courthouses prior to striking out on her own. Amy now owns her own Private Investigative agency, Nosy Wilma LLC. She has served in numerous volunteer and leadership positions for several state societies. She is the co-founder and current president of the Pima County Genealogy Society.

Joey CaccarozzoOur second speaker is Joey Caccarozzo speaking on Using GEDmatch to Work with Your DNA Results. GEDmatch provides DNA and genealogical analysis tools for researchers and genealogists. Most tools are free, but some are premium tools that require a modest contribution. It is the only tool that provides matches for people that tested at a different company than you.

Joey is a relative newcomer to genealogy. She began researching her family tree only seven years ago, when she was pregnant with her second child. She has three children – ages 10, 5, and 4 years, and they keep her very busy. Although she is new to genealogy, she is very experienced at complex international research. She has been a prosecutor for the Department of Homeland Security for over 13 years. She has prosecuted removal cases involving national security, human rights violators, and individuals who have provided material support to terrorists. Her specialty is Eastern European asylum fraud, but she has also aided in the prosecution of large scale fraud involving Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, and Eritrean nationals. Her employment background has assisted her in pursuing her family’s history; however, pursuing her family’s history has also helped her become a better researcher in her career.

Don’t forget that during our break everyone who wishes to participate will launch the Family Tree app and scan for relatives around them. See our blog post Are We Related? Find out on Saturday, April 21, 2018

Our general meetings are free and open to members and non-members alike. Members will have access to the handouts via the Members Only section of our website (https://azpimagensoc.org/ or click the HOME button at the top of this page), one of the many perks of becoming a member.

 

DATE:
Saturday, April 21, 2018
TIME:
1:00pm – 3:00pm
PLACE:
Banner-University Medical Center
Duval Auditorium (Room 2600)
1501 N. Campbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ

PARKING IS FREE

Are We Related? Find out on Saturday, April 21, 2018

Audience at the Royal Geographical Society-flickr commons

Audience at the Royal Geographical Society. Courtesy of the State Library of Queensland via Flickr Commons

Have you ever sat in a room with a large group of strangers, or near-strangers, and wondered if you were related to any of them? Our next meeting is all about finding out if you are related.

Our featured lectures feature Amy Urman and Joey Caccarozzo, speaking to us about using our DNA results. Amy is up first with the short class: How to Cite Your DNA Results. She will be followed by Joey with Using GEDmatch to Work with Your DNA Results.

But in between the two talks, we will find out if we are related to anyone sitting in the room. And it won’t involve shipping out any fluids. In order to participate, you will need these three things before the meeting:

  1. A family tree on FamilySearch.org.
    • Visit https://www.familysearch.org/ to start one if you don’t already have one. It’s absolutely free. Read the FamilySearch article “Registering to use FamilySearch.org” if you do not already have a free account.
    • You will have to manually enter the living people in your pedigree, but it will probably find the first or second deceased generation already in the tree for you to connect your line to.
    • Read the FamilySearch article “Starting with a blank Family Tree” for detailed instructions.
  2. A smart phone or tablet (iOS or Android operating systems).
  3. The free Family Tree app from the App store (iOS) or the Google Play store (Android) installed on your device.

Then, on April 21st, we will all launch our Family Tree app, access the Relatives Around Me feature, and scan for friends. As long as both you and your relative have the app open at the same time and are scanning within 100 feet of each other, you should find each other.

For more detailed instructions on how to use the app, complete with screen shots, visit the FamilySearch blog post “Relatives Around Me.

So get that family tree started on FamilySearch.org and download the app to your mobile device. Let’s see if any of us are related! I already know I’m related to one PCGS member by using the app (come to the meeting on Saturday and I’ll tell you who it is).