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.


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


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).


Extra! Extra! Read All About It! For Free on April 3, 2018

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Moreen Ferdie is presenting her popular lecture Extra! Extra! Read All About It! The Ins and Outs of Newspaper Research at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at the Tucson Family History Center on 500 S. Langley. There is no registration for this class and attendance is free and open to the public.

Newspapers are a great source of family history details. Newspapers give facts and tell stories of your ancestor’s lives. In the class, you will look at different facts one can learn about their ancestors in newspapers, as well as see how newspapers share the stories about your ancestor’s lives. You will also look at some of the newspaper databases one can use to help your family research.

The handout for the class can be found on the Tucson Family History Center Wiki page by clicking here. Please print the handout prior to coming to the class.

Moments with CeCe Moore

Photo courtesy Isaac Flater Photography

Did you miss Saturday’s seminar with CeCe Moore? Were you there and you would like to re-live some moments? Read the Spring 2018 issue of The PCGS Researcher for photos and articles about the event. Our quarterly newsletter will be released to Society members this week. Not a member? It’s easy to join! Head on over to our Home page, click the Join/Renew button on the left navigation panel, and either click the links for Online Join or to Join by Mail. Membership is only $20 per year for individual or $27 for family. Here are some sample photos to whet your appetites.

Photo courtesy Nicole Dyer

Photo courtesy Isaac Flater Photography

Where Did That Name Come From? – Saturday, March 17, 2018

Howard Mathieson will be speaking to us on Saturday, March 17, about The Geography of English Surnames. The development of surnames in the British Isles was a complex process. Historically, successive waves of Angles, Saxons and Danes left their imprint on the landscape of England in the form of a rich tapestry of place names. These place names in turn laid the foundation for thousands of English surnames. The presentation will demonstrate the approach used by surname researchers to trace a surname to its origin.

Attention will focus on the underlying regional character of the English landscape, examining the pattern of Saxon and Scandinavian place names and the distinctive surnames which resulted.

Surname case studies reflecting the regional geography of England will conclude the presentation. Examples will be drawn from the woodlands, as well as the agricultural and textile industries. The presentation ends with a distribution of surnames that have been provided by our members. Watch for an email requesting your list of surnames you would like to be included.

Howard  is a member of the Manitoba Genealogical Society and the Guild of One Name Studies. He has published numerous articles in the Journal of One Name Studies and he maintains The Geography of Surnames website. In addition, he administers several Facebook Groups, including the Surname Distribution Maps, the Ulster Scots-Scots Irish Genealogy, and the Google Earth® for Genealogists.

The handout for this presentation 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.

Non-members are welcome to attend up to two of our meetings as guests. All attendees are eligible for the door prizes.

DATE:    Saturday, March 17, 2018

TIME:    1:00pm – 3:00pm

PLACE:  Banner-University Medical Center
Duval Auditorium (Room 2600)
1501 N. Campbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ

                PARKING IS FREE


CeCe Moore

Our venue is adding a few more tables for our Seminar featuring CeCe Moore.  Please visit  https://azpimagensoc.org/store.php?sid=1 to register.  If you are a member of PCGS please make sure to log in our site prior to your purchase to get the discounted pricing.  We are no longer accepting mail in registration due to the limited seating.

Saturday, March 10
DNA Seminar with CeCe Moore, Genetic Genealogist  (Workshops/Seminars)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fountain of Life Church, 710 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ 85710
Make plans to attend this special event with Cece Moore!
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9AM-4PM, Seminar:  topics include The Power of DNA; Autosomal DNA: Discovering Your Ancestors In You; Using Mitochrondrial DNA and X-DNA for Genealogy Research; Jefferson-Hemmings: Revealing the Truth Through DNA.

RootsTech 2018 Online Broadcast Schedule

FamilySearch made the following news announcement this morning:

Salt Lake City, UT, February 13, 2018

Popular RootsTech 2018 Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

Mark your calendars! RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, happening February 28 to March 3, 2018, announced its live online streaming schedule. It will broadcast 19 of its popular sessions, including former Olympic gold-medalist Scott HamiltonBrandon Stanton, founder of the Humans of New York photo blog; host of the popular PBS show Finding Your RootsDr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Natalia Lafourcade, internationally recognized singer songwriter; and Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International. The live broadcasts give those unable to attend in-person a sampling of the show’s marquee content. Interested viewers can watch the select broadcasts live at RootsTech.org. No registration is required to view the live streams.

“RootsTech 2018 offers over 300 sessions for those able to attend in-person,” said Tyler Stahle, RootsTech marketing manager. “However, the 19 sessions we will live stream for free will expand the show’s reach and give more people the opportunity to participate remotely in this world class conference.” In 2017, streaming sessions garnered more than 50,000 views, and that number continues to grow each year.

The streamed sessions will include the popular general sessions and a sampling of technology and family history presentations appealing to varied interests.

RootsTech Live Streaming Schedule can be viewed here.

Watch at RootsTech.org. No registration is required to view the live streams. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).

There is no cost to view the live stream. Visit the FamilySearch Newsroom for the full announcement.

Lake Havasu Genealogical Society eConference

Lake Havasu Genealogical Society is hosting an eConference Moments of Their Lives March 24th at 8:30am Mountain Time. 25% of the ticket cost goes directly to Lake Havasu Genealogical Society to further their mission.

Speakers will be Melissa Barker, Diane L. Richard, Lisa Toth Salinas, and Michael L. Strauss. Participants will learn about archival research and various uncommon records. Regular price is $24.99, but if you register before March 14th, the price is only $19.99. More details and registration can be found at: https://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/lakehavasu.


It’s All German To Me – Saturday, February 17, 2018

Come join us next Saturday, February 17, for Why Do So Many Americans Have German Ancestors? presented by Steve L. Packer of Mesa, Arizona.

Steve’s presentation on German research covers the historical area of the Holy Roman Empire and the Prussian Empire which covers most of the area of Western and Eastern Europe. We are expected to receive new insights into German research with this presentation.

Steve L. Packer was born and raised in a mountain valley in Utah where he lived until the family moved to Salt Lake City to be near the University when he was 17. His mother was a German immigrant who came to America at the age of 18 and his father’s family traces their heritage back to the first immigrant who came to America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1683 as an indentured servant.  Steve lived and worked in Germany for a period of 5 years. He is fluent in both spoken and written German.

Steve was introduced to genealogy by his father who researched the Packer family in the 1970s and contributed to a book that was published in 1988 on English Packers.

Steve has served at the Mesa Regional Family History Center since December 2007 and is a volunteer at the Banner Health Care System working at the Baywood Medical Center.

The handout for this presentation 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.

Non-members are welcome to attend up to two of our meetings as guests. All attendees are eligible for the door prize.

Explore DNA with CeCe Moore

SeminarAnnoun-2Seats are still available for our special full day seminar event Explore DNA with CeCe Moore.

CeCe Moore is the genetic genealogy consultant for the popular PBS television series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Her work has also been featured on ABC’s 20/20, PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow, Nightline, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Crime Watch Daily, Nancy Grace, CBS This Morning and The Doctors, as well as being quoted in many online and print publications.
As a leading proponent of genetic genealogy education, CeCe is the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and has written the popular blog Your Genetic Genealogist since 2010. CeCe is considered an innovator in the use of autosomal DNA for genealogy, and is frequently consulted by DNA testing companies, genealogists, adoptees, and the press.
CeCe will be speaking on the following topics:
  • The Power of DNA
  • Autosomal DNA: Discovering Your Ancestors in You
  • Using Mitochondrial DNA and X-DNA for Genealogy Research
  • Jefferson-Hemmings: Revealing the Truth Through DNA

The seminar will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm (check-in begins at 8:30 am) at the fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 710 S. Kolb Road, Tucson, AZ. Visit the 2018 DNA Seminar page on our website for details and registration. Registration deadline is February 17, 2018. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from a highly acclaimed genetic genealogist.