Heading West, Starting Fresh: American Expansion on Saturday, November 17, 2018

Covered Wagon On Oregon Trail In Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska; [public domain] via Wikimedia Commons
Come join us Saturday, November 17, for our class, Researching the World on a Shoestring Without Leaving Town by Bob Black. The class will be followed by Heading West, Starting Fresh: Our Ancestors and American Expansion presented by Robert Wilbanks IV, president of the Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists. You won’t want to miss our final meeting of the year! We will have lots of exciting announcements for 2019.

Researching the World on a Shoestring Without Leaving Town

This presentation will be an update on The Family History Guide (thefhguide.com), the best free, at-home learning and resource guide for genealogists wherever they are in their discovery journey. No need to Google something like “British genealogy” and go through 130,000 websites any more!


Bob Black, Tucson Family History Center Director, retired in 2015 after too many years working in healthcare human resources, including 20 years at UMC, 9 years at St. Joseph’s/St. Mary’s (the last year traveling around the country every week), and 2 years at La Frontera, all in Tucson. He started his career in El Centro, CA, but moved to Tucson for the cooler weather in 1984. He was born in Albuquerque, grew up in San Diego (such a tough place to live!), spent two years speaking German in Germany (but is now only able to tell you when they are cussing in Indiana Jones movies), and graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He has six children and nine grandchildren. He’s been at the Family History Center since 2011 and has been serving as Co-Director with his wife June since 2014. He really enjoys working with people at the Center on their family history discovery journey. 

Heading West, Starting Fresh: Our Ancestors and American Expansion

This beginner to intermediate topic is an historical overview of United States migration from the earliest Colonial period through to the later 1800s. This presentation explains the geography and topography of the Eastern United States, and how it influenced early settlement and growth, as well as the westward expansion after the Revolutionary War through the post Civil War Era. It also discusses what pushed and pulled our ancestors to pick up and head elsewhere.

WILBANKS Robert Sep 2017Robert Wilbanks IV has been a practicing genealogist for 40 years and a professional genealogist for 29. He holds a B.A. in History and attended the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University. He is the president of the Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists and the Chief Genealogist & Historian for the Caledonian Society of Arizona. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the National Genealogical Society. His areas of expertise are U.S. Military History & Records, American Civil War, Old South, Colonial Virginia, United States, and British Isles. Learn more about him by visiting his website Ancestral Pride: Professional Genealogy Services.

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. Click here to join PCGS

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Banner-University Medical Center
DuVal Auditorium (Room 2600)
1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ
You do not have to be a PCGS member to attend.


  1. Dee Grimsrud | |

    Even though this blog posting gives the correct date for the workshop this Saturday, your email gave Saturday as the 19th of November. You might want to send out an email correction, just to clear up any confusion.

    • PCGS Admin | |

      Thank you for letting us know. We can’t send a new email unless we publish a brand new blog post because the emails are automatically sent to those that subscribe. Hopefully, the readers will click to read the full article and figure out the correct date. We apologize for the confusion.

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