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Research Like a Pro Workshop
When: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Where: Truly Nolen LTC, 436 S. Williams Blvd, Tucson, AZ
Diana Elder, AG® and Nicole Dyer of will lead us in a hands-on workshop using their Research Like a Pro process. The workshop will consist of three hour-long blocks of lecture/work, with 10-minute breaks between, a 40-minute lunch break, and end with a project utilizing the Research Like a Pro process. Participants will have the choice of ordering lunch to be delivered from a local restaurant or bring their own. Watch this page for additional details.
Registration will begin in late summer/early fall.


Announcing a New Member Benefit!

We are now recording our monthly meetings! The recordings are available for our Members Only to be viewed in case they missed a meeting or wish to review something the speaker said or didn't quite catch the website address on the screen. This is especially helpful for our members who are winter visitors–now they won't miss our summer programs!
We would still love to see our members join us at the meetings in person. We love seeing your smiling faces andwe have much more fun when we are together. But we know that isn't always possible and this option is there for those of us that can't always be there.
To access the recordings, log in to Members Only with your username and password, then click on Videos in the left navigation panel.
Members are reminded that these recordings are provided as a benefit of membership in the Pima County Genealogy Society and may not be shared or broadcast outside of the Society. Not a member of PCGS? Click here for our easy online join process or for a link for the form to join by mail.


Society Cookbook

PCGS is publishing a Society Cookbook. We invite our members to submit their favorite family recipes. There is room for a short note to tell a little about the recipe if you wish. The recipes can be those that have been handed down through generations, or just traditional recipes that your immediate family enjoys. Perhaps recipes your immigrant ancestors brought from their home country. 
For instructions on submitting a recipe, login to Members Only, then click on Cookbook in the left navigation panel. If you don't wish to type the recipe in yourself, email it to Michelle Launi and she will enter it for you. Her email address is in the instructions.
Thank you for sharing your recipes and a piece of your heritage. We will let you know when the books will be available for purchase.


Our Meeting Place

Beginning in 2019, we 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.


Get the Latest Society News in Your Email Inbox!

Do you want to get the latest Society news in your email inbox? When are the meeting handouts available for download? What is the next meeting about? When can I register for that workshop I heard about? We always post notices of those items and more on our blog and you can sign up to receive email notification when a new post is published on the blog. Here's how:
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We also occasionally send emails to our members through our website (like when a new issue of The PCGS Researcher is published). Please make sure your spam filters are set-up to include mail from our email server: We will not fill out your spam filter requests for verification. It will be your responsibility to update things on your end to receive all your member benefits like newsletters and meeting reminders! 



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Conferences and Institutes

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:
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.
39th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy: July 28–August 2, 2019
Cleveland, OH
The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies is sponsoring their 39th annual conference on Jewish Genealogy in Cleveland, Ohio. The conference includes more than 170 programs, lectures, panel discussion and workshops focusing on genealogy methodolgy, available archival resources, and the history of all Jewish communities. There will be in-depth DNA workshops. Visit the IAJGS website for more details and to register.
Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed): July 29-August 2, 2019
Washington, DC
The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) is a one week program offering in-depth study of material held by the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Maryland. Saturday, August 3, 2019 is an optional trip to the DAR Library.
Watch the website for more details -
51st Annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy: July 30–August 2, 2019
Provo, UT
The 51st annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy will offer more than 100 classes, including a free track, this year on TUESDAY, for Family History Consultants, allowing participants to gain new skills and helpful information.
FGS National Conference:  August 21–23, 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.

Utah Genealogical Association Virtual Conference:  September 24-25, 2019


Announcing the Virtual Conference of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA), entitled "Establishing a Standard of Excellence." Scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, 24-25 September 2019, the Conference features Keynote Speaker: The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, CG®, CGL℠. Please mark your calendars and reserve the dates!
Tuesday features an exciting evening of DNA presentations from Blaine Bettinger, Kitty Cooper, and Patti Hobbs. Wednesday opens with the keynote address at 9:00 a.m. MST, followed by a full slate of expert presentations.
The two-day virtual conference marks the beginning of an exciting journey towards the Association's 50th-anniversary celebration in 2021. Registration opens July 15, 2019.

See the website at for more details and to register.
Virtual Genealogical Association (VGA) Virtual Conference:  November 1-3, 2019


SAVE THE DATE! 3-Day Virtual Conference on Nov 1-3, 2019
Keynote: Blaine Bettinger (USA)
Additional speakers include:
Amy Johnson Crow (USA)
Audrey Collins (England)
Bernice Bennett (USA)
Christine Woodcock (Canada)
Denise Levenick (USA)
Daniel Earl (USA)
Gena Philibert-Ortega (USA)
Helen Smith (Australia)
Judy Russell (USA)
Katherine R. Willson (USA)
Lisa Alzo (USA)
Nicka Smith (USA)
Peggy Lauritzen (USA)
Thomas MacEntee (USA)
Ursula C. Krause (Germany)
Details coming soon.
Programs are for paid members only. Membership is $20/year and includes access to all presentations, presentation recordings and handouts for six months following the live webinar. Join VGA today!

Upcoming Events
July 20
  We are taking our summer break and will resume our monthly meetings on August 17, 2019!    
August 10
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  Get answers to your DNA questions, guidance on interpreting your results and updates on what's new in DNA testing.
August 17
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 ...
August 17
1:00 pm
PCGS General Meeting
  Class: Track Your Family with a Timeline Discover the value of putting your ancestor’s life events into a timeline. Tracking their movements and actions ...
September 7
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.
September 14
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  Get answers to your DNA questions, guidance on interpreting your results and updates on what's new in DNA testing.    
September 21
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 ...
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