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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.


Green Valley-Sahuarita Genealogy Library Trip

Research trip to the Green Valley-Sahuarita Genealogy Library on Wednesday, 25 September 2019. Participants will meet in the parking lot of the Family History Center, 500 S. Langley Ave., Tucson, at 9:00 a.m. The 12 passenger van will depart at 9:05 a.m. and arrive at the Green Valley-Sahuarita Genealogy Library by 10:00. Darillyn Doss, Director of Library Operations, will give a caual presentation and a tour of the library and we will be given time to research. Guests may take breaks at the coffee/sandwich shop next door any time they wish. The van will depart Green Valley promptly at 12:30 p.m.
Fee is $12 to cover the cost of transportation. The van only holds 12 people, including the driver, so we are limited to 11 registered guests. To register, sign in to the Members Only area, click on Store (Members Only) in the left navigation panel, then click on the link to Register for Green Valley-Sahuarita Genealogy Library Trip. You must be logged in to see the links to register. After registration, you may choose to print the form and mail it with your check or pay online with a credit card via PayPal. Only one person may register per account in order to keep track of the names of the participants.
You may wish to search the Green Valley Genealogical Society's library catalog at to prepare for your visit. 

September 21 General Meeting

Our September meeting features two PCGS members and a chuckle or two.
Our short class will be an overview of the Resources at the Tucson Family History Center by Bob Black. The Tucson Family History Center holds a plethora of genealogy and family history resources, including free access to many paid subscription sites, consulting services, photo and document scanning, and the collection of genealogy books and materials. The Tucson FHC is the largest Family History Center in southern Arizona since the closure of the Mesa FamilySearch Library. Bob's presentation is sprinkled with humor to keep us from becoming overawed by the abundance of resources available to us. Bob retired in 2015 after a 38-year career in healthcare human resources. He has been volunteering at the Family History Center since 2011 and served as Director from 2014 until early 2019. He currently serves on the PCGS Steering Committee. He has a bachelor's and master's degree from Brigham Young University. When not working on family history, he works two days a week at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple on Ina and Skyline and spends as much time as he can with his wife, six children, and eleven grandchildren. 
Kathleen Carter will follow with our program, Unreliable Records: Don't Believe Everything You Read! The genealogy records we rely upon can be incorrect for a variety of reasons. This is a lighthearted look at some examples Kathleen has found while researching her family tree. We will laugh at the confusion that unreliable records may cause!  And then talk about the importance of “reasonably exhaustive research” and "resolving conflicting evidence.” Kathleen was the first female certified sommelier in Arizona, and has taught wine appreciation classes for years. She also enjoys helping people to discover their ancestors and reaffirm family stories.  Kathleen is an instructor of the “Genetic Genealogy in Practice” Study Group for the Pima County Genealogy Society, serves on the PCGS Steering Committee, and is the Workshops & Tours Committee Chair.
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Truly Nolen Leadership Training Center
436 S. Williams Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85711

Research Like a Pro Workshop

PCGS is proud to sponsor a Research Like a Pro workshop led by Diana Elder AG® and Nicole Dyer of The mother-daughter team will lead us in this hands-on workshop using the process that has proven results time and time again. 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. Check-in is at 8:30 am with the workshop beginning sharply at 9:00 am.
Participants will have the choice of ordering lunch to be delivered from a local restaurant or of bringing their own. Instructions for ordering lunch will be provided to paid participants via email at a later date.
Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Truly Nolen LTC
436 S. Williams Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85711
Members - $25
Non-Members - $35
Registration & Payment Deadline: October 19, 2019
Visit the PCGS Marketplace to register online and either mail in the registration with your check or pay with a credit card via PayPal. PCGS Members be sure to sign in before visiting the Marketplace in order to receive the reduced member price.
Not a member? Click here to get more information and to join.


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.


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


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.

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.
Host Coordinator
This individual reminds each month's host that he or she has volunteered to be that month's host and ensures that he or she has the Host PowerPoint slides and the information and announcements needed to host. The host coordinator and monthly host work closely with the committee chairs to coordinate the announcements. 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

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®, CGLâ„ . 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


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)

Upcoming Events
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 ...
September 21
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
PCGS General Meeting
Class: Resources at the Tucson Family History Center  An overview of the genealogy and family history resources at the Tucson Family History Center, including information ...
September 25
9:00 am to 1:30 pm
Green Valley-Sahuarita Genealogy Library Research Trip
MEMBERS ONLY EVENT   Participants will meet in the parking lot of the Family History Center, 500 S. Langley Ave., Tucson, AZ. at 9:00 a.m. The ...
October 5
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  Participants are studying the Genetic Genealogy in Practice workbook by Blaine T. Bettinger and  Debbie Parker Wayne. There is an established syllabus and participation requires pre-registration.  ...
October 12
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.
October 19
Our Annual Celebration!
  Celebrate with us at our annual celebration of the founding of Pima County Genealogy Society!   This will be a luncheon meeting and will start ...
November 2
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Research Like a Pro Workshop
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 ...
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