Southern Arizona Genealogy Society
State of Arizona
Land acquired through the 1854 Gadsden Purchase, between the United States and Mexico, defined the southern most portion of Arizona.
Saturday Afternoon Webinars
Due to Covid-19, the Genealogy Library is closed until further notice. 
Make plans to join us for our popular genealogy webinar series of programs at the Genealogy Library. Our upcoming schedule, listed below, features well known genealogy speakers covering topics on a wide variety of subjects. Plan to arrive early to be sure you get a seat. Our Library is located in the Posada Java Building (the social hub for the Green Valley & Sahuarita area) at 665 S. Park Centre Avenue, Green Valley, AZ. All shows begin promptly at 1:00pm and are over by 2:30pm. You do not need to be a SAGS member to attend, and it's free! If you have any questions, you can contact us by phone at (520) 648-4016, or send an email to
PLEASE NOTE: the webinars for Feb. 8, Feb. 22, and March 14 will be held in the Enlightenment Room located in the Pavilion Building on the La Posada Campus.  Click HERE for a map of the La Posada campus.
Upcoming Schedule
Feb. 8:  DNA: Connecting Your Ancestor to the Records
This webinar will discuss the connection between DNA testing and genealogical research and how DNA testing can help to uncover identities of ancestors who may be missing from our pedigrees.
Speaker:  Angie Bush – the Region 1 Director of the National Genealogical Society and Chair of its genetic genealogy committee. She is also a full-time genetic genealogist researcher with AncestroPro Genealogists in Salt Lake City.
Feb. 22:  Strategies for Using FamilySearch
As one of the go-to resources for research, FamilySearch is an amazing website that few take the time to explore. You will learn how to get more information from this website through search techniques, wiki resources, and more.
Speaker:  Shannon Combs-Bennett – the owner of T2 Family History and a speaker & author based in Virginia. She enjoys teaching a wide range of topics from DNA to methodology. Currently, she is the Creative Director for The In-Depth Genealogist.
Mar. 14:  Ten Steps to Writing & Publishing Your Family History
Whether you are just starting your research or wrapping up years of genealogical investigation, you're probably thinking about how to share your findings with family, the greater genealogical community, and geneations to come. Consider writing a book! This webinar will give a brief overview of the key steps to writing and publishing your family history.
Speaker:  Penny Stratton – a veteran of the book publishing industry and retired NEHGS Publishing Director. She continues to consult with the NEHGS on publications projects. Among the more than 65 titles she managed at NEHGS are The Great Migration Directory, Elements of Genealogical Analysis, and the Genealogist's handbook for New England Research. With Henry B. Hoff, Penny is co-author of Guide to Genealogical Writing: How to Write and Publish Your Family History.
Mar. 28:  How to Protect Your Information Online
Protecting privacy online is a continuing concern. Family historians need to decide what personal and family history information to keep private while still sharing with cousins and other researchers. Learn more about what controls online privacy and what methods and tools are available to protect our privacy choices.
Speaker:  Judy Russell – genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics ranging from using court records to understanding DNA testing. She is a member of the Associate of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and numerous state and regional genealogical societies.
April 11:  German Genealogy: The Basics
Researching your German ancestors can be very rewarding. If you are just getting started, this webinar will give you the tools you need to be successful. It begins with an overview of this history of German and continues with the details you need to find your ancestors.
Speaker:  Teresa McMillin – a Certified Genealogist and author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records 1514-1866, and owner of Lind Street Research, a company dedicated to helping people discover their German ancestry. She is a popular speaker for national, regional and local genealogical societies.
April 25:  Creating a Research Plan
With all the genealogical information at your fingertips today, it's each to become overwhelmed and lose focus. This webinar will offer tips on how to make a research plan and stick to it! Using a variety of research tools, you'll learn how to stay organized and get the most our of your research time.
Speaker:  Lindsay Fulton – Director of Research Services at NEHGS and author of Applying to Lineage Societies, United States Federal Census 1790-1840, and United States Federal Census 1850-1940. Before NEHGS, she worked at the National Archives and Records Administration in Waltham, MA.
May 9:  WPA - A Good Deal for Genealogists
During the Great Depression, the New Deal was instituted as a way of getting the U.S. back on its feet economically, to protect and preserve its infrastructure and history, and provide employment for citizens. Among the many progams begun, the WPA, and specifically the Historical Records Survey, created, preserved and described material in what was self-described as the "discovery, preservation, and listing of basic materials for research in the history of the United States." The record indexes, inventories and other materials produced are as if they were created with genealogists in mind. Learn about this programs and creations that continue to serve family historians today and where these are located.
Speaker:  Paula Stuart-Warren – professional genealogist specializing in genelogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting and writing. Her research and consultations for individuals, law firms and tribes seeking Native American records has taken her to many states, courthouses, archives, historial societies and libraries.
May 23:  Tips and Tricks to Organizing Your Genealogy
Most researchers admit that organizing and keeping up with their "stuff" is one of the most challenging aspects of research. Learn several techniques to keep you organized and on top of your files so you know exactly where everything is.
Speaker:  Shannon Combs-Benett – the owner of T2 Family History and a speaker & author based in Virginia. She enjoys teaching a wide range of topics from DNA to methodology. Currently, she is the Creative Director for The In-Depth Genealogist.