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.
SAGS' Annual Workshop & Seminar • Feb. 11 & 12, 2022
A Virtual Event • Open to the Public

WORKSHOP:  Friday, Feb. 11, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
What the Heck Does That Say? The Challenge of Difficult Handwriting
Cost:  $25 (members) -- $30 (non-members)
SEMINAR: Saturday, Feb. 12, 9:00AM – 3:30PM
4 Classes to help you expand your ancestors' stories
Cost:  $30 (members) -- $35 (non-members)
Registration is now Open -- click HERE.
SAGS members must log in to the SAGS website to receive the discounted pricing. 
About our speaker:  Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and speaker from West Linn, Oregon, and the owner of Generations Genealogy, LLC. After 20 years as a professional writer, Pam turned her full attention to her longtime love of genealogy. Since then, she has had articles published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and the FGS Forum magazine, has lectured at genealogy conferences throughout the United States, and has conducted research for clients to help them uncover their ancestors' stories. Pam is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and belongs to many genealogical and historical organizations.  

WORKSHOP DETAILS (Friday, Feb. 11)
What the Heck Does That Say? The Challenge of Difficult Handwriting
One of the biggest hurdles to overcome in genealogy is the seemingly illegible handwriting in our ancestors' records. Whether you struggle to navigate colonial penmanship that doesn't even look like English or wrestle with contemporary documents that are poorly written, a few good strategies can make all the difference. We'll look at more than 20 techniques to help you figure out what the chicken scratches on the page say as well as what the style of writing might reveal about our ancestors.
Teasing Out the Story Hidden Behind the Genealogical Facts
One of the biggest challenges we face when writing family histories is how to turn the bare facts into tales worthy of being read, but our ancestors were real people, not just names, dates, and places. We'll explore four different approaches that can help us to understand them in the context of the time and place in which they lived, and to look for unexpected clues in the information we've already gathered. By digging deeply into the genealogical details, we can bring our ancestors' stories to life.
Finding What You Need and Making the Most of What You Find
With so much information available to us today, it can be hard to know how to find what we seek, or what to do with it after we've found it. Discover an assortment of techniques that can help you search the internet more successfully, extract those useful genealogical nuggets from your documents, organize what you've found, and evaluate your evidence. We'll look at tools for locating overlooked records, understanding codes in documents, recovering missing websites, finding evidence of name changes, and much more.
Beyond Names and Dates: Filling in the Stories of Our Female Ancestors
For most of recorded time, women didn't leave much of a paper trail, but they still have wonderful stories to tell. We'll look at ways in which local history, laws, politics, natural disasters, probate inventories, and other resources can help.
Why They Left, Where They Went, and What Their Journeys Can Reveal
Why did our ancestors leave their homes? Why did they settle where they did? Using unexpected records, social history, the law, and more, we'll discover the secrets our ancestors' migrations can reveal as we track them from place to place, across the ocean, across the country, even across town!
(The Workshop and Seminar will not be recorded.)