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Friday, October 6 through Saturday, October 7
SCGS 53rd Jamboree: Cherishing Your Family Inheritance  (Conferences: Regional)
HYBRID EVENT
The Southern California Genealogical Society's Annual Jamboree has moved to October!
This hybrid conference will offer workshops of all levels – beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.Complete details will be available soon.  Click HERE to visit their website.


Storytellers: Writing Family Stories
Tuesday, October 10
Storytellers: Writing Family Stories  (Classes)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friends in Deed, Room D, 301 E. Camino Casa Verde, Green Valley, AZ
 
Don't let your family stories or research get lost in time! Write stories to share with family and future generations.
 
This class is for SAGS members who enjoy writing the stories of their ancestors to share with family members and to pass to future generations. It is not a research, grammar, or punctuation class. There are assignments, in-class writing prompts, and time to share stories. We use pen/pencil and paper – no electronic writing devices. The class is limited to 15 and there is a reasonable commitment to attend each class, as others depend on your participation.This is not a drop-in SIG; you must register in advance to join the class. If you are interested, please contact Becky McCreary:  rebeccamccreary764@gmail.com
 
Class Facilitator:  Becky McCreary
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 


FamilyTree Maker SIG – MEMBERS ONLY
Wednesday, October 11
FamilyTree Maker SIG – MEMBERS ONLY  (SIGs)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
Explore the features of FTM with a hands-on approach!
An email with the ZOOM meeting link will be sent out approximately 5 days prior to the meeting to those on the group email list.  To have your name added to the group list, send an email to webmgr@azsags.org.
SIG Leader:  Karen Feeney
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 


Friday, October 13 through Saturday, October 14
Family History Fair - Pima County Genealogy Society Event  (Non SAGS Events)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Truly Nolan Leadership Training Center, 436 S. Williams Blvd., Tucson, AZ
This event will include free photo scanning (for those of you who have boxes of photos), educational sessions, and opportunities to meet local genealogy and lineage societies. For more information, visit:  azpcgs.org
 


SAGS Monthly Meeting -- PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE!
Friday, October 20
SAGS Monthly Meeting -- PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE!  (Monthly Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
In-Person Meeting & Zoom Meeting -- Open to the Public
DUE TO AN OCTOBER EVENT FACILITY CONFLICT, WE HAD TO CHANGE THE MEETING DATE. 
 
MAIN PROGRAM:  Wrapping Your Head Around Those Ancestry DNA Results
This special program will start with a review of some of the basics of DNA results, and then our speaker will dive into how to deal with DNA results on Ancestry.com -- how to view DNA matches, the best way to explore your ThruLines, and what to do with all those cousins!
 
SPEAKER:  Bonnie Bossert, MBA/MHA
Bonnie Bossert, MBA/MHA, is a Genetic Genealogist. She has taught a four-hour "DNA Kindergarten" course for several years for genealogy enthusiasts and lectures on a variety of genealogy topics. She is a board member of the Investigative Genetic Genealogy Accreditation Board (IGGAB), an independent, non-profit group developing an exam and standards for the field of Investigative Genetic Genealogy. In 2018, she collaborated with Arizona Republic reporter, John D'Anna, to solve the mystery of the Hatbox Baby, found Christmas Eve 1931, using DNA and genealogical evidence. She continues to offer education in Genetic Genealogy and DNA analysis with the ATCG Genealogists ream.
 
SHORT-SHORT PROGRAM & SPEAKER:
Our website manager, Karen Feeney, will give us some quick tips on using the website to find handouts for upcoming programs, how to register online to attend seminars, and how to renew your membership online.
 
MEETING INFO:
* Speaker: Ms. Bossert will be presenting "live" via Zoom.
 
* Please register in advance to attend this Meeting by clicking THIS LINK (after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting)
 
* You can attend in person at La Posada Recreation Center, 685 S. La Posada Circle, Bldg. #37, Green Valley, AZ (click HERE for location & driving map), or attend via Zoom
 
 
 


Beginner's Genealogy SIG – MEMBERS ONLY
Thursday, October 26
Beginner's Genealogy SIG – MEMBERS ONLY  (SIGs)
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
ZOOM MEETING
We all have to start someplace and when we do, it is very helpful to have some help. This group is designed to be just that – a support group to provide you with some direction and tips for your research. For more information, and to receive the Zoom meeting link, contact Jon Otto at jonotto48@yahoo.com
SIG Leader:  Jon Otto
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 


DNA in Action: A  Full Day Seminar
Saturday, October 28
DNA in Action: A Full Day Seminar  (Seminars)
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Virtual Event -- ZOOM
Southern AZ Genealogy Society (SAGS) and Pima County Genealogy Society (PCGS) have teamed up to present a special DNA event . This virtual day-long seminar is appropriate for all levels of DNA experience, from beginners to experts. In addition to the Featured Speakers lectures, there will also be options to explore additional topics. 
 
Complete details on speakers, topics and registering to attend this event are on our DNA In Action Event page -- click HERE
 
 


Saturday, October 28
Family History Society of AZ - 40th Anniversary Celebration  (Non SAGS Events)
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ
A Genealogy Seminar & Annual Meeting featuring Arizona Speakers.
Featured speakers include: Peggy Ash, George Wolfmeyet, Bonnie Bossert, and Katie Gertz. 
 
For more details, download the flyer below, or visit their website at  fhsa.org



FamilyTree Maker SIG – MEMBERS ONLY
Wednesday, November 8
FamilyTree Maker SIG – MEMBERS ONLY  (SIGs)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
Explore the features of FTM with a hands-on approach!
An email with the ZOOM meeting link will be sent out approximately 5 days prior to the meeting to those on the group email list.  To have your name added to the group list, send an email to webmgr@azsags.org.
SIG Leader:  Karen Feeney
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 


Storytellers: Writing Family Stories
Tuesday, November 14
Storytellers: Writing Family Stories  (Classes)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friends in Deed, Room D, 301 E. Camino Casa Verde, Green Valley, AZ
 
Don't let your family stories or research get lost in time! Write stories to share with family and future generations.
 
This class is for SAGS members who enjoy writing the stories of their ancestors to share with family members and to pass to future generations. It is not a research, grammar, or punctuation class. There are assignments, in-class writing prompts, and time to share stories. We use pen/pencil and paper – no electronic writing devices. The class is limited to 15 and there is a reasonable commitment to attend each class, as others depend on your participation. This is not a drop-in SIG; you must register in advance to join the class. If you are interested, please contact Becky McCreary:  rebeccamccreary764@gmail.com
 
Class Facilitator:  Becky McCreary
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 


SAGS Monthly Meeting
Thursday, November 16
SAGS Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
In-Person Meeting & Zoom Meeting -- Open to the Public
 
MAIN PROGRAM:  English Directories and Electoral Registers
English people were Verbose of Records. That is, they recorded a lot if information about their subjects and many of those records are still available today. We'll go over the types of directories available and some places where they might be found online. Directories are mostly sorted by counties and the directory often contained a little description of each village within the county. Fortunately, if you know where to look, there are many directories available online at no cost. Since the British Empire covered more than the UK, we will briefly cover other locations where the Crown was involved. Since the correct spelling of names is always important, we will also talk about electoral registers which also have clues as to economic status and location of dwellings.
 
SPEAKER:  Ed Storey
Ed Storey grew up in Rochester, where he worked for General Motors as an engineer. He also lived in El Paso and Beijing before moving to Colorado with his wife, Nancy, and finally to Arizona. Ed writes regularly for genealogy magazines such as Your Genealogy Today and Internet Genealogy. His ancestors seem to have come from England and Germany, with a time in India. Ed's specialty is showing how to find copies of records for ancestors. He still has mysteries in his tree that he is trying to sort out, even though he has been working on them for a long time. His recent presentation topics have included finding older records and how to look up records for England and her colonies, such as India or St. Helena. Ed is an active member of SAGS, AzGAB, and English societies specializing in India and the county of Norfolk.
 
SHORT PROGRAM & SPEAKER:
Chris Arundell, SAGS member, will present a short program: Some Ancestral & Iconic Sites: A Nostalgia Summer Tour of England.
 
MEETING INFO:
* Speakers: Both speaker will be "live" at La Posada and via Zoom.
 
* Please register in advance to attend this Meeting by clicking THIS LINK (after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting).
 
* You can attend in person at La Posada Recreation Center, 685 S. La Posada Circle, Bldg. #37, Green Valley, AZ (click HERE for location & driving map)​ or attend via Zoom
 
 
 



Storytellers: Writing Family Stories
Tuesday, December 12
Storytellers: Writing Family Stories  (Classes)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friends in Deed, Room D, 301 E. Camino Casa Verde, Green Valley, AZ
 
Don't let your family stories or research get lost in time! Write stories to share with family and future generations.
 
This class is for SAGS members who enjoy writing the stories of their ancestors to share with family members and to pass to future generations. It is not a research, grammar, or punctuation class. There are assignments, in-class writing prompts, and time to share stories. We use pen/pencil and paper – no electronic writing devices. The class is limited to 15 and there is a reasonable commitment to attend each class, as others depend on your participation. This is not a drop-in SIG; you must register in advance to join the class. If you are interested, please contact Becky McCreary:  rebeccamccreary764@gmail.com
 
Class Facilitator:  Becky McCreary
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 


FamilyTree Maker SIG – MEMBERS ONLY
Wednesday, December 13
FamilyTree Maker SIG – MEMBERS ONLY  (SIGs)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
Explore the features of FTM with a hands-on approach!
An email with the ZOOM meeting link will be sent out approximately 5 days prior to the meeting to those on the group email list.  To have your name added to the group list, send an email to webmgr@azsags.org.
SIG Leader:  Karen Feeney
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 


SAGS Monthly Meeting
Thursday, December 21
SAGS Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
In-Person Meeting & Zoom Meeting -- Open to the Public
 
MAIN PROGRAM:  German Research Online
Searching for German-speaking ancestors is undergoing a paradigm shift in which the resources of Ancestry, FamilySearch and European-based Genealogy.net are all major players and German church records are bing digitized. Learn about the many website that can help you break down brick walls and find the villages of origin of your ancestors!
 
SPEAKER:  James M. Beidler
James M. Beidler, Interim Executive Director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, is the author of four commercially published genealogy books as well as writing "Roots & Branches", an award-winning weekly blog/newspaper column on genealogy. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor emeritus of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He was co-chair for the International German Genealogy Partnership's successful virtual conference in July 2021 and was a research-reports editor for Legacy Tree Genealogists from 2018 to 2021. Beidler is also a frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular interest magazines such a Family Tree Magazine.
 
SHORT PROGRAM & SPEAKER:
TBA.
 
MEETING INFO:
* Speakers: Mr. Beidler will be presenting "live" via Zoom.
 
* Please register in advance to attend this Meeting by clicking THIS LINK (after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting).
 
* You can attend in person at La Posada Recreation Center, 685 S. La Posada Circle, Bldg. #37, Green Valley, AZ (click HERE for location & driving map) or attend via Zoom.
 
 
 


Beginner's Genealogy SIG – MEMBERS ONLY
Thursday, December 28
Beginner's Genealogy SIG – MEMBERS ONLY  (SIGs)
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
ZOOM MEETING
We all have to start someplace and when we do, it is very helpful to have some help. This group is designed to be just that – a support group to provide you with some direction and tips for your research. For more information, and to receive the Zoom meeting link, contact Jon Otto at jonotto48@yahoo.com
SIG Leader:  Jon Otto
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 



Storytellers: Writing Family Stories
Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Storytellers: Writing Family Stories  (Classes)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friends in Deed, Room D, 301 E. Camino Casa Verde, Green Valley, AZ
 
Don't let your family stories or research get lost in time! Write stories to share with family and future generations.
 
This class is for SAGS members who enjoy writing the stories of their ancestors to share with family members and to pass to future generations. It is not a research, grammar, or punctuation class. There are assignments, in-class writing prompts, and time to share stories. We use pen/pencil and paper – no electronic writing devices. The class is limited to 15 and there is a reasonable commitment to attend each class, as others depend on your participation. This is not a drop-in SIG; you must register in advance to join the class. If you are interested, please contact Becky McCreary:  rebeccamccreary764@gmail.com
 
Class Facilitator:  Becky McCreary
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 



Storytellers: Writing Family Stories
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Storytellers: Writing Family Stories  (Classes)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friends in Deed, Room D, 301 E. Camino Casa Verde, Green Valley, AZ
 
Don't let your family stories or research get lost in time! Write stories to share with family and future generations.
 
This class is for SAGS members who enjoy writing the stories of their ancestors to share with family members and to pass to future generations. It is not a research, grammar, or punctuation class. There are assignments, in-class writing prompts, and time to share stories. We use pen/pencil and paper – no electronic writing devices. The class is limited to 15 and there is a reasonable commitment to attend each class, as others depend on your participation. This is not a drop-in SIG; you must register in advance to join the class. If you are interested, please contact Becky McCreary:  rebeccamccreary764@gmail.com
 
Class Facilitator:  Becky McCreary
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 



Storytellers: Writing Family Stories
Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Storytellers: Writing Family Stories  (Classes)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friends in Deed, Room D, 301 E. Camino Casa Verde, Green Valley, AZ
 
Don't let your family stories or research get lost in time! Write stories to share with family and future generations.
 
This class is for SAGS members who enjoy writing the stories of their ancestors to share with family members and to pass to future generations. It is not a research, grammar, or punctuation class. There are assignments, in-class writing prompts, and time to share stories. We use pen/pencil and paper – no electronic writing devices. The class is limited to 15 and there is a reasonable commitment to attend each class, as others depend on your participation. This is not a drop-in SIG; you must register in advance to join the class. If you are interested, please contact Becky McCreary:  rebeccamccreary764@gmail.com
 
Class Facilitator:  Becky McCreary
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 



Storytellers: Writing Family Stories
Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Storytellers: Writing Family Stories  (Classes)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friends in Deed, Room D, 301 E. Camino Casa Verde, Green Valley, AZ
 
Don't let your family stories or research get lost in time! Write stories to share with family and future generations.
 
This class is for SAGS members who enjoy writing the stories of their ancestors to share with family members and to pass to future generations. It is not a research, grammar, or punctuation class. There are assignments, in-class writing prompts, and time to share stories. We use pen/pencil and paper – no electronic writing devices. The class is limited to 15 and there is a reasonable commitment to attend each class, as others depend on your participation. This is not a drop-in SIG; you must register in advance to join the class. If you are interested, please contact Becky McCreary:  rebeccamccreary764@gmail.com
 
Class Facilitator:  Becky McCreary
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 



Storytellers: Writing Family Stories
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Storytellers: Writing Family Stories  (Classes)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friends in Deed, Room D, 301 E. Camino Casa Verde, Green Valley, AZ
 
Don't let your family stories or research get lost in time! Write stories to share with family and future generations.
 
This class is for SAGS members who enjoy writing the stories of their ancestors to share with family members and to pass to future generations. It is not a research, grammar, or punctuation class. There are assignments, in-class writing prompts, and time to share stories. We use pen/pencil and paper – no electronic writing devices. The class is limited to 15 and there is a reasonable commitment to attend each class, as others depend on your participation. This is not a drop-in SIG; you must register in advance to join the class. If you are interested, please contact Becky McCreary:  rebeccamccreary764@gmail.com
 
Class Facilitator:  Becky McCreary
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.