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RootsTech 2024
Thursday, February 29 through Saturday, March 2
RootsTech 2024  (Conferences: National)
Salt Lake City & Online
Why you need to be a part of RootsTech 2024!
RootsTech is the premier event to celebrate your heritage and other meaningful connections through a deeper understanding of family history and genealogy. Come join us and discover your story at RootsTech 2024!
 
Registration is now open – click HERE to get all the details!



Why It Matters to Family History SIG – MEMBERS ONLY
Wednesday, March 6
Why It Matters to Family History SIG – MEMBERS ONLY  (SIGs)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
SIG Leader:  Debra Kabinier
A series of topics examines some of the important issues facing family historians as they gain information about their ancestors. Each session will be a set of slides examining the topic, followed by open discussions. All sessions will be held via Zoom.
 
This month's topic is:  Religion – Why It Matters
Our ancestors may have worshipped in different ways than we do now. Understanding if religion was the center of our ancestors' lives is an important aspect to understanding them as people.
 
Registration to attend each session is required – send an email to Deb Kabinier at debkabinier@gmail.com to register for each session. Several days prior to the meeting, you will receive an email that contains the Zoom link you'll need to attend.
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 


Storytellers: Writing Family Stories
Tuesday, March 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.
 


SAGS Monthly Meeting
Thursday, March 21
SAGS Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
In-Person Meeting & Zoom Meeting -- Open to the Public
 
MAIN PROGRAM:  Shamrocks, Leprechauns & Harps: Researching Your Irish Roots
Ireland can be a challenging place to research! Learn about what records do exist, and what no longer exists, before you dive deep into searching for your Irish roots.
 
SPEAKER:  Sara Cochran
Sara Cochran is a full-time professional genealogist with nearly 30 years of research experience. Her research has taken her into nearly every State in the USA and Ireland. She especially enjoys breaking down brick walls, discovering the stories of black sheep ancestors, and helping individuals preserve their photographic legacy. Sara holds a Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate, a Bachelor's in Library Science, and is an alum of the ProGen Study Group. She is a member of DAR and other lineage societies, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild.
 
SHORT PROGRAM: TBA
 
 
MEETING INFO:
* Speakers: Ms. Cochran 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.
 
 
 


Thursday, March 28
Beginner's Genealogy Group  (Education)
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Hybrid Meeting: Green Valley Genealogy Library, & via Zoom
 
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. This group is open to non-members as well as current SAGS members – for more information, and to receive the Zoom meeting link, contact Jon Otto, Group Leader, at jonotto48@yahoo.com
 
In-person meeting location: Green Valley Genealogy Library, 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley, AZ 
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 



Why It Matters to Family History SIG – MEMBERS ONLY
Wednesday, April 3
Why It Matters to Family History SIG – MEMBERS ONLY  (SIGs)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
SIG Leader:  Debra Kabinier
A series of topics examines some of the important issues facing family historians as they gain information about their ancestors. Each session will be a set of slides examining the topic, followed by open discussions. All sessions will be held via Zoom.
 
This month's topic is:  Politics, the Law & the Courthouse – Why It Matters
Politics frames our lives – from local to national to international. A genealogist must investigate and understand the laws that stood at the time of their ancestors. Courthouses are important because they keep records.
 
Registration to attend each session is required – send an email to Deb Kabinier at debkabinier@gmail.com to register for each session. Several days prior to the meeting, you will receive an email that contains the Zoom link you'll need to attend.
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 


Storytellers: Writing Family Stories
Tuesday, April 9
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, April 18
SAGS Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
In-Person Meeting & Zoom Meeting -- Open to the Public
 
MAIN PROGRAM:  Find Your American Ancestor Using Canadian Records
When you hit a brick wall in your research it's time to consider your ancestor may have been in Canada. Whether your ancestor was there for a day or for many years, they left behind records. Learn how and where to find the Canadian records to help you fill in the missing pieces of your ancetor's life.
 
SPEAKER:  Kathryn Lake Hogan
It all started when Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE, PLCGS, was a Girl Guide leader wanting the girls in her group to learn about their heritage. Why not teach them about researching their family history? To do so, Kathryn had to first learn how to research her own ancestry. That was over 18 years ago, and today, Kathryn is an author, educator, speaker and professional genealogist. The author of Digging Your Canadian Roots, as well as fifteen mini-research guides featuring Canadian genealogy, Kathryn has also written articles for FamilyTree magazine, and The In-Depth Genealogist. She is also a member of DAR and other lineage societies, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild.
 
SHORT PROGRAM: Buffalo Soldiers of Southern Arizona
In the Fall of 1885, two troops of the Buffalo Soldiers in the Tenth Cavalry set up camp in the Chiricahua Mountains. While there, they build a large monument to honor slain President James A. Garfield. Why?
SPEAKER:  SAGS member, Sharon Kennedy, is a writer, author and speaker. Her program will give us new insights and details about the Buffalo Soldiers.
 
MEETING INFO:
* Speakers: Ms. Hogan will be presenting "live" via Zoom. Short Program speaker Sharon Kennedy will present "in person" at the Rec Center.
 
* 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.
 
 
 


Thursday, April 25
Beginner's Genealogy Group  (Education)
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Hybrid Meeting: Green Valley Genealogy Library, & via Zoom
 
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. This group is open to non-members as well as current SAGS members – for more information, and to receive the Zoom meeting link, contact Jon Otto, Group Leader, at jonotto48@yahoo.com
 
In-person meeting location: Green Valley Genealogy Library, 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley, AZ 
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 



Why It Matters to Family History SIG – MEMBERS ONLY
Wednesday, May 1
Why It Matters to Family History SIG – MEMBERS ONLY  (SIGs)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
SIG Leader:  Debra Kabinier
A series of topics examines some of the important issues facing family historians as they gain information about their ancestors. Each session will be a set of slides examining the topic, followed by open discussions. All sessions will be held via Zoom.
 
This month's topic is:  Medical Sciences – Why It Matters
Did your ancestors live long lives, or did they die young? Were there doctors or midwives in the community? Or did your ancestors depend on home remedies? If you have a death certificate, can you read the codes on it? We look for these answers and others.
 
Registration to attend each session is required – send an email to Deb Kabinier at debkabinier@gmail.com to register for each session. Several days prior to the meeting, you will receive an email that contains the Zoom link you'll need to attend.
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 


Storytellers: Writing Family Stories
Tuesday, May 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.
 


Thursday, May 23
Beginner's Genealogy Group  (Education)
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Hybrid Meeting: Green Valley Genealogy Library, & via Zoom
 
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. This group is open to non-members as well as current SAGS members – for more information, and to receive the Zoom meeting link, contact Jon Otto, Group Leader, at jonotto48@yahoo.com
 
In-person meeting location: Green Valley Genealogy Library, 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley, AZ 
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 



Why It Matters to Family History SIG – MEMBERS ONLY
Wednesday, June 5
Why It Matters to Family History SIG – MEMBERS ONLY  (SIGs)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
SIG Leader:  Debra Kabinier
A series of topics examines some of the important issues facing family historians as they gain information about their ancestors. Each session will be a set of slides examining the topic, followed by open discussions. All sessions will be held via Zoom.
 
This month's topic is:  Journalism & Media – Why It Matters
Our ancestors, as well as us, hae been influenced by art and the written word for hundreds of years. Look for media your ancestors may have read. Perhaps your ancestors even wrote an editorial.
 
Registration to attend each session is required – send an email to Deb Kabinier at debkabinier@gmail.com to register for each session. Several days prior to the meeting, you will receive an email that contains the Zoom link you'll need to attend.
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 


Thursday, June 27
Beginner's Genealogy Group  (Education)
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Hybrid Meeting: Green Valley Genealogy Library, & via Zoom
 
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. This group is open to non-members as well as current SAGS members – for more information, and to receive the Zoom meeting link, contact Jon Otto, Group Leader, at jonotto48@yahoo.com
 
In-person meeting location: Green Valley Genealogy Library, 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley, AZ 
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 



Thursday, July 25
Beginner's Genealogy Group  (Education)
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Hybrid Meeting: Green Valley Genealogy Library, & via Zoom
 
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. This group is open to non-members as well as current SAGS members – for more information, and to receive the Zoom meeting link, contact Jon Otto, Group Leader, at jonotto48@yahoo.com
 
In-person meeting location: Green Valley Genealogy Library, 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley, AZ 
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 



Why It Matters to Family History SIG – MEMBERS ONLY
Wednesday, August 7
Why It Matters to Family History SIG – MEMBERS ONLY  (SIGs)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
SIG Leader:  Debra Kabinier
A series of topics examines some of the important issues facing family historians as they gain information about their ancestors. Each session will be a set of slides examining the topic, followed by open discussions. All sessions will be held via Zoom.
 
This month's topic is:  Social History – Why It Matters
Social History studies the lives of ordinary people. We will investigate how our ancestors might have lived their lives.
 
Registration to attend each session is required – send an email to Deb Kabinier at debkabinier@gmail.com to register for each session. Several days prior to the meeting, you will receive an email that contains the Zoom link you'll need to attend.
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 


Thursday, August 22
Beginner's Genealogy Group  (Education)
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Hybrid Meeting: Green Valley Genealogy Library, & via Zoom
 
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. This group is open to non-members as well as current SAGS members – for more information, and to receive the Zoom meeting link, contact Jon Otto, Group Leader, at jonotto48@yahoo.com
 
In-person meeting location: Green Valley Genealogy Library, 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley, AZ 
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 



Why It Matters to Family History SIG – MEMBERS ONLY
Wednesday, September 4
Why It Matters to Family History SIG – MEMBERS ONLY  (SIGs)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
SIG Leader:  Debra Kabinier
A series of topics examines some of the important issues facing family historians as they gain information about their ancestors. Each session will be a set of slides examining the topic, followed by open discussions. All sessions will be held via Zoom.
 
This month's topic is:  Critical Thinking – Why It Matters
Just collecting records about an ancestor does not tell their story. If we do not analyze the information, we fail as genealogists and family historians. Does the information we collected make sense? How does it tell a story? Are there missing periods of time? We will discuss methods to help facilitate critical thinking.
 
Registration to attend each session is required – send an email to Deb Kabinier at debkabinier@gmail.com to register for each session. Several days prior to the meeting, you will receive an email that contains the Zoom link you'll need to attend.
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 


Thursday, September 26
Beginner's Genealogy Group  (Education)
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Hybrid Meeting: Green Valley Genealogy Library, & via Zoom
 
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. This group is open to non-members as well as current SAGS members – for more information, and to receive the Zoom meeting link, contact Jon Otto, Group Leader, at jonotto48@yahoo.com
 
In-person meeting location: Green Valley Genealogy Library, 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley, AZ 
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.
 



Thursday, October 24
Beginner's Genealogy Group  (Education)
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Hybrid Meeting: Green Valley Genealogy Library, & via Zoom
 
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. This group is open to non-members as well as current SAGS members – for more information, and to receive the Zoom meeting link, contact Jon Otto, Group Leader, at jonotto48@yahoo.com
 
In-person meeting location: Green Valley Genealogy Library, 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley, AZ 
 
If you are not a SAGS member but would like to join, click HERE for more information.