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"Genealogy Today", by Betty Lou Malesky, CG
From the Green Valley News, Sunday 30 September 2012, page C2

Celebrate Family History Month

October is Family History Month. If you’ve never pursued your ancestors, why not celebrate this month by launching a search for your past?

The Pima Library and the Tucson’s Pima County Genealogical Society (PCGS) have partnered to sponsor a number of mini-workshops to help you get started. The workshops are scheduled October 4 through October 22 at various branch libraries in the Tucson area.

The nine workshops are scheduled to last 1 ½ hours each. Just pick one convenient for you and you’ll be on your way. Bring a pen or pencil, and any information you already have about your family – even if it’s no more than your name and your parents’ names.

Experienced volunteers from PCGS will use the information you provide to help you get started on this fascinating hobby. To view the entire schedule of workshop locations see the Pima County Library website at

Another resource to aid in genealogical research is the free webinars sponsored by Legacy Family Tree software on their website at Current seminars are scheduled from October 3 through December 5, and include topics such as "Your Civil War Ancestors: Beginning Your Research," "Breaking Down Your Irish Brick Walls," "Researching Your Canadian Ancestors - an Overview," and "Genealogy for Novices: Where do We Begin?"

Each webinar averages about ninety minutes, and is presented by a professional genealogist who is proficient in the topic. Advance registration is required in order to participate. If you miss a session, it is available without registration on the website for about 10 days after the presentation date. Currently previous seminars dating back to 2010 are available for purchase on the website at a cost of $9.95 per CD.

Finally, right here in Green Valley you can get help finding your ancestry. The Green Valley Genealogical Society (GVGS) meets at 1 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, October through April, at St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S. La Cañada Drive, Green Valley.

On Thursday Oct. 18, 2012 the main program features Margaret Rennaker who will present "What You Can Find at the Courthouse," including deeds, wills, births, marriages, and other public court records. Margaret has been searching for her ancestors since 1948 when her second cousin introduced her to genealogy, but forgot to instruct her to prove her findings. She has visited courthouses in TX, WV, OH, IN, and MO and finds the records may be dusty, but have interesting stories to convey.

Jill Bailey will present the short program, "The Feng Shui Approach of Organizing Your Family Research." Jill has worked on her genealogy for the past 7 years and tried several methods to organize her research. We are fortunate she is willing to share her comedic experiences so we may follow a more "organized" path.

All programs are free and open to all interested in searching for their ancestors. Exciting genealogy items are featured in Silent Auctions and Raffles at meetings, and refreshments are served. See the GVGS website at for a complete list of all upcoming programs for 2012, and information about an all-day seminar in February with speaker Jay Fonkert, a professional genealogist from Wisconsin.

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