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GREEN VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

Programs October 2013 - April 2014

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Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are at Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley from 1-3 PM on the third Thursday of the month.

Thursday 17 October 2013, 1-3 PM

Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley.

Short Subject: "The Online Surname Database and the GVGS Email List: Two underutilized benefits of membership in GVGS" -- Bob Vint

PROGRAM: "Genealogical Gems in Military Records" -- Carolyn H. Brown

Since the American Revolution the United States has been involved in many wars. Records of all of those wars have been kept by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and are available to the public. This class will identify all of the wars, the types of records available, and what you might find in those records.

Thursday 21 November 2013, 1-3 PM

St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S. La Cañada Drive, Green Valley.

SHORT SUBJECT: "Recording Family History" -- Andy "Avi" Rosen

Andy will explain why it's essential for genealogists to document detailed oral histories of living relatives.

PROGRAM: "It’s Time for a Paradigm Shift" -- Suzanne Brayer, President, Family History Society of Arizona

Are the same old ways of researching not working? Suzanne will discuss "Networking", "Ordinary Sources in Out of the Ordinary Locations", and "Different Strategies – Know the History".

Thursday 19 December 2013, 1-3 PM

St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S. La Cañada Drive, Green Valley.

SHORT SUBJECT: "Customs of your over-the-pond ancestors"

Members will talk about their ancestor's customs. Recipes are also welcome.

PROGRAM: "Give Me Land, Lots of Land" -- Clarice Bird, Director, Sahuarita Family History Center

This presentation will discuss types of land records and their genealogical significance. We will talk about the federal land system, homestead records, and deeds. We will show how to access land records.

Thursday 16 January 2014, 1-3 PM

Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley.

SHORT SUBJECT: "Gadgets to Help With Research" -- Gordon Gray

Apps, mobile tools, scanners, digital keyboards???? Gordon will show and demonstrate a number of tools that he finds very useful in his research using his smartphone, a mouse scanner, a digital keyboard, and a host of smartphone apps and tech tools.

PROGRAM: "Research Overseas" -- Paul Duffey

Paul will detail the methods he used to trace his German ancestors back to Hamburg in 1614 and his Irish ancestors back to Ballymore, County Westmeath in 1816.

Saturday 8 February 2014, 9 AM to 4 PM

Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley. Genealogy Seminar -- We are having the Genealogy Seminar in place of our regular meeting this month. Marian Pierre-Louis will present the following topics:

  • Researching in Colonial New England
  • Pirates and Prisoners: The Registry is more than just deeds!
  • Cemetery Research for Your New England Ancestors
  • Don’t Call Your Relatives, Let Them Call You!

Click here for seminar details, here for the registration form and here for a map of the seminar location.

Thursday 20 March 2014, 1-3 PM

Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley.

SHORT SUBJECT: "Ancestor Stories from Across the Sea" -- Carole Petty and Jerry Wallin

Carole and Jerry will be presenting ancestor stories from across the sea. Then we will open it to the audience for additional tales.

PROGRAM: "Irish Research" -- Charlene Anzalone

With an Irish mother and an Italian father, Char is "half Gaelic and half Garlic". Following a career in public education, she began doing genealogy by enrolling in a genealogy class at the local community college in 1997. She will share her successful and unsuccessful Irish research experiences in Chicago and in County Offaly, Ireland.

Thursday 17 April 2014, 1-3 PM

Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley.

SHORT SUBJECT: "Henry Samson, Mayflower Passenger" -- John Bird

John is a 10th generation descendant of Mayflower passenger Henry Samson. His presentation will focus on his ancestor's travel to America as a 16year old, one of the 102 passengers aboard the Mayflower. Samson was one of the 53 who survived the hardships of the first winter.

PROGRAM: "Recognizing Errors - This Doesn't Make Sense" -- Betsy Frith "Betty" Gottsponer, MLS

You finally find the document you have been looking for, but something looks wrong. He can't have died before he was born. She can't have married after she died. What’s going on here? Errors are more common than we wish in the documents we are using to prove our family tree.

The four items it takes to identify a person are: name, date, place, relationship. An error in any one of these items can send us on a wild goose chase in the wrong direction and up the wrong family tree. And it may be years and multiple hours of wasted research before we find the error and change our path.

This presentation will help you to recognize the errors and discuss how to correct them.


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