GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (NAGS)
P.O. Box 695, Prescott, AZ 86302
Unless otherwise noted, programs are held at the LDS Church, 1001 Ruth Street, on the fourth Saturday of the month at 2 p.m in Room 20. The doors open at 1:30 p.m. for social time. The LDS Church is handicap accessible.
2017 Program Schedule
2017 Program Schedule
23 January @ 2:30 p.m. --- Genealogy Clues Found in Obituaries, presented by Gretchen Eastman
How to use clues from obituaries to improve your genealogy research.
Location: Prescott Public Library (Founder's Suite A & B)
Register online, at the Ask a Librarian desk or call 928.777.1526.
28 January @ 2:00 p.m. --- Gold, Gambles and Graves: An Early History of Prescott, presented by Sue Williams
An Early History of Prescott will be the topic at the 28 January 2017 meeting of the Northern Arizona Genealogical Society (NAGS). Sue Williams has been digging into our local dirt to arrive at "Gold, Gambles, and Graves." This region of the United States was the result of our 1848 victory in the Mexican-American War when the Southwest was annexed from Mexico. Prescott had its political beginnings in 1863. Sue Williams will discuss some of the initial factors that brought settlers to this rather remote and hostile region of Arizona in the mid-1800s. These characters, both men and women, who came, lived and either left or died here, form the roots of Yavapai County and eventually the City of Prescott.
Get started on your family history inquiries this year by putting our location in context. Come out to experience "Gold, Gambles, and Graves: An Early History of Prescott.
25 February @ 2:00 p.m. --- Writing a Book: Making Your Ancestor Come Alive, presented by Sharon S Atkins
Sharon Atkins will be speaking about her Grandmother Hazel's coming of age during the early decades of the 20th century. It took Sharon 30 years to finally decide to transcribe Hazel's diaries. Sharon Atkins spent several years transcribing the diaries; then seeking and verifying original historical source materials which necessitated a trip to locations in New York State, and finally writing and publishing this family history. A book review in The New York Recorder in the Fall of 2016 follows: "With a Heart for Any Fate: Hazel's Memoir - Drawing upon her grandmother's surviving diaries, Sharon S. Atkins chronicles Hazel Hungerford Howland's coming of age during the early decades of the 20th century. The diaries describe her courtship, marriage, and move from rural upstate New York Jefferson County to cosmopolitan Southampton, Long Island, as Hazel transitions from a young student to a high school teacher between 1908 and 1920. Personal events during the period are heavily influenced by an influenza epidemic in 1918, the First World War, and the continuing agitation for voting rights for women."
Writing a compelling true story is the goal of genealogical research. Please join us to hear about Hazel and the process that Sharon followed to made her story come to life.
25 March @ 2:00 p.m. -- Basic Preservation Techniques for Genealogists, presented by Brenda Taylor
of Sharlot Hall Archives
The community is privileged to have Brenda Taylor, the Director of Library and Archives at the Sharlot Hall Museum, join the genealogical society to discuss deterioration of precious family photographs and papers unless steps are taken to safeguard them for future generations. Brenda will discuss issues and exposures which can result in the loss of your heirloom papers and photographs. Controlled environmental conditions and proper handling will prolong the life of your collections. She will share the secrets of what to do to make Archivists love you as you learn how to preserve and keep your photographs
as well as personal papers and records safe. [Handout] for this presentation.
22 April @ 2:00 p.m. -- Open Forum
The Northern Arizona Genealogical Society invites you to attend and participate in an Open Forum at the Family History Center. The social portion of the NAGS meeting will begin at 1:30 followed by the general meeting at 2:00. Please bring your success stories for celebration as well as those almost insurmountable brick walls that need scaling with some group help. Or just a question that needs an answer as you pursue an ancestor - no doubt in the Witness Protection Program of long ago. Maybe you can have a post-Easter break through. Sherry Kramer will present an overview of the updated NAGS web site. Your input and comments will be appreciated.
27 May @ 2:00 p.m. -- How to Find Your Irish Ancestors Without Going to Ireland, presented by Cindy Patricki The Northern Arizona Genealogical Society is delighted to welcome Cindy Patricki of The McClelland Library in Phoenix's Irish Cultural Center for her presentation of "How to Find Your Irish Ancestors Without Going to Ireland." Cindy is currently a Genealogist and Department Coordinator at the McClelland Library. She has been doing family history research for over 23 years and had her own genealogy research business prior to working at the library. She has given lectures to various genealogy organizations around Arizona and enjoys sharing her love of genealogy with others by helping people trace their Irish ancestors and learn about their Celtic heritage. Anyone with an interest in their Irish ancestors or general genealogical research methods is invited to attend. [Handout] for this presentation.
This program is cancelled -- Instead: Open Forum
24 June @ 2:00 p.m. -- Comparing Genealogy Software Programs Legacy Family Tree, Roots Magic, and Family Tree Maker, presented by Katie Gertz (President of the East Valley Chapter of the Family History Society of Arizona
26 August @ 2:00 p.m. -- Using DNA Testing to Further Your Family History Research, presented by Phyllis Lewellen The Northern Arizona Genealogical Society is happy to welcome Phyllis Lewellen who will speak on DNA testing and how it can enhance and further your research. There is much more to be learned from DNA testing through companies such as Ancestry.com or 23andme than just your ethnic background. The list of relatives that one receives with your DNA test results can provide valuable clues to aiding in your family history research, find previously unknown relatives and ancestors, and give you scientific confirmation of some of your paper trails. Discussion will review the main DNA testing companies, differences, what to expect and how to use the information you receive. The use of Gedmatch to find additional DNA matches, as well as basic explanation of DNA for this type of research will be included.
Plyllis Lewellen is a Chino Valley resident who has been doing genealogy for about thirty years. She has traced all of her and her husband's family lines, and works with others to find their personal connection to history. Phyllis has tested with three of the main DNA companies with interesting results. This includes finding cousins she didn't know she had, confirming several paper trails, as well as some paper trails that were not sufficiently proven. She will provide resources to help you take advantage of this new and growing opportunity to learn more about you and your family's genetic makeup.
21 June 2017
Handouts from Previous Programs (listed alphabetically by subject)
23 July 2017
- Building Timelines by Sharon Atkins
- Cause of Death by Barbara Wich
- Civil War Photography by Brandelyn Andres (this is a Youtube presentation)
- Evidence! Making Your Case: Evaluating Family History Sources & Information by Barbara Wich
- How To Find Your Ancestors Civil War Records by Dick Hiatt
- Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip by Laurie McCoy
- Prescott Public Library Genealogy Resources by Normalene Zeeman
- The New Ancestry by Valene Woolridge
23 July 2017