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. 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.
24 June @ 2:00 p.m. -- Open Forum
26 August @ 2:00 p.m. -- DNA: Your Second Family Tree, presented by Phyllis Lewellen
What do you do after you have your DNA tested? Consider that we each have two somewhat distinct family trees in genealogy. There are the documented family histories that we research to discover our verifiable family roots through time. Then there is our DNA family tree. Because each generation doubles our number of ancestors, our researched family tree can grow indefinitely, provided documentation can be found. On the other hand, the percentage of DNA we inherit from any ancestor diminishes as one moves up the family tree. However, in spite of these limitations, there is more than just your ethnic background to be learned from DNA testing through companies such as Ancestry, FamilyTreeDNA or 23andMe.
DNA testing generally provides lists of matching relatives including "cousins" of varying degrees that may allow you to find previously unknown ancestors and/or relatives who may have documentation that adds to your family history research. DNA results can unlock geographical origins, separate commonly named paternal ancestors, and give you scientific confirmation for some of your paper trails.
Phyllis Lewellen will provide a basic explanation of DNA. She will review the main DNA testing companies: their differences, what to expect, and how to use the information you receive. Included will be the use of Gedmatch to expand your reach. Phyllis Lewellen has been doing genealogy research 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, and confirming several paper trails that were not yet sufficiently proven. She will provide resources so you may be able to take advantage of this new and growing opportunity to learn more about yourself and your family's genetic makeup.
DNA is now an affordable and available adjunct for genealogy research. Please join us as Phyllis Lewellen explores this new science's application for your "Second Family Tree.
The social portion of our Northern Arizona Genealogical Society (NAGS) meeting will begin at 1:30 at the Family History Center at the LDS church located at 1001 Ruth Street. Please park at the rear of the building and enter through the back door. [handout]
September 18th @ 2:30 - 4:00 "Ephemera: Genealogy Gold" - presented by Sharon Atkins
This presentation is at the Prescott Public Library. You may register for the event by calling 928.777.1526 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
23 September @ 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 [read more] [handout]
28 October @ 2:00 p.m. Just What is a Genealogy WIKI? Why and how would I use it for finding my family history? presented by Dick Hiatt Locating one's ancestors involves research which seeks to place an individual in his or her specific place and time. WIKI is an online encyclopedia of worldwide genealogical sources which can be searched by place or topic. WIKI will tell you what resources are available in an area (such as Yavapai County), where they are kept, what is in that collection, and a link to that collection if it is available online. Help is available in WIKI for beginners just starting their family tree as well as research techniques for those hard-to-find family members. Dick will take you through a case study using a variety of resources to find information that helps construct the story of someone’s life.
Dick Hiatt is a former director of the Family History Center and past President of the Northern Arizona Genealogical Society. He has been actively pursuing genealogy for over 40 years and is a frequent speaker on genealogy topics. Dick taught at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University for 24 years, retiring as a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics.
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Handouts from Previous Programs (listed alphabetically by subject)
05 Nov 2017
- Building Timelines by Sharon Atkins
- Cause of Death by Barbara Wich
- Civil War Photography by Brandelyn Andres (this is a Youtube presentation)
- Comparing Genealogy Software Programs: Legacy, Family Tree and Roots Maker by Katie Gertz
- DNA: Your Second Family Tree by Phyllis Lewellen
- 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
- Wiki Research by Dick Hiatt
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