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. -- Preservation Techniques, presented by Brenda Taylor of Sharlot Hall Archives
22 April @ 2:00 p.m. -- To Be Announced
09 Feb 2017
Handouts from Previous Programs (listed alphabetically by subject)
07 Feb 2017
- Building Timelines by Sharon Atkins
- 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 Woolfridge
07 Feb 2017