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. Please park at the rear of the building and enter through the double doors in back. This facility is handicap accessible. We will be meeting in Room 20. The meeting is free and open to the public.
2019 Program Schedule
*14 Dec. Holiday Gathering - Living History - Susan McDonald
"Fannie Bashford's Prescott School of Needlework"
*Research Raffle - This is the quarterly "Research Raffle" for members of NAGS. It may be your lucky break - getting assistance in tumbling a brick wall.
23 November 2019 @2pm. This meeting is to share their various stories of discoveries; frustrations (i.e. those witness protection ancestors hidden behind brick walls); research gold nuggets; odd historical facts all of us should know about; new sources for mining data, etc. In addition, your board would like you to share your vision(s) of where our society should be investing in education, programs, and projects as we move forward in our goal "to foster the education of the public in areas of genealogical and family history research."
26 October 2019 @2pm. Michelle Goodrum will discuss "Cluster Research Using the FAN Principle (Friends, Associates, and Neighbors). Our ancestors did not exist in a vacuum. They interacted with the people around them. To tell the stories of our ancestors and solve challenging genealogical questions, we need to investigate the lives of their friends, associates, and neighbors (FAN). Michelle Roos Goodrum's talk will cover research tools and strategies utilizing the FAN principle.
Michelle became involved in genealogy in 1994 when she discovered her family's stash of old documents and photographs. She is now the caretaker of 140 years of her family's history. Some of these documents revealed information about her ancestors' homes which sparked her interest in land records. She is also passionate about genetic genealogy. Michelle is an Instructor and Teaching Assistant for Boston University's Genealogical Research Program and the Genealogy Principles course. She regularly attends genealogy institutes and conferences.
September 28, 2019 @ 2pm. Duane Roen will discuss " Using Cultural History to Enrich Family Stories."
Sometimes family historians have only names, dates, and places for ancestors. But the more we gather names, dates, and other genealogical facts, the more we yearn for more personal connections to and understanding of those who came before us, found in stories about their lives and accounts of their daily struggles, hopes, and dreams. How can we enrich the stories that we write about our ancestors if we have relatively few details about their lives? Duane Roen will talk about how to start writing about your family history by using cultural/social history to flesh out the stories that we write about ancestors. Such history can give us a better understanding of what our ancestors experienced. He will also offer some suggestions for organizing family history writing.
Duane Roen is Professor of English and Dean in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University, where he also serves as Vice Provost for ASU Polytechnic campus, Coordinator of the Project for Writing and Recording Family History, and Dean of University College. He previously served as Head of Humanities and Arts. Prior to that, he directed the Writing Program at Syracuse University, as well as the graduate program in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English at the University of Arizona. Early in his career, he taught high school English in New Richmond, Wisconsin, before deciding to complete a doctorate at the University of Minnesota. In addition to more than 280 articles, chapters, and conference papers, Duane has published ten books on writing and the teaching of writing.
August 24, 2019 @2pm. Sharon Atkins will discuss "Writing Family Stories."
After all your carefully documented research to discover and verify the who, what, and where of your ancestor -- what next? Enter the collected data into a computer genealogy program not quite knowing what to do with it? Stuff the various paper documents in folders somewhere to reference in the future? Try to figure out what might be missing by using a timeline? Lots of data -- most of the questions revealed through diligent research. NOW? Come hear researcher and published author Sharon Atkins discuss how she moves from her research to actually writing those family stories so all the hard work you've done does not end up in a dumpster but can be shared with the family in a coherent story. HANDOUT LINK
June 2, 2019@2pm Follow up discussion to the DNA Kindergarten Seminar. Bring your laptop to access your information.
June 8, 2019 @9:30am-3pm DNA Kindergarten Seminar by Bonnie Belza. Presented at the Prescott Public Library.
May 18, 2019 @2pm
The membership will be voting on officers for the coming year as well as finalizing changes in the bylaws.
This will be a Genealogy Potpourri with members sharing their experiences, interesting findings, search tidbits, questions, etc. Larry Neece will share his discoveries regarding ICD codes on death certificates and what that might mean for your research.
April 27, 2019 @2pm. Peggy Magee will discuss " Frauds and Forgeries in Genealogy."
Who would have thought - frauds and forgeries - in genealogy! Has my family been scammed? Peggy Magee, a founding member of NAGS, with international research experience beginning in the 1970s will be our presenter. She has deep roots in family history research, and has shared her knowledge through writing, editing, guiding research tours, and teaching about her passion at Yavapai College for over thirty years. Come join us as Peggy Magee exposes some of these nefarious activities.
March 23, 2019 @2pm
Suzanne Young Brayer will discuss "Newspaper Research - A Glimpse into the Past." Suzanne Young Brayer is an educator, researcher, and avid genealogist. She graduated with degrees in history and education from ASU. She is past President of the Family History Society of Arizona, a member of The Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists, as well as numerous local and national societies. She is a lecturer, teacher, and genealogist with over 25 years' experience.
Tim Lambert (http://www.localhistories.org/media.html)states that newspapers began circulating in the 17th century with the first American newspaper printed in 1690 - Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick. Early news may have been printed as broadsides or papers published weekly or monthly. The first daily American newspaper was published in 1784. With time, faster communication and printing technology spread news stories rapidly, both local and international, with scandal being a common theme. Newspapers became far more common in the late 19th century. In the 18th century and the early 19th century stamp duty was charged on newspapers, which made them expensive. However in 1855 stamp duty on newspapers was abolished and they became cheaper and more common. In the mid-19th century newspaper reporters began to use the telegraph as a means to get news to their newspapers quickly. Then in 1880 The New York Graphic became the first newspaper to print a photo.
Suzanne will discuss the use of this valuable, but occasionally somewhat unreliable, resource as one means of discovering hidden family stories. Newspapers are also a fabulous resource for the current events surrounding an ancestor's life.
February 23, 2019 @2pm. Michelle Goodrum will discuss "Cluster Research Using the FAN Principle - Friends, Associates and Neighbors." Cancelled due to winter weather. Rescheduled for Oct 26, 2019
Our ancestors did not exist in a vacuum. They interacted with the people around them. Often they migrated in groups or serially. To tell the stories of our ancestors and solve challenging genealogical questions, we may need to investigate the lives of their friends, associates, and neighbors. Michelle Goodrum's talk covers tools and strategies to widen your research in order to find your ancestors.
Michelle Roos Goodrum is a certificate holder and Teaching Assistant for Boston University's Genealogical Research Program and the Genealogy Principles course. She also regularly attends genealogy institutes and conferences. She became involved in genealogy in 1994 when she discovered her family's stash of old documents and photos. She is now the caretaker of 140 years of her family's history.
Prescott Public Library
Genealogy Research Series
September 16, 2019 @2pm. Local History Resources for Genealogy by Rosemary Medrano, a librarian at Prescott Public Library. She will describe the many local genealogical resources available to researchers, especially those available through Prescott Public Library and Sharlot Hall Museum. This free public lecture is presented in the Founders Suite at the Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St. Prescott, AZ and sponsored by the Northern Arizona Genealogical Society.
Handouts from Previous Programs (listed alphabetically by subject)
- 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
- Guidelines for Dating Early Photographs by D.Sue Kissel
- Guidelines for Dating Early Photographs, Part 2 by D.Sue Kissel
- How To Find Your Ancestors Civil War Records by Dick Hiatt
- Newspaper Research: The Newspaper as a Genealogy Resource by Suzanne Young Brayer
- Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip by Laurie McCoy
- Prescott Public Library Genealogy Resources by Normalene Zeeman
- The New Ancestry by Valene Woolridge
- Weaving Cultural History into Your Family History
- Wiki Research by Dick Hiatt
- What Does that Document REALLY Say? by Suzanne Young Brayer
- Writing Family Stories by Sharon Atkins