Southern Arizona Genealogy Society
State of Arizona
Land acquired through the 1854 Gadsden Purchase, between the United States and Mexico, defined the southern most portion of Arizona.

Educational Opportunities

SIGs – DISCUSSION GROUPS – CLASSES – WORKSHOPS
Due to safety precautions during this Covid-19 pandemic, all Educational Opportunities will be virtual events. With one or two exceptions, the majority of our classes, workshops, discussion groups and SIGs will be done on Zoom. SAGS members should refer to the latest edition of Past Tracks for more details.
 
For our 2020-2021 season, we are offering a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Discussion Groups and Classes to support members' interests in specific genealogical topics. We will also have a few Workshops which will be open to the public. Please feel free to send an email to the Leader or Facilitator if you need more information. If you are interested in becoming a SAGS member, click here to join now.
 

 
SIG MEETINGS:    ‚Äč
 
• BEGINNER'S GENEALOGY
We all have to start someplace and when we do, it is very helpful to have some help. This group is designed to be just that – a support group to provide you with some direction and tips for your research. Send an email to Jon Otto to sign-up for this SIG.
Meeting Day:    2nd Thursday of the month, Nov. thru Dec.; 4th Thursday of the month starting  in 2021
Meeting Time:  3:00PM - 4:30PM
SIG Leader:  Jon Otto    jon.otto@cox.net
 
• CITY DIRECTORIES
Session 1 will focus on learning about directories and why they are useful; Session 2 will focus on the different sources of directories; Session 3 will focus on names and timeframes when searching directories.
Meeting Day:   Thursdays - Jan. 7, 14 & 21
Meeting Time:  10:00AM – 11:30AM 
SIG Leader:  Ed Storey   ecstorey@falconbb.net
 
• GENEALOGICAL RECORDS OF THE STATES
At each meeting, a different area of the United States will be discussed. Bring what you know and/or don't know. There may be some repeats of states depending on the area we are covering.
Meeting Day:   1st & 3rd Monday of the month - Oct. thru January
Meeting Time:  3:00PM – 4:30PM
SIG Leader:  Moreen Ferdie  vicepres@azsags.org
 
• GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH & RESOURCES OF THE WORLD
Each meeting will focus on a different area of the World. Participants should bring any information they may have regarding resources such as databases, websites, etc., from around the world to share with attendees.
Meeting Day:   2nd & 4th Monday of the month - Oct. thru January
Meeting Time:  3:00PM – 4:30PM
SIG Leader:  Moreen Ferdie  vicepres@azsags.org
 
• STORYTELLERS:  WRITING FAMILY STORIES
You may join this group anytime, but first you must sign-up for this SIG by emailing your name, email address & phone number to SIG Leader Becky McCreary. She will respond to your email with class information and details on writing assigments and discussions. This is not a grammar or punctuation class – just writing stories.
Meeting Schedule:   7 sessions (Nov. thru May)
SIG Leader:  Becky McCreary   rebeccamccreary764@gmail.com 
 
• ROOTSMAGIC
RootsMagic is an award-winning genealogy software tool to make researching, organizing and sharing your family history easy. RootsMagic can be installed on a PC or Mac. Send an email to Dave Teifenbach to sign-up for this SIG and for more instructions.
Meeting Days:   2nd & 4th Thursday of the month starting on Oct. 8
Meeting Time:   1:00PM – 2:30PM
SIG Leader:  Dave Tiefenbach   davetbach38@gmail.com
 

 
DISCUSSION GROUPS:
 
• MyHERITAGE
An opportunity for members to discuss what they know, exchange info, and share tips on using MyHeritage.
Meeting Day:   1st Saturday of the month Nov. thru May
Meeting Time:  3:00PM – 4:30PM
Facilitator:  Moreen Ferdie   vicepres@azsags.org
 
• NEW MEMBERS
This group is for new members to ask questions about the society, the benefits of membership, and how they can participate in SAGS.
Meeting Day:   3rd Thursday of the month Oct. thru May
Meeting Time:  3:30PM – 4:30PM
Facilitators:   Moreen Ferdie   vicepres@azsags.org            Deb Kabinier   president@azsags.org
 

 
CLASSES:
 
• CENSUS CLASS
Once a genealogist has collected birth, marriage and death records, they usually seek out census records. Census records help us pinpoint where our ancestors lived on a ten-year basis. But do we understand every piece of column and code used in the census? Learn why questions appear in one census but are never to be seen again. Items to be covered will include: building a family matrix using the census, enumerators' guidelines and why you should read them, non-population censuses and how to use them, substitutes for the missing 1890 census. Class is limited to 25.
Class Day:   Mondays – Nov. 30 thru Dec. 28
Class Time:  9:00AM – 10:30AM
Facilitator:  Deb Kabinier   president@azsags.org
 
• FAMILY TREE MAKER
A series of 8 classes exploring one of today's top family tree software programs. Session 1 will focus on FTM Basics, such as creating a tree, importing and downloading a tree file, and an overview of the toolbars, workspaces and menu shortcuts. Sessions 2 thru 8 will include an in-depth view of the 7 Workspaces.
Class Dates:   Wednesdays - Oct. 28, Nov. 11, Dec. 2, Dec. 16, Dec. 30, Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 10
Class Time:   10:00AM – 12:00PM
Facilitator:   Karen Feeney    kmf.ancestry@gmail.com
 
 • TIPS & TRICKS FOR INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY
Classes will include: Using YouTube for Genealogy, Easy Citation Creation, State/Local/Historical Websites, Finding Historical Books to Use As Sources, Using the Stephen Morse One-Stop, Genealogy Portal Using Historical Maps in Your Research, Deb's Essential Toolkit for Research. Class is limited to 25.
Class Dates:   7 Sessions – Jan. thru April 2021 –– contact Class Facilitator for exact dates
Class Time:   9:00AM – 10:30AM
Facilitator:   Deb Kabinier    president@azsags.org
 

 
WORKSHOPS:   TBA