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.
Genealogy Today

Genealogy Today is a bi-weekly column in the Green Valley News, a local newspaper in Green Valley, AZ. Betty Lou Malesky, writer, started the column in 2005. Betty decided to retire, in 2017, and turned over the column to Rebecca McCreary, a SAGS member and past Editor of the SAGS' Past Tracks newsletter. 

Ms. McCreary's first article for Genealogy Today appeared in the newspaper on April 2, 2017. We look forward to her insights and information on all things genealogy.

Articles from 2014 through present day are in our Archived files listed below. You can read the articles online or download them to read later. 

Rebecca McCreary,  Biography

Becky McCreary has been a reader and writer all her life. She was a stay-at-home-mom and at age 40 started college at an Indiana University extension in her home town, Richmond, Indiana. During that time she wrote for the college paper and was a freelance writer for the local daily paper. Her reporting assignments ranged from local school board meetings to county fair events to business features. 

A few years later, she began working at Ford Electronics & Refrigeration (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company) editing the monthly employee newsletter, photographing industrial machines, and writing news releases. In the meantime, she worked on her family genealogy. She still has those first bits of paper where she scribbled notes during hurried visits to a library. Thankfully they weren’t discarded, because some of the names she thought were not her family were actually misspellings of surnames. 

Becky and her husband Paul are members of the Southern Arizona Genealogy Society. Becky was also Editor of the Society's newsletter, Past Tracks, for six years (2015-2021), and began authoring the semi-monthly Genealogy Today column in Green Valley News on April 2, 2017.

How to View/Download an Article
Select a Year to view the available files –– a chronological listing of the articles will appear. Click on the title of the article and it will open in a pop-up window (all files are in PDF format). You can view, print or download the article to your computer. Close the window of the PDF when you are done.
To return to the Year list,      
click the circular arrow in the grey box at the top right.