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Newsletter of the West Valley Genealogical Society WVGS is the number one Genealogical Library in Arizona! The West Valley Genealogical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-proÀt organization. Volume 48, Issue 4, April 2018 Editor, Suzie Myers President’s Message Lou McLean, President [email protected] Be sure and join us at the General Membership Meeting on April 9th at 12:30 pm so we can celebrate our wonderful VOLUNTEERS who give so much of their time to our Society. I believe I have mentioned earlier that about ninety volunteers give their time so that the entire membership can enjoy their genealogical research. We are now the largest genealogical library in the state of Arizona and our membership continues to grow as well. Our Long Range Planning Committee, chaired by Bob Gallagher, is addressing our space needs; our By- Laws Review Committee, chaired by Roger Hanneman, is reviewing our By-Laws to ensure they are updated and current with all our changes going forward; and our Financial Review Committee, chaired by our past president, Irma Hardin, is making sure we stay ĕscally vigilant. All our other committees continue to work and improve our Society giving us all bragging rights about this wonderful Library/Society we all cherish. ank you all! WVGS Library: 12222 N. 111th Avenue, Youngtown, AZ 85363-1225 Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday, ursday, Friday, & Saturday 1:00 - 4:00 pm Sunday Closed Monday and Wednesday for classes/meetings Telephone: ........................................................... 623-933-4945 Website: ..........................................http://www.azwvgs.org Monthly Meetings: September through May, second Monday of each month - doors open at 12:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church 12225 N. 103rd Avenue, Sun City WVGS is the number one Genealogical Library in Arizona! April Calendar 2 .......... WVGS Board Meeting, 1:00 pm 9 .......... General Membership Meeting, 1:00 pm 19 .......... Research Night, 5:00 to 9:00 pm General Membership Meeting April 9, 2018 § Jean White e Old Northwest Territory: not Oregon and Washington, or Canada Jean is a native of the Chicago, Illinois area and has been actively doing genealogical research since 1974. She holds a B.A. in education from Monmouth College. Prior to moving to Arizona in 1990, Jean taught genealogy and lectured in Indiana and Kansas. She is past president of e Castor Association of America (an international surname organization) and is editor of their newest book, e Descendants of Paulus and Gertrude Kusters of Kaldekirchen, Germany and Germantown, Pennsylvania. Recently, she had her chapter on the decedents of Samuel Cranson published in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790. Jean is a past president of the West Valley Genealogical Society. She currently teaches classes, chairs the Collection Development Committee of the Library, and has been their delegate to the Federation of Genealogical Societies. She has also served as a trustee on the national board of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Tidbits Deadline Deadline for submissions are due by 5:00 pm the Tuesday aer the monthly Board meeting, April 10th, for May’s issue. Please submit to [email protected]. ank you for your support and cooperation! Library Tour Schedule 2018 All tours are from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 21, September 24, October 22, and November 26. Encourage your friends to come tour and become new members. Call the Library at 623-933- 4945 or sign up at the monthly Membership Meeting.

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  • Newsletter of the West Valley Genealogical SocietyWVGS is the number one Genealogical Library in Arizona!

    The West Valley Genealogical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-pro t organization.

    Volume 48, Issue 4, April 2018 Editor, Suzie Myers

    Presidents MessageLou McLean, President

    [email protected]

    Be sure and join us at the General Membership Meeting on April 9th at 12:30 pm so we can celebrate our wonderful VOLUNTEERS who give so much of their time to our Society. I believe I have mentioned earlier that about ninety volunteers give their time so that the entire membership can enjoy their genealogical research.

    We are now the largest genealogical library in the state of Arizona and our membership continues to grow as well. Our Long Range Planning Committee, chaired by Bob Gallagher, is addressing our space needs; our By-Laws Review Committee, chaired by Roger Hanneman, is reviewing our By-Laws to ensure they are updated and current with all our changes going forward; and our Financial Review Committee, chaired by our past president, Irma Hardin, is making sure we stay scally vigilant. All our other committees continue to work and improve our Society giving us all bragging rights about this wonderful Library/Society we all cherish. ank you all!

    WVGS Library:12222 N. 111th Avenue, Youngtown, AZ 85363-1225

    Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday, ursday, Friday, & Saturday

    1:00 - 4:00 pm Sunday Closed Monday and Wednesday for classes/meetings

    Telephone: ........................................................... 623-933-4945Website: ..........................................http://www.azwvgs.org

    Monthly Meetings: September through May, second Monday of each month - doors open at 12:30 pm at the

    First Presbyterian Church 12225 N. 103rd Avenue, Sun City

    WVGS is the number one Genealogical Library in Arizona!

    April Calendar 2 ..........WVGS Board Meeting, 1:00 pm 9 ..........General Membership Meeting, 1:00 pm 19 ..........Research Night, 5:00 to 9:00 pm

    General Membership Meeting April 9, 2018 Jean White

    e Old Northwest Territory: not Oregon and Washington, or Canada

    Jean is a native of the Chicago, Illinois area and has been actively doing genealogical research since 1974. She holds a B.A. in education from Monmouth College. Prior to moving to Arizona in 1990, Jean taught genealogy and lectured in Indiana and Kansas. She is past president of e Castor Association of America (an international surname organization)and is editor of their newest book, e Descendants of Paulus and Gertrude Kusters of Kaldekirchen, Germany and Germantown, Pennsylvania. Recently, she had her chapter on the decedents of Samuel Cranson published in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790. Jean is a past president of the West Valley Genealogical Society. She currently teaches classes, chairs the Collection Development Committee of the Library, and has been their delegate to the Federation of Genealogical Societies. She has also served as a trustee on the national board of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

    Tidbits Deadline Deadline for submissions are due by 5:00 pm the

    Tuesday a er the monthly Board meeting, April 10th, for Mays issue.

    Please submit to [email protected] ank you for your support and cooperation!

    Library Tour Schedule 2018 All tours are from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.May 21, September 24, October 22, and November 26.

    Encourage your friends to come tour and become new members. Call the Library at 623-933-4945 or sign up at the monthly Membership Meeting.

  • Page 2 WVGS is the number one Genealogical Library in Arizona! Tidbits, Volume 48, Issue 4, April, 2018

    Important NoticeA folder with two years of obituary material from the

    Obituary Committee is missing and remains so. Speci c books, maps and obits cannot be located. Unfortunately for WVGS, because of the misdeeds of a few people, we have joined the growing number of libraries that have found it necessary to institute certain practices to cut down on these losses. Books, maps, and other items are too easily concealed. It is too late to do something a er a loss is discovered. Our Library has been built over these many 45 years by the generous donations of people who depend on us to be responsible for their items to be shared with other family historians. As stewards of the largest genealogical library in the State, based on these very donations, we cannot allow it to be nibbled away. erefore, the Board has approved new procedures to prevent further losses:

    Briefcases, large bags, purses, etc. cannot be brought into the Library.

    Approved items are lap tops, keys, wallets, glasses, thumb drives, paper or notebooks, writing supplies, cell phones, lunch bag, etc. A clear plastic holder or large zip lock bag may be used to contain items.

    e WVGS Library continues to retain the right to inspect items. Upon exiting the Library, the Aide will inspect any binders or folders or items.

    Visitors paying the $5 daily fee will be given a green ID tag to wear.

    Your understanding and cooperation is appreciated.

    Lou McLean, President Karen R. Zeppenfeld, Library Administrator

    Forgot to Renew Youll Need to be Reinstated!

    Bonnie Belza, Membership Registrar If you forgot to renew your membership you will need to sign-up online as a new member to be reinstated. Go to our secure website at www.azwvgs.org. You will not be able to sign-in to our website or have membership privileges until you are reinstated. Alternatively, you can print off the membership form and send it with your check to the Library.

    Happy 45th Anniversary WVGS! Rosalind Matthews, Director of Fundraising

    WVGS would like to ank You for your birthday donations. When you visit the Library, you will see the Birthday Donation Gi board display! We are going to celebrate all year. If you cannot visit our Library or Membership Meetings, you may make a birthday donation at our store, which is found on the website at www.azwvgs.org.

    Check your Inbox e new acquisitions list will now be distributed through Enews periodically, as the lists develop. is way, you can stay up-to-date on eveything new!

    Salt Lake Institute of GenealogySLIG

    January 13-18, 2019

    If you havent gotten enough of Salt Lake City, are envious of your friends who recently were there, or want to take your skills to the next level, consider registering for the 2019 SLIG. Instead of picking sessions and wandering from one topic to the next, SLIG has specialized tracks that invest energy into an intense learning experience. ere are een diff erent tracks, including African American Genealogy, Exploring Native American Research, Introduction to Genetic Genealogy, New England to the Midwest and many more. Led by well-respected leaders in their eld, these sessions focus on advanced education for the intermediate or better researcher. Many other events are planned, including an opening social hour, time at the Family History Library, a closing banquest and great opportunities to meet other researchers. Faculty include omas W. Jones, Judy G. Russell, LaBredna Garrett-Nelson, Rick Fogarty, and Gerald H. Smith, to name a few. Registration opens July 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. MDT and might ll that day so you had better set an alarm! Visit the Utah Genealogical Association athttps://ugagenealogy.org/index.php for more information.

  • Tidbits, Volume 48, Issue 4, April, 2018 WVGS is the number one Genealogical Library in Arizona! Page 3

    NAVIGATING THE SEVEN CS OF GENEALOGY

    By omas Macentee Used with permission from author

    Are you new to genealogy and family history, but dont know where to start? Or have you been doing genealogy for years, but you nd yourself wandering aimlessly, with no real focus and no real results? Most people need a plan when they want to accomplish something such as tracing their roots. So, Ive come up with a roadmap with seven diff erent focus areas. eyre easy to remember, because these seven concepts are east to understand, easy to accomplish, and easy to remember.

    e Seven Cs of Genealogy Clean: Take inventory of what is in your geneacave, get organized and make it easier to nd what you need. is also means cleaning up and organizing digital les and folders as well as Internet favorites and bookmarks. Why should you spend time searching for stuff just to get ready to research when you could better spend that time searching for ancestors? Collect: Create a solid system for capturing information including digital images as well as paperbased document. Become disciplined in saving images and documents IMMEDIATELY and renaming the le to accurately describe the item. Work as if you only have one pass on using a source; wring out as much information as possible! Curate: Review source material to see how it proves or disproves a fact. Write a source citation RIGHT AWAY and dont put it off . Use proven evidence evaluation techniques to determine the reliability of the source. Document, document, document in a research log! Create: Write a concise proof for speci c facts as well as speci c ancestral relationships. Write ancestor character sketches based on proven facts. Carry this info over to family history books, photo books, blog posts, calendars and other items to share with family members as well as other researchers. Connect: Dont become isolated, especially with a dependency on using online resources. Get out and connect with archives and repositories. Connect with other genealogists at conferences and institutes. Use online resources such as Facebook groups, DNA matching communities and more to keep connecting. Conserve: Dont forget to focus on preserving your work for future generations. is includes creating backup copies of data, scanning and digitizing images as well as videos, slides and audio tapes. Create a successorship plan so that a family member, another researcher or a genealogy society can inherit your work and carry the torch forward.

    Continue: Basically the rinse and repeat cycle. Continue following the Cs especially when it comes to education. Stay on top of the latest technologies, apps and programs. Take time to build a reading list of journals and books related to your research. Attend a genealogy conference or online webinars.

    Navigating the Genealogy Cs So, whether you want to cover one or all of the topics listed above, here are some how tos to get the job done. And dont forget to consult the resource list at the end of this handout to get started! (Editors note: this will be in Mays issue.) Clean Having trouble getting organized to even start cleaning? Try following the Organize Your Family History website and sign up for their newsletter. Also, join e Organized Genealogists group on Facebook for resources. e book, Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher by Drew Smith, is an excellent guide to have on hand. And also consider creating an organized Genealogy Research Toolbox with all your favorites and bookmarks as well as the resources you use most. Remember that this is YOUR system of organization you are creating, and it has to serve your needs. Collect We spend a lot of time and money nding stuff either online or traveling to libraries and archives. e best use of your time and money is to do it right the rst time. is means treating that record as if youll never see it again. So, for Ancestry and all other online sites, understand how to save a record image, and dont just store it on their site! Make sure you download it to your computer and give it a recognizable le name. Get in the habit of making sure this is the FIRST thing you do when reviewing a new nd! Amy Johnson Crows article Why You Should Download Your Files From Ancestry and Every Other Website make an excellent argument for adding this routine to your research. And check out the article A Simple Four-Part System for Naming Digital Photo Files by Denise Levenick which also works for any digital le. Curate is is probably the most diffi cult concept to embrace, especially since it can be time consuming and slow down your research. But instead of itting from shaky leaf to shaky leaf, youll actually be documenting your research trail and reducing the need for do-overs! Start with using a Genealogy Research Log and make sure you consult the free document analysis and source citation resources at Elizabeth Shown Mills website Evidence Explained. Create In reality once youve done a reasonable exhaustive search, it is rather easy to write a one page sketch of your ancestor with the proven points of research. See the article Using Biographical Sketches to Engage Family History Readers by stories to tell for one approach to writing about your ancestors. cont pg. 7

  • Page 4 WVGS is the number one Genealogical Library in Arizona! Tidbits, Volume 48, Issue 4, April, 2018

    Duplicate Book Sale TeamJill Mitchell and Elaine Wright

    Looking for an Atlas? We have four very nice atlases (recent reprints) for sale through our duplicate book sales off erings at the WVGS Library:

    Atlas of York County, Pennsylvania 1876 Atlas of Westmoreland County Pennsylvania 1867 Atlas of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania 1876 Historical Atlas of Oxford (1876) and Brant (1875)

    Counties, Canada

    ese books are for sale at the Library along with many other duplicate titles.

    WVGS Appraisal Day

    Many interesting and unusual items were evaluated by Mr. Bo Patrick. What a fun and unique fundraising activity this was! Are you planning what youre bringing for our next appraisal day?

    Germany/Poland Special Interest GroupDel Kunz, SIG Facilitator

    [email protected]

    e West Valley Genealogical Society Germany/Poland SIG (Special Interest Group) meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Librarys Multi-Purpose Room from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. It is a group of Society members with the shared interest and passion to learn about their German and/or Polish ancestors. Presently there are about 65 Society members who attend this SIG at various times, depending on their level of interest and schedules. Typically, about 18-22 members come on a monthly basis. e focus and format of this SIG is not to be a class, but the informal opportunity for members to share experiences, resources and in many cases, their expertise. Most of our group have traveled in Germany or Poland and some have had the rsthand experience of living there. Occasionally, the SIG will have a speaker from out-side the Society and o en members of the group will be particularly knowledgeable on a certain area of interest and will give a presentation on that topic. We have had speakers who were born and raised in Germany and who gave us an insight into the culture and customs. Others have spoken about the complex and intertwined history of both countries. Many members have shared their travel experiences including how to prepare for a trip abroad and the dos and donts while there, especially with regard to doing research. Since many of our mem-bers have little or no knowledge of either the German or Polish languages, we are fortunate that several of our members are generous with their time and knowledge of the languages to enable us to decipher a much treasured document. e resources our SIG uses undoubtedly extend outside the group itself. Members attend various genealogical seminars and return to share their newly discovered archive, database or research avenue to pursue. Some members have made contacts with previ-ously unknown relatives discovered through DNA data-bases such as GedMatch. Others have visited ancestral hometowns and had the good fortune to see the actual home of their ancestors. e wealth of information and camaraderie to be shared with one another is limitless and always enhanced by new members with their contribution of experiences and expertise. anks to another SIG member, I have le each month with a bit of knowledge I did not have before.

  • Tidbits, Volume 48, Issue 4, April, 2018 WVGS is the number one Genealogical Library in Arizona! Page 5

    Welcome New MembersBonnie Belza, Membership Registrar

    Please welcome the following new members of the West Valley Genealogical Society who have joined since January 10, 2018: Penelope Brusseau, Carol Butler, Robert Evans, John Gonzales, Mary Gonzales, Nona Halvorsen, William Hillman, Sharon Johnson, Ann Moeding-Evans, Kathleen Petersen, Judy Potts, Janet Price, Michael Scott, Marylou Stevens, Marcia Wahl, and Jan Walter. When you see these new members, be sure to introduce yourself, ask about their surnames and encourage them to participate in the Societys many activities. We welcome everyone to many years of continued membership, fellowship, research and volunteer opportunities within the Society. As of March 12, 2018, we have 594 active members.

    Are you planning to, or have you, upgraded your PC system?

    We could use your working Desktop and Laptops with

    Windows 7 or later operating systemand 20 or larger LCD monitors.

    We can use your so ware DVDs and license info.Questions? Call: Roger, 623-214-3233, or

    Rich, 480-209-9129Because of very low scrap prices we can no longer

    accept older or non-working items.

    Fundraising Rosalyn Matthews, Director, Fund Raising

    Clear plastic tote bags with the WVGS logo are available at the Library for $7.00 apiece. Each tote is large enough to hold a folder and your other personal items. ey zip closed so your itmes will not spill out or get lost. e totes will also be available at the monthly Membership Meetings. What a wonderful way to support your Society and the new Library procedures. New Fundraising Committee raffl e items are a Flip Pal Scanner, a Legacy 9 Program (Book and CD), and e Unoffi cial Guide to Ancestry.com (book). Tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00 and will be available at each WVGS General Meeting. You may also purchase raffl e tickets at the Library during normal business hours. e drawing for these three raffl e items will be held at the May 14th General Meeting. Make sure to ll in your name and contact information on each ticket purchased. You do not need to be present to win!

    A New WVGS FundraiserRosalyn Matthews, Director, Fund Raising

    Publisher Marsha Peterson-Maass is off ering WVGS members the opportunity to purchase her book, Fundamentals of Genealogy: e Most Helpful Tools Youve Never Used. is is her rst edition of a textbook series which features over 40 chapters of outstanding research tools for genealogists or family historians with beginning, intermediate or advanced/professional skills. It is also the perfect gi for your friends and relatives. Each book sells for $24.99, while supplies last. Over one-third of the books have been sold. Members can pick up a copy of the book at each WVGS General Meeting, the Library, while supplies last.

    Surname DatabaseLou McLean, President

    Please add the surnames you are researching to this database. You may nd that someone within the membership shares your same names. Now you can simply do this yourself and not go through the middle man at sur[email protected] Try it, youll like it!To add your surnames to the database:1. Go to the WVGS website2. Log in as a member3. Go to Surnames then the Add/Edit Surname4. See the link Add Surname and begin to add your surnames, date range and locations.

    Genealogy and Social Media Do you know about all the genealogy resources on Facebook? ere are approximately 11,700 links to groups representing various interests. You can download a PDF le of these groups, which are fully indexed. Developed and maintained by Katherine Willson, the link is: https://socialmediagenealogy.com/genealogy-on-facebook-list/

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    Class Schedule 2018Connie Sheets, Director of Education

    Reminder: Please register and pay with cash or check at the Library, Membership Meetings, or register online at

    http://azwvgs.org/Products.asp?cat=1. Check periodically for an updated schedule, as new classes may be added.

    Novice Genealogy, Barbara Stenberg, Friday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm, April 20

    Uncovering Hidden Treasures at FamilySearch, Judy Linnebach, Tuesday, 9:30 - 11:30 am, May 8

    Introduction to PowerPoint, Charlie Mannino, Friday, 10:00 am - 12:00 Noon, May 18

    Novice Genealogy, Barbara Stenberg, Friday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm, May 18

    Novice Genealogy, Barbara Stenberg, Saturday, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm, June 23

    Fund Raising Opportunities for WVGSRoz Matthews, Director of Fundraising

    [email protected]

    Amazon Smile e Amazon Smile Program is up and running.

    Check the WVGS website under Fundraisers for instructions.

    Frys Cards Link your VIP card using #80153. WVGS will get a percentage of your purchases. Need help? Contact Roz Matthews, 909-816-3564.

    Offi ce Max & Staples When checking out, give the cashier the Library

    phone number, 623-933-4945. WVGS will get a percentage of your purchases.

    Used Ink Cartridges We still collect them at the Library. e vouchers

    we receive help to buy offi ce supplies. Last year they bought between 1/4 to 1/3 of our supplies.

    Aluminum CansGale Kristof, e Can Man

    Membership did another great job on aluminum cans at the March meeting and we are now over $300 for the rst three months of the year. is is the rst time we have averaged over $100 per month for the rst quarter since 2014. It sure would

    be nice if we could go over $1000 for the year which we havent done since 2013. Heres a big THANK YOU to the membership for their eff orts this month.

    Reminder: We can no longer store cans at the Library. Please bring them to the next WVGS General Membership Meeting at the church. Your cooperation and help would greatly be appreciated.

    Expedition Genealogy

    Unique Interdisiplinary

    approach to all

    areas of genealogy

    Dr. Suzanne Kelting Myers, [email protected] 602-692-4186

    Facebook Expedition Genealogy

    Irish Cultural Center of Arizona Hosts Genealogy Workshop

    April 14, 2018 10:30 am to 1:00 pm is workshop provides a comprehensive look at Irish land and property records that can be used as a substitute for missing or lost 19th Century Irish records. e primary focus of the workshop will be on the records generated by Richard Griffi ths extensive valuation activities that led to and followed his Primary Valuation of Ireland. e presenter, Miles Davenport, has over 17 years of genealogy research experience and is currently a volunteer staff genealogist at the McClelland Irish Library. Register at www.azirish.org and go to the Classes tab.

    Desert TrackerCarla Rideout, [email protected]

    Its about that time again! Desert Tracker is gearing up for the next issue, which will be published in the early fall. We want to get the word out before

    everyone scatters for the summer for visits with their friends and family. Speaking of family, the theme for the next issue will be Life Story - Vingettes. Start thinking about personal or family stories you might want to share in Desert Tracker. at way, when youre on those great vacations, you can ask your aunt or cousin if they remember that great story the same way you do!

  • Tidbits, Volume 48, Issue 4, April, 2018 WVGS is the number one Genealogical Library in Arizona! Page 7

    Special Interest Groups (SIGs)Karen R. Zeppenfeld, SIGs Coordinator

    Be Sure To Check With e Library Or WVGS Website To Verify SIG Schedules

    o Adoption ........................Watch for new dates/times or Lou McLean: [email protected] British Isles .......................... 4th ursday, 1:00-3:00 pmo Canada Sep-Apr..............3rd ursday, 10:00 am to noon o DNA Sep-Jun ......................... 1st Saturday, 1:00-3:00 pmo Document Trail.....3rd Saturday, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm o Family Tree Maker ................4th Friday, 10:00 am to noono GedSite ...........................5th Saturday, 10:00 am to noono Genealogy Beginners.........4th Tuesday, 1:00-3:00 pmo Germany/Poland .................3rd Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 amo Italy ............................... 1st ursday, 10:30 am-12:30 pmo Legacy ............................. 1st Saturday, 10:00 am to noono Maryland & Southern States .....1st Friday, 9:30 -11:30 amo Midwestern States ...................2nd Friday, 1:00-3:00 pmo New England Sept-May ............2rd Saturday, 1:00-3:00 pmo Norway Oct-Apr .................. 2nd Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 am o NY/NJ/PA ............................. 1st Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 amo Quaker ........................................ 1st Friday, 1:00-3:00 pmo Roots Magic Oct-May..........1st Tuesday, 1:00-3:00 pmo Salem Sept.-May ............2nd Saturday, 10:00 am to noono Sweden Oct-Apr ................... 3rd ursday, 1:00-3:00 pmo Writing Family History Sept.-May .............. 4th ursday,

    9:30-11:30 am If there are any questions, call the WVGS Library or

    contact the SIGs Coordinator, Karen R. Zeppenfeld.

    In e CornerSuzie Myers, Editor

    Whew! ats been a fast four months! As I nish up the details on the April issue (and try to gure out how I made THAT error), I am happy to report: I am ying solo! I have mercifully le Charlie alone this month, except for asking about some photos. Other than exing my creative muscles, I can say the absolutely best thing about this job is making so many new friends. How many of you have I promised to go to coff ee with? anks to all of you who have been so supportive and helpful and especially those of you who have been so patient (the Lawrensons come to mind). If you have ideas or submissions, please feel free to send them along.

    cont from p. 3

    But dont leave it at that! Consider creating longer documents and even mini-books for those more interesting ancestors. What about photo books and other mementos to share with family members? Check out the free recorded webinar Ready, Set, Gi ! at the FlipPal mobile scanner site for ideas that go beyond the simple write up on your research. Sharing what youve found with family and friends is the best way to ensure others will be interested in your work. Connect While create might be diffi cult, connect is probably the easiest especially in todays world of social media and online education tools. Facebook is now what most genealogists use to connect with others when working on genealogy. Katherine Willsons Social Genealogy website has an excellent Genealogy on Facebook List with thousands of diff erent genealogy-related Facebook groups to join as well as Twitter accounts to follow. And when it comes to education, use the Online and Offl ine Genealogy Education Resource Lists at Abundant Genealogy to track the latest. Conserve Besides nding our ancestors, we want to leave a legacy to our future generations, right? Again, this is a focus area that you should work on in tandem with research, not just as an a er-thought. Check out Resources for Preserving Family Photos, Slides and Home Movies for some ideas on which technology works best for digitizing and preserving items. Continue is is really a do it yourself concept when it comes to what resources to use. We all research diff erently, we all have diff erent likes and dislikes when it comes to the choice of social media, education etc. ink broad and be open to new things. If you have trouble tracking projects and areas of focus, check out Trello, a free project management program that is easy to use. Consider joining e Genealogy Do-Over group on Facebook to stay focused. Melissa Barker, aka e Archive Lady, posts a new article bi-weekly with advice on preserving family heirlooms. And download A er Youre Gone: Future Proo ng Your Genealogy with resources on ensuring that your genealogy research will endure beyond your lifetime.

    Navigating the Seven Cs of Genealogy 2018, copyright omas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

    In Mays issue, see the rest of omas MacEntees article, which includes the wonderful resources referred to in this article+ to assist you in your own SevenCs.

    Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalizednightly. Roger Ebert

  • West Valley Genealogical Society12222 N. 111th AvenueYoungtown, AZ 85363-1225WVGS is a 501(c)(3) non-pro t organization

    April 2018

    WVGS is the number one Genealogical Library in Arizona!

    German and Polish Genealogy SitesGerman:http://ahnenforschung.net/http://www.germanroots.com/germanlinks.htmlhttp://www.freegermanancestry.com/homewww.MeyersGaz.orgwww.Kartenmeister.comwww.LostShoeBox.com (Germans in Poland)http://www.germangenealogygroup.com/Polishhttps://pgsa.org/http://www.halgal.com/http://polishroots.com/https://polishorigins.com/https://www.jewishgen.org/

    Tidbits Mailing UpdateBonnie Belza, Membership Registrar

    We want to let you know that beginning with the January, 2018, Tidbits, we have added a fee of $4.00 per year for members who receive the newsletter via 1st class mail and have an email address. e costs for producing and mailing the Tidbits has increased over the years and the email version can be delivered less expensively and allow us to expand the length of the newsletter in the future. If you do not have an email, you do not have to pay the fee. We appreciate your understanding and sincerely hope you feel the nine issues of the Tidbits each year are a valuable resource.