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From the Presidents Desk - July 2019
Hello my genealogy friends! It’s a scorcher summer here in Arizona and a great time to stay inside in the air-conditioned comfort and do some research.

We are continuing to look for ways to enrich your membership in the Family History Society of Arizona. We are expanding our FHSA Workshops this year to 4 gatherings before the Annual Meeting in March of 2020. For those of you who aren’t familiar with our Workshops they are more informal get-togethers where we discuss topics of interest to the membership and they usually include a hands-on portion where people bring their laptops and get assistance (or give assistance) to each other. They are loads of fun and very educational. You always learn more by doing than just listening. Past topics have included Backing Up Your Genealogy Data and DNA topics.

Anyway, mark your calendars for the following dates for this years workshops:

July 13, 2019 – FHSA Scanfest
September 28, 2019 – Topic to be determined
November 9, 2019 – FHSA Scanfest 2 (Depending on the success of the first one.)
January 11, 2020 – Topic to be determined

These are all currently scheduled to be held at the Mesa Inter-Stake Center located at 830 E 2nd Ave, Mesa, AZ 85204 and as always are from 9:00am-12:00pm. (The same place we have been holding our annual meetings.)

In July our workshop is the FHSA Scanfest. What does that mean? Well we will be talking about scanning and photographing source documents and pictures, what you should do and what you shouldn’t do. We will also cover storing/archiving source documents and pictures.

Most importantly we will have several “stations” set up with scanners to help you actually scan some of you backlog. Don’t know how to use a scanner? We will show you. PLEASE bring a blank Flash/Thumb drive to store your scans on remember there will be a lot of people so be reasonable in what you bring in to have scanned.

We could always use assistance for the workshops and if you have a scanner and laptop/computer you feel comfortable bringing to the meeting and are willing to help please let me know. Contact me if you are willing to help out in any capacity.

Hope to see you on the 13th of July and don’t forget those Flash Drives….

John Buck
President, FHSA

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