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Family History Society of Arizona

Genealogical Seminar and Annual Meeting
Thomas MacEntee, Sunny Morton, Sara Cochran,
James Tanner and Peggy Ash

Saturday Virtual Conference, March 27, 2021 @ 8:00am

This is a Virtual Conference, presented to your location via Zoom by your Internet connected computer. The link for access and instructions will sent to registrants prior to conference time.

This year's FHSA Annual Seminar is FREE for everyone, as a service to all Genealogists.

If you are not currently a member of the Family History Society of Arizona, we encourage you to support our efforts by joining. It is only $20 per year for individuals, and $25 per year for a family. Join FHSA Now

Saturday Virtual Conference Program

Seminar: 8:00 am to 2:45 pm

8:00 - 8:30: Sign-in, Greetings and Introduction -

8:30 - 9:30: Sunny Morton Topic: How Social Security Can Help Your Family History Research - The U.S. Social Security system produced lesser-known record types key to tracing families during the late 1800s/early 1900s (during a period of intense immigration, before widespread birth records and during the 1890 census gap). See genealogical discoveries made using original Social Security applications, not one but TWO important Social Security indexes, and delayed birth records, which were often created for Social Security purposes. 

9:45 - 10:45: Peggy Ash Topic: The GLO Website: A Federal/Public Land and Military Bounty Goldmine - Discover whether your ancestors obtained land from the Federal Government and when, where, and how they obtained it. Did they homestead, pay cash, or use any of the other myriad methods of obtaining land? Learn tips and tricks for using the website along with how to use the interactive maps and find images of original land patents, surveys, and plat maps. See how the website can guide you to further discoveries. Your ancestor may also appear in General Land Office records if they served in the military during any major U.S. war or Indian War prior to the Civil War. Military service entitled veterans to compensation in the form of land. Many veterans or their heirs were motivated to sell their land rights. If anyone used that land right, there may be a land patent available that includes the veteran's name and military unit and if deceased, his heir's names. 

11:00 - 12:00: James Tanner Topic: Genealogy Is A Life and Death Matter: Moving Beyond the Obvious Records - Many genealogists become acquainted with the core of basic, readily available genealogical records including census records and vital records. Many of the entries in online family trees that have sources attached are limited to just these two categories of records. But what do researchers do when there are no census or vital records? This presentation is focused on the need to learn about the multitude of additional records that can give the researchers information about their ancestral families. The presentation will give several examples of the information gleaned from those records beyond the obvious.

12:00 - 12:30: Lunch (on your own) -

12:30 - 1:30: Thomas MacEntee Topic: Brick Wall Breakthroughs - Want to see first-hand how to break through that persistent "brick wall" in genealogy? Using actual research problems submitted by webinar attendees, professional genealogist Thomas MacEntee will walk participants through a step-by-step research methodology process to find clues and possible solutions*. Participants will have access to research logs, digital images and more during and after the webinar. Also included is a "habit recipe" to implement the same techniques used in the webinar on your own genealogy research.

* Submit your brick wall info for Thomas MacEntee to this link by March 20th

1:45 - 2:45: Sara Cochran Topic: What's in a Name? - How much does spelling matter when we are dealing with historical records? Why are there so many variations, anyway? Have you ever wondered if that record for Abraham Miller is really for your Abram Meuller, or why you cannot find an ancestor in the Springfield marriage records? This presentation takes a deeper look at how relying too much on spelling has the potential to trip up our research.

3:00-4:00: Annual Meeting and New Officers' Ceremony -

The syllabus can be downloaded from the website after March 21st, 2021.

Registration Fee: FREE for ALL

REGISTRATION CLOSES at midnight on Saturday, March 20th, 2021.

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