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Minutes of the February 2016 General Meeting

We met at 1 PM on Tuesday February 9th. President Karen Hasselbach welcomed 45 members and 6 guests.  Lots happened but in particular there were reminders about:

  • Courtyard Sale, March 26th: save your stuff, get some from your neighbors, contact Lynne Wohner or Vivian Lizalde or your club officers with questions;
  • Volunteer of the Year award next month, nominations are open;
  • Our club is looking for candidates for Treasurer and Member at Large. Would you like to help?

For full details of the meeting, please see the Minutes for February 2016.

Frances Everson

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Family History Conference in Mesa

At today’s meeting, Karen and Suzanne both mentioned an upcoming conference in Mesa. Here are some links and specifics on location.

The 2016 Family History Conference is on Saturday February 20th from 9 AM to 4:20 PM. Sponsored by the Mesa FamilySearch Library, it’s being held not at the library but at the Red Mountain Institute in northeastern Mesa (Google map), about 100 miles via the Pioneer Parkway and AZ 60. See the registration page for details on schedule & speakers.

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Display Case: ‘A shut mouth catches no flies’

The Display Case for March and April will highlight our relatives’ sayings and proverbs. If you have any remembrance of sayings from long ago, we’d love to include them in our display.

Please include the saying/proverb (with original language, if foreign, and translation), the name of the relative who said it, relationship to that person, and your name. You can send them via email ( or leave it in our drawer in the Genealogy Room by March 1. These will not be returned unless requested.

Thanks! — Helen and Bob Jennette

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January 2016 Treasurer’s Report

We collected over $1200 in dues in January. This & other income covered our expenses of about $450, and raised our available balance to $4610.47. For full details please see the January 2016 Treasurer’s Report.

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FTM news

Not long ago said it would stop selling and supporting Family Tree Maker (FTM). This week they announced two new options for FTM users:

  •, which “has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years,” is purchasing FTM and will now sell and maintain the Windows version as well.
  • RootsMagic, a desktop genealogy program like Legacy and FTM, will be offering the “TreeSync” feature FTM already has, for automatic checking of your family tree against the Ancestry database.

Further details are given in this Ancestry blog post.

My two cents: if I were an FTM user, I’d wait and see. MacKiev focuses on Mac software rather than genealogy so its FTM for Windows might not receive full attention. RootsMagic is well-established. But if it can offer TreeSync then other programs like Legacy could too (though nobody has said Legacy will be doing that). So there may be further developments.

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