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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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Genealogy Research

Sun City Vistoso Genealogy Club Members

As of last week I am officially “On the Clock” to submit my portfolio for certification by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. As part of my submission I need to include a Research Report prepared for another person. I would like to offer 10-12 hours of my services, free of charge, to two or three members of the Genealogy Club to help me complete this requirement. I will ask that each of the three members sign a completed “Genealogy Research Request” and a permission letter for use of the research results in my portfolio. I would also request that your research goal be limited to work within the United States.

I will have copies of the “Genealogy Research Request” form in my drawer at the Genealogy Club library, as well as the permission letter. Services will be performed on a first come, first served basis, to the first three members who submit a request. I will be in the Genealogy Library on Thursday morning if you have any questions or would like to talk.  Please return completed request forms and permission letters to my drawer at the library.

Thanks for helping me out, and I hope I can be of help to you in researching your ancestors.

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