Genealogy Club Survey

As Darwin announced at today’s meeting, the Board is requesting input from members concerning the club’s direction, and has prepared a short 20-question survey. Please take a moment to let us know how we’re doing. Printed copies are available in the club rooms or you may take the survey online if you click here.

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Have you filled out the survey?

We will begin to compile the surveys on Tuesday the 27th in the afternoon.  I hope that you have given the Board your responses to this survey so that we will be able to follow the directions and suggestions submitted.  If not please scroll down to the next posting and click on the link written in the last sentence.  It will be quick and easy, I promise.  You may also fill out a survey and leave it in the box in the club library.


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FTM SIG on Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015

Don Marier has volunteered to facilitate the FTM SIG this coming Wednesday. He does not own a laptop computer and is wondering if someone who has a MAC could bring theirs. Please let us know by emailing me at Don would like to temporarily load his FTM information on to your computer and erase after the meeting.

The SIG begins at 9:30 am. The meeting will be held at the Catalina Vista Center in the Mount Lemmon room.

This will be an open meeting of Q and A.

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DAR SIG and Books on Connecticut

Lynne Brooke has borrowed a couple of hard-to-come-by books. They’re good references for Connecticut during the Revolutionary period. They are:

Lynne will bring these to the DAR SIG meeting this coming Tuesday afternoon the 27th at 1 or 1:30 in the club library. Anyone with Connecticut research during this time period is welcome to look at them, or copy pages. — They are not being added to our club’s collection. Lynne obtained them via interlibrary loan from Pima County, and they have to be returned soon.

(I added links to Amazon pages for more info, but the editions shown there may not be exactly the same as what Lynne has.)

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I am looking for a volunteer to facilitate the FTM SIG on Weds, Jan 28th. I will help you learn how to set your computer up with the club’s projector. There are very good written directions that are included in the projector case.

I get to take care of my granddaughter for a couple of days that week but she lives in Phoenix so must go up there.


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Minutes of the January 2015 General Meeting

President Darwin Thornton called the meeting to order at 1 PM. He welcomed eighty-five members, including four new members.

Darwin asked Shari Norris to come up front and display a 100-page book she had just gotten printed after a year-long project working with 16 cousins. Shari wrote about her maternal ancestry. She used Legacy and Microsoft Word in the process.

The minutes of the December 2014 meeting were approved as posted on our website Dec. 15th.

The December 2014 Treasurer’s Report, posted Dec. 30th, will be filed for audit.

ANNOUNCEMENTS – See the club website ( for links to and details for the below events – pre-registration is necessary for some of the programs:

  1. Green Valley GS meets this Thursday, Jan. 15th. The speaker, Betty Cook, is presenting the topic “Westward Ho.” NOTE: Betty Cook is our club’s scheduled speaker for our Feb. 2015 meeting.
  2. Pima County GS meets Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, featuring Steve Campos on “Restoring Old Photographs.”
  3. SaddleBrooke GC meets Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 with speaker Janna B. Larson on “Finding Maiden Names.”
  4. Langley Family History Library in Tucson is holding a conference on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Beginning researchers may find many of the classes helpful.
  5. Pinal County Genealogists has a day-long workshop on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 in Casa Grande.
  6. The FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) has a conference in Salt Lake City from Feb. 11 – 14, 2015.
  7. NGS (National Genealogical Society) annual conference occurs May 13-16, 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri.
  8. Member Dianne Parrott is still coordinating a research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT. The dates may not be in early March after all. Contact Dianne for the latest information – 818-6471.


Field Trips – Joan Eddy announced a workshop at the Oro Valley Library this Saturday, Jan. 17th. The topics cover research methods for writers and genealogists. Information is on the back table. Also, those interested in carpooling to the following events can sign up in back or contact Joan:

  1. Pinal County Genealogists’ workshop on Jan. 24th.
  2. Langley FHL day-long conference in Tucson on Jan. 31st.
  3. Green Valley GS annual seminar on Feb. 21 featuring Judy Russell on “Genealogy and the Law.”

Membership – Mary Barr announced there are approximately 180 current members. 2015 dues are still being collected.

Program Committee – Karen Haider encouraged members, when we fill out the club survey, to write suggestions for program speakers for the upcoming 2015-2016 meetings.

Monitor Training – Joan Allen said three new monitors have signed up. Although there are 60 monitors on the list, several time slots go unscheduled each month. She encouraged monitors to volunteer and for those who are no longer active, to please remove your name from the list.

Library Committee – Mike Carroll welcomes all suggestions for book titles. He addressed a separate topic – SignUp Genius – saying that monitors can now sign on for a computer lab shift within 24 hours of said shift. He encourages monitors to plan further in advance, if possible.

SIGs – Cleo Wolf

  1. FTM SIG meets Wednesday, Jan. 28, 9:30-10:30 AM in Catalina Vista, Mt. Lemmon Room.
  2. Legacy SIG now meets the first Tuesday of the month. Next meeting is Feb. 2nd, 1 – 3 PM in the Welcome Center, Room 3; bringing your laptop is encouraged.
  3. DAR meets Tuesday, Jan. 27th from 1 – 3 PM in the Havasu Room (club library). Anyone is welcome to drop by and confer with Sue Huffer and Lynne Brooke.

Hospitality – Shari Norris & Judy Fairchild; Judy thanked those who brought today’s refreshments. Volunteers for the April meeting are needed.

Display Case; Genealogy Room Photos; Beginners’ Class – no reports.


Hardcopies of a 20-question survey were handed out to all in attendance. Completed surveys can be placed in the survey box at the front of the room. There is an online version of the survey that members are encouraged to use, by going to and clicking on the survey link. The deadline to turn in hardcopies or complete online surveys is Tuesday, Jan. 27th. After today’s meeting, hardcopy surveys and the survey box are at the computer lab, available during times the room is monitored.


  1. There will be openings on the Board for Vice-President and Secretary for 2015-2016. The Hospitality Committee will have two vacancies beginning in fall 2015. Contact any Board member about volunteering for any of these positions. This is a nice way to “give back” to the club and bring fresh ideas that keep our club vital.
  2. Frances Everson announced that the Scandinavian Heritage Club is holding their annual smorgasbord dinner Saturday, Jan. 24th at 5:30 PM in the Activity Center/Navajo Room. See the January Tipster for details. This is a ticketed event.
  3. The annual SCOV Club Fair is Friday, Feb. 6th, 1 – 3 PM, in the Auditorium. Frances Rubino is the chair and will be assisted by Mary Barr. Frances made an entertaining plea for at least one “strong” volunteer needed that day to help carry some heavy items into the venue. At last check, we think Frances “got her man.”

Today’s speaker is Steve Packer. His topic is “Economies and Immigration.”

The speaker for the Feb. 10th general meeting is Betty Cook on the topic “Westward Ho.”

The meeting was adjourned at 1:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Margie O’Hare, Secretary

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