Minutes of the February 2013 General Meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Carroll at 1 PM.  He welcomed 46 members and 1 guest.


  1. The February 1 Club Fair was well attended and Mike thanked Mary Cornell, our Member-at-Large, and other volunteers who helped her.
  2. The Langley FHC is repeating some of the January classes from now through May.
  3. Darwin Thornton, our VP, asked members to consider running for office or volunteering for committees.  Contact Darwin if you’re interested.  Candidates for next year’s board will be announced next month and voted on in April.
  4. Green Valley GS meets on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 1PM.  Susanne Brayer will speak on “Wills and Probate.”  Their seminar is Saturday, February 16, but registration has closed.
  5. Pima County GS will meet on Saturday, Feb 16 at 1 PM at UMC.  Colleen McHugh will speak on “Using Genograms to Plot Your Family Health.”
  6. SaddleBrooke’s next meeting is March 7th and will feature Bill Kleese on “Irish Family History Research.”
  7. The National Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference will be held May 8 to 11 in Las Vegas.  Also, the Legacy Family Tree Genealogy Cruise 2013 departs San Diego on Sunday, September 22 and arrives in Fort Lauderdale on Monday, October 7.
  8. Our website (scvgs.org) has links to the clubs mentioned above.  We now have 148 followers.  If you aren’t on it yet and would like to be, contact Mike Carroll.
  9. Darwin has arranged for us to have a trial free access from your own computer to www.WorldVitalRecords.com until Feb. 22.  He passed out a username and password to use.  It is a fairly expensive database so he and the board would appreciate your comments before the board decides whether we want to get it for our lab.

The minutes of the January 8, 2013 General Meeting were approved as posted on our website.

The January Treasurer’s report was posted on Feb. 2 and will be filed for audit.

Committee Reports:

  1. Ancestral Search – Barb Krecklow said the Beginner’s Class is ongoing.  She will be back in the lab on Fridays in March and can then train additional facilitators.
  2. Club Shirts – Darwin Thornton reported that the cost of the shirts will go up slightly, but they can now be obtained in more colors.  There are both polo and denim shirts available.
  3. Display Case – Sue Huffer reported that Peggy Lombard helped her update our case with her own (Peggy’s) family history.  Please stop by to look at it.
  4. Genealogy Tree Photos – Karen Jonaitis said that she will soon be putting up pictures from the Beginner’s Class.
  5. Hospitality – Shirley Nelson said that she and Melba Niemuth are looking for someone to take over as their terms are ending.  Volunteers bring treats to the meeting; the chair(s) manage the signup, supplies, and reminding people when they have signed up.  Signup sheets for March and April were available.
  6. Library – Mike Carroll said the library has a copy of “Reading Early American Handwriting” by Kip Sperry.  It is shelved in “Writing.”
  7. Membership – Russ Krecklow reported that we have 152 members.
  8. Programs – no report.
  9. SIGS – Cleo Wolf said that there are five SIGS meeting this month.  They all meet the same day of each month (i.e. the third Wednesday, fourth Tuesday, etc).
  • Legacy – Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1-3 in the Apache Room.  Barb Krecklow
  • DAR – Thursday, Feb. 21, 1:30 in the Havasu Room, Sue Huffer
  • Family Tree Maker (FTM) Thursday, Feb. 21, 9:3—11 Havasu Room, Karen Haider
  • Ireland – Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1-3 Navajo Room, Joan Eddy
  • German – Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1-3 Havasu Room, Irma Franke

It was suggested that a calendar of SIG meetings be posted on the website.  It was mentioned that Russ lists them on his weekly calendar.

New Business:

Mike asked the Mac users to get together and make a recommendation on what we should do with the one Mac in the lab.  Its software is old.  Should it be updated or can Mac users use the PCs successfully?  There was a sheet in the back for Mac users to sign so they can get together.  A couple of Mac user members at the meeting said they had no problem using the PCs.

Mike also mentioned that the list of Free Family History webinars has been published and they are now offering webinars on some specific states such as Ohio, Maryland, Wisconsin, etc. in addition to numerous other topics.  Webinars are free for up to 10 days after they are presented and can be purchased on CDs for $9.95 after that.  Some are free indefinitely.  See www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp.

The speaker for today’s meeting had to cancel due to illness, so Darwin set up a webinar on a CD on Researching Your German Ancestors.  Thank you to Darwin for pulling it together at the last minute.  The scheduled speaker, Chris Seggerman, will be rescheduled.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 12, and the speaker will be Betty Cook on “Alternate Death Information: funeral and cemetery research”.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:42 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Davidson, Secretary

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