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Tucson Family History Fair

This is a FREE event here in Tucson. Some of us are going to carpool. If you are interested, please join us at the Welcome Center Parking lot, Tomorrow, Saturday, February 2nd at 7:15AM. The conference starts at 8:30AM.

They recommend you bring your own lunch, and a sweater if you tend to get cold. You should go to their website to print out the handouts (presenters will not have copies). The information is here: Family History Fair Flyer. The class schedule is here: Family History Fair Schedule.  The link to their website to print out handouts is here: Family History Fair Website for handouts

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NYC 1940 Tax Photos

Do you have relatives who lived in New York City in 1940? Would you like to flesh out your picture of them beyond birth/marriage/death dates? If so, you might want to have a look at New York City tax photos.

In the late 1930s, the City took a photo of every building in each of the five boroughs (for tax purposes, of course). Those photos have been digitized and are available online. They’re not the best of photos but it can be very easy to find the one you want.

You begin with the 1940 US Census, available at both Ancestry and FamilySearch. Find your relatives and make a note of the street name, house number and borough. You might also want to note if they were at the same address in 1935 (that oddball question appearing in this census only). As an example, the census says my grandparents and some of their children were living at 1922 Hobart Ave in the Bronx in 1940, and were at the same address in 1935.

If you’ve been doing family history a while you’ve probably heard of One-Step Web Pages by Stephen P. Morse. These contain various widgets to simplify genealogical searches. There’s a new one for finding these tax photos. It’s at

Go there, enter the street name, house number, and borough, and click the “Display Photos” button. If all goes well this gives you a page with a link to images the at the NYC Records website. Here’s what 1922 Hobart Ave looked like in the late 1930s:

1922 Hobart Ave, Bronx, NY abt 1940

A later record for this building says it was built in 1927, and the census says my grandparents were living there in 1935, when the building was only eight years old. That’s newer than my Sun City home is now. I never thought of my grandparents as living in a “new home.” No wonder they moved to the Bronx from Manhattan!

Additional background on the tax photos is available at:

The above steps worked fine for me. But if I’ve made a mistake writing them up, or they don’t work for you, or you’d like to have a little workshop some Saturday morning, please reply to this post and I’ll get back to you.

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January, 2019 General Membership Meeting Minutes

Attached are the General Membership Meeting Minutes for the Sun City Vistoso Genealogy Society.  Please take a moment to read them for updated information and review.  If you have any corrections or questions, please let me know.  Minutes are available as a document and PDF.

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Also, please remember the membership dues must be paid before or at the next General Membership meeting, so that you may access the Library and Lab with all the great new programs and books.  

Holly Gibson, Secretary

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Beginner’s Class has one opening!

Karen’s Beginner’s class which starts this afternoon (Friday, January 11th) at 1PM in the Computer Club lab (in Welcome Center next to library) has one open seat. If you are interested, please contact Karen at 520-360-0215.

It is a 6 week course that costs $20 (just pays for the materials you receive). Your dues must be paid for this year. This course is ONLY open to Genealogy Club members, so come meet some new people and make some new genealogist friends while learning about Genealogy.

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