Monthly Membership Meetings


Membership meetings are held the second Monday of each month between September and May.
They begin at 1:30 and end at about 3:00 pm.
The meeting place is the First Presbyterian Church located at 12225 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ.

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The meetings are open to the public as well as members. Click HERE to see prior speakers.


MEETING SPEAKER TOPIC

September 12, 2016

Dr. Melanie Sturgeon

Melanie Sturgeon is the Director of the Arizona State Archives. She has a Ph.D. in history and has taught family history classes for many years. She works closely with Arizona’s state and local government agencies to identify and preserve their permanent/historical records. She recently served as a Board member of the National Association of Government Archivists and Records Administrators, and is currently a Board member for the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame, the Arizona Women’s History Alliance, the Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail and the Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board.


"I Do! I Don't! I Died! Using Court Records in Family History Research"


Many of our ancestors appear in records created by the courts, yet few family history researchers use them. Criminal and civil cases, marriages, divorces, land partitions, water disputes, naturalizations, inquests, guardianships and probate cases can be rich sources of information that cut across class, race, gender and economic situation. Learn about courts and the information held in their records that might just help you break down that proverbial brick wall.