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Arizona Genealogy Day 2023

Arizona Genealogy Day 2023

The Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board
the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records
present a free, virtual event:

3rd Annual

Arizona Genealogy Day

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Important Details

  • Registration is FREE!
  • Registration is limited to 1000 participants.
  • The presentations will be on Zoom.
  • To view select past recordings from this and other genealogy events from the State of Arizona Research Library, click here
  • Please note that this event will be recorded and recordings made available to registrants for a specified amount of time. More information and links will be shared a couple of days after the event.
  • You do not need to be an Arizona resident to attend. Everyone is welcome!
  • If you have any questions, please contact us at https://azsos.libanswers.com/form

Schedule (all times listed are Mountain Standard Time)

8:30 am - 9:00 am      Virtual doors will open at 8:30 am

9:00 am - 10:00 am.   J. Mark Lowe, FUGA

"Missing People: Fractured Relationships, Divorce and Murder"

We often accept a person missing from a census enumeration without question. When should we look deeper, examine the clues, and ask more questions? Sometimes a closer look and a new perspective is needed to see the real story.

10:00 am - 10:15 am   Break

10:15 am - 11:15 am   Ari Wilkins

"Reconstructing Communities Using Sanborn Maps, Census Records, and City Directories”

Recreating neighborhoods can provide rich and insightful details about an ancestor’s life and surroundings. This lecture will demonstrate ways to build a map using Sanborn Fire insurance maps, census records, and city directories in Google Maps.

11:15 am - 11:30 am   Break

11:30 am - 12:30 pm   Elizabeth Hodges, MA, MSLIS

"If These Walls Could Talk: How to Research Your Home"

As family historians, we all love a good story, and what is a better storyteller than an old house?  Join Senior Librarian Elizabeth Hodges from the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana for an introduction to house history research and learn how to shape the story of a home and its residents through maps, directories, censuses, deeds, and other records!

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm   Break

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm     Wendi Goen, MA, and Yahm Levin, MLIS

"Arizona Genealogy 101"

Join us for Arizona Genealogy 101! In addition to providing a broad strokes overview of the valuable genealogical resources in the Arizona State Archives and the State of Arizona Research Library, we will show you how to best navigate our online platforms, use our collections in tandem to dig deeper into genealogical puzzles, and point you to other Arizona resources that should not be overlooked when researching Arizona ancestors.

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm       Break

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm       Cyndi Ingle

"Crafting Genealogical Proof"

An introduction to The What, the Why and the How of writing a genealogical proof statement, summary, or argument. How to take your research and deductions from documents (and your brain) and put it together on paper for future generations and researchers.

Speaker Bios

J. Mark Lowe, FUGA, describes himself as a lifelong genealogist. He is a professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark enjoys opportunities to share what he has learned over the years through YouTube, Webinars, and Institutes.

He serves as the Course Coordinator for ‘Research in the South’ at IGHR (Georgia) and TIGR (Texas), does Webinars for Legacy Family Tree Webinars and has worked on several genealogical television series including Follow Your Past, African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events, and provided content for podcasts on Gimlet Media, including Twice Removed.

Mark has published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), FGS’ FORUM. The Longhunter (So. Ky. Genealogical Society), Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterly, North Carolina Genealogical Quarterly, and other society publications. He is a Past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and Past President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society Mark is a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society, and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award and Lifetime Membership award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Ari Wilkins has been actively researching family history for over twenty years. Ms. Wilkins has spoken nationally at the National Genealogical Society, the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, RootsTech, and a multitude of state and local societies.  She is also the coordinator of the African American course for the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research.

Ari speaks on a variety of genealogical subjects and specializes in African American research.

Elizabeth Hodges, MA, MSLIS, is a historian, former museum educator, and Senior Librarian in the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After receiving her BA in History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, she pursued a Master’s degree in Irish and Irish American Studies at the New York University while working as an educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. As a museum educator, Elizabeth’s love for family history grew exponentially through sharing the stories of immigrants, migrants, and refugees who once resided in a historic tenement in lower Manhattan. Upon graduating from NYU, she began working for the New York Public Library in the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division as a page while working to obtain an MSLIS from St. John’s University in New York.

As a Senior Librarian at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, she has helped countless patrons discover their family stories in addition to participating in dozens of speaking engagements including a national panel for NARA on the 1950 census. While her specialties and interests lie in Irish migration/immigration, house history, the experiences of immigrant women, and local history, she is always eager to learn and help others find their family’s story. 

Wendi Goen, MA, is the Lead Reference and Photograph Archivist for the Arizona State Archives. She has worked for the State Archives for 24 years. In her role, she provides access, reference, and research assistance in the Archives' Collections. The State Archives is the official repository for the permanent records of Arizona state, county, and local government records as well as private collections, maps and photographs. These records are rich with genealogical resources and Wendi enjoys helping researchers navigate the collections.

Yahm Levin, MLIS, is the Arizona Collection Librarian for the State of Arizona Research Library. In this role, she collects and maintains Arizona-related materials such as city directories, books, and periodicals, all of which can be useful for genealogical research. She is also the main liaison for the library's FamilySearch scanning partnership, which has digitized many items from her collection for increased access. Yahm is excited to share the many resources available in the Research Library's collection.

Cyndi Ingle is the creator and innovator behind the award-winning and globally recognized CyndisList.com, a free categorized list of more than 337,000 links for genealogical research. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 42 years, has an expertise in using technology for genealogy. Additionally, her many active years in genealogy have also resulted in specialties for research in the United States and bringing together traditional methodology with organization, computers, software, and the Internet.  Cyndi is the recipient of several awards and honors, she has served in several capacities for genealogical organizations, she is an internationally-known guest lecturer, and she has authored numerous articles and three books. 

This program is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Related LibGuide: Arizona Genealogy Resources by Kori Tueller

Saturday, April 22, 2023
Time (MST):
9:00am - 3:00pm
Time Zone:
Arizona Time (change)
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
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