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Arizona Genealogy Day 2021

Arizona Genealogy Day 2021

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

Arizona Genealogy Day

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Important Details

Schedule (all times listed are Arizona Time)

8:30 am - 9:00 am       Virtual doors will open at 8:30 am
9:00 am  - 10:00 am    David Rencher, AG®, CG®, FUGA, FIGRS
"Arizona's Genealogy Resources from A-Z"
David Rencher recently authored the National Genealogical Society's Research in the States Series for Arizona.
10:00 am - 10:15 am   Break
10:15 am - 11:15 am   Brandy Helewa
"AMPlify Your Genealogy Research with the Arizona Memory Project"
The Arizona Memory Project (AMP) provides free online, digital access to a wealth of primary sources from Arizona archives, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions.
11:15 am - 12:30 pm   Lunch on your own
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     Bonnie Belza
"Learnings from the Hatbox Baby Mystery"
How do you find the parents of a baby abandoned in the Arizona desert in 1932? With DNA, of course! Learn how Bonnie pursued the DNA trail of Sharon Elliott, using traditional genealogy and DNA clues to uncover her biological parents and what that experience taught her.
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm       Break
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm       David Rencher, AG®, CG®, FUGA, FIGRS
"Beginning Irish Genealogy - Where to Start"

Speaker Bios

David E. Rencher, AG®, CG®, FUGA, FIGRS, is employed as the Director, Family History Library and Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare few who have earned both credentials: Accredited Genealogist® with ICAPGen in Ireland research and Certified Genealogist® with the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. 

Brandy Helewa, Discovery Librarian, State of Arizona Research Library, has worked for the State of Arizona Research Library for 3 years and is currently the Discovery Librarian. She is also the assistant administrator for the Arizona Memory Project, assisting with metadata clean up, ingest of digitized items, and working with partner institutions. She also maintains the digitization workflow process to ensure new digitized materials meet library standards. As the Discovery Librarian, she also dabbles in cataloging and is responsible for content across all State of Arizona Research Library social media channels. 

Bonnie Belza is a Family Historian and Genetic Genealogy DNA researcher whose work in Gerontology (the study of Aging) led her to Genealogy research.  She has attended I4GG (International Genetic Genealogy Conference), Roots Tech, SLIG and many national and local conferences.  She teaches the DNA Kindergarten class at the 500+ member West Valley Genealogical Society in Arizona and enjoys presenting on DNA Genealogy topics with a focus on learning how to use DNA information.  


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.

Saturday, March 20, 2021
Time (MST):
9:00am - 3:00pm
Time Zone:
Arizona Time (change)
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
Registration has closed.