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Arizona Genealogy Day 2022

Arizona Genealogy Day 2022

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

Arizona Genealogy Day

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Important Details

  • Registration is FREE!
  • Registration is limited to 1000 participants.
  • The presentations will be on Zoom.
  • 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.
  • Watch our 2022 Arizona Genealogy Day promo video here: https://youtu.be/UG9xl1dVtmA
  • 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
"Defining Potential Migration Routes & Locating Crucial Steps to the West"
Discover what prompted our ancestors to follow the trails and continue westward. Learn the paths they followed and the process for finding those elusive travelers. Maps, atlases, and gazetteers provide additional information relevant to nearly every genealogical search.
10:00 am - 10:15 am   Break
10:15 am - 11:15 am   Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS
"An Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors"
This overview lecture covers key U.S. records and strategies for identifying when and where your Mexican ancestors immigrated, and for identifying their hometown in Mexico. It also reviews the main record collections for tracing those family lines further back in Mexico. This class is ideal for anyone new to researching their Mexican lines, as well as those still relatively new to genealogy in general. Learn how even a non-Spanish speaker can be successful at this research.
11:15 am - 12:30 pm   Lunch on your own
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     Brittany Styles, MLIS & Janelle Breedveld, MLIS
"Genealogy Gems in Government Documents"
Looking for information about your family tree? Government documents are an often-overlooked source of valuable information for genealogical research. Learn how federal and state government documents can help you trace your heritage.
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm      Break
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm      Thomas MacEntee
"The Genealogy-Do-Over: A Year of Learning from My Mistakes"
It isn’t often that we get a “do-over” when it comes to stuff that matters in life. When you first got started researching your family history, did you do some things that now are just plain “embarrassing” such as name collecting, not citing sources and more? Well now there’s hope since genealogists from beginner to advanced are employing new research methodologies and documentation practices. Follow genealogist Thomas MacEntee as he basically starts his genealogy research from scratch but includes sound research practices and methodologies as well as new templates, tools and the latest technology to create a better body of family history research.

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.

Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS, is an academic librarian, college educator, and tech nerd who has been researching her family history since 1997. She is the Digital Literacy Librarian at California State University, Fullerton, and teaches an online graduate-level genealogical research methods course for San Jose State University. Colleen is a nationally recognized genealogy speaker and educator specializing in methodology, Mexican & Hispanic research, libraries and archives, and technology. Her Mexican ancestors hail from San Luis Potosí, Chihuahua, Durango, Tamaulipas, and Nuevo Leon, as well as California, New Mexico, and Texas.

Brittany Styles, MLIS, State Publications Librarian, has worked for the State of Arizona Research Library for 2 years. She maintains the collection of publications produced by Arizona government agencies from territorial days to present. She has worked in libraries for 9 years and received her Master of Library and Information Science from University of Arizona. She is excited to share how state publications can be a resource for genealogy research.

Janelle Breedveld, MLIS, is the Federal Documents Librarian for the State of Arizona Research Library. In her role, Janelle manages the library’s federal documents collection, serves as Arizona's regional coordinator for the Federal Depository Library Program, and supports the library’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center. Janelle enjoys presenting on federal documents topics, including genealogy, legislative history, and the U.S. Decennial Census.
Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community.

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get me, Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more.

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High-Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at GenealogyBargains.com!

“I’m a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics and I’ve finally figured out what I do best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. I believe in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.


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, April 2, 2022
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.