To jump-start its fund-raising drive to build a new library, the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society is selling engraved bricks that will be incorporated into the new facility.
"They'll be worked right into the new building, serving a decorative function," NGCGS President Alice Kenmore said.
The new library will be on the western portion of a site at 302 E. Bonita. The eastern portion of the property, located just west of Goodman Street, is occupied by the home of society past-president Sue Owens and husband Robert.
The society plans to construct a new 1,536-square-foot building on the 100-by-167-foot site that will house both its research library and administrative offices.
"The new site will provide ample off-street parking and sufficient space to expand so we can meet (the community's) long-term needs," Kenmore said.
The NGCGS is currently located in rooms 104 and 106 at Payson Care Center. Its free research library is open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursdays through Saturdays.
No appointment is necessary.
To facilitate the sale of bricks, the society has put together a portable display that will be moved to various locations around town. Four bricks are available, ranging in size from 4-by-8 inches to 8-by-16 inches and in price from $100 to $1,000. Brick purchases are tax-deductible.
For more information or to make a contribution to the fund-raising campaign, call the society at 474-2139 or Kenmore at 474-6332. Checks should be made out to NGCGS, Inc. Building Fund and mailed to P.O. Box 952, Payson, AZ 85547.
The society, which hopes to raise $150,000 through the campaign, has never had a permanent home. Because of space limitations at Payson Care Center more than 50 percent of its library materials remain in storage.
NGCGS has been serving northern Gila County for 26 years.
Climbing your family tree
The Northern Gila County Genealogical Society wants to help you build your family tree.
To begin, search for Bibles, wedding and birth announcements, obituaries, birth certificates, marriage licenses, military records, school graduation records, and old photos. Society volunteers can then assist you in organizing this information.
The library has more than 100 family histories on record, plus books of information from many states and even a few foreign countries.
A training seminar for beginners will from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the Payson Public Library. The $25 registration fee includes lunch.
To register call the society at 474-2139 or 474-6332.