Internet Can Help Trace Your Family Tree


Expanded hours and two Internet classes at Gila Community College are among several new developments announced by the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society.

The society, which moved last October to its first permanent facility in its 26-year history, will now be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The facility, located at 304 E. Bonita, formerly closed at noon.

"We've had more people dropping by, so we thought it would be nice if we could be open all day, especially on Saturday when people aren't working," NGCGS President Alice Kenmore said. "With our own building, we can stay open just as economically."

Another big change at the new facility is the addition of the Internet.

"The library is getting ready to put our information on the Internet," Kenmore said.

"We're developing a webpage (\~azngcgs\index.html), and when we get our program all set up we'll put all our books on the Internet."

The two computer workshops the society is offering complement the new computer capabilities at the library.

Basic Genealogy Internet Research Skills, taught by Dr. Judy Voran, will be offered from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7. Basic Genealogy Internet Website Research, taught by Dr. Val Sullivan, is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 6.

Both instructors are NGCGS members and have presented seminars for the organization. For reservations, contact Sarah Nelson at the college, (928) 468-8039. The fee is $25 for each workshop.

The society also has changed its regular monthly meetings from the first Tuesday of the month to the first Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

The next meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 5, and the public is welcome.

The society's new home is in a donated manufactured home that was refurbished and remodeled by a team of volunteers led by Kenmore's husband Hoyt, who serves as building coordinator. NGCGS plans to eventually construct a site-built facility.

The library sits on a lot sold to NGCGS by past-president Sue Owens and her husband, Robert, early in 2002. The society's library previously occupied two small rooms at Payson Care Center.

NGCGS is a nonprofit organization that provides books and other archival records and information to individuals who want to trace their family history or do other historical research.

For more information, call (928) 474-2139.

How to begin

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. NGCGS society volunteers can then assist you in organizing this information.

The NGCGS library has more than 100 family histories on record, plus books of information from many states and even a few foreign countries.

For more information, call (928) 474-2139.

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