Genealogy Today: Family history help closer than you think | Get Out

“What do you do at meetings, work on your family tree?” a friend asked when I told her that I belong to the Green Valley Genealogical Society. Another asked if it is necessary to have your research completed to join. No, to both.

The society has a membership of 175 men and women in all levels of family history research. The meeting year is October through April, with meetings on the third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church.

At each meeting there is a genealogy-related short program, a break for refreshments and visiting, and a program with a guest speaker, which lasts about 45 to 60 minutes. There is an opportunity to purchase tickets for raffle drawings for genealogy/history-related prizes, and a freebie table of used genealogy and history books and magazines.

A dedicated, energetic board of directors and committee chairpersons have made the Green Valley Genealogical Society one of the oldest organizations in the community. We celebrated our 40th anniversary last year!

There are numerous volunteer opportunities, from baking cookies for monthly meetings, writing for the newsletter, greeting members and guests, presenting a program, working in the library, to leading a Special Interest Group, or SIG.

An asset to the society is the GVGS Library at the LDS Church, 17699 S. Camino de las Quintas Street in Sahuarita (off of La Cañada Drive). Open two days a week, the library has 1,200 genealogy/history books and periodicals, DVDs, and two computers with genealogy software.

The group plans field trips; last year 15 members went to the McClelland Irish Library and Cultural Center in Phoenix. The member newsletter, Past Tracks, is celebrating 25 years of publication this year. We participate in genealogical events in Pima County each year.

Each February, GVGS holds a day-long…

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