Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board
Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board
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Promoting Genealogy and History by addressing the educational needs and interests of the Arizona genealogical community and the general public through cooperation between member societies and individuals.

President's Corner

2015 began without knowing that the Mesa FamilySearch Library would still not be open by 2016. The library had closed for remodeling in late 2014. Mold and termites were found, leaving decision makers to repair or demolish the building. Well, there was always the state capitol library, affectionately called “Linda’s library” But 2015 also began without knowing that, in late July, the Arizona State Library’s Genealogy Collection, which began during territorial times, would close and move with only a one week notice to the public. Suddenly, instead of three large genealogy libraries in Arizona, we had only one - the West Valley Genealogical Society Library. How dare state officials ... read the rest here!

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Upcoming Events
April 24
West Valley Genealogical Society and Library
Research Trip to the Family History Library, in Salt Lake City. Visit the largest genealogical library in the country.   Full details, costs and information:, click events/activities or call 623-933-4945  

April 30 - 10:00 am
Genealogical Society of Yuma Arizona
Linda Harris speaking on Fraudulent Genealogy.   Information: or Betsy Gottsponer

May 9 - 9:00 am
Family History Society of AZ Fountain Hills Chapter
9:00 AM-Welcome and meeting: 9:45 AM-How to Prepare for a Visit to a Research Library or Museum by Debbie Kucharik 10:25 AM-What to gather and how to Use with Sherrie James.     Information: Kathy Haynes

May 9 - 1:30 pm
West Valley Genealogical Society and Library
Dr. Reba Grandrud speaking on In Their Own Words: Overland Dairies of 19th Century Westering Women. What was it like to be a woman traveling on the Oregon Trail, the California Trail or the Southern Route to California in the mid 19th century? Open to the public bring a friend.   Information: ...

May 9 - 6:45 pm
Family History Society of AZ Tempe Chapter
Sharing Genealogy Organization Ideas by the membership and guests.    Information: Janet McNaughton.