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
October 22 - 1:30 pm
Northern Arizona Genealogical Society
4th Saturday of each month  Beginning at 1:30 PM for the social and 2:00 PM for the meeting.   Information:

October 24 - 11:30 am
WVGS New Members Welcome Luncheon
The West Valley Genealogical Society & Library is hosting its fall New Members Welcome luncheon.  This event, held at the Library, provides all new members who have joined the Society since March 2016 an opportunity to meet other new members, learn about educational opportunities, and benefits of membership.  Membership is open to ...

October 25 - 10:00 am
The First Families of Arizona
Last Tuesday of each month (except Nov. and Dec., when it meets on the third Tuesday) Contact: Membership Chair: Phone:  602.265.4291  

October 26 - 1:00 pm
West Valley Genealogical Society and Library
Research Technniques 1   This class includes detailed information about organizing your data, locating vital records, and accessing census records.  Also covered will be using maps, cemeteries, internet and library resources, all of which will help to further your family history research.   Registration and fee are required. Information: or ...

October 28 - 1:00 pm
What to do with Your Genealogy Research?
This two-session class covers organization of your personal genealogy collection such as heirlooms, books, and other family treasures.  Learn the importance of designating assignment to your heirs as well as writing your obituary. Come to this class and find out how to navigate your way through estate auctions and the ...