PINAL COUNTY GENEALOGISTS
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Casa Grande, AZ 85122

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In November of 2003 four genealogists, Marilyn, Winnie, Bea and Avis living at the Casa Verde Senior Mobile Home Park in Casa Grande, Arizona, got together for a cup of coffee. Between bites of double double chocolate fudge brownies with triple chocolate frosting, we shared genealogy experiences. The chocolate stimulated our brains to the point where we wondered if planning a genealogy workshop would be insane and if we would be laughed out of town. Thinking we would survive, planning got underway.

The biggest challenge was coming up with a name for our group. After more brownies, we met the challenge. Since we wanted to cover the entire county, Pinal County Genealogists was a logical choice.

In less than three months the first workshop flyers were distributed to RV and mobile home parks, libraries and museums. A meeting notice was placed in the Casa Grande Dispatch, the Dorothy Powell Senior Center rented us a meeting room, and the Bandana Grill made up lunches. Our good friend, Paula Stuart-Warren, a professional genealogy speaker, flew in from Minnesota to give four lectures. Then all we needed to do was pray. And our prayers were answered as in February 2004 the meeting room was filled to capacity with 85 enthusiastic family history researchers.

At that workshop we were invited to use the LDS Church for the next workshop and Maurice and Darlyne joined our planning committee. With more space available, in February 2005 there were 125 genealogists who attended. Once again Paula Stuart-Warren was the main speaker. Break-out sessions were added and all were well attended.

The February 2006 workshop was bigger and better with 150 attending. Besides the opening sessions on What's New in Genealogy and closing session on Records of the Poor, there were also 12 breakout sessions covering a wide variety of topics. At the end of the day we saw a lot of smiling faces and received many good comments.

Each year since, the workshop has been hosted by the Pinal County Genealogists. Topics and speakers change but the purpose of the workshop remains the same which is to help genealogists research their families.


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