Monthly Membership Meetings

Membership meetings are held the second Monday of each month between September and May;
beginning at 1:00 p.m. and end at about 3:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.


The first half hour you are invited to sign up for classes, get a cup of coffee, check out the raffle items, fundraising opportunities, ask questions of a Board Member or Committee Chairperson, etc.


The short business meeting will start at 1:30 p.m. sharp with our featured speaker immediately following.

The meeting place is the First Presbyterian Church located at 12225 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ.

(click here for map)


The meetings are open to the public as well as members. Click HERE to see prior speakers.


April 9, 2018



Jean White

Jean is a native of the Chicago, Illinois area and has been actively doing genealogical research since 1974.  She holds a BA degree in education from Monmouth College, and taught third grade in the Chicago suburbs.

Prior to moving to Arizona in 1990, Jean taught genealogy and lectured in Indiana and Kansas.  She was also an assistant librarian at the Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society Library.

Jean has served as president of West Valley Genealogical Society, editor of their quarterly publication, and chair of the collection development committee. She teaches classes at their library.

Jean is also past president, editor and archivist of The Castor Association of America (a surname organization with 400 members). She is editor of their newest book, The Descendants of Paulus and Gertrude Kusters of Kaldekirchen, Germany and Germantown, Pennsylvania.

Recently, she wrote a section on the Cranson family, which is published in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  There are also additional Western Massachusetts families that she researched posted on the NEHGS website.

She has also served on the Board of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). Her current memberships include NEHGS, RIGS, Illinois State Genealogical Society, WVGS and the Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists.

Topic Description:


The Old Northwest Territory: not Oregon and Washington, nor Canada


The Old Northwest Territory is actually located in the Midwest, which was an area settled very early by the french fur trappers and voyeurs.


Find out what happened when this area became part of the United States.