12222 N. 111th Ave    Youngtown, AZ 85363  Phone: 623-933-4945

2023 WVGS Annual Seminar – register now

Golden Genealogy Nuggets with Dr. Michael D. Lacopo

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian and professional genealogist born and raised in northern Indiana. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range, with specialties in German research, Mid-Atlantic American research, genetic genealogy, social history, and advanced problem solving.


  • Researching The Invisible Ancestors
  • German Genealogy On The Internet: Beyond The Basics
  • Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating The “Evidence”
  • Medical Genealogy: A Primer Of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors And The Epidemics They Lived Through

Access to External Genealogy Websites

Members currently have remote access to the following websites::

  1. American Ancestors
  2. Ancestry.com
  3. Familysearch.org
  4. Fold3
  5. Heritage Quest
  6. MyHeritage

We are an affiliate library with familysearch.org that grants in-library only access to some restricted images. These images previously were only available in LDS Family History Centers (FHCs) and the Family History Library, in Salt Lake City.

Membership Meetings are held on 2nd Monday of the month from September through May.

Membership meetings begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at about 3:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Please arrive after 12:30 pm to sign up for classes, SIGs, or the 2023 Seminar, ask questions of a Board Member or Committee Chairperson, etc.

The short business meeting will start at 1:00 pm sharp followed by our featured speaker.

In-person meetings are held at the First Presbyterian Church located at 12225 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. (click here for map) – will open in new tab in your web browser)

WVGS Library Is Open

Closed for all major holidays. Please check the monthly calendar for more information and keep checking the website for updated hours the Library is open. As more aides become available, more hours will be added. If you would like to volunteer as an aide, please contact Pat Tomaro at libraryaides@azwvgs.org

Visiting the Library – Briefcases, large bags, purses, etc. cannot be brought into the Library. Approved items are laptops, keys, wallets, glasses, thumb drives, paper, notebooks, writing supplies, cell phones, lunch bag, etc.

WVGS Library continues to retain the right to inspect items. Upon exiting the Library, the Aide will inspect any binders or folders or items.

Members may research at no charge. Non-members are welcome as daily researchers for a donation of $5 per day.

Library Tours

Are you new to WVGS? Or do you need a refresher of what the WVGS Library has to offer? Sign up for a free tour to learn what resources we have to offer and where they are located.

Tours are offered on the last Monday of September through November and January through April. You may register for a tour anytime during the month of the tour.

You can now sign up for Library tours again. See the sign up form under Education/Library Tour.

You may view an online tour of the library from a presentation if you click here. You will have to scroll down the page to see every page of the presentation.

The 1950 U.S. Federal Census

Carolyn H. Brown, former WVGS member, explains the 1950 US federal census and what was asked on the census forms. Carolyn has shared her presentation and handout with us.

National Archives Genealogy Series: 1950 Census (released April 1, 2022)

We will be having a March research trip to the Family History Library.

We have been able to block 12 double- queen rooms at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square for the nights of
March 19 – 25, 2023. More information to follow.

Renew your Membership.

You can renew in person at the library, via a check in the mail to the WVGS Library, at the monthly meeting or online. We encourage online renewal for a streamlined process without a gap in access.

If you have forgotten your renewal date, log into the website and under Membership, click on Profile and scroll down the page until you see “Subscription Starts” date.

Fundraising Committee

  • Do you have any ideas for money-making projects?
  • Do you have any new/gently used items we can use for raffle prizes?
  • Do you want to help the Committee in any capacity?

Contact: dir.fundraising@azwvgs.org

Thank you.

We are an all volunteer organization and we try to recognize volunteer efforts that are “above and beyond”. But, we have to know about special volunteer service.

The Board and Committee Chairs try to remember to bring up examples of valuable service but nominees still tend to be from among those we happen to see regularly.

It seems, then, to be a good idea to ask all of you:

  • Has a volunteer at the Library been of special help to you?
  • Has a teacher been especially good?
  • Is your SIG facilitator or another SIG member been especially helpful with your research?
  • Who do you especially value? And why?

PLEASE take a moment and email 1stVP@azwvgs.org with YOUR nominee for Volunteer of the Month.

WVGS Members: if you have trouble logging in or forgot your password, you can get help by sending email to: membership@azwvgs.org

Research Help Service

The WVGS volunteer Research Team may be able to assist you with anything from simple look-ups in the library to “brick walls.”
Click here to request research help.

Having problems with the website? Try this solution first.
We have the largest non-circulating genealogical library in Arizona; serving genealogists throughout the West Valley area of Maricopa County, Arizona. Our building has over 4,400 sq.ft. of Books, CDs, Periodicals, Maps, Microfilm, Microfiche and Online access. Our shelves are filled with materials covering all 50 States and many Countries.
  1. Mission
  2. History
  3. Library Resources (computers, books, periodicals, maps, obits, microfilm, microfiche, CD)
  4. Library Tour (view View tour online or call to register for in person tour)
  5. Online Resources (ancestry.com, familysearch.org, myheritage.com, americanancestors.org)
  6. Education Resources (ie classes, SIGs, seminars, trips, membership meetings)
  7. Publications (Tidbits, Desert Tracker)
WVGS has an affiliate partnership with FamilySearch.org.  Using the computers in our lab provides free access to millions of images of original records from all over the world that can’t be viewed at home.

Speakers Bureau

The West Valley Genealogical Society and Library has available our Presenters Program that reaches out to libraries, senior centers, genealogy groups and other organizations that are interested in learning more about our library and how to get started in genealogy. Our group of highly experienced speakers is based in Youngtown, Arizona. For more information contact speakers@azwvgs.org
Membership is easy! You can become a member NOW! Simply click here to sign up online or clicking here to download, print and complete the form to be returned by mail or delivered to the Library. The annual memberships include all the above plus online access to periodicals, copies of obituaries, and access to a Surname database provided by our members. The one year memberships are:
  • Student (age 18 or under) – $20
  • Individual – $40.00
  • Joint (2 people at the same address) – $70.00

March to a Million

Read all about our goals for our future library.
Our organization earned a 2021 Silver Seal of Transparency! Now, everyone can learn more about our programs and areas served and find us on social media. Check out our updated #NonprofitProfile on Candid. Just click on the GuideStar Silver Transparency image to the left.  
West Valley Genealogical Society