Finding Religious Records in the Western World

Date: October 9, 2023

Speaker: Denise Beeson

Presentation Description: “Finding Religious Records in the Western World” provides you with an overview of the history of religious calendars, types of ceremonial records (BMD) and other records for you to consider, the importance of historical research and websites that may assist in researching your ancestors.

Meeting Handout

Denise Beeson developed the Genealogy Program and teaches semester long classes as an Adjunct Instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. She also teaches short courses in the LUX Program at Whittier College, the Lifelong Learning Program in Pebble Creek in Goodyear, Arizona as well as at the City of Goodyear and the Maricopa County Public Library system. She is a member of the Sonoma County Genealogical Society and the Pebble Creek Genealogy Club. She holds a MA in Communications/French and a BA in Speech. Genealogy has been her passion for over 20 years.

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)

Please arrive after 12:30 pm to sign up for classes, SIGs, or the 2022 Seminar, ask questions of a Board Member or Committee Chairperson, etc. Note: We will not be offering coffee at this time.

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

Another great opportunity from your WVGS Duplicate Book Sales Team!

Join us at the Monday, October 9, 2023 Membership Meeting. We have a wide selection of genealogy research books and related title.

Take some home for $1.00 each – Cash only please!

Jill Mitchell, Elaine Wright and Della Jones
WVGS Duplicate Book Sales team


At this month’s meeting we will be doing something different. We will not have a front raffle table in October. Instead, we will sell 50/50 Raffle tickets at $1.00 each.

One half of the proceeds will be shared with the winner(s). Please help us fatten the proceeds.

Also, a Silent Auction will be held from Monday, October 9th to November 18th on these pictured items. Bids can be made at the WVGS Library or at the October & November General Meetings.


  • Smithsonian Star Finder with Lucite stand – Value $20;
  • Replogle 12″ diameter globe World Classic Series on wood stand – Value $90

  • Civil War Soldier statue & framed certificate – Value $50
  • Bobble Heads – all new in boxes – Chris Young #24 – Value $10 each
  • Bob Brenly #15 – Value $26
  • Randy Johnson #51 – Value $35
  • Danbury Irish Dolls – Boy with flute – $50 plus … Girl with Shamrocks – $50 plus
West Valley Genealogical Society