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

  The First 50 Years 1972-2022


Membership Meetings Resume September 12th

Membership meetings take place from Sept-May.


Remote Access for Ancestry and Fold3 Extended Until August 1.


WVGS Library Has Opened Again

You must read the following before going to the library:   Prepare For Your Visit

Masks are now HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to enter the library whether you are vaccinated or not..

Some classes/SIGs may require masks.

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.

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.


Summer Classes at WVGS

Whether you have escaped the desert for the summer or are remaining in the area, WVGS continues to offer classes this summer.

Novice Genealogy, a single session overview with Barbara Stenberg, is scheduled IN PERSON each month.

Sign up now.

Family History: How Do I Get Started? is a new three-session VIRTUAL class conducted by Connie Sheets and Stephanie Sparks. Scheduled for August, it is designed for those with less than two or three years experience.

Topics include understanding family trees, ancestor charts, and family group sheets; setting research goals; finding common mistakes.

“Homework” assignments are included-be prepared to spend a few hours each week between the sessions to complete the assignments. Participants will leave the class with a plan for what to do next.


Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2022

Three online virtual conferences:

For full descriptions of each conference, visit the website.

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.



More Good News – Access to External Genealogy Records Extended

Remote Access to Ancestry and Fold3 has been extended until August 1, 2022.

  1. American Ancestors –by New England Historic Genealogical Society (still available))
  2. Ancestry
  3. Family Search Org (permanent remote access)
  4. Fold3
  5. Heritage Quest (extended until Sep 6, 2022)
  6. MyHeritage (permanent remote access)

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 centers and the SLC library.


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