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Date: September 09, 2024

Speaker and Program To Be Announced


2024-05-13 - Katie Gertz - The Transportation Act of 1718: Populating the US Colonies with Convicts

Date: May 13, 2024

Speaker: Katie Gertz Biography: Katie is currently serving as the President of the Family History Society of Arizona. Katie became her family historian in 2008. She has attended many genealogy workshops and seminars and has been giving presentations to genealogy clubs and societies in Arizona and California since 2011. Her genealogy research has taken her back to her 7th great grandparents in this country. Although not Mayflower passengers, her ancestors were some of the earliest pioneers in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Like her passion for technology, genealogy presents intriguing puzzles to solve. She is an entrepreneur who owns and operates a business called Kate’s Computer Clinic. She repairs, installs, and teaches personal computers, both Windows-based and all Apple products. She is a certified Apple Product Professional and Microsoft Partner. She is well known by her customers as “Dr. Kate”. Program Description: Most people are aware that Australia was heavily populated with convicts sent from Great Britain. But few are aware that England also sent thousands of their convicted felons to what was to become the United States. Those convicted of petty theft up to and including murder were taken away from their families and sent across the ocean to be indentured servants here in the 18th century starting in 1718 all the way up to our independence in 1776. This is a fascinating story that many of us who have British ancestors may want to hear. Handout: Available Here
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 2025 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.


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