Mission Statement

  "To share genealogical knowledge and expertise and to encourage

the residents of Trilogy at Power Ranch to research and document their family history." 

  Club dues are $15.00 per person, due each January 1.

    Club Officers

       President:  Barbara Weichert 480-275-6701
Vice President:  Ron Siegel 480-773-6461
Secretary:  Betty Butler 480-699-5426
Treasurer:  Wes Peet 480-219-5267
Board Member:  Mary Ellen Maas 480-332-3393


Club Committee Chairpersons
Historian:  Open Position
Librarian:  Ginger Trokey 480-307-3909
Membership:  Faye Hutchinson 480-452-4714
Program:  Wes Peet 480-219-5267
Publicity:  Darlene Amark 480-206-3890


Club email:

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Membership Form



Please print and fill out the form below and bring it to the next meeting along with your $15.00 annual membership fee in cash or by check payable to:  "Trilogy At Power Ranch" .  Write "Genealogy Club" in the memo section of your check, and return both your dues and the form to the Membership Chairperson.



Phone: ______________________________________________________

Email address: ________________________________________________

Trilogy resident (Y/N): _____Full-time         _____Part-time

Years of genealogy experience: ________      

Computer skills?:  ____Yes         ____No      ____Some

Genealogy program used:_______________________________________

Countries researching:  _________________________________________


Special interests: ______________________________________________

Are you willing to Volunteer to help other Club members with research, serve as a Club officer or on a committee?_______________________________
Date_______________________     Paid___________________________

Genealogy Club Information

Trilogy Genealogy Club 

The Genealogy Club meets the 3rd Thursday of each month,
September through May, in the Catalina Room from 9-12 noon
and is open to ALL Trilogy residents. 
We host professional speakers, offer ongoing classes and training such as Beginning Genealogy and Family Tree Maker Software.  
Individual Help Sessions are held upon request.
Annual membership dues are $15.00 and include access 
to paid subscription genealogy web sites including and
We connect and share with others building their family trees.
We are the keepers of memories--come join the fun!!

2023-24 Genealogy Meeting Calendar

The Genealogy Club meetings resume September 21, 2023 through May 2024 (the 3rd Thursday of the month) beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Catalina Room.  Bring your genealogy research finds from summer and share with members.  Help Sessions will be held upon request via email to Trilogy Genealogy Club  __________________________________________________________________________________________
September 21, 2023 The Genealogy Club welcomes you back from summer with an invitation to our first fall meeting. We look forward to seeing members and resident guests return for another season of Genealogy. There will be door prizes and refreshments so bring a friend and join us.
October 19, 2023 - Our speaker will be Duane Roen presenting "Names in My Family: Family members' names have an origin and a meaning.  Besides naming practices and the historical means of names, each of us has emotions that we associate with our names.  In this presentation, we will write about our own names or the names of family members to explore what we know and how we feel about them. 
November, 16, 2023 - Janna Bennington Larson will share the subject of Problem Solving Genealogical Mysteries and how novices to use the sources the way advanced genealogists do.  Club member Rick Vest will reprise his presentation on PERSI (Periodical Source Index) which is now offered by the Allen County Public Library in Indiana. The PERSI tool can be found at:  If you previously attended this presentation plan to share something you found while using it. 
December 21, 2023 - Join us for our Holiday meeting and enjoy foods from our heritage to celebrate December's holidays.  Learn about our Club and the great research tools we can provide.  Software and research websites demonstrated--come sample all our Genealogy Club has to offer!
January 18, 2024 - Duane Roen will return as our first speaker of the new year.  Topic TBA
February 15, 2024 - Ken Waters is from Mesa, Arizona and is a physical scientist and gravitates to all things technical, including genetics.  He's been researching geneaology since 1999 when he realized he only knew a few of h is relatives, and couldn't name his paternal grandfather. Ken is especially interested in DNA and Genetic Genealogy--chromosomal comparions using GEDMatch..
March 21, 2024 - Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers. 
April 18, 2024 -  Last Business Meeting of 2023-24 Club year. 
May 16, 2024 - No formal meeting; Help and Work Session before "Summer Recess!"

Genealogy Library

The following Books and Periodicals are available to be checked out by Club members.  Our Library is open and available prior to, and after Club meetings or by appointment, by emailing
Ginger Trokey (; or Barbara Weichert (

Baxter, Angus. In Search of Your British and Irish Roots, William Morrow & Co., NY, 1982.

Bellerby, Rachel. Tracing Your Yorkshire Ancestors. Pen and Sword Books, Ltd., 2006, 162 pps.

Bentz, Edna M. If I Can You Can Decipher German Records. 1982, 84 pps.

Best, Laura. Memories of a Lifetime, Family history, with CD, 2005

Black, J. Anderson. The Irish Ancestors, Paddington Press Ltd., 1976

Black, Jeannette D. The Blathwayt Atlas, Vol. II: Commentary. Brown University Press, Providence, 1975.

Clemensson, Per & Andersson, Kiell, Your Swedish Roots.

Cole, Jean. Tracing Your Family History. 1986.

Colorado Family History Expo Syllabus, 2010.

Croom, Emily Anne. The Genealogist’s Companion and Sourcebook. 2nd edition, Betterway Books, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2003, 454 pps.

Croom, Emily Anne. Unpuzzling Your Past, the Best—Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy, 4th ed., Betterway Books, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2001, 278 pgs.

Dating Old Photographs, 1840-1929. A Family Chronicle Publication, 93 pps.

More Dating Old Photographs, 1840-1929. Introduction by Maureen Taylor, 177 pps.

Dolan, Jay P. The Irish Americans, A History. Bloomsbury Press, New York, 2008, 352 pgs.

Dollarhide, William. Getting Started in Genealogy, GPC, Baltimore, Md., 1998, 48 pps.

Eakle, Arlene H., PhD, Pennsylvania.

Eccles, W. J. The Canadian Frontier, 1534-1760 rev. ed., 238 pps.

Eichholz, Alice, Ph.D., Redbook, American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd Edition

Everton, George B.,Sr., The Handy Book for Genealogists, 7th Edition.

Family Tree Maker, various brochures in purple notebook.

Fletcher, William P. Recording Your Family History: A Guide to Preserving Oral History with Videotapes. Audio Tapes, Suggested Topics and Questions, Interview Techniques. 1989,.Tar Speed Press, Berkeley, CA, 313 pps.

French, J. H. Gazetteer of New York State, 1860. Heart of the Lakes Publishing Co., 1986 (reprint).

Goodrum, Michelle Roos. Digging for Ancestors: An In-depth Guide to Land Records. The In-Depth Genealogist, Utica, Ohio, 2013, 122 pps.

Griffeth, Bill. The Stranger in My Genes, a memoir. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2016, 188 pps.

Helm, Matthew L. &April Leigh Helm, Genealogy Online for Dummies

Hotten, John Camden, ed. The Original Lists of Persons of Quality1600-1700. Reproduced by Genealogical Printing Company, 1986.

Irish Touring Guide: What to do, Where to go, What to see, Appletree Press, Ireland,1986.

Josephy, Alvin M., Jr. The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest, Abridged Edition. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and London, 1971 by Yale University, First Bison Book Printing, 1979, 667 pps.

McCullough, David. 1776, Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Mesa Family History Expo Syllabus, 2010.

Mesa Family History Expo Syllabus, 2011.

Mesa Family History Expo Class Handouts, 2011.

Mesa Family History Expo Class Handouts, 2012.

National Geographic. A World Transformed, when cultures collide. Map of 1) Jamestown, Va., 2) East Coast of America, March 2007.

Philbrick, Nathaniel, The Mayflower.

Quillen, Daniel, Mastering Immigration & Naturalization Records.

Quillen, Daniel, Mastering Online Genealogy, 2nd Edition.

Quillen, Daniel, The Trouble Shooter’s Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy.

Rasmussen, Geoffrey D., Digital Imaging Essentials, Techniques and Tips for Genealogists and Family Historians, 2013, privately printed by author.

Steele, Don & Taylor, Lawrence, Family History in Focus.

Schweitzer, George K., PhD., Illinois Genealogical Research.

Schweitzer, George K., PhD., Pennsylvania Genealogical Research.

Swain, Gwenyth. Freedom Seeker, a Story about William Penn. Illus by Lisa Harvey. Carolrhoda Books, Inc., Minneapolis, 2003. A creative Minds Biography.

Tales of Two Rivers III, Published by Western Illinois University.

Tepper, Michael,ed. Emigrants to Pennsylvania, 1641-1819. A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists from the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1977.

The Journal of Lancaster County’s Historical Society, Vol. 117, No. 2/3, Spring/summer 2016

Weitzman, David, Underfoot.

Wellauer, MaralynA. Tracing Your Polish Roots, 1979, Minmor revision in 1985, 87 pps.

Willard, Jim & Terry, with Jane Wilson. Ancestors, a Beginner’s Guide to FamilyHistory and Genealogy, Companion to the PBS SeriesHoughton Mifflin Company, Boston, New York, 1997.

New England Ancestors, New England Historic Genealogy Society Publication, Boston, Mass.
Summer 2009                                                  Vol. 10, No. 3
Fall 2009                                                         Vol. 10, No. 4
American Ancestors, New England, New York and Beyond, NEHGS, Boston, Mass.
Winter 2014                                                    Vol. 15, No. 1
Spring 2014                                                    Vol. 15, No. 2
Summer 2014                                                 Vol. 15, No 3
Fall 2014                                                         Vol. 15, No. 4
Winter 2015                                                    Vol. 16, No 1
Spring 2015                                                    Vol. 16, No. 2
Summer 2015                                                 Vol. 16, No. 3
Fall 2015                                                         Vol. 16, No. 4
Winter 2016                                                    Vol. 17, No.1
Spring 2016                                                    Vol. 17, No. 2
Fall 2016                                                         Vol. 17, No. 3
Winter 2016/2017                                           Vol. 17, No. 4
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register
Volume 163                            July 2009
Volume 163                            October 2009
Volume 164                            January 2010
Volume 164                            April 2010
Volume 164                            July 2010
Volume 164                            October 2010
Volume 165                            January 2011        2 copies
Volume 165                            April 2011              2 copies
Volume 165                            July 2011               2 copies
Volume 165                            October 2011
Volume 166                            January 2012
Volume 166                            April 2012
Volume 166                            July 2012
Volume 166                            October 2012
Volume 168                            January 2014
Volume 168                            April 2014
Volume 168                            July 2014
Volume 168                            October 2014
Volume 169                            January 2015
Volume 169                            April 2015
Volume 169                            July 2015
Volume 169                            October 2015
Volume 170                            January 2016
Volume 170                            April 2016
Volume 170                            Summer 2016
Volume 170                            Fall 2016
Volume 170                            Winter 2016
Volume 171                            Spring 2017
Volume 171                            Summer 2017
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record                 Vol. 145, No. 4
Family Tree Magazine:                                Jan/Feb 2015               Vol. 16, Issue 1
Family Tree Magazine                                 Jan/Feb 2015               Vol. 16, Issue 1
Family Tree Magazine                                 Oct/Nov 2015               Vol. 16, issue 6
History Magazine                                         Jun/Jul 2016               Vol. 17, No. 5
History Magazine                                         Aug/Sept 2016            Vol. 17, No. 6
History Magazine                                         Oct/Nov 2016              Vol. 17, No. 7
History Magazine                                         Dec/Jan 2016-17         Vol. 17, No. 8
Internet Genealogy                                     Jun/Jul 2016                Vol. 11, No. 6
The New York Researcher (NYG&BS):     Winter 2014                  Vol. 25, No. 4
Swedish American Genealogist:               September 2014        Vol. XXXIV  No. 3

Club Officers and Contact Information

    Club Officers

       President:  Barbara Weichert 480-275-6701
Vice President:  Ron Siegel  480-773-6461
Secretary:  Betty Butler 480-699-5426
Treasurer:  Wes Peet 480-219-5267
Board Member:  Mary Ellen Maas  480-332-3393


Club Committee Chairpersons
Historian:  Open Position
Librarian:  Ginger Trokey 480-307-3909
Membership:  Faye Hutchinson 480-452-4714
Program: Wes Peet 480-219-5267
Publicity:  Darlene Amark 480-206-3890


 For more information, email

Or visit Trilogy Genealogy Club on

Trilogy Genealogy Club Facebook Group

Trilogy Genealogy Club has a Facebook Group! 
Just open Facebook and search for Trilogy Genealogy Club. 
This group is open to all Trilogy @ Power Ranch residents. 
It does NOT convey Club membership, but it allows you access to genealogy information being presented in Club meetings, genealogy-related articles, and events of interest. 
Please see 'Lifestyles' section, and under 'Clubs', select "Genealogy Club",
or you may email for more information. 



September 2021 - Welcome Back!  Bring your summer research findings to share with the group, including photos you may have of your ancestors. These exchanges can be extremely helpful to others, as your results may open the door for someone else. 

Please join us for a new year of speakers and research topics.

October 2020 - Speaker:  Darlene Brady - "Beginning Your Family History--Do It Like the Pros":  How to get started and be more efficient in your genealogical pursuits: getting organized, where to keep your information, using internet trees and/or personal databases, finding records, and where to get help.  Emphasis will be made on using the Research Cycle and using a Research Log.             


November 2020- Speaker:  Susan Irwin - "Preserving Your Digital Family Information"

This month's Genealogy Club meeting will be held on Monday, November 14 at 1:00 p.m. in the Catalina Room.  Please remember to bring your ancestor photos in your picture frame ornaments to this meeting. Those without ornaments are needed to help wrap small packages to be placed under our Christmas tree.   If you cannot attend this meeting, please email Ginger Trokey (  to have your ornaments included. 

Please help! We need volunteers to decorate our tree in the Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon; we will also need help taking it down on Tuesday, Jan. 3 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Thank you all for stepping up!

Our special guest for today's meeting is Susan Irwin who will be speaking on "Preserving Your Digital Family Information"and will provide handouts on her topic.

Susan is the Director of Library & Archives at the Arizona Historical Society. She received her MBA from the University of Portland and a MA in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona.  She is currently a PhD candidate in history at Arizona State University where she is exploring the intersection between archives, humanities and education.  Ms. Irwin serves as Vice-chair of the Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board and Vice-President of the Maricopa County Library Council.  She has taught workshops on preserving family papers, online searching, and managing archives.

Note:  Club members who were unable to attend the Mesa Family History Conference on October 29 can still download or print the class handouts for 30 days at


December 2020  - Speaker:  Michelle Goodrum - "Research Plans:  Your Roadmap to Success”

Holiday Party with International Dessert Potluck. Please bring a dessert to share from your "roots"!  We will also decorate our Club Christmas tree as well.


January 2020 - Speaker:  Carma Lee Ellingson – “WIKI:  Ultimate Family History Research Tool”

Born in Idaho, Carma's family moved to Arizona when she was young and has lived here 65 years.

Her interest in family history began when she spent time with her grandma who shared family stories. When her mother was in her 80's she asked Carma to be her scribe and help create books for her posterity. She inherited boxes of genealogy from an uncle and her grandma. Carma felt the desire to validate the information so she would know if these people who had come alive through the stories truly were her family.

Because of the interest sparked in her youth, three years ago she volunteered to serve at the FamilySearch Library in Mesa. After extensive training she discovered that family history was rapidly changing due to the Internet and computers. She was exposed to more information than one could absorb and she was asked to learn more on her own and become a teacher, specializing in FamilySearch and the Wiki. Since then she has taught hundreds of adults and youth, helping them grow their family trees and in the process growing her own.  A  self-taught family history sleuth, she constantly searches for, records, and preserves family stories, facts and photos. Carma finds family history extremely interesting and somewhat addictive. She loves helping others learn and grow in their ability to be a family history sleuth also.


February 2020 - Speaker:  Robert M. Wilbanks IV - "Civil War History". Mr. Wilbanks has been a professional genealogist for over 26 years.  He founded Ancestral Pride: Professional Genealogy Services in 2009 and continues speaking, researching, writing, and has developed several websites. He teaches an 8 week beginning genealogy course for the City of Phoenix, and an 8 week beginning Irish-American genealogy course for the Irish Cultural Center. Currently, Robert is President of the Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists. Robert’s most noted areas of expertise are United States military history and records, the American Civil War, the Old South and Colonial Virginia.


March 2020- Annual Business Meeting & Election of Officers.  Refreshments will be served.                 __________________________________________________________________________________________