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Half-day Genealogy Seminar Presented by the Lee County Genealogical Society (LCGS)
We are excited to host Author, Keynote Speaker and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast Lisa Louise Cooke, on Friday, 15 March 2019, for a half-day genealogy seminar to held in the Cohen Ballroom of Florida Gulf Coast University*, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., in Fort Myers, Florida.
Lisa will present two separate sessions:
 . The Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology – a must for every genealogist!
 . Using Google Earth Pro for Genealogy – learn how to identify old photos, plot and virtually visit your ancestor’s homestead, and incorporate historical maps into your genealogy.
She will have many of her publications available for sale before, during the break and after her presentations.
Registration for LCGS Members is $25.00 per person.
Registration for Non-LCGS Members is $35.00 per person.
Registration ends at midnight 1 March 2019.
Learn more about Lisa Louise Cooke by visiting Lisa's:
More information and registration - CLICK HERE
* This course is not affiliated with Florida Gulf Coast University as a sponsor.The FGCU Campus is a tobacco-free campus. The use of cigarettes and other tobacco products in University-owned or leased buildings or on the University premises is prohibited.

Join Us at Our LCGS Monthly Membership Meetings
Monthly Membership Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each 
month, January through December from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Doors
open to members and guests at 9:30 a.m. Our meetings are being held
in the Fellowship Hall of Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church, 8260 Cypress 
Lake Drive, in Fort Myers. CLICK HERE for a map and driving directions.

Quick link to the Fort Myers Regional Library

Genealogy is the study of your family’s history, which is a personal record of your ancestors. Through your research you learn about when and where they were born, who they married, who their children were, where they lived and worked, and how you fit in your overall family tree.

Learning about your family history usually starts at home by talking with family members and recording information about your ancestors. You may have useful sources at home such as birth certificates, obituaries, wedding announcements, a family Bible, etc.  Read these documents carefully – you may find some information about that ancestor or relative that you didn’t know before.  These documents may also prove or disprove some of those family stories you grew up with.

You may find that others in your family or extended family have already done genealogy research on your family.  Don't hesitate to ask close or distant relatives if they have already started researching your family.

Florida Gulf Coast University Library
10501 FGCU Blvd, South, Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
Southwest Florida (Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry,
or Glades) community residents:
You may get a free FGCU Library Borrower's Card
by filling out an application and showing proof of residence 
at the Circulation Desk.
See the Library's Circulation Policy for more information. 

Facts and Tips
Surname Sources: The four basic groups from which surnames developed are patronymic,landscape features/place names, action/nicknames and occupational/office names.
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Stuck on an ancestor? Don't forget to trace other family members, e.g. brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles.
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Veterans’ pension records may hold clues to your African-American ancestors: More than 250,000 slaves and free blacks fought for the Union in the Civil War. Applicants were required to prove their identity, so you’ll find their date and place of birth, as well as marriage records and names of parents and children.

ae. or aet. is the Latin abbreviation meaning "at the age of".

If you are visiting a library for the first time, ask the librarian for a tour of their holdings.
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Lee County Genealogical Society, Inc. is a Florida non-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3), federally recognized non-profit,
tax-exempt organization. Donations, gifts, bequests and contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.
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