Lee County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Monthly Membership Meetings
Upcoming Speakers for 2018
15 March Regina Negrycz
"GEDmatch and DNA Painter: Mapping Your DNA to Your Chromosomes"
19 April Vickie Greenlee
"Writing Your Family History in Bits and Pieces"
17 May Turia Clark Day
Overview of FamilySearch.org

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 Lakes Presbyterian Church, 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, Florida. CLICK HERE for 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
A variation of the Soundex called the American Soundex was used in the 1930s for a retrospective analysis of the US censuses from 1890 through 1920.
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When searching online databases, don't just type in names at random. First read the instructions!

In Land Deeds, check to see if buyer and/or seller is from the same area where the land is being sold.
[Land Records]

Don't wait around for databases to be added to your favorite genealogy sites. Volunteer to index records at websites like FamilySearch.org or Ancestry World Archives Project.
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State Land States are states that owned and distributed their lands. These include the original 13 colonies, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia, Hawaii and Texas. They used metes and bounds to survey the land.

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