Family History Month

The Lee County Genealogical Society has been honored to received Proclamations from the Board of County Commissioners, Lee County, Florida and the City of Fort Myers, Florida recognizing October as Family History Month.  Ceremonial photos taken in the chambers of the Lee County Board of County Commissioners.
 
2018
Back row: Commissioners Frank Mann, John Manning, Cecil Pendergrass, Brian Hamman and, Larry Kiker.
Front row: LCGS Members Linda Murtaugh, Lori Andersen, Howard Roux, Teresa Hopgood and, Carol Rooksby Weidlich.
"The month of October has been recognized as Family History Month
in the United States of America since 2001; and

WHEREAS, the study of family history is one of the most popular explorations for people
nationwide and in Lee County; and the Fort Myers Regional Library provides access, through
its databases and genealogical collection of reference materials on family history; and

WHEREAS, today, with millions of individuals researching the histories of their families,
the Lee CountyGenealogical Society encourages individuals of all ages and ethnicities
to collect, preserve and perpetuate genealogical and historical records; and

WHEREAS, the Lee County Genealogical Society sponsors year-round events
including workshops and classes on how to conduct family history research; and

WHEREAS, the Lee County Genealogical Society invites individuals, families, and local
organizations, including communities, societies, libraries and archives to celebrate Family History Month; and

WHEREAS, family history is very important to our family, our community and the world. 
"If you don't know where you came from, you don't know where you are going".

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County,
Florida does hereby proclaim the month of October 2018 as Family History Month in
Lee County and urges all of its residents to recognize the importance by celebrating their families’ heritage."
Lee County Board of County Commissioner Meeting, 2 October 2018.
2012
Back row: Commissioners Ray Judah, John Manning, Frank Mann and, Tammy Hall.
Front row: LCGS Members Carol Rooksby Weidlich and Carolyn Ford.
"October is nationally recognized as Family History Month; and

Whereas:  The Lee County Genealogical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving,
and perpetuating the genealogical and historical records of our ancestors and to encouraging and
aiding individuals in their family search; and

Whereas:  The Lee County Board of County Commissioners has demonstrated its continuing
support for the Fort Myers-Lee County Public Library, and its collection of genealogical,
historical and heritage materials, and through its cooperation with the City of Fort Myers in the
development of a new Fort Myers Regional Library; and

Whereas:  The Fort Myers-Lee County Public Library in partnership with the Lee County
Genealogical Society will hold a series of Family History research workshops each week in October; and

Whereas:  The Lee County Genealogical Society has established an annual High School Youth Award
to encourage students in Grades 11 and 12 in a Lee County public, parochial or charter high school
to become family historians in order to research their heritage. The Award of $500.00 was presented
this year to Elizabeth Hasty, a senior at Gateway Charter High School, whose entry demonstrated
the best understanding of genealogical research and documentation as evidenced by thorough
biographical details and accurate supporting evidence; and
 Interest in our personal family history transcends all cultural and religious
 affiliations and gives us a sense of heritage and responsibility in carrying out the legacy of our ancestors.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners
 of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim the month of October 2012 as:

 FAMILY HISTORY MONTH

 in Lee County and urges all of its residents to recognize the
importance by celebrating their families heritage."
Lee County Board of County Commissioner Meeting, 9 October 2012.
 
2011
“The Lee County Genealogical Society has established an annual High School Youth Award to
encourage students in Grades 11 and 12 to become family historians.  An award of $500.00
will be provided annually to the student whose submitted essay demonstrates the best understanding
of genealogical research and documentation as evidenced by thorough biographical details and accurate
supporting evidence; and Whereas: Interest in our personal family history transcends all cultural
and religious affiliations and gives us a sense of heritage and responsibility in carrying out
the legacy of our ancestors. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE
Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim the
month of October 2011 as:  FAMILY HISTORY MONTH in Lee County and urges all of its
residents to recognize the importance by celebrating their families’ heritage.”
Duly executed this
27th day ofSeptember, 2011.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS LEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Lee County Board of County Commissioner Meeting, 27 October 2011.
 
2010
Back row: Commissioners Brian Bigelow, Ray Judah, Tammy Hall, John Manning, and Frank Mann.
Front row: LCGS Members Carol Rooksby Weidlich, Carolyn Ford, and Lee County Library Director Sheldon Kaye.
“A Genealogy Workshop, “Researching Your Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor” with
well known researcher, Debbie Duay, PhD., will be held on Saturday, October2 3rd co-hosted
by the Lee County Genealogical Society and the Estero Island Chapter National Society
Daughters of the American Revolution; and Whereas: The Lee County Genealogical Society
has established an annual High School Youth Award to encourage students in Grades 11 and 12
to become family historians in order to research their heritage.  An award of $500.00 will be
provided annually to the student whose submitted essay that year demonstrates the best
understanding of genealogical research and documentation as evidenced by thorough biographical
details and accurate supporting evidence; and Whereas: Interest in our personal family history
transcends all cultural and religious affiliations and gives us a sense of heritage and responsibility in
carrying out the legacy of our ancestors; and NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE
Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim the
month of October 2010 as:  FAMILY HISTORY MONTH.”
Lee County Board of County Commissioner Meeting, 5 October 2010.
 
2009
Back row: Commissioners Brian Bigelow, Tammy Hall, Ray Judah, Robert P. Janes, and Frank Mann.
Front row: LCGS Members Carol Rooksby Weidlich, Ruth Emmel, Carolyn Ford, and Bryon Wallace.
“The Lee County Genealogical Society will hold its annual Family History Essay
Contest formiddle school youth in October; and Whereas: Interest in our personal
family history transcends all cultural and religious affiliations and gives us a
sense of heritage and responsibility in carrying out the legacy of our ancestors; and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE Board of County Commissioners of
Lee County, Florida that we do hereby proclaim the month of October 2009 as:
FAMILY HISTORY MONTH in Lee County and urge all of its residents to recognize
the importance by celebrating their families’ heritage.
Duly Executed this 29th Day of September 2009.”
Lee County Board of County Commissioner Meeting, 29 September 2009.
 
2008
Back Row: Commissioners Brian Bigelow, Frank Mann, Ray Judah, Robert P. Janes, and Tammy Hall.
Front row:  LCGS Members Carolyn Ford, Ruth Emmel, Carol Rooksby Weidlich, and Byron Wallace.
"Interest in our personal family history transcends all cultural and NOW, THEREFORE
BEIT RESOLVED BY THEBoard of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida that
we do hereby proclaim the month ofOctober 2008 as: FAMILY HISTORY MONTH
In Lee County and urge all of itsresidents to recognize the importance by celebrating their
families' heritage. DulyExecuted this 30th day of September 2008."
Lee County Board of County Commissioner Meeting, 30 September 2008.
 
 
2007
Back row: Commissioners Brian Bigelow, Ray Judah, Robert P. Janes, Frank Mann, and Tammy Hall.
Front row: LCGS Members Byron Wallace, Carolyn Ford, Carol Rooksby Weidlich, Ruth Emmel, Margaret Stemmler, and Maureen Shannon-Jefferson.
"Interest in our personal family history transcends all cultural and religious affiliations and
gives us asense of heritageand responsibility in carrying out the legacy of our ancestors.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County,
Florida that we do hereby proclaim the month ofOctober 2007 as: FAMILY HISTORY MONTH In
Lee County and urge all of its residents to recognize the importance by
celebrating their families’ heritage. Duly Executed this 2nd day of October 2007."
Lee County Board of County Commissioner Meeting, 2 October 2007.
 
 
The LCGS observes Family History Month annually in October in multiple ways. Genealogical displays are arranged in local libraries. At some of the libraries the display is featured in a showcase; at others the Society provides a display board and brochures designed to help the public understand the work of the Society, and how to get started tracing a family history. During Family History Month LCGS partners with the Fort Myers Regional Library to hold genealogy research workshops for library patrons.  For more information please see our Events calendar.
 
During 2008 and 2009, LCGS sponsored an essay contest for middle school youth in Lee County Florida’s public, private and home schools.