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Monday, January 1 through Monday, December 31
Family History / Genealogy — Introductory - Writing Family History  (Education/Training)
Brigham Young University Independent Study


Monday, January 1 through Monday, December 31
Family History / Genealogy — Introductory - Helping Children Love Your Family History  (Education/Training)
Brigham Young University Independent Study


Monday, January 1 through Monday, December 31
Family History / Genealogy — Record Type - Famioly Records  (Education/Training)
Brigham Young University Independent Study


Monday, January 1 through Monday, December 31
Family History / Genealogy — Introductory - Introduction to Family History Reserch  (Education/Training)
Brigham Young University Independent Study



Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24
2018 Annual Vick Family Reunion  (Genealogy Trips)
Kansas City, Missouri
My name is Joseph Vick and over 350 years have passed since I came from Europe. My descendants will be gathering in Independence, Missouri on June 22-24, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn. My family and the community will be educated on my history.
 
I was born around 1640 and immigrated to America in the mid-to-late 1660s. On 20 December, 1673 I was deeded 50 acres by Hodges Council where I cultivated the rich soil at the Beaver Dam Swamp and grew my small parcel of land to build a plantation in Virginia. I died in Isle of Wight County, Virginia around 1700.
 
Over the years my descendants have organized to find my roots:
-1972 Sam Vick of Mississippi hosted a family gathering of 170 of my descendants
-1984 Mary Jo McCrary and James M. Perrin (descendants of Reverend Newit Vick, of Vicksburg, Mississippi) organized the Joseph Vick Family of America
-1990 Gailen Vick and O. Richard Wright formally incorporated JVFOA
-2004 published first 5 generations Joseph Vick of Lower Parish, Isle of Wight County, Virginia co-authored by John Beatty, Di Ann Vick & published by James Davis
 
Today my progeny includes a past governor, a past president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, ministers of most religious faiths and men & women that served in the armed forces in every war since I came to America. In fact I have over 20,000 descendants in America today. 
 
In 2006 JVFOA started a DNA project: so far they have tested 75 of my posterity.  They've helped find adoptees' parents and corrected errors that had been previously published. They've reached out and tested other Vick’s around the world. This year my annual JVFOA meeting in will be held in Kansas City/Independence, Missouri on June 22-24, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn Independence, MO. The community and my descendants will be educated on family genealogy, and DNA test results at the 2018 Annual Meeting & Reunion.
 
For more information visit www.jvfoa.com or call Gailen Vick at 510-364-7631.
 
In order for you to get a head start on future Annual Meeting, take a look at where we will be;
  • 2023 Smithfield, Virginia
  • 2022 Tampa, Florida
  • 2021 Mobile, Alabama
  • 2020 Dallas, Texas
  • 2019 Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • 2018 Kansas City, Missouri


Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24
2018 Annual Meeting - Joseph Vick Family of America Genealogy Society  (Other Genealogy Societies)
Kansas City, Missouri
For more information visit:  http://www.jvfoa.com/2018-vick-meeting.php.


Wednesday, June 27
Lightroom or Photoshop? What should I use for my photo editing? by Jared Hodges  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Many people just don't understand what tools they have available to them when it comes to editing photos. Within Adobe's Creative Suite, there are two programs designed specifically with photographers in mind: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. At first glance, these two programs might appear redundant, as they're both made with the goal of editing photographs of all kinds. But the truth is,  each program is designed with a different purpose in mind, and each offers a distinct post-production photography workflow. My webinar will breakdown why you should choose one over the other and why both of them are important to know and use.
 
Presenter: Jared Hodges
Jared Hodges’ love for photography began in 1984 when his parents purchased his first camera out of a JC Penny’s catalog. During the last 30 years, capturing the important and beautiful things in life has been his passion. Jared has been published in many newspapers, magazines (including Sports Illustrated), and websites and knows what makes a great photograph. He has taught photography, graphic design, and publishing to high school students for the past fifteen years and has published five yearbooks as an adviser to the school's yearbook program. He views every shoot as an opportunity to showcase the inherent light, beauty, and subtle humor in the world around us.
 


Thursday, June 28
LCGS RootsMagic Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
CANCELLED for June - see you in July!



Friday, July 6
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 4): Adding Estate/Probate Records by Geoff Rasmussen  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
In this series, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will guide you through the step-by-steps of properly adding genealogy documents, citations, and digital media to your Legacy Family Tree 9 software. Each class is based on a different chapter in his popular book, Legacy 9 Unlocked: Techniques, Tips and Step-By-Steps for Using Legacy Family Tree to Record Your Genealogy. Watch them in order if you want to  follow the mystery or jump around to capture the instructions.
 
In this class, “Adding Estate/Probate Records,” you will learn the six steps of adding estate/probate records to Legacy.
 
Presenter: Geoff Rasmussen
Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello, basketball and bowling. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.
 
He is the author of the recently-released, Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors, and the popular books Legacy Family Tree, Unlocked! and Digital Imaging Essentials.
 


Tuesday, July 10
LCGS Irish Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers
For LCGS members researching ancestors in Ireland. For more information call Mike at (239) 834-3940.


Wednesday, July 11
The Art of Negative-Space Research: Women by Jeanne Bloom, CG  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Like using negative space in art, the successful identification of women is often accomplished by using the records of friends and family.
 
Presenter: Jeanne Bloom, CG
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, is president of BCG and a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County, Illinois, forensic genealogy, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a second-year certificate from the University of Chicago's publishing program. Her interest in genealogy began much earlier. Rather than having her grandmother read her a story before naptime, Jeanne would ask to hear a story about when she was a little girl.
 


Thursday, July 12
Bonita Springs Genealogy Club Monthly Meeting  (Bonita Springs Genealogy Club)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs


Friday, July 13
Freedmen's Bureau Records - Valuable to ALL Southern research by Diane L. Richard  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
The impact of the Civil War was keenly felt by many living from DE to TX. The Freedmen's Bureau Records are full of pertinent records; not just the records of freed slaves. While records of freedmen are found, a lot information about ALL impoverished southerners is also found. If a family tree contains confederate soldiers who were wounded or killed in action, their surviving parents, spouses or  children might be found in these documents as they requested or received rations, were declared destitute, etc. If your ancestors were freed, they might also be found receiving rations, or being a party to a contract.
 
Presenter: Diane L. Richard
Diane L Richard is the Principle of Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com. She has M.E. and M.B.A. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina, neighboring locales and migration paths to the Mississippi River. She has researched NC roots for the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode. Since 2006 she has authored over 200 articles on genealogy topics for such publications as Internet Genealogy, Your Genealogy Today (was Family Chronicle), NCGS Journal, and local WCGS publications (newsletters and journal). Since 2010 she has been the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society and published over 1000 posts. She is currently editor of the journals for NCGS and WCGS. She is a member of the national and local chapters of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) and the Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS). She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) and as a speaker she has done webinars for NCGS on many topics, presented at the 2012 Federation of Genealogists Conference (FGS), 2015 FxGS Conference, the recent 2016 NGS & TxSGS Conferences, speaks frequently across NC on many topics, and given presentations to out-of-state audiences from Augusta GA to Fairfax VA about the availability and richness of records documenting North Carolinians.
 


Saturday, July 14
Long Distance Genealogical Research  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Speaker:  Bryan Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers Regional Library
 
Locating genealogical information about ancestors presents many challenges.  When you live hundreds or thousands of miles from their place of residence, it sometimes feels impossible. This seminar will focus on options that researchers may use when trying to conduct genealogical searches in other parts of the United States and overseas.
 
All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance Registration is required.  Patrons may register for the classes using one of the following methods:
  1. Telephone:  Call 479-4636 and select the option for registering for programs.
  2. Telephone:  Call Bryan l. Mulcahy at 533-4626 and leave your contact information.
  3. E-Mail: Contact Bryan L. Mulcahy at bmulcahy@leegov.com.


Monday, July 16
LCGS Board of Directors Meeting  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers


Tuesday, July 17
Special Tools that can Take Your Research to the Next Level by MyHeritage Webinars  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
In this webinar you will learn about a unique collection of extremely useful and less well known tools and technologies available on MyHeritage. Maximize your genealogical research with our statistics, pedigree map, ancestral birthplaces, consistency checker features and more. 
 
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars
MyHeritage is the leading global destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. Our platform and DNA kits make it easy for anyone, anywhere to embark on a meaningful journey into their past and treasure their family stories for generations to come. Our powerful technology does the searching for you, revealing fascinating new details about your family history — effortlessly.
 


Tuesday, July 17
It's a Numbers Game! Understanding Recognized Genealogical Formats by Alice Hoyt Veen, CG  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Effective genealogical writing is based on standardized formats and numbering systems. Learn to understand the numbers you see in published genealogies and how to present your own findings in recognized formats. Discussion includes basic genealogical numbering conventions, including the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Register system, National Genealogical Society (NGS)  Quarterly system, Sosa-Stradonitz (Ahnentafel) System; and how to identify European ancestors.
 
Presenter: Alice Hoyt Veen, CG
Alice Hoyt Veen, CG, is a board-certified genealogist and full-time professional researcher and educator. She is a sixth-generation Iowan whose genealogical specialties include Midwestern and territorial research, land records and military history. Alice serves as a trustee for the BCG Education Fund, an independent non-profit charitable trust, advancing the educational aims of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Her website, www.prairierootsresearch.com, features a blog dedicated to Iowa genealogical and historical topics. 
 


Wednesday, July 18
Trails of Daniel Boone and other Western Travelers by Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Learn about the historic trails and trailblazers that lead early settlers to and from Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and the West. Get specific clues to help you solve difficult research questions.
 
Presenter: J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer. While sharing personal experiences that help beginning and experienced researchers gain new skills and insights for research, he specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee that lies in northern Middle Tennessee along the Kentucky border.
 
Lowe also serves as the Course Coordinator for 'Research in the South' at  IGHR (Samford University), for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)  and is Director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance), learning sessions and hands-on research focusing on original documents and manuscripts at regional archives. Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events.
 
Mark has published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), the Genealogical Speakers' Guild SPEAK!, The Longhunter (So. Ky. Genealogical Society), The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterly and other local society publications. His own publications include Robertson County Tennessee Marriage Book 2 1859-1873. He formerly was the President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and Vice President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG). He is the former President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society. Mark is a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society, and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.
 


Thursday, July 19
LCGS Monthly Membership Meeting  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 8260 Cypress Lake Dr, Fort Myers, FL
Program:  "Who Was Emma?" presented by Carol Rooksby Weidlich.
 
Join us as our past president, Carol Rooksby Weidlich takes us on a journey to discover the truth about her great-grandmother, Emma.  Emma's story takes place over three countries, with three children, and with three husbands. This case study will demonstrate how looking once, twice, three times or more at many, many sources, may eventually knock down a brick wall.


Wednesday, July 25
Photoshop: What you need to know as a photographer by Jared Hodges  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
In this webinar, we are going to take a look at the absolute need-to-know tools and skill sets that a photographer needs  when using Photoshop. By the end of this webinar, you'll be well on your way to mastering some photo editing techniques that will make your images amazing.
 
Presenter: Jared Hodges
Jared Hodges’ love for photography began in 1984 when his parents purchased his first camera out of a JC Penny’s catalog. During the last 30 years, capturing the important and beautiful things in life has been his passion. Jared has been published in many newspapers, magazines (including Sports Illustrated), and websites and knows what makes a great photograph. He has taught photography, graphic design, and publishing to high school students for the past fifteen years and has published five yearbooks as an adviser to the school's yearbook program. He views every shoot as an opportunity to showcase the inherent light, beauty, and subtle humor in the world around us.
 


Thursday, July 26
LCGS RootsMagic Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members. Call Carol for more information: 239-246-5185.


Tuesday, July 31
An Overview of Important Historical Record Collections by MyHeritage Webinars  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
In this webinar, we will highlight new MyHeritage record collections. You will learn everything there is to know about the collections from the information they include to how to best leverage the records in your own family history research. 
 
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars
MyHeritage is the leading global destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. Our platform and DNA kits make it easy for anyone, anywhere to embark on a meaningful journey into their past and treasure their family stories for generations to come. Our powerful technology does the searching for you, revealing fascinating new details about your family history — effortlessly.
 



Wednesday, August 1
LCGS Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS Members using the genealogy software program Family Tree Maker.


Friday, August 3
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 5): Adding an Obituary by Geoff Rasmussen  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
In this series, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will guide you through the step-by-steps of properly adding genealogy documents, citations, and digital media to your Legacy Family Tree 9 software. Each class is based on a different chapter in his popular book, Legacy 9 Unlocked: Techniques, Tips and Step-By-Steps for Using Legacy Family Tree to Record Your Genealogy. Watch them in order if you want to  follow the mystery or jump around to capture the instructions.
 
In this class, “Adding an Obituary,” you will learn the six steps of adding an obituary to Legacy.
 
Presenter: Geoff Rasmussen
Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello, basketball and bowling. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.
 
He is the author of the recently-released, Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors, and the popular books Legacy Family Tree, Unlocked! and Digital Imaging Essentials.
 


Monday, August 6
LCGS Resource Room Open for Members  (LCGS Activities)
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
LCGS Resource Room will be open to members on the first Monday of each month. Check out our library, ask a question, find a quiet place to work on your family research.


Wednesday, August 8
Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist by Annette Burke Lyttle  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
How do you know if the facts you've uncovered are correct? How do you avoid attaching somebody else's ancestors to your family tree? This introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standard will get your research moving in the right direction from the beginning and help you avoid errors and frustration.
 
Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle
Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. Annette is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, as well as a number of national, state, and local societies.
 


Thursday, August 9
Bonita Springs Genealogy Club Monthly Meeting  (Bonita Springs Genealogy Club)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs


Friday, August 10
50 Websites To Find Vital Records by Gena Philibert-Ortega  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Where do you find vital records? That simple question doesn't always have an easy answer. In this presentation, we will explore online finding aids, indexes, vital record alternatives and digitized copies of vital records. This information is a must for anyone researching US ancestors.
 
Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega
Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master's degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women's studies, and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, GenWeekly and the WorldVitalRecords newsletter. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of the books, From The Family Kitchen (F + WMedia, 2012), Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and Putting the Pieces Together. Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association's journal Crossroads. An instructor for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Gena has written courses about social media and Google. She serves as a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association. Her current research interests include women's social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women's lives using material artifacts. Gena Philibert-Ortega is the author of IDG's monthly column, Remember the Ladies: Researching Your Female Ancestor. 
 


Saturday, August 11
Research Using Federal and State Census Returns  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Speaker:  Bryan Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers Regional Library
 
Census records are considered some of the most valuable records that genealogists use. They enable researchers to track families in numerous ways, including: migration patterns (or lack thereof), family research as the size of the household increases or decreases as children are born, grow up and move out to form their own households, uncover facts the social and economic factors of family members and communities such as professions, trades and real estate.  Our seminar will examine the research benefits of using both federal and state/territorial census.
 
All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance Registration is required.  Patrons may register for the classes using one of the following methods:
  1. Telephone:  Call 479-4636 and select the option for registering for programs.
  2. Telephone:  Call Bryan l. Mulcahy at 533-4626 and leave your contact information.
  3. E-Mail: Contact Bryan L. Mulcahy at bmulcahy@leegov.com.


Monday, August 13
LCGS Board of Directors Meeting  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers


Tuesday, August 14
LCGS Irish Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers
For LCGS members researching ancestors in Ireland. For more information call Mike at (239) 834-3940.


Tuesday, August 14
Everything you need to know about Genealogical Charts and Reports by MyHeritage Webinars  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Charts and reports are an excellent way to organize and share your discoveries. In this webinar, you will learn about the wide selection of charts and reports available, when to use each type, how to create them and more. 
 
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars
MyHeritage is the leading global destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. Our platform and DNA kits make it easy for anyone, anywhere to embark on a meaningful journey into their past and treasure their family stories for generations to come. Our powerful technology does the searching for you, revealing fascinating new details about your family history — effortlessly.
 


Wednesday, August 15
Untangle the Web of Germanic Websites by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
The internet is offering more and more quality information for Germanic researchers. This talk will focus on collections of free digitized German materials and indexes available on the internet. Most websites presented are based in Germany, so tips and tricks for navigating them will be included. This webinar will help you expand beyond church records for your German research.
 
Presenter: Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist®, author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library, is the owner of Lind Street Research, a company dedicated to helping people discover their German ancestry. She is a popular speaker for national, regional, and local genealogical societies. Recently she created and recorded two courses for Ancestry Academy on Ancestry.com.
 
Reading German gothic script found in Germanic records prior to the mid-1900s is second nature to her. Researching ancestors in Chicago and other areas of the Midwest is another of Teresa’s specialty areas. She is a multi-year attendee of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She has taken college-level German classes.
 
Teresa is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, as well as many Germanic and local genealogical societies. She is the coordinator for the monthly webinar series hosted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She serves as the webmaster for the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society in Arlington Heights, Illinois and is a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.
 


Thursday, August 16
LCGS Monthly Membership Meeting  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 8260 Cypress Lake Dr, Fort Myers, FL
Program:  "Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps" presented by Bryan Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers Regional Library and LCGS Member.
 
The program will focus on the genealogical research value contained in these maps. They were originally created for assessing
fire insurance liability in urbanized areas in the United States but contain detailed information about buildings in approximately 12,000       U.S. towns and cities.


Tuesday, August 21
GPS: Finding Your Way Through Tough Research Problems by James Ison, AG  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Life is good when records with direct evidence exist. Typically that doesn't last long. At some point, one finds only bits and pieces of indirect or conflicting evidence and progress often comes to a screeching halt. This class examines a case study prepared for application to the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) where direct evidence was non-existent in identifying the family of  Jesse Roberts of Greenville County, South Carolina. Key strategies are presented to piece together strands and threads of evidence from disparate sources using the Genealogical Proof Standard.
 
Presenter: James Ison, AG
Jim Ison worked as a manager at FamilySearch for 12 years. He is an Accredited Genealogist. He is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). He has presented at NGS, FGS, and RootsTech conferences, and other national and regional conferences. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and George Washington University. He lives in Westerville, OH.
 


Wednesday, August 22 through Saturday, August 25
FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) 2018 National Conference  (Conferences-Seminars)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
 
Federation of Genealogical Societies​ 2018 Annual Conference - On the Three Rivers - Past, Present & Future
 
FGS returns to the Hoosier State in 2018 providing attendees convenient access to Allen County Public Library which houses one of the largest genealogical research collections available with records from around the world.
 
For more information visit: VisitFortWayne.com/FGS2018.


Wednesday, August 22
Researching Forces Ancestors (England and Wales) by Kirsty Gray  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Do you have a British ancestor who served as a soldier or sailor? This webinar will highlight the sources available over the last two centuries both online and offline, including researching at The National Archives (Kew), in local repositories and museums, to add flesh to the bones of your ancestor's service history.
 
Presenter: Kirsty Gray
Kirsty is a professional genealogist and ‘people finder’ who runs her own research company Family Wise Limited. As a freelance author, she has published articles in family, local and social history magazines and handbooks across the globe. She has been researching the story of her paternal West Country family for many years and, having realised in the late 1990s that her eccentric hobby was called a surname study, co-founded The Surname Society (registering the Sillifant surname) in 2014 to meet the needs of surname studiers in the 21st century. Kirsty published Tracing Your West Country Ancestors in 2013 and is a founder member and was initially Chair (now Secretary) of the Society for One-Place Studies, an international society for family and local historians.
 
Although a relative youngster in the field of genealogy, Kirsty has been involved in family history for over two decades and has lectured on various stages from local to international, on land and at sea. Kirsty has been featured on Qui-Etes Vous? (Who Do You Think You Are?) in Canada, researching the English roots of the opera singer, Marc Hervieux and in 2016, one of Kirsty’s successful adoption stories of 2015 featured on the second series of the BBC’s Family Finders. Having traded in her day job as a school teacher to follow her passion, Kirsty is widely sought after as a family history tutor, lecturer and motivational speaker around the world.
 


Thursday, August 23
LCGS RootsMagic Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members. Call Carol for more information: 239-246-5185.


Tuesday, August 28
How Photos Enhance Genealogical Research by Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage Webinars  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Photographs are an important resource in genealogical research. They add faces to the names in your family tree and teach you about how your ancestors lived. In this webinar, you can learn about the value of photos in discovering and preserving your family history, connecting to the past and present, and sharing your story. 
 
Presenter: Daniel Horowitz
MyHeritage Chief Genealogist, Daniel Horowitz provides key contributions in the product development, customer support and public affairs areas. He holds board level positions at the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) among others. Daniel was the teacher and study guide editor for 15 years, of the family history project "Searching for My Roots" in Venezuela.
 


Wednesday, August 29
The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite by Diahan Southard  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
The Y chromosome DNA, with its direct paternal line inheritance pattern, is a powerful tool for any genealogist, male or female, seeking to extend or verify a genealogical line. This lecture will cover basic and intermediate principles of using YDNA verify and extend your pedigree chart.
 
Presenter: Diahan Southard
A microbiology graduate, Diahan Southard worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry lead her to her current position as Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. Diahan's lectures are always fun, upbeat, and full of energy. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.
 



Tuesday, September 4
LCGS Writers Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS members.  Call Vickie for more information at 239-437-5737.


Wednesday, September 5
LCGS Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS Members using the genealogy software program Family Tree Maker.


Wednesday, September 5
What's Been Done: Using Someone Else's Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Whether you are new to genealogy or you've been working on your family history for years, incorporating the research of others can always be tricky. Here's how to develop a proven strategy to benefit from the work of other genealogists.
 
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee
What happens when a "tech guy" with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who's also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more.
 
Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to "re-purpose today's technology for tomorrow's genealogy."
 
Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.
 


Friday, September 7
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 6): Adding a Death Certificate by Geoff Rasmussen  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
In this series, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will guide you through the step-by-steps of properly adding genealogy documents, citations, and digital media to your Legacy Family Tree 9 software. Each class is based on a different chapter in his popular book, Legacy 9 Unlocked: Techniques, Tips and Step-By-Steps for Using Legacy Family Tree to Record Your Genealogy. Watch them in order if you want to  follow the mystery or jump around to capture the instructions.
 
In this class, “Adding a Death Certificate,” you will learn the seven steps of adding a death certificate to Legacy.
 
Presenter: Geoff Rasmussen
Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello, basketball and bowling. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.
 
He is the author of the recently-released, Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors, and the popular books Legacy Family Tree, Unlocked! and Digital Imaging Essentials.
 


Tuesday, September 11
LCGS Irish Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers
For LCGS members researching ancestors in Ireland. For more information call Mike at (239) 834-3940.


Wednesday, September 12
Examining Migration & Researching Migrants in the British Isles by Julie Goucher  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
In this presentation we shall examine the reasons for migration and focus on the individual migration groups coming to the British Isles. The United Kingdom is in an interesting position in that it sits within Europe and yet also has been a focal point of Empire, some of which influenced migrants. We shall also explore some of the research opportunities for each of those migration groups.
 
Presenter: Julie Goucher
A family historian for more than 25 years, Julie started her interest into her roots early, encouraged by a series of Great Aunts. Julie's ancestry is primarily from the southeast of England; Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire and her roots are deeply embedded within those three counties. She also has links to Warwickshire and various other parts of the globe – India, Australia and Canada. Julie is half Italian and it was during her pursuit of this part of her ancestry that she formed both a one-name and one-place study. Julie has been a member of the Guild of One Name Studies for over 10 years and is currently secretary and is the former Secretary and founder member of the Society for One-Place Studies. Julie was a founding member of the Anglo Italian FHS and was vice-chair for around 5 years. Having worked within the Pharmacy management profession for over 20 years, a move to Devon was the catalyst to return to study and complete a history degree. Julie is the writer and developer of the successful "Book of Me, Written by You" program, which has been popular as a series of workshops delivered to both professionals and historians, in addition to undertaking research for some clients. Julie is a regular contributor to The In-Depth Genealogist magazine with her column Across the Pond. Julie's book Tracing your European Ancestors is to be published in 2016 by Pen and Sword Books. When Julie is not working or researching her own ancestry she can be found reading, exploring the many National trust properties within the South of England or writing at her blog – Anglers Rest.
 


Thursday, September 13
Bonita Springs Genealogy Club Monthly Meeting  (Bonita Springs Genealogy Club)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs


Friday, September 14
Slave Narratives: Telling the Story of Slavery and Families by Ann Staley, CG, CGL  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
The WPA Federal Writers' Project (FWP) of the late 1930's provides us with more than 2,300 first person accounts of former slaves. The slave narratives, with their autobiographical accounts, can provide insight into the institution, rich context, and clues for family research. But how can we use this rich resource? Can they be relied upon? Some of the questions we will discuss are: What is the  history of the slave narratives?Before, during, and after the Civil War. When were they taken? Who were the interviewers? What are the limitations of the narratives? Where can I find the narratives? Offline and Online. How can they be used for research? Names of family members, names of plantations, owners, and their family members; birth, marriage and death information for individuals; context for daily life in particular places.
 
Presenter: Ann Staley, CG, CGL
Ann Staley is an instructor, consultant, trip leader and a lecturer at local, state and national conferences. Raised in Mobile, AL, Ann has been researching her family since 1980 from Alabama, Mississippi, and Virginia to France, England, and Germany. She is the Education Chairman and Webmaster for the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc.; the Secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild; a trustee of the Florida State Genealogical Society; on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies; and has been an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 2000.
 


Saturday, September 15
Tracing Your Hispanic/Latino Family History  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Speaker:  Bryan Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers Regional Library
 
Our seminar will focus on research strategies designed to assist patrons in successfully tracing their Hispanic/Latino ancestors throughout the world.
 
All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance Registration is required.  Patrons may register for the classes using one of the following methods:
  1. Telephone:  Call 479-4636 and select the option for registering for programs.
  2. Telephone:  Call Bryan l. Mulcahy at 533-4626 and leave your contact information.
  3. E-Mail: Contact Bryan L. Mulcahy at bmulcahy@leegov.com.


Monday, September 17
LCGS Board of Directors Meeting  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers