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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


Monday, January 22
FamilySearch - Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively  (Education/Training)
12:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Tuesday, January 23
FamilySearch - What's New at FamilySearch  (Education/Training)
12:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Tuesday, January 23
FamilySearch - Scandinavian Research - How to Find Ancestors in Digitalarkivet of Norway  (Education/Training)
1:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Tuesday, January 23
FamilySearch - British Isles Research - Tracing Ancestry in Ireland's Estates Records  (Education/Training)
3:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Wednesday, January 24
FamilySearch - Indexing - Portuguese Language Indexing  (Education/Training)
12:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Wednesday, January 24
Finding Jamestown Ancestors by KC Reid  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Explore numerous sources that can further genealogical research to help individuals identify a qualifying ancestor in order to join the Jamestown Society. In addition to sources, KC touches on planning your research, sources to help you find sources, and common research pitfalls in genealogical research and how to avoid them. Building from the criteria for qualifying ancestors, KC provides some  historical and social context about the first landing ancestors - did you know it included free Africans and a Persian? After giving a live online demonstration on tools that can aid in finding resources and genealogical information relevant for discovering Jamestown ancestry, KC shows how to find the original source documents, and provides several websites that organize the information by person rather than by chronology or other methods common to historical information. She provides an overview of many published works that are helpful in Jamestown genealogical research, including several that may help link families from the early 1900s back to the qualifying period, and discusses the benefits and drawbacks of each. An anthropologist by training, KC highlights information available from archaeological digs from the 1930s onward and the surprising insight they can provide to those researching their Jamestown ancestry. Similarly, she provides insight into the corporate culture of the Virginia Company of London to illustrate the kind of information that may be found in the business records.
 
Presenter: KC Reid
A professional researcher, analyst, writer and presenter since1999, KC Reid is a professional genealogist tracking American ancestral lines to the immigrant ancestors. She focuses on building the story of those ancestors to help their descendants understand them as more than names on a page, including recommending travel and experiences so clients can literally walk in their ancestors' footsteps anywhere in the world. In addition to her undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and in International Security and Peace, KC holds two Masters degrees, one from the prestigious University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. KC has lived and traveled extensively around the world and inside the U.S., and worked for several years as a travel agent before focusing on identity construction for the U.S. national security community and private genealogy clients.
 


Thursday, January 25
FamilySearch - British Isles Research - Your British/Irish Questions Answered  (Education/Training)
3:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Saturday, January 27
Martin County Genealogical Society - A Genealogical DNA Seminar  (Conferences-Seminars)
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
John F and Rita M Armstrong Wing at the Blake Library, Stuart, Florida
“Genetic Genealogy: A Get To Know You Guide” – 10 AM Seminar: Three kinds of DNA tests, five testing companies, and many different outcomes. Learn the basics and leave with cconfidence in this new area of research.
 
“Five Tips To Make Sense of Your DNA Testing” – 11:15 AM Seminar: So you have had your Autosomal DNA tested - now what? Learn in 45 minutes what would take hours to read online, and leave armed with information to help make your DNA work for you.
 
9:30 AM 
                      Check-In & Registration – John F. & Rita M. Armstrong Wing, Blake Library
10:00 – 10:45 AM 
      “Genetic Genealogy: A Get To Know You Guide”

10:45 – 11:15 AM 
       Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:00 Noon 
    “Five Tips To Make Sense of Your DNA Testing”
12:00 – 12:30 PM 
       Questions
 
Donation for DNA Lectures: Pre-registration $20 (if received by Jan 25th) $25 at the door
 
Diahan Southard is a nationally recognized genealogist and lecturer on the subject of DNA and how to use it in your family history research. Diahan has a degree in microbiology from Brigham Young University and worked for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation.
 
Diahan has created Your DNA Guide, a website where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist people in interpreting their DNA results in the context of their genealogical information; she can take you step-by-step through any kind of DNA test in a way that you will understand, and even enjoy! Diahan has also written “Quick Guides” on genetic genealogy and is a regular contributor to Genealogy Gems, Family Tree Magazine and Genealogy Today.

For more information, please visit our website: www.mcgensociety.org



Saturday, January 27
News-Press Obituaries & Death Notices: Digital Access Through the Lee County Library System  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers, Florida
Speaker:  Laura Cifelli – Reference Librarian, Fort Myers Regional Library
 
Our digitization process is designed to facilitate faster access to newspaper obituaries appearing in the Fort Myers News-Press We will discuss the digitization project is designed to allow for faster access to the earliest obituaries going back to 1884 through 1932.
 
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, January 29
FamilySearch - Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively  (Education/Training)
12:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Tuesday, January 30
FamilySearch - Starting Family Tree: Attaching Sources  (Education/Training)
12:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Tuesday, January 30
Understanding DNA Matching technology by MyHeritage Webinars, Ran Snir  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
DNA Matching technology is a hot topic in genealogy today. It is an affordable and increasingly reliable method for discovering relatives you never knew you had. DNA Matching technology can indicate possible relationships between you and your DNA Matches, and allow you to learn more from family trees with people who share your DNA. It also allows you to contact those people and collaborate to expand your family history research. In this webinar, you will learn everything you need to know to make the most of DNA Matching technology. 
 
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, January 30
FamilySearch - British Isles Research - FamilySearch's Collections of British Merchant Maritime Reco  (Education/Training)
3:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Tuesday, January 30
FamilySearch - International Research - Using German Civil Registration Records  (Education/Training)
4:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Wednesday, January 31
FamilySearch - Indexing - Spanish Language Indexing  (Education/Training)
12:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Wednesday, January 31
Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Should you use Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com or MyHeritage.com? Or should you be using more than one site to accomplish your family history goals? Learn how these genealogy giants compare for historical records, online trees, DNA tools and access options. This overview of each site's strengths and weaknesses will help you know which to use now and which to keep in mind when  your research interests or budget change.
 
Presenter: Sunny Morton
Sunny Morton is a popular lecturer for the global genealogy community. As Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems, she shares research strategies and inspiration with audiences worldwide via podcast and blog. As a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine, she writes frequently about up-to-date research resources and strategies for hobbyist audiences. She is the author of hundreds of articles and blog posts as well as "Genealogy Giants: Comparing the 4 Major Websites," "MyHeritage.com Quick Reference Guide," and "Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy."
 



Thursday, February 1
FamilySearch - United States Research - African American Mini Series:  (Education/Training)
5:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars
African American Mini Series: Getting Started With African American Research, post-1865 (20 min)
 


Saturday, February 3
Introduction to Genealogy: February Beginners Series  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A&B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers, Florida
Speaker:  Shirleen Hoffman – President, Hoffman Genealogy Services, Volunteer, Lee County Library System
 
Session One:  Genealogy Basics
 
All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance Registration is required for each February session.  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.


Saturday, February 3
FamilySearch - Latin America/Spanish Research - Mi papá también es mi abuelo  (Education/Training)
3:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Monday, February 5
FamilySearch - Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively  (Education/Training)
5:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Tuesday, February 6
FamilySearch - Starting Family Tree: Research Help and Searching Records  (Education/Training)
1:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Wednesday, February 7
LCGS Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS Members using the genealogy software program Family Tree Maker.


Wednesday, February 7
FamilySearch - Indexing - Dutch Language Indexing  (Education/Training)
12:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Wednesday, February 7
Photo Restoration Roadshow by Eric Basir  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Many of our image collections are full of fading color photographs. This workshop will provide useful techniques to restore lost color. It will include colorization of B&W photos. Audience members are encouraged to send photos from which Eric will choose one to use during this demonstration.
 
Presenter: Eric Basir
Eric Basir owns a photo-retouching studio in Evanston, IL. Since 2001, he has served the genealogical community as a teacher and author of two books and the Photo Retouching and Restoration Foundations video course.
 


Thursday, February 8
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


Thursday, February 8
FamilySearch - General Research Webinars - The Research Process  (Education/Training)
5:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Thursday, February 8
FamilySearch - United States Research - African American Mini Series:  (Education/Training)
5:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars
African American Mini Series: Finding Helpful Resources, post-1865 (20 min)
 


Friday, February 9
LCGS English Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS members researching ancestors in England. Call Bev for more information at 239-599-4408.


Friday, February 9
LCGS German Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members researching their German speaking ancestors.


Saturday, February 10
Introduction to Genealogy: February Beginners Series  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A&B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers, Florida
Speaker:  Shirleen Hoffman – President, Hoffman Genealogy Services, Volunteer, Lee County Library System
 
Session Two: Finding Your Family in the United States Census
 
All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required for each February session.  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.


Sunday, February 11 through Sunday, February 18
Caribbean Cruise with The Genealogy Guys on Celebrity Cruises  (Genealogy Trips)
Sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Maarten
Sponsored by the California Genealoigcal Society. See flyer for more details.


Monday, February 12
FamilySearch - Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively  (Education/Training)
12:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Monday, February 12
LCGS Board of Directors Meeting  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers


Tuesday, February 13
Have Nordic Ancestors? Count Yourself Lucky - Nordic Records are Amazing by MyHeritage Webinars  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
An overview of available records in the Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, & Finland) will be presented.
 
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.
 


Thursday, February 15
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: "Moving On! Transportation, Migration and Your Ancestors" with Dr. Linda Ryan.
 
Genealogists spend a lot of time researching the arrival of their ancestors in the U.S. and the places where they lived. But how did they get where they were going once they arrived? What were the travel options open to them? And what were the costs involved? Moving On! will explore the routes and means of transportation used by our ancestors to travel within the U.S. from the 17th century through the early 20th century. In addition, the various incentives for migration and dangers associated with travel within the U.S. will be discussed. Come along for the ride!
 
Fun Stuff for Genealogists will be visiting our meeting. Shopping hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. and during our break between announcements and our program.


Thursday, February 15
FamilySearch - United States Research - African American Mini Series:  (Education/Training)
5:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars
African American Mini Series: How FamilySearch Tools Can Help with post-1865 Resources (20 min)
 


Friday, February 16
Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society 10th Annual Seminar  (Conferences-Seminars)
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
24 Twenty-One Event Center, 2421 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, Florida
"Bringing Back Oue Past: a Tenth Anniversary Celebration" with Baerbel K. Johnson, AG®, professional genealogist and Europena research specialist at the Family History Libray in Salt Lake City.
 
Lecture Presentations include:
  • So You ThinkYou Want to Get Married:Marriage Laws andCustoms in Germany
  • Digital Libraries:A Goldmine for German Genealogists
  • German Archives: Full of Hidden Treasures
  • Good Old-Fashioned Research in the Internet Age
Early Bird Registration (includes lunch) -  Registrations received by January 15, 2018
SWFLGG Members - $30.00
Non-Members - $35.00
 
Registration (includes lunch) after January 15, 2018
SWFLGG Members - $35.00
Non-Members - $40.00
 
*** ABSOLUTELY NO REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED AFTER FEBRUARY 4, 2018 ***


Saturday, February 17
Introduction to Genealogy: February Beginners Series  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A&B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers, Florida
Speaker:  Shirleen Hoffman – President, Hoffman Genealogy Services, Volunteer, Lee County Library System
 
Session Three: Using Court House Resources and Vital Records
 
All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required for each February session.  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.


Saturday, February 17
FamilySearch - Latin America/Spanish Research - Hay cinco copias de mi abuelo  (Education/Training)
3:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Tuesday, February 20
FamilySearch - British Isles Research - Your British/Irish Questions Answered  (Education/Training)
3:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Tuesday, February 20
Using Swedish Taxation Records to Solve Tough Genealogical Problems by Jill Morelli, CG  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Swedish taxation records, a head tax of individuals between the ages of 15 and 63, are some of the oldest extant records of the rural farmer. Genealogists quickly become familiar with the chronological birth/marriage/death parish records (Ministerial), the clerical surveys (Husförhör) and probate records (Bouppteckning). These documents form the bedrock of investigation into our Swedish past.  These records may not, however, answer our more difficult research questions, especially those of the 18th century. This is where Swedish taxation records or mantalslängder may be of help. These little used records, but evidence rich documents, may corroborate or dispute our existing evidence, or may be the only source of evidence. We will learn how to access, read and use these records to answer those questions.
 
Presenter: Jill Morelli, CG
Jill Morelli, CG is a "Roots" genealogist, becoming interested in family history in the 1970's with the Alex Haley show. At that time, she just collected "stuff." After a hiatus during which she had a family and volunteered in her community, Jill came back to genealogy with a vengeance in February 2002 and a total commitment to "doing it right." She attended conferences, institutes and read articles that would improve her skills as a genealogist. Jill started lecturing on genealogy topics in 2013; however, her background includes extensive lecturing associated with her vocation of architecture to large (300+) and small groups for 40+ years. Jill is a lecturer, writer and professional genealogist and has a blog at http://genealogycertification.wordpress.com about her experiences of being "on the clock," house histories and other topics of interest.
 


Wednesday, February 21
Tribal Quest: A special project to document the family histories of tribal people by Golan Levi  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Tribal Quest is a fascinating pro bono project  for documenting the family trees and stories of remote tribal communities that face a risk of cultural extinction. This webinar will feature the highlights from our Tribal Quest expeditions to Namibia, Papua New Guinea, and Siberia.
 
Presenter: Golan Levi
Recently relocated to Melbourne, Golan is the UX Expert at MyHeritage, where he envisions new concepts of the company's products and applications. He has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Design Management. Prior to his extensive practice in the field of user experience, among many other occupations, he lead large-scale land art projects around the world and worked as a zookeeper in the carnivores section. At MyHeritage he is also heading the Tribal Quest pro-bono initiative.
 


Wednesday, February 21
FamilySearch - Indexing - Web Indexing/Training Review Event  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Thursday, February 22
FamilySearch - Scandinavian Research - Exploring Census Records Using the Digital Archives of Norway  (Education/Training)
3:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Thursday, February 22
FamilySearch - United States Research - African American Mini Series:  (Education/Training)
5:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars
African American Mini Series: Unique African American Records, post-1865 (20 min)
 


Friday, February 23
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 2): Adding an Online Document 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 Online Document,” you will learn the seven steps of adding any online document 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.