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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



Tuesday, April 24
Charlotte County Genealogical Society - Free Workshops  (Other Genealogy Societies)
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Mid-County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd, Port Charlotte, Florida
Free Genealogy Workshops Featuring Turia Clark Day and Joni Engroff

Mid-County Regional Library, Room A
 
Free genealogy workshops will be offered on Tuesday mornings during March and April. Everyone is in- vited to bring their laptops and their toughest genealogy problems to get assistance from volunteers Turia Clark Day and Joni Engroff. These workshops are informal gatherings where genealogy searches will be performed.
 
No appointments are necessary, just bring your family tree, your records, and all the information you have available on your elusive ancestors. Turia and Joni are experienced researchers who have access to records at FamilySearch.org that are not available to the general public. They may be able to help you find the an- swers to your most frustrating questions.


Tuesday, April 24
LCGS New York/New England 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 ancestors in New York State and the New England area.


Tuesday, April 24
Get the Most from the MyHeritage Search Engine for Historical Records by MyHeritage Webinars  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
MyHeritage SuperSearch™ is a versatile tool for beginners and advanced genealogists alike. In this webinar, you will learn how to leverage this search engine and the more than 8.5 billion historical records it includes to expand your family history research.
 
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, April 25
Verifying Information You Find Online by Marian Pierre-Louis  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
When we have brick walls and other challenging genealogical puzzles we search anywhere for clues that can help us. That can include online trees and other information with unknown sources. This presentation will demonstrate how to verify the information as true or not.
 
Presenter: Marian Pierre-Louis
Marian Pierre-Louis is a genealogical writer and speaker who specializes in southern New England research (Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts). Born and raised in Connecticut, she has lived in Massachusetts for almost 20 years. Marian has three generations of recent family ties to Rhode Island and also links to some very old Rhode Island lines.  As a result, these three states have become the focus of her research activity. Unlike most genealogists, Marian is spoiled to spend most of her time working with original records.  You will most often find her researching at a town hall, registry of deeds, probate court or the local cemetery. It's a rare day that Marian has to sit in front of a microfilm reader.
 
Marian is actively engaged in social media. You can find her starting conversations on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. She frequently speaks on New England topics including house history research, social media, African American research and a broad range of genealogical topics. She is the author of several blogs including: Marian's Roots & Rambles and The New England House Historian. She is the host of the Internet radio shows,  FieldstoneCommon and The Genealogy Professional podcast.
 
 


Thursday, April 26
LCGS RootsMagic 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. Call Carol for more information: 239-246-5185.


Thursday, April 26
LCGS Resource Room Open to Members  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
LCGS Resource Room will be open to members on the 4th Thursday afternoon from January through October. Check out our library, ask a question, find a quiet place to work on your family research.



Tuesday, May 1
Manatee Genealogical Society meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton, Florida
A panel of genealogy practitioners and experienced researchers will offer an “Ask the Experts” Panel Discussion, fielding attendees’ questions and concerns about individual research projects. Please submit questions in advance to mgs.society@gmail.com or ask at the meeting.  
 
Society information:  Facebook:www.facebook.com/ManateeGenealogicalSociety.
Email questions:  mgs.society@gmail.com.


Tuesday, May 1
LCGS Program Meeting  (LCGS Activities)
10:30 am
LCGS Research Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers


Tuesday, May 1
LCGS Writers 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.  Call Vickie for more information at 239-437-5737.


Wednesday, May 2 through Saturday, May 5
2018 NGS (National Genealogical Society) Family History Conference  (Conferences-Seminars)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 
2018 Family History Conference, Paths to Your Past. 
 
In the nineteenth century, the Great Lakes were major, strategic waterways that aided Americans moving West and immigrants coming from overseas through Canada to settle and develop the Midwest. Cheap land, mining, and the timber industry made the area attractive. The combination of water power from the rivers and rapids, together with access to grain and lumber, encouraged manufacturing and industry, including breweries, furniture, and cereal. Entrepreneurs flourished as Michigan became the center for the automobile industry, encouraging migration from the south and attracting an influx of new immigrants in search of jobs and the American dream.
 
Among the topics being considered by NGS are presentations on migration paths to the Midwest including waterways, trails, and railroads; records and repositories for Michigan, the surrounding states, and Canada; records generated by France, Great Britain, and later by the newly established United States as they fought for control of the Old Northwest Territory; land grants, deeds, and maps; and laws and court records. Conference tracks under consideration include:
ethnic groups: Dutch, German, Polish, French Canadian, Scandinavian, Cornish, African Americans, and Native Americans;
 
  • immigration from: Europe, Eastern Europe, Canada, and Latin American countries;
  • migration into and out of the area: from New England, New York, the Mid-Atlantic States, and the South, and later migration south and west; 
  • religious groups: Catholic, Lutheran, Congregational and United Church of Christ, Dutch and Christian Reformed, Quaker, and Amish;
  • military records: forts, French and Indian War, American Revolution, Loyalists, War of 1812, Toledo War, Civil War, World War I and II, and the use of factories during wartime; 
  • occupations and trades: furriers, farming, fishing, mining, lumbering, brewing, shipping, and manufacturing;
  • other organizations: masons, abolitionists, prohibitionists, and unions.


Wednesday, May 2
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
No meeting this month.


Wednesday, May 2
Special Appearance by the Founder and CEO of MyHeritage by Gilad Japhet  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Join us and the founder of one of genealogy’s most successful companies, Gilad Japhet, for an intimate view into his brainchild, MyHeritage.
 
Presenter: Gilad Japhet
MyHeritage is the brainchild of tech veteran and experienced genealogist Gilad Japhet. His entrepreneurial vision and passion for family history have grown MyHeritage from a garage startup into a world-leading consumer web company  with tens of millions of users around the world. Before founding MyHeritage, Gilad left his mark at BackWeb Technologies and at BRM Technologies, where his roles as Head of Product Management and leader of the anti-virus research unit, respectively, were instrumental to these companies' successes.
 
Over the last decade Gilad has been the driving force behind our mission to make family history easy and accessible for all with a range of award-winning products. He has led MyHeritage through significant acquisitions, and the forging of partnerships with industry peers.
 
Gilad also invests his own time in various pro bono initiatives, utilizing the technologies and network he’s built at MyHeritage for the greater good. Achievements range from tracing hundreds of heirs of stolen properties or looted artworks and providing them an opportunity to reclaim their family's property, to personally getting involved to solve genealogical mysteries and reunite families. It’s these activities that have earned him the nickname “Sherlock Holmes” in the genealogy space.
 
A proud dad of three, Gilad’s sense of adventure has led to many trekking expeditions off the beaten track. Whatever you do, don’t challenge him to a game of chess.
 


Saturday, May 5
Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society General Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
10:30 am
Mid-County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd, Port Charlotte, Florida
"Connecting the Changing Face of the Germanic Lands" presened by Joanne Daerr Ryder.


Monday, May 7
LCGS Resource Room Open for Members  (LCGS Activities)
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, 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.


Tuesday, May 8
LCGS Irish 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 ancestors in Ireland. For more information call Gary at 239-560-5196.


Tuesday, May 8
Discover Your Family in School Yearbooks by MyHeritage Webinars  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
School yearbook books are a treasure trove of photographic and local history. This webinar will present strategies for finding and using digitized school yearbooks to enhance your family trees with photographs of family members and discover new biographical information in these incredible resources.
 
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, May 8
Genealogy Society of Collier County Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
6:30 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall 4150 Goodlette Road, Naples, Florida
Program: “Wiki Wiki What?” presented by Carol Rooksby-Weidlich, Lee County Genealogical Society. Genealogy Wikis are tools for finding information about subjects and records that may have been generated about your ancestors, and places where these records might be found.
 
We meet on the second Tuesday each month, except July, August and September. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Meeting begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. Parking and Hall entrance in back of the church. Guests are welcome at our meetings. Please sign in as a guest when you arrive.


Wednesday, May 9
The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper by Cyndi Ingle  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
When Google and traditional search engines don't return useful information, don't stop there. We will explore resources that are invisible to Google and hidden deep within web sites and proprietary databases. The "hidden web" lies buried within the collections for commercial web sites, libraries, archives, and museums. We will also talk about the importance of indexes that deep-link into web  sites online, thus uncovering hidden gems of information that may not be found easily through a search engine query.
 
Presenter: Cyndi Ingle
Cyndi is the creator, owner and "webmaster" of the award-winning web site Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, www.CyndisList.com, a categorized index to more than 335,000 online resources. In its first three years, Cyndi's List was three times voted the best genealogy site on the World Wide Web. It helps millions of visitors worldwide each month and has been featured in the media and diverse publications, including ABC News, NBC News, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, Wired, Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, and Internet Genealogy magazines. Cyndi has been interviewed for many television and radio broadcasts including ABC News, NBC News, the BBC, and National Public Radio. She has also participated in the Ancestors II television series on PBS. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 35 years, is a past-member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. Cyndi is an internationally known guest lecturer for various genealogical society meetings and seminars (http://www.CyndisList.com/speaking-calendar/). She has lectured for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, GENTECH, Brigham Young University, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, the Washington Library Association, the Florida Library Association, the American Library Association and numerous local genealogical societies in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Cyndi has authored numerous articles and three books. Before her life on the Internet, Cyndi worked as an international banker specializing in foreign exchange and computer networks. Cyndi, her son, Evan, and three Boston Terriers live in Edgewood, Washington.
 


Thursday, May 10
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, May 11
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, May 11
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.


Friday, May 11
A Checklist of African American Resources by Angela Walton-Raji  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Beyond the usual databases for census and vital records, this session will outline critical collections to find African American families. Using resources from the Schomburg research center to the Smithsonian, this session will explore the unknown and lesser known resources for documenting African American families.
 
Presenter: Angela Walton-Raji
A founding member of AfriGeneas.com, Ms. Walton-Raji is also a genealogist specializing in information for beginners, via daily and weekly online genealogy chats on AfriGeneas. As host of a weekly genealogy podcast, a number of instructional videos and as an expert consultant on video documentaries, Ms. Walton-Raji combines her skills as a genealogist with a warm on camera personality that brings comfort to her viewers through and her instructional videos on YouTube, while providing them with useful information. She is a published author, host of 3 blogs, in addition to a 10-year ongoing message board, 3 websites, and The African Roots Podcast.
 
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Saturday, May 12
Genealogical Research Using Military Records  (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

Serving in the military has always played an important role in the lives of many ancestors.  This is especially true for male children of immigrant ancestors.  Information found in military records may shed light on the place of residence for soldier’s family, birth information, determine evidence of family relationships, and locate relatives and other important facts of interest for research.  This seminar will identify the most useful records and where to locate them.
 
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, May 14
LCGS Board of Directors Meeting  (LCGS Activities)
9:00 am to 11:00 am
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers


Tuesday, May 15
Good Research Habits by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Developing those good, er, successful research habits takes planning, time, experience, and patience to be effective. Learn steps and tools for becoming a better researcher both at home and in repositories, and for developing successful habits that make the most of your genealogy time budget.
 
Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
Paula considers herself fortunate to be an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American research. She loves to interact with her clients and audiences. She is a long-time course coordinator and instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and an instructor for Ancestry Academy. Her lecturing experience includes the Federation of Genealogical Societies and National Genealogical Society conferences and seminars in many states and Canada. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS), and is a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and is the Past President of the Northland Chapter of APG. She initiated the MGS education committee and classes and was one of the founding members of the MGS Library. She co-chaired the FGS 2001, 2011, and 2013 conferences. Her ancestors came to the U.S. from eight ancestral countries. She has researched onsite from coast to coast at and has written for, FGS FORUM, NGS Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, New England Ancestors, Minnesota Genealogist, findmypast.com, was editor of the former FGS Conference News Blog and currently has her own educational website and blog at http://genealogybypaula.com.
 


Wednesday, May 16
The First 5 Things to Do with Your New Test Results by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
You've just received your test results, now what should you do? Together we'll examine some of the first things you should do with your new test results.
 
Presenter: Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com), one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers.
 
Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine was also recently elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's Board of Trustees, and graduated from ProGen Study Group 21 in 2015.
 


Thursday, May 17
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: "Overview of FamilySearch.org" by Turia Clark Day.
 
Ms. Day will present an introduction to Familysearch.org website which will include an overview of  FamilySearch FamilyTree; Resources and Documentation; Maximum utilization of the search feature to search books, genealogies, wikis; Memories to share including pictures, documents, stories and audio; and additional features to help in your research.


Friday, May 18
Martin County Genealogical Society General Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Blake Library, John F. and Rita M. Armstrong Wing, 2351 Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida
“Sailing Back to your Mayflower Roots with Discoveries in the 18th and 19th Centuries Along the Way” by Kurt Bressner 2020 is the “4000th Anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower on the coast of New England.  On board were 100 bedraggled English men, women and children, most of whom were seeking an opportunity to create a new colony in which whey could practice their religious beliefs without persecution.  It is estimated that there are between 10 and 35 million descendants of the Pilgrims!
 
And, you could be one of them!  Kurt Bressner, the Historian of the Stephen Hopkins Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in Vero Beach will give you tips and techniques on how to check your family tree for Mayflower ancestors and then go through the process of proving your descent from one of that hearty folk.  Even if you don’t have a Mayflower ancestor, Kurt will include information on genealogical research sources and how to avoid the pitfalls of false leads in your searches.  He will also provide examples of how vital records can provide surprises about your family tree.
 
May will be the last meeting until September 21 at the Blake Library.
 
For further information, please visit mcgensociety.org or email: mcgsfl@gmail.com.


Tuesday, May 22
How to Use the Smart Matches & Record Matches MyHeritage Technologi by MyHeritage Webinars  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Smart Matches™ is a MyHeritage technology that shows individuals who are both in your family tree and any of the other 40 million family trees on MyHeritage. This feature allows you to contact the manager of those trees and collaborate. Record Matches is the MyHeritage technology that searches the more than 8.5 billion historical records in the MyHeritage collections to find relevant records for your research. These tools help fill in important missing information in your family tree and get a richer picture of your family history. 
 
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, May 23
Quaker Migration into America by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
America was and is a landing place for many ethnic groups and religions. The Quakers were one of those groups, and were among the most influential. Quaker roots begin in England. Soon the Society of Friends found themselves at odds with much of the surrounding area, leading them to other European countries and America. With emphasis on the Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio Quakers, this  presentation will aid you in looking for clues as to whether your ancestors were Friends.
 
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of her family's history has never left her. With her experience as a former Family History Director, she is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life. Some of those would include The Ohio Genealogical Society, The Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, and many other state and local genealogy societies. She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, which are also available on www.legacyfamilytree.com and www.amazon.com.
 


Thursday, May 24
LCGS RootsMagic 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. Call Carol for more information: 239-246-5185.


Thursday, May 24
LCGS Resource Room Open to Members  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
LCGS Resource Room will be open to members on the 4th Thursday afternoon from January through October. Check out our library, ask a question, find a quiet place to work on your family research.


Tuesday, May 29
LCGS New York/New England 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 ancestors in New York State and the New England area.


Wednesday, May 30
The Palatine Immigrants: Tracing and Locating 18th Century German Immigrants Online  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Discover how to track your Palatine ancestors who traveled from Germany to the colonies in the 1700s, using techniques that will assist you in determining their place of origin. Use migration patterns of their family and friends to help you in your research. Learn more about online sources of original records for this area that you can research from home.
 
Presenter: Luana Darby, MLIS, AG
Luana Darby, MLIS, AG, is a Salt Lake City based genealogist who specializes in the U.S. Midwest, Palatine German, LDS, and American patriot research. Her love for genealogy came from listening to stories at her grandmother's knee while a young girl. She has been working with clients for over 20 years and is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops, and institutes. She is past president of the Utah Genealogical Association, a board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a board member of the Genealogical Speakers Guilde, and an adjunct instructor of Family History at BYU-Idaho.
 



Monday, June 4
LCGS Resource Room Open for Members  (LCGS Activities)
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, 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.


Tuesday, June 5
LCGS Writers 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.  Call Vickie for more information at 239-437-5737.


Tuesday, June 5
Digital Gravestones by Heritage Webinars  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
A wealth of valuable information for your family history research is written on gravestones and buried in cemeteries. Much of this information is available online. In this webinar, you will learn how to use this valuable resource in your family history research and about a special project to make gravestone information more accessible.
 
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, June 6
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, June 6
What Your Ancestor's Neighbors Can Tell You by Melissa Barker  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Our ancestors did not live in isolation, although we sometimes research them as if they did. They were part of a community of friends, neighbors, classmates and even co-workers. Whether they lived in big cities, small towns or rural farming communities, your ancestor's neighbors could help you with your research. Using records in archives could be the key to finding information about your ancestors  through their neighbors.
 
Presenter: Melissa Barker
Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a professional genealogist lecturing, teaching and writing about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual webinar presentations all across the United States for genealogical and historical societies. She writes a popular blog entitled “A Genealogist in the Archives”. She is the Reviews Editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) magazine FORUM. In 2016, she started a bi-weekly advice column entitled “The Archive Lady” that can be viewed at Abundant Genealogy. She has been researching her own family history for the past 26 years.
 


Friday, June 8
The Family DNA Project by Nicka Smith  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Genetic genealogy truly bears fruit if multiple family members on multiple lines of the family have tested. Learn how to create and manage a project for your family while being mindful of privacy and sensitive issues that may arise.
 
Presenter: Nicka Smith
Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 17 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, documenting the ancestral journey, and employing the use of new technology in genealogy and family history research.
 


Saturday, June 9
Research Using Land and Tax Records  (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
 
Land and tax records are the oldest, largest, and most complete record group among record types in the United States.  Ancestors who seldom appear in any other type of civil records may be mentioned somewhere in land records.  Both record types may contain extensive amounts of genealogical information, yet most genealogists only turn to them as a last resort.  This seminar will discuss strategies that allow genealogists to overcome the perceived challenges in using them.
 
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.


Tuesday, June 12
LCGS Irish 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 ancestors in Ireland. For more information call Mike at (239) 834-3940.


Tuesday, June 12
Genealogy Society of Collier County Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
6:30 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall 4150 Goodlette Road, Naples, Florida
Program: "Naturalization" presented by Bryan Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers Regional Library. Naturalization papers provide an important source of information about your immigrant ancestor.
 
We meet on the second Tuesday each month, except July, August and September. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Meeting begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. Parking and Hall entrance in back of the church. Guests are welcome at our meetings. Please sign in as a guest when you arrive.


Wednesday, June 13
Easily Read Old Style American Handwriting by Sharon Monson  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Genealogical researchers love old records, family bibles, baptismal certificates, and census pages. Transcribing a will or a deed can be a daunting task, especially when the writing instruments are pre-1800. Cursive handwriting from the 1600's up to the 1900's is often a challenge. Knowing a few tips to decipher names, a word that doesn't make sense, or a troublesome abbreviation makes reading  old documents a lot easier.
 
Presenter: Sharon Monson
Sharon D. Monson is a professional genealogist, creator of the Genealogy Kit, and author of Shortcut to Genealogy Sources. She is a frequent  presenter at local, state and national conferences. Her extensive research experience in courthouses, repositories and the Family History Library spans 35+ years. Her blog at https://gensearchandmore.com features primary and secondary U. S. genealogical sources and skill-building research tips.  
 


Thursday, June 14
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


Monday, June 18
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