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Saturday, December 7
Florida State Genealogical Society Fall Virtual Conference - DNA Day - Master DNA-Based Discovery  (Conferences-Seminars)
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Online
MASTER DNA-BASED DISCOVERY - BREAK DOWN BRICK WALLS - A one-of-a-kind opportunity! Learn from 5 top experts! 
Join the Florida State Genealogical Society's Fall Virtual DNA Conference and advance your genealogy research skills without having to leave home.

All you need is an Internet connection and curiosity. Ask the experts and put genetic genealogy to work for you!
 
#1 The Danger of Distant Genetic Matches – Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
Saturday, 7 Dec 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM ET 
Those distant genetic matches are exciting, but they can be dangerous! Evidence shows that distant matches sharing a small amount of DNA are often false positives and fail to match either of our parents. Together we'll examine the problems that can arise when reviewing distant genetic matches at your testing company. We'll also examine ways to evaluate these matches and use them in ways that avoid these potential issues.
 
#2 The YDNA Test Should be Your Favorite – Diahan Southard
Saturday, 7 Dec, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET
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 to verify and extend your pedigree chart.
 
#3 Your Cousins are Your Secret Weapon – Angie Bush, MS
Saturday, 7 Dec 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ET
Do you have a brick wall? Is there a skeleton in the family closet? Discover how to use cousins' DNA to answer these questions.  
 
#4 GEDMatch - Tools to Interpret DNA Matches and Find More Matches  – Mary Eberle, JD
Saturday, 7 Dec, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
GEDMatch is a free, third-party website offering additional tools to interpret your DNA results. It accepts DNA test results from ancestry, FTDNA, 23andMe, and more. Thus, it can be a great way to find new matches. GEDMatch also has a paid version (Tier 1) with additional tools. This presentation covers setting up a GEDMatch account and how to use the free and paid tools that are most helpful to genealogists.
 
#5 Doing DNA Right: The Ethical Side of Testing  – Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Saturday, 7 Dec, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM ET
Ethical dilemmas are nothing new in genealogy. Researching families has always raised the risk of revealing secrets from the past, some of them difficult and painful. But the immediacy of DNA testing and its implications for disclosing the secrets of those living now--whether they have tested or not--creates unique ethical challenges for family history in the twenty-first century: how do we use this new tool in a way that lives up to the ethical standards of our field?
 
Member Virtual Attendance:  $45.00
Non-Member Virtual Attendance:  $55.00
Join FSGS and Attend Virtual Conference:  $70.00
 
SPECIAL DISCOUNTS
*FSGS Members receive a discounted All Day Pass - Only $45

**Not an FSGS Member? Member Bundle adds an annual FSGS Membership to the All Day Pass for only an additional $15. FSGS members can access additional archived videos and handouts - 6 years of monthly webinars presented by genealogy greats. A GREAT VALUE!
 
POST-CONFERENCE ACCESS
Busy Dec 7? Or can't make all 5 sessions? We have you covered!

Registered attendees will be able to attend the “live” presentation or listen to the recorded video for a period of 2 weeks after the conference. Handouts will be available via download starting the day of the conference and ending 2 weeks after the conference.
 
 


Saturday, December 7
Florida Genealogical Society - Tampa  (Other Genealogy Societies)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
John F. Germany Public Library Auditorium, 900 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa
Annual Holiday Brunch and Show & Tell


Tuesday, December 10
Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records  (Education/Training)
Illinois State Genealogical Society
by  Anita Boyd
 
A friend of John Brown, her husband's activities in the Abolitionist Movement were legendary but Louisana Bell's own tale of freedom was extraordinary. With a series of case studies, attendees will be given an overview of this database which contains a wealth of genealogical information for anyone researching Free People of Color. Hidden among these gems is one remarkable Queen City family.
 
Viewing times:  9:00pm Eastern,  8:00pm Central, 7:00pm Moutain, 6:00pm Pacific
 
All ISGS webinars are FREE and available to the public when presented live. After the live broadcast, ISGS members can access the archived webinar from the Members Only section and enjoy a replay of it as many times as they'd like!
 
To register for the live broadcast please visit:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2879115575287113475


Tuesday, December 10
LCGS German Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
No meeting in December.
 


Tuesday, December 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 Paul Rivera – 239-596-3382.
 


Tuesday, December 10
Genealogy Society of Collier County Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
7:00 pm
Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples,FL 34103
Program: “Tracing your Civil War Ancestors: Your Family Tree Could Have Both Union and Confederate Soldiers” by Joyce Thompson, GSCC Member.
 
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 the back of the church. Guests are welcome at our meetings. Please sign in as a guest when you arrive.


Wednesday, December 11
Grandma's Obituary Box: The Use of Obituaries in Genealogical Research  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  Pam Stone Eagelson, CG

Obituaries are a genealogical resource that help document our ancestors and bring them to life. This lecture examines the clues and types of information found in obituaries as well as where and how to locate them. A discussion of obituaries through the past three centuries will show what values were important to our ancestors and how those values have or have not changed through the years.

Viewing times:  8:00pm Eastern, 7:00pm Central, 6:00pm Mountain, 5:00pm Pacific
 


Wednesday, December 11
LCGS Beginners Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LCGS Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS members who are beginning their ancestor journey. Please contact Ken Weaver at 239-243-9414 to sign up for the meeting.
 


Wednesday, December 11
LCGS DNA Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
No meeting in December.
 


Friday, December 13
LCGS English Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
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, December 13
LCGS Scandinavian 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 their Scandinavian ancestors. For more information please contact Diana Crisman Smith at talkgenealogy@gmail.com.    


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


Tuesday, December 17
Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Many couples chose to marry in a location away from their home. Often there were reasons why it was a more convenient location to tie the knot. Sometimes, this decision was based on a romantic location or a place that would allow them to marry quickly without a three-day waiting period. These locations are often referred to as Gretna Green, the historic town in Scotland where thousands of English couples ran because of Scotland’s sympathetic marriage laws. We will consider the reason for a different marriage location, alternate sources to determine the location, and a few of the towns known as "Gretna Greens" in the United States.

Viewing times:  8:00pm Eastern, 7:00pm Central, 6:00pm Mountain, 5:00pm Pacific
 


Wednesday, December 18
How to trace your UK ancestry  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  Kristy Gray

From the comfort of your home (outside the UK), trying to uncover your roots (whether in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales) can be an extremely challenging task. However, it is far from impossible with a plethora of information available online from books to databases, transcriptions to images, photographs and other (numerous) online sources. This webinar will provide individual case studies to highlight what is available online and offline, hands-on tips and details of how offline material might be accessed from afar.

Viewing times:  2:00pm Eastern, 1:00pm Central, 12:00pm Mountain, 11:00am Pacific
 


Thursday, December 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 "Finding Family in Online Newspapers: Tips From My Great Grandfather" presented by Janeen Bjork.
 
Newspapers can provide a wealth of information to help you fill in gaps in your family history research. This presentation will explain how to find what you're missing (or you've missed) in your searches of online newspapers. Find out why you missed the items you missed, from someone who has found thousands of elusive items for her family, her students' families, and her clients' families. You'll learn what fee and free online newspaper resources are available, see the interfaces for those sites, and be ready to strike out on your own.
 
Janeen Bjork a TV researcher and genealogy teacher has been obsessed with the information historical newspapers contain ever since she found a story about the 1894 murder of her great-great-grandfather, William Strutz, in a Syracuse, NY newspaper. At last count, she had found over 130 different accounts of the tragedy, despite the murderer's or the victim's names being misspelled or misread by OCR (optical character recognition, the technology that allows newspapers to be indexed and searched online) in the majority of the newspapers. She'll share her search methodology via several case studies that illustrate how anyone (you!) can find and preserve family items from online newspapers.



Saturday, January 4, 2020
Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society General Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
10:30 am
Mid-County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd, Port Charlotte


Monday, January 6, 2020
Lakewood Ranch Genealogical Society Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
7:00 pm
Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, Salon C, Lakewood Ranch, Florida
The Lakewood Ranch Genealogy Club meets on the first Monday of the month from November through April at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall.  Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and all are welcome.    For additional information please contact Nancy Johnson with inquiries.  Please write “LWR Genealogy" in the subject line).


Tuesday, January 7, 2020
LCGS Writers Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS members. For more information please call Teresa at 239-541-1150.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020
LCGS Beginners Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LCGS Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS members who are beginning their ancestor journey. Please contact Ken Weaver at 239-243-9414 to sign up for the meeting.
 


Wednesday, January 8, 2020
LCGS DNA Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
Please contact Arthur at genresearch13@yahoo.com for more information.


Friday, January 10, 2020
LCGS English Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
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, January 10, 2020
LCGS Scandinavian 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 their Scandinavian ancestors. For more information please contact Diana Crisman Smith at talkgenealogy@gmail.com.    


Tuesday, January 14, 2020
LCGS German Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members researching their German speaking ancestors.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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 Gary at 585-437-5333.


Thursday, January 16, 2020
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: "Ellis Island - ISland of Hope / Island of Tears" presented by Kaaren Linton.
 
When you think of Ellis Island, you think of "THE" gateway to the United States. Join us to learn the who, what, when, where, why and how of Ellis Island -- When did Ellis Island come into being? Why?  What was the immigrant's experience there? How did it get the name "Island of Tears?  And more . . . 


Thursday, January 23, 2020
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 who use the RootsMagic Genealogy software application for tracking their genealogy. Call Carol for more information: 239-246-5185.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020
LCGS Beginning DNA  (LCGS Activities)
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm


Wednesday, January 29, 2020
LCGS Beginners DNA  (LCGS Activities)
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
LCGS Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers



Monday, February 3, 2020
Lakewood Ranch Genealogical Society Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
7:00 pm
Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, Salon C, Lakewood Ranch, Florida
The Lakewood Ranch Genealogy Club meets on the first Monday of the month from November through April at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall.  Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and all are welcome.    For additional information please contact Nancy Johnson with inquiries.  Please write “LWR Genealogy" in the subject line).


Tuesday, February 4, 2020
LCGS Writers Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS members. For more information please call Teresa at 239-541-1150.


Wednesday, February 5, 2020
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 who use the genealogy software program Family Tree Maker.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020
LCGS German Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members researching their German speaking ancestors.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020
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 Gary at 585-437-5333.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020
LCGS Beginners Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LCGS Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS members who are beginning their ancestor journey. Please contact Ken Weaver at 239-243-9414 to sign up for the meeting.
 


Wednesday, February 12, 2020
LCGS DNA Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
Please contact Arthur at genresearch13@yahoo.com for more information.


Friday, February 14, 2020
LCGS Scandinavian 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 their Scandinavian ancestors. For more information please contact Diana Crisman Smith at talkgenealogy@gmail.com.    


Thursday, February 20, 2020
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: "Pandemics, Epidemics, and Diseases Throughout the Years" presented by Peg Kapustiak.
This program is filled with practical examples and presented by an enthusiastic speaker. With 34 examples, sources and websites learn how members of your families survived or did not survive, over the years from the current day to the 1300s. Come and share examples from your families.
 
Peg Kapustiak’s presentations are designed to provide you with extremely practical tips and ideas.   She has been a Genealogist and Family Historian for over 35 years and has researched her family history in the Chicago area, the Midwest, New England, and New York state plus several countries in both Europe and Asia when she lived there.  She has provided over 101 talks to 42 different organizations both nationally and internationally in the past 13 years.  She is the author of one book and thirty-six research articles and currently volunteers at four historical/genealogical organizations.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020 through Saturday, February 29, 2020
RootsTech 2020  (Conferences-Seminars)
Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah
Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the conference and all the incredible people who are part of the RootsTech family. For more information view here:  https://www.rootstech.org/salt-lake?mc_cid=ce86536e5b&mc_eid=119e3fe47a
 
 


Wednesday, February 26, 2020
LCGS New York/New England Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members researching ancestors in New York State and the New England area.


Thursday, February 27, 2020
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 who use the RootsMagic Genealogy software application for tracking their genealogy. Call Carol for more information: 239-246-5185.
 



Monday, March 2, 2020
Lakewood Ranch Genealogical Society Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
7:00 pm
Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, Salon C, Lakewood Ranch, Florida
The Lakewood Ranch Genealogy Club meets on the first Monday of the month from November through April at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall.  Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and all are welcome.    For additional information please contact Nancy Johnson with inquiries.  Please write “LWR Genealogy" in the subject line).


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
LCGS Writers Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS members. For more information please call Teresa at 239-541-1150.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020
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 who use the genealogy software program Family Tree Maker.