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Tuesday, February 19
Legacy Family Tree Webinars - BCG Series - Applying Evidence to Genealogical Research Questions  (Education/Training)
The best approach to solving genealogical problems is to start with a strong, attainable research question. Learn about the different types of research questions, the components of a good research question, and how the research question drives the elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard.
 
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
8:00 pm Eastern
7:00 pm Central
6:00 pm Mountain
5:00 pm Pacific
 
About the Presenter: Melissa Johnson, CG.  
Melissa Johnson, CG, is a professional genealogist, writer and editor. She has expertise in researching families with origins in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and England, and works on forensic cases, dual citizenship matters, and lineage society applications. She is also proficient in using DNA test results to break through ancestral brick walls. Melissa serves on the board of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History. She is Reviews Editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), and editor of the GSNJ Newsletter, a publication of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey. Her work has been published in the National Genealogical Society QuarterlyNew York Genealogical & Biographical RecordGenealogical Magazine of New JerseyNGS MagazineAssociation of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and other publications.
 


Wednesday, February 20
Legacy Family Tree Webinars - Online Resources for French Genealogy part I  (Education/Training)
Compiled Records, Church Records and Civil Registration
French genealogy research benefits from some of the most complete, detailed, and well-preserved records in the world. Due to the digitization efforts of many French archives and societies, records commonly used for French genealogy are also among the most accessible. In this three-part series, explore the record sets most commonly found online and the associated methodologies for applying them to your family history research. Join us as we uncover the archival wealth of France and her former colonies.
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
2:00 pm Eastern
1:00 pm Central
12:00 pm Mountain
12:00 am Pacific
 
About the Presenter:  Paul Woodbury. 
Paul Woodbury is a genealogy dynamo. With a university degree focused on genetics and a minor in family history, Paul is at the forefront of the genealogy field. As an aside, he can also name any country and its capital on a map.
 


Wednesday, February 20
Charlotte County Genealogical Society Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
24TwentyOne Event Center, 2421 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
Program: You’ve Discovered a German Ancestor - Now What? presented by Ken Weaver, B.S., M.A., Past President, Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society, Inc. and Education Chair for the Lee County Genealogical Society.
Your ultimate goal: find the village of origin of your ancestor. Important considerations:
·  Conducting exhaustive US research
·  Gaining an understanding of German history and immigration, including religion
·  Gaining an understanding of German geography and maps, including changes in borders
·  Dealing with German language issues
·  Finding further information

 


Thursday, February 21
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: "Regrets, I’ve Had a Few...If I Knew Then What I Know Now - Tips for Your Genealogy Research" presented by LCGS Past President Carol Rooksby Weidlich.
 
Doors open at 9:00 a.m. for shopping with FunStuff for Genealogists!
 
LCGS Volunteers Celebrations and Awards Presentations.


Friday, February 22
Legacy Family Tree Webinars - Using Timelines and Tables to Analyze Your Research  (Education/Training)
In-depth and difficult research tasks create large amounts of data to compare and analyze. Discover analysis methods using tables and timelines to solve problems.
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
2:00 pm Eastern
1:00 pm Central
12:00 pm Mountain
12:00 am Pacific
 
About the Presenter:  Cari Taplin, CG. 
Cari Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, she has been working on finding her true heritage since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but migrated to Wyoming, Colorado and now Pflugerville, Texas which is just outside Austin. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for several state, local, and national societies and currently serves as the Education Chair for the Austin Genealogical Society, and on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking, research and consultation services. Cari focuses on midwestern states, methodology and researching family
 


Saturday, February 23
Introduction to Genealogy: February Beginners Series  (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:  Shirleen Hoffman – President, Hoffman Genealogy Services, Volunteer, Lee County Library System
Session Four: Using Other Resources for Locating Ancestors.
 
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.


Saturday, February 23
A Conversation with Local Authors  (Events/Festivals - SW Florida)
1:00 pm
Capre Coral-Lee County Public Library, 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral

Spend an engaging afternoon with local authors Lisa Black, J.D. Daniels, Marta Elva and Amy Bennet Williams.

Learn more about these authors and their writing as they participate in a panel discussion and Q&A session. Books will be available for purchase and signing.



Tuesday, February 26
LCGS Program Committee  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am
Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers


Tuesday, February 26
Meet Author Alyson Richman  (Events/Festivals - SW Florida)
2:00 pm
Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers

Alyson Richman is the bestselling author of numerous novels include “The Secret of Clouds” and “The Velvet Hours” along with the “The Lost Wife” which is currently in development for a major motion picture.

Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties.



Wednesday, February 27
Legacy Family Tree Webinars - Spreadsheets 401 : Excel-lent Inspiration  (Education/Training)
Take a trip with spreadsheets to the lands of your ancestors. Learn how spreadsheets can help as you learn to read foreign language newspapers. Use spreadsheets as a translation tool for your ancestors' vital and religious records. Create a spreadsheet to track your ancestors and those great ethnic or locality websites – when you find a new ancestor or a new website you’ll be ready to dive in.
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
2:00 pm Eastern
1:00 pm Central
12:00 pm Mountain
12:00 am Pacific
 
About the Presenter:  C Mary Kircher Roddy 
Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, has been a genealogist since 2000, becoming interested in the subject in anticipation of an extended trip to Ireland. She earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington in 2005. She lectures frequently on various genealogical topics in the Seattle area and at conferences across the country.  She has written a number of articles for Internet GenealogyFamily Chronicle(now Your Genealogy Today) as well as Speak! (the publication of the Genealogical Speakers Guild) and FGS Forum. Mary also writes a regular blog at www.mkrgenealogy.com/searching-for-stories-blog. She is a participant in ProGen 31.
 


Thursday, February 28
LCGS RootsMagic 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. Call Carol for more information: 239-246-5185.


Thursday, February 28
New Member Workshop  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
Come and learn what the Lee County Genealogical Society has to offer!  No need to register! Just show up! (Please use the LCGS private entrance on the southwest side of the building.)
 
If you have questions before then, please contact Carol Rooksby Weidlich at genhelp@lcgsfl.org.



Friday, March 1
Meet Audiobook Narrator Johnny Heller  (Events/Festivals - SW Florida)
11:00 am
South County Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero
Johnny Heller is one of the most sought after audiobook narrators in the country. He is the voice of over 700 titles for adults, teens and children and has won numerous national awards. In this lively presentation, Johnny will share stories from his career in audiobook creation and narration.


Meet Audiobook Narrator Johnny Heller  (Events/Festivals - SW Florida)
3:00 pm
Capre Coral-Lee County Public Library, 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
Johnny Heller is one of the most sought after audiobook narrators in the country. He is the voice of over 700 titles for adults, teens and children and has won numerous national awards. In this lively presentation, Johnny will share stories from his career in audiobook creation and narration.


Saturday, March 2
Southwest Florida Reading Festival  (Events/Festivals - SW Florida)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First Street, Fort Myers
20 years celebrating the Power of Reading! For more information visit Southwest Florida Reading Festival.


Saturday, March 2
Florida Genealogical Society - Tampa  (Other Genealogy Societies)
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
John F. Germany Public Library Auditorium, 900 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa
Program:  What Did you Do in the War, Granny? – Women in the Army in World War II
Over 150,000 women served in the Army in World War II. Women’s military service in this time period helped change expectations and perceptions about women’s role outside the home. Learn about their pioneering wartime service and how to find records for the women in your family who served.


Monday, March 4
Lakewood Ranch Genealogical Society Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
7:00 pm
Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, Salon C, Lakewood Ranch, Florida
DNA. Peggy Jude has been conducting genealogical research for her family and clients for over 40 years. She is a member of the board of the Manatee Genealogical Society and a past board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. She is an alumnus of the Institute for Genealogy and History Research (IGHR), the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and has attended numerous National and Regional Conferences. Presented by Peggy Jude.


Wednesday, March 6
LCGS Family Tree Maker 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 who use the genealogy software program Family Tree Maker.
 


Friday, March 8
LCGS English 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 ancestors in England. Call Bev for more information at 239-599-4408.


Friday, March 8
LCGS German Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members researching their German speaking ancestors.


Saturday, March 9
Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society General Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
10:30 am
Mid-County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd, Port Charlotte


Tuesday, March 12
LCGS Irish Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Small Group Meeting Room, 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.


Tuesday, March 12
Genealogy Society of Collier County Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
7:00 pm
Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples,FL 34103
Program: “Just Show me the Tree – DNA turns Dilemma into Delight” presented by Kathleen Callanan, Emerging Genealogy Expert, Speaker, Author.
How can we grow our tree from our wealth of newly found DNA Cousins?

 
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, March 13
LCGS DNA Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
Please contact Arthur at genresearch13@yahoo.com for more information.


Thursday, March 14
Pastfinders Gen Society Meet-Up  (Other Genealogy Societies)
4:30 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Room 108, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, Florida
Program: So, Where did your people come from? Irish Ancestors presented by Peter Stauder.


Friday, March 15
LCGS Half-Day Seminar with Lisa Louise Cooke  (LCGS Activities)
8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Cohen Ballroom, Florida Gulf Coast University*, 10501 FGCU Blvd S., Fort Myers, Florida
LCGS will host a half-day seminar with Lisa Louise Cooke, International Keynote Speaker, owner of Genealogy Gems, and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast.
 
Sessions to include:
  • The Genealogist's Google Search Methodology - A must for every genealogist!
  • Using Google Earth Pro for Genealogy - Learning earn how to use Google Earth‘s tools in conjunction with genealogical research techniques to identify old photos, find, plot and virtually visit your ancestor’s homestead, and locate and utilize historic maps.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - LIMITED SEATING - NO WALK-INS
 
For more information on Lisa Louise Cooke, please visit: 
 
 
* This course is not affiliated with Florida Gulf Coast University as a sponsor.The FGCU Campus is a tobacco-free campus. The use of cigarettes and other tobacco products in University-owned or leased buildings or on the University premises is prohibited.


LCGS Half-Day Seminar with Lisa Louise Cooke  (Conferences-Seminars)
8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Cohen Ballroom, Florida Gulf Coast University*, 10501 FGCU Blvd S., Fort Myers, Florida
LCGS will host a half-day seminar with Lisa Louise Cooke, International Keynote Speaker, owner of Genealogy Gems, and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast.
 
Sessions to include:
  • The Genealogist's Google Search Methodology - A must for every genealogist!
  • Using Google Earth Pro for Genealogy - Learning earn how to use Google Earth‘s tools in conjunction with genealogical research techniques to identify old photos, find, plot and virtually visit your ancestor’s homestead, and locate and utilize historic maps.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - LIMITED SEATING - NO WALK-INS
 
For more information on Lisa Louise Cooke, please visit: 
 
 
* This course is not affiliated with Florida Gulf Coast University as a sponsor.The FGCU Campus is a tobacco-free campus. The use of cigarettes and other tobacco products in University-owned or leased buildings or on the University premises is prohibited.


Friday, March 15
Martin County Genealogical Society General Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Robert Morgade Library, Chastain Campus IRSC, 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart, FL

Searching for your Irish Ancestry on FamilySearch.org, Presented by Miles Meyer, Director of the Vero Beach Family History Center.

Come celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 15 with Miles Meyer, Director of the Family History Center in Vero Beach. Miles has been involved in genealogy for over 20 years and has been speaking to various audiences throughout Florida and elsewhere for over 10 years. His expertise is in new technologies, Internet research and the free website, FamilySearch.org. He will be attending RootsTech 2019 in Salt Lake City on March 2, just two weeks before his presentation to MCGS.

Guest are always Welcome and Meetings are Free!
Website:  mcgsfl.org                                       


Saturday, March 16
2019 DNA Boot Camp - X-DNA for Genealogical Research  (Education/Training)
Hack Genealogy announces its 2019 line up of dynamic, online “boot camps” covering various topics related to genetic genealogy and DNA testing.
 
Throughout the year, DNA Boot Camp online events are open to the public to attend. The cost is minimal (usually $25.99 or less) and each event is scheduled on a Saturday, from:
11:00 am to 2:30 pm Eastern,
10:00 am to 1:30 pm Central,
9:00 am to 12:30 pm Mountain, and
8:00 am to 11:30 am Pacific.
 
When you attend a live DNA Boot Camp, not only do you get to learn from our DNA expert Mary Eberle*, but you have the opportunity to ask questions related to the DNA topic being presented. There are two (2) live webinars, lasting 90 minutes each, and an extensive set of handouts.
 
If you register for a live DNA Boot Camp but can’t attend . . . no worries! Every registrant will receive download links to the recorded webinars as well as the syllabus materials.
 
X-DNA for Genealogical Research
X-DNA can be mysterious since no company sells a stand-alone X-DNA test.  Instead, it’s included with autosomal DNA tests.  Another reason that it can be mysterious is because of its unique inheritance pattern.  With the X-DNA for Genealogical Research Boot Camp you'll learn how and when X-DNA can help your genealogical research.
 
Join DNA expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters for over 3 hours of webinars PLUS some amazing handouts!
  • X-DNA for Genealogical Research: What is X-DNA and when can it help answer research questions? Know where to find your X-DNA matches. Understand how men and women differently inherit X-DNA. This will unleash the power of X-DNA.
  • Case Studies with X-DNA: We’ll explore several examples where X-DNA provided crucial information to answer the research question.  Each example includes the steps needed to find the X-DNA shared with the match(es).  We’ll also discuss how the relevant family tree branches were identified, as well as the conclusions that were drawn.
Visit the DNA Boot Camp page at Hack Genealogy (https://hackgenealogy.com/dna-boot-camp/) for more information or to register for an upcoming DNA Boot Camp
 
 
*DNA Expert Mary Eberle, JD
Each DNA Boot Camp is led by DNA expert Mary Eberle, JD, an experienced genetic genealogist and a DNA expert. She’s a former patent attorney with extensive DNA experience. Mary began her work in the field of DNA research 30 years ago. She now owns DNA Hunters, LLC, which finds people’s biological parents and helps people understand their DNA results. Mary lectures on genetic genealogy throughout the country.


Saturday, March 16
Manatee Genealogical Society Winter Seminar  (Conferences-Seminars)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Manatee Technical College, Bradenton, Florida
Tom Jones is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation. He has been certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1994. A professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C..  He speaks at national, regional, and local seminars in the United States and internationally, and he writes frequently on genealogical evidence, proof, and problem solving.
 
SESSION TOPICS
  • The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames
  • Converting a Bunch of Information into a Credible Conclusion
  • Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online? 
  • Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events
 
Cost of Seminar: $45 Members; $55 Non-Members; optional lunch, add $10
 
View seminar details and register online at our Web site: https://mgsfl.org/
Email questions:  info@mgsfl.org


Saturday, March 16
Williamson County Genealogical Socie (Texas) Annual Seminar with Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist  (Conferences-Seminars)
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
First United Methodist Church, 1004 N. Mays Street, Round Rock, Texas
The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL,l is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. She is on numerous faculties of genealogy institutes, Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Her award-winning blog can be found at:  https://www.legalgenealogist.com/.
 
Registration must be received by March 1, 2019 to get the Early Bird price.
     Before March 1, 2019: WCGS Members (dues must be current as of January 31, 2019) - $50.00 per person.
     Before March 1, 2019: Non-WCGS attendees - $60.00 per person.
     After March 1, 2019: ALL REGISTRATIONS are $65.00 per person.
 
Registration includes Continental breakfast, Lunch and Door Prizes.
 


Saturday, March 16
Researching Probate Packages  (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, Fort Myers Regional Library Reference LIbrarian.
 
Probate records are important to genealogists because they provide evidence about family relationships.  The term “probate packet” refers to the court file containing all paperwork, documents, and other legal papers pertaining to the settlement of an estate.  Wills and probate packets are among the most interesting and revealing sets of records available for individuals.  These records are contained in the county probate court, usually in the state and county in which the person resided at the time of his or her death.  This seminar will discuss the benefits of using these records for genealogical research.
 
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, March 18
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


Thursday, March 21
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: "My DNA Journey" presented by Donna Moughty.


Saturday, March 23
Irish Genealogy Seminar*  (Conferences-Seminars)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, Tampa, Florida
Join Fintan Mullen and Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation for an all-day seminar.
Sessions to be presented:
  • "Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research"
  • "Census Substitutes and other Important Sources for the 18th and 19th Centuries"
  • "Using Printed Sources for Irish Research"
  • Wrap Up Q&A
Cost:  $45.00 per person without box lunch or $55.00 per person including box lunch.
... Members of sponsoring societies receive a $5.00 discount. Contact your Society for the discount code.
 
This will be the only Seminar in Florida during UHF's 2019 American Tour!
 
Seating is limited! Register today at https://fgstampa.org/2019-irish-seminar/
 
*Sponsoring Genealogical Societies include Florida, Lakewood Ranch, Manatee, Pinellas, Sarasota, and The Villages.


Thursday, March 28
LCGS RootsMagic 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. Call Carol for more information: 239-246-5185.



Tuesday, April 2
Manatee Genealogical Society meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton, Florida
Bryan Mulcahy will present "Courthouse Research." Following the presentation there will be a Q & A period with the speaker and then a moderated open discussion period.  Attendees are encouraged to ask questions relative to their own issues or "brick walls" and get help from MGS members and meeting attendees.
 
Society Website:  https://mgsfl.org/
Society information:  Facebook:www.facebook.com/ManateeGenealogicalSociety.
Email questions:  mgs.society@gmail.com.


Wednesday, April 3
LCGS Family Tree Maker 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 who use the genealogy software program Family Tree Maker.
 


Saturday, April 6
You’ve Discovered a German Ancestor …. Now What?  (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:  Ken Weaver, Education Chair and German Roots Special Interest Group, Lee County Genealogy Society, Inc, Past President, Southwest Florida Germanic Genelaogical Society, Inc.
 
The likelihood that you as an American has a German ancestor is relatively high.  If you discover that you might be descended from a German immigrant, having an understanding of German immigration, history, geography, religion, language, and other related issues will help to focus your research.  Finding your German ancestor does not require a paid subscription to an online service.  This session will take a look at the free resources available to aid in your search.
 
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.


Saturday, April 6
Florida Genealogical Society - Tampa  (Other Genealogy Societies)
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
John F. Germany Public Library Auditorium, 900 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa
Program:  Staying Safe Using Social Media
This month Thomas MacEntee joins us with for a discussion on best practices to effectively use social media site such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ while still protecting their privacy.
 
Program description –
Are you hesitant to use popular social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter or even Pinterest and share your genealogy research because of issues involving personal information and privacy? Learn how to safely navigate these sites and still get the most out of them!
 
Biography –
What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get me, Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more.
 
I was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so I started building my own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. I also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. My most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.”
 
I’m a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics and I’ve finally figured out what I do best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. I believe in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.
 
I see things differently than most in the genealogy field; I’m almost never content with the status quo. That doesn’t mean I chase after change just for the sake of change; but when I see an opportunity to improve something and to bring more people into the genealogy sphere, that’s where you’ll find me.
(sourced from his website)


Tuesday, April 9
LCGS Irish Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Small Group Meeting Room, 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.


Tuesday, April 9
Genealogy Society of Collier County Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
7:00 pm
Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples,FL 34103
Program: “I slept in Gorbachev’s Bed, Raisa’s too!” presented by Rich and Nancy Pointer, GSCC Members. Research adventures in a newly independent Lithuania and the difference a generation makes.
 
Anniversary Dinner and Raffle
 
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, April 10
LCGS DNA Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
Please contact Arthur at genresearch13@yahoo.com for more information.


Thursday, April 11
Pastfinders Gen Society Meet-Up  (Other Genealogy Societies)
4:30 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Room 108, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, Florida
Program: Boy Scouts Merit Badge Genealogy presented by The Boys themself.


Friday, April 12
LCGS English 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 ancestors in England. Call Bev for more information at 239-599-4408.


Friday, April 12
LCGS German Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members researching their German speaking ancestors.


Saturday, April 13
What Every Genealogist Should Know About German!  (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:  Ken Weaver, Education Chair and German Roots Special Interest Group Leader, Lee County Genealogy Society, Inc, Past President, Southwest Florida Germanic Genelaogical Society, Inc.
 
Having an understanding of the language issues a genealogist will encounter in finding a German ancestor will help to make research considerably easier.  This session will take a look at various issues of the German sound system that will help to explain spelling variations, as well as issues of word forms and sentence word order that will help with the decoding of German documents.  This session is non-technical and is intended for the genealogist who has limited knowledge (or dislike!) of grammar.
 
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, April 15
LCGS Board of Directors Meeting  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers


Tuesday, April 16
Joy of Life Story Writing  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
10:00 am to 11:30 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Speaker:  Linda Abbott – President – Never Forget Legacies and Tributes.
 
Accomplished presenter Linda Abbott lends her expertise to encourage and inform participants to write their own life stories and preserve the life stories of loved ones.
 
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.


Thursday, April 18
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: "Beyond the Borders" presented by LCGS Members.