Genealogy for Beginners

You’ve been thinking about starting a Family Tree or testing your DNA or just wondering about your next project.

Get all you questions answered, strategies explained at this Genealogy for Newbie wannabes, Newbies, Newly started, etc. This is not just for anyone interest in getting involved in genealogy. Join the Q & A. Send an email to Arthur Sissman and get a Zoom link.

Membership Meeting: Preparing for a Library Research Visit Bryan Mulcahy {VIRTUAL ONLY}

Virtual Webinar via GoToWebinar - FSGS

August Meeting: Preparing for a Library Research Visit, Bryan Mulcahy: Libraries offer a wide variety of resources, both print and online, to enhance genealogical research. The key to  success is to devise a research plan prior to your visit. Advance preparation is essential. You must know who you are researching, what information you hope to find, what resources are available, and where to find them. A well-organized genealogist is the most effective researcher. This seminar discusses numerous resources you can use to prepare for the most effective genealogical research trips you'll ever make. {VIRTUAL ONLY} {For more information on this event, click on the program title}

Fort Myers Regional Library – Beyond the Usual Sources: Using Government and Archival Materials

Fort Myers Regional Library - In Person 1651 Lee Street, Room A & B, Fort Myers, FL

Beyond the Usual Sources: Using Government and Archival Materials, Speaker: Bryan Mulcahy. Learn how to augment your genealogical research using governmental, library, and archival materials. We will cover the most productive but lesser-known sources that enhance the research process and success. This is an in person meeting. It is necessary for you to register ahead of time to be sure you have a seat reserved. Click the following link to register for this program:

German Roots ~ SIG

German Roots For LCGS members researching ancestors from Germany and other German-speaking countries. This group usually meets on the first Thursday of each month from September through April from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  If you are interested in joining this group, contact Ken Weaver at or 239-243-9414.

LCGS Writers Group

Whether you are a beginner or have been writing for years, you are welcome to join us.  Each month, the group chooses from over 260+ topics to write and share at the next month's meeting. The LCGS SIG Writers Group meets virtually on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m.  Meeting virtually is a great way to stay motivated in your genealogy research. If you are interested in participating, please contact Teresa Hopgood at

Fort Myers Regional Library – Researching the 1950 Federal Census {Virtual Webinar}

Fort Myers Regional Library - Virtual Webinar

Researching the 1950 Federal Census - Speaker:  Bryan L. Mulcahy. Learn the best techniques for researching ancestors in the newly released 1950 U.S. Federal Census. This program will be a Virtual Webinar but you must register in advance.

Click the following link to register –

English Roots ~ SIG

English Roots For LCGS members researching ancestors in England. This group usually meets virtually from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the 2nd Friday of each month from August through May. If you are interested in joining this SIG, contact Bev Sierpina at or 239-599-4408.

GSBC presents: What’s New in Family Tree Maker by Mark Olsen

What's New in Family Tree Maker by Mark Olsen ~ Join us for a live Q and A discussion to answer all your questions about Family Tree Maker, the latest version, updates, features and more. This is an interactive session. We love to see you and discuss all your Family Tree Maker questions.

We will also talk about Family Tree Maker partner products - Charting Companion and Family Book Creator - both are amazing plug-ins that can help you create amazing charts, graphs, and books. We will even show how you can make additional finds with your DNA test results. 

Manatee Genealogical Society ~Introduction to Forensic Genealogy with Kelvin L. Meyers

You are invited to attend Manatee Genealogical Society virtual meeting and program on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Our program speaker, Kelvin L. Meyers, will present "Introduction to Forensic Genealogy".

This course is an overview of forensic genealogy and the role of the genealogist in these types of cases. Major types of cases will be discussed, such as guardianship, oil and gas, unidentified and unclaimed persons, and probate. The role of the forensic genealogist as an expert witness will also be explained. Guests must register at least one day in advance by emailing

Membership Meeting: Quaker Migration Before and After the Revolutionary War

Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church - Fellowship Hall 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, FL

September Meeting: Quakers, by their very nature, create records. Their "Certificates of Removal" allow us to trace the movement of Quakers between monthly meetings. Prior to the Revolution, they migrated south, after the Revolution, they headed northeast and then west. There were several reasons for Quaker migration from better opportunities to getting away from the southern slave economy. {For more program information, click on the program title.}

Canadian eSIG – Genealogical Society of Collier County {GSCC}

We are a group of volunteer members of the Genealogical Society of Collier County (GSCC) who share a special interest in all aspects of Canadian genealogy. This group operates primarily on the internet. We meet on the third Thursday of the month from 1:30 pm to 3 pm via ZOOM. Our meetings are scheduled from September through November and January through May. There are no meetings in December or from June through August. {For additional information, click the program title}

DNA SIG of Lee/Collier Counties ~ Florida

The DNA SIG of Lee / Collier Counties Florida is led by Arthur Sissman. The group meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 2-3:30 pm EDT on Zoom. NO RSVP required at this time.  Simply email Arthur to be placed on the mailing list and the Zoom link will be sent to you! Attendees […]