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Bay County, Florida, Genealogical Society

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Bay County Genealogical Society Programs

BCGS Monthly Meetings

Our monthly meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. in the conference room of the new Bay County Public Library at 898 West 11th Street, Panama City, Florida. (Exception: meetings are not held in July and August.) We provide interesting, informative, and timely presentations on a variety of topics by a variety of speakers. We do not conduct business during our regular meetings, which begin at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, 16 April 2015
Genealogy After Hours!

Join Laura Moree and the BCPL staff from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bay County Public Library, 898 West 11th Street, Panama City, Florida. Hands-on coaching for those researching their ancestors. Especially valuable for those pursuing First Families of Bay County Certification. Reservations required. Please call 850-522-2132.

Genealogy After Hours

Saturday, 21 February 2015:
Autosomal DNA Testing: What is it and What can it tell me? By Janice M. Cronan

Autosomal DNA (atDNA) is a genetic genealogy test which is available for both men and women. atDNA only survives recombination (the passing down of DNA from your maternal and paternal ancestors) for an average of 57 generations. Researchers find this test useful for connecting with genetic cousins who sometimes have have traditional documentation that helps break down recent generational "brick walls." The results from this test also provides some information about our ethnic mix (% of ancestry which came from Europe, Africa, Asia, or Native American). The following companies offer these tests for $99: 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and Janice has tested with all 3 of these companies and will use her results when comparing each company.

Saturday, 21 March 2015:
Family Search by Wayne and Joan Stalvey.

A great summary of recent changes and additions to the Website, including updates on indexing, Family Tree, records search, FamilySearch Wiki, and more.

Saturday, 18 April 2015:
Family Stories and Genealogy by Cheryle Wisner.

Saturday, 16 May 2015:
Getting Your Stuff Organized by Judy Bennett.

Saturday, 20 June 2015:
Fold 3 by Mary K. McGraw.

Saturday, 18 July 2015:
Closed July 18.

Saturday, 15 August 2015:
Closed August 15.

Saturday, 19 September 2015:
International Genealogy Resources by Laura Moree.

Saturday, 17 October 2015:
Advanced Autosomal DNA by Jerry Merritt.

Saturday, 21 November 2015: by Jance Cronan.

Saturday, 19 December 2015:
Christmas Party by Santa Claus.

Northwest Florida Events

Regional Events

Florida State Genealogical Society annual conference
Schedule being constructed

Point of contact is Cindy Hineman, (772) 532-6288,
Check the Florida State Genealogical Society Web site for more information.

National Events

Federation of Genealogy Societies
Linking the Genealogical Community

11-14 February 2015
at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah
Check the FGS Web site for more information.

National Genealogy Society
The NGS 2015 Family History Conference

13-16 May 2015
at the St. Charles Convention Center, One Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles, Missouri.
Check the NGS Web site for more information.