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Meeting Topics & Events for year 2014-2015

If you live in the Bradenton area, or are planning to visit the area, you are invited to attend the Manatee Genealogical Society's general meetings, genealogy classes, and workshops. The meetings start at 9:30am.  The location of our meetings is the Manatee County Library in downtown Bradenton. Click here for location information.

 PRINCIPAL MEETING TOPIC: We schedule a principal speaker for each of our meetings during the year.  The presentation topics are varied and intended to be both educational and of general interest, and of special interest to those pursuing family history and genealogical research.

 MEETING TOPICS FOR 2014/2015

       Tue - Oct.  7,  2014:  9:30am - 12 noon

*      "How Can Our Library Aid Your Genealogical Research?"  Jim McHugh, an MGS volunteer at our Central Library, will discuss this topic. If you have not utilized our Manatee Central Library resources, you should attend and participate in this meeting. Also, Jim will provide a short presentation on our MGS Website and the resources that can be accessed from the site. After the presentations, an optional tour of the Library's Genealogy Section will be available.

 

Tue - Nov.  4,  2014:  9:30am - 12 noon

 

*      "Five Steps for First-time Researchers in the UK (and elsewhere) – Highlighting Using the Census",  presented by Susan Well. Almost everyone can find one ancestor in the United Kingdom so this talk will focus on the basics of searching in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Even if you have not found that link yet, the first steps when starting research in any ‘new’ country are the same – know the geography, find help with the language, decipher the handwriting, discover the calendar in use and determine the data sources, especially whether there is a census. The British Census is available from 1841 to 1911, and information on how to use it and where to find it will be included.
 

*    Computer Special Interest Group (starting about 11:15am).  The topic will be "Using Google for Genealogical Searches" (this meeting topic was canceled, but will be presented at a later date)

 

Tue -  Dec.  2,  2014:  9:30 - 12 noon

 

*      "European Migration to North America with Emphasis on Germany," and the second lecture will be "The Fun with German Websites."  Both topics will be presented by Joanne Daerr Ryder. Joanne has presented numerous genealogy programs to societies in SW Florida. She presents a series of German genealogy lectures for the Charlotte County library system and taught Basic Genealogy for 10 years. She is past President of the Charlotte County Genealogical Society.

 

*      "Bytes of Cookies", social affair after main meeting presentation; bring a small plate of cookies to the meeting to share.

 

Tue - Jan.  6,  2015:  9:30am - 12 noon

 

*     "Seeking Your Scots-Irish Ancestors,"  by Donna Moughty.  Donna is a member of our club and a well respected researcher and lecturer in genealogy circles. Donna is a  Professional Genealogist and former Regional Manager for Apple Computer, She has been conducting family research for over 20 years, and teaches classes for beginners and lectures on a variety of subjects including Internet, Irish research and computer topics.

 

Tue -  Feb.  3,  2015:  9:30am - 12 noon (NOTE MEETING LOCATION is the Bethel Baptist Church)

 

*   "Front Page News (and Beyond): Finding Archived Newspapers", presented by Drew Smith, one of the "Genealogy Guys". Drew's presentation will demonstrate the value of using newspaper searches in your genealogy research. The stories from ancestors' lives, from birth to death and everything in between, can be found in the pages of archived newspapers. Learn whether those stories are already somewhere online or on microform in a library.

 

*      Computer Special Interest Group (starting about 11:15am). The topic will be, " Finding Pictures of Your Ancestors on the Internet"

 

Tue -  Mar.  3,  2015:  9:30am - 12 noon (NOTE MEETING LOCATION is the Bethel Baptist Church)

 

*     “Basic Military Research”,  by Bryan Mulcahy. Bryan is the Reference Librarian at the Fort Myers-Lee County Library. The program content will examine how to accomplish the basics of military research from compiled military service records, pensions and bounty land grants and where to locate these sources in national and state archives as well as online sources. Supplemental handouts will be provided that discuss all aspects of military research from the Colonial Era through World War II.

 

*      Computer Special Interest Group (starting about 11:15am). The topic will be, "Using Google for Genealogical Searches".

 

Tue - Apr  7,  2015:  9:30am - 12 noon (NOTE MEETING LOCATION is the Bethel Baptist Church)

 

*     "What's New at FamilySearch.org" ; a presentation by Jody Riddick. Jody will discuss researching at LDS Family History Centers. Also, she will describe how to utilize the vast source of on-line family history data archived by FamilySearch, and how we can use and navigate this important resource.

 

*      Computer Special Interest Group (starting about 11:15am, topic to be announced)

 

Tue - May  5,  2015:  9:30am - 12 noon

            

*    "Ask the Experts", this popular topic will be presented again. A panel of experienced researchers will address your questions and other topics of special interest. You can submit your questions prior to the meeting, or ask them at the meeting.

 

*    Computer Special Interest Group (starting about 11:15am, topic to be announced)

 

 COMPUTER SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (CSIG):  

WHAT IS IT?       A meeting of genealogists interested in using their personal computers to enhance their research.

WHEN?                  Monthly -- On the first Tuesday of the month (October through May) following main topic speaker.

TIME:                     About 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM, following the meeting break period after the main MGS speaker.

PLACE:                  The Central Library Auditorium, Bradenton, FL (same location as our MGS monthly meeting)

WHO:                     Open to all those interested in using their personal computers to enhance their genealogical research.

PROGRAM:         Each month we will discuss and view what's new in genealogy on the Internet.  We'll have demonstrations of software and hardware that will facilitate our research.  Tips and techniques will be shared by and among those attending each meeting.  Genealogically related computer, Internet, digital photography and research questions will be fielded during the sessions.  We'll look at the newest technology but will keep the discussions as low tech as possible.

 

ROOTSMAGIC SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (RMSIG):  

 

The MGS RootsMagic SIG meets the second Monday of the month at 2 PM at the Westminster Courtyard (222 Old Main Street, Bradenton) main meeting room . This SIG deals with the use of the RootsMagic genealogical software.  Phyllis Doucette and Anne Young lead this group. More specific details can be obtained at our general MGS monthly Meeting, or directly from Phyllis or Anne.

 

 BEGINNING GENEALOGY CLASS  (Not scheduled yet for this meeting year)

The next Class will be on Monday (To Be Determined) -- The classes will begin at 2 PM and run about one hour. The classes will be held in the Westminster Courtyard main meeting room at 222 Old Main St. Free parking is available at the library, 2 hour street parking is available on 3rd Ave., or on Old Main St., and metered parking in the city lot across the street. Laptop computers are welcome. Phyllis Doucette is the instructor. Anyone planning to attend should be at the Courtyard gate by 5 minutes before 2:00pm and she will have someone stationed out there to let you in.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Session #1 Monday TBD - at 2:00pm - Where and how to start; forms; sources

Session #2 Monday TBD - at 2:00pm - Computer programs; what’s important and how to use

Session #3 Monday TBD - at 2:00pm - Documentation – why, important, & how-to; library use; online sources

Session #4 Monday TBD - at 2:00pm - Local resources; preparation for a genealogy trip; wrap-up

 

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