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Meeting Topics & Events for Year 2015-2016 - New 2016-17 Schedule in September

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.


       Tue - Oct.  6,  2015:  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.  3,  2015:  9:30am - 12 noon


*      "Accessing Land Records Online", by Susan Lewis Well.  Probably the most important news about land records in the last decade is that a vast number are available online. All local deed repositories have a web presence, and the federal General Land Office has a wonderful site for descendants of pioneers who were the first private owners of government owned land. Learn how to make the most of these valuable records.

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


Tue -  Dec.  1,  2015:  9:30 - 12 noon


*      "Historical Photographs and What They Tell You" , by Ed Sandbach. Ed is a professional photographer who will enlighten us relative to the key elements of historical photographs, enhancing faded or damaged photographs, and videotaping family members while discussing old photographs.


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


Tue - Jan.  5,  2016:  9:30am - 12 noon


*     "Strategies for Effective Use of the Internet",  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. Relative to her topic, effective strategies are based on sound genealogical methods to focus research and researchers. Examples will cover vital records, census, naturalization, and can be applied to various ethnic groups and time periods. It emphasizes the importance of having a plan when you research and rather than just starting with a name.


Sat -  Feb.  6,  2016:  All Day Seminar (SAVE THIS IMPORTANT DATE)


*   "ALL DAY SEMINAR - Topics Listed in Seminar Announcement, see Home Page", George G. Morgan will join us for an all day seminar. It will be a full day of topics pertinent to your research interests. George will bring to us the latest thinking in a number of areas. Look for the formal announcement soon and plan to save this important date.


Tue -  Mar.  1,  2016:  10:15 am - 12:30 pm


*      "Love and Marriage . . . and the Horse and Carriage" AND "Follow the Money for 'On Target' Results." Our speaker will be Joanne Daerr Ryder. Joanne has presented numerous genealogy programs to societies in SW Florida. She is past President of the Charlotte County Genealogical Society. Joanne has choosen two topics for her lecture: (1) “Love and Marriage... “ deals with marriage records and various other records pertaining to the marriage. “Horse and Carriage” comes from the song... Love and marriage, Love and marriage... go together like a horse and carriage... no land records, etc. involved in this part, and (2) “Follow the Money...” deals with information found in special resources in which your ancestor was involved where money is the object. Some resources include wills & probate, collateral relatives, land records, Homestead records, taxes, retirement records, etc. . .


Tue - Apr  5,  2016:  10:15 am - 12:30 pm


*     "GRITS, aka Genealogical Research in the South",  by Bryan Mulcahy. Bryan is the Reference Librarian at the Fort Myers-Lee County Library. The program content will focus on the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North/South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Bryan will discuss the east coast ports of immigration, as well as the important migration trails used by settlers. In addition to identifying online resources, discussion will focus on utilizing the major research repositories in this region.


Tue - May  3,  2016:  10:15 am - 12:30 pm


*    "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.



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.




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.



The next Class/Workshop (3 Sessions) will be announced at a later date -- The sessions usually begin at 2 PM and run two hours. The meetings have been held in the Westminster Towers LifeLong Learning Room, 2nd Floor, located at the Westminster Towers, 1533 4th Ave West, Bradenton, FL.  Presented by Phyllis Doucette. For more information call 941-774-0522.

Workshop Content:   Where and how to start; forms; sources; computer programs; what’s important and how to use; documentation – why, important, & how-to; library use; online sources; local resources; preparation for a genealogy trip; wrap-up

2016 CLASS/WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (Date To Be Announced)
Session #1 Monday  - 2:00 - 4:00pm
Session #2 Monday  - 2:00 - 4:00pm
Session #3 Monday  - 2:00 - 4:00pm


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