& Meeting Materials
Bryan Mulcahy's Presentation & Ref Material for the April 5th,
2016 Presentation can be viewed and downloaded (click
Genealogical Data - Manatee County, FL
The Manatee Genealogical Society published two significant books in the 1980's. These publications, which are now out of print, have been prepared for electronic publication and made available on this website to researchers investigating ancestors in Manatee County, Florida. These publications are in PDF format and the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® is necessary to view these files. The Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® is free software that lets you view and print PDFs. If you do not have the free Adobe® Reader® software, please Click Here to download it from Adobe's website. These publications are:
Tombstone Inscriptions in Cemeteries of Manatee County Florida 1850 - 1980, published by the Manasota Genealogical Society Inc., 2nd Edition, copyright 1982, all rights reserved, 811 pages. This is a large PDF file (40MB) of scanned book pages; the file is bookmarked for ease of navigation, and optimized for single page downloading for low speed internet connections. Best viewing and navigating of this large PDF file from within your browser requires the Adobe® Reader® plug-in, or one could save the file to disk and view it with the Adobe® Reader®. If using a low speed connection, it is advisable to set your Adobe® Reader® internet preference to not "allow downloading in the background" (go to Edit/Preferences, Category: Internet in your Adobe® Reader®). Downloads and copies are for the personal use of the researcher, and no distribution is allowed without the permission of the Manatee Genealogical Society. Click Here To View This Book. Navigation instructions are provided on the introduction/opening page of this file.
Extractions from Manatee County Censuses of 1860 - 1870 - 1880 - 1885 - 1895, by Mabel Schneider (Chairman), Lucille Ford, Paul Rehnborg, Elinor Rehnborg, Helen Richeson & Peggy Wetsel - Members of the Manasota Genealogical Society, published by the Manasota Genealogical Society Inc., copyright 1985, all rights reserved, 343 pages. Best viewing and navigating of this large PDF file from within your browser requires the Adobe® Reader® plug-in, or one could save the file to disk and view it with the Adobe® Reader®. If using a low speed connection, it is advisable to set your Adobe® Reader® internet preference to not "allow downloading in the background" (go to Edit/Preferences, Category: Internet in your Adobe Reader). Downloads and copies are for the personal use of the researcher, and no distribution is allowed without the permission of the Manatee Genealogical Society. Click Here To View This Book. Navigation instructions are provided on the introduction/opening page of this file.
The Manatee Genealogical Society (MGS) publishes a newsletter
(Cracker Crumbs) for members. The newsletter contains information on upcoming events, meetings, helpful hints for genealogical research,
general interest articles and information on special interest groups for education and research, to name a few focus areas. We encourage MGS Members to contribute pertinent news and genealogical interest information for newsletter publication. Your personal involvement adds to our MGS experience.
At the moment MGS has no Newsletter Editor, or acting Editor. Should we
resume publication, MGS welcomes your support. Guidelines for submission of articles can be obtained by
clicking here. Cracker Crumbs is distributed to MGS Members via e-mail to their address of record,
or a link to the newsletter provided, and eventually
posted to this website at a later date.
The current newsletters available for download and viewing as PDF files are:
The By-Laws (revised May 7, 2013) of the Manatee Genealogical Society
(also known by Corporate name of Manasota Genealogical Society) are available for
viewing and downloading as a PDF file:
& Speaker Articles
The Manatee Genealogical Society will Web Publish Articles submitted by MGS Members. Here is your chance to get PUBLISHED! Our newsletter in the past has included Member Spotlight Articles where a member presents the results of his/her research and includes some interesting information related to the member/researcher. Also, members have assembled much information pertaining to their ancestors that would be of considerable interest to their "unknown" shared relatives. Separating this type of material from the newsletter keeps the newsletter manageable in size and focused on news. Web Publishing can get that treasured information to the masses. Consider contributing a short article to share with your fellow MGS members and the genealogical community! Guidelines for submission of Articles can be obtained by clicking here.
Guides available for download and viewing as PDF files are:
Useful Material for
Using Our Library Genealogy Section. The
Library PDF document
describes the indexing and the Dewey Decimal layout of the genealogy section
of our Library. This brief guide will lead you to material of most interest
to you. For example, State Histories, State Genealogical Material, Family
"how-to" References, Vital Records, Immigration and Passenger Lists etc.
Print this for your next trip to the Library.
Jim McHugh describes his research and findings pertaining to his patriot ancestor Solomon Ingalls, born 1750 in Andover, MA & died Jefferson, County, NY in 1840, and an interesting coincidence. This work resulted in Jim's Article
"A Coincidence at Saratoga" (size 186 KB).
Anne Young described her experiences researching Swedish ancestors and the enlightening experiences in Salt Lake City with the SwedGen Tour at the 2005 FGS Conference. See Anne's
"The SwedGen Tour Comes to Salt Lake City" (size 708 KB).
Bryan Mulcahy, (the Reference Librarian for the Fort Myers-Lee
County Library) discussed a variety of topics associated with
immigration and genealogical research at a MGS 2009 Meeting. Bryan has
prepared study guides covering a variety of genealogy research topics; his
presentation was centered on a number of these guides. Attendees found these
study guides to be very useful, and they are available here on this website,
Mulcahy Study Guides
(a PDF file). This compilation of Study Guides contains the
1) Immigration History: Settlements, Immigration, and
Naturalization to North America
Chronology of Major Events: 1562-1960
2) Immigrant Ports of Entry and Exit: United States, British Isles, and Europe
3) Immigration & Naturalization Records
4) Immigration to America - Colonial Period Through 1820
5) Genealogical Research in the New England States - Colonial Era Through 1820
6) Research in England
7) Research in Ireland
8) Research in Canada
Mulcahy Study Guides
(a PDF file) for the above topics.
WPA (Works Progress Administration)
WPA Historical Records Survey Project & Its Impact on Genealogical Research
for MGS 4/5/2011).
WPA Era & Its Impact on Genealogical Research
Records Survey (Supporting Information, Data & Sources).
Records & Tax Records
Outline (for the MGS 3/5/2013 Meeting)
of German Genealogical Materials at the Fort Myers Regional Library 2014
April 5th, 2016 Presentation on
Genealogical Research in
the South", focuses on
states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North/South
Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Bryan discussed the east coast ports
of immigration, as well as the important migration trails used by settlers. In
addition to identifying online resources, the discussion focused on utilizing the
major research repositories in this region.
Bryan's study guides support his presentation topic (in PDF format - click
the links below):
Genealogical Research Presentation for MGS - April 5, 2016
Genealogical Research in the South - Research Highlights
Southern Research - Locating Ancestors Using Manuscripts and Special Collections
Southern Research - Using
Alternative Record Sources
and Genealogical Research in the United States
Select Listing of Southern Migration Routes and Trails on the Internet
Southern Research –
Importance of Land Records
Genealogical Research - Using Maps, Atlases, and Gazetteers for Genealogical
Research Guides - Free from Ancestry (this is a link to Ancestry.com)
Rev. Herbert D. Loomis, presented "The
Genealogy of Santa Claus Post Cards" at out December 7th, 2010 meeting. A summary of this presentation can be found in a publication by Rev. Loomis
Christmas.....Yesteryear" . If you click on the link, a PDF
version of the publication is provided.
"Genetic Genealogy - Understanding Your DNA", David Boyett discussed
DNA and enlighten us as
to what it is all about and what it might do for us in our genealogical
research. Click here for his one
page handout with links to useful sites (in PDF Format).
December 1, 2015 Meeting:
Ed Sandbach's presentation handout can be obtained from this link:
This handout is in PDF Format and contains example pictures (size 1.8
MB) for use in dating old pictures.