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For upcoming programs, check the listed contact or website for details, location, directions, or for any last minute changes:

The Lakewood Ranch Genealogical Club meets first Monday of the month at 7:00 PM from Nov. thru Apr. at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall. Their leader is professional genealogist, Donna Moughty.  For inquiries please contact  Nancy Johnson (941-752-9819, or ).


Genealogical Society of Sarasota  (see; meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10am (lite refreshments) and 10:30am for the program from Oct. thru May at Selby Library, 1331 1st St., Sarasota.


South Bay Genealogical Society, (see ) meets the third Tuesday of the month at 10:45 AM with a Regional Roundtable, followed by lunch at noon ,and a presentation at 1:00 PM from Oct. thru May. Meetings and Regional Roundtables are usually held at the new South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin.


Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa)  (see Meetings are the third Saturday of each month (except for December) at 10 AM in the John F. Germany Library Auditorium, 900 N. Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa. Check website for updates and changes.


Englewood Genealogical Society meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 1:30 PM for the General Meeting for Sept., Oct., Jan. thru Apr.; third Wednesday Nov., Dec. and May at Elsie Quirk Library, 100 Dearborn W. St., Englewood. January: meeting place TBA.  See:


Lee County Genealogical Society, meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM.  Check the website for details:


Pinellas Genealogy Society,  ( )  meetings are the 3rd Saturday of the month and begin at 11:00 AM in the Jenkins auditorium of the Largo Public Library.  The Computer Interest Group meets at 9:45 AM before the general meeting, also in the Jenkins auditorium. Refer to website for updates and any changes.


Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida ( ) meets the third Sunday of the month at 1:00 PM from Nov. thru May (with the exception of the second Sunday in February) at Kobernick House, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. 


Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay, (see  )  meets the second Sunday of the month at 1:00 PM (beginner's session), and 2:00 PM (featured program) from Sept. thru June (with some exceptions to accommodate speakers or holiday conflicts) at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater (unless there is a very special program).


Charlotte County Genealogical Society ( Meets monthly (except for July and August)  on the third Wednesday of the month, at 1:30p.m for a brief computer presentation; the regular business meeting and speaker starts at 2pm. The meeting is at the Port Charlotte Beach Park, 4500 Harbor Blvd, Room B, Port Charlotte, FL 33952. A free parking pass is available at the front entrance; check the website for details and meeting subject.



The Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS)   has a website, which lists all societies in the state. There is also a liaison newsletter that goes out to each society, listing meetings and seminars for all groups scheduled during the next few months.  If you are a member of MGS, this newsletter will be distributed to you via email . This is a must for society members to know what is going on in the world of genealogy in Florida. Most of us are happy to travel to Jacksonville or Tallahassee or Miami to hear a nationally-ranked speaker. As you get to know the members of our group, you'll hopefully find partners in research and develop a wider range of friends for carpooling together.


It is fun to join organizations which honor our ancestors. It enriches our heritage. Completed and approved research can be very satisfying. Social aspects form close ties with new “cousins” and friends.

Here are some websites that list a variety of lineage societies.


As you become familiar with the other members of our genealogy community, you might be amazed by their education, research, and travel experience. Many hold membership in and several hold local, state or national office in lineage organizations. Here is a sample of organizations our own MGS members participate in:

Colonial Dames XVII Century; Colonial Dames of America; First Families of VA, CT, OH, etc; , National Huguenot Society;  Sons of the American Revolution; Daughters of the American Revolution;  Daughters of 1812; United Daughters of the Confederacy; Daughters of Union Veterans of Civil War 1861-1865; General Society of Mayflower Descendants; Flagon and Trencher; Jamestowne Society; National Society of Early Quakers; Daughters of American Colonists; Pilgrim John Howland Society; Pilgrim Francis Cooke Society; Descendants of Colonial Clergy; Women Descendants of Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company; Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims; and Order of Founders and Patriots.


Membership in these societies requires research to prove either a new ancestor or relationship to one already established.


Our members often attend national conferences such as National Genealogical Society or State meetings such as Florida Genealogical Society. Several have taken classes or researched in the National Archives,  DAR Library, Family History Library in Salt Lake or the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, IN.


Some do indexing for the DAR online databases. Some maintain websites for societies or their own family line. Several have developed extensive personal libraries of genealogy books and CDs. Some volunteer to administer genealogy mailing lists such as those at .


Some assist other researchers by serving as volunteers at the local public library or Family History Center. Some are experienced computer genealogists and teach classes in this subject area both locally and regionally. Several have published their family histories;  how-to books and articles in genealogy magazines.


Others diligently teach the younger members of their families about their unique ancestral heritage by publishing family newsletters and sponsoring reunions and special grandchildren/grandpa research trips.


Almost all are willing to help fellow researchers in their areas of expertise. Just ask!


The DIMAGE Photography Group  This group was once a subset of the Manatee PC Users Group, but has grown to include nearly 200 attendees during season. Many from our genealogical community have benefited by the tremendous teachings from this group. Meets in the evening, the 4th Tuesday of the month. Digital photography and videography, and developing CD and DVD presentations are the principal focus of this group.

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