Family Search Microfilm Lending Discontinuing
FamilySearch has announced that it will discontinue their distribution of microfilm services as of Thursday, 31 August 2017. For information on how this will affect the Afilliation Program with the Fort Myers Regional Library, pease read Reference Librarian Bryan Mulcahy's informational article.

Lee County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Monthly Membership Meetings
Upcoming Speakers for 2017
17 August
Bryan Mulcahy,
Reference Librarian,
Fort Myers Regional Library

How to Overcome "Brick Wall" Issues

21 September
Carolee Dunivan
"The Bound Out Mystery"... determining the fate of illegitimate, orphaned, and neglected children in early America.
19 October
Diana Crisman Smith
Little Houses on the Prairie: Midwestern Research
16 November Dr. Paul Rivera
"Baltimore to San Juan to Seville!" Tracing Your "Old" New Immigrant Ancestors
21 December LCGS Members Memories

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Monthly Membership Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, January through December from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Doors open to members and the public at 9:30 a.m. Our meeting are being held in the Fellowship Room of Cypress Lakes Presbyterian Church, 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, Florida. CLICK HERE for map and driving directions.

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Genealogy is the study of your family’s history, which is a personal record of your ancestors. Through your research you learn about when and where they were born, who they married, who their children were, where they lived and worked, and how you fit in your overall family tree.

Learning about your family history usually starts at home by talking with family members and recording information about your ancestors. You may have useful sources at home such as birth certificates, obituaries, wedding announcements, a family Bible, etc.  Read these documents carefully – you may find some information about that ancestor or relative that you didn’t know before.  These documents may also prove or disprove some of those family stories you grew up with.

You may find that others in your family or extended family have already done genealogy research on your family.  Don't hesitate to ask close or distant relatives if they have already started researching your family.

Declaration of Rights
The Lee County Genealogical Society supports the Records Preservation & Access Committee’s Declaration of Rights, advocating open access to federal, state and local public records. This means not just vital records but access to land, immigration, military - both service and pensions, and adoption files. This access should also allow us to view original records when other media that had been used to capture an image of the record is hard to read.
Since 911, access to many records have been closed due to concerns about identify theft and privacy. No proof has been forth coming that the closure of these records has stopped or even limited identity theft and/or fraud. Social Security numbers are rarely stolen from documents found in government offices. They are usually stolen through Internet hacking into banking and business databases. The Washington Post on March 25, 2014, reported that the U.S. government notified 3,000 companies in 2013, that their computer systems had been hacked. Think Target, 7-Eleven, Nasdaq and even the U.S. Federal Reserve.
As family researchers we are encouraged by the U.S. Surgeon General to search through our ancestral tree for health issues that we or other family members may be afflicted with. We need proof of birth for drivers’ licenses and passports and the U.S. government releases census records to the public after 72 years. We need access to these records.
Please lend your support by reading, then signing the Declaration of Rights at
The Records Preservation & Access Committee is comprised of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society, International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and supported by the American Society of Genealogists, Association of Professional Genealogists, Board for Certification of Genealogists and International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists.

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Southwest Florida (Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry,
or Glades) community residents:
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at the Circulation Desk.
See the Library's Circulation Policy for more information. 

Looking for information online
and don't know where to start? 
Check out our Research Links webpage to view a list of over 1,800 websites.
Use the Filter by Category box at the top of the page and search the various
categories of website links. If a link is broken, please don't hesitate to contact

War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land
Warrant Application Files
Among the most requested documents at The National Archives (NARA) are the War of 1812 pension applicaiton files.  There are approximately 180,000 pension and bounty land warrant application files relating to claims based on service between 1812 and 1815. These files generally contain documentation submitted in support of a claim, such as the original application form, affidavits, and statements from witnesses.  
These files are fragile and in need of digitization.  The War of 1812 Pension Digitization Project was established and in support of digitizing 7.2 million pages, has provided a dollar for dollar matching grant.  For more information on how you can make a tax-deductible gift visit Preserve the Pensions website by clicking here.
As these documents are digitized they are being made available FREE on NARA's website. As of 17 March 2013, 8% of the digitization has been completed - that's 556,064 documents.
The following information will be captured with the images and available to researchers when it exists in the file:
 .. Veteran's name
 .. Widow name
 .. Acres Granted
 .. Age
 .. Widow’s maiden name
 .. Year of BLM act
 .. Place of residence
 .. Widow death date
 .. Warrant number
 .. Soldier death date  .. Additional names    
To search these pension files on the fold3 website, please click here.  Remember, new images are being uploaded each day.  Check back often to see if you can identify records for your ancestors.

Facts and Tips
A Gazetteer is a geographical dictionary.

If you are scanning images for the purpose of creating a report, or publishing a family history, then scanning in color or gray scale at 300 dots per inch resolution, will give you the best quality.

An executor is named by the testator and is required by the court to post a bond. An administrator is appointed to handle the affairs of one who dies intestate (without a will).
[Probate Records]

Deeds establish proof of legal ownership of land.
[Land Records]

The Michigan 1810 Territorial Census Records are missing.

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