Lee County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Monthly Membership Meetings
"Moving Forward - Moving Backward - Moving Forward"
Upcoming Programs and Speakers for 2019
 
 
18 April
Paul Rivera
Arthur Sissman
Bob Helgeson
 
Off the Grid:
Doing Genealogy in Other Parts of Europe
 
16 May Marie Overman
Newspaper Research -
Another Source to Track Those
Interesting and Elusive Ancestors
 
20 June
Norman Jones
"I Knew There Was Blue Blood Somewhere!"


Join Us at Our LCGS Monthly Membership Meetings
 
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 guests at 9:30 a.m. Our meetings are being held
in the Fellowship Hall of Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church, 8260 Cypress 
Lake Drive, in Fort Myers. CLICK HERE for a map and driving directions.


Quick link to the Fort Myers Regional Library
 


Genealogy
 
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.


Florida Gulf Coast University Library
10501 FGCU Blvd, South, Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
 
 
Southwest Florida (Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry,
or Glades) community residents:
You may get a free FGCU Library Borrower's Card
by filling out an application and showing proof of residence 
at the Circulation Desk.
See the Library's Circulation Policy for more information. 
 


Facts and Tips
Obituaries - don\'t limit your scope of your research to just the deceased. You may find a relative in the list of survivors or pre-deceased...or pallbearers. These clues help place your relatives at a specific place and a specific time in many cases!
[Basic Information]

Surname Sources: The four basic groups from which surnames developed are patronymic,landscape features/place names, action/nicknames and occupational/office names.
[Basic Information]

There are pay sites and free sites. The major free site is familysearch.org.
[Basic Information]

Former New York City mayor Fiorello La Guardia worked at Ellis Island from 1907 to 1910 as a translator/interpreter with the Ellis Island inspectors helping immigrants entering the U.S.
[Immigration-Emigration]

Look at the neighbors' names surrounding your ancestor. Are they in the next census? Are they neigbors or family?
[Census]

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