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Wednesday, October 23
Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist: 2019 edition  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  Geoff Rasmussen

Leave this class armed with a new collection of tools to make your genealogy time on the computer more efficient.

Viewing times:  2:00pm Eastern, 1:00pm Central, 12:00pm Mountain, 11:00am Pacific
 


Wednesday, October 23
LCGS New York/New England Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members researching ancestors in New York State and the New England area.


Thursday, October 24
LCGS RootsMagic Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members. Call Carol for more information: 239-246-5185.


Friday, October 25
Decoding Secret Societies: Finding Your Female Fraternal Ancestors  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  Michael L. Strauss, AG

Do you have ancestry with membership in the Eastern Star? The Daughters of Rebekah? or another woman’s fraternal organization. This lecture focuses on those female fraternal auxiliaries and the rich genealogical material of family members who may have belonged to one or more of these secret societies.

Viewing times:  2:00pm Eastern, 1:00pm Central, 12:00pm Mountain, 11:00am Pacific
 


Wednesday, October 30
Seven Steps to Manage Digital Files  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  Denise May Levenick

Learn how Digital Asset Management (DAM) can help you organize and manage digital photos and images across computers, cloud services, and mobile devices with practical strategies for backup, adding metadata, filenaming, captioning, and sharing.

Viewing times:  2:00pm Eastern, 1:00pm Central, 12:00pm Mountain, 11:00am Pacific
 



Saturday, November 2
Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society General Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
10:30 am
Mid-County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd, Port Charlotte


Monday, November 4
Lakewood Ranch Genealogical Society Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
7:00 pm
Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, Salon C, Lakewood Ranch, Florida
The Lakewood Ranch Genealogy Club meets on the first Monday of the month from November through April at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall.  Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and all are welcome.    For additional information please contact Nancy Johnson with inquiries.  Please write “LWR Genealogy" in the subject line).


Tuesday, November 5 through Wednesday, November 6
Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  Helen V. Smith

Australia (and the rest of the world), is very fortunate to have free access to Trove - a website of the National Library of Australia. Trove contains many digitised newspapers, some from all the Australian States and Territories up to 1954. While not every paper ever printed has been digitsed there is a wide selection. But the Trove site is not just newspapers but also has Picture Australia, theses, maps, and now the New South Wales and Commonwealth Government Gazettes. There are a number of ways to make your search more directed and ways to organise your research using the site.Learn how Digital Asset Management (DAM) can help you organize and manage digital photos and images across computers, cloud services, and mobile devices with practical strategies for backup, adding metadata, filenaming, captioning, and sharing.

Viewing times for Tuesday, November 5, 2019:  8:00pm Eastern, 7:00pm Central, 6:00pm Mountain, 5:00pm Pacific
Viewing times for Wednesday, November 6, 2019: 2:00am UTC, 12:00pm AEDT
 


Tuesday, November 5
LCGS Writers Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS members. For more information please call Teresa at 239-541-1150.


Wednesday, November 6
Understanding Ethnicity Estimates  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  Mary Eberle, JD

Learn how and when ethnicity estimates can be useful. Several case studies where ethnicity estimates helped solve the genealogy mystery will be covered. This talk covers: 1. How ethnicity estimates are generated and the ancestral timeframe they reflect 2. Differences between the DNA testing companies 3. Additional tools to further explore ethnicity estimates 4. How to identify situations in which they can be very helpful 5. Several examples where ethnicity estimates helped solve a genealogy mystery will be covered.

Viewing times:  2:00pm Eastern,1:00pm Central, 12:00pm Mountain, 11:00am Pacific
 


Wednesday, November 6
LCGS Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS members who use the genealogy software program Family Tree Maker.. 


Friday, November 8
LCGS English Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS members researching ancestors in England. Call Bev for more information at 239-599-4408.


Friday, November 8
LCGS Scandinavian Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members researching their Scandinavian ancestors. For more information please contact Diana Crisman Smith at talkgenealogy@gmail.com.    


Saturday, November 9
2019 DNA Boot Camp - Interpreting Your AncestryDNA Results  (Education/Training)
Hack Genealogy announces its 2019 line up of dynamic, online “boot camps” covering various topics related to genetic genealogy and DNA testing.
 
Throughout the year, DNA Boot Camp online events are open to the public to attend. The cost is minimal (usually $25.99 or less) and each event is scheduled on a Saturday, from:
11:00 am to 2:30 pm Eastern,
10:00 am to 1:30 pm Central,
9:00 am to 12:30 pm Mountain, and
8:00 am to 11:30 am Pacific.
 
When you attend a live DNA Boot Camp, not only do you get to learn from our DNA expert Mary Eberle*, but you have the opportunity to ask questions related to the DNA topic being presented. There are two (2) live webinars, lasting 90 minutes each, and an extensive set of handouts.
 
If you register for a live DNA Boot Camp but can’t attend . . . no worries! Every registrant will receive download links to the recorded webinars as well as the syllabus materials.
 
Interpreting Your AncestryDNA Results
Have you received your AncestryDNA results? Are you confused not only by what they mean, but how to use them as part of your genealogy research? To be honest, I’m in the same boat! I tested back when the AncestryDNA test was in “beta” testing, and I really haven’t put the results to use. I really want to not only understand my ethnic breakdown but also how to make the results part of my family history research.
 
Join DNA expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters for over 3 hours of recorded webinars PLUS some amazing handouts with Interpreting Your AncestryDNA Results Boot Camp!
  • AncestryDNA: AncestryDNA has the largest database of people tested, helpful tools for analyzing your DNA test results, and many family trees posted by people who’ve tested. Learn how to interpret your DNA results from Ancestry.
  • Ancestry DNA Case Study: In this case study, we’ll go through one person’s AncestryDNA test results. We’ll delve into the steps to sort through his matches and make sense of them.  You’ll see the progress and discoveries made in his family tree—all guided by his and his family’s DNA test results.
Visit the DNA Boot Camp page at Hack Genealogy (https://hackgenealogy.com/dna-boot-camp/) for more information or to register for an upcoming DNA Boot Camp
 
 
*DNA Expert Mary Eberle, JD
Each DNA Boot Camp is led by DNA expert Mary Eberle, JD, an experienced genetic genealogist and a DNA expert. She’s a former patent attorney with extensive DNA experience. Mary began her work in the field of DNA research 30 years ago. She now owns DNA Hunters, LLC, which finds people’s biological parents and helps people understand their DNA results. Mary lectures on genetic genealogy throughout the country.


Tuesday, November 12
Chicago Research: Planning is the Key to Success  (Education/Training)
Illinois State Genealogical Society
by  Jeanne Lazalere Bloom
 
Learn how to prepare for research in Chicago, where to locate online points of entry for Chicago records, and how to plan for onsite research. A case study demonstrates how to apply these techniques.
 
Viewing times:  9:00pm Eastern,  8:00pm Central, 7:00pm Moutain, 6:00pm Pacific
 
All ISGS webinars are FREE and available to the public when presented live. After the live broadcast, ISGS members can access the archived webinar from the Members Only section and enjoy a replay of it as many times as they'd like!
 
To register for the live broadcast please visit:   https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8608035148477810689


Tuesday, November 12
LCGS German Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members researching their German speaking ancestors.


Tuesday, November 12
LCGS Irish Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers
For LCGS members researching ancestors in Ireland. For more information call Gary at 585-437-5333.


Tuesday, November 12
Genealogy Society of Collier County Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
7:00 pm
Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples,FL 34103
Program: “The Veteran’s Oral History Program” by Austin Raabe, Retired Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University.  Recording and Archiving first person accounts of historic events.
 
We meet on the second Tuesday each month, except July, August, and September. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Meeting begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. Parking and Hall entrance in the back of the church. Guests are welcome at our meetings. Please sign in as a guest when you arrive.


Wednesday, November 13
Soldier's Homes (1865-1930) Caring for our veterans  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

The National Home for Volunteer Soldiers, was established by an act of Congress in 1865. The purpose of the home system (initially called the National Asylum) was to provide for the care of the large number of wounded and disabled veterans from the Civil War. Records of kinship and other treasures abound in these records—over 400,000 records of these veterans are online free of charge. The home from its inception was intended to be more like a planned community of today, than a simple home and hospital. Extensive amenities and vocational training were provided. The largest branch and showpiece of the system was the Central Branch at Dayton, Ohio, Eventually growing to 11 homes or branches spread across the country, they are today Veteran’s Administration hospitals. Additionally, state and Confederate homes were established. We will also discuss strategies for finding these records.

Viewing times:  8:00pm Eastern, 7:00pm Central, 6:00pm Mountain, 5:00pm Pacific
 


Wednesday, November 13
LCGS DNA Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
Please contact Arthur at genresearch13@yahoo.com for more information.


Thursday, November 14
Pathfinders of South Lake County Genealogical Society  (Other Genealogy Societies)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Cooper Memorial Library, Room 108, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, FL
The War of the Regulation presentation by Allan Lane.
 
The War of the Regulation was an uprising in the British North America’s Carolina Colonies, lasting from about 1765 to 1771, in which citizens took up arms against colonial officials, who they viewed as corrupt.
 
Allan Lane resides in Central Florida with his family. He is now retired after being a Special Agent with the FBI and a commissioned officer in the USAF. His hobbies include history, genealogy, hunting and collecting historical firearms. Mr. Lanes’ love for history led him into researching his family line in the American Wars.
 
For more information visit https://pastfindersslc.org/.


Saturday, November 16
Donna Moughty Genealogy Series  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First Street, Fort Myers, Florida
Speaker: Donna Moughty
 
Program One:  Genealogical research always begins with a question.  Who were the parents of Michael Daly?  What was Ann Jane Martin’s mother’s maiden name?  From the question, we can develop a research plan to address the problem.  This is an iterative process that can help move your research along and break through some brick walls.
 
Program Two:  Donna will cover the latest advances in using the Family Search database
 
All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance registration is required.  Patrons may register for the classes using one of the following methods:
  1. Telephone:  Call 479-4636 and select the option for registering for programs.
  2. Telephone:  Call Bryan l. Mulcahy at 533-4626 and leave your contact information.
  3. E-Mail: Contact Bryan L. Mulcahy at bmulcahy@leegov.com.


Saturday, November 16
Jefferson County NY Genealogical Society  (Other Genealogy Societies)
1:00 pm
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ives Street, Watertown, NY
What’s in a first name? Tom LaClair will discuss naming practices among ancestors-often set by religious precedents. Close relatives can have the similar given names. Children can be named after relatives, living or dead. First names may even be repeated in the same family in the same generation. Use names of newer ancestors to learn potential clues in your older ancestry.
 
Driving Directions:
From Route 81, take exit 44 to Route 232 toward Watertown. Drive 1.1 miles and take the second left turn on to Ives Street Road. Continue straight into the city. The church is the second building on the right; across from Immaculate Heart Central School (IHCS) sporting complex.
 
From Watertown, it is on Ives Street, across from IHCS. Take Washington Street to Barben Avenue. Turn onto Barben Avenue and take it until it ends in a T. Turn left and the church building will be 300 yards on the left, just past IHCS. Or from Watertown, take Massey Street South; veer right onto South Massey and left onto Ives Street. The church building will be on your left, just past IHCS.


Monday, November 18
LCGS Board of Directors Meeting  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers


Tuesday, November 19
Native American Research: Things You May Not Know  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

November is Native American Heritage Month and what better time to delve into Native American research. Learn about records, libraries, archives, websites, and databases and analyzing what you find. Be prepared for some surprises on where you might find more about this amazing heritage

Viewing times:  8:00pm Eastern, 7:00pm Central, 6:00pm Mountain, 5:00pm Pacific
 


Wednesday, November 20
A la Karte: Borders, Maps and Gazetteers for German Genealogists  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  James M. Beidler

The borders of German-speaking lands in Europe followed a non-linear pattern that is at first difficult to unpack. Learn about the gamut of on- and off-line tools to overcome this difficulty.

Viewing times:  2:00pm Eastern, 1:00pm Central, 12:00pm Mountain, 11:00am Pacific
 


Thursday, November 21
LCGS Monthly Membership Meeting  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 8260 Cypress Lake Dr, Fort Myers, FL
Program: Researching Ancestors in Galicia, Austria-Hungary presented by Michelle Chubenko.
 
Eastern European ancestry doesn't have to be your research brick-wall! Discover the many resources for the multi-ethnic Province of Galicia in Austria-Hungary.
 
This presentation will discuss strategies to assist you in determining your immigrant ancestor's immigration to the United States and determining their ancestral hometown as well as review the history of the mid-19th century through 20th-century immigration from Galicia which today includes southern Poland and western Ukraine.
 
Attendees will learn about the relevant repositories and receive instructions on how to
access documents in archives and registry offices as well as review online resources which include: metrical records, maps, archival catalogs, searchable databases, translation (German, Latin, Polish, Hungarian) and transliteration tools and other relevant websites.
 
Michelle Tucker Chubenko is a Research Team Lead and professional genealogist with Legacy Tree Genealogists based in Salt Lake City, Utah. With 30 years’ experience researching her ancestral roots in colonial America and her Eastern European ancestry (Ukrainian and Hungarian), she specializes in New Jersey and Eastern European research.

She is the co-coordinator for the Ukrainian History & Education Center's Family History Group Nashi Predky (Our Ancestors) and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She was a researcher on Who Do You Think You Are? (U.S. Season 1) and appeared in the Brooke Shields episode (April 2010).


Friday, November 22
No Will? No Problem!  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  Sharon Monson

Anything handled by a court of law is lengthy, and that is good for genealogical research. Documents containing information about a death date, relationships, personal and/or real property, and place of residence are common in intestate files. Learn about the court process from first petition to final discharge, and picture what home was like for an ancestor.

Viewing times:  2:00pm Eastern, 1:00pm Central, 12:00pm Mountain, 11:00am Pacific
 


Saturday, November 23
2019 DNA Boot Camp - Interpreting Your FTDNA and 23andMe Results  (Education/Training)
Hack Genealogy announces its 2019 line up of dynamic, online “boot camps” covering various topics related to genetic genealogy and DNA testing.
 
Throughout the year, DNA Boot Camp online events are open to the public to attend. The cost is minimal (usually $25.99 or less) and each event is scheduled on a Saturday, from:
11:00 am to 2:30 pm Eastern,
10:00 am to 1:30 pm Central,
9:00 am to 12:30 pm Mountain, and
8:00 am to 11:30 am Pacific.
 
When you attend a live DNA Boot Camp, not only do you get to learn from our DNA expert Mary Eberle*, but you have the opportunity to ask questions related to the DNA topic being presented. There are two (2) live webinars, lasting 90 minutes each, and an extensive set of handouts.
 
If you register for a live DNA Boot Camp but can’t attend . . . no worries! Every registrant will receive download links to the recorded webinars as well as the syllabus materials.
 
Interpreting Your FTDNA and 23andMe Results
Have you tested your DNA with Family Tree DNA or 23andMe and received your results? Are you confused not only by what they mean, but how to use them as part of your genealogy research? And if you’ve tested with AncestryDNA or another company, why are the results somewhat different? Plus, if you’ve taken the Health part of the 23andMe test, what can you do with the results? There’s so much to learn with DNA testing and genetic genealogy. Right?
 
Interpreting Your FTDNA and 23andMe Results Boot Camp is probably the perfect way to learn how to put those test results to work in your genealogy research.
 
Join DNA expert Mary Eberle for over 3 hours of recorded webinars PLUS some amazing handouts!
 
  • Family Tree DNA: Learn how to navigate your autosomal results from FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA). We’ll cover how to determine how much DNA is shared with matches and whether you’re really an X-DNA match. We’ll also explore FTDNA’s chromosome browser and matrix feature.
  • 23andMe: Learn how understand your 23andMe results. This webinar covers both 23andMe’s Ancestry (genealogy) and the health kits. 23andMe has unique genealogical features, like mitochondrial and Y-haplogroups, matches’ ethnicity percentages, and your ethnicity on a chromosome-by-chromosome view.
Visit the DNA Boot Camp page at Hack Genealogy (https://hackgenealogy.com/dna-boot-camp/) for more information or to register for an upcoming DNA Boot Camp
 
 
*DNA Expert Mary Eberle, JD
Each DNA Boot Camp is led by DNA expert Mary Eberle, JD, an experienced genetic genealogist and a DNA expert. She’s a former patent attorney with extensive DNA experience. Mary began her work in the field of DNA research 30 years ago. She now owns DNA Hunters, LLC, which finds people’s biological parents and helps people understand their DNA results. Mary lectures on genetic genealogy throughout the country.


Wednesday, November 27
LCGS New York/New England Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members researching ancestors in New York State and the New England area.


Saturday, November 30
What's in a German Name?  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First Street, Fort Myers, Florida
Speaker: Ken Weaver, German Roots Special Interest Group Leader and Education Chair, Lee County Genealogical Society
 
The study of the use of last names is an interesting adventure for the genealogist.  German last names follow four distinct patterns and each will be discussed during this session.  Understanding something about your German ancestor’s name may help you to pinpoint your ancestor’s village of origin in Europe.  In addition to the many examples provided, this session will provide resources and insights into the meaning of your German ancestor’s name.
 
All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance registration is required.  Patrons may register for the classes using one of the following methods:
  1. Telephone:  Call 479-4636 and select the option for registering for programs.
  2. Telephone:  Call Bryan l. Mulcahy at 533-4626 and leave your contact information.
  3. E-Mail: Contact Bryan L. Mulcahy at bmulcahy@leegov.com.



Monday, December 2
Lakewood Ranch Genealogical Society Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
7:00 pm
Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, Salon C, Lakewood Ranch, Florida
The Lakewood Ranch Genealogy Club meets on the first Monday of the month from November through April at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall.  Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and all are welcome. For additional information please contact Nancy Johnson with inquiries.  Please write “LWR Genealogy" in the subject line).


Tuesday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 4
Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  Paul Milner

The English parish was both an ecclesiastical and a civil jurisdiction. Both jurisdictions created informative records and kept them in the Parish Chest. This presentation will examine the breadth and wealth of information that can be found, going well beyond the baptism, marriage and burial registers.

Viewing times for Tuesday, December 3, 2019:  8:00pm Eastern, 7:00pm Central, 6:00pm Mountain, 5:00pm Pacific
Viewing times for Wednesday, December 4, 2019:  2:00am UTC, 12:00pm AEDT
 


Tuesday, December 3
LCGS Writers Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS members. For more information please call Teresa at 239-541-1150.


Wednesday, December 4
Which Spot Does X Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  Debra Renard

Because X-DNA isn't a stand-alone test, it's an overlooked research tool even confused with mtDNA. And those cryptic inheritance charts! Let's see how it's applied.

Viewing times:  2:00pm Eastern, 1:00pm Central, 12:00pm Mountain, 11:00am Pacific
 


Wednesday, December 4
LCGS Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS members who use the genealogy software program Family Tree Maker.


Thursday, December 5
Headers, Headers, Headers: A Look at German Record  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First Street, Fort Myers, Florida
Speaker: Ken Weaver, German Roots Special Interest Group Leader and Education Chair, Lee County Genealogical Society

 The Germans are for the most part very meticulous record keepers, making research for the genealogist much easier, as long as the researcher knows what information is contained under each column header.  This session will explore birth, baptism, marriage, and death records from both church and civil sources, focusing on key German words and vocabulary to be found in each.  A look at the more narrative, paragraph style records will be included, as well as some hands-on practice to improve the researcher’s skills.
 
All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance registration is required.  Patrons may register for the classes using one of the following methods:
  1. Telephone:  Call 479-4636 and select the option for registering for programs.
  2. Telephone:  Call Bryan l. Mulcahy at 533-4626 and leave your contact information.
  3. E-Mail: Contact Bryan L. Mulcahy at bmulcahy@leegov.com.


Saturday, December 7
Florida Genealogical Society - Tampa  (Other Genealogy Societies)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
John F. Germany Public Library Auditorium, 900 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa
Annual Holiday Brunch and Show & Tell


Tuesday, December 10
Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records  (Education/Training)
Illinois State Genealogical Society
by  Anita Boyd
 
A friend of John Brown, her husband's activities in the Abolitionist Movement were legendary but Louisana Bell's own tale of freedom was extraordinary. With a series of case studies, attendees will be given an overview of this database which contains a wealth of genealogical information for anyone researching Free People of Color. Hidden among these gems is one remarkable Queen City family.
 
Viewing times:  9:00pm Eastern,  8:00pm Central, 7:00pm Moutain, 6:00pm Pacific
 
All ISGS webinars are FREE and available to the public when presented live. After the live broadcast, ISGS members can access the archived webinar from the Members Only section and enjoy a replay of it as many times as they'd like!
 
To register for the live broadcast please visit:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2879115575287113475


Tuesday, December 10
LCGS German Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members researching their German speaking ancestors.


Tuesday, December 10
LCGS Irish Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers
For LCGS members researching ancestors in Ireland. For more information call Gary at 585-437-5333.


Tuesday, December 10
Genealogy Society of Collier County Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
7:00 pm
Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples,FL 34103
Program: “Tracing your Civil War Ancestors: Your Family Tree Could Have Both Union and Confederate Soldiers” by Joyce Thompson, GSCC Member.
 
We meet on the second Tuesday each month, except July, August, and September. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Meeting begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. Parking and Hall entrance in the back of the church. Guests are welcome at our meetings. Please sign in as a guest when you arrive.


Wednesday, December 11
Grandma's Obituary Box: The Use of Obituaries in Genealogical Research  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  Pam Stone Eagelson, CG

Obituaries are a genealogical resource that help document our ancestors and bring them to life. This lecture examines the clues and types of information found in obituaries as well as where and how to locate them. A discussion of obituaries through the past three centuries will show what values were important to our ancestors and how those values have or have not changed through the years.

Viewing times:  8:00pm Eastern, 7:00pm Central, 6:00pm Mountain, 5:00pm Pacific
 


Wednesday, December 11
LCGS DNA Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
Please contact Arthur at genresearch13@yahoo.com for more information.


Friday, December 13
LCGS English Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS members researching ancestors in England. Call Bev for more information at 239-599-4408.


Friday, December 13
LCGS Scandinavian Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members researching their Scandinavian ancestors. For more information please contact Diana Crisman Smith at talkgenealogy@gmail.com.    


Monday, December 16
LCGS Board of Directors Meeting  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers


Tuesday, December 17
Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Many couples chose to marry in a location away from their home. Often there were reasons why it was a more convenient location to tie the knot. Sometimes, this decision was based on a romantic location or a place that would allow them to marry quickly without a three-day waiting period. These locations are often referred to as Gretna Green, the historic town in Scotland where thousands of English couples ran because of Scotland’s sympathetic marriage laws. We will consider the reason for a different marriage location, alternate sources to determine the location, and a few of the towns known as "Gretna Greens" in the United States.

Viewing times:  8:00pm Eastern, 7:00pm Central, 6:00pm Mountain, 5:00pm Pacific
 


Wednesday, December 18
How to trace your UK ancestry  (Education/Training)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
by  Kristy Gray

From the comfort of your home (outside the UK), trying to uncover your roots (whether in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales) can be an extremely challenging task. However, it is far from impossible with a plethora of information available online from books to databases, transcriptions to images, photographs and other (numerous) online sources. This webinar will provide individual case studies to highlight what is available online and offline, hands-on tips and details of how offline material might be accessed from afar.

Viewing times:  2:00pm Eastern, 1:00pm Central, 12:00pm Mountain, 11:00am Pacific
 


Thursday, December 19
LCGS Monthly Membership Meeting  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 8260 Cypress Lake Dr, Fort Myers, FL
Program "Finding Family in Online Newspapers: Tips From My Great Grandfather" presented by Janeen Bjork.
 
Newspapers can provide a wealth of information to help you fill in gaps in your family history research. This presentation will explain how to find what you're missing (or you've missed) in your searches of online newspapers. Find out why you missed the items you missed, from someone who has found thousands of elusive items for her family, her students' families, and her clients' families. You'll learn what fee and free online newspaper resources are available, see the interfaces for those sites, and be ready to strike out on your own.
 
Janeen Bjork a TV researcher and genealogy teacher has been obsessed with the information historical newspapers contain ever since she found a story about the 1894 murder of her great-great-grandfather, William Strutz, in a Syracuse, NY newspaper. At last count, she had found over 130 different accounts of the tragedy, despite the murderer's or the victim's names being misspelled or misread by OCR (optical character recognition, the technology that allows newspapers to be indexed and searched online) in the majority of the newspapers. She'll share her search methodology via several case studies that illustrate how anyone (you!) can find and preserve family items from online newspapers.