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Monday, January 1 through Monday, December 31
Family History / Genealogy — Introductory - Writing Family History  (Education/Training)
Brigham Young University Independent Study


Monday, January 1 through Monday, December 31
Family History / Genealogy — Introductory - Helping Children Love Your Family History  (Education/Training)
Brigham Young University Independent Study


Monday, January 1 through Monday, December 31
Family History / Genealogy — Record Type - Famioly Records  (Education/Training)
Brigham Young University Independent Study


Monday, January 1 through Monday, December 31
Family History / Genealogy — Introductory - Introduction to Family History Reserch  (Education/Training)
Brigham Young University Independent Study



Monday, February 26
FamilySearch - Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively  (Education/Training)
12:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


Tuesday, February 27
FamilySearch - Starting Family Tree: Preserving Memories Using Photos and Documents  (Education/Training)
1:00 pm
FamilySearch Webinars


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


Wednesday, February 28
Find Your Roots in German Farm Histories by Gail Blankenau  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Until the early 1900s, the majority of the population in the Germanic states was engaged in agriculture. Thus, most of us with Germanic heritage will have at least some ancestors engaged in farming. German farm customs were different from those in America and German farmers were tied to their land in ways that American farmers were not. Particularly in the earlier years, the history of your family's farm was integral to the history of your family.
 
Presenter: Gail Blankenau
Gail Blankenau is an experienced genealogist, speaker and author. Her publications include articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and The Genealogist. She is also a contributor to Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy magazines. Based in Nebraska, she specializes in Nebraska records, Midwestern roots, German genealogy, land records, 19th-Century photographs and tracing lineages. More than half her ancestors came from New England, but she has roots in almost every state east of the Mississippi.
 



Saturday, March 3
Jewish Genealogical Research: Overview and Methodology  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A&B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers, Florida
Speaker: Ilya Zeldes, Author, Lecturer, and Researcher. 
 
Mr. Zeldes will discuss the most productive strategies and records necessary for success in tracing ancestors. Discussion will cover print and Internet resources. These research tools were used as part of his publishing his own family history.
 
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, March 3
14th Annual Irish Festival  (Events/Festivals - SW Florida)
12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
German American Social Club at 2101 SW Pine Island Road in Cape Coral Florida
Please note the Festival will be returning to the German American Social Club ground in Cape Coral.


Sunday, March 4
14th Annual Irish Festival  (Events/Festivals - SW Florida)
12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
German American Social Club at 2101 SW Pine Island Road in Cape Coral Florida
Please note the Festival will be returning to the German American Social Club ground in Cape Coral.


Monday, March 5
LCGS Resource Room Open for Members  (LCGS Activities)
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
LCGS Resource Room will be open to members on the first Monday of each month. Check out our library, ask a question, find a quiet place to work on your family research.


Tuesday, March 6
Manatee Genealogical Society meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton, Florida
Drew Smith, acclaimed genealogy consultant, speaker, and co-host of “Genealogy Guys Podcast” will present "Using FamilySearch.org to Find Genealogical Records.”  Following the presentation there will be a Q & A period with the speaker and then a moderated open discussion period.   Attendees are encouraged to ask questions relative to their issues or "brick walls" and get help from MGS members and meeting attendees. A ”HELP desk” will be staffed with experienced MGS members who can answer questions relative to your genealogical pursuits or suggest sources to address your question.
 
Society information:  Facebook:www.facebook.com/ManateeGenealogicalSociety.
Email questions:  mgs.society@gmail.com.


Tuesday, March 6
LCGS Writers Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS members.  Call Vickie for more information at 239-437-5737.


Wednesday, March 7
LCGS Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS Members using the genealogy software program Family Tree Maker.


Wednesday, March 7
Overcoming Brick Walls Caused by Record Loss by Mary Hill, AG  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Many records have been lost due to climate, poor storage, and war. Often it is possible to find alternative records if you know where to look. Federal records such as the census, and cemetery records both local and national are just two of the many record types to check to find ancestors who lived in areas where records were destroyed or lost.
 
Presenter: Mary Hill, AG
Mary E.V. Hill, MLS, AG® (Mid-Atlantic States); worked as reference librarian at BYU from 1989-1992, as genealogy instructor at BYU from 1992-1995, as Family History Library US/Canada Reference consultant from 1995-2006. She served on the UGA Board of Directors from 2006-2008 and as an LDS missionary at the Family History Library from 2006-2008. She is the author of Saga of a Southern Loyalist: William Riddle of Virginia and North Carolina, and Angel Children. She is a lecturer with emphasis on U.S. research methods and genealogical organization. Mary is a mother and grandmother.
 


Thursday, March 8
Bonita Springs Genealogy Club Monthly Meeting  (Bonita Springs Genealogy Club)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs


Friday, March 9
LCGS English Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, 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, March 9
LCGS German Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members researching their German speaking ancestors.


Friday, March 9
Secrets in the Attic: Break Down Brick Walls With Home Sources by Denise May Levenick  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Solve genealogical mysteries with clues in family sources. Photos and examples show where to find hidden details about your ancestors' lives in the things they left behind, including old documents and letters, and unidentified photographs.
 
Presenter: Denise May Levenick
In every family, someone ends up with "the stuff." Denise May Levenick is a writer, researcher, and speaker with a passion for preserving and sharing family treasures of all kinds. She is the creator of the award-winning family history blog, The Family Curator and author of two books on preserving family treasures, How to Archive Family Photos (Family Tree Books, 2015), and How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records, (Family Tree Books, 2012).
 
Denise inherited her first family archive from her grandmother & a trunk filled with photos, letters, documents, and lots of "miscellaneous stuff" and is now the caretaker of several family collections. She has adapted professional archival techniques to the family archive situation and shares her experiences at her website, and in her books and articles.
 
Denise is a frequent contributor to family history magazines and online publications, and presenter for webinars and workshops. She is a former high school English and Journalism teacher, and a holds a Master's Degree in English Literature.
 
How to Archive Family Keepsakes helps family historians use professional archival techniques with their own family treasures.  Numerous charts and checklists and Denise's practical guidance offer step-by-step advice for organizing, preserving, and digitizing heirlooms, and genealogy research. 
 
Denise is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Southern California Genealogical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and The Phi Beta Kappa Society. She heads the grant committee for the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant founded in 2010 to assist young genealogists seeking to advance their genealogical education. She lives in Pasadena, California.
 


Saturday, March 10
8th Annual North Florida Genealogy Conference  (Conferences-Seminars)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 461 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, Florida
With 14 presenters giving 20 lectures over the course of the day, there is plenty of variety for everyone. Our keynote speaker is Your DNA Guide – Diahan Southard. She will also be presenting three DNA sessions for beginning to advanced research levels. Other sessions will provide information on German Church Records to Overcoming Writing Obstacles to Thinking Outside the Box to much more. With 20 lectures to choose from – truly a little bit for everyone.

The conference draws about 250 attendees from across the area and is co-sponsored by The Jacksonville East, Jacksonville West and Jacksonville South Family History Centers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society, Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc., Amelia Island Genealogical Society, and St. Augustine Genealogical Society.
 
Early registration costs $25.00 and includes a lunch; late registration (after 1 March 2018) costs $30.00 and lunch is not guaranteed. Doors open at 8:00 A.M. for walk-in registrations.
 
Online registration and payment is now available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/8th-nf-genealogy-conference-tickets-41803809319
 
 


Saturday, March 10
Researching Your Irish Ancestors  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 10:45 am
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-D, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Speaker:  Donna Moughty:  Professional Genealogist, Former regional manager for Apple Computers, Specialist in 19th Century Irish Research
 
Program One; Using Griffith's Valuation to Identify Your Ancestor's Origins; Case Study:  Fire and government destruction of early census records left a void for Irish researchers.  Creative genealogists have learned to use Griffith’s Valuation as a key resource in finding famine emigrants and their families.
 
Program Two Online Sources for Irish Research:  This seminar will explore the most productive sites for locating Irish ancestors.  
 
 
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, March 12
LCGS Board of Directors Meeting  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers


Tuesday, March 13
True Stories of Families Reunited Thanks to Genetic Genealogy by MyHeritage Webinars  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Many long-lost relatives have been brought together lately thanks to the combination of DNA, family trees and historical records. In this inspiring webinar, MyHeritage's research team will present some of its favorite heartwarming reunions.
 
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars
MyHeritage is the leading global destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. Our platform and DNA kits make it easy for anyone, anywhere to embark on a meaningful journey into their past and treasure their family stories for generations to come. Our powerful technology does the searching for you, revealing fascinating new details about your family history — effortlessly.
 


Wednesday, March 14
The Case of the Broken Link: Decoding the URL by Cyndi Ingle  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Web site addresses appear to be long, complicated, and mysterious. Navigating through the web leads you from link to link, web page to web page, site to site, and server to server all in a matter of a few clicks. How can you sort out separate web sites? How can you track down a new URL for a broken link or a broken bookmark? What happens when your source citation for a web site contains a URL  that suddenly disappears? We will break down this technical topic to help you easily hunt down the URL you need.
 
Presenter: Cyndi Ingle
Cyndi is the creator, owner and "webmaster" of the award-winning web site Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, www.CyndisList.com, a categorized index to more than 335,000 online resources. In its first three years, Cyndi's List was three times voted the best genealogy site on the World Wide Web. It helps millions of visitors worldwide each month and has been featured in the media and diverse publications, including ABC News, NBC News, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, Wired, Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, and Internet Genealogy magazines. Cyndi has been interviewed for many television and radio broadcasts including ABC News, NBC News, the BBC, and National Public Radio. She has also participated in the Ancestors II television series on PBS. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 35 years, is a past-member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. Cyndi is an internationally known guest lecturer for various genealogical society meetings and seminars (http://www.CyndisList.com/speaking-calendar/). She has lectured for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, GENTECH, Brigham Young University, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, the Washington Library Association, the Florida Library Association, the American Library Association and numerous local genealogical societies in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Cyndi has authored numerous articles and three books. Before her life on the Internet, Cyndi worked as an international banker specializing in foreign exchange and computer networks. Cyndi, her son, Evan, and three Boston Terriers live in Edgewood, Washington.
 


Thursday, March 15
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: "Gedmatch and DNA Painting: Mapping Your DNA to Your Chromosome" presented by Regina Negrycz.
 
Using two free websites, GEDmatch and DNA Painter, you can "paint" your DNA onto your chromosomes, thereby displaying triangulated results pictorally.


Saturday, March 17
Williamson County Genealgical Society Annual Seminar with Drew Smith  (Conferences-Seminars)
First United Methodist Churc, 1004 North Mays, Round Rock, Texas
Topics to include:
  • Organizing Your DNA Testing
  • Your Ancestor’s Fan Club
  • Front Page News
  • Cloud Computing
Drew conducts Genealogy Connection, an all- interview podcast with leaders in the genealogical community, and The Genealogy Guys Podcast with co-host George G. Morgan. His publications include his most recent - Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher - 2016; first book, Social Networking for Genealogists in 2009; co-authored Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques - 2013. Librarian at University of South Florida - Tampa; VP of Aha! Seminars, Inc.!
 
View more information including registration at https://williamsontxgenealogy.org
 


Tuesday, March 20
From Baltimore to Burlington: Hazen P. Day's Neighbors Bring Him Home  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
A Maryland resident claimed an 1816 Vermont birth to Vermont-born parents, but no known record provides his specific birthplace or his parents' or siblings' names. Studying his ties to his neighbors and those associates who shared close geographic, vocational, political and religious proximity brings a Maryland man home to his Vermont family. Learn how the presenter analyzed, correlated, and  assembled common and lesser-known records to build a persuasive case.
 
Presenter: Catherine B. Wiest Desmarais, CG
Board-certified since 2011, Catherine is a full-time professional genealogist specializing in researching Vermont and Irish ancestors, as well as forensic cases for attorneys and U.S. Army military repatriation cases. From 2014 - 2017 she served as the Vice-President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). Catherine holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Vermont, and has taught at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the Forensic Genealogy Institute. She can be reached through her website: www.stonehouseresearch.com.
 


Wednesday, March 21
Hands-On with MyHeritage DNA by Geoff Rasmussen, Yoav Naveh  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Whether you upload your raw DNA data to MyHeritage or are ready to move forward with the results from your MyHeritage DNA test, this webinar will guide you through your ethnicity estimates, DNA matches and more. On hand to walk Geoff Rasmussen through his personal results is MyHeritage’s Director of DNA, Yoav Naveh.
 
Presenter: Geoff Rasmussen
Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello, basketball and bowling. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.
 
He is the author of the recently-released, Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors, and the popular books Legacy Family Tree, Unlocked! and Digital Imaging Essentials.
 


Thursday, March 22
LCGS RootsMagic Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members. Call Carol for more information: 239-246-5185.


Thursday, March 22
LCGS Resource Room Open to Members  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
LCGS Resource Room will be open to members on the 4th Thursday afternoon from January through October. Check out our library, ask a question, find a quiet place to work on your family research.


Friday, March 23
Introduction to DNA Testing in Genealogy and Family History by Mike Mansfield  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
DNA is an increasingly important tool that can help us discover amazing things about ourselves and our families. This webinar will provide a brief refresher of human genetics and review the different types of DNA tests available today with an in-depth discussion of autosomal DNA tests and how these tests can be used to solve genealogical problems where evidence from traditional records in scarce.
 
Presenter: Mike Mansfield
Mike Mansfield is Director of Content Operations at MyHeritage since 2013. In this role he is responsible for defining the company's strategy for growing its collection of 6.3 billion historical records, and supervising all operations of content acquisition. Previously, Mike held a Senior Product Manager role at FamilySearch. Mike's professional career has been heavily focused in electronic publishing, search and retrieval, and content acquisition and strategy. After completing his B.S. in Computer Science at Brigham Young University in 1994 he worked for Folio Corporation, a Provo, Utah based technology company which developed cutting edge CD- ROM publication and search technology. Mike joined Ancestry in 1999 and held key rolls in its development of the search engine and publication platform still in use today. As the Senior Director of Search and Content he led the team that created the record Hinting system which helped to revolutionize the way in which users interact with online genealogical records. Mike continued to develop his expertise in his roles in FamilySearch and MyHeritage.
 


Saturday, March 24
Florida Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society 2018 Annual Conference  (LCGS Activities)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
he Waterfront Inn, 1105 Lake Shore Dr., The Villages, Florida
Speakers: The Genealogy Guys, George Morgan and Drew Smith.
 
Get your reservation in early. Reservations must be received no later than 17 March 2018.
 
For more information visit https://ogsfl.org/.


Saturday, March 24
Jewish Genealogical Research: Overview and Methodology  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Speaker: Ilya Zeldes, Author, Lecturer, and Researcher.
 
Mr. Zeldes will discuss the most productive strategies and records necessary for success in tracing ancestors. Discussion will cover print and Internet resources. These research tools were used as part of his publishing his own family history.
 
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.


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


Tuesday, March 27
How DNA testing can reveal your ethnic roots by MyHeritage Webinars  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Discover your family's historic origins by uncovering the regions your ancestors came from. DNA tests allow you to uncover which ethnicities you inherited from the ancestors who came before you. The MyHeritage Ethnicity Estimate includes 42 ethnicities -- the most detailed percentage breakdown available. In this webinar, you will learn how MyHeritage determines your Ethnicity Estimate, how you can understand and share it, and how to use it to expand your family history research. 
 
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars
MyHeritage is the leading global destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. Our platform and DNA kits make it easy for anyone, anywhere to embark on a meaningful journey into their past and treasure their family stories for generations to come. Our powerful technology does the searching for you, revealing fascinating new details about your family history — effortlessly.
 


Wednesday, March 28
Formulating a DNA Testing Plan by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
DNA testing can be expensive, but DNA evidence is a component of exhaustive research when it is available. Identify some of the ways you can minimize costs while maximizing results by formulating a DNA testing plan early in your (or your client's) research.
 
Presenter: Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com), one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers.
 
Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine was also recently elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's Board of Trustees, and graduated from ProGen Study Group 21 in 2015.
 


Saturday, March 31
Coming to America: The Story of Our Courageous Ancestors – The Great Migration  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Program One:  Making the Decision to Emigrate and Planning Process
Speaker:  Speaker:  Joanne Ryder - Past President - SW Florida Germanic Genealogy Society, Member of the Charlotte County Genealogical Society
 
Would you have had the courage of our ancestors to come to America?  This series will explore the decision making process from leaving their known country and culture, and in some cases, sacrificing their family relationships permanently to come to a new world which promised “streets paved with gold”.  We will discuss the real facts and challenges our ancestors faced each step of the way.
 
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, April 2
LCGS Resource Room Open for Members  (LCGS Activities)
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
LCGS Resource Room will be open to members on the first Monday of each month. Check out our library, ask a question, find a quiet place to work on your family research.


Tuesday, April 3
LCGS DNA Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library South Bldg Meeting Rooms, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers, Florida
Free parking is available in the parking lot next to the South Building. Handicapped parking is available in the parking lot very near our meeting rooms. Enter through the front door, since the side doors are only open on the weekend. 
 
For LCGS members.
Contact group leader Andrea Perisho at a.perisho@embarqmail.com to be placed on LCGS DNA SIG mailing list, since meeting dates/places may change due to library room schedule.


Tuesday, April 3
LCGS Writers Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS members.  Call Vickie for more information at 239-437-5737.


Wednesday, April 4
LCGS Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS Members using the genealogy software program Family Tree Maker.


Wednesday, April 4
Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew: History, Migration, DNA by Schelly Talalay Dardashti  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Most people do not know who they are more than a few generations back. Some do know, others suspect, but for the majority of genealogists, it is a surprise when they discover Jewish ancestors. Many of these initial discoveries come from having done a DNA test. What resources are available to those who wish to pursue research in this "new" field? What are the essentials that will help researchers understand their ancestors? What historical events have led to migrations and distance from Jewish ancestry? We will discuss history, migration, essential clues (customs, food, terminology, languages), and much more.
 
Presenter: Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Native New Yorker Schelly Talalay Dardashti has lived in Teheran, Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and now New Mexico. A journalist and genealogist, she is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage, and has traced her Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Mizrahi families across Iran, Spain, Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. She was an early proponent of DNA for genealogy and co-admins several DNA projects at FamilyTreeDNA. The former genealogy columnist for the Jerusalem Post ("It's All Relative," 1999-2005), she created the award-winning "Tracing the Tribe - The Jewish Genealogy Blog" (2006; now on hiatus), and "Tracing the Tribe - Jewish Genealogy on Facebook" (with nearly 18,000 global members). Her articles have appeared on JTA, Reform Judaism, Hadassah, NGS Quarterly, Avotaynu and numerous Jewish and general genealogy publications, newspapers, and more. Affiliations: Social media coordinator, Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies; board member, Casa Sefarad (Albuquerque, NM); founding member, JGS of New Mexico; founding organizer, annual Jewish Genetics Conference (NM).
 


Thursday, April 5
Colonia Dames XVll Century, Nicholas Meriwether Chapter  (Other Meetings of Interest)
10:30 am
Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 8260 Cypress Lake Dr, Fort Myers, FL
Program: Heraldry by Maureen McGovern.
 
Lunch $15.00 or brown bag is acceptable.


Friday, April 6
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 3): Adding a Census Record by Geoff Rasmussen  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
In this series, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will guide you through the step-by-steps of properly adding genealogy documents, citations, and digital media to your Legacy Family Tree 9 software. Each class is based on a different chapter in his popular book, Legacy 9 Unlocked: Techniques, Tips and Step-By-Steps for Using Legacy Family Tree to Record Your Genealogy. Watch them in order if you want to  follow the mystery or jump around to capture the instructions.
 
In this class, “Adding a Census Record,” you will learn the six steps of adding a census record to Legacy plus some killer Legacy tips!
 
Presenter: Geoff Rasmussen
Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello, basketball and bowling. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.
 
He is the author of the recently-released, Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors, and the popular books Legacy Family Tree, Unlocked! and Digital Imaging Essentials.
 


Saturday, April 7
Coming to America: The Story of Our Courageous Ancestors – The Great Migration  (FMY Regional Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Program Two: Departure and the Trip Across the Atlantic
Speaker:  Speaker:  Joanne Ryder - Past President - SW Florida Germanic Genealogy Society, Member of the Charlotte County Genealogical Society
 
Would you have had the courage of our ancestors to come to America?  This series will explore the decision making process from leaving their known country and culture, and in some cases, sacrificing their family relationships permanently to come to a new world which promised “streets paved with gold”.  We will discuss the real facts and challenges our ancestors faced each step of the way.
 
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.


Tuesday, April 10
Genealogy for Advanced Users: Grow Your Family Tree Online by MyHeritage Webinars  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Learn how to expand your online family tree. This advanced webinar will delve deeper into the various tools available on MyHeritage to take your family history research to the next level. 
 
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars
MyHeritage is the leading global destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. Our platform and DNA kits make it easy for anyone, anywhere to embark on a meaningful journey into their past and treasure their family stories for generations to come. Our powerful technology does the searching for you, revealing fascinating new details about your family history — effortlessly.
 


Wednesday, April 11
Georgia: Gateway to Westward Expansion by Rorey Cathcart  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Georgia holds a critical place in the history of the expansion of the United States west. Learn the common mistakes that can stall your Georgia research. Explore repositories, history and collections unique to the state to get your family history adventure off on the right foot.
 
Presenter: Rorey Cathcart
Rorey Cathcart is a professional genealogist and owner of The Who Hunter LLC based in Charleston, South Carolina. She has spoken locally and nationally on topics of interest to genealogists and society leadership alike. In addition to serving individual and corporate clients, Rorey has researched for two seasons of the hit PBS series, Genealogy Roadshow and was a Senior Researcher for the show’s third season. Her research specialties include Southern States, Migratory Patterns, South Carolina and Irish heritage with a unique subspecialty emphasizing Irish Publicans of Philadelphia. She currently serves as President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
 


Thursday, April 12
Bonita Springs Genealogy Club Monthly Meeting  (Bonita Springs Genealogy Club)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs


Friday, April 13
LCGS English Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LCGS Resource Room, 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.