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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



Thursday, October 18
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: "AHA! Moments" from our Members.
 
Join us as some of our members share various experiences and discoveries in their genealogical quests.


Friday, October 19
Martin County Genealogical Society General Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Blake Library, John F. and Rita M. Armstrong Wing, 2351 Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida
"Enriching Your Family History through Stories! How to Ensure that Future Generations Will Spend as Little More Time Reading Your Work!"  presented by Cindy J. Hineman.
 
Florida resident Cindy Hineman is a professional genealogist who specializes in life story writing and has formed her own company called Leave Your Legacy, Connecting the Past to the Present for the Future.
 
Although the birth, death and marriage dates of your ancestors are important, Cindy believes that it makes good sense to combine your family research with stories, both yours and your ancestors. You may say ‘my family were just farmers, they wouldn’t have been named in those county history books’. Maybe not, but Cindy will show you that with a little creative thinking and writing, you can craft stories of what their lives ‘could’ have been like.
 
Cindy’s presentation will include her top 5 reasons why you should write and share these stories, as well as your own, and tips on how to begin the process.
 
Guest are always Welcome and Meetings are Free!
Website:  mcgensociety.org                                          


Monday, October 22
LCGS DNA Special Interest Group AncestryDNA Matching Workshop  (LCGS Activities)
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
LCGS Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
Pre-req: Must be member of Lee DNA SIG, must have tested at AncestryDNA and uploaded to GEDmatch
RSVP: Arthur Sissman - genresearch13@yahoo.com
Limit: first 7 people to respond, waiting list after.
More: See info on the Collier DNA Yahoo Group.


Tuesday, October 23
True Stories of Families Reunited thanks to Genetic Genealogy by MyHeritage Webinars  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
MyHeritage has brought together many long lost relatives thanks to DNA Matching technology and a huge database of family trees and historical records. In this webinar, our research team will present a few of our 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, October 24
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.


Wednesday, October 24
10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing by Lisa Alzo  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
While church registers are the most popular and useful sources for tracing most Eastern European ancestors, and civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths provide even more details, there are other record groups to be searched that may prove useful, especially in the absence of church and vital records for your locality. This webinar will discuss available, census, tax lists, land,  military, and other records and how to access them.
 
Presenter: Lisa Alzo
Lisa A. Alzo M.F.A. is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of ten books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles, and writes the blog "The Accidental Genealogist."
 


Thursday, October 25
LCGS RootsMagic Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LCGS Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members. Call Carol for more information: 239-246-5185.


Thursday, October 25
New Member Workshop  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LCGS Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
Come and learn what the Lee County Genealogical Society has to offer!  No need to register! Just show up! (Please use the LCGS private entrance on the southwest side of the building.)
 
If you have questions before then, please contact Carol Rooksby Weidlich at genhelp@lcgsfl.org.


Friday, October 26
Researching your French and Indian War Ancestor by Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
 Learn how to properly research a French and Indian War ancestor.
 
Presenter: Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA
Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA is the author of The ‘Lost Pensions’: Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838 (Revised) and Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Inventory 14 (Revised). His most recent work is Understanding Revolutionary War and Invalid Pension Ledgers, 1818 – 1872, and the Payment Vouchers They Represent. He has authored seventeen books and several articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Family Chronicle and other genealogical publications. He is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 5,300 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than thirty years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives. He is a member of the Company of Military Historians on the editorial board of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and is a former Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists. A faculty member for several years of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and recently the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh. He is the coordinator for the 3rd Annual Heritage Books Genealogical Conference and Cruise. He was awarded the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award in 2008 and UGA Silver Tray Award in 2009. He became a Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association in 2014.
 


Wednesday, October 31
Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees by E. Randol Schoenberg  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Privacy remains a huge issue for many genealogists and their family members. Personal genealogy websites, as well as Online Collaborative Trees available at Geni, MyHeritage, Ancestry, WikiTree, WeRelate, FamilySearch and OneGreatFamily, each offer different levels of privacy protections. The lecture will discuss the varied approaches to the question of privacy, focusing especially on legal and  ethical considerations. For example, how should a genealogist respond if someone says she does not want to be on your online tree? Should minors be allowed to use online genealogy platforms? Can the right to privacy ever be reconciled with online collaborative genealogy? As genealogists increasingly utilize public, or semi-public online collaborative genealogy platforms, these questions are becoming more common. The lecture will use real-world examples to analyze the problems and proposed solutions.
 
Presenter: E. Randol Schoenberg
Attorney E. Randol Schoenberg has handled numerous cases involving looted art and the recovery of property stolen by the Nazis, including the successful return of five paintings by Gustav Klimt, as featured in the 2015 film Woman in Gold. Schoenberg graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a certificate in European Cultural Studies and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California. Mr. Schoenberg served as President of Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust from 2005 through 2015, during which time the museum constructed its award-winning new building in Pan Pacific Park.
 



Thursday, November 1
West Nassau Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
6:00 pm
Historical Society Building, 45383 Dixie Avenue, Callahan, Florida
Living History and Family Reunions
 
You are invited to join members of the West Nassau Genealogical Society to share their memories of our pioneer families in the Nassau County, North Florida and South Georgia community. Participating families include: Captain Antonio Suarez, from Amelia Island, presented by Linda Ellwood, McIntosh, Florida.
 
West Nassau Genelaogical Society is honored to be a part of the Smithsonian  Institute Traveling Exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” October 27, 2018 – December 8, 2018 sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and  hosted by the West Nassau Historical Society, Callahan, Florida.


Friday, November 2
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 8): The Smoking Gun 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, “The Smoking Gun,” you’ll be stunned, as was Geoff, with the discovery. But you’ll also learn about some cool 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.
 


Tuesday, November 6
LCGS Writers 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.  Call Vickie for more information at 239-437-5737.


Tuesday, November 6
City Directories: Much More than Ye Olde Phonebooks by MyHeritage Webinars  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Wouldn't it be great for genealogists if State and Federal governments had conducted annual censuses? Knowing exactly where our family members were living year-to-year would allow us to fill in many gaps in our family histories. Alas, all is not lost! City directories are a wonderful census-like substitute, and in many areas of the United States, they were published yearly. This webinar will  focus on techniques for using historical and digitized city directories to trace our families.
 
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, November 7
LCGS Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LCGS Small Group Meeting Room, Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
For LCGS Members using the genealogy software program Family Tree Maker.


Wednesday, November 7
Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor by Melissa Barker  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Our ancestors voted in local, state and federal government elections. Many of our local, state and national archives, libraries and genealogical societies have election and voting records that could help genealogists find their ancestors. These records could include the polling places where your ancestor voted and even your ancestor’s signature.
 
Presenter: Melissa Barker
Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a professional genealogist lecturing, teaching and writing about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual webinar presentations all across the United States for genealogical and historical societies. She writes a popular blog entitled “A Genealogist in the Archives”. She is the Reviews Editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) magazine FORUM. In 2016, she started a bi-weekly advice column entitled “The Archive Lady” that can be viewed at Abundant Genealogy. She has been researching her own family history for the past 26 years.
 


Thursday, November 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, November 9
LCGS English Roots Special Interest Group  (LCGS Activities)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LCGS Small Group Meeting 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, November 9
LCGS German Roots 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 their German speaking ancestors.


Saturday, November 10
22nd Annual Florida Family History Conference  (Conferences-Seminars)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, Florida
Keynote Speaker: Crista Cowen from Ancestrty.com. In addition, 13 other World Class Family History Experts will be involved.
 
Admission is $50.00, which includes conference notebook with all handouts, schedule, map of the building, and more.  Students 18 and under are free.
 
Luncheon is $10.00, Panera Bread fresh turkey or ham sandwich, pickle, chips, & chocolate chip cookie (or bring your own lunch).
 
Flashdrive with ALL HANDOUTS for this one and the last six years: $10.00
 
Register by visiting www.familyhistoryconference.org.
 
Family History Roadshow - Ask the Experts.  Make a 15 minute. one-on-one appointment with an expert!  Sign up on the conference registration page.  This event will be on  on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10.
 
Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, Orlando, FL (near Sea World) has special rates available.
 


Saturday, November 10
How to Prepare for an Effective Research Trip to Ireland  (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: Cathy Negrycz, Sarasota and Manatee Genealogical Societies 
 
This seminar will help researchers prepare a research plan for visiting the major repositories throughout the Republic of Ireland. Examples would include the National Archives in Dublin, General Recording Office, Valuation Office, and many county and church libraries.
 
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, November 12
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 13
LCGS Irish Roots 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 Ireland. For more information call Gary at 239-560-5196.


Tuesday, November 13
Genealogy Society of Collier County Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
7:00 pm
Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples,FL 34103
Program: "Letter from Australia" presented by David Nelson. November 1941, and a young man seeks information about his family in war torn Europe. The names he mentions set off a worldwide search for answers from Austria to Australia.
 
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 back of the church. Guests are welcome at our meetings. Please sign in as a guest when you arrive.


Wednesday, November 14
LCGS DNA 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
Please contact Arthur at genresearch13@yahoo.com for more information.


Wednesday, November 14
Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners by Rorey Cathcart  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Tracing your Louisiana ancestors can be challenging. Get off to a great start with a brief introduction to her varied legal history, important migration events and blended ethnic influences. Review repositories, unique record collections and vital records access requirement along with strategies for successful research.
 
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, November 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: "Wetward Migration" presened by Kaaren Linton.


Tuesday, November 20
Every Day Life of Our Ancestors by Ann Staley, CG, CGL  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Our ancestors led lives, just like us - only different. Using our life as an example, how can we parallel it to theirs? They ate and drank, married and had families, dressed, had trades and occupations, practiced a religion, dabbled in the arts and sciences, participated in politics and economics, etc. This lecture will examine the various aspects of life and provide resources to discover the historical context and personal details of our ancestors' lives.
 
Presenter: Ann Staley, CG, CGL
Ann Staley is an instructor, consultant, trip leader and a lecturer at local, state and national conferences. Raised in Mobile, AL, Ann has been researching her family since 1980 from Alabama, Mississippi, and Virginia to France, England, and Germany. She is the Education Chairman and Webmaster for the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc.; the Secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild; a trustee of the Florida State Genealogical Society; on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies; and has been an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 2000.
 


Wednesday, November 28
Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Did great-grandpa traverse this nation as he worked for the railroad? For which railroad did he work? Where did it run? Are there railroad records which may give us personal details? Visuals and references demonstrate the wealth of historical materials available all across the U.S. When this lecture is over you will know where to turn to find out more about the railroad, its records, and where to find them.
 
Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
Paula considers herself fortunate to be an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American research. She loves to interact with her clients and audiences. She is a long-time course coordinator and instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and an instructor for Ancestry Academy. Her lecturing experience includes the Federation of Genealogical Societies and National Genealogical Society conferences and seminars in many states and Canada. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS), and is a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and is the Past President of the Northland Chapter of APG. She initiated the MGS education committee and classes and was one of the founding members of the MGS Library. She co-chaired the FGS 2001, 2011, and 2013 conferences. Her ancestors came to the U.S. from eight ancestral countries. She has researched onsite from coast to coast at and has written for, FGS FORUM, NGS Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, New England Ancestors, Minnesota Genealogist, findmypast.com, was editor of the former FGS Conference News Blog and currently has her own educational website and blog at http://genealogybypaula.com.
 


Thursday, November 29
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.



Saturday, December 1
How to Analyze Genealogical Evidence: Separating Fact From Fiction  (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:  Bryan Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers Regional Library
 
Genealogists accumulate significant amounts of information as they proceed through the research process.  While it may prove to be accurate to varying degrees, some may be fabrication.  With the volume of digitized resources growing each year, our rapid access to original genealogical records online may flood us with more information than we can handle. It is critical that researchers take the time to carefully analyze all the evidence content for clues implied or suggested.  Failure to do so may result in missing critical details.  This seminar will discuss various techniques to overcome this challenge.
 
 
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, December 4
LCGS Writers Group  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
For LCGS members.  Call Vickie for more information at 239-437-5737.


Wednesday, December 5
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 using the genealogy software program Family Tree Maker.


Wednesday, December 5
Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County and State Records by Mary Kircher Roddy  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Indexes for county records are the key to finding deeds, probates and more. As FamilySearch digitizes more and more records, it's crucial to be familiar with different indexing systems and how to use them. The same skills are necessary for onsite courthouse and archive research. Learn about 15+ indexing systems discover strategies to use when you can't find the index or instructions to it.
 
Presenter: Mary Kircher Roddy
Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, has been a genealogist since 2000, becoming interested in the subject in anticipation of an extended trip to Ireland. She earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington in 2005. She lectures frequently on various genealogical topics in the Seattle area and at conferences across the country.  She has written a number of articles for Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle (now Your Genealogy Today) as well as Speak! (the publication of the Genealogical Speakers Guild) and FGS Forum. Mary also writes a regular blog at www.mkrgenealogy.com/searching-for-stories-blog. She is a participant in ProGen 31.
 


Friday, December 7
Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 9): Adding an Entry from an Online Database 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 an Entry from an Online Database,” you’ll learn the six steps of adding information from any online database to Legacy. You’ll also learn about the Find A Grave tool.
 
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.
 


Tuesday, December 11
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 239-560-5196.


Tuesday, December 11
Genealogy Society of Collier County Membership Meeting  (Other Genealogy Societies)
6:30 pm
Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples,FL 34103
Program:  "Social Media for Genealogy" presented by Myrna Lewis. One of the most wonderful parts ofmodern genealogy is the ability to connect with distant relatives you've never met.
 
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 back of the church. Guests are welcome at our meetings. Please sign in as a guest when you arrive.


Wednesday, December 12
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.


Wednesday, December 12
101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart by Janet Hovorka  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Tired of the regular fan, left to right or top to bottom chart? Want to show off your family relationships, places and time periods in an engaging way? If your clients and family members aren't clamoring for more, maybe you're just not showing it off effectively. The visual presentation of a family's history is one of the most powerful communication tools for genealogists. What is the difference between a butterfly, hourglass, waterfall, DNA and bow-tie chart and which format will show ALL of your family members? How do you squish a whole bunch of people onto a teeny tiny paper? Get lots of creative, artistic hints and come learn about the best tools for displaying your family's history.
 
Presenter: Janet Hovorka
Janet Hovorka and her husband own Family ChartMasters, a genealogy chart printing service and official printing service for Legacy Charting. She is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap book and workbooks about engaging youth with family history. Janet writes The Chart Chick and the Zap The Grandma Gap blogs and has widely written and lectured about family history. She is a past president of UGA and teaches genealogy and library science at SLCC.
 


Thursday, December 13
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, December 14
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 14
LCGS German 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 German speaking ancestors.


Friday, December 14
Citation for beginners by Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Learning to write genealogical citations is part art, part science and potentially terrifying. Learn what important components to note while researching, and how to put them together while writing to subdue the panic, and produce quality work.
 
Presenter: Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG
Shellee Morehead has a Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology and is an adjunct instructor of Biology at NEIT. She was certified by BCG in 2012, and researches, writes and lectures on family history. Her most recent article is "Thomas Hamilton -- Progenitor of a Colonial American Family: His Ulster Origins revealed using DNA" which appeared in the Directory of Irish Family History Research. Recent speaking events include NGS 2016, The Genealogy Event in New York, the Ukrainian Historical and Education Center in New Jersey, and NERGC 2015 in Providence. She was one of the program Tri-Chairs for NERGC 2015. In 2010, she appeared in an episode of Danish Television's "Who Do You Think You Are?"
 
Her specialties include Rhode Island, Italian, and French-Canadian research and genetic genealogy. She is an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), an active member of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society, American-French Genealogical Society, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) New England Chapter.
 


Monday, December 17
LCGS Board of Directors Meeting  (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers


Tuesday, December 18
Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family by Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL  (Education/Training)
8:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Facing identity and kinship problems? Confused by multiple, same-named men? Learn how applying the Genealogical Proof Standard resolved similar challenges in the search for a freedman's family. A case example traces a South Carolina family of color, differentiates multiple men of similar profiles who lived in the same time and place, resolves conflicting evidence, identifies a freedman's last slave owner, and ultimately finds his enslaved birth family. The methodology and record types apply to reconstructing all families.
 
Presenter: Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL
A board-certified genealogist, Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL works as a researcher, author, editor, and lecturer with special interests in genealogical problem solving and methodology. She serves as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and as the editor of BCG's OnBoard publication. She lectures at local and national conferences and has been an instructor at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy's Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum and the BCG Education Fund's Putting Skills to Work workshop on evidence correlation. Nancy's client and personal research encompasses the southeastern United States, upstate New York, England, and Germany.
 


Wednesday, December 19
That Splendid Little War: Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors by Michael L. Strauss, AG  (Education/Training)
2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
The end of the nineteenth century witnessed the transformation of the United States from a developing nation into a global power. Discover your ancestors that served in the war with Spain along with records of the Boxer Rebellion (1900) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) in which United States troops participation on land and sea. This lecture focuses on the many records at the National Archives and other research facilities covering all three military conflicts.
 
Presenter: Michael L. Strauss, AG
Michael L. Strauss, AG is an Accredited Genealogist and forensic investigator, is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah. He holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is a licensed Private Investigator and qualified expert witness in Surrogate Court and Circuit Court in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. Michael is an approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. He is a national genealogical lecturer and instructor for military courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR). He was the film historian for the 2015 Academy Award nominated movie "Finding Vivian Maier".