The passage of the Social Security Act of 1935 during the height the new deal era and the great depression would provide stability to our nation. By decoding the meaning of the series of numbers, ordering the applications of the social security cards, and understanding how delayed births played an important part in this act can help genealogists to find new information about their ancestors.
Michael L. Strauss, AG, 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".
The GLO website provides access to over 8 million records, some dating back to the late 1700s. Thousands of records are still being added to this website to include patents, tract books, and maps. These records contain rich genealogical information. Also, the information on the website allows researchers to locate the original land entry papers held by the National Archives. Attendees will discover the scope and importance of records on the BLM website that document the ﬁrst transfer of federal land and much more. Even if your ancestor did not live in one of the public land states, they could have applied for military bounty land. Examples will be presented using the website in a variety of roles such as locating land, discovering the FAN club, finding the information to order records, and much more. Also, other online resources related to this data such as HistoryGeo, a subscription website, that presents the GLO data in a manner friendly to genealogical research will be demonstrated.
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, is a long-time researcher and instructor in genealogical topics. Rick is also a retired colonel having served 31 years in the U.S. Army. Rick and his wife Pam coordinate the Advanced Land course and Researching in Washington, D.C., without Leaving Home offered by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Advanced Land course at Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Rick co-coordinates with Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, the Law School for Genealogists at GRIP and the FHL Law Library course at SLIG. He also coordinates the Using Maps in Genealogy course at SLIG. Rick also instructs in the Advanced Methodology course offered by SLIG. He also lectures at national conferences and presents nationwide seminars. His areas of expertise encompass records of the National Archives, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, including military records, land records, using maps in genealogy, urban research, and government documents. Rick is experienced in the localities of western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Rick is also a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He is also the immediate past president of BCG.
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James L. Tanner B.A. Degree; Spanish, M.A. Degree; Linguistics, University of Utah. J.D. Degree; Law, Arizona State University. 39 years Arizona trial attorney. Over 38 years in genealogical research. Avid Blogger of Genealogy’s Star and Rejoice, and be exceeding glad. 16 years as a Family History Volunteer. Presently serving at the BYU Family History Library. On the Board of Directors of The Family History Guide Association. Presenter at Expos and Conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Previously owner of a retail computer business and an Apple Macintosh software company. Professional photographer. Seven children and 34 grandchildren. Fluent in Spanish and has done extensive Spanish genealogical research
Janice Lovelace is a genealogical researcher, educator, author, and lecturer, with over thirty years of experience. She completed the Genealogy and Family History certificate at the University of Washington in 2012, the certificate program in genealogy at Boston University in 2013, and ProGen in 2014. Dr. Lovelace is a frequent speaker at international, national, and regional genealogy conferences as well as local societies on health and genetics, ethnic minority genealogy, and research methodology. She is an instructor at the Midwest African American Genealogical Institute (MAAGI). A retired college faculty member, Dr. Lovelace authored the National Genealogical Society’s online continuing education course African American Roots: A Historical Perspective. A freelance writer and photographer, she has a number of genealogy articles among her publications. A member of the Seattle Genealogical Society for many years, she has served in several board positions. She is also a member of Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Ohio Genealogical Society, Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the National Genealogical Society (NGS).
Thursday, April 16
LCGS Monthly Membership Meeting (LCGS Activities)
Program: "FamilySearch Wiki" by LCGS member Diana Crisman Smith.
you like genealogy resources? Do you like FREE genealogy resources? Do you need help with a location, a language, or a record type? Do you want to find other websites to help in your research?
Well, then, the FamilySearch Wiki can help you! We’ll talk about why, how, and how NOT to use the FamilySearch Wiki.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 8:00pm Eastern - 7:00pm Central - 6:00pm Mountain - 5:00pm Pacific
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 12:00am GMT
Presenter: Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL
Rebecca Whitman Koford holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and as a Certified Genealogical LecturerSM. Her focuses are Maryland and military records at the National Archives, especially those of the War of 1812. Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the National Genealogical Society Conference (NGS), Association of Professional Genealogists Conference (APG), RootsTech, webinars for Legacy and APG, the Maryland State Archives, and for groups in surrounding states. She has published articles in the NGS Magazine, APG Magazine, SAR Magazine, and the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. Rebecca is also the Course I coordinator for The Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR). She is a former board member of the Maryland Genealogical Society. She is a graduate and former group coordinator and mentor of the ProGenStudy Group, an online peer-led study program based on the book Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills; she was appointed ProGen Administrator in January 2015. She has recently been appointed as the Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® in July 2018. Rebecca lives in Mount Airy and volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick, Maryland.
Rick’s a lifelong snapshooter, who’s been in the imaging business for a few decades. “Rick, Randy, and a few excellent people” created Vivid-Pix 8 years ago to make it fast, easy and affordable for customers to get and share better images. Vivid-Pix patented, AI software is enjoyed in over 100 countries and borrows from a slogan created a century ago – You click the mouse, We do the rest. A picture says a thousand words, video speaks volumes: https://vivid-pix.com/news-blog/entry/learn-how-experts-describe-vivid-pix-restore.html. At HP, Rick helped create the Retail Publishing Solutions division – connecting home, store and online – delivering photos and gifts in minutes, in an hour, and in a few days. At Kodak, he enjoyed working with just about every class-of-trade, developed relations and promotions with local, regional, national, and international sporting teams, theme parks, and organizations; creating new technologies and revenues. His favorite personal achievements are raising a daughter (with his wife of over 30 years) who is a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and working as a volunteer and board member in multiple non-profit organizations.
Times: 2:00pm Eastern - 1:00pm Central - 12:00pm Mountain - 11:00am Pacific - 7:00pm GMT - 9:00pm IST
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Wednesday, April 29
Legacy Family Tree Webinars (Education/Training)
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Road Crews and Jury Selection: How Do Find Where Our Ancestor Lived and Their Neighbors
by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
“…Ordered by the Court that Cullen E. Sugg oversee the road in the room of Josiah Lawrence and that he with the following hands to wit. Josiah Lawrence, Matthew Williams, Benjamin Batts, Jesse Herring, William Deloach, Sugg Fort, Elias Fort, Hardy Grisard, Elias Lawrence, William Watson, George James, Alexander Gooch and Jesse Andrews, James Lawrence and all other hands residing within the bounds of said road keep said road in repair according to law…”
[Robertson County Tennessee Minute Book 7, p 422]
What do these men have in common? Learning to recognize and understand information contained in county court minute books and order books along with other types of routine court records will require effort to determine the appropriate law regarding the entry and the prevailing tradition of the community. In order to have a better understanding of the laws in place regarding the construction and maintenance of roads, we should review the state laws in place at the time.
J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer. While sharing personal experiences that help beginning and experienced researchers gain new skills and insights for research, he specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee that lies in northern Middle Tennessee along the Kentucky border.
Lowe also serves as the Course Coordinator for 'Research in the South' at IGHR (Samford University), for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and is Director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance), learning sessions and hands-on research focusing on original documents and manuscripts at regional archives. Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events.
Thursday, May 14
Bonita Springs Genealogy Club Membership Meeting (Bonita Springs Genealogy Club)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, May 18
LCGS Board of Directors Meeting (LCGS Activities)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Wednesday, May 20 through Saturday, May 23
National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2020 National Family History Conference (Conferences-Seminars)
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
16 March 2020 CONFERENCE UPDATE
The National Genealogical Society (NGS) continues to closely monitor health and safety concerns
regarding COVID-19. Last week a national emergency was declared to free up federal resources and
improve the country’s response to the pandemic. In addition, on 15 March 2020,
the CDC recommended that gatherings larger than 50 people be cancelled for eight weeks.
The 2020 Family History Conference remains more than eight weeks away.
NGS continues to plan and prepare for a great experience for our conference attendees.
While we remain optimistic that the event can be held, we are prudently making contingency plans.
The health and safety of our members, attendees, and employees remain our
priority and will continue to guide our decisions related to COVID-19.
At this time, the 2020 Family History Conference is still planned as scheduled
for 20-23 May 2020 in Salt Lake City. Please keep an eye on this page
since conditions on the ground are changing quickly.
The early bird registration deadline is extended until 31 March 2020.
We have also waived the $50 cancellation fee, including for those
who canceled previously. If you would like to consider donating your
cancellation fee to help NGS weather what may be a challenging period, please contact
changes to event schedules, we will provide information about options
that may be available and/or other specific details.
Please check back here frequently for any updates on the event,
including any cancellation policy changes."
Learn new strategies, resources, and techniques to sharpen your family history skills at the NGS 2020 Family History Conference.
The upcoming NGS 2020 Family History Conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will offer the best and most expansive series of lectures to advance your research. Salt Lake City is easily accessible and has some of the best genealogical research resources in the US.
The NGS Family History Conference, 20–23 May 2020 is your opportunity to choose from more than 175 lectures presented by many nationally recognized speakers, explore an exhibit hall filled with more than 80 exhibitors, and network with more than 2,000 genealogists. Every NGS conference has a different theme with a new program top to bottom—so there is always more to learn and discover.
Cemetery Research, Gravestone Rubbings and Genealogical Researchby Bryan Mulcahy, LCGS Member and Reference Librarian, Fort Myers Regional Library.
Cemeteries and tombstone inscriptions can be excellent sources of information for genealogical research. Many older tombstones often contain mini-biographies of the deceased. Cemetery records may contain significant tidbits of information that may or may not appear in the more common record types. Bryan will discuss the main point of interest from a research perspective.
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