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Manatee Genealogical Society of Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida

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Meeting Topics & Events for Year 2017-2018

THE COMPLETE PROGRAM SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING
YEAR WILL BE POSTED LATER

If you live in the Bradenton area, or are planning to visit the area, you are invited to attend the Manatee Genealogical Society's general meetings, genealogy classes, and workshops. The meetings start at 9:30am.  The location of our meetings is the Manatee County Library in downtown Bradenton. Click here for location information.

 PRINCIPAL MEETING TOPIC: We schedule a principal speaker for each of our meetings during the year.  The presentation topics are varied and intended to be both educational and of general interest, and of special interest to those pursuing family history and genealogical research.

 MEETING TOPICS FOR 2017/2018

       Tue - Oct.  3,  2017:  10:15am - 12 noon

*       "Ramp-up Your Genealogy with Social Media: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube and lnstagram - Are They for You?” Presentation by Peggy Jude. Peggy is an MGS  board member  and administrator for the MGS Facebook page. The presentation will cover the topic of using Social Media to enhance your Genealogical Research. Join us and find out how these resources can assist your search and make a real difference in developing, documenting and preserving your family history. More detail can be viewed using this link: Meeting Flyer

 

*     Open Discussion - Following the principal presentation there will be a Q&A period with the speaker, and then a moderated open discussion period relative to genealogical topics of interest to attendees. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions relative to their issues or "brick walls", and hopefully get help from MGS members and meeting attendees. We are making this open discussion period a regular part of our monthly meetings.

 

Tue - Nov.  7,  2017:  10:15am - 12 noon

 

*      “Archiving and Digitization.” Alexandra Curran, Archivist, University of South Florida, St. Pete Campus, will speak on this subject. Following the principal presentation there will be a Q&A period with the speaker, and then a moderated open discussion period. More detail can be viewed using this link: Meeting Flyer.
 

*    Open Discussion - Following the principal presentation there will be a Q&A period with the speaker, and then a moderated open discussion period relative to genealogical topics of interest to attendees. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions relative to their issues or "brick walls", and hopefully get help from MGS members and meeting attendees. We are making this open discussion period a regular part of our monthly meetings.

 

Tue -  Dec.  5,  2017:  10:15am - 12 noon

 

*      "Victorian Mourning Customs and the Plight of 19th Century Immigrants," by Bridget Donahue-Farrell.  Learn about how the Civil War and English Traditions influence the way American families mourned their loss loved ones.  And the political  atmosphere in the 1850's and its influence on people's lives.
 

*      "Bytes of Cookies", social affair after main meeting presentation; bring a small plate of cookies to the meeting to share.

 

Tue - Jan.  9,  2018:  10:15am - 12 noon

 

*     "Eight Different Ways to Write or Compile Your Family History,"  by Peg Kapustiak. Ways to write or compile your family history vary from the easy to the more complex.  There is a wonderful sense of accomplishment when you compile one of your family’s histories. We will give you many practical tips and helps for sharing or publishing. Select a method that suits your personality…from the very simple to the more complex.

 

Tue -  Feb. 6,  2018:  10:15 am - 12:00 pm

 

*  "My DNA Journey", by Donna Moughty. Donna is a member of our club and a well respected researcher and lecturer in genealogy circles. Donna will discuss her experiences with DNA as a genealogical tool and what we can expect if we utilize this technology in our genealogical research.

 

Tue -  Mar.  6,  2018:  10:15 am - 12:00 pm

 

*   "Using FamilySearch.org to Find Genealogical Records."   Drew Smith of the "Genealogy Guys" will discuss this popular "search" topic. Familysearch.org is a key on-line resource for genealogical data. It is a "free" site and should be one of your go-to sources for developing your family history. We all need to get the most out of what is available via the internet.

 

Tue - Apr 3,  2018:  10:15 am - 12:00 pm

 

*      "Breaking Through Brick Walls", by Bryan Mulcahy. Bryan is the Reference Librarian at the Fort Myers-Lee County Library. The program content will focus on dealing with the challenging obstacles that one encounters piecing together a family tree.

 

Tue - May  1,  2018:  10:15 am - 12:00 pm

            

*    "Ask the Experts", this popular topic will be presented again. A panel of experienced researchers will address your questions and other topics of special interest. You can submit your questions prior to the meeting, or ask them at the meeting.

 

 COMPUTER SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (CSIG):  

WHAT IS IT?       A meeting of genealogists interested in using their personal computers to enhance their research.

WHEN?                  In Active at Present

TIME:                     To be Determined

PLACE:                  To be Determined

WHO:                     Open to all those interested in using their personal computers to enhance their genealogical research.

PROGRAM:        Generally we will discuss and view what's new in genealogy on the Internet.  We'll have demonstrations of software and hardware that will facilitate our research.  Tips and techniques will be shared by and among those attending each meeting.  Genealogically related computer, Internet, digital photography and research questions will be fielded during the sessions.  We'll look at the newest technology but will keep the discussions as low tech as possible.

 

ROOTSMAGIC SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (RMSIG):  

 

The MGS RootsMagic SIG meets the second Monday of the month at 2 PM at the Westminster Courtyard (222 Old Main Street, Bradenton) main meeting room . This SIG deals with the use of the RootsMagic genealogical software.  Phyllis Doucette leads this group. More specific details can be obtained at our general MGS monthly Meeting, or directly from Phyllis.

 BEGINNER'S GENEALOGY  (Free Workshop)

The next Class/Workshop (3 Sessions) will be announced at a later date -- The sessions usually begin at 2 PM and run two hours. The meetings have been held in the Westminster Towers LifeLong Learning Room, 2nd Floor, located at the Westminster Towers, 1533 4th Ave West, Bradenton, FL.  Presented by Phyllis Doucette. For more information call 941-774-0522.

Workshop Content:   Where and how to start; forms; sources; computer programs; what’s important and how to use; documentation – why, important, & how-to; library use; online sources; local resources; preparation for a genealogy trip; wrap-up

2017 CLASS/WORKSHOP SCHEDULE  (Date To Be Announced)
Session #1 Monday  - 2:00 - 4:00pm
Session #2 Monday  - 2:00 - 4:00pm
Session #3 Monday  - 2:00 - 4:00pm

 

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