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Meetings 2023-2024

 The SBGS holds 2 types of meetings:

General Meeting & Luncheon

 Our luncheons are are back!

The meeting location is:

 United Methodist Church (UMC), 1971 Haverford Ave, Sun City Center. Our meeting location will be in the Life Enrichment Center (LEC) auditorium, behind the church.     Click here for map and directions

10:30 am - Regional Round Table 
12:00 pm - Lunch                                             1:00 pm - Guest Speaker Program

COST: $18.00 includes program & pre-planned lunch. Make check payable to South Bay Genealogical Society. Reservations must be received at least twelve  (12) days before the meeting.  Send a check for $18.00 each, including names of attendees and food choice to SBGS, PO Box 5202, Sun City Center, FL 33571                            

January 17 – Carol Rooksby Weidlich

Who is Emma?  Join us to hear about Carol Rooksby Weidlich’s  journey to discover the life of her great-grandmother, Emma.  Emma's story takes place in three countries, with three children, and with three certain men in her life. This case study will demonstrate how looking once, twice, three times or more at many, many sources, may eventually knock down a brick wall.

February 21 – Paula Smith

- Paul Milton, where did you go?  A Case Study 

Mini Seminar March 21  

Annette Burke Lyttle

- Following Ancestral Migrations: Three Case Studies - Following migrating American families in three case studies covering a Colonial migration, a move from Massachusetts to Illinois by way of Vermont and New York after the American Revolution, and a move from Illinois to Nebraska to homestead. We’ll look at what kinds of records we can use to follow ancestral migrations and fill in their stories.

- Beyond the Records – Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Civil War Ancestor  Over three million Americans were in uniform during the Civil War. It’s becoming easier to find the facts of our ancestors’ service, but how do we reconstruct their experiences? This presentation will show you how to fill in the blanks between the facts, allowing you to tell your ancestors’ stories.

April 18 – Debbie Smyth

- DNA Doesn’t Lie, but Needs Help to Find the Truth!  DNA testing is a valuable tool for use in genealogical research. DNA provides confirmation of a genetic relationship; however, it requires the help of documentary research to confirm the genealogical relationship. This presentation reviews the differences between a genetic relationship and a genealogical relationship and how pairing the two will strengthen your genealogical conclusions.

May 16 – April Min

- "Henry Mansfield Dillard: Tampa’s Forgotten African American Pioneer"

 A Case Study Dillard was a minister in Tampa in the early 20th century and helped start the Spring Hill community in North Tampa. April will specifically talk about finding records in Hillsborough County and how she found records for his parents, both enslaved in Georgia.









SBGS now has a Facebook page. Check it out at:

SBGS Facebook Page



   United Methodist Church and the Life Enrichment Center

SIGS - Special Interest Groups

Genealogy Tech Forum.

We will continue with virtual meetings for now due to not yet having Library space available.

We meet on the First Monday of the month. Location is South Shore Regional Library off 19th Avenue on Beth Shields Road. Watch the Links for room location and the Topic of the month. We will continue to discuss topics relating to using your computer and mobile devices for your Genealogy research and record keeping. Please bring any ideas you have to share on the topic.


Genealogy Tech Forum - 10:30-12 AM, First Monday October through AprilTopics to be announced in the Newsletter. 


  Past Topic Using Social Media for Genealogy Research Syllabus