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Tuesday, December 5
"PowerPoint for Genealogy"  (Monthly Meetings)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hybrid Meeting (In-person and Virtual)
Our speaker, Lori Coffey, will speak on "PowerPoint for Genealogy".  If you have used PowerPoint for presentations, you know how easy it is to use! But did you know it’s also a valuable companion for genealogists? I will show you the three biggest genealogy uses for this powerful app: clipping and storing research, manipulating photos, and turning family tree reports into beautiful books or videos! I’ll give you tips to take your PowerPoint skills to the next level.
 
Lori, known as "TrainerLori" on YouTube, has spent nearly 50 years researching her family tree and teaching computer skills! Merging her two passions, she now presents on how to use computer tools to help with genealogy. She is a lifetime member of the Pinellas Genealogy Society servings as their vice president, a vice regent of the Caladesi chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, a member of the William Bradford Colony General Society of Mayflower Descendants and is both a Son of Norway and a daughter of the Union Veterans of the Civil War.  She also belongs to other genealogy societies.


POLISH SIG - Virtual
Wednesday, December 6
POLISH SIG - Virtual  (SIGs)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING (Meeting Time is EST)
Researching in a foreign country can be a little intimidating, especially if you are researching alone.  If your ancestors are from Poland or Eastern Europe, this group may be for you.  Join us for a monthly discussion and research session designed to encourage and inspire everyone.  The meeting format is very flexible and the discussions go where the group takes it. Meetings are usually held the 1st Wednesday of the month at 10:00 AM via ZOOM.  Details for joining the Virtual Meeting will be provided prior to the the meeting to MGS members via email. Non-members can request attendance information by emailing us at info@mgsfl.org . Please put in your email Subject line: Request POLISH SIG Link.


TECHNOLOGY  SIG - Virtual
Monday, December 11
TECHNOLOGY SIG - Virtual  (SIGs)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING (Meeting Time is EST)
The TECHNOLOGY SIG helps users of all abilities to effectively use technology in support of Family History research. We will also have breakout groups for the users of Family History software.  Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month at 2:00 pm. Details for joining the Virtual Meeting will be provided prior to the meeting to MGS members via email. Non-members can request attendance information by emailing us at info@mgsfl.org Please put in your email Subject line: Request Technology SIG Link.


IRISH SIG - Virtual
Tuesday, December 12
IRISH SIG - Virtual  (SIGs)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING (Meeting Time is EST)
It’s estimated that about 10% of the US Population has Irish ancestry…that’s about 31 million people!  Ireland is not the easiest place to research due to political strife as well as the destruction of the Public Records Office in 1922.  However, research is possible if you know the place where your ancestors lived and the timeframe of their emigration.  In the Irish SIG we'll answer basic questions about how to do Irish research and what records are available to search both online and off. Join us for the first monthly Irish SIG meeting led by Donna Moughty. Donna has worked as a professional genealogist and has been conducting Irish research for over 30 years. Details for joining the Virtual Meeting will be provided prior to the the meeting to MGS members via email. Non-members can request attendance information by emailing us at info@mgsfl.org . Please put in your email Subject line: Request IRISH SIG link.
 


GERMAN  SIG - Virtual
Wednesday, December 13
GERMAN SIG - Virtual  (SIGs)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
VIRTUAL MEETING (Meeting Time is EST)
Do you have German ancestors or you are interested in this part of Europe, or were your ancestors located in some of the popular German settlements in the USA? Maybe you should join our German Special Interest Group (SIG) and converse with other researchers with the same interests.  The meeting format is very flexible and the discussions go where the group takes it. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10:00 AM via ZOOM.  Details for joining the Virtual Meeting will be provided prior to the the meeting to MGS members via email. Non-members can request attendance information by emailing us at info@mgsfl.org . Please put in your email Subject line: Request German SIG Link.


DNA SIG - Virtual
Tuesday, December 19
DNA SIG - Virtual  (SIGs)
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING (Meeting Time is EST)
Join us for a dialogue on the use of DNA in your genealogical research.  News, sharing and help!  The DNA SIG is led by Peggy Jude. Peggy is a member of the board of the Manatee Genealogical Society and is a professional genealogist with a specialty in genetic genealogy. Details for joining the Virtual Meeting will be provided prior to the meeting to MGS members via email. Non-members can request attendance information by emailing us at info@mgsfl.org . Put in the Subject line: Request DNA SIG Link.


Mid-Atlantic Pre-Civil War
Wednesday, December 20
Mid-Atlantic Pre-Civil War  (SIGs)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING (Meeting Time is EST)
Do you have ancestors who arrived in the US before the Civil War? Did they begin their US experience in the Mid-Atlantic states and then move westward? Then this SIG is for you! Sometimes the key to finding your ancestor’s home across the ocean is researching the places they lived before they migrated west. This was often in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, or the surrounding states. This SIG is designed to help people with just that experience.
 
The focus will be on those who arrived in the US before the Civil War and back to Colonial times. Migration routes, record sources, and more will be discussed.
 
All sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. EST on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  Nancy Ryburn will lead the discussion with members sharing research suggestions and support.
 
Details for joining the Virtual Meeting will be provided prior to the meeting to MGS members via email. Non-members can request attendance information by emailing us at info@mgsfl.org . Please put in your email Subject line:  Request Mid-Atlantic SIG Link.



Tuesday, January 9, 2024
"INDIRECTLY EVIDENT: Finding William's Parents"  (Monthly Meetings)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hybrid Meeting (In-person and Virtual)
Tuesday, January 9
"INDIRECTLY EVIDENT: Finding William’s Parents"
10:00 am to 12:00 pm EST - Manatee Central Library, Main Auditorium, Bradenton, Florida & via Zoom
 
Our program speaker, Debbie Wilson Smyth, will present in person "INDIRECTLY EVIDENT: Finding William’s Parents". Challenges arise in identifying parental relationships when the time period lacks traditional birth and death records. Research is further complicated by early marriage records that did not name parents and early census records that did not state relationships. A genealogist must rely on the analysis and correlation of many sources to reach a conclusion. This presentation will explore a case study using indirect evidence to arrive at a conclusion for the parents of William Graham of Meigs County, Ohio.
 
Debbie Wilson Smyth has been researching her family since 1993 and holds a Certificate in the Genealogical Research program from Boston University. As the owner of Oak Trails Genealogy Services, LLC, she provides professional genealogical services in research, education, consultation, and speaking. Her research focuses on midwestern and southern states, methodology, lineage society applications, and DNA. Debbie is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogy Speakers Guild, as well as a number of national, state, and local societies.
 
Members of the public are welcome to attend. Guests attending via Zoom must register at least one day in advance by emailing: info@mgsfl.org.  Participants attending in person will meet at the Manatee Central Library, which is located at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd West, Bradenton, Florida 34205.  The Manatee Central Library Auditorium will open at 9:45 a.m. for in-person attendees.  The Zoom meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. EST.


2024 Annual Seminar - Finding Your Elusive Ancestors
Saturday, January 27, 2024
2024 Annual Seminar - Finding Your Elusive Ancestors  (Workshops/Seminars)
10:00 am to 4:15 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING (Meeting Time is EST)
The Manatee Genealogical Society is hosting a Virtual Seminar on Saturday, January 27, 2024, 10:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. EST.  Instead of just one speaker, we will have FOUR nationally known speakers. The theme of the seminar is “Finding Your Elusive Ancestors,” and don’t we all have one or two or three? You will be able to submit your questions to the speakers for expert guidance, and you will also have the chance to win prizes from major genealogical companies.
 
Program speakers and topics:
 
Steve Little,  will discuss “A.I. and Genealogy:  The Basics and a Bit Beyond”. Begin exploring the power of Artificial Intelligence, its limits and how it can be harnessed for genealogy.  Discover how Large Language Models (LLMs) such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT enhance efficiency, productivity, and creativity. Unravel real-world use cases of A.I. tools in OCR cleanup, data extraction, narrative report cleanup and translations.  Learn about the exciting future of A.I. in genealogy with the growth of use cases, reduction of technical limitations, and more affordable costs.  Get an understanding of privacy and ethical considerations in A.I. use.
 
Steve traces his deep roots to Ashe County, N.C., where by 1820 all 32 of his 3rd-great-grandparents had settled. His passion lies in A.I. & genetic genealogy: with a keen interest in endogamy, pedigree collapse, and the art of untangling multiple relationships through DNA segment triangulation, and an insatiable curiosity to explore beneficial uses and current limits of artificial intelligence in genealogy.
 
David Allen Lambert, will present “Adopting the Regiment: Researching and Recreating Your Ancestor’s Revolutionary War Unit”.  When it comes to finding the full story of your patriot ancestor, it’s important to broaden the scope of your research.  This presentation will discuss how to “adopt the regiment” and find the story of your ancestor through the words and experiences of fellow veterans. David will demonstrate how muster rolls, crew lists, pensions, affidavits, diaries, and other materials can be used to piece together your revolutionary roots.
 
David, an international speaker and author of many articles, eleven books, and genealogies presented to such persons as David McCullough, Ken Burns, Angela Lansbury and Michael and Kitty Dukakis, is the Chief Genealogist of New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA since 1993, and News Co-host of Extreme Genes Podcast.   He is also Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, life member of the New Hampshire Society of the Cincinnati and the Geneal Society of the War of 1812.He is also the tribal genealogist for the Massachusett Tribe at Punkapoag.                                                  
 
Diana Elder, AGⓇ,will speak on “Who’s Her Daddy? Testing an Ancestry DNA Thruline Hypothesis for a Female Ancestor”.  Tracing the ancestry of a female born in the early 19th century is one of the most difficult research challenges.  When no record names a father, discover how documentary records, a migration study, and DNA evidence can confirm a hypothesis in this pre-1850 case study.     
 
Diana is a professional genealogist accredited in the Gulf South region of the United States. She authored Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide and co-authored the companion volume, Research Like a Pro with DNA: A Genealogist’s Guide to Finding and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Evidence. Diana and her daughter, Nicole Dyer, are the hosts of the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast and share research tips on their website, FamilyLocket.com.
           
Nicole Dyer, will round out the day’s seminar by addressing the challenging topic of “Strategies for Overcoming Genealogy Roadblocks”  When you hit a roadblock in your genealogy research, how can you find what you need to make progress?  Discover how to stick to a research process, analyze clues, and use the FamilySearch Catalog to identify new records to search, gather hints from DNA cousin matches, and locate sources that are only available on-site.
 
Nicole is a professional genealogist specializing in Southern United States research and genetic genealogy. She is the creator of FamilyLocket.com and the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast.  Nicole has also co-authored Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist Guide and Research Like a Pro with DNA.
 
COST:  Members - $40; Non-members: S50.  Learn more about our speakers and register for the seminar at our website: https://mgsfl.org/
 
Hope to see you there!
The Manatee Genealogical Society