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Saturday, January 29
"Finding Your Elusive Ancestors" (Theme)  (Workshops/Seminars)
10:00 am to 4:15 pm
VIRTUAL SEMINAR
Do you have an elusive ancestor? — An ancestor that has become an obstacle or a proverbial “brick wall?”  If so, this seminar is designed for you! This virtual seminar will feature four nationally recognized genealogical speakers who will focus on this theme in their programs. The cost is $40 – Members; $50 – Non-members. The speakers and their topic titles are identified below. To learn more about the speakers, click "Learn More" below.
  • D. Joshua Taylor, “Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the U.S. between 1780 and 1840.”
  • Judy G. Russell, “No Vitals? No Problem! Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence. A Family for Isabella (tracing a woman married before the 1850 Census).” 
  • Karen Stanbary,  “Who was Maggie McBurney? Ruling Out a Competing Hypothesis Leads to Identification of an Elusive Female Ancestor.” 
  • Gena Philibert-Ortega,  “Desperately Seeking Eleanore: Finding an Elusive Female Through an Interdisciplinary Approach.”   
***** Please note that this seminar will not be recorded.*****
 



Finding Ancestors with Photographs
Tuesday, February 1
Finding Ancestors with Photographs  (Monthly Meetings)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING
The program speaker is Maureen Taylor, the "photo detective."  Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada. She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and has been featured on popular TV programs such as The View and The Today Show.  For more information on Maureen Taylor, see "Learn More."


GERMAN  SIG - Virtual
Wednesday, February 9
GERMAN SIG - Virtual  (SIGs)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
VIRTUAL MEETING
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.


TECHNOLOGY  SIG - Virtual
Monday, February 14
TECHNOLOGY SIG - Virtual  (SIGs)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING
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.


DNA SIG - Virtual
Tuesday, February 15
DNA SIG - Virtual  (SIGs)
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING
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.


NEW - Beginning Genealogy Workshop
Tuesday, February 22
NEW - Beginning Genealogy Workshop  (Workshops/Seminars)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
Dean Kudich, a Manatee Genealogical Society member, will host a Beginning Genealogy (virtual) workshop on Feb 22, 2022, at 10:00 AM.  Dean has researched genealogy for ten years. He has published a book about his Danish grandfather and is currently writing the family histories of both of his grandmothers. He is retired from a career in finance and now lives in Lakewood Ranch. More details on the workshop will be forthcoming.  



“1950 U. S. Census – Are Your Ready?”
Tuesday, March 1
“1950 U. S. Census – Are Your Ready?”  (Monthly Meetings)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
MANATEE COUNTY CENTRAL LIBRARY (TENTATIVE) AND VIRTUAL MEETING
 
Peggy Jude, Vice President of the Manatee Genealogical Society and leader of our DNA Special Interest Group, will present “1950 U. S. Census – Are Your Ready?”  The presentation will inform us of the genealogical discoveries we are likely to experience when we research our family’s 1950 census.
 
Peggy has been conducting genealogical research for her family and clients for over 40 years. As a professional genealogist, she speaks to genealogical societies through the U.S. She specializes in DNA, social media, genealogical technology and tools, and preserving family history and heirlooms. 



“Following Migrating Ancestors: Three Case Studies.”
Tuesday, April 5
“Following Migrating Ancestors: Three Case Studies.”  (Monthly Meetings)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING
Our speaker, Annette Burke Lyttle, will speak on “Following Migrating Ancestors: Three Case Studies.”
Migrating ancestors can be difficult to follow as they move from place to place. Three case studies will show techniques and records you can use to make it easier to follow their paths. Learning methods and sources will help you follow your ancestors wherever and whenever they moved.  After a career in higher education, teaching research analysis and writing to college students, Annette became a full-time professional genealogist in 2012.  She owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories.