The Book Project

 
Local Genealogy Society Endows Libraries in Five Counties
 
Eight years ago, a number of local genealogy enthusiasts banded together to form a single organization dedicated to researching their ancestors from German speaking countries.  Historically, that included areas of Europe from Luxembourg to Switzerland, Alsace-Lorraine, parts of Poland and today’s Slavic states, and more.  In November, 2006, the Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society (SWFLGG), was born.  
 
Today, the society is a community-oriented non-profit with an extensive website, and boasts membership from Tampa to Naples.  It hosts free public programs based in Port Charlotte every two months from September through May offering lectures and workshops in Germanic and sometimes general genealogy. Most recently, it has completed a 6-month project to gift books valued at $500 to each of the five county library systems represented by the membership: Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Sarasota and Pinellas counties.
 
The total outlay of $2,500 for the project was derived from proceeds from the society’s annual winter seminar in which an expert genealogist is invited to present a day-long workshop in German genealogy to the membership and to the interested public with advance registration.  The 2014 seminar with renowned genealogist and lecturer, Dr. Roger Minert, PhD, A.G. of Salt Lake City, had drawn record attendance.
 
It took six months for representative members appointed from each county to meet with their library staff and determine which books would best benefit the German genealogy collection of that library, then to carefully filter through and approve results.  Long hours were spent locating and searching for the best buys for those books chosen.
 
Distribution of the volumes was made in a formal presentation at the society’s September 13, 2014 meeting at the Charlotte County Mid-County Regional Library.  This took place at the general meeting following the scheduled program.  
 
Lee County Charlotte County
Pinellas County Collier County
Sarasota County Collier County