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Wednesday, May 2 through Saturday, May 5
2018 NGS (National Genealogical Society) Family History Conference  (Conferences and Seminars)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 
2018 Family History Conference, Paths to Your Past. 
In the nineteenth century, the Great Lakes were major, strategic waterways that aided Americans moving West and immigrants coming from overseas through Canada to settle and develop the Midwest. Cheap land, mining, and the timber industry made the area attractive. The combination of water power from the rivers and rapids, together with access to grain and lumber, encouraged manufacturing and industry, including breweries, furniture, and cereal. Entrepreneurs flourished as Michigan became the center for the automobile industry, encouraging migration from the south and attracting an influx of new immigrants in search of jobs and the American dream.
 
Among the topics being considered by NGS are presentations on migration paths to the Midwest including waterways, trails, and railroads; records and repositories for Michigan, the surrounding states, and Canada; records generated by France, Great Britain, and later by the newly established United States as they fought for control of the Old Northwest Territory; land grants, deeds, and maps; and laws and court records. Conference tracks under consideration include:
ethnic groups: Dutch, German, Polish, French Canadian, Scandinavian, Cornish, African Americans, and Native Americans;
 
  • immigration from: Europe, Eastern Europe, Canada, and Latin American countries;
  • migration into and out of the area: from New England, New York, the Mid-Atlantic States, and the South, and later migration south and west; 
  • religious groups: Catholic, Lutheran, Congregational and United Church of Christ, Dutch and Christian Reformed, Quaker, and Amish;
  • military records: forts, French and Indian War, American Revolution, Loyalists, War of 1812, Toledo War, Civil War, World War I and II, and the use of factories during wartime; 
  • occupations and trades: furriers, farming, fishing, mining, lumbering, brewing, shipping, and manufacturing;
  • other organizations: masons, abolitionists, prohibitionists, and unions.


Saturday, May 5
General Meeting  (SWFLGG Activities)
10:30 am
Mid-County Regional Liibrary
Annual German Luncheon Meeting
 
Sandra's
111 W. Olympia Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL
 
Prepaid reservations required by April 21, 2018.
$20.00 includes buffet, non-alcoholic drink and gratuity.
Checks only please! You may send your paid reservation to SWFLGG, PO Box 380815, Murdock, FL 33938.
 
For more information please contact Judy Foley at jfoley42@aol.com.
 
 


Saturday, May 12
Genealogical Research Using Military Records  (Genealogy - Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Speaker:  Bryan Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers Regional Library

Serving in the military has always played an important role in the lives of many ancestors.  This is especially true for male children of immigrant ancestors.  Information found in military records may shed light on the place of residence for soldier’s family, birth information, determine evidence of family relationships, and locate relatives and other important facts of interest for research.  This seminar will identify the most useful records and where to locate them.
 
All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance Registration is required.  Patrons may register for the classes using one of the following methods:
  1. Telephone:  Call 479-4636 and select the option for registering for programs.
  2. Telephone:  Call Bryan l. Mulcahy at 533-4626 and leave your contact information.
  3. E-Mail: Contact Bryan L. Mulcahy at bmulcahy@leegov.com.



Saturday, June 9
Research Using Land and Tax Records  (Genealogy - Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Speaker:  Bryan Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers Regional Library
 
Land and tax records are the oldest, largest, and most complete record group among record types in the United States.  Ancestors who seldom appear in any other type of civil records may be mentioned somewhere in land records.  Both record types may contain extensive amounts of genealogical information, yet most genealogists only turn to them as a last resort.  This seminar will discuss strategies that allow genealogists to overcome the perceived challenges in using them.
 
All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance Registration is required.  Patrons may register for the classes using one of the following methods:
  1. Telephone:  Call 479-4636 and select the option for registering for programs.
  2. Telephone:  Call Bryan l. Mulcahy at 533-4626 and leave your contact information.
  3. E-Mail: Contact Bryan L. Mulcahy at bmulcahy@leegov.com.



Saturday, July 14
Long Distance Genealogical Research  (Genealogy - Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Speaker:  Bryan Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers Regional Library
 
Locating genealogical information about ancestors presents many challenges.  When you live hundreds or thousands of miles from their place of residence, it sometimes feels impossible. This seminar will focus on options that researchers may use when trying to conduct genealogical searches in other parts of the United States and overseas.
 
All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance Registration is required.  Patrons may register for the classes using one of the following methods:
  1. Telephone:  Call 479-4636 and select the option for registering for programs.
  2. Telephone:  Call Bryan l. Mulcahy at 533-4626 and leave your contact information.
  3. E-Mail: Contact Bryan L. Mulcahy at bmulcahy@leegov.com.



Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 10
2018 Eastern European Family History Conference  (Conferences and Seminars)
Plaza Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah
25th Annual East European Research Conference featuring nationally recognized speakers and specialists, Individual Consultations and research at the nearby Family History  Library.
 
Tracks and Classes include: German Research, Baltic States Research, Polish Research, Kingdom of Hungary, Russian Research, Germans from Russia, Jewish Research and Research Essentials.
 


Saturday, August 11
Research Using Federal and State Census Returns  (Genealogy - Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Speaker:  Bryan Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers Regional Library
 
Census records are considered some of the most valuable records that genealogists use. They enable researchers to track families in numerous ways, including: migration patterns (or lack thereof), family research as the size of the household increases or decreases as children are born, grow up and move out to form their own households, uncover facts the social and economic factors of family members and communities such as professions, trades and real estate.  Our seminar will examine the research benefits of using both federal and state/territorial census.
 
All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance Registration is required.  Patrons may register for the classes using one of the following methods:
  1. Telephone:  Call 479-4636 and select the option for registering for programs.
  2. Telephone:  Call Bryan l. Mulcahy at 533-4626 and leave your contact information.
  3. E-Mail: Contact Bryan L. Mulcahy at bmulcahy@leegov.com.


Wednesday, August 22 through Saturday, August 25
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2018 National Conference  (Conferences and Seminars)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
 
Federation of Genealogical Societies​ 2018 Annual Conference
FGS returns to the Hoosier State in 2018 providing attendees convenient access to Allen County Public Library which houses one of the largest genealogical research collections available with records from around the world.



Saturday, October 6
Genealogical Search Techniques on the Internet  (Genealogy - Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Topics to be Announced.
 
All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance Registration is required.  Patrons may register for the classes using one of the following methods:
  1. Telephone:  Call 479-4636 and select the option for registering for programs.
  2. Telephone:  Call Bryan l. Mulcahy at 533-4626 and leave your contact information.
  3. E-Mail: Contact Bryan L. Mulcahy at bmulcahy@leegov.com.


Saturday, October 13
Genealogical Search Techniques on the Internet  (Genealogy - Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Topics to be Announced.
 
All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance Registration is required.  Patrons may register for the classes using one of the following methods:
  1. Telephone:  Call 479-4636 and select the option for registering for programs.
  2. Telephone:  Call Bryan l. Mulcahy at 533-4626 and leave your contact information.
  3. E-Mail: Contact Bryan L. Mulcahy at bmulcahy@leegov.com.


Saturday, October 20
Genealogical Search Techniques on the Internet  (Genealogy - Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Topics to be Announced.
 
All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance Registration is required.  Patrons may register for the classes using one of the following methods:
  1. Telephone:  Call 479-4636 and select the option for registering for programs.
  2. Telephone:  Call Bryan l. Mulcahy at 533-4626 and leave your contact information.
  3. E-Mail: Contact Bryan L. Mulcahy at bmulcahy@leegov.com.



Saturday, December 1
How to Analyze Genealogical Evidence: Separating Fact From Fiction  (Genealogy - Library Workshops)
9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Fort Myers Regional Library, South Building Meeting Rooms A-B, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers
Speaker:  Bryan Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers Regional Library
 
Genealogists accumulate significant amounts of information as they proceed through the research process.  While it may prove to be accurate to varying degrees, some may be fabrication.  With the volume of digitized resources growing each year, our rapid access to original genealogical records online may flood us with more information than we can handle. It is critical that researchers take the time to carefully analyze all the evidence content for clues implied or suggested.  Failure to do so may result in missing critical details.  This seminar will discuss various techniques to overcome this challenge.
 
 
All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance Registration is required.  Patrons may register for the classes using one of the following methods:
  1. Telephone:  Call 479-4636 and select the option for registering for programs.
  2. Telephone:  Call Bryan l. Mulcahy at 533-4626 and leave your contact information.
  3. E-Mail: Contact Bryan L. Mulcahy at bmulcahy@leegov.com.