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Meeting Topics & Events for Year 2015-2016

If you live in the Bradenton area, or are planning to visit the area, you are invited to attend the Manatee Genealogical Society's general meetings, genealogy classes, and workshops. The meetings start at 9:30am.  The location of our meetings is the Manatee County Library in downtown Bradenton. Click here for location information.

 PRINCIPAL MEETING TOPIC: We schedule a principal speaker for each of our meetings during the year.  The presentation topics are varied and intended to be both educational and of general interest, and of special interest to those pursuing family history and genealogical research.


       Tue - Oct.  6,  2015:  9:30am - 12 noon

*      "How Can Our Library Aid Your Genealogical Research?"  Jim McHugh, an MGS volunteer at our Central Library, will discuss this topic. If you have not utilized our Manatee Central Library resources, you should attend and participate in this meeting. Also, Jim will provide a short presentation on our MGS Website and the resources that can be accessed from the site. After the presentations, an optional tour of the Library's Genealogy Section will be available.


Tue - Nov.  3,  2015:  9:30am - 12 noon


*      "Accessing Land Records Online", by Susan Lewis Well.  Probably the most important news about land records in the last decade is that a vast number are available online. All local deed repositories have a web presence, and the federal General Land Office has a wonderful site for descendants of pioneers who were the first private owners of government owned land. Learn how to make the most of these valuable records.

*    Computer Special Interest Group (starting about 11:15am, topic to be announced)


Tue -  Dec.  1,  2015:  9:30 - 12 noon


*      "Historical Photographs and What They Tell You" , by Ed Sandbach. Ed is a professional photographer who will enlighten us relative to the key elements of historical photographs, enhancing faded or damaged photographs, and videotaping family members while discussing old photographs.


*      "Bytes of Cookies", social affair after main meeting presentation; bring a small plate of cookies to the meeting to share.


Tue - Jan.  5,  2016:  9:30am - 12 noon


*     "Topic To Be Announced",  by Donna Moughty.  Donna is a member of our club and a well respected researcher and lecturer in genealogy circles. Donna is a  Professional Genealogist and former Regional Manager for Apple Computer, She has been conducting family research for over 20 years, and teaches classes for beginners and lectures on a variety of subjects including Internet, Irish research and computer topics.


Tue -  Feb.  2,  2016:  9:30am - 12 noon


*   "Topic and Speaker To Be Announced " 


*      Computer Special Interest Group (starting about 11:15am, topic to be announced)


Tue -  Mar.  1,  2016:  9:30am - 12 noon


*     "Topic To Be Announced",  Speaker will be Joanne Daerr Ryder. Joanne has presented numerous genealogy programs to societies in SW Florida. She is past President of the Charlotte County Genealogical Society. She presents a series of German genealogy lectures for the Charlotte County library system and taught Basic Genealogy for 10 years.


*      Computer Special Interest Group (starting about 11:15am, topic to be announced)


Tue - Apr  5,  2016:  9:30am - 12 noon


*     "Topic To Be Announced "  Speaker will be Bryan Mulcahy. Bryan is the Reference Librarian at the Fort Myers-Lee County Library. The program content will focus on the topic discussing data sources, content, etc. Expect a very good program.


*      Computer Special Interest Group (starting about 11:15am, topic to be announced)


Tue - May  3,  2016:  9:30am - 12 noon


*    "Ask the Experts", this popular topic will be presented again. A panel of experienced researchers will address your questions and other topics of special interest. You can submit your questions prior to the meeting, or ask them at the meeting.



WHAT IS IT?       A meeting of genealogists interested in using their personal computers to enhance their research.

WHEN?                  Monthly -- On the first Tuesday of the month (October through May) following main topic speaker.

TIME:                     About 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM, following the meeting break period after the main MGS speaker.

PLACE:                  The Central Library Auditorium, Bradenton, FL (same location as our MGS monthly meeting)

WHO:                     Open to all those interested in using their personal computers to enhance their genealogical research.

PROGRAM:         Each month we will discuss and view what's new in genealogy on the Internet.  We'll have demonstrations of software and hardware that will facilitate our research.  Tips and techniques will be shared by and among those attending each meeting.  Genealogically related computer, Internet, digital photography and research questions will be fielded during the sessions.  We'll look at the newest technology but will keep the discussions as low tech as possible.




The MGS RootsMagic SIG meets the second Monday of the month at 2 PM at the Westminster Courtyard (222 Old Main Street, Bradenton) main meeting room . This SIG deals with the use of the RootsMagic genealogical software.  Phyllis Doucette and Anne Young lead this group. More specific details can be obtained at our general MGS monthly Meeting, or directly from Phyllis or Anne.



The next Class/Workshop (3 Sessions) will start on Monday October 19, 2015 -- The sessions will begin at 2 PM and run two hours. The meetings will be held in the Westminster Towers LifeLong Learning Room, 2nd Floor, located at the Westminster Towers, 1533 4th Ave West, Bradenton, FL.  Presented by Phyllis Doucette. For more information call 941-774-0522.

Workshop Content:   Where and how to start; forms; sources; computer programs; what’s important and how to use; documentation – why, important, & how-to; library use; online sources; local resources; preparation for a genealogy trip; wrap-up

Session #1 Monday October 19th - 2:00 - 4:00pm
Session #2 Monday October 26th - 2:00 - 4:00pm
Session #3 Monday November 2nd - 2:00 - 4:00pm


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