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Schedule of Past Meetings

Topics & Events for year 2013-2014

(New Schedule & Topics for 2014-2015 will be Posted Later)

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.  1,  2013:  9:30am - 12 noon

*      "How to Self-Publish at No Cost”, By Jim McHugh. Jim is an MGS member and felt that his recent experience with self-publishing was worth sharing with others who may want to publish their family history, or a unique family story, or something on any subject. Jim will discuss the mechanics of the self-publishing process.


*    Computer Special Interest Group (starting about 11:15am); "Hints for Organizing Emails for Genealogy." Currie Colket, Computer SIG Chair, will discuss this topic.


Tue - Nov.  5,  2013:  9:30am - 12 noon


*      “Getting the Most Out of County Records”, by Cindy Russell. Cindy is a long time member of MGS and Lead Librarian  of the Manatee County Historical Records Library.

*    Computer Special Interest Group (starting about 11:15am). Vickie Hall will present "Genealogy, Using Facebook to Help".


Tue -  Dec.  3,  2013:  9:30 - 12 noon


*      “Finding the Women in Your Family Tree”, Donna Moughty will address this subject that is important to us all. Donna is a member of our club and a well respected researcher and lecturer in genealogy circles.


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


Tue - Jan.  7,  2014:  9:30am - 12 noon


*    "Genetic Genealogy - Understanding Your DNA", David Boyett will discuss this subject and enlighten us as to what it is all about and what it might do for us in our genealogical research.


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


Tue -  Feb.  4,  2014:  9:30am - 12 noon


*   "Effective Online Queries", Drew Smith of the "Genealogy Guys" will discuss this popular topic. We all need to get the most out of what is available via the internet.


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


Tue -  Mar.  4,  2014:  9:30am - 12 noon


*     "Immigration to North America & Naturalization"  Bryan Mulcahy,  Reference Librarian, Fort Myers-Lee County Library in Fort Myers FL will give us an excellent discussion of this important topic.


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


Tue - Apr  1,  2014:  9:30am - 12 noon


*     "Photographs and Genealogy",  by Ed Sandbach. Ed is a professional photographer who has been involved with genealogy for many years.


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


Tue - May  6,  2014:  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.


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



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.


 BEGINNING GENEALOGY CLASS  (Not scheduled yet for this meeting year)

The next Class will be on Monday (To Be Determined) -- The classes will begin at 2 PM and run about one hour. The classes will be held in the Westminster Courtyard main meeting room at 222 Old Main St. Free parking is available at the library, 2 hour street parking is available on 3rd Ave., or on Old Main St., and metered parking in the city lot across the street. Laptop computers are welcome. Phyllis Doucette is the instructor. Anyone planning to attend should be at the Courtyard gate by 5 minutes before 2:00pm and she will have someone stationed out there to let you in.


Session #1 Monday TBD - at 2:00pm - Where and how to start; forms; sources

Session #2 Monday TBD - at 2:00pm - Computer programs; what’s important and how to use

Session #3 Monday TBD - at 2:00pm - Documentation – why, important, & how-to; library use; online sources

Session #4 Monday TBD - at 2:00pm - Local resources; preparation for a genealogy trip; wrap-up


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