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Meeting Topics & Events for year 2014-2015

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.  7,  2014:  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.  4,  2014:  9:30am - 12 noon


*      "Five Steps for First-time Researchers in the UK (and elsewhere) – Highlighting Using the Census",  presented by Susan Well. Almost everyone can find one ancestor in the United Kingdom so this talk will focus on the basics of searching in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Even if you have not found that link yet, the first steps when starting research in any ‘new’ country are the same – know the geography, find help with the language, decipher the handwriting, discover the calendar in use and determine the data sources, especially whether there is a census. The British Census is available from 1841 to 1911, and information on how to use it and where to find it will be included.

*    Computer Special Interest Group (starting about 11:15am).  The topic will be "Using Google for Genealogical Searches"


Tue -  Dec.  2,  2014:  9:30 - 12 noon


*      Topics to be announced" . Joanne Daere Ryder will be the presenter. Joanne's topics are yet to be determine, but  she likely will discuss two subjects of interest to today's researchers.


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


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


*    “Topic to be announced”, Donna Moughty will make this presentation.  Donna is a member of our club and a well respected researcher and lecturer in genealogy circles.


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


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


*   "Topic to be announced", Drew Smith of the "Genealogy Guys" will discuss a popular topic of interest to genealogical researchers.


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


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


*     "Topic to be announced",  Bryan Mulcahy,  Reference Librarian, Fort Myers-Lee County Library in Fort Myers FL will join us and provide us with an excellent discussion of an important topic relative to our genealogical research.


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


Tue - Apr  7,  2015:  9:30am - 12 noon


*     Topic and speaker to be Announced at a later date


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


Tue - May  5,  2015:  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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