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Meeting Topics & Events for Year 2016-2017


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.  4,  2016:  10:15am - 12 noon

*       "History Matters: 25 Questions on Manatee County", presented by Cindy Russell. Cindy is the Records Librarian at the Manatee County Historical Records Library.  More information can be had by opening this Meeting Flyer  PDF  link.


Tue - Nov.  1,  2016:  10:15am - 12 noon


*      "Cemetery Transcription and Headstone Cleaning", presented by Rebecca "Becky" O'Sullivan, M.A.. Becky is the  Public Archeology Coordinator II, of the Florida Public Archeology Network (FPAN) West Central Regional Center. Learn best practices for recording and cleaning historic grave markers in this presentation on  cemetery preservation an maintenance.

*    Open Discussion - Following the principal presentation there will be a Q&A period with the speaker, and then a moderated open discussion period relative to genealogical topics of interest to attendees. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions relative to their issues or "brick walls", and hopefully get help from MGS members and meeting attendees. We are making this open discussion period a regular part of our monthly meetings.


Tue -  Dec.  6,  2016:  10:15am - 12 noon


*      "Finding and Connecting With Cousins Around the World!",  presented by Kimberly “Kim” Sheintal. Kim will share poignant parts of her journey with fellow genealogists and family historians, hoping that her experiences will aid other family researchers,

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


Tue - Jan.  3,  2017:  10:15am - 12 noon


*     "Social Networking for Genealogists",  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. 7 ,  2017:  10:15 am - 12:00 pm


*  "What Can Your Ancestor's Religion Reveal About Them", by Debra S Fleming. Debra is a professional genealogist, and Program Chair of the Pasco County Genealogical Society.


Tue -  Mar.  7,  2017:  10:15 am - 12:00 pm


*   "Canadian Genealogy", presented by Bryan Mulcahy. Bryan is the Reference Librarian at the Fort Myers-Lee County Library. The program content will focus on Canadian research.


Tue - Apr  4,  2017:  10:15 am - 12:00 pm


*      "Genetic Genealogy: DNA Results and Triangulation Techniques." by Kathleen J. Callanan, Genetic Genealogy Consultant. DNA and Genetic Genealogy is a fast growing and emerging field. Kathleen has participated in DNA research on a personal level and has shared her insights and expertise with fellow genealogists pursuing DNA research. She is well versed in the uses on DNA for genealogical research and address the common questions associated with DNA utilization by researchers.


Tue - May  2,  2017:  10:15 am - 12:00 pm


*    "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?                  In Active at Present

TIME:                     To be Determined

PLACE:                  To be Determined

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

PROGRAM:        Generally 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 leads this group. More specific details can be obtained at our general MGS monthly Meeting, or directly from Phyllis.


The next Class/Workshop (3 Sessions) will be announced at a later date -- The sessions usually begin at 2 PM and run two hours. The meetings have been 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

2017 CLASS/WORKSHOP SCHEDULE  (Date To Be Announced)
Session #1 Monday  - 2:00 - 4:00pm
Session #2 Monday  - 2:00 - 4:00pm
Session #3 Monday  - 2:00 - 4:00pm


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