Member Meeting October 21, 2015 1:30-4pm

Charlotte County Genealogy Society
2421 Event Center
2421 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte FL 33952


“In the Name of God, Amen” …

We start with a little information on why wills should not be overlooked … their importance in our ancestor research. Also… a bit of history on the requirements of a will in our ancestor’s time. Discussed are the last will and testament and the distinction between “will” and “testament.” Basic terms are reviewed (testator, executor, bequeath, etc.).  Who could make a will?  .. And what about married women?  We go over the purposes of will… property control, widow support, applied conditions and contingencies. We review the types of wills and look at actual wills for each type and the probate process as well as intestacy. We will analyze the will and look for genealogical clues in the will.
Program by Joanne Ryder

Charlotte County Genealogical Society Inc

Upcoming Events
10/17/2015 - 10:00 am
Fall Festival
27000 Sunnybrook Rd, Harbour Heights, Punta Gorda
10/19/2015 - 10:30 am
Legacy Users Group
Mid County Regional Library 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd Port Charlotte, FL 33952 Room AB
10/19/2015 - 1:00 pm
Irish special Interest Group Meeting
Mid County Regional Library 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd Port Charlotte, FL 33952 Room AB

Tips & Tricks
When copying census information, copy EVERYTHING EXACTLY AS IT IS WRITTEN! Do not change or update the information even if you think it is incorrect. This is the way it was written… leave it alone!
When taking notes, use standard size paper, one surname per page. Record the source and identifying information so you can find it again, and the date and place you found info (volume and page). Use only accepted abbreviations (no homespun stuff). Understand basic terminology.
[Basic Genealogy]
When it comes to spelling variations, think "out of the box." Often clerks and government officials were unable to correctly record the names given them by unschooled immigrants not familiar with the English, French, German or Spanish languages used in the port of entry and part of the country where they settled. It was written down as they heard it and the immigrant accepted this as the official American rendering of his name.