Member Meeting February 18, 2015 @1:30 p

Charlotte County Genealogical Society
will feature Bob Bryan
 presenting an overview of  
and how it can help your further your genealogy research efforts. is a genealogy organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsthe largest genealogy organization in the world.  FamilySearch maintains a collection of records and resources designed to help people learn more about their family history. 
This month’s presentation will focus on getting the most out of the features and content of this huge free database collection.  The content is rapidly expanding along with updates to the website.  The presentation will look at how to find family history records on the website by demonstrating some search techniques that may help you discover the information you need.  We will also briefly cover the Wiki, uploaded family trees, and the huge collection of downloadable genealogy books.
Bob began doing genealogy in the early 90s when a distant cousin showed him a family history showing his great grandfather and other ancestors dating back to the early 1700s.  He has since spent many, many hours "digging up his roots" since that time and now has well over 35,000 persons in a database containing both his and his wife's ancestors and kin.  
Since joining the Pinellas Genealogy Society in 1994, Bob has served on various committees and is moderator of Computers in the Genealogy group since 1996.  He is the past-president of the society and is currently Director of Education.
The meeting is open to all members and guests… please bring a friend!

New Member Meeting Location for 2015

Seminar 2015

Let’s Pound Some Holes in Your Genealogy Brick Wall
The Charlotte County Genealogical Society, Inc. will
be hosting a full-day event featuring Drew Smith who
will be presenting some ideas that will hopefully help you
get through or around a couple of those nagging brick walls.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
24 Twenty-one Event Center
2421 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte 33952
Registration begins at 8:15am
Seminar:  9:00am to 4:00pm
CCGSI Members:  $35.00      Non-Members: $40.00
Registration Fee Includes Lunch and Beverages
There will be two sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon, with a break between sessions and for lunch,
"Your Ancestor’s FAN Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls." 
Our ancestors were each surrounded by Family, Associates, and Neighbors.
By researching them, we can discover additional records pointing to our own ancestors.
"Crowdsourcing Your Brick Walls."  Online genealogy forums provide an opportunity to ask others questions about brick wall problems. 
Learn how to find and search through relevant mailing lists, message boards, and social networking groups,
and how to craft the perfect online research query.
"DNA 101: The Basics."  Afraid to try DNA as a research tool because science seems intimidating? 
Learn what DNA is, how DNA relates to genealogy, and what the different kinds of DNA tests are and who offers them.
"DNA 102: Understanding and Using Test Results."  What do you do with DNA test results after you get them? 
Learn how to interpret what they are telling you and how to make contact with others to figure out the relationships.

Teachers notes

Our hard working Teachers have compiled a list of Genealogy Notes just for you!

Find A Grave

A resource for finding the final resting place of family, friends, and famous individuals. With millions of names and photos, it is an invaluable tool for the genealogist and family history buff.


Upcoming Events
02/02/2015 - 10:00 am
Mid County Library Room C
02/02/2015 - 12:30 pm
Family Tree Maker /
Mid County Library Room C
02/03/2015 - 9:30 am
Manatee Genealogical Society Feb. Meeting
Bethel Baptist Church, 1805 30th Ave., Bradenton

Tips & Tricks
Marriage Records may only be records of the wedding. However, you may also find the Application for Marriage completed by the bride and groom-to-be. Marriage records may also be corroborated with church records. Check everything for correctness.

Church records may include births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials. Be sure you have the correct church/religious denomination. If you’re not sure, search the churches closest to home first and then broaden your search in ever-widening circles.