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Saturday, March 28, 2020
Marion County Day (CANCELLED)
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Marion County Day

The Marion County Genealogical Society will be a part of the County's Marion County Day celebration on March 28th.  This is an annual community festival from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the McPherson Government Campus, at the corner of SE 25th Ave.and Ft. King St. in Ocala. We wil have a booth with information about our society and genealogy in general. Admission is FREE.
 
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Villages Genealogical Society Family History Expo
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
It is a free event, open to the public with plenty of free parking.   You can find more information on their website:  https://vgsfl.org or see attached flier.
 
 
 
If you are interested in carpooling to one of these events
please contact or click on president@mcgsocala.org
 

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March Meeting (CANCELED)
Thursday, March 19, 2020
March Meeting (CANCELED)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
 
 
Speaker: Kathy Stickney
Topic:  Pass It On: Sharing Your Genealogical Research
 
Don't forget to prepare and submit your article about 'My Favorite Ancestor' for a future issue of the RootDigger.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
If a handout is available it is attached. Please print out your own copy for your reference.
 
 
Minutes of last meeting: February 2020
Current edition of Rootdigger: December 2019
 
We will be taking members' photos beginning at 1:30 in the hallway outside the meeting room.
 
Click "Learn More" for map to library   ====>
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Thursday, March 5, 2020 through Sunday, March 22, 2020
My Heritage
 
In honor of Irish-American Heritage Month, we're offering free worldwide access to all Irish records on MyHeritage from March 5–22. You can search the free records here.
We've also built a dedicated web page (www.myheritage.com/Irish) that includes fun facts about Irish heritage, information about our Irish collections, and a search bar so users can easily search the free Irish record collections directly from the page. The page also includes engaging content that highlights the tremendous contribution Irish heritage has made to American history and culture. Additional content will be added to the page soon.
 

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February Meeting
Thursday, February 20, 2020
February Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
 
 
Speaker: Annette Burke Lyttle
Topic:  Find Your Family History in Free Online Newspapers
 
Don't forget to prepare and submit your article about 'My Favorite Ancestor' for a future issue of the RootDigger.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
If a handout is available it is attached. Please print out your own copy for your reference.
 
 
Minutes of last meeting:November 2019
Current edition of Rootdigger: December 2019
 
We will be taking members' photos beginning at 1:30 in the hallway outside the meeting room.
 
Click "Learn More" for map to library   ====>
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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Pastfinders of South Lake County
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Lake-Sumter State College Auditorium, 1250 North Hancock Rd, Clermont FL 34471

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Mid-Winter Conference in Clermont, FL. 
This year you'll learn Tips & Tricks to Uncover Your Past we are pleased to have Dick Eastman and Mr. &Mrs.  Stickney as our speakers.  It will be a one-day conference from 9 am to 4 pm.  Lunch is available for an extra cost and admission is $30.00 per person. 
Doris Bloodsworth co-writer of "Clermont: From Gem of the Hills to Choice of Champions" will show a short film on Clermont in the 1920s. Discounted copies of the Book will be available for purchase.
The morning will start with Kathy Stickney as she speaks about "Finding Out More About Your Ancestors Through Newspapers" then her husband Clyde will join her for "Establishing Generational Relationships Prior to the 1880 Census"
After lunch and a tour of the Genealogy Room at Cooper Memorial Library, Dick Eastman will have 2 presentations in the afternoon. 
Mr Eastman will start with "Better than Soundex" utilizing a better system that has been used by Census Bureau and genealogists since 1918.
The day will end with "Find Genealogy Books for Free and For Pay" as Dick Eastman tell us how to find online resources and local history books for genealogical research.

Registration is at PastfindersSLC.Org, space is limited so register today.

 

If you are interested in carpooling to one of these events

please contact or click on president@mcgsocala.org
 
Click Learn More for program details ==>
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A Winter of DNA eConference
Saturday, January 25, 2020
A Winter of DNA eConference
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
On the internet
Our 2nd annual A Winter of DNA eConference is coming up on Saturday, 25 January 2020. The eConference last year was very successful and had great attendance. 
 
Speakers will be talking about the following:
Louis Kessler - Using Double Matching to Build Triangulation Groups from Segment Matches
Jonny Perl - Chromosome Mapping for Absolute Beginners
Devon Noel Lee - Exploring the Advantages and Disadvantages of Ancestry ThruLines
Paul Woodbury - Anchoring Analysis with Multiple Types of DNA Evidence
 
The online sessions will begin at 9am Central Time on Saturday, 25 January 2020. Some answers to common questions that people have asked us:

1. Yes, the sessions are live. These are not pre-recorded, so if you have questions, then please ask them in the chat during any of the sessions and we'll get them answered.

2. Yes there are door prizes. We have DNA kits donated from several companies as well as other prizes.  

3. No, you don't have to be watching the live presentations to win (although we hope you do), everyone who is registered will be eligible to win the DNA kits.

4. Yes, recordings of the sessions will be available for 30 days after the eConference so even if you can't make the live session, register so that you can watch the recordings.

5. Yes we use our webcams. You don't have to watch slides all the time. You also get to see people. 

6. Yes, this event is open to anyone who wants to register.  No need to travel or even change out of your pajamas if you don't want to.

As with past events there will be a 5th hour panel discussion where you can ask questions about any of the topics or even anything else related to DNA and genetic genealogy. Early bird registration is only $19.99 until January 17th. Regular registration price is $24.99. Learn more at the website (https://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/winterdna) and register today.
 
 
 

 

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January Meeting
Thursday, January 16, 2020
January Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
 
Our January meeting will be held in ROOM C of the library.
 
Speaker: Richard Plesser
Topic:  Finding Your German Ancestors
 
Don't forget to prepare and submit your article about 'My Favorite Ancestor' for a future issue of the RootDigger.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
A handout is available and it is attached here: Finding Your German Ancestors
Please print out your own copy for your reference and to bring to the meeting.
 
 
Minutes of last meeting: October 2019
Current edition of Rootdigger: March 2018
 
We will be taking members' photos beginning at 1:30 in the hallway outside the meeting room.
 
Click "Learn More" for map to library   ====>
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December Meeting
Thursday, December 19, 2019
December Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
 
Our December meeting will be held in ROOM C of the library.
 
Annual Holiday party
Bring your favorite snack food to share while we socialize together.
 
 
Don't forget to prepare and submit your article about 'My Favorite Ancestor' for a future issue of the RootDigger.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
 
 
Minutes of last meeting: October 2019
Current edition of Rootdigger: March 2018
 
 
 
Click "Learn More" for map to library   ====>
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Florida State Genealogical Society 7 Dec 2019 Fall Virtual DNA Conference
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Florida State Genealogical Society 7 Dec 2019 Fall Virtual DNA Conference
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
On the internet
DNA DAY
Join the Florida State Genealogical Society's Fall Virtual DNA Conference and advance your genealogy research skills without having to leave home.

All you need is an Internet connection and curiosity.

Ask the experts and put genetic genealogy to work for you!
 
For more information CLICK HERE for the conference details and registration.
 

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DNA: Integrated Tools Online Workshop
Thursday, December 5, 2019 through Thursday, December 19, 2019
DNA: Integrated Tools Online Workshop
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
On the internet
 
DNA: Integrated Tools is designed for the intermediate genetic genealogist (or the beginner that wants to push themselves some more). The workshop will cover various aspects of clustering matches and how to use this information with other tools to identify the relationship of unknown matches.
 
Family History Fanatics is conducting an online eWorkshop DNA: Integrated Tools the evenings of Dec 5th, Dec 12th, and Dec 19th. Participants will learn how to integrate tools from various DNA websites to further their genealogy research.  Six hours of interactive instruction for the early bird price is $24.99 through November 18th and $29.99 thereafter.
 
More details and registration can be found at:
 

 

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November Meeting
Thursday, November 21, 2019
November Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
 
Our November meeting will be held in ROOM C of the library.
 
Speaker: Donna Moughty
Topic:  Strategies for Finding the Origins of Your Irish Ancestors
 
Don't forget to prepare and submit your article about 'My Favorite Ancestor' for a future issue of the RootDigger.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
If a handout is available it is attached. Please print out your own copy for your reference.
 
 
Minutes of last meeting: September 2019
Current edition of Rootdigger: March 2018
 
We will be taking members' photos beginning at 1:30 in the hallway outside the meeting room.
 
Click "Learn More" for map to library   ====>
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Kinseekers Genealogical Society
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Kinseekers Genealogical Society
1:00 pm to 3:45 pm
Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St., Leesburg, FL
Special Event
Researching African American ancestors can be challenging, but records do exist. This workshop will discuss getting started, special resources for digging deeper, African American military ancestors, and researching migration stories.  Suitable for both beginners and experienced researchers.
 
Presenter: Adrienne Whaley
Educator and specialist in African American genealogical research. President, African American Genealogy Group of Philiadelphia; B.A. African American Studies from Harvard U; M.S.Ed from UPenn; Senior Manager of K-12 Education for the Museum of the American Revolution.
 
Check their website for program details: Kinseekers Genealogical Society
 
Or click below for flier on this workshop.
 
If you are interested in carpooling to one of these events
please contact or click on president@mcgsocala.org
 

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
Finding Birth Families Using DNA Boot Camp
12:00 am to 2:30 pm
e conference on line
Join DNA genealogy expert Mary Eberle for Finding Birth Families
                     

For more information click on the following link: 

https://mailchi.mp/abundantgenealogy/finding-birth-families-dna-bootcamp?e=75da618027

 

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October Meeting
Thursday, October 17, 2019
October Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room B, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
 
Our October meeting will be held in ROOM B of the library.
 
Speaker: Debbie McGee Hoag
Topic:  Digging Beyond Hints & Tips
 
Don't forget to prepare and submit your article about 'My Favorite Ancestor' for a future issue of the RootDigger.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
A handout is available and it is attached. Please print out your own copy for your reference.
 
 
Minutes of last meeting: June 2019
Current edition of Rootdigger: March 2018
 
We will be taking members' photos beginning at 1:30 in the hallway outside the meeting room.
 
Click "Learn More" for map to library   ====>
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FGS Tampa 2019 Annual Seminar
Saturday, October 5, 2019
FGS Tampa 2019 Annual Seminar
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library 1505 N Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL
Florida State Genealogical Society
Speaker: Kenyatta Berry, host of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow
Program: From Discovery to Storytelling
 
Registration can be done on-line at: https://fgstampa.org/2019-seminar/
 
See attached flyer for full details.
 
If you are interested in carpooling to one of these events
please contact or click on president@mcgsocala.org
 
 


Tuesday, October 1, 2019 through Thursday, October 31, 2019
Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars
12:00 am to 12:00 pm
e conference on line
                       

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced free family history classes & webinars for October 2019 with a focus on Dutch, Latin, German, Polish and Russian handwriting!

For more information click on the following link: 

https://abundantgenealogy.com/free-family-history-library-classes-and-webinars-for-october-2019/    

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September Meeting
Thursday, September 19, 2019
September Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
 
Our September meeting will be a Webinar.  What is a Webinar???    A Webinar is an online live or prerecorded presentation held via the Internet.
 
Speaker: Lisa Louise Cooke
Topic:  Google Earth for Genealogy
 
Don't forget to prepare and submit your article about 'My Favorite Ancestor' for a future issue of the RootDigger.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
A handout is available (for members only) and is attached. Please print out your own copy for your reference.
 
 
Minutes of last meeting: June 2019
Current edition of Rootdigger: March 2018
 
We will be taking members' photos beginning at 1:30 in the hallway outside the meeting room.
 
Click "Learn More" for map to library   ====>
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Tevis Fitzpatrick Memorial Service
Monday, September 9, 2019
Tevis Fitzpatrick Memorial Service
5:30 pm
St. John Lutheran Church, 1915 SE Lake Weir Ave
Tevis passed away August 30.

 

Visitation will be at 5:30, service at 6:30. Both at the Church.

The sanctuary is undergoing renovation, so please follow the signs to the fellowship hall, Grace Place.
 
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019 through Wednesday, August 14, 2019
ORANGE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM
10:30 am to 11:00 pm
West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center
The Orange County Library System has planned a series of genealogy classes from now to the end of the year.  These classes cover a variety of aspects of genealogy and DNA.  The following link to their special page which lists the various classes.  
 
 
If you are interested in carpooling to one of these events
please contact or click on president@mcgsocala.org
 



Saturday, June 29, 2019
Family History Fanatics
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
e conference on line

"Research Strategies and Historical Writing" eConference on June 29th.  Speakers and topics will include:

Amy Johnson Crow - Writing Your Family History in Bite-Sized Pieces
Devon Noel Lee - A Recipe for Writing Family History
Lisa Lisson - Adding Social History to Family History Writing
Dan Earle - You Down with KDP? Ya You Know Me!: Preparing Your Manuscript for Self Publication

The online sessions will begin at 9am Central Time on June 29th. A final panel discussion will end the day.  All registrants will be able to view the conference for 30 days.  Register and get your questions answered by some of the most popular genealogy educators! Presentations are live, not pre-recorded, and you can ask questions throughout.

Price is only $19.99 until June 19th and then it will be $24.99.  

More information is available on the website: https://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/writingconf

Feel free to let any friends, family, or genealogy society members (or anyone else who may be interested) know about this great opportunity. 



FSGS Poolside Chat Webinars
Thursday, June 20, 2019 through Thursday, June 20, 2019
FSGS Poolside Chat Webinars
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
In your jammies at home
 
No carpool needed. These webinars are presented sually every month on the third Thursday
(same as us!!) at 8:00 pm. The webinars are free, but you must be a member of FSGS to download the handout.
 
See Poolside Chats for topic information and registration details. Advance registration is required.
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DNA Special Interest Group Meeting
Thursday, June 20, 2019 through Thursday, June 20, 2019
DNA Special Interest Group Meeting
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
 
Our next special interest group meeting will be held in the administratative conference room of the Ocala library after our regular monthly general meeting.  Bring your laptops, DNA reports, files, passwords etc.  We will continue to bring as many of our group up to date with posting to https://genesis.gedmatch.com and to other sites. We will continue learning about the GEDMatch tools and evaluating our matches.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
 
 
Click "Learn More" for map to library   ====>
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June Meeting
Thursday, June 20, 2019
June Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
 
Speaker: Jack Butler
Topic:  Land Records, the Underutilized Resource
 
Don't forget to prepare and submit your article about 'My Favorite Ancestor' for a future issue of the RootDigger.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
If a handout is available, it is attached here. Please print out your own copy for your reference.
 
Minutes of last meeting: April 2019
Current edition of Rootdigger: March 2018
 
We will be taking members' photos beginning at 1:30 in the hallway outside the meeting room.
 
Click "Learn More" for map to library   ====>
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Citrus County Genealogical Society
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 through Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Citrus County Genealogical Society
10:00 am to 2:30 pm
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3474 W Southern St., Lecanto, FL
Monthly on the second Tuesday, except February and December.
See their website for program details. citrusgenealogy.com
 
If you are interested in carpooling to one of these events
please contact or click on president@mcgsocala.org
 
Click Learn More for program details ==>
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Kinseekers Genealogical Society
Saturday, June 8, 2019 through Saturday, June 8, 2019
Kinseekers Genealogical Society
10:30 am
Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St., Leesburg, FL
 
Monthly, usually on the second Saturday, at 10:30 am, October through June.
This schedule is subject to change. Please check their website (below) for up-to-date information.
 
Check their website for program details: Kinseekers Genealogical Society
 
If you are interested in carpooling to one of these events
please contact or click on president@mcgsocala.org
 

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Library Help - Ocala Library
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 through Thursday, June 6, 2019
Library Help - Ocala Library
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Ocala Public Library Genealogy Room
 
1st Wednesdays of the month, September to June (except December)
 
Members of the Marion County Genealogical Society are available to help the public with their genealogy research on the first Wednesday of the month from September to June (except July, August, December). This schedule is subject to change, so please check this page for updated information.
 
Click Learn More for map to library ==>
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May Meeting
Thursday, May 16, 2019
May Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
 
Speaker: Debbe Hagner
Topic: "How to Find Your Ancestors on Ship Passenger Lists"
 
Don't forget, bring your genealogical reference material to the  meeting so it can be passed onto others.  Maybe your reference material is just what another member has be looking for and your sharing will finally break down that brick wall for them.  Or even maybe you will find the book/reference material that fills that hole in your family tree. 
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
If a handout is available, it is attached here. Please print out your own copy for your reference.
 
Minutes of last meeting: March 2019
Current edition of Rootdigger: March 2018
 
We will be taking members' photos beginning at 1:30 in the hallway outside the meeting room.
 
Click "Learn More" for map to library   ====>
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April Meeting
Thursday, April 18, 2019
April Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room B, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
Speaker: Karen A. Fortin
Topic: "They Died of What?  Understanding Historical Causes of Death"
 
This month's meeting will be in roomB.
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
A handout is available, it is attached here. Please print out your own copy for your reference.
 
Minutes of last meeting: January 2019
Current edition of Rootdigger: March 2018
 
We will be taking members' photos beginning at 1:30 in the hallway outside the meeting room.
 
Click "Learn More" for map to library   ====>
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Saturday, March 30, 2019
Family History Fanatics
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
e conference on line

"Research Strategies and Historical Writing" eConference on March 30th.  Speakers and topics will include:

Leslie Carney - What Does the Document Tell Us: Document Analysis
Devon Noel Lee - Synthesize Seven reSources to Bust Brick Walls
Emily Garber - When It Takes a Village: Applying Cluster Research Techniques
Laura Hedgecock - Better Writing Through Research: Enhancing Family History Narratives with Historical Context

The online sessions will begin at 8am Arizona Time on March 30th. A final panel discussion will end the day.  All registrants will be able to view the conference for 30 days.  Register and get your questions answered by some of the most popular genealogy educators! Presentations are live, not pre-recorded, and you can ask questions throughout.

Price is only $19.99 until March 22nd and then it will be $24.99.  25% of all proceeds will go to Pima County Genealogy Society

More information is available on the website: https://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/pimacounty

Feel free to let any friends, family, or genealogy society members (or anyone else who may be interested) know about this great opportunity. 



Irish Genealogy Seminar
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Irish Genealogy Seminar
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Tampa
Speakers: Fintan Mullen and Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation
 
Location: Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, 1505 Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33602
 
If you are interested in carpooling to one of these events
please contact or click on president@mcgsocala.org
 
 


March Meeting
Thursday, March 21, 2019
March Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
 
Speaker: Ann Mohr Osisek
Topic: The Paper Trail- Ins and Outs of Courthouse Research
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
A handout is available, it is attached here. Please print out your own copy for your reference.
 
Minutes of last meeting: January 2019
 
Current edition of Rootdigger: March 2018
 
We will be taking members' photos beginning at 1:30 in the hallway outside the meeting room.
 
Click "Learn More" for map to library   ====>
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Saturday, March 16, 2019
MANATEE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Manatee Technical College, Bradenton, Florida
Speakers: Speaker Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D.
Subject: •     The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames
        •     Converting a Bunch of Information into a Credible Conclusion
        •     Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online?
        •     Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events
 
COMPLEMENTARY CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND REFRESHMENTS, PRE-PAID LUNCHES, DOOR PRIZES
Location: Manatee Technical College, Bradenton, Florida
 
If you are interested in carpooling to one of these events
please contact or click on president@mcgsocala.org
 



Special Interest Group Meeting
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Special Interest Group Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
 
We will be holding a introductory meeting to establishing a DNA Special Interest Group.  An introduction to DNA and available education material on DNA will be presented.  If established this SIG will function as a workshop for members and guests to better understand the DNA results received from testing companies and how this information will assist in genealogical research. Participants should bring their DNA information and questions.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
 
 
Click "Learn More" for map to library   ====>
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February Meeting
Saturday, February 9, 2019
February Meeting
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
This is a change from our regular day and date.
 
Family Tree Maker – Live with Mark Olsen*
 

The Marion County Genealogical Society is pleased to present Family Tree Maker on Tour, an interactive presentation with Mark Olsen.  Mark will discuss the recent history of Family Tree Maker, North America’s most popular family tree software, will demonstrate new features of FTM 2017, moving to FTM 2017, the FTM 2017 free upgrade, will answer  user questions and will offer special show pricing for Family Tree Maker, for Windows and Mac, The Guide to Family Tree maker, Charting Companion and Family Book Creator.
Family Tree Maker products will be available for purchase at a discount.

All meetings are free and open to the public. 
A handout is available, it is attached here. 
 
Minutes of last meeting: January 2019
Current edition of Rootdigger: March 2018
 
*Mark Olsen is the Family Tree Maker Ambassador to historical and genealogical societies around the world working to support their members as they use Family Tree Maker. Mark is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Family History with a Spanish records emphasis. He has been working in the genealogy industry since 2007.
 
Click Learn More for program details ==>_
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A Winter of DNA eConference
Saturday, January 26, 2019
A Winter of DNA eConference
8:30 am
On the internet
Speakers:Tim Janzen - Maximizing Your Use of GEDmatch
                 Richard Hill - Finding Family with DNA Testing: A Genetic Detective Story
                 Andy Lee - DNA Tree Building: What to Do When GEDmatch Matches Don't Respond
                 Maurice Gleeson - Using Y-DNA in Your Family Tree Research

The online sessions will begin at 9am Central Time on January 26th. A final panel discussion will end the day.  All registrants will be able to view the conference for 30 days.  Register and get your questions answered by some of the most popular genetic genealogy educators! Presentations are live, not pre-recorded, and you can ask questions throughout.

Price is only $19.99 until January 18th and then it will be $24.99.  Also, we will be having DNA kits and other stuff as door prizes that will be given away.  You don't have to be present to win, but you do have to register.

More information is available on the website: http://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/winterdna

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January Meeting
Thursday, January 17, 2019
January Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
 
Speaker: Carol Goetz
Topic: Have I Told You About the Murder in our Family? - Researching the Black Sheep in Your Family
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
If a handout is available, it is attached here. Please print out your own copy for your reference.
 
Minutes of last meeting: November 2018
Current edition of Rootdigger: March 2018
 
We will be taking members' photos beginning at 1:30 in the hallway outside the meeting room.
 
Click "Learn More" for map to library   ====>
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Citrus County Genealogical Society
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Citrus County Genealogical Society
10:00 am
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3474 W Southern St., Lecanto, FL
 
Monthly on the second Tuesday, except February and December.
See their website for program details. Citrus County Genealogical Society
 
If you are interested in carpooling to one of these events
please contact or click on president@mcgsocala.org
 
Click Learn More for program details ==>
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December Meeting
Thursday, December 20, 2018
December Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library, Ocala Headquarters, Room C
 
 
Holiday Party
There is a Forum in the members only section of the website for members to list the food or decoration items being brought to the party.  After signing in go to: Members Only > Forums > Holiday Party > Refreshments/Decorations 
 
Please bring heritage photos and documents to display. If you have digitized items, bring them on a flash drive or CD and we will project them on the screen.
Please bring finger foods to share. Paper products and drinks will be provided.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public.  
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Saturday, December 1, 2018
Jim Neate Memorial Service
10:00 am
Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home, 954 E. Silver Springs, FL
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Dunnellon Public Library
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon, FL 34431

Topic: “Stitch Together Your Family History”

Speaker:  Pamela Joseph

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November Meeting
Thursday, November 15, 2018
November Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
 
Election of Officers 
Speaker: David Hogg And Lorraine Sandeen 
Topic: The new Family History Center and Family Search website.
 
Description: .An update of the new website, what is available at the Family History Center and from your own computer at home.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
A handout is available, it is attached here. This handout outlines the services available at the Ocala Family History Center. Please print out your own copy for your reference.
 
Minutes of last meeting: October 2018
Current edition of Rootdigger: March 2018
 
We will be taking members' photos beginning at 1:30 in the hallway outside the meeting room.
 
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Citrus County Genealogical Society
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 through Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Citrus County Genealogical Society
10:00 am
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3474 W Southern St., Lecanto, FL
 
Monthly on the second Tuesday, except February and December.
See their website for program details. Citrus County Genealogical Society
 
If you are interested in carpooling to one of these events
please contact or click on president@mcgsocala.org
 
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Central FL Annual Family History Conference
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Central FL Annual Family History Conference
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Olympia High School, 4301 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32835

22nd Annual Family History Conference

Details are available at:  https://familyhistoryconference.org/

 

If you are interested in carpooling to one of these events
please contact or click on president@mcgsocala.org
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Suncoast Genealogy Society
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Suncoast Genealogy Society
12:30 pm to 3:45 pm
Palm Harbor Library - Community Room 2330 Nebraska Avenue, Palm Harbor, FL
1:00-4:00pm  Mini-Seminar ~ Speaker, Ann Staley
Topics: The Everyday Life of Our Ancestors  

             "Will" They Be There? Using Probate Records 

 Refreshments provided between topics  &  Door Prizes Galore !

If you are interested in carpooling to one of these events
please contact or click on president@mcgsocala.org
 
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October Meeting
Thursday, October 18, 2018
October Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
 
Speaker: Linda Ellwood
Topic: My 30+ years of Challanging but Interesting and Fun Genealogy Research
 
Description: Breakiing Down Brick Walls to Finally Discover My Family History: From Jamestown to Florida Pioneers!
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
A handout is available. There are 5 parts to this handout. Please print out your own copy and bring it to the meeting.
 
Minutes of last meeting: September 2018
Current edition of Rootdigger: March 2018
 
We will be taking members' photos beginning at 1:30 in the hallway outside the meeting room.
 
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September Meeting
Thursday, September 20, 2018
September Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
Speaker: Joel Swanson
Topic: What is available on www.mcgsocala.org
 
Description: . A visual in depth look at the many aspects of our own website, mcgsocala.org. Which pages are available to the public and which are for members only.  How to log in to the members only section and what information is available on those pages.  If you wanted to call one of the board members, how to proceed.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public. 
There is no handout available. Please print out your own copy and bring it to the meeting.
 
Minutes of last meeting: June 2018
Current edition of Rootdigger: March 2018
 
 
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New and Advanced Features of FTM 2017
Monday, July 16, 2018
New and Advanced Features of FTM 2017
10:30 am
Freedom Public Library, 5870 S.w. 95th Street Ocala, Fl 34476
 
The OTOW Genealogy Society is hosting the event, which is open to the public.  The webinar is by FTM spokesperson Mark Olsen.
 
If you are interested in carpooling to one of these events, please CONTACT US.
 
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June Meeting
Thursday, June 21, 2018
June Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marion County Public Library Headquarters, Room C, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
Speaker: Members
Topic: Special Interest Topics: 2 Sessions, 45 minutes each: First session: (2:15PM to 3:00PM) 1. Family Tree Maker, 2. Countries (Ireland & Italy), 3.Probate & County & State records, 4. Cemetery Know-how. Second session: (3:10PM to 3:55PM) 1. Databases, 2. DNA & GEDmatch, 3. Native American Ancestors, 4. Countries (Germany). Wrap Up (4:00PM)

 

MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW
 
Minutes of last meeting: May 2018 minutes
Current edition of Rootdigger: March 2018
 
This is our last meeting before the summer break. Meetings will resume in September.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public.
When handouts are available, please print out your own copy and bring it with you to the meeting.
​There is a revised handout for this meeting, (see below) but bring your own notetaking matierial.
We will be taking members' photos beginning at 1:30 in the hallway outside the meeting room.
 
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Saturday, June 16, 2018 through Saturday, June 16, 2018
Kinseekers Genealogical Society
10:30 am
Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St., Leesburg, FL
 
Monthly, usually on the third Saturday, at 10:30 am, October through June. This schedule is subject to change. Please check their website (below) for up-to-date information.
 
Check their website for program details: Kinseekers Genealogical Society