Notes or Topics From Past Meetings

Below is a list of topics and speakers from meetings held prior to July 2013. Note and handouts for more recent meetings are posted in our Member's Blog available to our members who have registered on our website in the Member's Blog under CFGS Community. Contact and topic links are provided if you want to find out more. (Note that some the older links may no longer be valid.)

2013

Thursday July 25, 2013 Betty Jo Stockton spoke on "Evernote - A digital filing cabinet for genealogists" Handout

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Past club president Judge Larry Kirkwood presented his latest update on "Finding Courthouse Records"

Thursday, April 11, 2013 Elaine Powell offered many helpful strategies for anyone planning a research trip: "Tips & Techniques for Researching Archives, Courthouses, & Libraries"

Thursday, March 14, 2013 "Atkinson and Boston Family History". Ida Boston shared her own genealogical journey and research! Featured in a Seminole Chronicle article about the Boston Family.

Thursday, February 14, 2013 "Marching Through the Files": Military Records. Ann Mohr Osisek demonstrated best methods for finding records.

2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, October 11, 2012 "The Hidden Treasures of Genealogical Periodicals – An Underused, Yet Rich Resource!" was presented by Greg Gronlund. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 Betty Jo Stockton reminded us that "It's Not All Online." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, September 13, 2012 Ann Mohr Osisek presented "The Part-Time Professional Genealogist - A Jekyll and Hyde Existence." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, August 4, 2012 Computer Interest Group

Saturday, June 2, 2012 "Computer Interest Group

Thursday, May 10, 2012 Ann Mohr Osisek spoke about "Chronological Logic...Using Timelines in Genealogical Research." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

She recommended a few online links:

www.webcrawler.net - shows various website for creating timelines, some of the sites listed are "freebies" but not all of them.

www.ehow.com - example of "How To Create a Family History Timeline".

www.ourtimelines.com - allows you to instantly create a historical timeline spanning 5 to 140 years by typing in a person's name & their birth date.

Saturday, April 21, 2012, Computer Interest Group

Thursday, April 12, 2012 Sanford Historical Museum Web site

Thursday, March 8, 2012 Speaker Jack Butler: "'Died Suddenly on Friday Last, of a Gunshot' - Finding Kin in Early Newspapers." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, February 18, 2012 Dick Eastman presented a full day: "Genealogy Searches on Google"; "Using Online Genealogy Programs"; "Photographing Old or Delicate Documents or Photography"; "The Family History World in 10 Years' Time."

Saturday, February 11, 2012 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, February 9, 2012 "The Veterans History Project" was presented by Dr. Barbara Gannon of the University of Central Florida, featuring opportunities for all veterans to have their stories recorded.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thursday January 26, 2012 Gladys Friedman Paulin, CG, presented - "Locating and Interpreting Naturalization Records." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, November 10, 2011, Gene Clark explained citing sources in genealogy software. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, October 13, 2011 Ann Mohr Osisek showed how to find: "The Paper Trail" - The Ins & Outs of Courthouse Research." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, October 1, 2011 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, September 22, 2011 Lawrence Kirkwood explained the many resources available in "Fundamentals of Court Records and More." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday September 8, 2011 Joe David Bellamy discussed his book: Kindred Spirits: 400 Years of an American Family. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, August 6 ,2011 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, July 28, 2011 Howard Fisher showed how to deal with "Sharing and Solving Your Genealogical Dead-Ends." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, June 4, 2011 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, May 26, 2011 Paul Enchelmayer listed the "Ten Ways to be a Better Ancestor." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, April 2, 2011 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, March 24, 2011 Betty Jo Stockton presented a look at "What's New at FamilySearch.org?" This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, February 19, 2011 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, February 10, 2011 Paul Enchelmayer provided alternative proof: "Jefferson-Hemings, a Different View: Challenging the DNA Genealogical Proof." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, January 27, 2011 "My Video Life Story". Diane Hirsch presented a program and demonstration of how video biographies can be a critical legacy in your family history. Web site.

Thursday, January 13, 2011 "Preserving Digital photos" was the topic by Marc Schulmann. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2010

Saturday December 4, 2010 Computer Interest Group - No Notes Available or no meeting held

Saturday, October 9, 2010 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, October 14, 2010 "Resources at the Orlando Public Library" was presented by Gregg Gronlund.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, September 23, 2010 Paul Enchelmayer presented a session: "Using Internet Social Networks." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, September 9, 2010 Ann Osisek cleared up "The Myths of Migration: Concentric Circles in Census Research." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday August 7, 2010 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, July 22, 2010: We visited the Orange County Regional History Center - "Genealogy Resources at Your Local History Center."

Saturday June 5, 2010 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, May 13, 2010: Jack Brooks presented a session entitled "The Search For George Wagner, Civil War Veteran From Pennsylvania." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday April 17, 2010 Computer Interest Group

Thursday April 8, 2010: Pat Schnurr told us about: "The War of 1812 - The Treaty of Ghent." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, March 25, 2010 "A Genealogical Gold Mine - The US Census 1790-1930." presented by Gladys Friedman Paulin. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, March 11, 2010. Raff Ellis explained the research problems encountered, where the ancestral tongue is not based in the Latin (also called Roman) alphabet. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday February 6, 2010 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, January 28, 2010, "The Background and History of Heraldry." Maureen McGowan-Singer presented a session which clearly explained this often-confusing topic. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, January 14, 2010, "Google Goodies for Genealogy" a look at how the Google Internet tools can best be used in family research. Presented by Paul Enchelmayer. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2009

Saturday December 5, 2009 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, November 12, 2009, Gene Clark's topic was "Quality Checking Your Genealogy Computer Files" which included transferring GEDCOM and proprietary software files. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, October 8, 2009 Tana Porter, Research Librarian at the Orange County Regional History Center presented: "Using the Resources of the Orange County Regional History Center for Genealogical Research." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, October 3, 2009 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, September 24, 2009 Elaine Powell told us about some "Tips & Tricks For Researching in Libraries and Courthouses." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 Ann Mohr Osisek spoke about "Not Just a Clockmaker - Your Ancestor's Occupation."This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, August 1, 2009 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, July 23, 2009 Gene Clark showed us how "Using a Scanner" would help us preserve precious photos and documents. Email

Saturday, June 6, 2009 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, May 28, 2009 Ernest Hatton explained the basics "Genetics in Genealogy" and using DNA studies for family research.

Thursday, May 14, 2009 Ann Bergelt showed the importance of having: "Your Research Plan." Email

Saturday, April 18, 2009 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, April 9, 2009 Speaker: Betty Bumby Bandy explained how she conducted her research into the history of her Orlando pioneer ancestors and how she used that info to write about their history: "Orlando Pioneer Ancestors." Email

Thursday, March 26, 2009 Speaker: Yvette Birdsong: "The History of Hispanic & French Creoles from America’s Gulf Coast: What Do Brett Favre, Beyoncé, Cokie Roberts, and Bryant Gumble have in Common?" Email

Thursday, March 12, 2009 Amy Larner Giroux, CG, CGL, explained how to find information on your inventive ancestors: "From Pianos to Popcorn Makers - Finding Your Ancestor's Inventions." Email

Thursday, February 12, 2009 Paul Enchelmayer warned about "The Deceptive Ancestor - Finding Fiction in the Facts." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, February 7, 2009 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, January 22, 2009 Gladys Friedman Paulin, CG, presented her new talk: "Locating and Interpreting Naturalization Records." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, January 8, 2009 Elaine Powell presented a program on "Preserving and Sharing Your Genealogy" both conventionally and digitally. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2008

Saturday, December 6, 2008 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, November 19, 2008 Dan Pottinger from Orlando Remembered presented an illustrated lecture on Early Homes of Orlando.

Thursday, November 13, 2008 CFGS member Bob Miller and son Adam showed us how to "Turn Your Family History into a Documentary on DVD." Email

Saturday, October 4, 2008 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, September 25, 2008 Clare Hasler showed us how to obtain, install and use Photo Story software for family photos. Email

Thursday, September 4, 2008 Ann Mohr Osisek showed us how to use“Local Logic” – Using Local and County Histories. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, June 7, 2008 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, May 22, 2008 Betty Jo Stockton updated the group with "The Best of Free Genealogy Websites." Email

Thursday, May 8, 2008 Teri Patterson presented a look at "Central Florida's Swedish Past and More." Email

Thursday, April 10, 2008 Elmer Spears gave us a look at "Elmers Genealogy Library" in Madison, Florida.

Saturday, April 5, 2008 Spring Seminar featuring George Morgan and Drew Smith the Genealogy Guys

Thursday, February 14, 2008 "Researching A Colonial Virginia Family" was presented by Elaine Powell. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday February 2, 2008 Computer Interest Group

Thursday January 24, 2008 "Your 'Country' Store - Finding Ancestors in the National Archives" was the topic of Gladys Friedman Paulin, CG. Email

2007

Thursday December 13, 2007 Author Raff Ellis explained the fascinating process of writing his book of family history "Kisses from a Distance."

Saturday, December 1, 2007 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, November 29, 2007 "The Hidden Treasures of Genealogical Periodicals" was presented by Gregg Gronlund from Orlando Public Library.. Email

Thursday, November 8, 2007 Gregg Gronlund from Orlando Public Library explained the benefits of "How to Get the Most out of Your Genealogical Society, Local, State, National, and Special." Email

Thursday, October 11, 2007 "Roots Exposed: Tracing 15 Interconnected African-American Families in Three Virginia Counties" - the book's author Stuart Doyle shared his research experiences. Email

Saturday, October 6, 2007 Computer Interest Group
No notes available or no meeting held

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Saturday, August 4, 2007 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, July 22, 2007

Saturday, June 2, 2007 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, May 24, 2007 The "Early Orlando TV Documentary Project" was discussed by Clifford Curley, independent documentary producer. He would like to speak with residents of long-time Orange County families. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, May 10, 2007 Amy Larner Giroux, CG, CGL, explained how to "Listen to the Land - Understanding Your Ancestor's Property Deeds." Email

Saturday, March 31, 2007 Annual Spring Workshop: "Writing Preserving and Sharing your Family History."

Thursday, March 26, 2007 Barbara Lemay presented the true story of an ancestor tried for witchcraft in 1692: "Elizabeth Clawson...Thou Deseruest to Dye" This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday March 8, 2007 Gene Clark presented useful tips for "Utilizing Your Computer in Genealogy." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, February 8, 2007 Gregg Gronlund presented a strong case for "Going to the library - it isn't what it used to be - it's even better!" Email

Saturday, February 3, 2007 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, January 25, 2007 Gladys Friedman Paulin, CG, researching those other ports: "Beyond Ellis Island: Other Ports of Entry". This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, January 11, 2007 Pat Schnurr: "By the Dawn's Early Light - The War of 1812" - searching documents, relics, family histories and museums. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2006

Thursday, December 14, 2006 Author William (Billy) Morgan presented a lecture on "Finding and Preserving the Stories of Civil War Ancestors".

Saturday, December 2, 2006 Computer Interest Group

Thursday, November 16, 2006 Peter Bradish presented an online look at "Genealogy Mailing Lists, Message Boards and Newsgroups."

Thursday, October 12, 2006 Patricia Charpentier led an inspiring session on "Writing Your Life."This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, October 7, 2006 Computer Interest Group Web

Thursday, September 28, 2006 Cathy Haynes spoke about the great DAR genealogy resources: "The D.A.R. & The Genealogist." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, September 14, 2006 "The Curse & The Cure - A Common Surname". Ann Mohr Osisek presented successful, practical tips on researching a name like "Jones."This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, July 27, 2006, Young Amy Giroux presented her family's genealogy from a young person's point-of-view with her talk "Papa's Past". Email.

Thursday, May 25, 2006, "Best of Internet Freebies" -Paul Enchelmayer presented an update on current free web resources.

Saturday, April 29, 2006, All day workshop with John Philip Colletta.. Email

Thursday, April 13, 2006, Amy Larner Giroux spoke about "Cemetery Research - A City of Stones", the rewarding experience it can be to walk a cemetery's stones to find your ancestor's grave and how to locate your ancestor's burial site and record the information found there. Email.

Thursday, March 9, 2006 Harold Bergman presented "Call Your Next Witness!", a look at the importance of those individuals who served as witnesses to the key events in your family history. Email 

Thursday, February 9, 2006 "Genealogy and DNA Testing" presented by Stacie Rosenthal, M.S., Certified Genetic Counselor. Email

Thursday, January 26, 2006 "That Other Line: An Approach to Ethnic Research" was presented by Gladys Friedman Paulin, CG. Email

Thursday, January 12, 2006 Paul Enchelmayer presented "Of Privies and Progenitors - Unconventional Genealogy Research." Email

2005

Thursday, November 17, 2005 Mary Jo Biehl explained how to best use: "'Ancestry Library Edition' at the Public Library." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

November 10, 2005 A. G. Conlon explained the importance of "Records through the Eyes of the Immigrant: A Different Approach to U. S. Immigration Records." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October 13,2005 Ann Bennett reviewed the current state of "Genealogy Software."This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

September 22, 2005 A.G. Conlon showed methods for "Researching Military Records, they're not .45's." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

September 8, 2005 Ann Mohr Osisek demonstrated suggested interview techniques with her talk: "So Many Questions - So Little Time.". This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

July 28, 2005 Mary Ellen Kammert explained how to prepare a genealogy manuscript: "Devil in the Details - Editing your own Manuscript." Email

May 26, 2005 Paul Enchelmayer demonstrated software for "Digital Tools for Restoring Family Photos." Email

April 14, 2005 Don Price explained how new technology is transforming the task of "Managing Greenwood Cemetery."

March 24, 2005 "Biographical Sketches: What can they tell us, and where can we find them" by Glen W. Lamb. Email.

March 10, 2005 Glen Lamb told us the mysterious story of: "The LOUD Pianos - Thomas LOUD & sons, London to Philadelphia to New York." Email.

February 10, 2005 "Central Florida Memory Project." Gregg Gronlund presented an update on this exciting collaborative project. Email

January 27, 2005 Gladys Friedman Paulin, CG, spoke about using the Soundex Censuses, 1880-1930. Email

January 13, 2005 Paul Enchelmayer presented the latest tools for "Storing and Restoring Family Photos... in the Digital Age." Email

2004

November 18, 2004 "British Wills & Administration" featured British genealogy expert The Lady Teviot, speaker. Email

November 11, 2004 Harold Bergman provided useful information to find out "Where in Germany Did Grandpa Come From?" Email

October 14, 2004 Pat Schnurr showed how we can find "Genealogy Information Found in Military Records." Email

September 23, 2004 Searching for patents, "Pianos to Popcorn Makers – Finding Your Ancestor's Inventions" was presented by Amy Larner Giroux. Email

September 9, 2004 Ann Mohr Osisek presented a talk: "Eight Simple Steps for Self-help Genealogy." Email

May 27, 2004 "Putting GrandPa in your Pocket - Using PDAs in Genealogy" Betty Jo Stockton presented an overview of how these very portable devices make research easier to manage. Email

Saturday, April 17, 2004 CFGS Annual Seminar featured three stirring sessions with Dr. George Schweitzer

April 8, 2004 "Lewis Powell - The Florida Conspirator in the Lincoln Assassination" - was presented by Jim Robison. Email

March 18, 2004 Glen Lamb showed how to obtain and use "World War I Draft Registrations." Email

March 11, 2004 Ann Mohr Osisek presented: "Root Rot - The Causes and the Cure." Email

January 22, 2004 Gladys Friedman Paulin, CG, presented a session on "Genealogy Myths and Misconceptions." Email.

January 8, 2004 - Amy Giroux gave an informative session on using software and techniques available for "Creating Your Own Genealogy Web Pages". Email.

2003

November 13, 2003 - "Witches in the Family Tree" - Harold Bergman recalled his research into German ancestors who were persecuted for witchcraft. Email

September 25, 2003 - Carl Patterson presented an informative session about "Writing Town Histories." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

September 11, 2003 - "Family History Societies in England", was presented by Alec Tritton of the Federation of Family History Societies with much information about online resources.

May 22, 2003 - Helen Pope and Kate Stirk discussed the qualifications of proof necessary for membership in "Lineage Societies". A list of lineage societies with web pages.

April 15, 2003 "Digital Florida: Exciting and new internet access to resources for Genealogy and Local History Research" Gregg Gronlund showed how you can find Florida online resources. Email

March 27, 2003 "Internet Freebies: Software, Data and Clues" -Paul Enchelmayer showed some web pages offering help at no cost.

March 18, 2003 "Dead Men (and Women) Do Talk - Effective Cemetery Research" - Ann Mohr Osisek shared advice for researching not only cemeteries but mortuaries and funeral homes as well. Email

January 23, 2003 Gladys Friedman Paulin, CG, discussed the process of how our ancestors became "Naturalized Citizens OR NOT". Email

January 21, 2003 Paul Enchelmayer - A fresh look at "Six Essential Web Site - plus Two."

2002

 November, 21 2002 Gregg Gronlund - Genealogy Dept. Head of Orlando Public Library gave us a tour and update on recent acquisitions and future plans.

November 19, 2002 Elmer Spears - genealogist and lecturer spoke about his amazing "Genealogy Library" (one of the largest private collections).

October 15, 2002 - Larry Kirkwood helped clear up a lot of the "Legal Terminology in Genealogy Research", especially in old courthouse records. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

September 17, 2002 - "Hickory, Dickory, CLOCK - Making Time for Research". Ann Mohr Osisek told of how to get the most out of selected resources, both online and in-person research. Email

July 25, 2002 Elizabeth Meadows presented a very informative session on "Genealogy on the Road -preparing for a successful research road trip." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

May 23, 2002 - Ann Bennett demonstrated the way to "Retouch and Restore your Photographs", with several examples of how computer "painting" programs can be used to make old, worn photographs look fresh and new. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

May 21, 2002 "Historic Hikes in Central Florida". Author and hiker Steve Rajtar has developed hundreds of hikes through historic sections of the cities, towns and small communities throughout Central Florida. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April 20, 2002 "Genealogy on the Internet" Popular genealogy lecturer Drew Smith presented a day covering the many tools available on the Internet for Genealogy research.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

February 19, 2002 Elaine Powell presented a program on "Solving the Mysteries of Family Photos" - how to date a photo, and how to determine who is in your unidentified photos.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

January 15, 2002 "Finding Helpful Strangers on the Internet". Paul Enchelmayer presented a session illustrating several ways to find and contact willing collaborators for your research.

2001

November 20, 2001 "Historic Fort Christmas" with Joseph Adams. Mr. Adams is in charge of education at Fort Christmas Historical Park.Web page.

October 16, 2001 Bob Copeland taught how to find useful maps, both on paper and online. Some recommended websites: Order CIA maps or find maps online at the USGS site.

September 27, 2001 Elaine Powell presented a program on "Dating old Photographs.".

September 18, 2001 Ann Mohr Osisek presented: "Calico & Cornbread, Who Was That Female." Email

July 19, 2001 "Deciphering Handwriting" with Ann Bergelt. Email

May 15, 2001 "Letter Writing, Post Cards, and the Orange County Regional History Center" was presented by Pat Birkhead, Volunteer Coordinator.

April 28, 2001 "Basic Genealogy Tools and Methods" - Ann Bergelt led a day-long session covering: queries, surname lists, primary records, vital statistics, geography, small towns and big cities, keeping up to date, and Internet research. Email

April 17, 2001 "Producing a Family Newsletter" - Gladys Friedman Paulin explained the secrets to a successful family news network. Email.

March 22, 2001- Marjorie Turner & Rhoda Rollin of the Society of Mayflower Descendants presented "From Scrooby [England] to the Second Thanksgiving."

March 20, 2001 - Paul Enchelmayer presented an online demonstration of "Using Family Tree Maker with the Internet". Some online tips from Family Tree Magazine.

February 20, 2001 - CFGS president Larry Kirkwood presented valuable tips on "Using Courthouse Records". Email.

January 18, 2001 - "Strategies for Attacking Difficult Problems" June Byrne returned to present some tried and true methods to overcome research difficulties. Email

2000

December 19, 2000 - "Navigating the LDS Website and catalogue". Gladys Friedman Paulin presented an orientation to the new layout at "familysearch.org."

November 21, 2000 - "Orlando Remembered" - Dann Pottinger returned for more pictures and stories about the early families and personalities which shaped Orlando's history.

October 17, 2000 - "The Henry Nehrling Society" - Rollins College historian Nancy Decker presented a lecture and video about this multifaceted Florida pioneer and his early German settlement at Gotha, FL, near Orlando.

October 14, 2000 - "Fall Seminar" featured Pat Richley (aka columnist DearMYRTLE as she demonstrated Internet, documentation, organization and LDS resources.

September 21, 2000 - "Making Sense of the Census: Determining Family Connections Using Pre-1850 Records". Amy Giroux presented the importance of the earlier census records - how to find them - how to USE them. Email

September 19, 2000 - "Once Upon A Desk - Organization Is Not A Fairy Tale". Ann Mohr Osisek used several of her inimitable anecdotes and a photo tour of a variety of filing and storage methods to present one of our most requested topics: organizing! Email

May 18, 2000 - "Orlando Remembered" - featuring Dann Pottinger. He presented a program on the preservation of historic Orlando, featuring a tour to some downtown landmarks.

May 11, 2000 - "National Society Daughters of the American Revolution" - Edna Benson and Joyce Parker, past Regents of the local D.A.R., presented a look at this most well-known of lineage societies. This talk showed how and why one of our most prestigious societies continues as a highly respected organization of historical and patriotic importance.

April 13, 2000 - Sim Seckbach presented "Chasing Wild Geese", how advice from a pet dog can lead you in the right direction when you're not sure where to begin. A delightful talk on using the right resources to lead you to ancestors, relatives and history. Email

March 16, 2000 - Paul Enchelmayer presented "Online Tips and Tricks for Genealogy Researchers", an online tour of valuable links on the World Wide Web. Email

March 9, 2000 - "The US Census - Past, Present and Future" Featuring Bea Piddock and Martha Brown from the US Census Bureau.

February 10, 2000 - "Getting the Most Out of Online Resources" Noted genealogy author and lecturer (and fellow CFGS member), Rhonda McClure presented a look at some of the pitfalls to avoid when using online services and the Internet to aid you in your research. Examples were used to show how to tailor your requests and what you can expect in return.Web page.

January 21, 2000 - "Blast from the Past - 1000 Years of Genealogy Resources at the Orlando Public Library. A quick look at historical resources, century by century. Gregg Gronlund. Email

1999

December 9, 1999 - "Orlando Public Library Resources" - A fresh look at one of the best Genealogy Departments in the Southeast. Featured speaker: Gregg Gronlund, Department Head, Genealogy and Law. Web page.

November 11, 1999 - "Little Known Solutions to Common Problems"- Some tricks of the trade from June Byrne, noted teacher and author of Handbook for Genealogical Research in Central Florida. Email

October 14, 1999 - "Historic Preservation - the Who, How and Why" of selecting and preserving important structures and landmarks, and the fascinating people who built, worked and lived in them. Speaker Jodi Rubin, an Orlando City Planner, presented an absorbing session of how city planners approach the task of preserving the significant physical history of a community. Email

September 16, 1999 - Elaine Powell demonstrated the art of "Creating a Heritage Album" of memories.  Email

September 9, 1999 - "The Savvy Genealogist- Horse Sense for Muleish Problems" presented by Ann Osisek professional genealogy researcher and teacher. Ann presented some case study examples of seemingly stubborn and insurmountable genealogy puzzles. Email

July 15, 1999 - Ann Bennett demonstrated how to use "Genealogy Software", featuring Generations and Reunion packages. Most of the tips and advice apply to all genealogy software packages. Email

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