Member Meeting February 17, 2016 at 1:30

Accessing Land Records Online
Charlotte County Genealogical Society, Inc.
24 Twenty-one Event Center
2421 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte Fl. 33949
Members and Guests are invited
Probably the most important news about land records in the last decade is the vast numbers that are available online. All local deeds repositories have a web presence. The U.S. General Land Office has a wonderful site for pioneers who were the first private owners of government owned land. Learn how to make the most of these valuable records.
Presented by Susan Well, 
Vice President of The Genealogical Society of Sarasota
Susan Well has been researching her family since 1994 in England and Germany. She taught in secondary schools and adult education programs for 13 years before a long career in real estate sales and appraisal. She is a vice-president of the Genealogical Society of Sarasota and leader of their United Kingdom Special Interest Group.
She teaches Beginning Genealogy at the Lifelong Learning Academy at USF Sarasota/Manatee.

CCGSI 2016 Annual Genealogy Seminar

Finding Your Ancestors
Debra S. Fleming, The Ancestry Detective 
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Are you frustrated after spending years searching for elusive records on little-known people?  Attend this seminar to learn tried and true detective methodologies to track down the ancestors in your family.
This seminar explores the use of census records, old newspapers, and the three Ds - deeds, death, and divorce records. Each of these records offers different valuable insights into your ancestors’ lives. Once you master them, you'll be surprised at what you can find. 
Seminar Sessions:
   Census Analysis - Learn to decode the valuable information
   available in the pre-1850 census records, if you know how to
find it.
   Newspaper Research - Learn how to develop and execute
   effective newspaper search strategies to find the human
   interest stories.
   The Three Ds: Deeds, Death, and Divorce - Learn the secrets
   hidden in these records. You may be surprised what you can find! 
Members $30, Nonmembers $35. Lunch is included.
To register, download the attached form.
Preregistration required; deadline March 9, 2016. 
Questions?  Call 941-255-9462.

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Charlotte County Genealogical Society Inc

Upcoming Events
02/13/2016 - 8:00 am
Pinellas Genealogy Society Seminar
Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, Fl.
02/15/2016 - 10:30 am
Legacy Users Group
Mid County Regional Library 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd Port Charlotte, FL 33952 Room AB
02/15/2016 - 1:00 pm
Irish Special Interest Group Meeting
Mid County Regional Library 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd Port Charlotte, FL 33952 Room AB

Tips & Tricks
Vital records and event information are more reliable when they are recorded near the time of the happening. The longer the time from the event occurrence that the record is made, the less accurate it may be based on the memory of the person involved.
[Vital Records]
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.
[Vital Records]
Know your relationships: An ancestor is a person from whom you are descended. A descendant is a person who is descended from an ancestor. A relative is someone with whom you share a common ancestor but who is not in your direct line.
[Basic Genealogy]