Charlotte County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Charlotte County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Assisting and educating our members and community in their quest
for genealogical and historical information

Member Meeting

Punta Gorda Charlotte Library
401 Shreve St., Punta Gorda FL 33950 and on Zoom
Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 1:30 pm

Probate Records
Probate records refer to wills, inventories, letters of administration and guardianship. They are usually held at the county courthouse unless archived and they are indexed by the name of the testator.
There are three types of wills: Attested, Holographic and Nuncupative. The attested will is the most common and is prepared for the testator. A holographic will is written by the testator himself. A nuncupative will is the deathbed wishes of the testator, recorded by a witness present at the bedside. All wills must be witnessed.
A person who dies "intestate" dies without a will.
An "executor" is named by the testator and is required by the court to post a bond. An "administrator" is appointed to handle the affairs of one who dies intestate (without a will).

Research Podcasts

Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems features the free Genealogy Gems Podcast, Elevenses with Lisa YouTube show, and blog articles. Visit

March 26
Family History Research Tools
Classes presented by  Turia Clark Day CCGSI Member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1303 Forrest Nelson Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33952 - Cultural ...

March 27
Researching in Newspapers
Presenters Julia McIntyre/Dottie Baugh

April 3
YouTube for Genealogy
Presenter Dottie Baugh 

April 3
Round Table
10 Top Tips for Beginning German Genealogy (YouTube) Lisa Louise Cooke interview's Katherine Schober