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

Speakers Bureau

The following topics are available for presentation to your organization.
 
Topic:  Introduction to Genealogy
This presentation can vary from 20 to 60 minutes, depending on time available. It presents an introduction to genealogy, showing by example what types of records are available and how they can be used effectively.  The program provides human interest stories to captivate the audience and pique their interest in this field. 
Recommended Group Size: 15 to 50, no handouts required.
Area of Presentation: Southwest Florida
ContactJulia McIntyre
 
Topic:  Using FindAGrave.com
30 to 60 minutes depending on time available. This presentation shows how to use this free website to find ancestors and identify family relationships using gravesite information posted online by volunteers. Longer presentations show how to add your own ancestors to the online site. 
Recommended Group Size:  15 to 50 participants.
Area of Presentation:  Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Sarasota, Lee and Collier County
Contact:  Julia McIntyre
 
Topic:  Finding Immigration Records
30 to 60 minutes depending on time available. This presentation describes how to find information on immigrant ancestors, particularly when and where they entered the U.S. Sample immigration documents are shown and discussed. A variety of source are described, including reference books, free online sources, and subscription-only online sources. 
Recommended Group Size:  15 to 50 participants.
Area of Presentation:  Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Sarasota, Lee and Collier County
 
Topic: Free Genealogy Blogs
30 minutes. Anyone can subscribe to free genealogy blogs to learn about genealogy techniques and sources, and to network with others interested in genealogy. Most blogs are free and are written by professional genealogists. Learn how to find blogs, how to determine if they are for you, and how to subscribe. 
Recommended Group Size:  15 to 50 participants
Area of Presentation: Charlotte, Sarasota, Lee, DeSoto, Glades, and Collier counties
Contact:  Julia McIntyre
 
Topic: Scanning and Digital Photography for Genealogy
45 minutes. What do you do when you locate a physical record that you want to save? Using a scanner and digital camera is considered a basic skill in genealogy research today. Learn about the equipment used, how to make digital images, how to select the best format for the purpose, how to store them, and how to access hidden features such as metadata and GPS information. Equipment demonstrations can be included when time allows. 
Recommended Group Size:  15 to 50 participants
Area of Presentation: Charlotte, Sarasota, Lee, DeSoto, Glades, and Collier counties
Contact:  Julia McIntyre
 
Topic: ABCs of Genealogy Sources
45 to 60 minutes. Genealogy without documentation is mythology. Sources are critical to genealogy, and not all sources are created equal. Understand how to distinguish an original source from a derivative source. Learn how to evaluate sources and make good decisions when conflicting facts are listed in several sources.  
Recommended Group Size:  15 to 50 participants
Area of Presentation: Charlotte, Sarasota, Lee, DeSoto, Glades, and Collier counties
Contact:  Julia McIntyre
 
Topic: All About the Charlotte County Genealogical Society Inc. (CCGSI)  
 A 10 to 20 minute informative presentation with handouts that gives the evolution of genealogy from a small dedicated group of genealogists and certain religious groups to the second largest hobby in United States. It gives practical information on how to get started and how the Internet has revolutionized genealogical research. 
The program also provides a brief history of CCGS and how they are helping beginning and experienced researchers.  It is an ideal after-dinner program when time is a limiting factor. (Length of program will vary depending on number of questions.) Group size is unlimited.
Recommended Group Size:  Unlimited.  .
Area of Presentation: Charlotte, De Soto, Glades, Sarasota, Lee and Collier Counties
Contact: Julia McIntyre

Topic: Surname Search:  Ya Gotta Think Out of the Box
Surnames are the most basic pieces of information about our family.  Often the name undergoes changes... some minor, some major...some gradually and some suddenly.  If we faily to recognize changes to our ancestor's names, we could look in the right record and fail to recognize the ancestor.   We'd like to have a surname spelled exactly the same back through the generations to its 1st bearer.  Unfortunately, the bubble bursts when you get into the cold, hard genealogy facts.  This lecture takes you through the steps of change and offers suggestions to make surname research a little easier.  
Recommended Group Size: Unlimited.  Handouts will be e-mailed after the program
Area of Presentation:  Southwest Florida
ContactJoanne Daerr Ryder