Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society

FSGS Speakers Bureau: Gary M. Smith

PO Box 152987
Cape Coral, FL 33915
Lecture Topics
Previous Speaking Engagements

Biographical Sketch:

  • Extended Methodology
    • Here Comes the Family! Preparing for the Reunion
    • Beyond Vital Events: Making Them Real
    • To Transcribe, Extract or Abstract: What's the Difference?
    • Beyond the Death Record: Will, Probate, Inventory
    • Tax Records: Why Do We Care?
    • Little Houses on the Prairie: Midwest Research Techniques
    • Mining Collateral Lines for Fun and Genealogical Profit
    • Researching Sideways Around Brickwalls
    • Researching with Bridget: The Genealogists' Home Bookshelf
    • Talking with Grandpa: Interviewing the Living for Leads to the Past
    • The Quakers Are Our Friends
    • In Search of the Elusive Female Ancestor: Who Was She?
  • Internet
    • Yes Virginia, It Is Possible: Researching For FREE On The Internet
    • Effective Use of Time: Let Search Engines Do the Heavy Lifting
    • It's Not Your Father's Internet: Where Are We Now?
    • Why the WWW? The Role of the Internet in Genealogical Research
    • There's More to the Internet Than Surfing
    • The Internet: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
  • Basic Methodology
    • Those Blankety-Blank Forms in Genealogical Research
    • The US Federal Census: Good, Bad and Ugly for Genealogist
    • Counting on the Census: Using the US Federal Population Census
    • What's Black and White and Read Online: Using Online Newspapers in Genealogy
    • Extra! Extra! Ancestors Exposed in the News
    • On Your Mark--Get Set--Go: Beginning Research
    • Your Home Library Needs to be More Than an Internet Connection
    • Organizing Your Research: Now That You've Found Them, How Do You Keep Track Of Them
    • Strolling Through the Park: Revealing Ancestors in the Cemetery
    • So Many Ancestors, So Little Time: Preparing for a Genealogy Research Trip
    • Societies and Organizations
    • Playing Nice With Others: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Organizational Relationships
    • Who Needs Genealogical Conferences? Everyone!
    • The Importance Of Belonging: The Role of Genealogical Societies in Your Research Plan
  • Willing to travel up to 150 miles and more. Meals and travel expenses must be compensated.
Previous Speaking Engagements
  • 6 Genealogy at Sea cruises
  • Ohio Genealogical Society
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies
  • West Virginia Palatines to America
  • Oklahoma State Genealogical Society
  • Lee County (Florida) Genealogical Society
  • Numerous other chapters across the country
Biographical Sketch:
Gary M. Smith is Second Vice President and National Conference Coordinator of ISFHWE (International Society of Family History Writers and Editors), National Conference Coordinator of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), and Founding Member of Great Lakes Chapter of APG.  He has also been a lay volunteer at the Westlake Family History Center for more than twenty years, and speaks and writes for various organizations, across the US and at sea, primarily regarding research methodology and Internet subjects. He has been researching and speaking in family history for more than 20 years. He has written for print and online publications including APG Quarterly, NGS Magazine, Genealogical Computing, Digital Genealogist, and others. After concluding a career in marketing, he now dedicates his time to genealogy.