Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society
Upcoming Webinars
Unless otherwise stated, webinars are schedule for 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST

You must log into the FSGS website as an FSGS MEMBER in order to download the handouts.
On the left menu, click on Members Login and look for Archived Webinars at the bottom of the drop-down list.  The current handout and webinar information will be at the top of the page. Links to videos of past webinars are also available on the Archived Webinars page.

18 May 2017 - Thomas MacEntee
After You're Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research
  • Webinar Abstract: Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once you’re gone? Learn how to ensure that your hard work carries on. Through a combination of planning, common sense, and new technologies, we'll review how to create an action plan for preserving your genealogy research.
  • Presenter: Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. He is a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.
  • Website: http://hidefgen.com and http://hackgenealogy.com
  • Blog address: http://www.geneabloggers.com and http://hackgenealogy.com/category/blog/
  • Facebook: http://facebook.com/tmacentee
  • Twitter: @geneabloggers
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/709900062336758275

15 Jun 2017 - Nancy A Peters, CGSM
Gone to Florida! Tracking Migrants from Antebellum South Carolina
  • Webinar Abstract: Tracing ancestors who moved can be difficult, especially in southern states with burned counties. Learn methods and sources for tracking migrants from antebellum South Carolina to Florida. This session explores the historic context for migration in the territorial and early statehood period and describes the steps used in cluster research into ancestors who moved. A case study shows how cluster research helped find the origin of a South Carolinian who came to Alachua County in the 1840s when no known record provides his exact place of birth or names his parents.
  • Presenter: Nancy A. Peters, CG, is a full-time genealogist living in South Carolina. She serves as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and as the editor of BCG’s OnBoard newsletter. She lectures at local and national conferences and has been an instructor at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy for the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course. Her client work, publications, and classroom instruction focus on using complex evidence to solve problems of kinship and identity. Nancy’s client and personal research encompasses the southeastern United States, upstate New York, England, and Germany.
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4273278709493745667

20 Jul 2017 - Connie Lenzen, CGSM
Strategies for Adoption Research and Finding Other Missing Persons
  • Webinar Abstract: Adoption touches many families. The search to reunite birth parents and birth children utilizes all research strategies. These same strategies are used to find relatives who have come up missing.
  • Presenter: Connie is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and teacher. She is the author of the Oregon Guide to Genealogical Resources and a contributing author to national and local genealogical publications. She lectures at local, state, regional, and national conferences.
  • Website: www.lenzenresearch.com
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/856529834990260739

17 Aug 2017 – Shellee A. Morehead, PhD, CGSM
Clusters and Chains for Genealogical Success
  • Webinar Abstract: Track neighbors and associates to find European hometowns. This lecture describes cluster genealogy and chain migration and demonstrates proven methods to find your ancestors’ origins. Beginning with understanding the history of our ancestors homeland, and the push and pull forces of immigration forces, we can better understand the people who "came over on the boat." In this lecture, I discuss the settlement of immigrants in the US, and the significance of "little" communities like "Little Italy," "Little Canada" and "Little China." I describe how the history of the communities our ancestors settled in can illuminate relationships among families and its importance to our family research. I show examples of "birds of passage" and chain migration for Italian and French-Canadian families. Using an Italian community as an example, I apply the knowledge of the history of Italy, the patterns of Italian immigration, and the immigrant experience to a genealogical research problem. I present a case study of two “villages”, one in Italy, and one in Rhode Island and how the use of cluster genealogy distinguished between two men of the same name and illuminated the extended family and neighbors that followed a pattern of chain migration from the old country to “La Merica.”
  • Presenter:  Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG, solves complex genealogical problems, writes and teaches genealogy and biology. She is Rhode Island-based, and specializes in Rhode Island, Italian-Immigrant, French-Canadian and genetic genealogy research. 
  • Website: www.shelleemorehead.com
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5802292564427956483

21 Sep 2017 – Diahan Southard
A Day Out With Your DNA
  • Webinar Abstract: While DNA testing for genealogy is no longer a new idea, many companies are offering a new way to look at your DNA.  In this lecture we will cover the biggest and brightest options, and help you decide where you should take your DNA, and how to make the most of it.   
  • Presenter: After getting bitten by the DNA bug as a high school student, Diahan went on to study at Brigham Young University where she earned a bachelors degree in microbiology. She worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, one of the first efforts to create a correlated genetic and genealogical database. She currently owns Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. She can take you step-by-step through any kind of DNA test in a way that you will understand, and even enjoy! She is a lecturer and an author of several quick guides on genetic genealogy, a regular contributor to Genealogy Gems, featured writer for Family Tree Magazine, regular contributor to Genealogy Today, as well as many other small writing engagements.
  • Website: https://www.yourdnaguide.com
  • Twitter: @DNAdiahan
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3061773026336147203

19 Oct 2017 – Anita R Henderson
Reverse Engineer a Genie Book: Creating Narrative from Evidence in Documents
  • Webinar Abstract: When you’re ready to write the stories of your ancestors, where do you begin? Most researchers start with the research itself. Sounds good, but that approach can be intimidating. After all, you have multiple binders and years of research under your belt. Where do you begin? How do you choose among all of your findings to tell a good story? In this session, you’ll learn a different approach to genealogy writing. By reverse engineering your genealogy book, you’ll be sure to:
  • write for the right audience
  • tell relevant stories
  • use only the necessary evidence to support your story
  • accomplish the goal you envision
Learn a proven technique to write an engaging genealogy book that appeals to non-genealogists. Explore three books written by researchers just like you to uncover how these authors used this reverse engineer practice and turned evidence into creative prose for their books.

16 Nov 2017 – Craig R. Scott, CGSM, FUGA
Civil War Medical Records
  • Webinar Abstract: A primer on how to locate Civil War medical records.
  • Presenter: Craig is the President & CEO of Heritage Books, Inc. a genealogical publishing firm with over 5,100 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than twenty-eight years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. A nationally known lecturer and educator he coordinates the Advanced Military Course at Samford IGHR and teaches in the Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis course, the Writing and Publishing for Genealogists course and the Virginia Course. Coordinates the SLIG American Military track and the GRIP Military Records track.
  • Website: www.HeritageBooks.com and http://www.genealogybrickwall.com/
  • Blogs: As Craig Sees It and Stump Craig http://stumpcraig.blogspot.com/
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4994541844861717506

21 Dec 2017 – Barbara Vines Little, CGSM, FNGS, FVGS
Chancery Records: The Secrets They Hold, The Families They Reveal

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FSGS Webinars are held on the third Thursdays of each month at 8:00 pm.
The next webinar will be January 19, 2017.

The 2017 schedule will be announced soon.
Certified Genealogist, CG, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, CGL, are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s Associates.
Accredited Genealogist, AG, is a certification mark of the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogist. Individuals licensed to use the mark have met ICAPGen’s competency

CGSM and CGLSM are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and are used under license by board‑certified associates meeting competency standards.