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.
Upcoming 2018 Webinars


20 Sep 2018 – Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
But, It’s All On The Internet!
  • Webinar Abstract: The internet is a wonderful tool for researching our ancestors. But, it should not replace some of the tried-and-true methods for discovering our ancestors.
  • Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of her family’s history has never left her. With her experience serving as a Family History Director, she frequently speaks at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life. Some of those would include The Ohio Genealogical Society, The Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, and many other state and local genealogy societies. She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, and is a well-known webinar presenter. She is also an instructor at Ancestry Academy.
  • Website: MissPeggy55.weebly.com
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4229832613470786049

18 Oct 2018 – Gina Philibert-Ortega
The Anatomy of BMD: What You Don’t Know About Vital Records
  • Webinar Abstract: Everyone knows about vital records, right? This presentation looks at the history of vital records in the United States, variations of those records, and alternatives.
  • Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and Canada, as well as virtually to audiences worldwide on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history. The author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy magazines including FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle and Family Tree Magazine, Gena also writes regularly for the GenealogyBank Blog and her own blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of three books including her latest From The Family Kitchen (F+W Media, 2012) and is currently the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads. Gena was a researcher for the first season of the PBS show Genealogy Roadshow (2013). Her current research interests include social history, and researching women’s lives using material artifacts.
  • Website: www.genaphilibertortega.com
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3265963337167037185

15 Nov 2018 – Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
Medical Genealogy: A Primer of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors and the Epidemics They Lived Through
  • Webinar Abstract: So many researchers hunt for the death certificates of their ancestors but rarely read or understand the cause of death. Disease and death were commonplace occurrences in our ancestors’ lives, and knowing what afflicted them and their communities can help you understand the lives they lived.
  • Presenter: Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and writes the popular blog "Hoosier Daddy?". A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range, including Pennsylvania, German, DNA research, and topics associated with social history.
  • Website: www.Facebook.com/Roots4U
  • Registration: - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4075685482998855683

20 Dec 2018 – Melissa Barker
Disaster Planning for the Genealogist: Safeguarding Your Genealogical Records
  • Webinar Abstract: Natural disasters and man-made disasters happen all the time. Are your genealogical records stored and archived in such a way that they will survive through a disaster? Learn from an archivist how to come up with your own disaster plan and safeguard your genealogical records from destruction.
  • Presenter: Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Records Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a Professional Genealogist and lectures, teaches and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual webinar presentations all across the United States for genealogical and historical societies. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives. She is the Reviews Editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) magazine FORUM. She writes a bi-weekly advice column entitled The Archive Lady that can be viewed at www.GeneaBloggers.com. She writes a bi-weekly column for her local newspaper The Stewart-Houston Times called “From the Archives”. She has been researching her own family history for the past 27 years.
  • Website: http://genealogyservices.webs.com/
  • Registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5587740470586221059
The Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) provides a free Society Webinar Service for its member societies. For more information on how your local society can use this service, please download this form (a pop-up-blocker could prevent it from opening).

Currently we do NOT have permission for most of the recorded webinars to be used in a local society meeting.  If permission is obtained, the webinar will be identified as available.

FSGS Webinars are held on the third Thursdays of each month at 8:00 pm.
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.