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.
 
 

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

Upcoming 2018 Webinars
 

 
 
18 Jan 2018 – Mary Kircher Roddy
Read ‘Em or Weep: Promise and Pitfalls in Newspaper OCR
  • Webinar Abstract: Learn where to find free and pay newspaper sites online. Understand how to put OCR mistakes to work for you to increase search results. See a method to make sure you do thorough searching in every newspaper every time.
  • Presenter: Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington. She speaks frequently in the Western Washington area and at regional and national conferences. Mary is a regular contributor to YourGenealogyToday and Internet Genealogy magazines and a webinar presenter with Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Her background in accounting has influenced the way she uses spreadsheets and forensic research in her genealogy. She is working on a novel which incorporates stories of ancestors she has discovered in her research.
  • Website: www.mkrgenealogy.com
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/392825086762253747

15 Feb 2018 – Wevonneda Minis
Enslaved Blacks in White Church Records: An Overlooked Resource
  • Webinar Abstract: Slaves often attended their owners’ churches. Learn to use records of those churches for details about a slave’s parents, owners, attendance, dismissal, sale and more.
  • Presenter: Wevonneda Minis is a South Carolina-based genealogist with twenty-five years of experience. She researches, writes and speaks professionally. Ms. Minis focuses on general research methodology, African Americans, slave-holding families, South Carolina, Georgia, and several types of records. Her passion for answering genealogical questions has led her to research in the Bahamas, England, Scotland, and the Republic of Guinea, West Africa. She presents at national, state and local genealogy events including those sponsored by FGS, NGS, OGS, SCGS, Charleston LDS Family History Center, and South Carolina public libraries. A former newspaper writer and genealogy columnist, Ms. Minis is president of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, a Gen Proof Study Group mentor and a South Carolina Archives and History Foundation board member. She also is a member of APG, NGS, GGS, GSG, and SCGS (former board member).
  • Website: www.gullahroots.com
  • Blog: “Kith and Kin” at www.gullahroots.com
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/611374793112978227

15 Mar 2018 – Diahan Southard
Genetic Genealogy: Advanced
  • Webinar Abstract: Have you mastered the basics of autosomal DNA testing? There are several advanced tools that can help you glean more information from your DNA test.
  • Presenter: A microbiology graduate, Diahan Southard has spent 16 years in the genetic genealogy industry. In her current position as Your DNA Guide, she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. She is also the author of DNA Quick Guides, producer of a video tutorial series, as well as a featured author for Family Tree Magazine, regular contributor to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems, and recurring writer in Your Genealogy Today magazine. 16 years of experience in the genetic genealogy industry has qualified Diahan to instruct all levels of interest. You will leave enlightened and motivated as she is upbeat and full of energy. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.
  • Website: www.yourDNAguide.com
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5174221842265005569

19 Apr 2018 – Rich Venezia
Naturalization Know-How: The Laws and Records of U.S. Citizenship
  • Webinar Abstract: Many records were created when immigrant ancestors became American citizens. Learn what they are and how to find them.
  • Presenter: Rich Venezia is a New Jersey native who now calls Pittsburgh home. He was a member of the research team of "Genealogy Roadshow" (PBS) for the second and third seasons. He started Rich Roots Genealogy in 2013. Rich specializes in 20th-century immigrant ancestry, with main focuses on Italian, Irish, Pittsburgh and New Jersey/New York research. He also assists clients with dual citizenship applications for Ireland and Italy. He is President of North Hills Genealogists in Pittsburgh. He lectures nationwide and delivered a TEDx talk on genealogy and empathy in June 2017.
  • Website: www.richroots.net
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1722626144257627137

17 May 2018 – Annette Burke Lyttle
A Path to Your Next Research Steps: Using Timelines to Organize, Analyze and Evaluate Evidence
  • Webinar Abstract: So you’ve done all this research – now what? How do you figure out what you have and what to look for next? Learn how timelines enable you to organize your information, evaluate your evidence, analyze research results for accuracy, and identify next research steps.
  • Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. Annette is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, as well as a number of national, state, and local societies.
  • Website: http://heritagedetective.com
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4924344630713480961

21 Jun 2018 – Diane L. Richard
Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Invaluable to ALL Southern Research!
  • Webinar Abstract: We overlook records that we think pertain to only one group of people. The Freedmen’s Bureau records cover more than freed slaves – they include ex-soldiers, impoverished widows, small children, and destitute parents. They include ration, school, court, marriage, military, and more records, along with incredibly personal correspondence regarding loved ones.
  • Presenter: Diane L Richard is the Principle of Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com. She has M.E. and M.B.A. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina, other Southern States and migration paths to the Mississippi River. She has researched NC roots for the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode. Since 2006 she has authored almost 300 articles on genealogy topics for such publications as Internet Genealogy, Your Genealogy Today (was Family Chronicle), NCGS Journal, and local WCGS publications (newsletters and journal). Since 2010 she has been the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society and published over 1900 posts. She is currently editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) journal and Wake Treasures, the journal of the Wake County Genealogical Society.
  • Website: www.mosaicrpm.com
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2315885235210294785

19 Jul 2018 – Diahan Southard
Organizing Your GENETIC Genealogy
  • Webinar Abstract: Most individuals have hundreds of genetic cousins. Come learn a few methods you can start using today to help you organize your genetic genealogy research.
  • Presenter: A microbiology graduate, Diahan Southard has spent 16 years in the genetic genealogy industry. In her current position as Your DNA Guide, she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. She is also the author of DNA Quick Guides, producer of a video tutorial series, as well as a featured author for Family Tree Magazine, regular contributor to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems, and recurring writer in Your Genealogy Today magazine. 16 years of experience in the genetic genealogy industry has qualified Diahan to instruct all levels of interest. You will leave enlightened and motivated as she is upbeat and full of energy. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.
  • Website: www.yourDNAguide.com
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3941526371016695041

16 Aug 2018 – Margo Fariss Brewer
Sharecropping or Tenant Farming? The System and Its Records
  • Webinar Abstract: Was your ancestor a farmer without land? Maybe he was a sharecropper or tenant farmer. Learn how this system worked and where the records are.
  • Presenter: Margo Fariss Brewer is an active lecturer, consultant, instructor and the co-leader of genealogy research trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City which she finds strengthens her research and teaching skills. Her genealogy courses include beginning through advanced methodology, writing your family history narrative so it will be read, a genealogy computer lab and DNA testing for genealogy; her courses are offered through Duke University's OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute where she has been on the faculty since 2004. Her lecture specialties include methodology, writing an enjoyable family history narrative with historical context, using DNA in genealogy, historical occupations, and military and land records; she focuses on records within the United States. Margo is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild (president), National Genealogical Society (2016 Conference vice-chair), Virginia Genealogical Society and several other local and state genealogical societies.
  • Website: http://www.genealogist4u.com
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5255796808953191681

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: - please check back for registration link

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:  please check back for registration link
 
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.