Recent Events 2023 - 2024
Immigration & Naturalization: Backing Up to the Boat
Saturday, 10 February
We're excited to offer this comprehensive program on immigration and naturalization.
Learn about the different periods of immigration, how ethnic backgrounds changed over time, the various ports of entry, and details related to the naturalization process. Unique circumstances such as indentured servants and name changes will also be discussed.
Gain insights into using timelines, census documentation, online databases, and family documents to discover the story of your ancestors' immigration and naturalization journeys.
Presented by Ann Osisek, a past recipient of the Florida State Genealogical Society's Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of her contributions to the field of genealogical education. She has taught across a wide variety of educational venues, to include the Disney Institute and Elderhostel. She has been published in numerous genealogical and historical society journals, and is a Past President of the Florida State Genealogical Society the Central Florida Genealogical Society.
Putting Your Learning to Work
Saturday, 13 January
Resiliency via Family History
10:30 - 11:30 am (Eastern Time) via Zoom
View the recording of this program in the Members Area until 13 Feb.
As family history researchers, we are always learning. Societies, libraries, institutes, and other organizations offer what seems like a never-ending stream of interesting webinars, courses, and conferences.
With so many programs available, how do we decide what to watch, and how can we get the most out of these educational opportunities?
Join us for a special program designed to help you prioritize your learning choices and apply the information, skills, and insights you learn.
Presented by educator, writer, and Certified Genealogist®, Mary Kircher Roddy.
Mary is a founding member of the Applied Genealogy Institute, a frequent speaker at national conferences, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and a popular webinar presenter.
Saturday, 9 Dec
10:30 - 11:30 am (Eastern Time) via Zoom
Studies show that hearing family stories can help children become more resilient. Join us for an overview of these studies and their findings, followed by an open round table discussion. We've invited some special guests to share their unique insights and expertise. We think you'll find it a dynamic and thought-provoking conversation.
Forensic Genetic Genealogy: Solving Crimes with DNA & Family Trees
Saturday, 11 Nov
Don't miss this fascinating presentation discussing forensic genetic genealogy. Learn how DNA and family tree research are used to solve crimes while also addressing privacy.
Shera LaPoint is a Genetic Genealogist with DNA Labs International, Inc. and a licensed Private Investigator in the State of Louisiana. She has been honored by the League City, Texas Police Dept. for her work in identifying a victim in the Texas Killing Fields and has also received recognition from the United States Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority for her work in a homicide case. She was named the 2021 Beaumont Police Department and Texas Ranger Troop A Crime Stopper of the Year for her work in a 1995 homicide cold case. In September 2023, she was named to a National BTK Task Force formed by the Osage County Sheriff's Office in Oklahoma.
Expand Your Research with Family Tree Maker
Saturday, 14 Oct
Learn how Family Tree Maker software is designed to help you expand your research. It's simple to install, syncs with FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com, and offers a wide variety of capabilities and features.
This program will discuss what makes Family Tree Maker different from other genealogy products and software; its robust family tree building features; and its unique customization tools. You'll also learn about its special partner products: Charting Companion and Family Book Creator.
Presented by Mark Olsen, Family Tree Maker Ambassador since 2016. Mark holds a bachelor's degree in Family History and has been working in the genealogy industry for fifteen years. (This is not a sales event.)
Special Guest, Rebecca Shamblin
, will also preview our upcoming
5-month hands-on Study Group on Using Family Book Creator.
Researching Black Family History Event
Saturday, 23 September
Presented by Kinseekers GenSoc and the Leesburg Public Library.
- Researching Black Family History, 1900-1950: Essential Foundations presented by Taneya Koonce
- Context Matters: Researching World War Two Black Ancestors presented by KB Barcomb
- Colleges, Clubs, & Cotton Fields: Researching Black Women, 1900-1950 presented by Adrienne G. Whaley