17 October 2020

Speaker: Michael John Neill

Topic: What it Does Not Say

Brief Description: Many times, a record only scratches the surface of what was going on when that record was created. This lecture looks at why a record was created and how state statute, common practice, economic situations, family issues, and other factors may be the “real story” behind any document. Also discusses how to determine (when possible) what those “unwritten” issues were.

Speaker Bio: Michael John Neill has been researching his genealogy since the early 1980s. His roots lie in most US states east of the Mississippi, as well as the Midwest, and includes Mayflower immigrants and more recent arrivals. He has written on genealogical topics since the late 1980s and has lectured nationally at a wide variety of local, regional, and national conferences and workshops. He maintains five blogs including Genealogy Tip of the Day, Genealogy Search Tip, and Casefile Clues. Michael leads annual research trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He is a community college mathematics instructor with a master’s degree in mathematics.

19 September 2020

Speaker: Judy Fambrough-Billingsley

Topic: “Researching, Writing and Publishing Your Family Legacy”

Description: Judy shares her experience searching for her roots. She will share what she has learned about leveraging resources when researching your family tree, whether found on the Internet or offline, and how to verify the information you discover. Participants interested in writing their own biography or family history will receive plenty of ideas to help them create their own unique story in a way that they will be proud to share it. Judy will also offer helpful publishing and marketing tips when choosing to make it public. The discussion will also cover how to prepare yourself emotionally for what you might unexpectedly discover while doing your research.

Bio: Judy was born in Germany shortly after the end of World War II and is the daughter of an African-American soldier and a German woman.  She was placed in an orphanage in Germany before being adopted by an American Couple.  Judy is the author of the book “Too Brown to Keep: A search for Love, Forgiveness, and Healing.”

15 August 2020

Speaker: Thomas MacEntee

Topic: Internet Archive: A Gold Mine for Genealogists

Place: Online 1:30 p.m. (EDT)

Brief Description: The Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org) is a free, on-line repository rich with genealogy source documents including census images and e-books. Learn how to navigate the Internet Archive and leverage the best search strategies to download a variety of materials including archived web pages, e-books, video, audio and more. 

Speaker Bio: 

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional based in the United States who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas has over 42 years of experience researching family history

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at Genealogy Bargains.com!

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.

Please register for Internet Archive: A Gold Mine for Genealogists on Aug 15, 2020 1:30 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5312264449861019151

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

20 June 2020

Speaker: Daniel Horowitz

Topic: MyHeritage’s Unique Technologies

Place: Online 1:30 p.m. (EDT)

Brief Description: An advance review of new features and technologies on MyHeritage, the online family history service. Take full advantage of MyHeritage’s unmatched technologies to help you find long-lost relatives. The tree Consistency Checker, PedigreeMap, Theory of Family Relativity, Calendar and Events, Statistics, Pedigree Tree, Charts, Relationship Report, Surveys, and more.

Speaker Bio: Daniel Horowitz has over 30 years’ experience in genealogy and is the Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage. He lectures at genealogy conferences and events around the world. 

16 May 2020

Place: Webb Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, Florida

Speaker: Peter Mullen

Topic:History of the Spanish Flu in the American South

Brief Description: 100 Year Anniversary of the 1918 – 1920 Pandemic. The toll of history’s worst epidemic surpasses all the military deaths in World War I and World War II combined, and it may have begun in the USA. Where were you or your ancestors in 1918 – 1920? Did any family members die during that time frame? Learn about the origins of influenza as a zoonotic disease resulting from the domestication of wild animals throughout the history of human civilization. Learn how the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control strive to produce a yearly influenza vaccine to protect us from another pandemic.

Speaker Bio: Peter Mullen is a native born Kentuckian and a graduate of the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University earning degrees in Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science and currently living in Callahan, Florida where he is a retired professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He is a member of the Speakers Bureau for the Georgia Historical Society, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Sons of Union Veterans; he lectures to professional and historical societies nation wide promoting history and culture of the South. He has been a member of the prestigious Sons of Confederate Veterans Sesquicentennial Society since April 21, 2014. Professor Mullen was commissioned by Governor Steven L. Beshear of the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a Kentucky Colonel on September 20, 2011 in the 220th year of the Commonwealth. He is a member of the Golden Alumni Society of the University of Louisville, a recipient of the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal – the highest non-lineage honor bestowed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and notary in the State of Florida. He is currently the Program Education Coordinator for the West Nassau Genealogical Society, Callahan, Florida.

15 February 2020

Place: Webb Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, Florida

Speaker: Thomas W. Baine V, MBA, PhD

Topic: Writing and Publishing a Family History

Brief Description: Most of us are passionate about understanding and preserving our family history. But what becomes of our research once we pass on? The importance of preserving our life’s research for future generations cannot be overstated. Many people wish to write a book to preserve their family histories, but they don’t know how or where to start. Others do not realize the impacts their family stories and personal histories will have on future generations. Writing a book about your family history is not the daunting project that it may seem. There are many ways to organize your research, write your manuscript, and get it ready to publish. The most difficult part is making the decision to start.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Tom Baine is a former airline manager turned college professor and a long-time history and genealogy buff. A native of Jacksonville, he has scoured libraries, churches, and archives all across the US and Europe in his ancestral research pursuits. His efforts to preserve his family history culminated in 2008 when he published his book, Our Ancestors: A Personal History. Tom has an undergraduate degree in history and graduate degrees in business administration and organizational leadership. He also served for 12 years as an operations resource manager in the Florida Air National Guard (USAF). He and his wife are both avid aviation enthusiasts, and both have volunteered for several years as search and rescue pilots in the Civil Air Patrol. They are the proud parents of two small children.

18 January 2020

Date: 18 January 2020

Place: Webb Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, Florida

Speaker: Linda Vivian

Topic: NATHAN DOWD: A case study in determining kinship using indirect evidence

Brief Description: As researchers, we all hope for the “aha” moment when a document states a kinship explicitly. Often that is not the case, but it doesn’t mean the finding is hopeless. Using Nathan Dowd’s parentage as a case study, learn how to assemble pieces of information from various sources to discern a likely kinship.

Speaker Bio: Linda Vivian is a former president and long-standing publications director/webmaster for the Halifax Genealogical Society (HGS) in Ormond Beach. She holds a Master of Education from the University of Florida and completed certificate courses in “Advanced Research and Methodology” and “Writing and Publishing for Genealogists” from the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR). Linda is an experienced presenter and published family historian with five books in print. Her article, “Nathan W. Dowd of Ohio: Whose Child Was He?” was published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and is the basis for this month’s program. In addition to HGS, she holds membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and National and Florida State Genealogical Societies.