Friday, June 10, 2005

Volume 18- 2, Summer 2005: Programs & Events

9th Annual Central Florida Family History Conference

The 9th Annual Central Florida Family History Conference will be Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005 from 9AM-3PM at the same place, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3001 Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando. There will be a box lunch available or attendees can bring their own lunches! The admission is FREE as usual! We are just now finalizing the speakers list and as soon as we have confirmation of the keynote speaker I will send you an official PSA.

Karen Jorgensen, Co-Chair.


The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society, in Jacksonville, Florida Fall Genealogy Seminar
Saturday, October 8, 2005 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration fee $35.00 includes lunch

Location of seminar: Park Lane Baptist Church, 1480 Lake Shore Blvd. (corner of Radio Lane) on Jacksonville's Westside.
Speaker: Ann Mohr Osisek, from Maitland, FL.

Topics: "Backing Up To The Boat"- Immigration and Naturalization;
"Calico & Cornbread" - Finding Your Female Ancestor;
"The Paper Trail" - Ins and Outs of Courthouse Research;
"The Myths of Migration" - Concentric Circles in Census Records.

Contact: Jon Ferguson, SGES President
SGES Phone: 904-778-1000
Location of SGES Headquarters/Library: 6215 Sauterne Drive, on Jacksonville's Westside
Mailing Address of SGES: P.O. Box 2801, Jacksonville, FL 32203-2801
Information provided by Ed Murfin, SGES Public Relations



You can get help in finding the answers to these questions by registering with the Brevard Genealogical Society for the course in Beginning Genealogy.

There will be six classes, held each Thursday July 7th to August 11th, 2005, from 9:30 am to 12:00 at the Central Brevard Library, 308 Forrest Ave. Cocoa. Class size is limited to the first twenty students who register and send in the class fee of $20.00, which includes membership in BGS through the end of 2005.

For information and Summer Registration forms, visit our website at: or contact our treasurer,



Ada is a descendant of Col. Robert Lewis and Meriwether Lewis. She will show members how through research we can connect the family stories to the historical.


Program Title - Spreadsheets for the Genealogist - How to turn simple spreadsheets into a "Genealogist's Dream"

Program Description - The program will include a brief overview of workbook and spreadsheet functions; a review of spreadsheet basics including how to format cell colors and styles and how to use simple math calculations to summarize numerical data; the design and use of a census tracking workbook with multiple spreadsheets to graphically track and display the status of census searches for individuals; designing and using a research log; and how to use excel to build complicated forms such as census forms that can be used to document the transcription of census records.

Bio - TC Cottrell is relatively new to genealogy, having finally "caught the bug" from his wife after the deaths of his parents and only sibling. As a new genealogist he counts his blessings daily for the amount and quality of family records inherited from his mother and grandmothers. TC served as an Air Force pilot in his first career. During the latter part of this career he also served as the Chief of Safety at Plattsburgh AFB, NY, where he first encountered computers and learned to design and use large spreadsheets to calculate and display information. He is currently serving as the Corporate Safety Manager for a diverse company that supports government contracts worldwide. He continues to design and use spreadsheets in the business world, and more recently is using spreadsheets to provide additional tools to keep track of an ever expanding quantity of genealogical information.


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