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WGCU Genealogy Workshop
Climb Your Family Tree
Saturday, June 20, 2015
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cohen Center Ballroom, Florida Gulf Coast University

The day-long workshop will feature internationally recognized genealogy experts George Morgan and Drew Smith known as the Genealogy Guys as well as local experts from the Lee County Genealogical Society, Genealogical Society of Collier County and more.

For more information click here.


Who Do You Think You Are?
Returns starting Sunday, March 8, 2015
10/9c on TLC
Episode 1 - Julie Chen
Episode 2 - Josh Graban
Episode 3 - Angie Harmon
Episode 4 - Sean Hayes
Episode 5 - Tony Goldwyn
Episode 6 - America Ferrera
Episode 7 - Bill Paxton
Episode 8 - Melissa Etheridge
For more information and to view past episodes, visit TLC.

Join Us at Our LCGS Monthly Membership Meetings
Monthly Membership Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, January through December. Our meeting are being held in the Fellowship Room of Cypress Lakes Presbyterian Church, 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, Florida.  Click Here for map and driving directions.

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Genealogy is the study of your family’s history, which is a personal record of your ancestors. Through your research you learn about when and where they were born, who they married, who their children were, where they lived and worked, and how you fit in your overall family tree.

Learning about your family history usually starts at home by talking with family members and recording information about your ancestors. You may have useful sources at home such as birth certificates, obituaries, wedding announcements, a family Bible, etc.  Read these documents carefully – you may find some information about that ancestor or relative that you didn’t know before.  These documents may also prove or disprove some of those family stories you grew up with.

You may find that others in your family or extended family have already done genealogy research on your family.  Don't hesitate to ask close or distant relatives if they have already started researching your family.

Declaration of Rights
The Lee County Genealogical Society supports the Records Preservation & Access Committee’s Declaration of Rights, advocating open access to federal, state and local public records. This means not just vital records but access to land, immigration, military - both service and pensions, and adoption files. This access should also allow us to view original records when other media that had been used to capture an image of the record is hard to read.
Since 911, access to many records have been closed due to concerns about identify theft and privacy. No proof has been forth coming that the closure of these records has stopped or even limited identity theft and/or fraud. Social Security numbers are rarely stolen from documents found in government offices. They are usually stolen through Internet hacking into banking and business databases. The Washington Post on March 25, 2014, reported that the U.S. government notified 3,000 companies in 2013, that their computer systems had been hacked. Think Target, 7-Eleven, Nasdaq and even the U.S. Federal Reserve.
As family researchers we are encouraged by the U.S. Surgeon General to search through our ancestral tree for health issues that we or other family members may be afflicted with. We need proof of birth for drivers’ licenses and passports and the U.S. government releases census records to the public after 72 years. We need access to these records.
Please lend your support by reading, then signing the Declaration of Rights at
The Records Preservation & Access Committee is comprised of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society, International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and supported by the American Society of Genealogists, Association of Professional Genealogists, Board for Certification of Genealogists and International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists.

Florida Gulf Coast University Library
10501 FGCU Blvd, South, Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
Southwest Florida (Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, or Glades)
community residents:
You may get a free FGCU Library Borrower's Card
by filling out an application and showing proof of residence
at the Circulation Desk.
See the Library's Circulation Policy for more information. 

Genealogy Workshops and Seminars
Check our Events Calendar for Genealogy Workshops and Seminars
being held locally, thorughout the state of Florida and nationally.

Looking for information online
and don't know where to start? 
Check out our Links webpage to view a list of over 1,200 websites.
Use the Filter by Category box at the top of the page and search the various
categories of website links. If a link is broken, please don't hesitate to contact us at

War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land
Warrant Application Files
Among the most requested documents at The National Archives (NARA) are the War of 1812 pension applicaiton files.  There are approximately 180,000 pension and bounty land warrant application files relating to claims based on service between 1812 and 1815. These files generally contain documentation submitted in support of a claim, such as the original application form, affidavits, and statements from witnesses.  
These files are fragile and in need of digitization.  The War of 1812 Pension Digitization Project was established and in support of digitizing 7.2 million pages, has provided a dollar for dollar matching grant.  For more information on how you can make a tax-deductible gift visit Preserve the Pensions website by clicking here.
As these documents are digitized they are being made available FREE on NARA's website. As of 17 March 2013, 8% of the digitization has been completed - that's 556,064 documents.
The following information will be captured with the images and available to researchers when it exists in the file:
 .. Veteran's name
 .. Widow name
 .. Acres Granted
 .. Age
 .. Widow’s maiden name
 .. Year of BLM act
 .. Place of residence
 .. Widow death date
 .. Warrant number
 .. Soldier death date  .. Additional names    
To search these pension files on the fold3 website, please click here.  Remember, new images are being uploaded each day.  Check back often to see if you can identify records for your ancestors.

Facts and Tips
When searching online databases, don't just type in names at random. First read the instructions!

When looking for documents for your ancestors, it helps to understand the time period you're researching,

Screenshots are a great way to save information from genealogy websites and resources without printing.
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