LCGS Meeting Location Update
Our April 17th Monthly Meeting will be held at
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Rd, Fort Myers, Florida.
Starting with the May 10th Quarterly Saturday Meeting,
we will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall of
Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church
8260 Cypress Lake Dr, Fort Myers, Florida.

Interested in increasing your genealogical skill?
Renowned genealogist Elizabeth Shown Mills has a 10-point blueprint for becoming a serious genealogist.  Many of these recommendations involve self-study. 

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

The Lee County Genealogical Society
is a Proud
War of 1812 Contributor

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

A lineage society is an organization whose members have shown proof of their descent from a qualifying ancestor such as a colonist or soldier. There are hundreds of such organizations in the United States. This collection represents only those active in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Contact information for each organization is limited to a website, since officers, addresses and telephone numbers change frequently.

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.

FREE Webinar Series
presented by the Illinois State Genelaogical Society
Just added a link to the Illinois State Genealogical Society Webinar Series under Webinars in our Links area.  Check this out today for more information on their  FREE webinars open to the public when they are presented live.

Glad You Asked
Members don't forget to use the Glad You Asked Message Boards in our Members Only section.  You can ask and/or answer research questions or give suggestions where to find genealogical information.

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.

Facts and Tips
Between 1800 and 1805, Michigan was part of Ohio and Indian Territories.

Michigan held state census in the years of: 1854, 1864, 1874, 1884 and 1904.

Massachusetts conducted a state census in: 1855 and 1865.
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