Genetic Genealogy

Our President Bob Frey will present an adapted version of his Genetic Genealogy lecture during the Beginners Course earlier this year, using the Zoom videoconferencing program. Bob will discuss the basics of DNA in easy to understand terms; review the types of DNA tested for genetic genealogy purposes; and review the primary DNA testing companies.The virtual meeting will be held on Aug 18, 2020 at 7:00 PMIn order to join, go to: ID: 480 925 1709Passcode: 3VcgQk Bob Frey is retired from CSX and Florida Blue where he held various positions in marketing, accounting and finance, corporate planning, and project management. While working he was a Certified Project Manager. He holds an AB degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA from the University of Chicago.With his wife Judy’s encouragement, Bob has been involved in genealogy as a hobby for over 25 years. With his keen interest in science and mathematics, Bob was drawn to the emerging field of genetic genealogy as an extension of his personal genealogy research. He has tested with Ancestry DNA, 23 and Me, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), and LivingDNA. He also manages the DNA accounts for several of his relatives. Bob’s YDNA (paternal) haplogroup is R-BY3592 and his mtDNA (maternal) haplogroup is J1c.

Find Your Family Stories in Free Online Newspapers

The AIGS will kick off the new year with a virtual meeting on Tuesday, January 19 at 7 pm. With the help of the Webinar Team of the Florida State Genealogical Society, we will present an archived webinar by Annette Burke Lyttle, titled Find Your Family Stories in Free Online Newspapers.The meeting will be via GoToWebinar, and you must pre-register to attend at: registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing an “invitation” and information/link for joining the virtual meeting/webinar. About 10 minutes before our meeting click on the invitation link. We will join you at the time of the meeting and will then proceed with our scheduled presentation. Webinar Abstract: Beyond birth, death and marriage notices, historic newspapers can provide information that brings your ancestors and their world to life. Many of these newspapers are available on line at no cost. Learn how to find and use these valuable resources in your family history research. Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a number of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. Annette is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, as well as a number of national, state, and local societies.

“Pits I Have Fallen In and How to Avoid Them”

Please join us for our next AIGS Virtual Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021, at 7:00 PM. “The best thing about making mistakes is the opportunity to learn from them. I’ve made my share of genealogical mistakes over the years, but I’ve learned that most of them have resulted from faulty assumptions. In this talk, we’ll examine eight commonly-held but incorrect assumptions and consider some strategies and resources to help head off errors before they happen.”

Finding Isaac and Dora Peckham

During our next virtual meeting, genealogist Linda Olsen will give a LIVE presentation about her research into the eventful lives of Isaac and Dora Peckham, who served as keepers of the St. Simons Lighthouse in the late 1800s.

How to Build Historical Context

Come join us on Tuesday, June 15 at 7:00 – 8:00pm, to listen to a professional recording of a lecture by Professor John Philip Colletta, titled How to Build Historical Context. The program will be introduced by Dennis Partridge, and this month we will be using a different technology, called Google Meet. Please use the following link to login. No pre-registration is needed.Video call link: dial: (US) +1 413-758-2715 PIN: 804 988 470#​ Professor John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama; the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy; and Boston University’s Genealogical Research Program. Professor Colletta also has been an instructor and course coordinator for the National Institute on Genealogical Research, the Genealogical Institute of Texas, and the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America.  How to Build Historical ContextThe lives of your ancestors provide all of the elements of engaging true stories. The challenge is to narrate the facts you’ve discovered within the larger physical and temporal world in which they were once lived events. If you want to get to know your ancestors, you must see them as real people living in a particular place at a particular time. In other words, the biographical facts you gather must be situated in their proper historical context. As we build historical context in this lecture, you’ll see how all the sources we’ve …

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How to Write Biography

You’ve explored a broad array of sources for discovering the facts of your ancestors’ lives, and you’ve depicted those facts schematically on pedigree charts and family group sheets. In last month's meeting you saw how those bare-bone facts may be fleshed out into real-life events, which is what many of us are seeking in genealogy. A narrative genealogy or family history is a collection of biographies of people related by blood—in other words, an anthology of the life stories of kinfolk. In this lecture, we’ll see the process of constructing and narrating the biography of an ancestor. Come join us on Tuesday, July 20 at 7:00 – 8:00pm, to listen to a professional recording of a lecture by Professor John Philip Colletta, titled How to Write Biography.
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