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January 2008  
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February 2008 Huxford Genealogical Society presents Abstracting Courthouse Records by Linda Woodward Geiger, a Board Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogist Lecturer. Saturday, February 9 from 9:00-5:00 at the Exchange Club in Homerville, Georgia. Ms. Geiger will have hands on training on abstracting wills and other courthouse records as well as 1600, 1700, and 1800 era newspaper advertisements. Seating is limited to 50 people. To reserve a place, contact the Library for additional information. Phone (912)487-2310 or email RSVP by 23 January, 2008. $40 for non-members, $35 for 2008 members.

The Jacksonville Genealogical Society will hold their Spring Seminar on February 16, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Westside Christian Church, 10123 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville Florida. Cost is $30.00 for JGS members and $35.00 for non-members. Price includes lunch, with early registration. Registration  at the church will begin at 8:30 a.m. Our guest lecturer and genealogy researcher is Ann Osisek. Her topics will be "Calico & Cornbread", Finding Your Female Ancestor; "Dead Men (And Women) Do Talk", Effective Cemetery Research; "Where Have All the Cousins Gone", Connecting on the Internet; and "24/7", Making Time For Research. For additional information please contact Mary Chauncey at (904) 781-9300.

16 February 2008 Augusta Genealogical Society, Inc. & Continuing Education, Augusta State University cordially invites genealogists, family historians, and the general public to attend the AGS Spring Seminar Room 170, University Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way, Augusta, Georgia.  Speaker, Robert Davis, Director of the Family & Regional History Program at Wallace State College, Hanceville, AL, will present: "Biographical Sketches of Your Ancestors and Searching Newspapers on the Internet," "What Your Mother Never Told You About the Federal Census" and "The Secrets to Research in Georgia." For more information: (706)736-8912 or (706)722-4073 Augusta Genealogical Society, Inc. Post Office Box 3743 Augusta, Georgia, USA 30914-3743

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March 2008 1 March 2008 Coming to America: Passenger Arrivals and Naturalization Featuring John Philip Colletta  Place: Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens, Georgia Registration: 8:30am-9:00am Meeting: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Lunch on your own Fees: $25 Members; $35 Non-Members Topics: Passenger Arrival Records, 1820-1957 (with brief overview of pre-1820 period); Passenger Arrival Records: Advanced Problem Solving; Naturalization Records, 1790-1920s (with brief overview of colonial period); Naturalization Records: Advanced Problem Solving  Sponsor: GA Genealogical Society

1 March 2008 - Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Genealogical Society - Megan Smolenyak, Keynote Speaker Topics include: "Trace Your Roots with DNA," "Beyond Y-DNA: Your Genetic Genealogy Options," "Cases That Made My Brain Hurt," "Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones" and "Remembering Our Ancestors" - Ramada Inn North, 2900 N. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL  Cost: $55 (TSG Members) $65 (Non-members) IF registered by January 29. For more information:

8 March 2008 Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society and the Henderson Library District  Spring Family History Seminar Dr. Stephen P. Morse, PhD "Most of the people 15,000 people who visit his website daily do so fro his well-known Ellis Island tools. More and more people are discovering his other gems, including one-step search forms for census records and the SSDI, and converters for the1920/1930 enumeration districts and the Jewish calendar.  For more information: or

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April 2008  8 April 2008 Kieran Quinlan: Writers, Rebels & Revisionists: Provocative Parallels between Ireland and the American South Lecture Tuesday, 5:00-7:00 pm in White Hall 206 Emory University Campus Call 404-727-6180 for more information Co-sponsored with the Irish Studies Program

12 April 2008 Dixie Chapter UDC #2576 will be hosting a marker dedication at the Woodlawn City Cemetery in Adel, Georgia at 3:pm. for Veteran Franklin Ray of the 5oth Georgia Regiment

12 April 2008 Third Annual Speakers Forum presented by the North Carolina Genealogical Society & The Olivia Raney Local & Family History Library - Location: Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC Members: $30 Non-Member $40 (before April 3) Registration 8:00 - 8:30am Program 8:30 - 4:00 North Carolina Genealogical Society members will present lectures on a variety of topics including the Civil War years, "social networking," the digitizing of the North Carolina Colonial and State Records, North Carolina people finders, Colonial America, writing your ancestor's story, orphan records, maps and more! For more information: or email

19 April 2008 Dixie Chapter UDC #2576 will be hosting marker dedications at the Woodlawn City Cemetery in Adel, Georgia at 10:30:pm. for five members of the Hutchinson Family.  Five  brothers will be remembered but only one marker will be dedicated. The brothers are:  Private Richard N. Hutchinson of the Georgia Unit First Symons Reserves, Company H then Co F 1st Regiment; Private David T Hutchinson of the Georgia Unit First Symons Reserves, Company H; Private Robert H. Hutchinson of the Georgia Unit First Symons Reserves, Company H; Private Henry K. Hutchinson of the Georgia Unit First Symons Reserves, Company H; Private Bailous C. Hutchinson of the Georgia Unit First Symons Reserves, Company H.

19 April 2008 - Marietta, GA - The Cobb County Genealogical Society will sponsor Investigating Your Ancestral Trail April 19, 2008 with speakers Sharon Tate Moody, Certified Genealogist, Beverly foster, Linda Woodward-Geiger, Certified Genealogist, Monica Hopkins, Richard Rayburn, and Peter J. Roberts. Registration deadline March 31, 2008. Registration fee: CCGS Member $45 Non-member $55 Location: First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church Street, Marietta, Georgia. For more information contact Karen Molohon at or visit the CCGS website at

19 April 2008 Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society & Society for German American Studies Present Celebrate 400 Years of Germans in America Speaker Roger Minert, Associate Professor of Gamily History, BYU Topics include: "A Day in the Life of Your German Ancestor," "Surnames in German-Language Region of Germany," "Status in German Society 1500 to 1800: Where did Your Ancestor Fit In?" Woodland Hotel & Suites, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia For more information:

26 April 2008 Dixie Chapter UDC #2576 will be hosting marker dedications at the Friendship Church Cemetery near Hahira, GA in Lowndes Co, Georgia at 3:00:pm. for Private James Robert Durst of the 61st Georgia Unit Co C.

26 April 2008 Savannah Area Genealogical Association on the occasion of it's 25th anniversary, cordially invites you to a buffet dinner and program by Michael O'Laughin (World's most published author in the field of Irish history) at 7:00pm in the Harborview Room of the Savannah Hilton DeSoto Hotel, 15 E Liberty Street, Savannah, Georgia, Cost: $30.00 For more information, contact: Walt Harper @ (912)631-3301 or

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May 2008 3, 10, 24, 31 May & 7 June Jacksonville Genealogy Society, Inc. will be holding a five-session Genealogy Class, featuring research in the US. It will be held from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm in the Auditorium of the Webb-Wesconnett Branch Library, 68887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL No charge for attending. A genealogy manual will be available for a donation of $20.00  This class is for the beginner and the experienced researcher looking for a refresher course. Subjects include: Back to Basics; Research Documentation; Sources-What are they?; Record Keeping and much more. Certificates of Completion will be given to those persons who attend four of the five courses.  Contact: Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc., P O Box 60756, Jacksonville, FL 32205-0756

4 May 2008 The Smelkinson Family Circle will gather from 1:00 until 5:00pm to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Family Circle at Martin's West, 6821 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, MD. The event will also mark the 100th birthday of Aaron Smelkinson, grandson of Aaron "Desyatnik." Keynote speaker will be Gilbert Sandler, renowned storyteller and historian of the Baltimore Jewish Community. Rabbi Mark Loeb of Beth El Congregation will also be present. For more information: Tel:(410)944-3647 Fax:(410)944-3684 Email:

17 May 2008 Genealogy Writing and Publishing Workshop The J R Taylor, Jr. Foundation, Atlanta, GA and the Huxford Genealogical Society, Homerville, GA, are offering an all-day workshop on Saturday, 17 May 2008, to be held at the Homerville Exchange Club, 100 Virginia Avenue, Homerville, Georgia. The workshop is designed to provide assistance to authors and publishers using the resources of the R J Taylor Jr. Foundation. Whether you are a known genealogical research author, or one who desires to become an author by abstracting, transcribing, or compiling various records to put into book form for genealogical purposes, this workshop can be highly beneficial. For more grant information, visit http://www, The day long workshop includes lunch through the courtesy of the R J Taylor Jr. Foundation. Seating is limited! If you wish to attend, please complete the form and mail to Faye Poss (address on form) or send the information by email to: For more information on the seminar, please contact the Huxford Society at

17 May The P*rr*t Society Annual meeting 10 am until 4 am in St. Mary Magdalen Church, High Street, Billericay, Essex For more information:

24 May "How to Evaluate Evidence in Genealogical Research" 10 am - 12:15 pm Fort Myers-Lee County Library Speakers: Dr. John LaCoste, Professional Genealogist, Research Fellow -New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and Brian L. Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers-Lee County Library. The seminar is designed to present methods for evaluating the accuracy and reliability of information gathered as you progress through the genealogical research process. For more information or registration, contact: Brian Mulchay at (239)479-4635 or

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June 2008
8 - 13 June 2008 The Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) provides an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation, and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive study led by nationally prominent genealogical educators.  Students may choose one of the offered courses that range from a course for beginners to courses on specialized topics. The institute is academically and professionally oriented and is cosponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and Samford University, Birmingham, AL.  The faculty is composed of outstanding nationally known genealogy educators. Begun in 1962, the institute regularly enrolls over 200 students from around the country.  For more information:

Kid's Genealogy Camp Thomasville Genealogy, History & Fine Arts Library Camp hours are 9:00am to 12:30 pm; Cost $85 nonmembers/$75 members; Children 8 to 12 years old; For registration and other information: (229)226-9640 or

14 June "Session One: Genealogical Research in Libraries"  9:30 am - 10:45 Session Two: Database Demonstration 11:00 am - 12:30pm Fort Myers-Lee County Library Speakers: Dr. John LaCoste, Professional Genealogist, Research Fellow -New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and Brian L. Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers-Lee County Library. Attendees will receive a copy of the study guide which features some of the most popular genealogical research websites. For more information or registration, contact: Brian Mulchay at (239)479-4635 or

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July 2008 July 18 &19, 2008 Members of the Sims Family will gather for the first time of what will hopefully become an annual reunion in the Clinton, Mississippi area. It is open to all Sims family member descendants of William Sims of England (b. Abt. 1485) continuing descendant line of Nathaniel Sims (b. 1745 GA), those from related families, and anyone with a contribution to make or an interest in learning about our Sims. (Related families might include Bullock, Collins, Johnson, Gregory, Derden and Wells.) The group will meet at the Quality Inn in Clinton just West of the Jackson Proper (I-20 exit 36). There will be items on display, presentations on key family members, discussions on our ancestry and the ongoing Family Tree DNA Project. Bring your family bibles, photos, heir-looms and other interesting artifacts for others to see and discuss. You may hold that small piece of the puzzle that we've all been looking for. For more information contact:

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August 2008 9 August Collections Preservation at the Homerville Exchange Club, Homerville, GA Sponsored by the Huxford Genealogical Society, Inc. This workshop will be geared to Courthouse Record Management, Library Staff, and personal family collections of records. Miss Tina Masson Seetoo, Conservator at the Georgia Archives in Marrow, GA will lead the seminar. The seminar is an introduction to the basic principles of preservation. The lecture and discussion will outline common sources of damage to collections and hot to recognize and prevent deterioration of paper based materials.  To reserve a place, contact the Library for additional information. Phone (912)487-2310 or email RSVP by 15 July, 2008. Member $30 Nom-member $35 Luncheon will be provided. There will be door prizes and special book sales as well as a tour of the Huxford Genealogical Library.

August 15-17 Augusta's Genealogical Society's 2008 Homecoming Seminar "Our American Indian Heritage"  Home Coming 2008 provides an opportunity for out -of-town members and visitors to join in a one-day seminar that offers Dr. Joseph H. Kitchens plus eight other speakers presenting a choice of topics relating to genealogy and the American Indians of the southeast. The weekend also allows time to browse or engage in serious research in our Adamson Library of History and Genealogy. We are proud of our collection of over 20,000 volumes plus microfilm, microfiche, CDs, and a  computerized database for more than 9,000 loose papers dating from the late 1700s to mid-1800. Friday and Sunday will be devoted to genealogical research. For more information, call: Adamson Library   706-722-4073(Leave a message on our answering machine.) or see:

August 30 & 31 Clan MacKay Society of the USA, Inc 2008 General Meeting, San Ramon, CA  National President David MacKay and the Western Region VP Dean MacKay invite members to join them during the Annual General Meeting to be held in conjunction with the 143 Annual Scottish Pleasanton Highland Games. The Games will be held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton, Avenue, Pleasanton California. The AGM will begin Saturday at 10:00am at the Director's Patio of the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Saturday evening will include a banquet at Cattlemens Steakhouse with entertainment provided by the Scottish singer, Peter Daldry. For more information go to , select 2008AGM.

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September 2008  

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October 2008 October 11 Genealogical Research in the Twenty-First Century Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society For more information see: or call 252-373-1684 or email

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November 2008 November 1 Annual Fall Meeting of the South Carolina Genealogical Society, Inc. Debra Bloom of the Richland County Library will present "Online Family History Research" For more information:

November 7-8 ICAPGen and the Center for Family History and Genealogy are co-sponsoring the 2008 Annual Family History Conference: "Becoming an Excellent Genealogist: at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. For information: 1-866-813-6729 (toll free) or

November 9 Huxford Genealogical Society is hosting a Book Fair to celebrate its 35th Anniversary. 10am - 2pm at the Municipal Complex in Homerville, GA. All historical and genealogical societies, as well as individuals, are invited to show and sell their historical books, including family histories; this however does not include novels. Vendors must notify the society that they are planning to attend. There is no charge, but each vendor must supply their own small tables. There will be light refreshments after the 2 p.m. society meeting. The Huxford Library will be open for research during this time. Contact: Huxford Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 595, Homerville, GA 31634, 912-487-2310, or  (Note: HGS is also sponsoring a "Genetic Genealogy Conference" January 24, 2009)

November 14-15 FSGS Genealogy Conference, Sheraton Orlando - North, Maitland Florida Featured Guest Speaker: Mrs. Jana Sloan Broglin, CGSM , Swanton, Ohio Other speakers include: Ann Bergelt, Paula J. Cooper, Amy Larner Giroux, CGSM , CGLSM, George G. Morgan, Donna M. Moughty, Mary P. Parker, Drew Smith, C. Ann Stanley, CGSM,For more information and registration visit: for more information and registration forms

November 14-15 North Carolina Genealogical Society Workshop and Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Genealogical Society presents This Land Was Their Land, a two day program of workshops on land records and grants, maps and mapping tools, legal issues and Google Earth. Brier Creek County Club, 9400 Club Hill Drive, Raleigh, NC For more information, see or email

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December 2008 December 12 - 14 16th Annual Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts For more information see:

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March March 31 - Central Florida Genealogy Society, Inc. Genealogy Workshop
Writing, Preserving, Sharing Your family History
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1655 Peel Ave., Orlando, FL 32806
Registration 8:30-9:00am Opening Session 9am-9:15am

March 31 Florida Community College at Jacksonville
Genealogy Search Engines Made Easy
"Donald D Zell Urban Resource Center" 601 W State St., Jacksonville, FL 32202
To Register contact Gwen Ethridge 904-632-5059 (before 3pm Monday-Friday)
Cost $45               Registration Number: 252224            9:00am-1:00pm

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June June 10 - 15 Stamford University Library presents The Samford Institute Of Genealogy and Historical Research a week of intensive study led by nationally prominent genealogical educators.   Students may choose one of the offered courses that range from a course for beginners to courses on specialized topics. For more information see:

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August August 10 - 12 HOMECOMING WEEKEND 2007 "Where's Your Great-Grandpa - In the Computer or in the Archives? " Pam Porter Boyer - Keynote Speaker For more information go to

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September September 8 1860's Day at Spence Farm in Fairbury, Illinois - Sponsored by the Spence Farm Foundation. Enjoy Civil War Historians, Local Artisans, Trades Demonstrations & Children's Games, Homemade Ice Cream & Other Treats. You will find President Lincoln, a Civil War Solider Encampment & dancing by the Civil War Dance Society.  There will be a special concert by the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Civil War Band. For more information call (815)692-3336 or go to

September 28, Fall Family History Seminar with Michael John Neill in Las Vegas, NV - Sponsored by the Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society Topics to include: Effective Internet Research, Preparing for a Trip, European Origins Online, and Brick Walls

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October October 6 Problem Solving in Genealogy with Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, Columbus, GA The meeting is cosponsored by the Columbus Public Library and the Muscogee Genealogical Society Registration: 8:30am-9:00am Meeting: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Lunch on your own Fees: $25 Members; $35 Non-Members Reservations must be postmarked by 27 September 2007 to ensure that your handouts will be available. A $5 surcharge will be assessed for late registrations. Contact Info: Laura W. Carter, 706-369-9420 or e-mail Topics: Illegitimacy , Onomatology: Surnames and Forenames and the Genealogist,  Pitfalls in Genealogy,  How to Find the Maiden Names of Females

October 6 Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society Presents Putting the Family Puzzle Together! Research and Writing Space is limited. Plaza Hotel, Hagerstown, Maryland For more information phone (301) 797-2500 Speaker: John Phillip Colletta

October 20 The Family History Society of Arizona will present Keys to Unlocking Your Past! featuring Tricia Malone Williams M. Ed. For more information, see:, write to the Family History Society of Arizona, P.O. Box 63094, Phoenix, AZ 85082-3094, telephone (480)945-5288 or email: (Please list in the subject line -FHSA Seminar)

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November November 1 & 2 2007 Georgia Statewide Cemetery Conference Co-sponsored by: Historic Preservation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, The Georgia Department of Economic Development, Historic Augusta, Inc. Ramada Hotel, Augusta, GA For more information: Conference Coordinator Carole Moore at 404-463-8434 or

November 2 & 3 2007 North Carolina Genealogy Society Annual Meeting & Workshop  Brier Hill Country Club, Raleigh, NC Presenting: Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL; Jeffery L. Haines, CG; Helen FM Leary, CG (Emeritus), CGL, FASG, FNGS; and Terry Moore, CG For more information:

November 9-10 Florida State Genealogy Society 2007  Conference Featured Guest Speaker Dr. Thomas Shawker, M.D. will discuss "DNA Testing: The Very Basics" and "Race, Ethnicity: Genetic Genealogy & DNA Testing" and Patricia O'Brien Shawker, CGSM  Director of NIGR. Sheraton Orlando - Downtown Hotel, Orlando, FA. For more information:

November 10, 2007 "A Day Filled with Genealogical Learning" 9:00-5:00 at the Huxford Library, Homerville, Georgia For more information: Huxford Library 912-487-2310 or

November 11, 2007 Huxford Genealogical Society, Inc. "Veterans Day Program" 2:00pm Speakers: Mrs. Gail Hughes, Regent of the Levi Sapp Chapter of the Daughters of the Americana Revolution, Secretary of the Huxford Genealogical Society, and President of the Dixie Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Mrs. Linda Meadows of Adel, GA, National Certified Teacher at Cook County High School, Governor of the Brushy Creek Chapter of the Daughters of Indian Wars, and member of the the Dixie Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Levi Sapp Chapter of DAR

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