Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society
Upcoming Webinars
Unless otherwise stated, webinars are schedule for 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST

You must log into the FSGS website as an FSGS MEMBER in order to download the handouts.
On the left menu, click on Members Login and look for Archived Webinars at the bottom of the drop-down list.  The current handout and webinar information will be at the top of the page. Links to videos of past webinars are also available on the Archived Webinars page.

19 May 2022 – Sharon Hoyt, MLIS, CG
The Missing Man: Solving a Mystery with Genealogy Research
  • Webinar Abstract: In the early 1900s, August Lawrence left his Minnesota home for a job and never returned. More than a century later, genealogy research solved the mystery of his disappearance. This talk covers strategies that can help you break down even long-standing brick walls in your own research.
  • Presenter: Sharon Hoyt, MLIS, Certified Genealogist®, is a researcher, speaker, and writer from California’s Silicon Valley. Her primary research areas include New England, New York, and the Midwest. She’s happiest when on the trail of an intriguing family story, particularly one that involves the Civil War. Her research has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and Minnesota Genealogist. Sharon is a winner of family history writing contests sponsored by the National Genealogical Society (2017) and the Minnesota Genealogical Society (2016). She holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4375733445126084875

16 Jun 2022 – Paul Milner, FUGA, Mdiv.
Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
  • Webinar Abstract: Learn about the routes taken and the reasons for the emigration from Ireland to the U.S. and Canada before, during and after the famine. Learn how this mass movement of people can affect your research, plus what tools and records are available to trace your Irish ancestor.
  • Presenter: Paul Milner, a native of northern England, professional genealogist and international lecturer. He teaches English and Scottish research tracks at SLIG, IGHR and the British Institute. Paul is a recipient of UGA Fellow Award (2018) and the FGS David S. Vogels Jr Award (2019). He is the author of six publications providing how-to guidance for English and Scottish researchers. He is the past president of BIGWILL, and board member of the APG, FGS and GSG. Paul focuses on British Isles resources and methodology on his blog at www.milnergenealogy.com
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7640617775102545424

21 Jul 2022 - Amy Larner Giroux, PhD, CG, CGL
Faded Echoes of the Civil War: Correlating Evidence of Identity and Kinship
  • Webinar Abstract: The presentation recounts the research involved in identifying New England and Mid-West Union soldiers whose burials in St. Augustine, Florida, were lost to time. The research begins with an 1865 stereogram photograph housed at the Library of Congress. Attendees will learn methods of researching record groups for men whose names were not known. This involves working within locality related sources to identify potential men, and then verifying them through other documentation. A case study illustrates the methods and highlights some of the documentation used to solve this research problem and to connect these men to their families.
  • Presenter: Amy Larner Giroux, PhD, CG, CGL, is co-author of the Florida edition of the NGS Research in the States series and winner of the 2020 National Genealogical Society Family History Writing contest. She has published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Record, The Genealogist (American Society of Genealogists), and Florida Studies. Her research interests include New York, New England, Florida, military cemeteries, and burial iconography.
  • Twitter: @draguru7
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6449495937995426060

15 Sep 2022 – Cari Taplin, CG
From Deeds to Dirt: Analyzing Research with Maps
  • Webinar Abstract: Our ancestors existed in a time and a place. Maps are one way to give the names and dates in our genealogical research  more life, context, and excitement. Where did they live? What would they have seen? How did they get around? Cari Taplin will examine various ways researchers can use maps to trace their ancestors and their research. Some of the topics she will cover are:
    • A look at different types of maps
    • Tech tricks for using maps such as Google Maps' "My Places"
    • Using maps to determine possible migration routes
    • Using collected research to recreate neighborhoods
    • Using maps as an alternative (or additional) research log
    • Online map collections
    • Mini-case studies to illustrate using maps for analysis
  • Presenter: Cari A. Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but now lives in Longmont, Colorado. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking services. she also lends help and shares her expertise as an administrator on the highly popular Facebook Group "The Genealogy Squad." Cari currently works for Ancestry ProGenealogists. Cari's personal research focuses on midwestern and Great Lakes states. When she’s not working on her genealogy, she is a wife, and a mother of two young adults.
  • Websitewww.genealogypants.com
  • Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/GenealogyPants 
  • Twitter: @cataplin
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7956549247188099853

20 Oct 2022 – Katherine Schober
Google Translate and Genealogy: What You Should Be Using Instead
  • Webinar Abstract: Google Translate is not always the most reliable tool to translate your genealogy documents. Discover the other options available and how to use them.
  • Presenter: Katherine Schober is a German-English genealogy speaker, author, and translator, specializing in the old German handwriting. She is the author of “The Magic of German Church Records” and “Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting”, as well as the creator of the online courses “Reading the Old German Handwriting" and "German for Genealogists." Katherine lives in Bend, Oregon with her Austrian husband.
  • Website: https://germanologyunlocked.com/
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9218584086712225036

15 Dec 2022 – Mark Stephen Middleton
Surviving the Digital Dark Ages-Backups and Archiving
  • Webinar Abstract: Are you overwhelmed with stacks of paper? Learn how to backup and archive your family research for future generations to enjoy.
Presenter: Mark Middleton is an experienced technologist that has been working in the computer technology field since the 1990s. Mark takes technology (past, present and future) and brings it to a level that can be understood and used by all genealogists. He has a Masters in Information Systems and has been employed in IT industry over 25 years. He is a retired US Army Major. He has provided technology-based lectures to National, regional and local Genealogy organizations 

The Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) provides a free Society Webinar Service for its member societies. For more information on how your local society can use this service, please go to FSGS Society Webinar Services .

Currently we do NOT have permission for most of the recorded webinars to be used in a local society meeting.  If permission is obtained, the webinar will be identified as available.

FSGS Webinars are held on the third Thursdays of each month at 8:00 pm.
Certified Genealogist, CG, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, CGL, are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s Associates.
Accredited Genealogist, AG, is a certification mark of the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogist. Individuals licensed to use the mark have met ICAPGen’s competency

CGSM and CGLSM are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and are used under license by board‑certified associates meeting competency standards.