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Member Meeting October 15, 2014@1:30pm

Charlotte County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Presents
Member Meeting October 15, 2014 @1:30pm
Welcome to All
"Hamburg and Bremen:  Gateway to the New World"
Presenter:  Werner Ropers
Of all the ports in Europe, Hamburg and Bremen became the "Gateway to the New World" for emigration to America.  We'll trace the emigrant’s journey from their homeland to America and what they had to go through to seek a better life for themselves and their children.
 
Whether you have a German emigrant or any other nationality you will enjoy this look at what your ancestor had to indoor before they left from Europe Ports. We think Ellis Island was bad, wait to you hear what our speaker has to tell you about the departing ports!


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We invite you to join our Society or attend a meeting as a guest.
Please stop by the library and meet our volunteers who are there to
help you research your famiy history.
Mid-County Library
2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd.
· Port Charlotte, FL 33952
 
 
We have Genealogy reference books just waiting for you!
Visit our website often, and tell your friends about our group


 
A resource for finding the final resting place of family, friends, and famous individuals. With millions of names and photos, it is an invaluable tool for the genealogist and family history buff.
 

Upcoming Events
10/04/2014 - 9:00 am
“The Proof is in the Puzzle”
University of South Florida, Marshall Student Center
10/15/2014 - 1:30 pm
Member and Guest Monthly Workshop

10/16/2014 - 12:30 pm
Introduction to U.S. Immigration Records !
Cypress Lakes Presbyterian Church 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers


Tips & Tricks
Surname Sources - Know the naming patterns of the ethnic area you are researching is an invaluable resource in recognizing family names. Surnames began in Europe about the 11th century. They developed as trade increased. The four basic groups of surnames are the patronymic (based on the father's name), landscape features or place names, action or nicknames, and occupational or office names.

When you're researching the census, be sure to look at 10 families before and 10 families after the family you are researching. These folks are most likely the friends (and family) of your ancestor. They lived in communities, not alone.

Begin with the latest census available and work backwards. U.S. Census records have been take since 1790. Before 1790 you can use Tax Lists and other local lists that might have been compiled, according to the state you are researching in.