Our Meetings

We usually meet the first Saturday each month October - June.

from 9:15 am -11:30 am

at the South Branch of the Manatee County Library, located on 6081 26th Street West, Bradenton, Florida.  The library is in the Bayshore Crossings Shopping Center, south of Kash 'n' Karry near Peaches and Capalbo's Pizza Buffet. The red star on this map is actually across the street from the library, but MapQuest just couldn't get it straight. I've drawn an arrow to show the position of the library. - Myrt :)

Directions From Sarasota:
Drive North on US 41 to left on Bayshore Gardens Parkway. Turn right on 26th Street West, proceed to right into Library parking lot.

Directions from Cortez Road and Desoto Square Mall:
Drive West on Cortez to left on 26th Street West. (Shell Station on corner.) Continue past Manatee Community College to left into parking lot for Library.

TOPICS - The plan is to spend:
                    30% PAF & other genealogy programs (FTM, FOW, UFT, GENERATIONS, TMG, etc.)
                    30% Internet genealogy
                    30% How-to (genealogy basic research)
                    10% general free-for-all

    This table has the outline for "projected" topics of discussion. We are very adaptable, as new program enhancements may preempt the discussion of a topic on this list for a given date. However, we'll try to either discuss the topic in the MANASOTA PAF NEWS or tackle it at the next month's meeting.

09:15am - 09:30am Welcome
09:30am - 10:15am Discussion
10:15am - 10:30am Refreshments
10:30am - 11:15am Discussion
11:15am - 11:30am Questions/Answers

If you've got any suggestions, please take the time to write to our program chair, genelsien@aol.com . We try hard to meet the needs of our members, by providing open discussion meetings of interest to all. Click the DATE for each meeting, where we will link the newsletter to print out for our discussions this year. If the date isn't clickable, we haven't created the newsletter for that meeting yet!

4 October 2003
  • FGS/FSGS Convention Report (Barb Schulz & Pat Richley)
    -- The Master Genealogist (free demo)
    -- Family Tree Maker 11
    -- RootsMagic: (free demo)
    -- The Family History Library (IGI, AF, Census Index & Research Help)
  • Looking to Join a Lineage Society?
  • FREE 500 Brick Walls Offer from Family Chronicle
  • Robert E. Lee Tree Toppled
  • Rare 2-Page Kentucky Document
  • Citing Military Titles in Genealogy Programs (Ed Gaulin)
  • New Titles in our Video Library
  • RootsMagic: Finding a GEDCOM File is Easy
  • RootsMagic: Preventing Mistakes in Family Traditions
  • More on Using the 1880 US Federal Census Index at FamilySearch.org
  • Plans for upcoming meetings
1 November 2003
  • Spotlight on RootsMagic with guest instructors (Buy one from Myrt at the Oct meeting so you'll be prepared with questions for our other PAFUG members.)
  • CookBook Maker software program.
6 December 2003
  • Using Excel to keep track of your CD & booklist with guest instructor Catherine Dente.
  • GENBOOK demo (We will make a group order following this session)
  • PAF and why we like it.
  • Family History CD (a program to create multi-media CDs for your family)
3 January 2004
  • All about PALMS for genealogists (Maybe Myrt will get one for Christmas?)
  • Legacy Family Tree & its genealogy lessons.
  • PDF files from RootsMagic to make a book.
  • Family Tree Maker family book options.
7 February 2004
  • Importing & Exporting GEDCOM files, a comparison between FTM, RootsMagic, PAF, Legacy and The Master Genealogist.
  • AniMap (access to thousands of old maps on CD)
6 March 2004
  • Deciding on a digital camera - an overview of what members are using and would like to purchase.
  • Inserting photos, scanned documents in various genealogy programs.
3 April 2004
  • Myrt won't be here, so we have to decide on an alternative program.
1 May 2004
  • Using Family History Centers Wisely (with the advent of the internet)
5 June 2004
  • Preparing for a research trip to Washington, DC.



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