The January 15, 2010 meeting of the Genealogy Interest Group – Ancestor Trackers was brought to order by Trevetta Wunderlin.  We were delighted to welcome several first time OLLI member attendees including Violet Taylor, Mary Lou Raterman, Pat Benedict, Patty Whittemore and Gerald Hartke.  Announcements were made regarding meetings of the South Bay Genealogical Society, the Florida Genealogical Society, the Pinellas Genealogy Society, the Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society and a DAR genealogy workshop at the Dunedin Public Library.

Trev introduced Debra Sandstrom Fleming.  Debra teaches genealogy classes for OLLI and her topic was “Perfecting and Posting the Genealogical Query.”  Debra began by telling us a little bit about herself and her interest in genealogy. She told us that we would get more responses to our queries in genealogical publications and on genealogy query boards, such as at and Gen Forum, if we followed a few suggestions.  She asked us to define our goal, decide what we are looking for, and to limit our query to one objective.  Use one surname, or maiden and married name if the ancestor is a woman, and the locality where the ancestor lived.  Post queries on surname and locality boards.  Debra explained the basics of search tools and emphasized that we will get more results if we keep it simple, shorter and more concise.  She recommend that we look for the proper forum, newsletter and genealogy society to post our queries and ask ourselves if the posting will be clear to the reader, and to be sure to proofread all messages before submission.  She advised that we post to all applicable message boards.  Debra followed her presentation by logging into the Internet and giving us examples of her suggestions.

Respectfully submitted, Rosalyn Davenport Gibbs