On 18 November 2011 our chair, Trevetta Wunderlin, brought the meeting of the Genealogy Interest Group – Ancestor Trackers to order. She told us about the upcoming meeting of the Pinellas Genealogy Society and asked us to bring in books we find helpful in our genealogical research for next month’s meeting. Trev then introduced George G. Morgan, our speaker and well known author, whose third edition of “How to do Everything with Your Genealogy” is being published next spring. George is also President of Aha Seminars and Florida Genealogy Society Director.

George’s topic was “Locating and Ordering English Births, Marriages and Deaths.” He told us about record keeping in England prior to 1837 and then how things changed when civil registration was implemented in 1837 and what happened when the public became suspicious of their government’s motives. George showed us how to examine the British free site www.freebmd.org.uk and he gave us examples of what you might receive when you request transcriptions of information from the General Register Office. If you want to order these certificates you must visit the General Register Office site at www.gro.gov.uk – there is a reasonable cost if you order standard service or a more considerable one if you request priority service. The records are color coded – birth records are in red ink on pale red paper, marriages are in green ink on pale green paper and death records and deaths are black ink on white paper and all were painstakingly indexed long before computers. George reported that the hard copies are obtained far more quickly than they are from American sources. However, the GPO records are transcribed and you are not ever allowed to view the original records. George also discussed what we may expect from coming developments.

After George’s talk Lou Currie recounted her memories of when she and her husband travelled to an English pub where his ancestor had been the publican long ago and the warm welcome they received from the local residents.

Respectfully submitted,

Rosalyn Davenport Gibbs