On 16 December 2011 our chair, Trevetta Wunderlin, opened the meeting of the Genealogy Interest Group – Ancestor Trackers.  We welcomed first time attendee Joseph Valenti, who told us about his search for his mother’s family who came from Poland or Russia and the problems he has encountered trying to find their origins.  Trev described the history of her husband’s Wunderlin family.  She also told us about librarian Ann Palmer, a future speaker who will soon to be working in the genealogy department at the John F. Germany library.

Our program was “Books to Use for Genealogy Research Guidance.”  I brought Everton’s Handy Book for Genealogists and a book that lists American towns and gives the counties in which they are located.  Trev recommended Family Tree Magazine, Source, and last month’s speaker George Morgan’s The Official Guide to Ancestry, as well as his How to do Everything with Your Genealogy.  Among the other books recommended were The Ancestry Family Historians Address Book, The Genealogist’s Companion and Source Book and Managing a Genealogical Project.  Charles Beares discussed the value of webinars, Legacy Family Tree and DNA testing.  Other books mentioned were Evidence Explained, Social Networking for Genealogists, A to Zaxia:  A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists, Finding Your Roots, Virtual Roots and They Came on Ships.  At that point we talked about books of maps and the program available on Legacy, Animaps.  The book Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor brought about a discussion of Andersonville and Vicksburg.  Two more books we examined were Dressed for the Photographer and Land and Property Research.  Lastly we spoke about land records and old homes in Illinois and Atlanta. 


                                                                        Respectfully submitted,


                                                                                    Rosalyn Davenport Gibbs