On 15 June 2012 our chair, Trevetta Wunderlin, brought the meeting of the Genealogy Interest Group – Ancestor Trackers to order.        She told us about all of the upcoming meetings of the Florida Genealogical Society, as we will not meet again until September.  We then talked about the Family History Center at Lutz-Lake Fern Road and the show “Who Do You Think You Are.”  I read last month’s minutes and Trev discussed the results of the surveys that we have submitted over the past few years and plans for future programs
Our program this month was for members to discuss our genealogy research. Jim Weiss began by recommending postings on message boards, but warned that the gestation period can be 1, 2 or 4 years or more.  He gave examples of the exciting results he has experienced when he received photographs and German church records, including records of his family back to 1650.  Jim recommended the message boards on http://www.ancestry.com, http://www.genealogy.com, http://www.rootsweb.com and also http://www.findagrave,.com.  We then talked about cemetery plots, markers on graves and the Civil War.  Dorothy Butler said that her grandmother’s Bible had annotations written in pencil that were difficult to read.  She admonished us not to throw away old letters in our possession.  Charles Bearss told us about his grandmother’s autobiography and then there was a discussion of self-publishing.  We mentioned the Arlington National Cemetery and Eastman’s online blog.  Trev spoke about the preservation of land that had been a Revolutionary War prison camp and interested her because it was in York County, Pennsylvania and her Revolutionary ancestor had served from York County in the militia, delivering prisoners to an unknown fort stockade.  I showed a document of the “sail” of goods in 1821 which included many unconventional spellings.  Trev told us stories about her Hartline ancestors and we discussed American Indian ancestry.   
                          Respectfully submitted,
                        Rosalyn Davenport Gibbs