Nancy  Sjoberg conducted our 16 November 2012 meeting of the Genealogy Interest Group –  Ancestor Trackers,  as our chair Trevetta Wunderlin was unable to attend. Nancy said there will be no GSIG meeting in December and that our  meetings next year will be on the 2nd Thursday of each month, starting with a member participation program in January – be sure to bring a family story and/or artifacts.  She also reminded us that  the OLLI winter party will be held on December 6th at Centro  Asturiano.

Diana Kelley had praise for the recent genealogy seminar held at USF and she told us about Microsoft’s AutoCollage software and how it can be used to create beautiful collages of  family members.   

Nancy announced that we were very fortunate to have as our speaker Peter Summers, past President of the Pinellas Genealogy Society.  His topic was “The War of 1812.”  Peter         began by telling us that good genealogists are good historians. The Pinellas Genealogy Society asked its members for ideas for programs and someone suggested he would like to hear about the “other wars,” not just the often covered Revolution or Civil War.  Peter   told us about the reasons for the war,  what it was all about and described the individual battles.  He then discussed the results of the war, its costs and the human toll in wounded and lives lost.  He talked about the fact that Canadians felt they had won the war and the Americans did also.  The British hardly remember it, as their focus was on the Napoleonic War.  The main losers were the American Native Tribes.  Peter told us about genealogical sources in libraries and online.  Among the online sources recommended were:, and  He ended by saying that the War of 1812 was important in American history because the United States began to be seriously regarded on the world stage.  Marilyn Bartholomew thanked Peter and said that this was one of the most interesting programs we  have heard and we all agreed.     

                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                 Rosalyn Davenport Gibbs