Chairman Trev Wunderlin opened the meeting. In addition to Trev, Diana Kelley, & Charles Bearss, 7 newcomers were present:  Paul Blonigen, Mary Jean Cotner, Carol Faulk, Jim Handly, Betty Harrell, Barbara Kazanis,& Julie Turner.      Trev welcomed the new people & gave a brief history of the group, which was organized in 1996. Despite having no funds, the group has enjoyed many top notch speakers. The group has also taken field trips. 

Trev handed out programs which included upcoming events. (The last 2 were actually added after the meeting.)

 * Monday, September 23 – first episode of Genealogy Roadshow on WEDU.

 * Thursday, October 17 – next GSIG meeting at 10:15 AM in the Florida History & Genealogy Library (2W) of the downtown library. Following a presentation on “Introduction to the Library”, people can research on their own. Parking is at the Poe Garage south of the library (hourly fee, credit card). You can lunch in a nearby café or bring your own & eat in the Ceta Rodgers’ Room.

The group is free & normally meets the 3rd Thursday of every month September-June at the Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church on Fletcher. Meeting minutes & announcements of programs for upcoming meetings can usually be found at the OLLI members site: 


 * Saturday, October 26 – Florida Genealogical Society Annual Seminar to be held on the USF campus. J. Mark Lowe will speak on Making a Research Plan, Finding Land Transactions, Cemeteries, & Brick Walls. To find more information on the seminar & to register:

 * Thursday, November 21 – GSIG monthly meeting – David Boyett will speak on “Genetic Genealogy – Understanding Your DNA”. He is a retired law enforcement officer & coordinates 4 surname DNA projects.

 * Thursday, December 19 – GSIG monthly meeting – David Hoffman will speak on “How to Volunteer on Genealogy Projects”. He is chairman of the FGS Special Projects Committee & has been in charge of “Ask a Genealogist” at the downtown library the first Saturday afternoon of every month.

 Instead of a speaker, participants were encouraged to ask questions & share genealogical stories. Following is some of what we learned:

            * Trev spoke of her successful research in Perry County in Illinois & her connection with a relative through use of a message board. She also showed us her book of Wunderlin family history.

            * Diana Kelley shared her enjoyment of Dick Eastman’s genealogy blog & the tip he gave for purchasing a $24 wand scanner The basic daily version of his newsletter is free.

            * Julie stressed the importance of using county message boards. She also mentioned visiting Ohio churches that were over 200 years old.

            * Mary Jane noted that Family Search has online records that are browsable but not searchable.

            * Mary Jane directed people to – a listing of worldwide newspapers indexed by state, country, business, etc. News source other than newspapers are also included. 

            * Charles heard of someone having to establish the authenticity of a deed from the 1600’s.

            * Charles also mentioned that Roots Magic & Legacy have free basic genealogy software available.

            * Google Books & Heritage Quest (the latter free through the public library) are valuable resources.

            * In seeking obituaries, you can search on the Internet for i.e. “Hillsborough County funeral homes”.


Submitted by Diana Kelley, Recording Secretary