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January 23, 2016, "Understanding Probate without a Law Degree"
Presenter: Pat Roberts
Pat will cover the probate process.  One of the most valuable resources for genealogists, probate should always be sought.  She will also discuss how to find these valuable pieces of evidence and what you can expect to find in the way of information on them.  She will present the various steps in the process and show examples of different documents from an actual probate package so you can become familar with these documents.  This will also allow you to recognize what different documents look like and the information they contain.
February 27, 2016,  Round Table Discussions 
Round Table Number 1: Genealogy Research/I need Help 
 Who would benefit from this dicussion-Anyone who wants to understand the "how" and "where" to organize their information.
 This discuss is designed to respond to the many requests from members on "what do I do with all of this stuff that I've gathered?"
This what you need to do to prepare for the round table discussion so that we can help you achieve you goals!
     1. What do you have?  Documents, birth certificates, any census documents.
     2. Bring names and significant dates and locations of your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and great grandparents, etc.
     3. Have you documented any oral history?
     4. Were your ancestors members of any organizations, clubs, etc.
     5. What was their trade or profession.
Round Table Number 2
Choosing a New/Different Family Tree Software
Family Tree Maker software has now been purchased from by Mackiev Software.  The "new" company will have the software available for shipping March1st.  Family Tree Maker -New handouts at the meeting.
Some other software available: Legach Family Tree 8- Free download-(deluxe CD Roots Magic 7- Download as free trail and order online( cost is $29.99+s/h.  Master Genealogist (TMG) has been discontinued.  Official technical support was discontinued on 31 Dec. 2014 but user-to-user will remain available.
March 26, 2016,  "Organizing Your Genealogy Research Starts with a Plan" 
Presenter: Carol Darrow
You're presented with a pile of documents, a camera card full of unlabled photos, and more than one flash drive full of microfilm pages.  When it's hard to know where to start organizing, you need to start with a goal and focus on a plan to meet that goal.  The plan may include a file folder system, an index of your photos, a timeline of the life of an ancestor, or a tracking chart of records for an ancestor. 
April 23, 2016, Please note times of presentations below
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.-- Introduction to the New Family Tree Maker by software maker MacKieve
Presenter: Art Bowen BGSG member 
10:30 a.m. General Meeting followed by -- Using Indexing to help tell our Stories
Presenter: Thomas A. Entzminger 
Thomas A. Entzminger, a BGSG member, will discuss his use of indexing and how it helped him write three documents/books.
  • Genealogies of African American Families in Southwest New York State
  • An Addendum to the Genealogies of African American Families in Southwess New York State 
  • African American Pioneers in the Rocky Mountain West
 May 28, 2016, Topic to be announced
Presenter: Ed Walton, BGSG member and guest 
June 25, 2016, Topic to be announced 
July 23, 2016, Family Tree Maker by Software MacKiev Training
Presenter: Art Bowens                                                                                                                                                                                                  

August No Meeting 

September 24, 2016 Overcoming Bricks Walls Starting over, identifying what's missing, searching, being through, avoiding errors, getting advice

Presenter: Ted Bainbridge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     




December 2015-- No meeting: Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year