Genealogy Club—Who Do You Think You Are?

Denise Beeson

The Genealogy Club has an upcoming meeting Monday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. Join us!

Are you interested in Colonial America? Do you think that your ancestors may have been on the Mayflower? Speaker Kathleen Leo, a member of the Mayflower Society (, will provide us with the history and the benefits of membership.

The website notes, “The first society of Mayflower descendants was established in New York City on Dec. 22, 1894, as a society for lineal descendants of the Mayflower Pilgrims. Three more states followed in 1896: Connecticut on March 7, Massachusetts on March 28, and Pennsylvania on July 1. Delegates from the existing societies met in Plymouth, Mass., to form the General Society of Mayflower Descendants on Jan. 12, 1897. The Mayflower Society has welcomed over 100,000 members who could prove Mayflower descent and has an ever-growing number of members across the globe.”

July meeting speaker Rick Sothen’s ‘Introduction to Creating a Family Book’ gave a detailed overview of the three software programs used to collect, organize, and print a family book from your genealogy data. A book can be created in minutes for anyone in your family tree, which can be printed or even sent in an email. Thank you, Rick, for a very informative discussion! Contact Rick at [email protected] if you have any questions about creating your own book about your ancestors!

Summer months will feature club members with special expertise. Outside speakers will be presenting starting in September

The Genealogy Club is now meeting live in the Palm Room on the second Monday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. We have recently established special interest groups (SIGs) to assist our members with their research areas. The following are the SIGs and their hosts. You can contact them via email if you are interested in learning about their meetings.

* Beginning Genealogist SIG. Host: Barbara Downey, [email protected]. This group met at the beginning of the April meeting to discuss the 1950 Census.

* DNA SIG. Host: Kevin Campbell, [email protected]

* Eastern European SIG, including Germany, Poland and Ukraine. Hosts: Bryon and Kathy Koch, [email protected]

* Colonial America SIG. Host: Marilyn Kinnie, [email protected]

* Genealogy Book Creation SIG, and software support. Host: Rick Sothen, [email protected]

* French Canadian SIG. Host: Chris Pelikan, [email protected]. French Canadian genealogy; however, general information about researching Canadian archives is shared.

* Scotland SIG. Host: Erik Riswick. This new SIG will be organized in fall 2022. More information to follow.

Other SIGS will be created as needed. Some SIGS meet prior to or after the general meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. and/or called by the Host.

PC Genealogy nametags are available for order to purchase for $5.50 at the meeting. Pick up orders placed at the upcoming meeting. Contact Judy Husk at [email protected] to place your order!

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Genealogy classes will be offered by LifeLong Learning starting in the fall. Watch for the announcement of classes.

All PC residents interested in genealogy at whatever level are welcome to join us.