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Message from the President

We’re back! I’m pleased to relate that over 20 members joined us in person on Saturday. We had a super round table discussion (without the table!) about our personal genealogy interests.

We were all struck by two things:

1 – the range of expertise we have within our own ranks, which is quite phenomenal

2 – the energy within the room as people renewed old acquaintances, listened intently to each other and then stayed on afterwards to discuss mutual interests further.

Both of these make the committee very optimistic for our future. Thanks to everyone who came and participated.

Next meeting

Understanding that there may well be members who are reluctant to attend in person, our next meeting will be both in person and via Zoom. The subject could not be more topical. So please mark your diaries now for 1pm on April 9 for a presentation on the 1950 US Census by Ann Staley from Jacksonville.

Join us on Facebook for information about free stuff!

In the last few days we have posted messages to our new facebook group about:

– free access to immigration records on Ancestry.com – finishes tonight

– a free presentation from the Guild of One-Name Studies on English Chancery court records, and how they can be used to further your understanding of your family structure

– a massive data dump of NEW YORK City birth, marriage and death records, now free to access, with more to come

– a free presentation from the New England Historic & Genealogical Society on researching Virginia records

To see these, and more, please join our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/stauggensoc

By the way, it is a Facebook Group. Once you join, you are “free” to make your own posts in the group about genealogy matters, and respond to others’. Have at it!

All the best

Paul

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