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Bay County Genealogical Society Programs

BCGS Monthly Meetings

Our monthly meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. in the conference room of the new Bay County Public Library at 898 West 11th Street, Panama City, Florida. (Exception: meetings are not held in July and August.) We provide interesting, informative, and timely presentations on a variety of topics by a variety of speakers. We do not conduct business during our regular meetings, which begin at 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, 3 June 2017:
Annual Pioneer Picnic
At the Forest Park United Methodist Church, 1401 W. 23rd. St., Panama City, Florida. This year we will be presenting 55 certificates to 50 descendants of 31 Bay County pioneers, 23 of which are newly certified this year. We will also present 12 additional researcher certificates this year. See Lee H. Spiva and learn about his 11 certified Bay County ancestors, among others.

Pioneer Picnic



Saturday, 17 June 2017:
Learning New Ways to Search, by Carol Atkinson.

"Every single one of us has spent hours searching for lost keys, glasses, books .... and that applies specifically to genealogical research. All of us have ancestors who appeared at a crossroad one morning, from Mars or some other planet! I have some of my own who have foiled me for almost 50 years! So come to the June meeting with a folder full of everything you know about that man/woman -- and we are all going to look at each other's Martian to see if "our" skills, methodology, experience, or talent will be able to help each other find that elusive ancestor. Bring your laptops! Bring your own "search" methodology!" We may not find a single new clue! But at the end of the June meeting, each of us will walk away with a new perspective on what the word "search" means!

Saturday, 15 July 2017:
Closed for the Summer.

Saturday, 19 August 2017:
Closed for the Summer.

Saturday, 16 September 2017:
Using Maps in Genealogy, by Benjy Allen.

Saturday, 21 October 2017:
U.S. Censuses, by Claudia Steindl.

How to read and understand legal descriptions of property in deeds and wills and how this can be useful in identifying or confirming ancestors. The discussion will include a general overview of Public Land Survey System (PLSS) and how to use Google Earth to locate and view those properties today.

Saturday, 18 November 2017:
Joining the DAR, by Mary K McGraw.

Saturday, 16 December 2017:
Christmas Program: Show and Tell, Gift Exchange.



Regional Events

Florida State Genealogical Society annual conference
Schedule being constructed

Point of contact is Cindy Hineman, (772) 532-6288,
Check the Florida State Genealogical Society Web site for more information.

National Events

Federation of Genealogy Societies
FGS 2017 National Conference

Building Bridges to the Past
30 August-2 September 2017
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Check the FGS Web site for more information.

National Genealogy Society
The NGS 2017 Family History Conference

Family History Lives Here
10-13 May 2017
Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, North Carolina
Check the NGS Web site for more information.