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Internet Safety
It seems that recently there has been an uptick in attempts to invade our computers.  Two things that can happen when they (whoever they are) are successful in gaining access to our computers is (1) that they will encrypt our files so that we can no longer access them and then ask for money to release our own files back to us. The second and less onerous to us but more dangerous tour friends is they use our contact less to spread invasive software to all our contacts.
SO what can we do to minimize or avoid this.  DON”T open any attachment to an email from someone you do not know. That is first and foremost. If you are suspicious of an e-mail send the person a separate e-mail asking if they sent you something. Don’t open e-mails for which you don’t recognize the sender. My philosophy is that if I accidently delete one from someone that is requesting something they will try again if I don’t respond.
IF I receive one from a financial institution asking for information I NEVER CLICK ON ANYTHING IN THAT E-MAIL. I will go online to the website, log in and see what they want.  There was a time that if the e-mail !turned out to be fraudulent I would send to the Institution but I no longer do that. There are so many of these happening I don’t think they have the time to deal with all of them.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU CLICK ON!! You and I are the best anti-virus program our computers have!

In response to many requests the seminar is being moved to a 300 seat facility.  Additional rumor has it that the group is working to get Judy Russell—“The Legal Genealogist” to speak. Judy is absolutely great. She has the great blog “The Legal Genealogist”, speaks all over the country including last week at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Fort Lauderdale—I heard all her talks through noon Friday—and she runs the advanced course at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University held in June every year. What a coup if we can get her.

Melbourne---GSSB and French & Canadian Heritage Society of the GSSB.

GSSB Meetings:
We normally meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the Melbourne Library, 540 E Fee Avenue. The social time starts at 9:30AM with the program beginning at 10:00AM and ending at 11:30AM.

 8 June, 2016 “Genealogical Games”: Fun and Entertainment to launch members into summer research.
The French & Canadian Heritage Society meets in the Conference Room in the Melbourne Public Library at 540 E Fee Avenue.  We normally meet on the 3rd Monday of the month from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. however due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day being celebrated on the 3rd Monday of January we will meet on the 4th Monday, January 25th.
16 May, 2016 “Cemeteries as Living History… How can we interpret them?

The Board for Certification of Genealogist offers a number of outstanding webinars free as well as a number that you would pay for. The presenters are nationally known genealogists and you can watch the webinars multiple times.  No registration required for the free ones

A few of the titles are:
Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL, “Kinship Determination: From Generation to Generation”
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, “Fine Wine in a New Bottle: Guidelines for Effective Research and Family Histories”
F. Warren Bittner, CG, “Complex Evidence What it is, How it Works, Why it Matters”
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, “The Family Tapestry: Integrating Proof Arguments into the Genealogical Narrative”
J. H. “Jay” Fonkert, CG, “Genealogical Fingerprints: Merging and Separating Identities in Family History Research”
These and many more can be located at:

Great Article by Judy Russell on Dividing Land in Court

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Some years ago, The Legal Genealogist addressed the question of what a moiety was in a land record.   For the rest of the article please use the above URL.
Genealogy Events.
BGS-- Brevard Genealogical Society normally meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Central Brevard Library, 308 Forrest Avenue, Cocoa. The meeting begins at 9:30 am. Library doors open at 9 am, so come early and get acquainted with other Brevard Genealogical Society members.
Monday, June 13, 2016 - The Family Search Panel - will be presented by the new directors of the Family History Center in Rockledge, Irv and Lily Bushnell, along with Dorrie Dykstra, John Whitney, and Marian Harrison.  Bring your laptop or tablet to try out their tips.
Monday, July 11, 2016 - Brickwalls by John Whitney and Dorrie Dykstra.  In order to participate and have them research your brickwall, you need to join the Google Group to submit your query. You can sign up for the Google Group at:

Monday, August 15, 2016 - How to Organize Your Photos for a Digitizing Project by Vera Zimmerman.
Don't forget about the Beginning Genealogy Course in the month of July, beginning July 7th. The four week course is only $10 per BGS member, and $20 for non-members, which includes all supplies and a syllabus. The non-member fee includes a membership for the remainder of 2016. For more information contact Vera Zimmerman at 321-453-4932, or . You can also go to the BGS web site at:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

FSGS Poolside Chats
Florida State Genealogical Society
Do you enjoy learning genealogy from webinars? Then consider joining.

For those of you interested in DNA I STRONGLY Recommend this webinar sponsored by FSGS. There is no cost to watch this but you must be a member of FSGS to download the syllabus. I will certainly be watching this.
19 May 2016 – Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD
Using Free Third-Party Tools to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
    Webinar Abstract: Although DNA testing companies provide their own analysis of test results, there are free third-party tools that allow test-takers to learn even more about their genomic heritage, including admixture calculators and the identification of genetic cousins.  Together we’ll explore some of these tools and learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff
    Presenter: Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (, one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers. Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine was also recently elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and graduated from ProGen Study Group 21 in 2015.


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