Tomorrow! Secure your seat for the WGCU Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, June 20 • 9am to 4pm

(Doors open at 8:20 am for registration, coffee and chatting with local genealogical societies.)

Cohen Center Ballroom the Florida Gulf Coast University Campus

$100 per person (lunch included.) Every one who registers is entered in the opportunity to win door prizes from and

888-809-9809 or

Climb Your Family Tree with Genealogy Guys, George Morgan and Drew Smith, along with The Genealogical Society of Collier County, and the Lee County Genealogical Society, along with the Charlotte County Genealogical Society and Southwest FL Germanic Genealogy Society.


Session Descriptions

Introduction to Genealogy

Genealogy is a fascinating journey into your family’s origins, the places and times in which they lived, and the part that they played in history. Whether you are just getting started or have been involved in family history research for some time, this session will take you through many types of evidence and the techniques for getting yourself organized to evaluate the materials you discover.

All About Ships’ Passenger Lists

The U.S. federal government required passenger manifests beginning in 1820 for all ships bringing passengers to a U.S. state or territorial port. This session discusses the ships' passenger manifests, and how they expanded in content from 1820 until the closing of the Ellis Island immigrant processing center in 1954. Learn what you can find at the various times and how these manifests can extend your research.

Front Page News (and Beyond): Finding Archived Newspapers

The stories of our ancestors' lives, from birth to death and everything in between, can be found in the pages of archived newspapers. Learn whether those stories are already somewhere online or on microform in a library, and discover some of the fascinating types of information you may find.

Using DNA in Genealogical Research

Afraid to try DNA as a research tool because the science seems intimidating? This overview will explain how DNA relates to genealogy, what kinds of DNA tests are available, and how to understand and use the test results.

With plenty of time to pick the brains of the local experts throughout the day!