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Monday, February 27, 2012


No, I'm not literally asking who you think you are. BUT-DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU REALLY ARE?

Yes, I'm referring to the Century Village Genealogy Club. The Genealogy Club continues to expand and enthusiasm and excitement continues to grow as we increase our membership to almost 30 members now after only four meetings!
The Genealogy Club held its fourth meeting at the Century Village West Palm Beach Clubhouse on February 27, 2012 with the addition of four new members with loads of genealogy experience to share with our other members. One new couple brings to the table over 30 years of combined genealogy experience. They have gathered information on over 9500 people in their family tree since their research began back in the 80s! That brings our combined total number of members'  genealogy experience to over 70 years! The meeting lasted for an hour and a half and was complete with many great stories and interesting tidbits of information from each of the members.
By the way, for those of you who  missed the presentation by Palm Beach County  Genealogical  Society Speaker, Mr. Carlos Ruth. I have posted a 10 minute video of the presentation on YouTube for your education and entertainment. I spruced it up with a little background music and some cool transitions. I hope you enjoy it. You can click on the link below or paste it into your browser to go directly to the video.
Because the club is new, we had to discuss some of the formalities that are required, such as discussion of membership and dues. The club decided to require only $1.00 per month for dues or $12 per year per member. If the spouse also joins the club, his or her membership will be cut in half, for a total of $18 per year per couple. (Sounds like a great reason to bring your spouse to the next meeting!) Membership begins and is renewed in January of each year. If you join during the year, your dues will be prorated based on the number of months left in the year. For example, if you join the club next month you will pay only $9.00 for membership dues for 2012 (nine months left in the year). The cost for a couple will be $13.50 if they both join in March this year. We will begin collecting dues at our next meeting on March 12 2012, at 3:30 PM.
There is a new time for club meetings. Club meetings will now begin at 3:30PM-5 PM on the second and fourth Monday of each month beginning March 1.
There was also a change in the officers of the club. Fran Sacher assumes the position of Secretary and Judy Olman has taken the position of Treasurer. Anitra Kraus and Sharon Hunt will remain as President and Vice President respectively. Kathy Congi will act as our "Unofficial Corresponding Secretary" to assist Fran with the dissemination of information.
I, your humble correspondent/blogger, volunteered to create and send newsletters regarding the events and happenings of the club to our fellow snowbirds following their annual migration to the north for the summer.
Some of our upcoming meetings will include classes and lectures on:
·         Getting Started With Genealogy
·         How To Use Family Tree Maker Genealogy Software
·         How To Use Legacy Family Tree
·         Converting and Merging Databases
·         Using Genealogy Computer Software vs. Using
·         Video Demonstrations of the Use of Both Legacy Family Tree and Family Tree Maker Software
·         Internet Security Precautions When Doing Research
·         Fundamental Computer Skills and Computer Operations
As you can see, we have plenty of fun subjects to discuss and learn about. We hope you can join us at our next meeting on Monday, March 12, 2012, at 3:30 PM at the main clubhouse. As you enter the building, ask security where the Genealogy Club is meeting and they will direct you to our room. See you soon!
Lee Hunt, GCCVWPB Blogger

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