All dates are subject to change. All meetings are held at the Latter-Day Saints Meetinghouse at 45 East Par Street, Orlando, Florida 32804, except for the Daytime meetings, which are held at the Seminole County Library at 215 North Oxford Road, Casselberry, Florida 32707.
For an up-to-date listing of all meeting dates and locations, please see our Calendar. All meetings are free and open to the public.
General Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., September through May. There are no General Meetings during June, July, and August.
General Meetings usually feature a short business meeting, followed by a speaker covering topics of interest to genealogy and local history researchers. This is followed by a social break. BE THERE EARLY at 7 p.m. for a genealogy Q&A session— an informal gathering that precedes the General Meeting — where you can ask any genealogy question, share your successes, or make suggestions. Also, at 6:30 p.m. the German Special Interest Group meets in a nearby room. That SIG meeting ends at 7:30 p.m., when the General Meeting starts.
The Daytime Meetings are held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of every month. CFGS has partnered with the Central Branch of the Seminole County Library at 215 North Oxford Road, Casselberry, Florida 32707, in hosting their monthly Genealogy Club. The format for these meetings will be as follows: Announcements of genealogical interest, followed by a presentation on a topic of interest to genealogists. We then have a short break which is followed by break-out sessions where individuals can get help with a variety of questions they might have on various genealogical topics. Please note that the specific room we meet in at the Seminole County Library may vary each month.
All SIG meetings are held at the Latter-Day Saints Meetinghouse at 45 East Par Street, Orlando, Florida 32804. Please park and enter at the rear of the building.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring their laptops or tablets to SIG meetings. Wifi is available.
Attendees can ask questions or share what they know at SIG meetings. Some of our SIG leaders conduct Power Point presentations and others have sharing sessions. We enjoy the sharing of information in a friendly and social atmosphere.
The Scottish SIG meets on the first Saturday of each month, starting on October 6, 2018, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The England SIG follows right after the Scottish SIG ends. Our SIG members have Scottish ancestors, are researchers of Scottish family history and genealogy, or are interested in learning more about Scottish history and culture. Linda Watson is the Scottish SIG leader.
The England SIG meets on the first Saturday of each month, starting on October 6, 2018, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., right after the Scottish SIG ends. This group’s area of geographical interest covers all counties of England. There is little concentration on any particular county, rather a broad range of genealogy subjects as it relates to genealogy in England. Scott Shenton is the England SIG leader.
Family Tree Maker (FTM) SIG
Whether you are considering a move to Family Tree Maker, just starting to use it, or have been using it for years, you will find value in attending our SIG meeting which is focused on Family Tree Maker genealogy software. All versions of FTM will be discussed.
Brittany Jenkins leads the FTM SIG.
The DNA SIG meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. DNA presentations cover all aspects of Genetic Genealogy and provide a forum for discussion and questions. The DNA SIG follows the FTM SIG. Elaine Powell leads the DNA SIG.
Irish Genealogy SIG
The Irish Group meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. The Irish SIG is for anyone who has Irish ancestors or who has an interest in the history of Ireland. DNA as it relates to the people of Ireland is also discussed. This group is led by Billy Morgan.
German Genealogy SIG
The German Genealogy SIG meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. before the General Meetings on the second Tuesday of each month September through May. The German SIG is for anyone who has ancestors from Germany, Prussia, or any other place that was once Prussia or Germany, or for those who have an interest in the history of Germany. This group is led by Sallie Belperche and Mark Swick.
The RootsMagic SIG meets on the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. This is a group for RootsMagic software users at all levels of expertise. We hold an open discussion where all are invited to participate. This group is led by Betty Jo Stockton
You are welcome to bring your laptops and other devices to any of our meetings, as Wi-Fi is available at the LDS Meetinghouse. Please check the Calendar for the date and location of these meetings, as they are subject to last-minute changes. Meetings that fall on a holiday may be moved or canceled if changing the date is not practical.
Meetings of the CFGS Board of Directors are held at 6:30 p.m. on the Tuesday immediately following our monthly (2nd Tuesday) evening General Meeting (September through May). In June, July and August board meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday. There is no board meeting in December. Board meetings may be waived by the Society President. All members and guests are invited to attend. The meeting location is the LDS Meetinghouse, 45 East Par St., Orlando, Florida 32804.
Although the Central Florida Genealogical Society currently holds meetings at an LDS church, it is in no way affiliated with the organization or mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Other Meetings and Events
Any additional or special meetings will be included in the Calendar, including some events of neighboring genealaogical societies or the University Club of Winter Park. For other genealogy events throughout Florida, check the Florida State Genealogical Society calendar and other local genealogical societies listed under Upcoming Genealogy Events.
Maps of Meeting Locations
The next General Meeting is on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. Topic: One Name Studies. Speaker: Peter Bradish. The German SIG meeting will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. These meetings will all take place at the Latter-day Saints Meetinghouse at 45 East Par Street in Orlando.
UPDATE! PLEASE NOTE!
Starting on November 20, motorists on eastbound Interstate 4 (I-4) who wish to exit to either Par Street or Fairbanks Ave. will need to exit nearly 1.5 miles sooner. The shift combines Exits 85, 86, and 87 into one exit point.
Motorists exiting eastbound I-4 to Princeton Street, Par Street, or Fairbanks Ave. all must exit at a temporary ramp located just north of the Colonial Drive (State Road 50) interchange.