Genealogy speaker to offer tips for online research

040316 ROSWELL, GA: Names and dates line the voluminous records at the Church of Latter Day Saints Family History Center, where people come to research their family's genealogy. Family History Center at 500 Norcross Street in Roswell. For Helen Cauley feature on Geneaology - Family Trees. (Parker C. Smith/Special)
040316 ROSWELL, GA: Names and dates line the voluminous records at the Church of Latter Day Saints Family History Center, where people come to research their family's genealogy. Family History Center at 500 Norcross Street in Roswell. For Helen Cauley feature on Geneaology - Family Trees. (Parker C. Smith/Special)

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The speaker at the Georgia Genealogical Society’s fall meeting will offer tips for people who are conducting their researching online during the pandemic.

The virtual meeting will be held via Zoom on September 19 from 10:15 a.m. until 2 p.m., with speaker Tamika Strong, Georgia Archives’ reference archivist. Her topic will be “Exploring Online Resources: A Focus on Georgia. "

The lecture is aimed at helping people research online, given that so many repositories are closed or have shorter hours. The cost is $10, with PayPal registration via the society’s website gagensociety.org. It’s due by midnight, September 16. The link to register for the Zoom meeting will be on the website as well.

Once you register and pay via PayPal, please follow the Zoom link and register for the meeting itself. That’s when you will be given log-in information. The presentation will not be recorded, if anyone has technical issues, their registration fee will be refunded.

See the website for more information on this and other GGS events. Those with questions about the meeting should contact Maggie Thomas at 678-800-8456.

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Contact Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., P.O. Box 901, Decatur, Ga., 30031 or kenthomasongenealogy.com.