15 April 2007

All About Our May Speaker: Melody K. Porter

FGS looks forward to welcoming "home" our friend, Melody K. Porter, who will present our program on Saturday, 19 May 2007.

Melody Porter’s background is as a computer software business analyst, but she has been researching her genealogy for over 15 years. Recently, she chose to pursue genealogy full time. Melody is proud to be a Native American (both Cherokee and Choctaw) and a member of the Western Cherokee Tribe in Oklahoma. She is the Secretary of the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) and former Records Administrator for the FSGS Pioneer Certification Committee although still actively involved as a Pioneer Reviewer. Melody is the Southeast Director for the International Society for Family History Writers and Editors, a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists, the South Georgia Genealogical Society and the Seminar Chair for the Tallahassee Genealogical Society. She is a former Director of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa and now lives in Thomasville, GA. Melody specializes in Florida and South Georgia research.

Melody's program is titled, "Georgia Research Locations: Not Just for Georgia Researchers." She describes it in her workshop abstract as follows:

"Ever wonder about that little library you just drove by on your way home to Florida? Have you made the commitment to finding the missing piece of information on the family line at a brick wall?

"As a genealogist whose family lines did not run into Georgia or even close, I was less than ecstatic about my research opportunities when I moved to Georgia. However, I am now a believer in never overlooking a potential research site – no matter how small even if it is in Georgia. This lecture will give you information about research sites that will make you plan your next trip up north through every Georgia genealogy research location you can find!!"

We're looking forward to Melody's program and to getting caught up with her!