14 January 2009

Ann Mohr Osisek Must Cancel 17 January Presentation

Dear Friends,

Ann Mohr Osisek has had to cancel her presentation to FGS this coming Saturday, 17 January 2009. I'm very sorry to have to report that Ann Osisek's mother has died. It was very sudden; she was diagnosed with early onset leukemia. She was admitted to hospital on 7 January 2009 and died on the 11th. The following is the obituary from the Orlando Sentinel website:

MOHR, MARY ELIZABETH of Casselberry, FL passed away Sunday, January 11, 2009 following a brief illness. Mrs. Mohr was born May 10, 1918 in Parkersburg, WV to the late James David and Elizabeth Thompson Bowers. She moved with her late husband Arthur R. Mohr to Casselberry, FL from Pottstown, PA in 1999 where they had resided since 1950. Mary was a graduate of Parkersburg(WV) High School, class of 1936 and had been a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Parkersburg. She was a telephone operator with Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone of WV in Parkersburg. While residing in Pottstown she was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, their Senior Citizens organization and the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. She served as a volunteer in many organizations in Pottstown including Girl Scouts of America. She had been a member of St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Casselberry, FL since 1999. She was predeceased by her husband Arthur Randolph Mohr in October of 2007. She is survived by her son James Michael Mohr of Orlando; daughter Ann Mohr Osisek and husband; Joseph A of Maitland; and grandchildren Theresa Osisek Bledsoe and husband Mac of Maitland; Joseph M. Osisek, wife Christina and great-granddaughter Chloe J. Osisek of Hermitage, TN. Also surviving is a sister Glenda Bowers McGivern (William) of Parkersburg, WV; brother James D. Bowers of Oak Ridge, TN; sister-in-law Brenda Smith Bowers of Fairborn, OH and sister-in-law Jeanne Mohr Cook of Lansdale, PA. Services will be held at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Casselberry on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 10:30AM with burial following at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Winter Park. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Casselberry, FL, or the Leukemia Society.

We share our deep sympathy Ann and her family in the loss of her sweet mother. We also look forward to her presentation to us later in the year.

As a result, I've volunteered to substitute for her presentation. I'll be presenting a program called, "Bits about Obits: Reading between the Lines." While I realize it isn't the same content as Ann's program, I hope you'll still attend and learn from the methodology presented in the session.

Our deepest sympathy goes to Ann, her husband, Joe, her brother, and other family members.


George G. Morgan
President Aha! Seminars, Inc.
15611 Jericho Drive Odessa, FL 33556-3016
(813) 205-3032

10 January 2009

FGS Tampa Meeting - January 17, 2009

The Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) will kick off a new year of outstanding monthly programs with George G. Morgan on Saturday, January 17th, at 10:30 AM in the Auditorium of the John F. Germany Library. Ann will present a program titled, "Bits About Obits: Reading between the Lines.” The presentation will analyze the information and clues that can be derived from obituaries, and several examples will be examined.

George is an internationally recognized genealogy expert, and is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc. He is the prolific author of 8 genealogy books and literally hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, and online venues. He is a frequent presenter to genealogical societies and librarians across the U.S. and internationally, and on genealogy cruises. He is the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast each week at http://genealogyguys.com.

The John F. Germany Library is located at 900 N. Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa. Following the meeting, make sure to visit the History and Genealogy Department on 2-West. Make sure you sign the guest book there, and then enjoy researching in one of the very finest genealogy collections in the Southeast.

News from Other Societies - Manasota Genealogical Society

The Manasota Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at the Manatee Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. in Bradenton. The speaker will be well-known genealogist and author George G. Morgan. He will present a program titled, "The Definitive Guide to Ancestry.com."

For additional information, please contact Jean Morris at

News from Other Societies - Suncoast Genealogy Society

The Suncoast Genealogy Society will hold its 2009 Mini Seminar on January 24, 2009, and the speaker will be Debra Fleming. She will present two topics: The Three D's: Deeds, Death, and Divorce and Google for Genealogists.

The event will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Oldsmar Library Community Room at 400 St. Petersburg Drive in Oldsmar. The cost is $15.00 for SGS members and $20.00 for non-members, both if received by January 17th. Cost is $20.00 at the door if space allows.

Contact Ann James at (727) 791-1983 or jamesamsj@aol.com for more information.

News from Other Societies - Tallahassee Genealogical Society

The Tallahassee Genealogical Society will host it annual Spring Seminar on Saturday, February 21, 2009, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee. The speaker will be Dick Eastman, the internationally known genealogist and publisher of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

For more information and to print a registration form, visit the society's website at http://www.talgen.org/.