Genealogy Software to be Topic of Meeting

February 9, 2013

Using Family Tree Maker genealogy software will be the topic for the monthly meeting of the Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Virginia (MPAAGHS) on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Essex Public Library, 117 North Church Lane (Rt. 17), Tappahannock, Virginia (map). Ron Mihills will be the presenter.

Genealogy software programs provide a vehicle for recording, organizing, and sharing family history data. Ron Mihills will discuss FamilyTree Maker, which is one of the most popular such programs. He will give an overview of the program's operation. Among the topics that he will include are how to start a new family tree, how to create charts and reports, and how to document sources and add notes. He will also discuss how to integrate the use of Family Tree Maker and the website

Ron Mihills has used Family Tree Maker for many years and is familiar with the many nuances and challenges of the software. He began researching his family genealogy more than forty years ago and renewed his interest by using and Family Tree Maker when completing applications for the Sons of the American Revolution, Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge, and the Order of Founders and Patriots of America. In addition to these organizations, Ron is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for History Christ Church in Weems VA, and is involved with the Robert Carter family history database which contains over 39,000 names in Family Tree Maker.

The public is cordially invited to attend the meeting. For further information about this meeting or about MPAAGHS, call 804.651.8753 or visit