Genealogical Society of Broward County

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The Genealogical Society of Broward County (GSBC) welcomes you to our website.

Dedicated to helping others in their search of family genealogy and history.

“We are here to help you find your ancestors”


GSBC is holding "Hybrid" meetings in the library!

Starting with our April 16, 2023, open lab, monthly meeting and program.

Our new “hybrid” format combines In-Person and online virtual participation. The  Alvin Sherman Library is currently open to the general public. Face coverings and physical distancing are strongly encouraged in the NSU Libraries. For hours, directions, and more click hereVisit the Genealogical Collection located on the fourth floor. 

 GSBC Celebrating 56 Years!

GSBC is thrilled to invites you to our

Free "Hybrid" meetings and programs combining in-person and online virtual participation via Zoom... Join us  from  anywhere… 

Sunday, April 16, 2023

The 3-Legged Stool Protocol - Genetic Genealogy

  • 12:00pm to 1:15pm — Open Lab A, 2nd Floor (In-Person Only)
  • 01:30pm to 2:00pm — GSBC General Meeting with a members only prize drawing
  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm   — Virtual Program Presentation via Zoom
  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm   — In-Person Program Presentation Members, friends & guests watch the virtual Zoom presentation on the big screen together while enjoying light refreshments and an “After the Program” social and discussion

Eastern Time via Zoom


   The 3 Legged Square Topped Stool Protocol - The use of Name, Place, DNA in Genealogical and Genetic Research!

This presentation on genealogy and genetic genealogy is aimed at the beginner level but will also be useful for those already using DNA for their family research. 

   Assuming that you goal in building a genealogical tree, is to place unknown potential relatives in your tree through any means possible — family bible, historical documentation, family history and lore, OR DNA matches connections. Arthur Sissman will discuss the components of the 3 Legged Square Topped Stool Protocol. He will use this protocol to demonstrate how he put 2 separate branches together - Using DNA, Shared matches, Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA)

   Strategies for using DNA – Arthur will further explain strategies for maximizing the impact of DNA testing companies in pursuit of making Genetic cousins into Genealogical cousins as well!

   Remember in genealogy (no matter what tools you use) at the beginning and at the end — you will alway “Do Genealogy!"

Tune in to this presentation by a respected researcher and speaker. Arthur Sissman has been engaged in family history genealogy since 1999 and genetic genealogy (DNA) since 2015. Arthur has built over 18 family history trees for his various family surname lines. In addition, he has tested his autosomal DNA at all the major DNA testing companies, and his Y-DNA and MtDNA at FamilyTreeDNA.  Using DNA matching Arthur has found unknown relatives (to him) using his methods and built out 1 family history tree by 150 persons in 10 days. 

  Arthur Sissman leads the online Jewish Genealogy Special Interest Group (SIG) and a DNA SIG.  He gives talks and leads workshops on how to use the matching features of all the major DNA testing companies and other topics. He also gives talks on how to get started in your genealogical research. All the work Arthur does regarding genealogy workshops and presentations is free. Arthur is a member of the Genealogical Society of Collier Co, Lee Co Genealogical Society, various JGS chapters - Miami, Pittsburgh. Arthur worked as a District Sales Manager for Dunkin' Donuts (now Dunkin) for 23 years before retiring in 1999. Arthur lives with his wife in Naples FL and has 5 grandchildren.

     Registration Required:          

        Step 1: Click this link: gsbcfl/apr162023/event/registration 

        Step 2:  After registering you will receive a confirmation link to join the webinar.

     Zoom Technical Support: Email Sarah Divine

At 1:30 PM, there will be a GSBC General Meeting, where a prize drawing will be held for members only.  The presentation will begin at 2:00 pm followed by questions and answers.

     Note: This is the 3rd Sunday of the month!

The presentation will be recorded and available to members of GSBC.


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GSBC is a 501c3 not for profit organization

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