Area genealogical buffs and those just curious about their ancestors have several local resources to tap.

The Citrus County Genealogical Society meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Community Room of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3474 W. Southern St., Lecanto.

According to society President Mary Ann Machonkin, a speaker addresses each meeting and all of the meetings are educational.

People seeking individual genealogical help are referred to the Family History Center at the Lecanto church.

The society has no religious affiliation with the church, but members use the church’s database and other material for their genealogical explorations.

Machonkin also is on the Family History Center’s staff.

She says a typical problem facing a person visiting the center might be an inability to find a great-grandparent.

“We’ll start with what they do know,” she says.

The center’s staff can show visitors how to access the center’s many resources, including census records, military records, church records and many databases, including

The staff also can do such things as help people who already may belong to a paid site, such as, to use that site more effectively, Machonkin says.

The Genealogical Society also has contributed genealogical research books to the Lakes Region Library in Inverness.

The books offer advice on such things as locating Irish ancestors or German ancestors, according to Machonkin.

Membership in the Genealogical Society is $15 per year for individuals and $20 for families.

Information can be found at or by emailing