30 November 2007

"Florida Lines" Newsletter from FSGS

The Florida State Genealogical Society publishes the Florida Lines newsletter four times a year with information about its events, activities, and those of genealogical societies across Florida. You can access the new issues of the newsletter at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flsgs/pub_newsletter_floridalines/vol25issue4.pdf.

26 November 2007

2008 FGS Membership Dues

The Florida Genealogical Society's membership dues are due very soon! Membership runs from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008 and rates are $20.00 for individuals and $25.00 for households.

The FGS membership application is available by clicking on the link in the right-hand column of our Web site or it can be accessed directly at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flfgs/FGS_member_appl_June_2007.pdf. You can also pay at our Holiday Party at Amil and Loraine Rose's home on December 15th. We'll have membership registration forms on hand so that you can provide us with your most current and complete information.

We have some tremendous educational programs and other events in mind for 2008 in order to celebrate our society's FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY! Be sure to renew your subscription and bring other genealogy friends into the society this coming year.

The Florida Genealogical Society in Tampa is the oldest continuously operating genealogical society in the State of Florida and we will make this a banner year in every way possible!

2007 Election Results

The Florida Genealogical Society held its annual elections on Saturday, 17 November 2007 with the following results. These will be your Board for 2008.

- President: Andrew M. "Drew Smith (E)
- Vice President: James H. "Jim" Weiss (E)
- Recording Secretary: Trevetta Harline Wunderlin (E)
- Corresponding Secretary: Loraine Jacobs Rose (E)
- Treasurer: Mary Lyons Rivers (E)
- Director: George G. Morgan (E)
- Director: Noreta C. Wells
- Director: Alicia Cole Truett

(E) = Elected or re-elected

Congratulations to the 2008 FGS Board! We will celebrate their election at the Holiday Party.

Come to the FGS-Tampa Holiday Party!

The Florida Genealogical Society would like to invite you and your spouse or friend to our annual Holiday Party. The party will take place on Saturday, December 15, 2007, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the home of Amil and Loraine Rose at THE LAKES, 11811 Country Cove Way in Tampa. (Tel. (813) 855-3614) A wide variety of food will be served, along with soft drinks and wine. If you care to bring a favorite dessert such as cookies, fudge or cake, it is much appreciated but not necessary. PLEASE RSVP TO THE TELEPHONE NUMBER ABOVE BY DECEMBER 7TH.

Directions are available in a document titled "Holiday Party Directions" in the "How-to" Instructions area in the right-hand column of our Web page. (See http://www.rootsweb.com/~flfgs/HOLIDAYPARTYDIRECTIONS.pdf

Help us celebrate the holiday season with another great social opportunity!

13 November 2007

FGS Elections at This Saturday's Meeting!

Annual elections of officers and board meetings will be held at our regular November meeting this Saturday, 17 November 2006, beginning at 10:30 AM in the Auditorium of the John F. Germany Library! We have a slate of candidates but nominations can be made from the floor, following the procedures in the FGS By-Laws published here on our Web site.

Please make sure to attend to make your voice heard! This is your society and we want your input to elect representatives who can and will serve YOU! We also want YOUR support in volunteering for a group of projects in which you can participate, have fun, learn, and get to know your fellow society members.

See you there!

07 November 2007

News from Other Societies

The South Bay Genealogical Society will hold it's meeting at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, November 20th at the SouthShore Regional Library at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin, Florida. (See http://www.hcplc.org/hcplc/liblocales/sho/ for location and directions.)

Pamela Treme and Pattie Schultz will present a program titled "Write Your Family History Using a Template." A luncheon is served and costs $12.00 per person. Reservations for lunch must be received by November 14th. For more information, visit the SBGS Web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flsbgs/meetings.htm.

News from Other Societies

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay meets at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida on Sunday, December 9, 2007. A social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 PM, and the featured program starts at 2:00 PM.

Larry Domnitch will discuss the subject of his book "The Cantonists: The Jewish Children's Army of the Tsar". Mr. Domnitch's book depicts through personal accounts a tragic and significant era in Jewish History. Tens of thousands of Jewish children – some as young as 12 years old – were forced to serve in the Czar's army for 25 years with the intent of forcing the boys to abandon their faith. This book describes their struggles as well as those of their communities. This was an era of trauma and tribulation for the entire Pale of Settlement (designated provinces where Russian Jews were forced to live), which also had long-term impacts upon the Jewish community.

Larry Domnitch is a professor of Jewish History at Touro College in Miami Beach, and he teaches language arts at Mechinah Yeshiva High School in that same city. Larry is also the author of "The Jewish Holidays: A Journey Through History", published by Jason Aronson. In addition to his two books Larry writes extensively for newspapers and journals throughout the United States and Israel. He has an MA in Jewish History from Yeshiva University, and he resides with his wife and four children in Boca Raton.

Anyone interested in learning how to do Jewish genealogical research is invited to attend. Beginners as well as experienced researchers are welcome. For information on the organization or directions to the meeting call Sally Israel at 727-343-1652.

News from Other Societies

The Brandon Area Genealogical and Historical Society meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13th, at 6:30 PM at the Bloomingdale Branch of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Avenue, Valrico, Florida. (See the link at http://www.hcplc.org/hcplc/liblocales/bdl/ for information and directions.)

Genealogy expert and speaker Nancy Evers will present a program about Scandinavian Research.

03 November 2007

Do You Have FGS-Tampa Society Historical Photos?

Do you have any photos of FGS officers, members, or events from the years of your membership in the society? Your FGS Board is trying to compile a visual history for our Gala Golden Anniversary Celebration in 2008. If you have photos you would be willing to loan to us to scan, and then to return to you, we would appreciate your help! Labeling of names, locations, and dates is appreciated but not absolutely necessary. If you would be kind enough to help us with this project and have photos to share, please contact Trevetta Wunderlin at trevetta@yahoo.com or at (813) 977-6484. You can also bring your photos to the November meeting, the December Holiday Party, or January meeting in a self-addressed stamped envelope. We want to get these precious photos back to the owners. In addition, we will add copies to our FGS photo collection at the USF Library's Special Collections Department.

Thank you so very much for helping make our 50th Anniversary Celebration greater!

FGS Elections at November Meeting!

Annual elections of officers and board meetings will be held at our regular November meeting on 17 November 2006! We have a slate of candidates but nominations can be made from the floor, following the procedures in the FGS By-Laws published here on our Web site.

Please make sure to attend to make your voice heard! This is your society and we want your input to elect representatives who can and will serve YOU!

Volunteers Wanted for FGS Telephone Committee

The FGS Telephone Committee is in need of volunteers for our monthly calls to members to remind them of monthly meetings, seminars or other activities.

Each volunteer will have a list of 12-15 names.

Calls are made one week prior to monthly meetings held on the third Sat. of each month. If member is not at home, message can be left on the answering machine. If no answering machine is available, call back again at a different time. If unsuccessful, you do not have to make another call for that month.

If you cannot make your calls in any particular month due to illness or vacations, just inform me via phone or my email.

If you feel you could help out once per month for 15-20 minutes, it would be so appreciated by our committee. Thank you in advance if you choose to help out, you will be called by me with details.

Loraine Jacobs Rose,
Telephone Committee Chairman
Phone: 813-855-3614
Email: Lrose40221@aol.com

News from Other Societies

The Pinellas Genealogy Society will present its 2008 Seminar on Saturday, 26 January 2008, at the Largo Public Library at 120 Central Park Drive in Largo, Florida. The guest speaker will be the renowned Rhonda R. McClure who will present four lecture topics: The Golden Door Has Locks:The Detaining of Immigrants to the United States; New England Resources: Resources & Repositories; Old and New: Combining the Best of the Internet and Traditional Research; and Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestors. Additional information and seminar registration forms are available at the society's Web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flpgs/.