27 December 2008

News from Other Societies

The South Bay Genealogy Society will hold its January 20th meeting with a return of popular national speaker, Donna Moughty, presenting a lecture, "Saving a Life: Your family's health history." The session will be held on Tuesday, 20 January 2009, at Noon at the SouthShore Regional Library. More information is available at the website at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flsbgs.

Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society

The Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society was organized just a couple of years ago. They are, however, already a major, growing organization here in Florida. The organization is hosting an impressive all-day seminar on Saturday, 28 February 2009, in Port Charlotte, Florida, that is already drawing a great deal of attention!

Baerbel Johnson, a professional genealogist and an International Reference Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt lake City, Utah, will present an all-day program, "Putting the Flesh on the Genealogical Skeleton." Ms. Johnson is one of the most respected genealogists at the Family History Library, and this is her first speaking appearance in Florida.

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone with German ancestors! More information and registration details are available at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flggrg/.

News from Other Societies

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida on Sunday January 11, 2009 presenting Howard Margol speaking on The Latest Developments in Lithuanian Research A social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 PM, and the featured program starts at 2:00 PM.

Howard Margol is a Past President of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. He travels regularly to Lithuania for research and humanitarian purposes and has organized and led fifteen annual group trips to Lithuania. He is presently organizing his sixteenth group trip for June 30 to July 10, 2009. Three members of the JGS of Tampa Bay have traveled with him on group trips to Eastern Europe and can personally attest to his thorough knowledge of that area and of his access to archives and archivists in Lithuania and Latvia. He is well known and highly respected by leaders of the Lithuanian Jewish community.

Howard has done extensive personal genealogical research and has traced his family back to 1747. He has a “first name” relationship with the Directors and Chief Archivists in the major Lithuanian Archives. He has also written numerous articles that have been published in the leading journals of Jewish genealogy as well as in various newsletters and newspapers. He is a frequent lecturer on genealogical topics at group meetings and conferences.

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.

Attending Other Societies' Meetings

Here on the west and southwestern coast of Florida, genealogists have some of the very best genealogy educational opportunities in the United States.

FGS (Tampa) strives to provide its members with announcements from the genealogical societies in the surrounding area, from Pinellas County in the west and Lakeland County in the east, and from Alachua and Marion Counties to our north and to Charlotte and Lee Counties to the South. We also want to highlight the activities of the Florida State Genealogical Society, as well as those of other state and national societies.

You may think that programs presented by other counties' societies are too far away. However, they are usually less than an hour's travel, and carpooling can be a lot of fun.

We announce lots of seminars for other societies, and they announce our seminars. Let's continue to share the wealth. AND, please consider visiting other societies and attending their great programs too!

14 December 2008

FGS Annual Membership Dues Are Due

Membership dues for the Florida Genealogical Society are payable on or before December 31st, and are delinquent after February 15th. Your annual membership is $20.00 for individuals or $25.00 for a family or household. Membership benefits include the opportunity to attend all of the excellent lectures presented at the monthly meetings and the annual holiday party, a discount on the Fall Seminar, our Membership Directory, and voting privileges in the society.

Please complete the membership form found here on our website (in the panel on the right) and return it with your check, payable to the Florida Genealogical Society. You can:

• Mail them to FGS at P. O. Box 18624, Tampa, FL 33679-8624
• Bring them to the FGS Holiday Party on December 20th at the Wunderlins’ home (see the announcement here on the FGS website and in the email sent to you last week)
• Bring them to the FGS monthly meeting on January 17th, when our guest speaker will be Ann Mohr Osisek, president of the Florida State Genealogical Society. (More details are coming soon!)

If you joined FGS at the 2008 Fall Seminar, please disregard this notice. At that time, you received membership for the last quarter of 2008 and all of 2009.

As a reminder, the FGS Membership Referral Program gives you a free annual membership if you bring in three (3) or more new members during a calendar year! The new member must complete the application form (which is also available at our website) and simply list your name as the person who referred them. Our treasurer and membership director keep track of the referrals throughout the year, and will make sure you receive a free one-year membership. What a great way to help the society and to help get your friends interested in high quality genealogy research.

Your society already has interesting presentations booked for the 2009 membership year, and there are a number of special projects in the works. You don’t want to miss any of the benefits of membership in the Florida Genealogical Society!

09 December 2008

FGS Holiday Party!


The Florida Genealogical Society will hold its annual Holiday Party on Saturday, 20 December 2008 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the home of Dick and Trev Wunderlin. The Wunderlins' home is located at 2013 Curry Road, Lutz, FL. Directions follow below.

Snacks to be served will include appetizers, desserts, wine, soft drinks, and coffee. You need not bring anything, but any dish will you would like to share is welcome.

Please RSVP to Trev at (813) 977- 6484 or at trevetta@yahoo.com
by Noon on December 16th.

DIRECTIONS:
From South Tampa and Pinellas Co.:
Take I-275 North to Bearss Avenue
Go east on Bearss Ave. to Livingston Ave.
Go north on Livingston Ave. to Curry Road
Turn left on Curry Road
House is first home in second block (2013 Curry Road.)

From Brandon or Temple Terrace:
West on Fowler Ave. or Fletcher Ave. to Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Go north on Bruce B. Downs to Bearss Avenue
Turn left on Bearss; then right at Livingston Ave.; then left on Curry Road
House is first home in second block (2013 Curry Rd.)

From North:
Take I-275 South or Rte. 41 South to Bearss Avenue
Drive east to Livingston Ave.
Turn left on Livingston Ave and head then north to Curry Road
Turn left on Curry Road
House is first home in second block (2013 Curry Rd.)

From West:
Take Ehrlich Rd./Bearss Avenue east, past I-275, to Livingston Ave.
Turn north and drive to to Curry Road
Turn left on Curry Road
House is first home in second block (2013 Curry Rd.)

See you there!

27 November 2008

News from Other Societies - South Bay Genealogical Society

The South Bay Genealogical Society will hold its December 16th meeting at noon at the SouthShore Regional Library. Chip Churchill will protray his great-great-great-grandfather. General Freegift Patchin, a Revolutionary War soldier, captured by Tories and Indians in 1780 nd forced to march more than 300 miles. He was imprisoned for the duration of the war.

For more information, visit http://www.rootsweb.com/~flsbgs.

16 November 2008

FGS (Tampa) Is Highly Honored at FSGS 2008!

The Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) was highly honored by the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) at its 32nd annual conference, held at the elegant Sheraton Orlando North Hotel in Maitland, Florida, on 14 & 15 November 2008. This year's conference was outstanding in many ways.

The hotel was perfectly organized, with the lecture rooms and vendor hall very close to the elevators and the restaurant. It was easy to get around!

FGS (Tampa) was honored on many levels for its 50th anniversary celebration. It all began with the traditional banner parade of societies' banners. George G. Morgan carried ours, while Drew Smith carried that of FSGS.

On Friday night, FSGS held its gala Florida Pioneer Descendants Certification Awards Banquet. At that time, awards for pioneer descendants at the state level (descendants of persons who resided in Florida prior to statehood on 3 March 1845), county level (descendants of persons who resided in an area of Florida prior to the establishment of the county), and researchers (persons who successfully researched on behalf of one of the descendants in one or more of the categories before) were presented. This year's earliest pioneer descendants took their documentary research back to the amazing date of 1630 with Spanish colonial records! This just proved, again, that records exist and that the research can be done!

Also at the banquet, there were awards given in several categories. However, our own George G. Morgan won the prestigious "Distinguished Service Award" for service to genealogy.

In addition, FGS (Tampa) had 15 attendees at this conference, and won the attendance award this year. We are extremely pleased with our society members' enthusiasm to attend the conference.

Finally, FSGS awarded FGS (Tampa) with both a certificate honoring its fifty golden years and a special gold pin will be sent to us, and that will be attached to our society's banner.

We have a great deal to celebrate this year. We are the oldest genealogical society in Florida and we have a great pride and enthusiasm on the part of our members. We wish all of you could have been part of the FSGS Conference this year. However, next year isn't that far away, and we can all be there then!

Our society's banner will be placed on permanent display in the Ceta R. Armitage Room in the History and Genealogy Department (2-W) of the John F. Germany Public Library in downtown Tampa, Florida. The gold pin will be attached to the banner when it is received. In addition, the certificate will be framed and placed on permanent display in the Armitage Room, which already displays the proclamations from Governor Charlie Crist and Mayor Pam Iorio commemorating our society's landmark 50th anniversary.




Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Research Group Conference

The Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Research Group is pleased to present Baerbal Johnson, presenting a program, Putting Flesh on the Genealogical Skeleton, on Saturday, 28 February 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the St. James Episcopal Church, 1375 Viscaya Drive, Port Charlotte, Florida.

More information is available at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flggrg/.

15 November 2008

Brandon Area Historical and Genealogical Society November Meeting

The Brandon Area Historical and Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday, 18 November 2008, at the Bloomingdale Library. Bob Rouke will be the speaker and will present a program on using your computer for research,etc. Bring your questions for Bob to answer. Refreshments will be served.

News from Other Societies - Mansota Genealogical Society

The Manasota Genealogical Society in Bradenton, Florida, will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, 2 December 2008, at the Manasota Central Library at 9:30 A.M. at 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard in Bradenton. Alex Morris will present a program, “The Most Important Moment in American History: George Washington’s Resignation from the Army.”

03 November 2008

News from Other Societies - Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay meets at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida on Sunday November 9, 2008. A social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 PM, and the featured program starts at 2:00 PM.

Have you ever wanted to produce a holiday newsletter to send to family and friends?

Holidays bring cards stuffed with family newsletters...some are good and some are not so good. If you would like to learn how to produce an outstanding family newsletter, this presentation will help you. Pamela starts this presentation by explaining how you gather the information for your newsletter. She offers advice on planning and budgeting as well as the production of a family newsletter. Get suggestions on how to organize your material and decide if your newsletter will be distributed by email or snail mail. Pam shows how to locate and use preformatted templates that make pulling all of the elements together into a newsletter a snap!

Pamela Tremé is a Tampa-area hobby genealogist who also happens to work in the software industry. She uses her knowledge of software to present her own family research in various formats and forms.



The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida on Sunday December 14, 2008 presenting Maxine Kronick's "A Passport to Life - Destination Shanghai". A social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 PM, and the featured program starts at 2:00 PM.

Maxine Kronick will provide a rare insight into life in the Shanghai Ghetto – a veritable walking tour through the designated area for stateless refugees – with the composer's original musical score and memories of a young boy's life in the Ghetto. Ms. Kronick is able to give us a rare insight into the lives of European Jews fortunate enough to have received, in whatever way possible, a passport to life that meant escape from the Holocaust and survival in Shanghai during the period of 1938-1945. This program consists of a 15-minute introductory narrative by Maxine Kronick, followed by a 28 minute documentary presentation, and a 15-minute question and answer period. The program material and format will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Maxine Kronick, producer, is no stranger to the communication arts. She has performed extensively on stage and film served as the Director of Special Events for the City of Flint, Michigan, and created the popular documentary presentation "From the Shtetl with Love" Ms. Kronick has been on a national speaking tour to 80 Jewish Communities and schools and is presently the President and Cofounder of Theateriffic, a nonprofit Performing Art Company for children in Central Florida. Maxine has been the recipient of the Bnai Brith Humanitarian of the Year Award as well as numerous accolades from UJA, Hadassah, and the YWCA.

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.

22 October 2008

FGS to be Honored at FSGS Conference

Hello Everyone!

FGS Tampa President Drew Smith and Director George G. Morgan also are board members of the Florida State Genealogical Society, Inc. Drew is the Parliamentarian, and George is the Director of Publicity.

This year's 37th Annual Florida State Genealogical Society Conference will be held at the Sheraton North Hotel in Maitland, Florida. Details and registration information are available athttp://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flsgs/pub_conf_reg_2008.pdf. (Early bird discounts are available through Thursday, 23 October 2008.)

FGS (Tampa) will be publicly recognized at the FSGS Conference for its 50 years of genealogical society excellence. We would love to have every FGS (Tampa) member present at the conference. However, please know that we will be represented there.

Hope to see you in Maitland to share our society's thunder!

FGS Tampa Meeting - Moved to Saturday, 8 November 2008

The Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) meeting for November has been moved up to Saturday, 8 November 2008. The reason for the change in date is that the Florida State Genealogical Society's 37th Annual Conference will be held the following weekend, 14-15 November 2008, and a number of our members will be participating at that event.

Our FGS (Tampa) meeting on 8 November will be held, as usual, in the Auditorium of the John F. Germany Public Library at 900 S. Ashley Boulevard in downtown Tampa. The Poe Parking Garage is adjacent to the library and charges a parking fee.

The November program is the popular annual society "show and tell" presentation. If you have an interesting family item that showcases your family, provides evidence of some event or occupation, proves a specific fact, OR is of other interest that you would like to share with our society members, please bring it along. Remember that your "show and tell" item(s) may inspire other members who have never considered searching for similar items and evidence to follow your lead!

No advance pre-registration is necessary. We welcome every item that you want to bring!

We'll see you there in November!

12 October 2008

News from Other Societies - Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay meets at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida on Sunday November 9, 2008. A social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 PM, and the featured program starts at 2:00 PM.

Have you ever wanted to produce a holiday newsletter to send to family and friends? Holidays bring cards stuffed with family newsletters...some are good and some are not so good. If you would like to learn how to produce an outstanding family newsletter, this presentation will help you. Pattie Schultz starts this presentation by explaining how you gather the information for your newsletter. She offers advice on planning and budgeting as well as the production of a family newsletter. Get suggestions on how to organize your material and decide if your newsletter will be distributed by email or snail mail.

Pam Tremé shows how to locate and use pre-formatted templates that make pulling all of the elements together into a newsletter a snap! Pamela Tremé is a Tampa-area hobby genealogist who also happens to work in the software industry. She uses her knowledge of software to present her own family research in various formats and forms.

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 Linda Zolinsky at 727-372-0646.

News from Other Societies - Brandon Area Genealogical and Historical Society

The Brandon Area Genealogical and Historical Society on 14 October, 2008, at 6:30 PM at the Bloomingdale Regional Library. Drew Smith will present a program titled "Understanding Copyright and Plagiarism." Refreshments will be served.

26 September 2008

FGS Tampa Meeting for 18 October 2007

The Florida Genealogical Society is pleased to announce its program for Saturday, 18 October 2007. Debbe Hagner will be presenting an excellent program at the meeting about German genealogical research. Even if you have ancestors from other European countries, Debbe will be presenting information that is germane to other European locations, specifically using the resources of the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City and the local Family History Centers (FHCs) in this area.

The meeting will be held in the auditorium of the John F. Germany Library at 900 N. Ashley Boulevard in downtown Tampa, beginning at 10:30 AM. You don't want to miss Debbe's informative presentation.

The elegant brass commemorative paperweights and magnifiers for the Florida Genealogical Society's 50th anniversary will be on sale at the meeting for $15.00, and you will definitely want one for you own collection and use. They are a cherished and useful addition to your personal collection!

We look forward to a great attendance at this great seminar!

21 September 2008

Imperial Polk Genealogical Society: Dr. George K. Schweitzer

The Imperial Polk Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a one-day seminar with Dr. George K. Schweitzer. The seminar will be held on Saturday, October 18th, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Alumni Room of the Charles Thrift Center at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL. Dr. Schweitzer will present three lectures. Pre-Registration is $40.00 and registration at the door is $45.00, and includes continental breakfast and lunch. A registration flyer is available at http://www.ipgs.org/2008_flyer.html and you can call (863) 686-9794 for more information.

News from Other Societies - South Bay Genealogical Society

The Manasota Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday, October 7th, from 9:230 AM to Noon, at the Manatee Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., West Bradenton, FL. The presentation topic will be "The Paper Trail: Florida's Courthouse Holdings."

For information call (941) 722-5156 or visit their website at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flmgs.



The South Bay Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday, October 21st, at the restaurant at Little harbor in Ruskin, FL. Lunch is served at Noon (available at a cost) and the presentation begins at 1:00 PM. The topic for this meeting will be "Jamestown, Virginia: Its History and People," presented by Barbara Schultz.

Please contact the society at South-Bay@juno.com for more information.

16 September 2008

Florida State Genealogical Society Conference

The Florida State Genealogical Society's 32nd annual Conference will be held at the beautiful Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland, Florida, on Friday and Saturday, November 14 & 15, 2008. The featured speaker is Jana Sloan Broglin, CG, a member of the board of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, author, speaker, and professional genealogical researcher. She will present four excellent lectures.

Seven other speakers will join Ms. Broglin. They are: Ann Bergelt, Pamela J. Cooper, Amy Larner Giroux, CG & CGL, George G. Morgan, Donna M. Moughty, Mary P. Parker, Drew Smith, MLS, and C. Ann Staley, CG.

Registration for the full conference is $88.00. The hotel rooms are $88.00 per night (and can accommodate up to four persons). There are eight terrific speakers. And there will be a good selection of vendors and exhibitors. The EIGHTS are GREAT in 2008!

The Florida Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will again hold their "Ancestor Road Show" in which APG members will allow attendees to schedule consultations to discuss brick walls and suggest methodologies.

In addition, the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) will be recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary year. Please consider joining us in Maitland for this great two-day conference and cheer our society!

More information and a registration brochure are available at the FSGS website at http://www.flsgs.org/.

News from Other Societies - Charlotte County Genealogy Society

The Charlotte County Genealogical Society, Inc., is proud to present its Fall Family History Symposium on Saturday, 22 November 2008, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM featuring genealogical author, columnist, speaker, and educator George G. Morgan. He will deliver four topics that day: Climbing Your Family Tree: Effective Genealogical Research; Planning A Very Successful Cemetery Research Trip; Genealogical Research on the Internet; and Genealogical Research Methods for the Internet. The event will be held at the Association of Realtors at 3320 Loveland Boulevard in Port Charlotte. The registration fees are $30.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members, and includes seminar materials and lunch. For more information, visit the CCGS website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flccgs/ or contact Ken Merriman at km1386@embarqmail.com or Barbara Powell at bepowell2001@yahoo.com.

News from Other Societies - Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society

Dear Sister Societies,

We are delighted to invite you to attend a full day seminar On October 11th, 2008 in the city of Jacksonville, Florida. The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society, Inc. in conjunction with The Jacksonville Public Library, Genealogy Department, will co-host an event featuring cream of the crop speakers from the SGES society. The conference, in recognition of Family History Month, will focus on "Celebrating Family History." In times of rising costs we are pleased to offer you this occasion at NO CHARGE. Four well known speakers for the day: Dick Cardell presents:"Documentation, Proving your lineage and Your family Stories." Jon Ferguson,"Where Might My Family Be Hiding in the Courthouse?" Karen Rhodes, "Quirks of the 1945 Florida Census"; and Jim Vearil,"The War and Its Hardship: The Effects of the Civil War on an East Florida Farm Family". Optional tours of the Genealogy Department are offered at 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM by Laura Minor. Registration begins at 9:00 AM and program commences at 9:30 AM. Program ends 4:00 PM Pre-registration is recommended for benefits of advance name tags; no waiting in line to register; and forward reserved seating in the conference. Lunch on your own at nearby eateries. Call (904)778-1000 for questions, more information or registration. You may also register online at: www.sgesjax@com Free parking in the parking garage on Duval Street. Bring your parking ticket into the library for validation. Register soon to reserve your spot as we expect a large crowd. Don't miss this excellent day provided by the City of Jacksonville, through the Public Libraries, Genealogy Department Downtown & The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society. Separately, to recognize Family History Month in October, we have elected Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 as a night to "Share Your Family History at Home".

News from Other Societies - Pinellas Genealogy Society

The Pinellas Genealogy Society will meet on Saturday, 20 September, at 11:00 AM in the Jenkins Room of the Largo Library. It will be preceded at 9:45 by their popular Q&A session on computers in genealogy.

This month's speakers will be Ellen Babb and Joyce Pickering. They will talk on the subject "Houses Have a Genealogical Past Also." We all know that our homes and those of our ancestors can hold clues to our family genealogy. Finding those clues can be challenging, however. This program may help in that discovery process.

Other classes of interest by PGS this month are:

Searching with Ancestry.com--Basic techniques for using this huge collection of online databases--Wednesday, 24 Sep, 10:00 AM
Getting the most out of Rootsweb.com--an introduction to the features and techniques of using this huge free source of genealogy information--Monday, 29 Sep, 6:00 PM

Call to Action: Preserving Historic Records Bill

The Preserving the American Historical Record (PAHR) is a bill to provide federal formula grants to every state for projects that preserve historical records and make them more accessible. House Resolution (H.R.) 6056 has a stated purpose “To authorize the Archivist of the United States to make grants to States for the preservation and dissemination of historical records” and was introduced by Reps. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY-22) and Chris Cannon (R-UT) and referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on May 14.

This bill, if passed, can conceivably result in grants to states to fund records preservation and access initiatives, all of which may benefit genealogists and historians.

The time has come to rally support for this important legislation that will provide resources for archival repositories and cultural heritage institutions that house primary resources genealogists and other historical researchers use. We hope that you will consider preparing a letter to send to your congressman. Please visit the Preserving the American Historical Record (PAHR) website to learn more. There also is a draft letter there which you can download to your computer in RTF (Rich Text Format, readable by every word processor), and customize to your specific thoughts and concerns. You can send it to your U.S. Senator and Representative. For a list of these individuals, please visit http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm for Senators' contacts and https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml for Representatives.

With the slashing of library and archive budgets in Florida as a result of the passage of Proposition One in February 2008, this is an ideal opportunity to help obtain critical funding to help these insititutions continue their invaluable work.

Thank you for your support!

George G. Morgan
Director
FGS (Tampa)

13 September 2008

FGS' 50th Anniversary and Fall Seminar

We have had a WONDERFUL 50th anniversary celebration for the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) this past weekend! Our gala 50th anniversary dinner on 12 September was limited to the first 50 registrants, and we had an almost full complement at the lovely Valencia Garden Restaurant in Tampa. The food was absolutely top-notch, and we were greatly entertained by Paula Stuart-Warren's talk about "Murphy's Law and Genealogy Research Trips."

We then presented our annual Fall Seminar on Saturday, 13 September, in the technologically state-of the-art Student Services Building Auditorium at Hillsborough Community College Campus on Dale Mabry Boulevard (across from Raymond James Stadium where the Tampa Buccaneers play and the site of the next Super Bowl on 2 February 2009). Almost 100 attendees enjoyed four excellent talks by the stellar Paula Stuart-Warren: 20th and 21st Century Genealogical Research; Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking; Organizing Your Genealogical Materials: Methods to Keep it Current; and Untrod Ground: Sources You May Not Have Encountered.

A great group of vendors and other genealogical societies were present in the exhibit hall, as well as a vast collection of free books, historic genealogical magazines, and more. FGS presented a commemorative display of its first fifty years, including special proclamations from Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, and Generations Network CEO Tim Sullivan. These framed commemorative documents will be on permanent display in the Ceta Rodgers Armitage Room adjacent to the History and Genealogy Department of the John F. Germany Public Library in downtown Tampa.

In addition, FGS had more than $1,100.00 in door prizes of all types from Ancestry.com (The Generations Network), RootsMagic, Everton's, Family Tree Magazine, Family Roots Publications, the Florida Genealogical Society, the Estate of Melvin O. Brown, George G. Morgan, GenerationMaps.com, the Pasco Genealogical Society, and local society member Ann King! It was a rich treasure trove for our attendees!

Volunteers pins were awarded to a number of society members in recognition of their great service to the society. The annual Volunteer of the Year Award was bestowed upon Shirley Evans Besch. Shirley provides the society's "Ask a Genealogist" service at the John F. Germany Library in downtown Tampa on the first Saturday morning of each month. She has served on the FGS Board for the last year, providing inteligence, excellent ideas and suggestion for membership, great humor, and wonderful camaraderie. She produced (with husband Rick Besch) this year's elegant FGS Member Directory, and she unselfishly volunteers her time and energy to help other researchers and to promote the success of the society. Shirley is the embodiment of charm, grace, and volunteer spirit!

The Florida Genealogical Society declared our 50th Anniversary and Fall Seminar a great success. We sincerely thank Paula Stuart-Warren for her excellent presentations and her unselfish sharing of time to answer every question posed by every attendee. We are grateful to Paula for making this year's seminar another winner!

09 August 2008

The 2008 FGS Fall Seminar with Paula Stuart-Warren

The Florida Genealogical Society is very pleased to announce its annual Fall Seminar, which will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2008, at the Dale Mabry campus of Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Our very special speaker is Paula Stuart-Warren, CGSM, an internationally recognized genealogical expert, author, lecturer, and professional researcher who works full-time in the field of genealogy.

Paula is a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Research held at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). She is certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a firm believer in continuing education in genealogy. She is comfortable with her audiences and enjoys discussing genealogy with participants. Her seminar presentations have taken her to most states in the U.S. and to Canada. Since 1997 she has been a Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy's American Genealogy Records and Resources intermediate course.

She is a columnist for Ancestry Weekly Journal and has written articles for many genealogical publications including NewEnglandAncestors.org, FGS Forum, the NGS NewsMagazine, and Ancestry Magazine. She co-authored the book, Your Guide to the Family History Library. Paula has been a national officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), a board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and an active volunteer for the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Her ancestors represent eight different countries. These ancestors, descendants, and the cousins resided in many Midwestern and Western states and in several Canadian provinces. She has researched her children’s paternal southern ancestors. Her other specialties include the U.S. National Archives, major repositories, American Indians, railroads, and the WPA.

Paula will present four lecture topics at this year's conference:
  • 20th and 21st Century Research
  • Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking
  • Organizing Your Genealogical Materials: Methods to Keep it Current
  • Untrod Ground: Sources You May Not Have Encountered
In conjunction with this year's Fall Seminar, FGS is celebrating its Gala 50th Anniversary. Our society is the oldest genealogical society in the State of Florida! To commemorate this occasion, FGS will host a gala banquet on Friday evening, September 12th, 2008, at the historic Valencia Garden Restaurant in Tampa. Paula will deliver what is guaranteed to be a warm, funny, and engaging banquet talk.

We are exceedingly pleased to have Paula Stuart-Warren with us to celebrate our golden anniversary and to present at our annual all-day seminar. You will not be disappointed!

A registration form for the seminar and a banquet reservation form are available on our FGS web site. Maps to the seminar site and to the Valencia Garden Restaurant will be added to the web site soon. There are still seats available for the Gala Banquet!

News from Other Societies - JGSTB

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet at 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 14th, at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Fla. for a presentation by Bill Israel on "Historic Synagogues of Budapest and Bucharest." Bill, and his wife, Sally, traveled in Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania in April of this year, where they made it a point to seek out and visit historical synagogues. Bill will present his photo and video travel journal of the synagogues they visited including an in-depth tour of The Great Synagogue of Budapest, also known as the Dohany Street Synagogue, and its museum. This synagogue is the largest in Europe, and either the largest or second largest in the world. Its square footage is less than that of Temple Emmanuel in New York, but the Great Synagogue of Budapest seats 3,000, whereas Temple Emmanuel seats only 2,500. The Great Synagogue dates from the 1850's, and today is one of the most beautiful buildings and sought after tourist attractions of Budapest, as well as the main synagogue of the local Jewish community. A photo record of other historical synagogues of Budapest and Bucharest – most dating from the mid-1800s will also be shown. Several of these synagogues are now museums or are used to house businesses, but they retain their beauty. Bill's photos and videos of them will let you visit them too.

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

07 August 2008

News from Other Societies - Lee County Genealogical Society

The Lee County Genealogical Society is one of the most active in Florida and is well known for its excellent programs. The following is a listing of their programs for the rest of 2008.
  • Thursday, August 21: Program: Alice Paul - Suffrage presented by Laurie Nienhaus, author, public speaker, and founder of The Ladies' Tea Guild.
  • Saturday, September 13: Program: Preserving Family Archives
  • Thursday, September 18: Ancestors in the News: Using Newspapers to Document the Lives of Real People presented by Carolyn Ford, Adult Education Chair, Lee County Genealogical Society.
  • Thursday, October 16: Program: Is There a Witch in Your Family? presented by Carol Rooksby Weidlich, President, Lee County Genealogical Society.
  • Saturday, November 8: Program: Our Ancestors' Photographs presented by Brenda Skupny.
  • Thursday, November 20: Program: Honoring Veterans Day presented by Tom Wilcox, WWII veteran and author of "One Man's Destiny".
  • Thursday, December 18: Program: The Year in Review and Christmas Buffet - Installation of Officers for 2009.
Saturday meetings are from 10 – 12 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 4141 DeLeon Street, Fort Myers.

Thursday meetings are from 1-3 Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 4141 DeLeon Street, Fort Myers.

For questions about the programs, please contact Shirley O’Donnell, Program Chair at sodonnell602@comcast.net or (239) 945-4201.

27 July 2008

FGS Program for August 16th

FGS is pleased to have Alvie Davidson, CG, as our speaker for our meeting on Saturday, August 16th, at the John F. Germany Library in downtown Tampa. His program is titled "A Private Investigator's View of Genealogy." The session will covers how genealogy and a private investigator's work are so very dove-tailed. Genealogy is a great tool to help a private investigator in accomplishing his in-depth study of research problems. Case studies will be presented to illustrate the point.

Mr. Davidson is a licensed private investigator and has been in that line of work for many years. He also is a Certified GenealogistSM and a professional genealogical researcher and lecturer.

We hope you will join us for this great presentation on August 16th. The meeting begins at 10:30 AM in the Auditorium of the library at 900 N. Ashley Drive in Tampa.

22 July 2008

Jewish Discovery Center

We just received the following email that may be of interest to our members:

Hi there,

I am working on a project that I thought might be of interest to the Florida Genealogical Society. While it is not genealogical in nature, it offers strong Jewish content and we are working hard to get the word out. Would you consider writing this up on the blog?

I am heading up a 2-week project called the Jewish Discovery Center, which is a children's-museum project that focuses on Jewish culture and tradition. We have five exhibit areas (Moses & Miriam's Treasures in the Desert, Adam & Eve's Garden, Joseph's Diverse Dreamcoat, Mr. Abraham's Neighborhood, and Noah's Ark Theater) as well as a whole slew of cool programs happening (music and movement, yoga for kids, sing-alongs, art workshops, storytimes, and more).

This is an awesome opportunity for families to end the summer with! And a two-week pass is only $10 in advance, or $14 at the door, for the *entire household*!

I'd love to tell you more. I'm attaching here a flyer that has all the pertinent details! Hope to hear from you soon.

Emilie Kuperman
Director of Development
Tampa Jewish Community Center and Federation

direct: 813.769.2809
emilie.kuperman@jewishtampa.com
main: 813.264.9000 fax: 813.265.8450
13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa, Florida 33625

13 July 2008

Pasco County Genealogical Society Program - 23 July 2008

Are you getting ready for that Family Reunion? Do you have family
coming to Florida and need ideas to start up a conversation on the
family history? Do you want to get out of the house and talk
genealogy? If so, please join us for the July Educational program.

On July 23 Virginia Britten will be presenting " The Do's and Don'ts
of Audio and Video Interviews". Come and pick up some hints on the
best way to draw answers out your family members, what NOT to ask, or
how to ask that 'sticky' question politely.

Mark your calendar for July 23rd to learn how to conduct those interviews.

The Pasco County Genealogical Society (PCGS) will conduct their
monthly education program on Wednesday July 23rd 2008 from 2:00 to
4:00 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints at 9016
Fort King Road, Dade City, FL.

Visit our web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flpcgs for additional
information.

Pinellas Genealogical Society - 19 July 2008

The Pinellas Genealogy Society will present a program on 19 July 2008 entitled "Census Analysis."

This program will describe how to make the most of the pre-1850 census records. As heads of household are the only listed persons in the Census, people often underestimate the information they can glean from early census records. Debra Sandstrom Fleming will use a case study of a Southern Methodist Minister born 1771 and passing in 1842 to describe the methodology behind Census analysis. See www.theancestrydetective.net for more information on Debra's background.
The program is open to the public and will be held at 11:00 AM in the Jenkins Auditorium of the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL.

05 July 2008

FGS Program for July 19th

The Florida Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, July 19, 2008, at 10:30 AM in the Auditorium of the John F. Germany Library at 900 North Ashley Drive in Downtown Tampa. We are pleased to present Ann Bergelt of Narcoossee, Florida, an active genealogist and a member of the board of the Florida State Genealogical Society. Ann will present a program titled "Vital Records and Other Record Documentation.” We hope you will join us for this great presentation.

01 June 2008

Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay - 8 June 2008

Are you stuck, or are you having trouble getting started in researching your family's history? Help is on the way! The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 8th at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Fla. for a hands-on workshop for individual research using both Internet and our own extensive library resources. Several experienced JGS mentors will be available to provide guided assistance at this working session.

The workshop will begin with an overview of genealogical resources available in print and online. This will be followed by the actual use of these resources for your own individual research under the guiding hands of our experienced mentors. Several computers with Internet connection will be available. The JGSTB library holdings are listed at <http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fljgstb/library.htm>. Attendees should bring with them all prior research about the families they are researching. This workshop is intended to help you to build upon what you know.

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

FGS Tampa Meeting - June 21, 2008

The Florida Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, June 21, 2008, at 10:30 AM in the Auditorium of the John F. Germany Library at 900 North Ashley Drive in Downtown Tampa. We are pleased to present Travis Puterbaugh, Collections Manager of the Tampa Bay History Center, in a program designed to share the important and unique materials at the Center that highlight our wonderful history. A new Tampa Bay History Center is being constructed in the Channelside District and will showcase a wealth of historical materials that preserve the legacy of this important part of American History. We hope you will join us for an important program that will highlight your study of history and culture in the wonderful area in which we live and research.

11 May 2008

The 2008 FGS Fall Seminar with Paula Stuart-Warren

The Florida Genealogical Society is very pleased to announce its annual Fall Seminar, which will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2008, at the Dale Mabry campus of Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Our very special speaker is Paula Stuart-Warren, CGSM, an internationally recognized genealogical expert, author, lecturer, and professional researcher who works full-time in the field of genealogy.

Paula is a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Research held at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). She is certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a firm believer in continuing education in genealogy. She is comfortable with her audiences and enjoys discussing genealogy with participants. Her seminar presentations have taken her to most states in the U.S. and to Canada. Since 1997 she has been a Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy's American Genealogy Records and Resources intermediate course.

She is a columnist for Ancestry Weekly Journal and has written articles for many genealogical publications including NewEnglandAncestors.org, FGS Forum, the NGS NewsMagazine, and Ancestry Magazine. She co-authored the book, Your Guide to the Family History Library. Paula has been a national officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), a board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and an active volunteer for the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Her ancestors represent eight different countries. These ancestors, descendants, and the cousins resided in many Midwestern and Western states and in several Canadian provinces. She has researched her children’s paternal southern ancestors. Her other specialties include the U.S. National Archives, major repositories, American Indians, railroads, and the WPA.

Paula will present four lecture topics at this year's conference:
  • 20th and 21st Century Research
  • Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking
  • Organizing Your Genealogical Materials: Methods to Keep it Current
  • Untrod Ground: Sources You May Not Have Encountered
In conjunction with this year's Fall Seminar, FGS is celebrating its Gala 50th Anniversary. Our society is the oldest genealogical society in the State of Florida! To commemorate this occasion, FGS will host a gala banquet on Friday evening, September 12th, 2008, at the historic Valencia Garden Restaurant in Tampa. Paula will deliver what is guaranteed to be a warm, funny, and engaging banquet talk.

We are exceedingly pleased to have Paula Stuart-Warren with us to celebrate our golden anniversary and to present at our annual all-day seminar. You will not be disappointed!

A registration form for the seminar and a banquet reservation form are available on our FGS web site. Maps to the seminar site and to the Valencia Garden Restaurant will be added to the web site soon. Check back for more details!

10 May 2008

News from Other Societies - BAGHS

The Brandon Area Historical and Genealogical Society (BAHGS) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 13th,at 6:30 PM at the Bloomington Public Library. Speaker and genealogy expert Sally Miller will present a program titled. "Tombstone Inscriptions," in a fascinating and informative slide show. Refreshments will be served.

08 May 2008

News from Other Societies - JGSTB

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet on Sunday May 18, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida. “The Anatomy of a Family Reunion” will be presented by Bill Israel, a founding member and the immediate past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay. Bill had a key role in the planning and organizing of all fifteen of his Israel Family Reunions held over the past 28 years. He served as general chairman of two reunions and was program chairman and consultant for most of the others. He co-chaired and assisted his wife in establishing family reunions for her family as well. All totaled, Bill has participated in a total of 20 family reunions. He has documented his experiences with family reunions into a planning guide for use by his family in planning future reunions, which are held every two years with a rotation of chairmen and locations. These reunions typically average more than 100 in attendance and are weekend affairs with a program of planned activities running from Friday through Sunday designed to reconnect family members, tell the family story, and show everyone a good time.

Are you stuck, or are you having trouble getting started in researching your family's history? Help is on the way! The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 8th at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Fla. for a hands-on workshop for individual research using both Internet and our own extensive library resources. Several experienced JGS mentors will be available to provide guided assistance at this working session.

The workshop will begin with an overview of genealogical resources available in print and online. This will be followed by the actual use of these resources for your own individual research under the guiding hands of our experienced mentors. Several computers with Internet connection will be available. The JGSTB library holdings are listed at <http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fljgstb/library.htm>. Attendees should bring with them all prior research about the families they are researching. This workshop is intended to help you to build upon what you know.

Anyone interested in learning how to do Jewish genealogical research is invited to attend either of these upcoming meetings. Beginners as well as experienced researchers are welcome. For further information on the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay or directions to the meeting call Sally Israel at 727-343-1652.

01 May 2008

News from Other Societies - Pinellas Genealogy Society

The Pinellas Genealogy Society will present an interesting program on 17 May by Lette Pascoe, the park naturalist for Boca Ciega Millennium Park, entitled "Who or What was Here Before the McMullen's and the Booths." The program is open to the public and will be held at 11:00 AM in the Jenkins Auditorium of the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL.

FGS Program for 17 May 2008

The Florida Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, May 17, 2008, at 10:30 AM in the Auditorium of the John F. Germany Library at 900 North Ashley Drive in Downtown Tampa.

We are pleased to present well-known genealogist and author Drew Smith in a program titled, “The Family History in Your Genes: Using DNA for Genealogical Research.” This presentation will provide an easy-to-understand overview of how DNA relates to genealogy, what kind of DNA tests are available, and how researchers can easily share test results with each other.

27 April 2008

Memorial Service for Melvin O. Brown

A memorial service will be held for Melvin O. Brown on Saturday, May 17th, 2008, at 2:00 P.M. in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building (Room FAH 101) on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa. Mel was the immediate past president of the Florida Genealogical Society and a participant in the Clarion Society, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Learning in Retirement (LIR), SeniorNet, and Seniors Networking Users Group (SNUG), as well as other community activities.

Parking is available just west of the Fine Arts Building in Parking Lot 9A. The parking lot is accessible as follows:

From Bruce B. Downs Boulevard on the west side of campus, turn east onto USF Holly Drive and drive to USF Laurel Drive. Turn right and proceed south. Parking Lot 9A is on your left after you pass the Psychology & Communications Disorders (PCD) Building.

From Fletcher Avenue on the north side of campus and east of Bruce B. Downs, turn south onto USF Magnolia Drive and proceed past the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center to USF Laurel Drive. Turn left (east) and Laurel will curve north. Parking Lot 9A is the first lot on your right.

Please join us for the memorial service. A social gathering with light refreshments will be held immediately afterward in the adjacent courtyard. For additional information, please contact George G. Morgan at (813) 920-0619.

22 April 2008

Guest Book for Mel Brown

A guest book has been created for Mel Brown at the Blount & Curry web site. You can access it and add your own entry at http://bccarrollwood.createatribute.com/registryGuestbookSign.php?i_memorialid=1208374316.

15 April 2008

"The Genealogy Guys" on RootsTelevision.com

In case you haven't watched RootsTelevision.com in the past at http://www.rootstelevision.com, it is chock full of instructional videos, lectures, news, and videos by our own George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, otherwise known as The Genealogy Guys. The Guys have been doing a weekly genealogy broadcast (podcast) since September of 2005. It is the longest running, continuing genealogy podcast on the Internet with literally thousands of listeners around the world! You can listen to the current episode or all of them at http://www.genealogyguys.com.

However, the Genealogy Guys also have recorded three (3) episodes of Down Under: Florida. These are recorded broadcast videos, ala History Detectives, of stories concerning interesting cemetery markers in the Tampa area and the real-life stories about the people interred in the graves. The first episode focused on the gravesite of William and Nancy Ashley, and the second (and current) episode tells about the famous Ringling Brothers circus act, the Flying Zacchinis. These families are interred in local cemeteries and have increased interest in Florida and the Tampa area cemeteries. A third episode is in the editing stage.

You definitely want to look at these great videos at http://rootstelevision.com/players/player_dearlydeparted.php?bctid=1493265270. Let George and Drew know what you think! And be sure to thank our great genealogy librarian, Melinda Phillips, of the John F. Germany Library in Tampa for her wonderful support in providing excellent images for the Zacchini story!

We're famous!

06 April 2008

Death of Melvin O. Brown

It is with great sadness that I have to report that our friend and the immediate past president of FGS, Mel Brown, passed away this morning, 6 April 2008. He had recently been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.

Mel was a longtime employee of Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Sears Communications Company in Chicago. He transitioned to Advantis, a joint venture of IBM and Sears, and relocated to Tampa, and he retired from that organization.

Arrangements are pending.


Drew Smith
President

News from Other Societies - BAGHS & JGSTB

The Brandon Area Genealogical and Historical Society (BAGHS) will meet on Tuesday, April 8th, at the Bloomingdale Library at 6:30 P.M. This month's program will be presented by Pam Treme and Pattie Schultz, and will be titled "Connecting through Family Newsletters."



The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet on Sunday May 18, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida. “The Anatomy of a Family Reunion” will be presented by Bill Israel, a founding member and the immediate past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay. Bill had a key role in the planning and organizing of all fifteen of his Israel Family Reunions held over the past 28 years. He served as general chairman of two reunions and was program chairman and consultant for most of the others. He co-chaired and assisted his wife in establishing family reunions for her family as well. All totaled, Bill has participated in a total of 20 family reunions. He has documented his experiences with family reunions into a planning guide for use by his family in planning future reunions, which are held every two years with a rotation of chairmen and locations. These reunions typically average more than 100 in attendance and are weekend affairs with a program of planned activities running from Friday through Sunday designed to reconnect family members, tell the family story, and show everyone a good time.

Bill will review the key points of planning and organizing successful family reunions based on his personal experiences with twenty of them, plus a reunion currently being planned for next year. Handouts summarizing his presentation will be provided.

29 March 2008

FGS Programs: Coming Attractions

FGS Vice President, Jim Weiss, has been hard at work arranging programs for the coming months. Here's a sneak preview of coming attractions he has arranged.

  • April: Author Raff Ellis presents "Kisses from a Distance"
  • May: Drew Smith presents a program about DNA and genealogy
  • June: Rodney Kite-Powell presents a program about the Tampa History Center
  • July: Ann Bergelt presents"Vital Records and Other Record Documentation"
  • August: TBA
  • September: The FGS Annual Fall Seminar with special guest speaker Paula Stuart-Warren and a Gala 50th Anniversary Celebration for FGS
These are some of the great programs that your dues help provide for you. We have a diverse selection of topics presented by top-notch speakers. Make sure you don't miss a single meeting!

Get Your FREE Annual FGS Membership!

Yes, you read the heading correctly. You can get your annual membership to FGS for free. Your board passed a motion at its meeting on 29 March 2008 aimed at increasing our society's membership. Here is the deal.

As an existing, paid-in-full member of FGS, all you have to do is bring in three new members to the society. The membership form is being changed to allow a new member to indicate the name of the existing member who invited them to join. (In the meantime, until the new form is online here at our web site, that information can be written in on the old form, currently available at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flfgs/FGS_member_appl_June_2007.pdf.) The FGS Board's Membership Chair and Treasurer will keep track of the new members who join as a result of your invitation. When you have reached the magic number of 3 new members, your membership for the following calendar year will be credited as paid in full. The number is set to zero again and the count begins again. If you bring in an additional three members, another calendar year's membership will be credited to you.

You already know that FGS has a wonderful group of people, a great calendar of top-notch programs, a terrific annual Fall Seminar with nationally-recognized genealogical experts as speakers, worthwhile and fun projects, and access to one of the finest genealogical library collections in the United States. A new membership directory is coming later this year and the board is working hard on new ideas for our second fifty years!

Talk up FGS with your friends, neighbors, and family members. Get them to join and we ALL benefit!

Parking Rate Changes at Poe Garage in Downtown Tampa

The parking fees at the Poe Garage adjacent to the John F. Germany Public Library in downtown Tampa have recently increased. The garage is a city-owned and -operated facility and the library is a county facility. The city has installed machines to collect parking fees before you can leave the garage. The current fee is $1.40 per hour or whatever the "event parking" rate is that is in effect when you arrive. Apparently the old "library parking" fee of $1.00 no longer exists. However, neither the library nor FGS have been able to get a definitive answer to the rate structure. We're both working on obtaining that information and will communicate it to you as soon as we have it.

The HCPLC's pamphlet, Downtown Parking, on their website at http://www.hcplc.org/hcplc/ig/userguides/ayl/parking.pdf provides a map of alternate parking locations and, with the exception of perhaps the Poe Garage (#1 on the map) and library hours, other information is believed to be current. Metered parking is also available in the area and meters are not monitored on Saturday and Sunday.

FGS Program for 19 April 2008

FGS is pleased to present Lebanese-American author Raff Ellis in a program titled Kisses from a Distance on Saturday, 19 April 2008, at 10:30 a.m. in the Auditorium of the John F. Germany Public Library at 900 N. Ashley Boulevard in downtown Tampa. The program title is taken from his exhaustively researched book of the same name. It is a story that began with 200 of his mother's letters, written between 1925 and 1990, and traced the family's stories and heritage. It is the quintessential tale of emigrant families who left their homes in the Middle East near the turn of the 20th century, their struggles for acceptance, fighting discrimination, and building a new life in America. It is a beautifully written book that is relevant to all of us, regardless of our origins, and proves the power of research and discovery in producing a truly fine family history. Mr. Ellis' book will be available at the meeting. Join us for this great presentation!

News from Other Societies - Pasco County Gen. Soc. and JGSTB

The Pasco County Genealogical Society (PCGS) will conduct their monthly meeting on Saturday April 12th 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 9016 Fort King Road, Dade City, FL. Member Virginia Britten will present “Missed Opportunities to Break Down Those Brick Walls, a program about answers in your research which may be as close as the books and periodicals in the collections of your genealogical society, library, or Family History Center. Visit their web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flpcgs for more information.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay is seeking volunteers to participate at the Jewish Federation of Pinellas/Pasco County’s 2008 Annual Meeting the evening of 6 May 2008 at the Largo Cultural Center. Help celebrate community volunteers and the 60th birthday of Israel. Please volunteer by 1 April 2008 to help man a JGSTB table at the event. More information is available at http://www.walktheland.org.

08 March 2008

Florida State Genealogical Society Newsletter

You can read the Florida State Genealogical Society's latest issue of Florida Lines by clicking on the link.

Donna Moughty Presents FGS Program on 15 March 2008

Nationally-recognized genealogy expert and lecturer Donna Moughty will present her excellent program, Getting the Most out of FamilySearch.com. FamilySearch.com is the Website maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is at the center of genealogical information, databases, the Family History Library, finding aids, research guides and more in Salt Lake City. It's online catalog also allows us to order microfilm to the local LDS Family History Centers (FHCs) in order to access these invaluable research resources.

Donna is an expert researcher and lecturer whose presentation is sure to provide you with in-depth insights into how to use the FamilySearch Website more efficiently to accelerate your research!

Learn from an expert this Saturday! Donna is terrific!!!

Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay - April Meeting

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet at 1:30 PM on Sunday, 13 April 2008at the John F. Germany Library, 900 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, Florida for a hands-on workshop for individual research. This library has one of the best and most complete set of genealogical holdings of any library in the Tampa Bay region. The library will have an expert in genealogy and the library resources to give us an overview of the resources, give us a private tour, and to help us with research. Several experienced JGS mentors will be available to provide guided assistance at this working session.

The workshop will begin with an overview of the extensive genealogical resources - in print, on microfilm, and online - most of which are only available at Tampa's main downtown library. The overview will be followed by the actual use of these resources for your own individual research under the guiding hands of our experienced mentors. The John F. Germany library has a large microfilm collection of immigration records as well as computer access to Ancestry Plus, Heritage Quest and other databases among its considerable genealogical resources. A listing of the library's premium databases can be seen online at . Attendees should bring their own materials and information to do their research at the library.

The overview session of the library's holdings will begin at 1:30 PM, and will be followed by individual research using the library's microfilm readers and computer facilities with guided assistance if needed until the library closes at 5:00 PM. Anyone interested in learning how to do Jewish genealogy research is invited to participate. Beginners as well as experienced researchers are welcome.

For information on the organization or directions to the meeting call Linda Zolinsky at 727-372-0646.

News from Other Societies - BAGHS & JGSTB

The Brandon Are Genealogical and Historical Society (BAGHS) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, 11 March 2008, at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Avenue in Bloomingdale, Florida. Andy Anderson will present a program about DNA and genealogical research. Refreshments will be served.

26 February 2008

FGS Meeting - 15 March 2008

The Florida Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, March 15, 2008, at 10:30 AM in the Auditorium of the John F. Germany Library at 900 North Ashley Drive in Downtown Tampa.

The presenter is well-known speaker Donna Moughty, who will present a program titled “Getting the Most out of FamilySearch.org,” the LDS’ massive online Website. This program will provide a detailed insight into how to navigate the site, use the Family History Library catalog to order microfilm to your local FHC, and more.

A Special Interest Group (SIG) will also meet at 1:00 PM in the Genealogy & Local History Department. Admission is free.

08 February 2008

News from Other Societies - BAGHS & JGSTB

The Brandon Area Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, 12 February 2008, at the Bloomfield Regional Public Library. Pam Treme’& Pattie Schultz from the Pasco Genealogy Society will present "Connecting through Family Newsletters." This is a two part program on how to compile your newsletter using Microsoft Word, and then use the mail merge tool to send to several people. You will learn things about your Microsoft Word you didn't even know were there!


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay is offering a two-part educational seminar designed to enable you to discover your family’s immigration records. This seminar will enable you to discover your family’s immigration records. The presentations will concentrate on both traditional and recently available Internet resources that will be of interest to the beginning genealogist as well as those with more experience. The past few years have seen substantial changes in the methods and sources of genealogical research, so the course will place special emphasis on recently developed Internet resources, which are invaluable to researchers of any level of experience. The course will focus on the proper techniques, methods, and short cuts (emphasizing local in addition to Internet resources) that will connect you with your ancestors in the old country – including your grandma!

Dr. Emil H. Isaacson will lead the seminar. Dr.
Isaacson has 25 years experience in genealogy and has researched his ancestral roots back seven generations to the late 1700’s in Europe. He will share his successful and sometimes unsuccessful techniques.

There will be no charge for members of the JGSTB. Non-members will be charged $25 to attend, but that charge will include a one-year membership in the JGSTB. Annual membership dues for the JGSTB are $25 per individual or family. There will be an additional charge of $10 per seminar booklet. Couples may wish to share one booklet between them.






02 February 2008

Member News: A Blessed Event!

Marc and Alicia Cole Truitt's baby girl was born in January. Her name is Kiran Renee Truitt and she is already being spoiled by Marc and Alicia. Congratulations on the addition of a new branch on your family tree!

News from Other Societies - South Bay & Charlotte County Genealogical Societies

The South Bay Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting on 19 February 2008 with a program presented by Donna Moughty. Her topic is Getting the Most from Ancestry.com. The meeting will be held at the Little Harbor Restaurant at Noon and luncheon reservations are required. For more information, visit their website at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flsbgs.



The Charlotte County Genealogical Society will hold its all-day "Spring Symposium" on Saturday, 23 February 23 2008, at the St. James Episcopal Church in Port Charlotte. The program of 4 topics will be presented by Curt Witcher, Manager of the Genealogy & History Department at the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, IN. Reservations include a box lunch, and are due by February 19th. Registration begins at 8:00 AM and the seminar takes place from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For more information and the registration form, visit http://www.rootsweb.com/~flccgs/Witcher_Flyer.pdf.

FGS Meeting - 16 February 2008


The February 16th program for FGS will be a hands-on workshop about using HeritageQuest Online, one of the databases provided by the Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library Cooperative. The presenter will be member George G. Morgan, who also teaches this workshop to librarians serving genealogists and has written articles about this database.

This program will be held in the Auditorium of the John F. Germany Library in downtown Tampa. (Previous information was that it would be held in the computer lab.) It will begin promptly at 10:30 AM and last for one hour, after which you can use the computers in the library's History & Genealogy Department to work with the database. (HeritageQuest Online is can also be accessed remotely from your home computer anytime, through the library's website, if you have a valid THPLC library card.)

There are limited spaces for this computer lab workshop and a total of only 30 spaces are available. The library will provide 10 computers and attendees will have to share a computer. If you have a laptop computer, please bring it along with a fully charged battery. This will provide a computer for yourself and you won't necessarily have to share.

You must pre-register to reserve a space for yourself by sending an e-mail to fgstampa@hotmail.com or to rabidgenealogist@hotmail.com. The program is free but you must have a registration. As of Feb 1st, there were still 17 spaces available. (If we have great demand for the workshop, we will have a waiting list and will repeat it on another date later in the year that won't conflict with our regular meeting.)

Don't delay! Reserve your spot today!

01 February 2008

FGS Dues are Due!

Your FGS dues are now due! Don't let your membership lapse in this great 50th Anniversary Year!

We have lots of great plans for programs and events for 2008 and you won't want to miss anything.

Dues are $20.00 for an individual and $25.00 for a family (all members of the same household). Please download the Membership Application and return it with your check by February 15th. A link to the application in PDF file format is in the right-hand column of this website. Your newly completed application will guarantee that we have your latest information on file. (Attendees for the reservations-only workshop on February 16th can pay their dues on that day.)

30 January 2008

News from Other Societies

The Citrus County Genealogical Society will host a seminar on Saturday, February 9, 2008, by noted author and speaker, George G. Morgan, titled "A Guide to Ancestry.com." The seminar will be held from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Citrus Oaks Clubhouse in Lecanto, Florida. (See directions at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flccgs2/index_files/page0001.htm.) E-mail Mary Ann Machonkin at himan@vipweb.net for more information and reservations. Space is limited.


The Pasco County Genealogical Society will present a program on Saturday, February 9, 2008, by Drew Smith titled "Putting Search Engines to Work". The program will begin at 10:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints at 9016 Fort King Road, Dade City, FL. Visit their Web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flpcgs for more information.


The Pasco County Genealogical Society will present a program on Saturday, March 8, 2008, by Pam Treme and Pattie Schultz titled "Posting Queries to Mailing Lists and Message Boards". The program will begin at 10:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints at 9016 Fort King Road, Dade City, FL. Visit their Web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flpcgs for more information.



News from Other Societies

The Citrus County Genealogical Society will host a seminar on Saturday, February 9, 2008, by noted author and speaker, George G. Morgan, titled "A Guide to Ancestry.com." The seminar will be held from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Citrus Oaks Clubhouse in Beverly Hills, Florida.

08 January 2008

FGS Program for 19 January 2007

The Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) kicks off its 50th Anniversary Year with a great presentation by Adrienne Condon. Our first membership meeting and presentation of the year begins with a great presentation about "Indentured Servitude." Many of our ancestors could only afford to come to North America by contracting themselves out for a period of years to serve their monarch or others. Learn the extent of those indentures, their duration, what they entailed, and where to search for records.

The FGS (Tampa) meeting will be held on Saturday, 13 January from 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon in the Genealogy Department on the 2nd Floor West of the John F. Germany Public Library at 900 North Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa. (There is a conflict that prevents us from meeting in the Auditorium as usual.) Attendance is free.

Don't forget that your membership dues are due too! Individual dues are $20.00 and family/household dues are $25.00. We have a great 50th Anniversary Year planned for you! Don't miss it!

07 January 2008

News from Other Societies - JGSTB

The JGSTB 2008 Guide to Immigration Research:
"Finding Your Grandma’s Immigration Record"

A 2-Part Jewish Genealogy Seminar to be given by
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay
Part 1: February 10, 2008
Part 2: March 9, 2008

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will offer a two part educational seminar entitled: “The JGSTB 2008 Guide to Immigration Research: Finding Your Grandma’s Immigration Record” on February 10, 2008 (Part 1) and March 9, 2008 (Part 2) at 2:00 PM at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida. Registration will be at 1:30 PM. This seminar will enable you to discover your family’s immigration records. The presentations will concentrate on both traditional and recently available Internet resources that will be of interest to the beginning genealogist as well as those with more experience. The past few years have seen substantial changes in the methods and sources of genealogical research, so the course will place special emphasis on recently developed Internet resources, which are invaluable to researchers of any level of experience. The course will focus on the proper techniques, methods, and short cuts (emphasizing local in addition to Internet resources) that will connect you with your ancestors in the old country – including your grandma!

Dr. Emil H. Isaacson will lead the seminar. Dr. Isaacson has 25 years experience in genealogy and has researched his ancestral roots back seven generations to the late 1700’s in Europe. He will share his successful and sometimes unsuccessful techniques.

The course is free to current paid up members of the Tampa Bay Jewish Genealogical Society. A one year family membership will be included in the $25 course fee for non-members. A $10.00 fee will be charged per book to defray the cost of printing. An annual membership in the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay is $25 per individual or family.

Anyone interested in learning how to do Jewish genealogy research is invited to attend. Early registration is recommended so that sufficient copies of the printed book and handouts will be on hand.

For further information on the organization, to register for the class, or for directions to the meeting call Sally Israel at 727-343-1652.