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.