Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa)

Serving the Needs of the Genealogical Community for Over 50 Years

June 2016 Meeting

Join us on Saturday, June 4, 2016, for our monthly meeting when Bill Harris, Principal Librarian at the John F. Germany Library, will present a program tutked "Finding Genealogy Resources at the Florida History and Genealogy Library". Bill manages that library within the John F. Germany Library, and it is one of the largest and finest genealogical and historical collections of its type in the Southeastern United States. You are sure to learn about many resources that you didn't know existed, and he will give you expert advice on maximizing your research there.
The meeting iwill be held  at 11:00 AM on the 2nd Floor West (2-W) at the John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Askley Drive, in downtown Tampa. It will be proceeded from 10:15 to 10:45 AM by the Brick Walls Special Interest Group in the same location. Join your friends and make new ones at our great monthly meeting.  


Brick Walls Special Interest Group Moves

The Brick Walls Special Interest Group held immediately prior to our monthly meetings at the John F, Germany Library is moving. Effective with the June 2016 meeting, the meeting will move from the auditorium to the Florida History and Genealogy Library on 2-W (the second floor west). It will meet from 10:15 to 10:45 AM. This will allow our speakers more time to set up for their presentations.

Florida County Formation and Records

We often get questions about Florida history, and particularly about the counties. We have added a PDF file to the Public Downloads area of our website that provides a list of every Florida county, its formation date, the parent county from which it was formed, and the years from which the county courthouse holds birth, marriage, death, land, probate, and court records.
This information was derived from Ancestry's "Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources", 3rd edition, published in 2004. That book can be found in its entirety online at the Ancestry Family History Wiki at http://wiki.ancestry.com and provides details for every state.

Friends of the John F. Germany Library

The Friends of the John F. Germany Public Library are an active group, and they support the community in many ways. One very important thing they do is fund and arrange programs for people of all ages throughout the year. That includes the annual Family Heritage Festival held in October that provides free genealogy presentations and many other activities.
The Friends of the John F. Germany Public Library just launched a Facebook page on May 16th. It will include information about the Florida History and Genealogy Library, announcements of programs and events at the downtown library, and more news that you can use!


Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection

Nearly 15,000 images in the Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection chronicle the history of the Tampa Bay area as it faced wars, natural disasters, economic booms and busts. The collection presents a pictorial record of the commercial, residential and social growth of Tampa Bay and Florida's West coast from the late 1800s to the early 1960s. The images offer a view of a community at work, from cigar factories, sponge docks and strawberry fields, to grocery stores, service stations and bank lobbies. Many of the photographs also depict a community at leisure, enjoying a day at the beach, participating in local celebrations, attending the Florida State Fair, or playing favorite games such as golf, tennis, shuffleboard or checkers.

This extraordinary archive - a visual link with our past and our heritage - is preserved at the John F. Germany Public Library for the public to view and use. The Library has made reference prints for public examination. A photocopier/scanner is available for reproductions of the reference prints or customers can bring their own photographic equipment to make digital images of the materials. Reprints of the photographs from our negatives are also available through a photography studio.

Visit  the Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection at the Library's website at http://hcplc.org/hcplc/research/burgert/ to browse or search this remarkable collection. And visit our Society's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FGSTampa/ as we showcase images on that page over time.


Tampa-Hillsborough Library Programs

The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries present a wealth of educational programs throughout the county. We are pleased to announce and help promote these programs on our website. Please visit the Upcoming Events area of this website to see major programs scheduled, and be sure to visit the THPL Events Calendar at http://hcplc.evanced.info/signup/eventcalendar.aspx?&et=9 to locate educational opportunities near you.

Hillsborough County Century Families

The Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa (FGS Tampa) is pleased to announce the Hillsborough County Century Families program. The Hillsborough County Century Family designation is available to applicants who can document that they are descended from a family who lived within the modern-day boundaries of Hillsborough County more than 100 years ago.  As part of their research and application process, applicants are encouraged to use family documents, research materials available within the Florida History & Genealogy Library (located at the John F. Germany Public Library), research materials available within the USF Tampa Library’s Special Collections, and source documents found in online databases.
More details about the application and documentation process are available in the Public Downloads area of the FGS Tampa website at http://fgstampa.org/fileDownload.php?cid=26&sid=1.


Marriage Records Project Status

In partnership with University of South Florida Library's Digital Collections, we are working to digitize the Hillsborough County marriage record collection that spans from its earliest days through 1986. Our call for volunteers resulted in more than 40 people interested in participating, and the project is well underway. 
We have had volunteers working at the USF Library to scan, straighten, and crop the records, and they have finished scanning thopusands of documents. Other volunteers are transcribing records from their home computers. The finished project will be placed on the University of South Florida Libraries Digital Collections site for free access.
Watch for updates here at our website and come to our monthly meetings to hear more about the project.
This project is moving along swiftly and we thank our wonderful and enthusiastic volunteers!


Visit Our Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is updated almost every day, and is filled with excellent links and tips. You can find it at https://www.facebook.com/FGSTampa. If you're a Facebook user, visit the page and Like us. Our Facebook page will then become part of the regular news feed on your page, and you won't miss a thing.