Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa)

Serving the Needs of the Genealogical Community for Over 50 Years

2015 Fall Seminar

The Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa is pleased to announce its annual Fall Seminar to be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015, with our special guest speaker, Cyndi Ingle. Cyndi is the owner and operator of Cyndi's List, the comprehensive, categorized, and cross-referenced list of almost 335,000 links that point you to genealogical research sites on the Internet. 

The title of this year's seminar is "Focus Your Research with Cyndi's SHORT List" and will include the following lectures:
  • "Building a Digital Research Plan"
  • "The Internet: Lower Your Expectations to Raise Your Research Potential"
  • "Plotting, Scheming, and Mapping Online"
  • "Foreign Language Tools for English-Speaking Genealogists"
The seminar will take place at the Robert W. Saunders, Sr., Public Library at 1505 Nebraska Avenue in Tampa. Free parking is available at the library and at the adjacent Washington Elementary School. A map and driving directions will be loaded to the website by September 15th.
Registration for the seminar is $40 for society members and $45 for non-members. If you join FGS in conjunction with registering for the seminar, you will be entitled to the member rate of $40 and your membership will include the remainder of 2015 and all of 2016! An Alessi boxed lunch consisting of your choice of sandwich, chips, a treat, and a bottle of water is available for an additional $10, and may be ordered at the time of registration.
You can register online at https://squareup.com/market/FGStampa, or you can use the form found in the Public Downloads area on this website and send a check. All registrations must be received before the event. (All mailed registrations must be postmarked by October 1, 2015.)
No walk-in registrations will be accepted on the day of the seminar.
You do not want to miss this wonderful day with Cyndi Ingle! We hope to see you there.

Join us for a wonderful day as the Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library celebrates family
with activites for all ages, including lectures by nationally-recognized genealogy expert speakers and authors. 
Light food and refreshments will be provided.



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!


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