Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa)

Serving the Needs of the Genealogical Community for Over 50 Years

July 2016 Meeting

Join us on Saturday, July 2, 2016, for our monthly meeting when internationally recognized genealogy speaker George G. Morgan will present a program entitled "Dissect Obituaries for New Clues." George will provide a methodology for carefully analyzing death notices, obituaries, and funeral notices published in newspapers to discover potential sources of additional information about your ancestors and their families. ‚Äč
The meeting will be held at 11:00 AM in the Auditorium of the John F. Germany Public Library at 900 N. Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa. It will be preceeded from 10:15 to 10:45 AM by the Brick Walls Special Interest Group in the Florida History and Genealogy Library collection on the second floor west (2-W).
Join your friends and make new ones at our great monthly meeting!


Members Only - DNA Test Discounts

FamilyTreeDNA (https://www.familytreedna.com) is offering discounts on DNA tests for members of the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) for use on July 3-17, 2016. To take advantage of the discount, login to our website with your FGS Member ID and password. Click on Members Only in the menu on the left of the screen and select Secure Lownload. You'll find a button labeled "FamilyTreeDNA Discount-07/16". Click the button and, on the next screen, click om the link labeled "FamilyTreeDNA Discount" and a PDF file with codes and instructions. Here's an opportunity to order DNA tests for all your family members - and maybe do a little early holiday shopping.

2016 Fall Seminar

Join us for the 2016 Florida Genealogical Society's annual Fall Seminar, co-sponsored by the Hillsborough County Public  Library Cooperative. The speaker will be Judy G. Russell, J.D., CGSM , CGLSM who is known as The Legal Genealogist. She will present an all-day program with the theme of "Ladies, Losers, & the Law". Her lecture topics will include:
  • "Don't Forget the Ladies" - A Genealogist's Guide to Women and the Law
  • "How Old Did He Have to Be" - Using the Law to Determine an Ancestor's Age
  • "Rogues, Rascals, and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep" - Using Court Records to Unmask the Family Black Sheep
  • "Facts, Photos, Fair Use: Copyright Laws for Genealogists" - Learn What Copyright Is and What It Isn't
The Fall Seminar will be held at the Robert W. Saunders, Sr., Public Library at 1505 N. Nebraska Avenue in Tampa from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Check-in begins at 8:30 AM. A map of the Saunders Library Parking Map can be downloaded here.
Registration is $40.00 for members or $45.00 for non-members. An optional box lunch is available for $10.00. The registration information and registration form are available at http://fgstampa.org/upload/2015_Fall_Seminar/2016_Seminar_Flyer-3pp_1465243541.pdf. You can also register online at https://squareup.com/store/FGStampa
A special reduced rate of $119.95 per night has been negotiated at the Hilton Garden Inn Ybor Historic District if you are coming from a distance or want to stay close to the Saunders Library. The hotel is located at 1700 East 9th Avenue in Tampa. Telephone number is (813) 769-9267. You can link directly to the Hilton website at http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/T/TPAYCGI-FLGS-20160930/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG to book your reservation at this great rate. Our Group Code is FLGS.
In addition, as part of the Fall Seminar weekend festivities, there will an Ask-A-Genealogist session in the Florida History and Genealogy Library Collection in the John F. Germany Public Library at 900 N. Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa on Friday, 30 September 2016, from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. Free shuttle service will be available between the Hilton Garden Inn and the Library. You won't want to miss this great weekend!

Brick Walls Special Interest Group Moves

The Brick Walls Special Interest Group that is held immediately prior to our monthly meetings at the John F, Germany Library has moved its location. Effective with the June 2016 meeting, the meeting has moved 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.

Volunteer Awards

Volunteers are the life blood of a genealogical society. Two of our society's volunteers were recognized by our president, Tammy Patascher, at our monthly meeting on Saturday, 4 June 2016. Loraine Rose received a volunteer award for her long service as a member of the FGS Board and as coordinator of the telephone committee. Mary Rivers was named the Volunteer of the Month.

Thank you, Loraine and Mary!

NGS Conference - Volunteer Silver Badge

We received an acknowledgement from the National Genealogical Society for our society's volunteer support at their recent conference and their Silver Badge for display on our website.



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 is a very 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.