Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa)

Serving the Needs of the Genealogical Community for Over 50 Years

May 2016 Meeting - May 14th

 
Join us on Saturday, May 14th, 2016, for our May Day!, May Day! meeting at which you can participate in roundtable discussions on a variety of geographical research areas and special topics. These include:
  • Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia
  • Georgia
  • New York and the Northeastern U.S.
  • England and Wales
  • Hillsborough County Century Families
  • DNA
  • Social Media
  • More
You can stay with one group's table or move around, and the Florida History and Genealogy Library's collection and staff are at your fingertips. 
 
The meeting is being held on a special day this month - Saturday, May 14th - 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. Join your friends and make new ones at this always fun and revealing event!  

 
 

Drew Smith Wins 2016 Filby Award

Our own Drew Smith has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship at Librarians' Day at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. NGS issued the following press release.

ARLINGTON, VA, 3 MAY 2016— Drew Smith, MLS, is the 2016 recipient of the Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship. Smith, an Assistant Librarian in the Academic Services department of the University of South Florida Tampa Library, received his award and its $1,000 prize, which is underwritten by ProQuest, at the opening session of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2016 Family History Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The Filby Award is named for the late P. William Filby, former director of the Maryland Historical Society and author of many core genealogical reference tools that genealogists have relied on for decades. Created in 1999 by NGS, the award has been sponsored by ProQuest and Mr. William Forsyth since 2006.

Smith joined the University of South Florida Tampa Library and Information Science (now the School of Information) as an instructor and held that post to 2007. During that time, he taught undergraduate-level courses in library/Internet research skills and website design, and graduate-level courses in genealogical librarianship and indexing/abstracting. He is the founder and administrator of the GENEALIB mailing list, a service for librarians serving genealogists.

He has written articles on genealogy for Genealogical Computing, Digital Computing, and NGS NewsMagazine (now NGS Magazine) and currently writes Rootsmithing with Technology column for FORUM, published quarterly by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). In 2009, Genealogical Publishing Company published his first genealogy book, Social Networking for Genealogists. His second book, co-authored with George G. Morgan, is Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, published in 2013 by McGraw-Hill.

Smith regularly speaks at conferences and meetings of national, state, and local genealogy societies, especially on topics linking genealogy and technology. Together with George G. Morgan, he has been the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast , the longest-running regularly produced genealogy podcast in the world, since 2005. Smith presented “Genealogy Programming at Your Library” at this year’s NGS Conference Librarians’ Day.

Smith served nine years as the president of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa, two years as secretary of the Association of Professional Genealogists, five years as a Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and is current chair of the Family History Information Standards Organization.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.


 

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.
 
 


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.