Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa)

Serving the Needs of the Genealogical Community for Over 50 Years

September Program - Google Earth

Join us on Saturday, September 5, 2015, for our monthly meeting at the John F. Germany Public Library at 900 N. Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa. Lisa Louise Cooke will present a live webinar program titled "Google Earth for Genealogists."  The meeting will begin at 11 AM in the Auditorium.
Google Earth is a 360°, three-dimensional way to view your ancestor's world, and it is a free tool available on the Internet. This class will help you learn how to unlock mysteries in your research - from unidentified photographs to pinpointing homesteads. Google Earth has the power to geographically document your ancestors' lives, providing you with an exciting analysis tool and storytelling vehicle.
Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company.  She is Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show available at www.GenealogyGems.comShe is also the author of several books and informational videos.
Prior to the 11 AM monthly meeting, we will hold an Open Forum in the Auditorium between 10:15 AM and 10:45 AM, just for your genealogy questions. Whether you're a beginner or someone with a brick wall, bring your problem! We'll also tackle any questions about technology or DNA.  
Visitors are always welcome!

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.

Hillsborough County Century Families

Interested in knowing more about the Hillsborough County Century Families program, and how to apply? Visit the Century Families Program page here at the website (http://fgstampa.org/cpage.php?pt=126) or email us at hccf@fgstampa.org!
Here's a brief clip from News Channel 8 coverage on January 8 (although just to be clear, the HCCF program is a program of the Florida Genealogical Society and not of the library system).

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