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Getting The Most Out of Ancestry (FGS Meeting)

June 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

Ancestry has more than 24 billion records, more than 16 million people who have DNA tested, and more than 100 million family trees.  There Is also a suite of family tree building and discovery tools.  Join Crista Cowan for a look at some tips and tricks for getting the most out of all of the ...

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FGS Tampa Special Interest Group – DNA (FGS Special Interest Group)

June 6 @ 10:15 am - 10:45 am EDT
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An event every month that begins at 10:15 am on day First of the month, happening 4 times

FGS Tampa is offering a DNA Special Interest Group.  Over the next four months we are pleased to have Jean Sanner present information on how to work with DNA results.  She will cover foundational concepts of DNA testing for genealogy and specifically autosomal tests. If you are intimidated by the test results or if you don't ...

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We Will Remember Them: Keys to find your ancestor in U.S. Military Records (FGS Meeting)

July 11 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm EDT

Almost every family, in one generation or another, can find one member or perhaps more, who served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Military records provide not only genealogical information, but they can provide the Family Historian a glimpse into their ancestor’s life while serving in the Military.   **Note this ...

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Lisa Louise Cooke

How to Reopen and Work a Genealogy Cold Case (FGS Meeting)

August 1 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm EDT

Become a genealogical detective in this vital session. You’ll learn to track ancestors like a criminal cold case detective, sniffing out holes in your research and getting missing information on the record with cutting edge technology.

Diahann Southard

Ask The Wife! A DNA Analysis Strategy (FGS Meeting)

November 7 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm EST

With the advent of autosomal DNA testing, women were catapulted into the limelight, no longer needing to rely so heavily on the men in their life to spit or swab. This lecture will focus on all things female from mtDNA, XDNA, and especially how to use the wives of your ancestors to help identify your ...

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Getting Ready to Write (FGS Meeting)

January 9, 2021 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm EST

Writing your family history stories can be an overwhelming task.  Many family historians just don’t know where to start. In this one-hour presentation, Lynn will get you ready to write. Attendees will learn how to organize their research, their workflow, and their environment to become an efficient and productive writer.  Participants learn what kind of ...

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