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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

**Note this meeting is not our typical first Saturday of the month due to the 4th of July holiday. 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 ...

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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.

Using DNA Painter to Map Your DNA (FGS Meeting)

September 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

DNA Painter is an easy-to-use third-party tool that enables you to assign segments of DNA shared with cousins to a map of your chromosomes. Together we’ll look at this powerful new tool, and how you can use it in your research.

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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To Learn About Life, Start in a Cemetery

Older headstones sometimes yield significant clues for the genealogist by providing a short biography of the interred – similar to one I found in the medieval cathedral ruins of St. Andrews, Scotland. It read: Here Lies the Body of Thomas Halyburton. Minister of the Gospel. He was Born at Duplin Dec. 25, 1674, And Ordained…

Summary of June Meeting

Overview This past Saturday, we again met virtually via webinar to conduct our normal meeting, DNA Special Interest Group, and our featured speaker – Crista Cowan. We had a total of 97 people registered and 89 actually participate; a tremendous turnout. Jean Sanner wrapped up the current DNA Special Interest Group with a case study…

My Digital Photo Albums—How I Did It

Many of us have photos, or more accurately—boxes of photos—that we would like to organize and digitize. The task can seem impossible. It will take time, planning, time, organization, and—did I say time? I have “finished” my digital photo albums. I include quotes because ancestry projects are never finished. There’s always something to add. However,…

Summary of May Meeting

Overview This past Saturday, we again met virtually via webinar to conduct our normal meeting, DNA Special Interest Group, and our featured speaker – Brianne Kirkpatrick. We had a total of 72 people registered and 68 actually participate; a tremendous turnout. With a double dose of DNA, both Jean Sanner and Brianne Kirkpatrick enlightened us…

Summary of April Meeting

Overview This past Saturday, we met virtually via webinar to conduct our normal meeting, DNA Special Interest Group, and our featured speaker – Maureen Taylor. We had a total of 77 people registered and 53 actually participate. Maureen delivered a wonderfully engaging and insightful presentation on how to determine the time period and related information….

Webinar Details for 4 April Meeting

We are meeting via webinar for our regularly scheduled meeting on 4 April 2020.  This email contains the details to register for the webinar, the itinerary, and instructions on where to find some tutorials on using the Zoom video conferencing system.   Register for the 4 April Webinar You must register for the webinar.  We…

COVID-19 Information

As you all are aware, our nation, state and local governments are taking action to stop the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. On Friday the Hillsborough County government cancelled all its events and meetings scheduled between March 13, 2020 and April 13, 2020. The closure impacts all formal programming at Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries; including…

Education Plans (Part Two)

This article is the second installment and finishes our discussion on genealogical education plans. In our first article we assessed your education and training needs, considered some constraints and reviewed setting goals to improve your skills. This article surveys some common education and training resources available to you, suggests a way to organize your plan,…

Connecting Lines –Dorothy and Ed

I have a family photo from Christmas in 1944 that included my cousin Dorothy and her fiancé Ed. The story great Aunt Evie told me was that Ed died when his plane went down soon after this picture was taken, which was tragic enough, but then flowers arrived for Dorothy after Ed died. My intent…