FGS Meeting

Facts, Photos and Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists

John F. Germany Public Library 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL, United States

Genealogy standards have universal application; however, there are strategies that are particularly useful for researching African American ancestors with roots in the antebellum period who present unique challenges. This webinar will provide an overview of “best practices” for achieving credible results, by providing a conceptual foundation for tackling genealogical issues in any of the historical slave states.

Event Series DNA Painter Workshop

DNA Painter Workshop #1

DNA Painter's Chromosome Mapping is one of the best tools for uncovering the relationships with our matches at 23&Me, FamilyTreeDNA and MyHeritage. Join us to learn how to use this amazing tool. This workshop is for beginners and limited to active members only.  Recommended Prerequisites Create an account at DNAPainter.com Watch a free webinar by ...

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African American Genealogy – Methods and Strategies

John F. Germany Public Library 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL, United States

Genealogy standards have universal application; however, there are strategies that are particularly useful for researching African American ancestors with roots in the antebellum period who present unique challenges. This webinar will provide an overview of “best practices” for achieving credible results, by providing a conceptual foundation for tackling genealogical issues in any of the historical slave states.

Navigating the Clues: A Guide to Shaky Leaves and Hints 

C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Library 2607 E. Dr. MLK, Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL, United States

Description In the journey of tracing our ancestry, we often encounter "shaky leaves" or hints provided by major genealogical repositories. These nudges can lead to breakthrough discoveries or wild goose chases. Is that hint about your ancestor?  Should you add it to your tree? How do you know the difference? Our session aims to equip you ...

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Indirectly Evident: Finding William’s Parents

John F. Germany Public Library 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL, United States

When no known records exist to identify the parents of an individual, a researcher may utilize indirect evidence to build a proof argument. This presentation offers a case study into the use of indirect evidence and sibling research to identify the parents of William Graham of Meigs County, Ohio.

AI and Genealogy: Trouble Ahead?

John F. Germany Public Library 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL, United States

While AI (artificial intelligence) might be the current “hot” buzz word, the fact is that many genealogy vendors and even genealogists have already been using this technology for years. The AI industry is at a crossroads and within the next five years, it will permeate almost every aspect of business and society. Learn how AI is currently being used to improve the genealogy experience, and whether or not you should seek out other uses of artificial intelligence for your own genealogy research.

Using FamilySearch.org to Find Genealogical Records

John F. Germany Public Library 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL, United States

Over the past few years, FamilySearch.org has become one of the largest online repositories of genealogical records. Learn how to search and browse, how to save and share results, and how to get help with the available resources.

Creating Your Personal Genealogy Continuing Education Plan

John F. Germany Public Library 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL, United States

Genealogists who desire further education are faced with real constraints of time and budget while confusion abounds with so many choices now available. This lecture will present genealogical continuing education options and how to get the most from a personal education plan. From university courses to self-guided study, we will highlight the pros and cons of learning styles, price, availability, time commitment, and guidance.

Genealogy Escape Room: The Case of Ransom Olds – Not Your Grandfather’s Genealogy

John F. Germany Public Library 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL, United States

Description You are locked in at the Florida History and Genealogy Library at the John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa, Florida. You are working on an article on old classic cars such as the Oldsmobile. In order to unlock the office door and escape, you need to locate the US Federal Census 1950 record ...

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Using Timelines and Tables to Analyze Your Research

John F. Germany Public Library 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL, United States

Description In-depth and difficult research tasks create large amounts of data to compare and analyze. Discover analysis methods using tables and timelines to solve problems. Topics included: Agenda Below is the event itinerary (all times are Eastern timezone): 10:00 - 10:15 - Greetings and sign-in (in-person) 10:15 - 10:25 - Opening remarks and society news ...

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Finding Your Ancestors’ Locations

John F. Germany Public Library 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL, United States

Description Where did your ancestors come from?  Where did they disappear to?  Although finding locations can be the key to following our ancestors back in time, we often slam up against brick walls.  In this talk we'll explore practical strategies for tracking down our ancestors' whereabouts by using collateral research, gazetteers, the law, image searches, ...

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Saving Our Legacy

John F. Germany Public Library 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL, United States

Description As part of Estate Planning, genealogists should plan what will happen to their research once they have died. Have you planned for your research? Planning now will ensure the years and money will not end up in the landfill at your death but will be passed to future generations. Agenda Below is the event ...

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Proving Your Pedigree: Achieving Proof at Every Generation

John F. Germany Public Library 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL, United States

Description A chain is only as strong as its weakest link! Learn to prove each generation in an ancestral line using the Genealogical Proof Standard, and when and how to use DNA data in the process. Agenda Below is the event itinerary (all times are Eastern timezone): 10:00 - 10:15 - Greetings and sign-in (in-person) ...

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