FGS Meeting

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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Tackling a Research Project

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

Description Do you want to research your great-grandma? Great! Now what? After you spend time looking online what do you do next? It’s easy to hit a brick wall and not know what to do. Tackling a research project is so much more than entering names into a database. Learn more about planning, creating, and ...

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USCT Civil War Widows Pension Records Tell the Story 

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

Description Explore the challenges faced by widows and/or former slave descendants of soldiers in the United States Colored Troops Widows' Pension Applications. 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 10:25 - 10:50 - DNA ...

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Keys to Writing an Engaging Family History

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

Description One of the best ways to preserve and share the work you’ve done on your ancestry is to write a genealogy book. Remember, though, that family history is more than just names, dates, and places. Two keys to stimulating reader interest and connection are stories and images. Learn how to write compelling stories with ...

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No Easy Button: Using Immersion Genealogy to Understand Your Ancestors

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

Description: Family history is so much more than just names, dates, and places, or boxes, lines, and charts. For 21st century genealogists, it is easy to limit our research to the documents or other facts we find online, or to what others tell us to be true. Learn how to take your research a step ...

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An NGSQ Case Study: DNA Corroborates Oral Tradition

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

Program Description This lecture is based on a case study that was the lead article in the June 2020 edition of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. The speaker will provide information needed to make sound decisions on when DNA tests can or should be used in genealogical research, and how to meet the DNA-specific genealogy ...

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