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December 2019

Annual Holiday Brunch and Show & Tell (FGS Meeting)

December 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, 1505 Nebraska Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602-2849 United States
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Let’s begin the holiday season with our 3rd Annual Holiday Party and Show & Tell.  We will be hosting a catered brunch from Cracker Barrel for your pleasure, so come prepared in festive attire, appetite, and an interesting story to share. As our festive occasion also falls on the 78th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Rue Lynn ...

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January 2020

Immigration — Which Port? When? Why? From Where? (FGS Meeting)

January 4, 2020 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm EST
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Unless your ancestors were Native Americans, they were immigrants and as genealogists and family historians, we want to find a record of their arrival. Our success depends on the time frame and what we already know about our ancestor. This lecture will put into perspective what records are available and the likelihood of finding an ...

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February 2020

Using AncestryDNA Today (FGS Meeting)

February 1, 2020 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm EST
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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AncestryDNA continues to add new tools to help with matching other testers, categorizing the matches into groups, and discovering the right relationships. This presentation focuses on how to use the latest AncestryDNA tools (ThruLines, groups, etc.) to identify relatives near and distant.

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March 2020

The 1950 US Federal Census – Are You Ready? (FGS Meeting)

March 7, 2020 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm EST
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Many genealogists remember the amount of excitement in April 2012 around the release of the 1940 US Census. Following the “72 Year Rule” for records at the National Archives, the results of the 1950 US Census will be made public on Friday, April 1, 2022. It’s never too early to prepare for this valuable data ...

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November 2019

Researching Women – Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors (FGS Meeting)

November 2 @ 11:00 am EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Gena Philibert Ortega returns to FGS - Tampa in time for the start of the holidays full of family reunions and food.  So what better way to kick-off the season than with a presentation on how community cookbooks can aid our research. Community cookbooks, commonly known as fundraising cookbooks with the plastic comb binding, have ...

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October 2019

Discovery to Story Telling with Kenyatta Berry (FGS Annual Seminar)

October 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, 1505 Nebraska Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602-2849 United States
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The Florida Genealogical Society – Tampa welcomes back Kenyatta Berry as our guest speaker for the 61st Annual Fall Seminar. Please mark your calendars and register for this exceptional day of learning and sharing with another prominent member of the genealogical community. We look forward to see you there. — Your FGS-Tampa Board

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September 2019

Introduction to GedMatch (FGS Meeting)

September 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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You completed your DNA testing and discovered the matches available on your testing company's site, now learn how to expand your DNA matches.  Drew Smith provides an instructive tutorial on how you can broaden your DNA reach. Program description - GEDmatch is a free website that allows uploading raw DNA data from DNA testing companies ...

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August 2019

Little Known and Rarely Used Google Resources and Search Tips (FGS Meeting)

August 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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FGS welcomes Katherine R. Willson as she provides us with her insight and knowledge on improving our search techniques with her presentation: Little Known and Rarely Used Google Resources and Search Tips. Many genealogists barely scratch the surface of what Google has to offer.  This presentation offers tips & techniques for doing more efficient research ...

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July 2019

Planning a Very Successful Genealogical Trip (FGS Meeting)

July 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Before you head out on your next genealogy research trip, let George G. Morgan help you make it a success. George's presentation will help you maximize your research time the way professionals do it, and return home with a genealogical treasure trove. Program description - Regardless of whether you're going to the library or heading ...

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June 2019

The Family History Story Map – Plotting Your Ancestor’s Story (FGS Meeting)

June 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Join FGS as we welcome Lynn Palermo, from The Family History Writing Studio, in this one-hour presentation thatwill provide you with the tools and knowledge to plan your first family history story. Learn how to outline an account of your ancestor’s life using the Family History Story Map. With this map in hand, combined with ...

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May 2019

Where the Records are, a Document waits for you! (FGS Meeting)

May 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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People are acquainted with the websites such as FamilySearch, Ancestry, Find My Past and others used for genealogical research. However, additional online resources are available to those who are researching their Family Tree - the State Archives.  Rue Lynn will present how to use State Archives and Libraries, the treasures that can be found in ...

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April 2019

Staying Safe Using Social Media (FGS Meeting)

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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This month Thomas MacEntee joins us with for a discussion on best practices to effectively use social media site such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ while still protecting their privacy. Program description - Are you hesitant to use popular social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter or even Pinterest and share your genealogy research ...

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March 2019

Irish Genealogy Seminar (Nearby Society Event)

March 23 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, 1505 Nebraska Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602-2849 United States
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Join us for a day of Irish genealogy research tips and tricks as we welcome Fintan Mullen and Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation for an all day seminar. Topics cover all of Ireland and research challenges we face in tracing our Irish ancestors. This is the only stop in Florida for these recognized ...

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What Did you Do in the War, Granny? – Women in the Army in World War II (FGS Meeting)

March 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Over 150,000 women served in the Army in World War II. Women’s military service in this time period helped change expectations and perceptions about women’s role outside the home. Learn about their pioneering wartime service and how to find records for the women in your family who served.  

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