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John F. Germany Public Library

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900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
(813) 273-3652 http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/jfg/
The 140,000 square foot John F. Germany Public Library serves as the reference hub and resource center for all citizens of Hillsborough County, and as the flagship library of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library system.Professional staff are here to provide you with timely, accurate answers to your basic information requests and to facilitate your in-depth research-whether for school, business or personal projects. The John F. Germany Public Library is home to several comprehensive research tools and local history collections.The John F. Germany Library also serves as the local branch library for the downtown area and surrounding communities by offering popular materials such as bestsellers, music, videos, audio books, and more to customers of all ages.

Our computer labs and PCs provide a supportive environment for electronic access and learning. Meeting rooms of varying sizes are available for public use.

A variety of fun and educational programs for children and adults are presented throughout the year. These events and classes are designed to increase research and computer skills, facilitate information access, and foster the love of reading.

For art lovers, a permanent art collection enhances the ambience of the environment, including the Bella Apollonia sculpture, and rotating exhibits in the Louise & Arnold Kotler Art Gallery on the second floor of the East bulding, exhibits the work of local and regional artists.

If you like books and bargains, visit Grover’s Corners, the Friends of the Library Bookstore, located on the first floor of the East building.

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July 2020

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
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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**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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August 2020

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

August 1 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Lisa Louise Cooke

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.

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September 2020

Using DNA Painter to Map Your DNA (FGS Meeting)

September 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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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.

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November 2020

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

November 7 @ 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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Diahann Southard

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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January 2021

Getting Ready to Write (FGS Meeting)

January 9, 2021 @ 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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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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