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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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December 2018

Conversations with Kenyatta (FGS Meeting)

December 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Kenyatta Berry, a co-host of the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow, is coming to Tampa for one night to discuss genealogy, family history, and her new book, The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy.   Our president, Tammy Patascher, will interview Kenyatta about her book, her passion for family history and ... Read more

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January 2019

Living with Legal Lingo (FGS Meeting)

January 5, 2019 @ 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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Join us as we start the new year with renewed lecturer and genealogist, Judy Russell, as she explains many of the legal terms, meanings, and implications of the legal language in our family records. Here is the description of this presentation from her lecture offerings: The language of the law is part Greek, part French, ... Read more

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February 2019

Maintaining an Organized Computer (FGS Meeting)

February 2, 2019 @ 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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This month we invite you to join us as we welcome Cyndi Ingle for a presentation aimed to help everyone better manage their computer files and records. Program description: Files here, programs there, lost bits and bytes everywhere. Are you tired of searching your computer fruitlessly? Frustrated when you can't find the notes you created ... Read more

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Meet Family Tree Maker (FGS Meeting)

February 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am EST
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Come meet Mark Olsen, Family Tree Maker Ambassador!  Learn new ways to use this leading genealogical database tool, get a glimpse of what coming in future releases, and ask questions. Can’t make it in this Tuesday morning?  They will also be at our booth at the Florida State Fair!

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March 2019

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

March 2, 2019 @ 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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April 2019

Staying Safe Using Social Media (FGS Meeting)

April 6, 2019 @ 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 ... Read more

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May 2019

Researching in Archives (FGS Meeting)

May 4, 2019 @ 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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June 2019

Monthly Meeting (FGS Meeting)

June 1, 2019 @ 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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July 2019

Planning a Very Successful Genealogical Trip (FGS Meeting)

July 6, 2019 @ 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 ... Read more

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September 2019

Introduction to GedMatch (FGS Meeting)

September 7, 2019 @ 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 ... Read more

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November 2019

Monthly Meeting (FGS Meeting)

November 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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December 2019

Annual Holiday Brunch and Show & Tell (FGS Meeting)

December 7, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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