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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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January 2018

7 Keys to Unlock Your Family History (FGS Meeting)

January 6, 2018 @ 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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Rue Lynn Galbraith will be speaking on 7 Keys to Unlock Your Family History.   Need more information to help market the event

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February 2018

60th Anniversary Celebration (FGS Meeting)

February 3, 2018 @ 10:15 am - 1:00 pm EST
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Plese join us on Saturday, February 3, 2018, for a special meeting of the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa)  to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its founding in 1958. Our organization is the oldest genealogical society in Florida and is very proud of it membership and activities.  Nationally and internationally renowned genealogy resarchers, speakers, and authors George G. Morgan ...

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March 2018

Works Progress Administration (WPA) Records (FGS Meeting)

March 10, 2018 @ 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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Our March meeting is a webinar with Gena Philibert-Ortega who lead us in an exploration of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) records and their applicability to genealogical research.  Come prepared with questions as we discover yet another rich repository of information to help uncover our past. Note:  Due the anticpated large crowds for the Gasparilla ...

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April 2018

Dropbox for Genealogists (FGS Meeting)

April 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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At our April 2018 meeting, we will host two special programs.  We kickoff with a presentation by Cindy Hineman, Professional Life Writing Instructor, with The Story of Life (TSOLife); a Tampa based company focused on creating new and innovative ways to preserve your legacy and pass down stories for future generations.  After our general monthly ...

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Before You Test: DNA Basics You Need to Know (HCPLC Event)

April 21, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Drew Smith shares tips on avoiding wasting time and money by learning which type of DNA test to take and exactly what you can expect to get as a result

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Finding Cousins & Ancestors Using DNA Testing (HCPLC Event)

April 28, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Autosomal DNA test results contain information that can be used to identify relatives. Drew Smith explains how to interpret the results and make successful contact with matches.

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May 2018

Strategies for Effective Use of the Internet (FGS Meeting)

May 5, 2018 @ 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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Join us on May 5th to apply sound research techniques while leveraging the growing number of online resources and records.   Donna Moughty shares her proven strategies to properly and effectively search online databases focused on the time and place of your ancestors existence. Our monthly meetings are open to the public; all are welcome! Agenda: 1015 ...

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Remembering the USCGC Tampa (HCPLC Event)

May 19, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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The story of the USCGC Tampa is more than that of a Coast Guard Cutter which was torpedoed and sunk by a WWI German submarine.  As a result of this attack, all the ship’s 131 crew members, including 24 Tampians, tragically lost their lives.  Join expert Nancy Turner as she recounts the history of the ...

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Advanced Military Records for Genealogy (HCPLC Event)

May 19, 2018 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Learn about the wide variety of military records and how to access them in order to learn more about your patriotic ancestors.

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June 2018

The Good Cemeterian (Monthly Meeting) (FGS Meeting)

June 2, 2018 @ 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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Our June monthly meeting features Andrew Lumish and Jen Armbruster.  Please join us as we provide a fascinating discussion on the preservation of our historical cemeteries.  Please allow additional time to park and walk to the front entrance of the library since the old West building entrance (accessed from the bridge connecting to the Poe ...

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July 2018

How to Clear the Mess On Your Desk (FGS Meeting)

July 7, 2018 @ 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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Join us the month for a discussion on organizing your genealogy research by Kelli Bergheimer.  Kelli Bergheimer is a writer, teacher, editor, and national genealogical speaker. Kelli holds a Bachelor’s in Biology, a Master’s in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master’s in Business Management. Kelli is a math and science supervising editor for Smart Education—a K-12 textbook company ...

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The History of Seminole Heights (HCPLC Event)

July 21, 2018 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 am EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Seminole Heights is one of Tampa’s most iconic neighborhoods. This area is well-known for an eclectic mix of early 20th century Craftsman bungalows, historic buildings, and modern businesses. Learn more about this fascinating area from the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association. The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library joins the City of Tampa in celebration of Archives Awareness ...

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Land Records for Genealogy (HCPLC Event)

July 21, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Residences and places of business are an important part of family history. Discover how city directories, Sanborn maps, and photos can assist you in tracking land records, and learn how to find those records once you get to the county courthouse. The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library joins the City of Tampa in celebration of Archives Awareness ...

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August 2018

Facebook & Genealogy (FGS Meeting)

August 4, 2018 @ 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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Over the decades genealogists have communicated with fellow researchers using whatever tools were available, from newsletter queries to online message boards. Enter the 21st century and 'social media'! Learn tips and techniques to use the newest genealogical tool -- Facebook -- from document translations to research questions to connecting with family. Michelle will show you ...

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September 2018

The Plant System of Railroads, Steamships and Hotels (FGS Meeting)

September 1, 2018 @ 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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Speaker: Heather Trubee Brown   As always, our meetings are open to the public and start at 10:15 with a group discussion oriented to assist with solving your issues and helping to breaking down your brick walls. Heather’s presentation will begin at 11:00am.

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October 2018

Family Heritage Festival (HCPLC Event)

October 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Join the Florida History and Genealogy Library as they host the 4th Annual Family Heritage Festival.  Participate in varied genealogical activities including presentations by nationally known genealogy experts and visit with local history and genealogical societies. Topics will include DNA, city directories, MyHeritiage and learning about the newly renamed Fortune Taylor Bridge (formerly Laurel Street ...

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November 2018

Land Records for Genealogy (FGS Meeting)

November 3, 2018 @ 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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Join us on November 3rd to better understand the use and applicability of land records to further your research.   Janet Bergeron shares her vast knowledge and experience using these records to uncover no only familial tie, but also the historical context of their lives. Our monthly meetings are open to the public; all are welcome! ...

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December 2018

Conversations with Kenyatta (FGS Meeting)

December 13, 2018 @ 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 ...

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January 2019

Living with Legal Lingo (FGS Meeting)

January 5 @ 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, ...

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February 2019

Maintaining an Organized Computer (FGS Meeting)

February 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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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 ...

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Meet Family Tree Maker (FGS Meeting)

February 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm 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 @ 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 @ 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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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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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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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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