27 September 2009

Research - a - Rama - FGS - TAMPA!

The Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) will host a VERY special monthly meeting on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at the John F. Germany Library in downtown Tampa.

The event is to provide members of the society and the public with a day of GREAT presentations and insights into using the excellent genealogical databases AND the Genealogy and Local History collection of the library.

It will take place from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm in BOTH the auditorium on the 2-East and in the Genealogy and Local History collection located on 2-West, with concurrent activities in both areas.

IN THE AUDITORIUM

There will be 4 presentations given in the auditorium during the day:

"Finding the Books You Want" - Presented by Drew Smith
" Using Ancestry Library Edition (Part 1)" - Presented by George G. Morgan
" Using Ancestry Library Edition (Part 2)" - Presented by George G. Morgan
"Online Newspaper Research" - Presented by Drew Smith

The auditorium will be set up with the library's training laptops. In addition, you can bring you own laptop and there will be power AND Wi-Fi Internet connectivity so that you can follow along in the presentations and gain hands-on experience.

IN THE GENEALOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT

The FGS Baord members and volunteers will provide two 1-hour period during the day when they will staff two tables. One session will be held in the morning and antoher in the afternoon as follows:

Table 1 - "How to get Started with genealogical research".
Table 2 - "Brick Wall Suggestions"

This is a great chance to spend an entire day not only reseraching, but getting tips and hints.


For more information either click on the title of the post or copy and past this link into your browser:

http://fgstampa.blogspot.com/2009/09/florida-genealogial-society-octobers.html

26 September 2009

A Scattered Family from Maine Reunited

The short article, Scattered Family Reunited, in the September 26, 2009 issue of the Tampa Tribune on page 12A. The story starts in Biddeford, Maine and now includes family members in Sarasota.

17 September 2009

From the Tampa Tribune: USF to help county identify buried paupers

USF to Help County Identify Buried Paupers, appeared in the 17 Sep 2009 issue, page 4A, of the Tampa Tribune.

No, this is not in Pasco County, but it is nearby and may provide some lessons learned.

The article is not specific other than only one location has been selected (not identified) and the USF participants are not identified.

If you find this interesting, don't comment here instead write to (or call) the reporter Lindsey Peterson and ask for continuing coverage.

13 September 2009

Library of Michigan Petition

I received this email from George Morgan of the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa.) I suggest you read it and decide whether you should act.

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Please communicate this information to your society's members as soon as possible.

George G. Morgan
Director, Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa)

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Within the genealogical community, the Library of Michigan has long been recognized as one of the premier state libraries in the country.

The cohesive Library of Michigan collection with over 180 years of Michigan history, literature and culture records and reflects the lives of not only those who remained to raise their families within the state but of millions more whose migration to other parts of the country left their footprints in the soil and records generated by their passage. Visitors come from all across the country to research at the Library of Michigan.

In addressing a $2 Billion deficit in the Michigan budget, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm issued an executive order in July, which would abolish the Department of History, Arts and Libraries. As originally proposed, the collections of the Library of Michigan would be scattered and the building built and designed to house the state library would be renovated to house a new function.

In meetings held during the Federation of Genealogical Societies/ Arkansas Genealogical Society Annual Conference in Little Rock this past week, the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) representatives have initiated a petition drive in support of the Library of Michigan. This is the first time it has exercised this option since 2006, something of an indicator of the seriousness with which the genealogical community views this situation.

The RPAC petition became available for signature on Sunday, the 6th of September. The RPAC will close the petition drive on the 1st of October, the date the governor’s order is scheduled to take effect. The earlier one signs, the greater the impact.

Although the prospects for reversing this action are remote, we would not want it to be said that a state library can be closed without its users caring (or for other governors to think it a politically expedient thing to do).

Genealogists from within and without Michigan are encouraged to sign the online petition found at http://www.PetitionOnline.com/RPAC2009/petition.html. The RPAC then ask that you urge the members of every society of which you are a member to do likewise.

Additional background and the latest developments can be found at the web site of the Michigan Genealogical Council at www.mimgc.org/LOM.html . They may also suggest legislators to whom individual letters might be addressed at appropriate points in the legislative process.

Don't Miss the Florida Genealogy Society (Tampa) Activities

A link to the blog of the Florida Genealogy Society (Tampa) is in the right column of this blog.

They have two big Fall Openers.

The 2009 FGS Fall Seminar with Elizabeth Shown Mills. This will be on the campus of the Hillsborough County Community College, Dale Mabry Campus on September 26th all day and cost non-members $40.

Florida Genealogical Society - October's SPECIAL Meeting - Research-a Rama. This will be October 3rd at the John Germany Library on Ashley St. in downtown Tampa 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. If you ever had a question about anything in the library the people with the answers will be there. It looks to be free, however you will need to pay for parking.

Both the above links should take you to additional information.

Overcoming the Brick Wall – Simple Solutions To Your Major Problems

Debbe Hagner who some PCGS members may remember from a talk or classes for our society has this new presentation, Overcoming the Brick Wall – Simple Solutions To Your Major Problems.

The presentation will be presented at the
University of South Florida Genealogy Interest Group meet­ing at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, 2902 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa at 9:30 on Friday September 18th. They meet on the 3rd Friday of the month, for de­tails, call (813) 977-6484. [This information came from the Tampa Tribune's weekly HERITAGE HUNTING article by Sharon Tate Moody.]

The same presentation will also be made at the
Genealogy Society of Hernando County meeting on October 27th at 6:30 PM in the LDS Family History Center, 21043 Yontz Road, Brooksville. [This information came from Kathleen Marsh, the Program Chair.]

These presentations are open to the public without fee. They are just over the county lines to the south and the north.

10 September 2009

Pasco County Genealogical Society Meeting - 12 Sep 2009

PCGS MEETING: 12 SEP 2009

MILES H. PLOWDEN, III
BOOK AUTHOR - PROFESSIONAL STORYTELLER – HISTORIAN
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MR PLOWDEN WILL ENTERTAIN US WITH EXCERPTS FROM HIS BOOK “CRACKERS IN THE SCRUB” A NOVEL ABOUT THE FLORIDA CRACKER COWBOYS.

PLOWDEN’S POLITE DEMEANOR AND TALENT FOR DISTINCTIVE SPEECH CAPTIVATES THOSE LISTENING TO HIS STORYTELLING.

HIS WRITING REFLECTS THE SAME TALENT.

HE WILL HAVE BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO READ MORE OF HIS INTERESTING TALES ABOUT EARLY FLORIDA.
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COME JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST MEETING OF THE FALL.