27 June 2012

FYI - Florida State Genealogical Society Conference

The annual Florida State Genealogical Society Conference will be November 8, 9 and 10, 2012 at the Hilton Deerfield/Boca Raton in Deerfield Beach, Florida.  The theme for the conference will be “The Best of Times: Genealogy + Technology” and the keynote speakers are Curt Witcher and Thomas MacEntee.

This is to let you know what is being planned and more details will be announced soon.

Deep Ancesrty

Deep Ancestry - The Landmark DNA Quest to Decipher Our Distant Past by Spencer Wells is another ebook available through our Pasco County Library System.  I cannot say I agree with it there is a lot of subjective anthropological guess work and fuzzy feelings involved in the discussions.  But what do you think having your DNA, both y- and mt-DNA analyzed is going to tell you.  Well besides my misgivings about Anthropology the book explains what all the DNA stuff is about.  This book is published by the National Geographic Society and promotes the Genographic Project.

I am suggesting you read it yourself.  If you have an ebook reader simply download it for 2-weeks or you can download the free Kindle PC reader so that you can read it on your computer.  If you have a library card you don't need to leave your house.

Maybe you already know the significance of haplogroups, like R1b1, SNPs, chromosomes, or mitochondria.

16 June 2012

Spend Less and See More with Webinars

Everyday Genealogy: Spend Less and See More with Webinars: Every year there are local, state and national genealogy seminars. Some are a few hours or over a weekend and others span the days before o...

11 June 2012

Irish DNA Testing?

Back in May, the Irish Times carried a short article, Discover Your Genetic Ancestors.  It was about “Ireland’s DNA” that is a new service similar to the one that has some popularity in Scotland called "Scotland's DNA."  In Scotland about 1,000 people have paid to have their DNA tested (as about 250 euros.)  For Scotland Norse raiders would be expected, but for about 1% there is a Berber line.
There are lots of tales of who and where the Irish came from, maybe there will be some answers and a few surprises. 

10 June 2012

1940 U.S. Census for Florida is SEARCHABLE

The Genealogy Guys Podcast mentioned it so I checked it out.

At FamilySearch.org you can find the 1940 Florida U.S. Census,  indexed - searchable - with images of the census sheets. 

>>> https://familysearch.org/1940census/  <<< just click the link
                    and click Florida on the map.

03 June 2012

John F Germany Library & Republican National Convention

The main Hillsborough County library, the John F. Germany Library, will be closed for the week prior to and during the convention.  That would be from August 19th through August 31st, 2012.

This has been reported in the Tampa Bay Timeswww.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/tampas-main-library-to-close-for-republican-national-convention/1232594

Between parking issues, security and other media event then the peaceful library on Ashley Street will be in the way.