Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa)

Serving the Needs of the Genealogical Community for Over 50 Years

September Meeting

Please join us for our monthly meeting on Saturday, September 6, 2014, when Glynnis G. Gilbert of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library will present a program titled "Traditional and Digital Archiving for the Family Historian." 
The meeting is held in the auditorium of the John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, Florida, from 11 AM to 12:00 PM. 
Prior to the meeting, we offer some educational opportunities. All of these sessions are from 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM. 
  • Needs some help with research? Attend our Beginning Genealogy and Breaking Down Brick Walls session in the auditorium. 
  • Want to learn more about DNA? Attend our DNA Round Table in the Florida History & Genealogy Library on 2 West of the John F. Germany Library. 
  • Want to upgrade your computer skills? Attend our Computer SIG. The location is Carmen Manis Room on 2 West of the John F. Germany Library. 

Bylaws Amendments - Corr. Secretary

When our society was formed and for many decades thereafter, the primary way in which we received communication was through postal mail.  This is no longer the case.  With rare exception, what little mail we do receive is more appropriately handled by our Treasurer, and does not require a Secretary to respond to it.  Anything that can't be handled by the Treasurer is delegated to another member of the Board as appropriate.  (These are rare items.)  Today, almost all of our incoming communication is via email, and is currently handled by our Director Pattie Schultz in her role as chair of the Communications Committee.  She forwards things as needed to other officers.
The FGS Board has approved amendments to the current FGS Bylaws that would have the following effects (effective January 1):
1.  The elimination of the officer position of Corresponding Secretary.
2.  The renaming of the officer position of Recording Secretary as simply "Secretary".
In accordance with our Bylaws, this posting to our society's website constitutes notification to the membership of a proposed set of Bylaws changes. 
As part of the business meeting at the beginning of the regular September meeting, the membership will have the opportunity to vote on these proposed changes.  We will answer any questions about these proposed changes at that meeting.
Drew Smith
President, Florida Genealogical Society

Registration for 2014 Fall Seminar Opens

Registration is now open for our 2014 Fall Seminar, which will be held on Saturday, 4 October 2014, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Marshall Student Center on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa. Our speaker will be Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, who will present four great lectures.
Get full details about the event at the 2014 Fall Seminar webpage. The registration flyer and registration form (only) are available in the Public Downloads area of the website. Click here to go directly to that area.

Marriage Records Project Status

In partnership with University of South Florida Library's Digital Collections, we are working to digitize the Hillsborough County marriage record collection that spans from its earliest days through 1986. Our call for volunteers resulted in more than 40 people interested in participating, and the project is well underway. 
We have volunteers working at the USF Library to scan, straighten, and crop the paper records. Other people are transcribing records from their home computers. 
Watch for updates here at our website and come to our monthly meetings to hear more about the project.

Great Volunteer Opportunities!

The Florida Genealogical Society here in Tampa has shown great spirit working on volunteer projects. They provide the opportunity to give back to the genealogical community and they're also fun and educational'. We have three great projects and there's a spot for you!
Memorial Park Cemetery Headstone Recording Project
FGS is currently archiving Memorial Park Cemetery. Volunteers are needed to help record information from headstones, photograph headstones, and perform light cleaning (mostly just removing accumulated grass clippings so we can see the stone). We are meeting 2-3 times per month for about 2 hours.
For more information or to volunteer, contact our Special Projects chair, David A. Hoffman, at (813) 282-9631 or david@mygenealogyconsultant.com.
We look forward to having you join the fun!

Tampa Naturalization Records Are Online

The Florida Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the completion and realization of one of our projects, produced in conjunction with the University of South Florida Library's Special Collections.

The digitized collection of Hillsborough County, Florida, Naturalization Certificates from 1895 to 1906, excluding 1897/8, is now online at the University of South Florida Library's Special Collections website.

This collection consists of digital copies of Hillsborough County Naturalization documents, including declarations of intention, petitions for naturalization, and naturalization certificates. The original record books were loaned to USF for digitization by the Clerk of the Hillsborough County Circuit Court and indexed by volunteers from the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa). The entire collection is searchable.

You can access the collection by visiting the USF Library's website at http://www.lib.usf.edu. Click on the Special Collections link on the bar near the top of the screen and choose Browse All Digital Collections A-Z from the drop-down menu. Select Hillsborough County Naturalization Records from the list. Alternately, you can go directly to the collection by using the link http://guides.lib.usf.edu/content.php?pid=86148&sid=3754294#. You can search or browse the records.

Here is an example of one of the records, the approved petition for naturalization for Jose A. Rodriguez Suarez, allowing him to be administered the oath of naturalization:


Visit Our Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is updated almost every day, and is filled with excellent links and tips. You can find it at https://www.facebook.com/FGSTampa. If you're a Facebook user, visit the page and Like us. Our Facebook page will then become part of the regular news feed on your page, and you won't miss a thing.  

Our Society Is Involved!

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We are proud members of the Federation of Genealogical SocietiesFGS was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. It links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow. To do this, FGS publishes FORUM magazine, filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news. The FGS Voice blog and the monthly Voice newsletter provide time-sensitive information. FGS also publishes the FGS Wiki which covers topics about effectively organizing and operating a genealogical society. We provides helpful services to our member societies such as reviews of bylaws, newsletters, and websites, making suggestions for improvements. 

FGS also provides access to our society's members to their Partner Benefits Program in which each of us can take advantage of significant discounts. 

You can subscribe to the FGS Voice Newsletter (email) for free at http://www.fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=71

Our society supports and donates to the Preserve the Pensions Project. The Federation of Genealogical Societies has spearheaded this initiative in the genealogical community. The goal of this project is to preserve and digitize the War of 1812 military pension files in the possession of the National Archives and Records Administration
The digitized images are being indexed and added to Fold3.com where they will be permanently available for free. Each dollar donated is currently being matched by the Federation, and the full amount is also matched by Ancestry.com, making every dollar contributed worth four times the original contribution! The goal is to have the project completed by January of 2015, the two hundredth anniversary of the end of the War of 1812.
We encourage your contribution to the Preserve the Pensions Project.