Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa)

Serving the Needs of the Genealogical Community for Over 50 Years

Join Us for Our May 2014 Meeting

Join us on May 3, 2014, for a live webinar program presented by Cyndi Ingle, creator of Cyndi's List and the authority on Internet-based resources for genealogical reference and research. Her presentation is titled "Evaluating Websites."

Cyndi says, "Fourteen years ago I presented a new lecture titled "Evaluating Web Sites." All these years later several things have changed, while many things have stayed the same. How can you know whether what you find online is accurate and reliable? We’ll discuss how to delve into online datasets and determine the original source of the materials, and then how to evaluate the material you find there."

Cyndi is an entertaining and knowledgeable speaker, and you are sure to learn a lot about Internet resources. You don't want to miss this event!

The meeting will be held in the Auditorium of the John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Drive in Tampa, beginning at 11:00 AM.

And don't forget our Special Interest Groups that meet from 10:15 to 10:45 AM: Beginners and Brick Walls, Computers, and DNA.


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!
Ask a Genealogist
FGS has taken AAG on the road! Volunteers are needed to staff one or more AAG sessions. We can even schedule a session at your local library to make it easy. Experience? If you have been researching your own family history for a few years, you are experienced enough to do this. We are also trying to schedule 2-3 volunteers per session, so that you can draw upon the experiences of the 
group. If you want to join an already scheduled session (see below) to “get the feel of it,” let us know.
April 12, 1-3pm
Austin Davis Public Library
17808 Wayne Road, Odessa, FL 33556-4720  
(813) 273-3652
May 10, 2-4pm
Brandon Regional Library
619 Vonderburg Drive, Brandon, FL 33511-5972   
(813) 273-3652
May 12, 6-8pm
Lutz Branch Library
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road, Lutz, FL 33548-7220    
(813) 273-3652
June 11, 3-5pm
Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library
3910 S. Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611-1214    
(813) 273-3652
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.
Hillsborough County Marriage Records Digitization and Transcription Project
In partnership with University of South Florida Library's Digital Collections, we are working to digitize the marriage record collection that spans from the 1880’s through 1986.
We are looking for volunteers in two areas:
  • Digitizing Records – Scan, straighten and crop the paper records. No special computer skills needed. USF will provide training on how to use the equipment. This activity requires the volunteer to be at the library at USF during business hours. Within those hours, the time you volunteer is flexible.
  • Transcribing Records – View the digital image and transcribe the information into database software. This activity can be done from your home at any time. It is a web-based software program and training/support is provided.
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:


Our Society Is Involved!

Federation of Genealogical Societies Member Logo
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.

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.