WFGS 2011 Calendar

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WFGL = West Florida Genealogy Library
TBD     = To be determined


Date
Activity
Time
Description
Jan 8 WFGS Regular Meeting
WFGL
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL
(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. PERSI, a Neglected Resource
Presented by Laura Lee Scott
Feb 5 WFGS Regular Meeting
WFGL
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL
(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Searching for Ancestors Using the Internet
Presented by Jerry Merritt
Feb 19 WFGS Special Program Celebrating Black History Month
WFGL
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL
(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. African American Genealogy For Beginners--this special program consists of a PowerPoint presentation and workshop which will extend over approximately two hours. It will cover how to get started, how to piece together family lineages from seemingly unrelated clues, and how to put together a road map to doing your own personal family history. It will even include tips on how to trace your paternal and maternal lines back to specific locations in Africa. It will also include examples of African American research done recently by volunteers for beginning researchers at the Genealogy Library. A tour of library facilities will follow the presentation and for those who already have enough information to get started, volunteers will work with you in beginning to find and document your family's history.
Presented by genealogists Jerry Merritt and Evan Strohl
Mar 5 WFGS Regular Meeting
WFGL
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL
(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. How to Live Forever-- family researchers are passionate about researching, preserving and honoring the past and reveling in discovery. Yet, they often fail to recognize that they are the link between past and future generations. Dot Brown will explore ways that each person can leave for his or her descendants more than a name and documents and a name and dates on a tombstone. She will be offering simple steps that everyone can do with little or no expense.
Presented by Dot Brown, a 6th or 7th generation Florida Cracker. The daughter of a Florida cow hand and the granddaughter of a pioneer who was fishing Lake Okeechobee in 1909, she calls Glades County, Florida "home" to this day. She is a graduate of Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC. During her checkered past, she worked at Warrington Bank; a construction and utility company; WSRE-TV; and the Pensacola News Journal, where she originated the "Family Quest" column, which was devoted to genealogy. A collection from her "Dotted Eyes" columns was published by the Pensacola Press Club under the title, Cracker Crumb Trail. Now retired and living in Foley, Alabama, Dot is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Ensley Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. She is a Life Member of the West Florida Genealogical Society and co-founder of the Baldwin County Genealogical Society, where she plays an active role in helping build a genealogical collection in the Foley Public Library. She is the proud mother of a son and daughter and has one grandson. She is an avid Florida State University Seminole fan. Go 'Noles!
Apr 2 No Regular Meeting--Program Only
WFGL
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL
(850) 494-7373
9 a.m.

10 a.m.
Basic Beginning Genealogy (WFGL Meeting Room)
Third Annual Family History Assistance Day-aka-How to Find Out Who You Are

This will be a genealogy help day to assist people who have "brick walls" in their research or just need to know where to begin. Seasoned genealogists will be on site to help with census research, birth, marriage and death records research, genealogy software, genealogy basics, online computer research and using the library's many and varied genealogy resources. Reservations are not necessary, and there is no charge. Guests should bring whatever information they have in the form of Ancestor Charts, Family Group Sheets, or just on a piece of paper.
Points of contact are Bruce Rova, phone 850-934-0139, or Cynthia Dean, phone 850-432-7072
May 7 WFGS Regular Meeting
WFGL
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL
(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Organizing Genealogical Research Data
Our WFGS program for the May 7th monthly meeting will be on a topic requested by many members in our recent surveys of potential presentation topics how to organize all that data from our research. We are fortunate to have as our speaker, one of the leaders of the Okaloosa Genealogical Society, Beverly Phillips Gross. Beverly Phillips Gross has been an active researcher for fifty-five years. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Alabama College, now the University of Montevallo, in AL. Beverly has taught elementary school, been a Director of Christian Education, and a tour guide. Presently, Beverly teaches Genealogy and More Genealogy courses for older adults at Prime Time, Northwest State College in Niceville and Center for Lifelong Learning in Fort Walton Beach. In addition, she has spoken to several genealogical societies, attended state & national genealogy conventions, and been the President of the Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County where she presently is serving as the immediate Past President on the GSOC board.
Jun 4 WFGS Regular Meeting
WFGL
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL
(850) 494-7373
10 a.m.

"Find that Newspaper"!

Learn how to find out whether or not a newspaper exists in a certain location; how to find copies of it; why microfilm may or may not exist; why the local library doesn't have a copy of it; and the effect of the Internet on newspaper searching and the role of digitization in access.

Hear a little about newspaper publishing and why there are no marriage announcements or birth announcements, or even obituaries in earlier newspapers like there are today, etc. This program is a refresher on NEWSPAPER RESEARCH FOR THE GENEALOGIST.

Presented by Dean DeBolt, University Librarian, Special Collections, University of West Florida Library

Jul 2 NO REGULAR MEETING
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Aug 6 WFGS Regular Meeting
Maurice Johnson, VP, Presiding
WFGL
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL
(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Lou Vickery, a Native American and author of The Rise of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. will discuss his Native American heritage and his book. DUE TO A DEATH IN HIS FAMILY, THIS PROGRAM WILL NOT BE GIVEN. PROGRAM: Dot Brown will present, "What is a Florida Cracker"?
Sep 3 WFGS Regular Meeting
WFGL
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL
(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Speaker: Jerry Merritt. Program: PowerPoint presentation that picks up where his last program about finding your ancestors using the Internet left off. This month's program will include tips and tricks to facilitate your research efforts and to preserve your research for future generations. The tips and tricks will range from beginners' stuff to advanced research so there should be something for everyone.
Oct 1 WFGS Regular Meeting
Vickery Community Center
2030 Summit Blvd.
Pensacola, FL
10 a.m. Program presented by Lou Vickery, author of a new book (2009), The Rise of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, published by Upward Press. The program will focus on his discoveries about his own family tree and the history of the Poarch Indians.
Nov 5 Educational Seminar
Pensacola State College
Hagler Auditorium
Pensacola, FL
TBD Save this date for the WFGS 2011 Educational Seminar with Ms. Elizabeth Wells at Hagler Auditorium on Pensacola State College campus about 1/2 block north of the West Florida Genealogy Library.

Click this link for Information & a Registration Form for the WFGS Seminar on 5 Nov 2011

Dec 3 WFGS Regular Meeting
Cokesbury Methodist Church’s Asbury Place (click here for map)
5725 North Ninth Ave. (see directions at the bottom of the description of the program)
Pensacola, FL
Info: WFGS Library phone (850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Our speaker for the 10 AM Saturday December 3, 2011 WFGS monthly meeting will be Elizabeth Powell Crowe. Known by her friends as “Libbi,” she is a well-known genealogy author and speaker that we are lucky enough to have living nearby in Navarre. When asked, she enthusiastically agreed to come and give us a look at some of the tips she has in her latest update of her popular publication “Genealogy Online –Ninth Edition” issued last fall. Her topic “What's New in Online Genealogy”? will be based on her book and will include discussion of some of the new things in this latest edition such as blogging, podcasts, and social networking.

Discover how to start your search, find specific types of genealogical information on the Web, and use online tools effectively and efficiently. Techniques for tracking, organizing, analyzing, and sharing research are included. The potential for finding clues, data, and other researchers looking for the same family names has increased exponentially in the last decade. Ms. Crowe will give us examples of how her newest book will help you take full advantage of the cutting-edge genealogy resources available at your fingertips.

IMPORTANT: OUR MEETING SITE HAS CHANGED –we will be meeting in the Cokesbury Methodist Church's Asbury Place meeting building –located just south of and in back of the Cokesbury Methodist Church. It is located directly across Ninth Avenue from our normal meeting site at the West Florida Genealogy Library. Watch for the blue and white WFGS arrow signs to help you find the building/parking. The address is 5725 North Ninth Avenue. At the stoplight at Ninth Avenue and College Boulevard, turn west and go about a hundred yards. The meeting building will be on your right.