WFGS 2012 Calendar

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Jan 7
Feb 4
Mar 3
Apr 7
 May 5
Jun 2
Jul 7
Aug 4
Sep 1
Oct 6
***Nov 3—Seminar CANCELLED! Regular Meeting instead***
Dec 1


Megan Smolenyak seminar cancelled. See details below.
Regular meeting held in its place at 10 AM.



Date
Activity
Time
Description
Jan 7 WFGS Regular Meeting
Cokesbury Methodist Church’s Asbury Place (map)
5725 North Ninth Ave.

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. The program will start with a 15-20 minute presentation by Ms. Mikeal Donald of AnyLabTestNow of Pensacola. Her presentation will inform us about what they can offer locally in the way of DNA testing to help us in our genealogy research. The President, Bruce Rova also will give a 20 minute presentation on how to use the many new Family Map Books that WFGS donated to the WFGL in November.

Directions to Asbury Place (map): headed north on 9th Avenue, turn left at the stoplight at the 9th Avenue/College Boulevard intersection. The meeting place is about a hundred yards on the right.

Feb 4 WFGS Regular Meeting
Cokesbury Methodist Church’s Asbury Place (map)
5725 North Ninth Ave.

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. African American Genealogy. John Veasley will host with handouts to guests and a table top display of his own family research. Members and guests can browse this display before the meeting starts. Introductory remarks by John at 10:00 a.m. followed by Jerry Merritt presenting a 45 minute PowerPoint presentation on the similarities and differences in African American and European genealogy and examples of successful African American family histories completed by volunteers at the West Florida Genealogy Library (WFGL). This presentation will hold techniques that everyone will find helpful in doing pre-1850 European research. If you are a volunteer at the WFGL or plan to help a friend with African American research, this program is a "must see." After the PowerPoint presentation, guests and those who can assist in African American research will depart for the West Florida Genealogy Library (WFGS) across the street to help the guests prepare to begin their research, while the WFGS conducts the remainder of its business meeting.
Mar 3 WFGS Training Session
Cokesbury Methodist Church’s East Campus at McClain Hall
3300 Summit Blvd.

(850) 476-5818

Directions: McClain Hall is on Renoir behind the Methodist church that is on the corner of Summit Blvd. and Renoir. From Scenic Hwy, turn onto Summit. Turn right on Renoir. The Hall will be on your left. From 12th Ave., turn left on Renoir just after you pass the church. The Hall will be on your left.
10 a.m. The Greatest Generation: So many members of WFGS and the community are interested in indexing the 1940 Census. After communicating with FamilySearch.org, WFGS President, Shirley Booth-Byerly, signed up as Administrator and will conduct a training class, as well as a question and answer session, so everyone can be signed up and prepared when the Census is released on April 2nd. The handout stipulates, Join the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project, an historic national service project to reserve and share online the records of the 'greatest generation.' You can make a difference by transcribing the census records in your local area--giving others the opportunity to connect with their past, while at the same time connecting with your own. History is waiting!
Apr 7 Family History Research
WFGL
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Everyone, please come directly to the West Florida Genealogy Library for assistance in researching your "brick walls." No regular business meeting this month, so there will not be a notice in the newspaper. Any WFGS member who would like personal help with his research, join us at the genealogy library. Bring some basic facts, names, dates, groups sheets and a pedigree chart, if you have such, on the persons for whom you need help. Or, just bring what you know. We do not have access to our former meeting room, so there will be no refreshments. The library is open till 6:00 PM. Cynthia Dean, phone 850-432-7072, or e-mail cgdean@bellsouth.net.
May 5 WFGS Regular Meeting
Cokesbury Methodist Church’s Asbury Place (map)
5725 North Ninth Ave.

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Program: Land Records. Presented by Doug Bell. Doug is a 35-year veteran of genealogy research. He will present a program for the West Florida Genealogical Society entitled “Introduction to Land Records in Southern Genealogy.” He will show how to find these records and use them to research local and family history. Handouts will be distributed.

A specialist in Southern genealogy research and land records, he is a graduate of the University of South Alabama where he studied U.S. history and physical geography. Mr. Bell has made presentations to several Texas genealogy societies, the Texas Sons of the American Revolution, the Jackson County Mississippi Genealogy Society, and the Baldwin County Genealogy Society.

Currently, he is involved in cooperative research with the genealogy directors of the Carnegie Library and Conroe Library in Texas. He also presents seminars and workshops on Southern land records. Active areas of research include the colonies of British and Spanish West Florida, the Mississippi Territorial Period, reconstruction of families using land records, and DNA testing projects in the lower South.

Jun 2 WFGS Regular Meeting
Cokesbury Methodist Church’s Asbury Place (map)
5725 North Ninth Ave.

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. FamilySearch Update
An Overview of Content & Organization
Research Wiki - Historical Records

Just when you thought you had the hang of the IGI (International Genealogical Index), the FamilySearch website goes and gets a new look and ever-expanding content.

Laura Lee Scott will be the presenter. She has volunteered at the Pensacola Family History Center off and on since 1975. There have been many changes in research techniques and technology in the last 35 years. It requires much surfing to keep abreast of the latest genealogy happenings, but it is a labor of love.



WFGS Sec'y & Program Chairman: Betty Sparks

Jul 7 NO REGULAR MEETING
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Aug 4 WFGS Regular Meeting (with program)
Cokesbury Methodist Church’s Asbury Place (map)
5725 North Ninth Ave.

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Dr. Brian Rucker will introduce his new book, The Forgotten Panhandle: Treasures of West Florida. Dr. Rucker teaches history at Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida. He is a native of Santa Rosa County and a seventh-generation West Floridian with a Ph.D. in history from Florida State University. He is very active in local historical circles and has written several books on area history, bringing to life how pioneer families made a living, their language and recreation, and the violence that frequently accompanied pioneer life in West Florida. His newest book will be available for purchase at the meeting.



WFGS Sec'y & Program Chairman: Betty Sparks
Sep 1 WFGS Regular Meeting
Cokesbury Methodist Church’s Asbury Place (map)
5725 North Ninth Ave.

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Speaker: Cheryl Nugent, vice-president of the Genealogy Society of Santa Rosa County. Topic: "Preserving your Family Photos"; "Sharing and ideas on how to share." Some technical information will be covered.

WFGS Sec'y & Program Chairman: Betty Sparks
Oct 6 WFGS Regular Meeting
Cokesbury Methodist Church’s Asbury Place (map)
5725 North Ninth Ave.

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Elizabeth "Libbi" Powell Crowe: My Five Favorite Online Sites.

The potential for finding clues, data, and other researchers looking for your same family names has increased exponentially with push technology, streaming video, blogs, pod casts, and indexed document scans changing what can be found on the Internet and how we search for it. If you feel you need formal instruction, online courses, from basic self-paced text to college-level instruction, the Internet can now make that happen. if you want a look at the handwritten documents from the Library of Virginia, the Web is here to serve you. In this talk, Elizabeth Powell Crowe will present the ins and outs of five sites that should be on your bookmark list, whether you are a beginner or have been pursuing family history for years.

Elizabeth Powell Crowe has been writing for 30 years and pursuing genealogy since she learned it at her mother's knee. As a freelance writer, she has written for national magazines and websites, as well as many local organizations and publications. You can read several samples of her work at portfolio.epcrowe.com. Elizabeth, who is known as Libbi to her friends, lives and works in Navarre, Florida.

WFGS Sec'y & Program Chairman: Betty Sparks

Nov 3 NOTICE: SEMINAR CANCELLED!! See details. Regular meeting will be held in its place!

Cokesbury Methodist Church’s Asbury Place (map)
5725 North Ninth Ave.

(850) 494-7373

10 a.m. The West Florida Genealogical Society regrets that Megan Smolenyak has cancelled her appearance at our annual seminar on Nov. 3rd. She lives in the Philadelphia area and is in the path of the impending storm, Sandy.

In lieu of the cancelled seminar, we will have a regular meeting with a program. Betty Sparks will present a hands-on workshop on Identifying Old Photos, covering Hair Styles, Bonnets, Civil War, Photos 1840-1929 and different types of photos, such as cards, etc. She will bring five wonderful books she got from suggestions by one of our recent speakers, Cheryl Nugent. Bring your own photos to be identified.

Treasurer Maurice Johnson will be available to give refunds for the cancelled seminar.

Point of Contact: Cynthia Dean, phone 850-432-7072 or Email cgdean@bellsouth.net


WFGS Sec'y & Program Chairman: Betty Sparks

Dec 1 WFGS Regular Meeting
Cokesbury Methodist Church’s Asbury Place (map)
5725 North Ninth Ave.

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Program by Bert Blackmon, a resident of Baldwin Co. AL. He is married with one son and two grandsons and is a retired history teacher. He has been involved in genealogy for about 20 years and is a member of numerous heritage and genealogical groups. He is retired from the Alabama National Guard. He is an avid re-enactor (revolution, war of 1812, War Between the States).

Topic: Military Records

1. Where to look on the Internet
2. Where to write
3. The great fire and other brick walls
4. National cemeteries are records, too
5. Pensions, final payments, widows, etc.
5. Kinship, items to include, etc.
6. Misc. small related topics



WFGS Sec'y & Program Chairman: Betty Sparks