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Activity
Time
Description
Jan 5 WFGS Regular Meeting
Cokesbury Methodist Church’s Asbury Place (map)
5725 North Ninth Ave.

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Who’s That Lady??!! presented by WFGS member Bruce Rova. In it, he will address a topic that some of our members have requested help with—that is, what are some good strategies and resources that can help identify maiden surnames, parents, and other information for women in our family trees where we only know a married name. He will share practical examples of a myriad of means he has used successfully in his research—reviewing both finding direct sources and, especially, gathering and using clues from indirect sources to reveal new information and resolve such problems.

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

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. A special program for Black History Month. Jerry Merritt will present a Power Point 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 genealogy library. The similarities between African American and European research techniques are surprising and the differences quite minor when looked at in detail. Even if one has no African ancestors, this presentation will hold techniques that he will find immensely helpful in doing pre-1850 European research. After the Power Point presentation, those interested in tracing their ancestry will go to the genealogy library across the street for individual assistance researching.

Point of contact: Cynthia Dean, phone (850) 432-7072, or email cgdean@bellsouth.net.

Mar 2 WFGS Regular Meeting
West FL Genealogy Library
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Program: The meeting will be followed by library research at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at West Florida Genealogy Library, 5740 N. 9th Ave., Pensacola, Florida.

Look through the diverse collections: Family Map books for many U.S. counties, also a seven volume series on Immigrants to New England. Plus a six volume set Directory of Virginia Landowners in 1815 and a complete set of Virginia Soldiers 1776.

Browse the military collection: four shelves of Revolutionary and pre-Revolutionary military books, with twelve shelves of volumes on the Civil War: 3 shelves of Union and 9 of Confederate.

For the individual states, there are 14 shelves of books related to Virginia families, including individual counties and the 1787 census (three volume set). Georgia occupies 22 shelves; Alabama 23. South Carolina overflows with information: land transactions, marriage records, court records; the Leon Hollingsworth collection. He was a certified genealogist who spent over thirty years travelling the southeast, recording genealogical data on cards. We have the complete 12 reel microfilm collection of his records.

On a far back wall, 24 shelves of Family History books, plus DAR, Colonial Dames and SAR books.

If you would like some help with your research, please, jot down names, dates, places for your relatives that you want to research, and bring to library. WFGS members will be available to assist.

For those who would like to volunteer to assist with this program, please contact Bert Outlaw, bgoutlaw@bellsouth.net.

Apr 6 WFGS Regular Meeting
West FL Genealogy Library
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Speaker: Jeff Neely, retired Marine Corps helicopter pilot, with a BS degree in geography and a Masters degree in computer resource management. He served as Webmaster for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His presentation will be using Google Earth as a research tool to locate family related historical landmarks (old maps with home sites, cemeteries, district lines, other structures) by overlaying older maps onto current satellite imagery. This overlay technique works for both urban and rural settings, as well as uses Google Earth Street View to view current locations. By getting latitude/longitude coordinates a visit to the sites would be possible.

Members can download Google Earth to their laptop, and a map of interest to their desktop, and follow along during presentation. After the presentation the following is provided: The Google Earth Lecture of 6 Apr 2013; Overlay with Google; and Tutorial Page 1 and Tutorial Page 2.

May 4 WFGS Regular Meeting
West FL Genealogy Library
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. What's Old (New?) at University of West Florida? Presenter Dean DeBolt is University Archivist for the West Florida History Center and University Archives at the The University of West Florida. Formerly known as Special Collections, the Centers collections consist of rare books, manuscripts, diaries, photographs, newspapers, computer and digital files, family and business papers, and other materials concerning the people and history of the West Florida, and is the largest research collection about the Gulf Coast in existence.

In addition to his role as Archivist and Librarian, Dean is an historian of the Florida Chautauqua (DeFuniak Springs) and has lectured at the New York Chautauqua, the Lakeside Chautauqua (Ohio), and the Monteagle Assembly (Tennessee). His writings on the Florida Chautuauqua have appeared in the magazine of the Florida Humanities Council and he has served as an Humanities Scholar, lecturing on the Chautauqua movement at libraries and organizations throughout Florida. Dean has an M.A. in History from the University of Illinois (Springfield) and an M.L.S. from the University of Illinois (Urbana).

Jun 1 WFGS Regular Meeting
West FL Genealogy Library
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. This will be a demonstration program by WFGS member, Bruce Rova, entitled, "Family Tree Maker 2012."
Jul 6 NO REGULAR MEETING
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Aug 3 WFGS Regular Meeting
West FL Genealogy Library
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Program title: Will or No Will: Genealogy, Probate, and Death Records by Doug Bell

This program introduces probate records and various sources of death records, where to find them and how to use them to extend family lines. Some of the legal process of probate will be dealt with and the many different legal records created by the probate process both with and without a will.

Your speaker has been a genealogist for over 30 years - both personal and part-time professional. He specializes in Southern genealogy research with an emphasis on land records. Two degrees are held from University of South Alabama with a minor in US History and a minor in Physical Geography. Paralegal work is his current day job.

Past speaking engagements have been with the Brazos County Texas Genealogy Society, Brazos Genealogy Ramblers, Washington county Texas Genealogy Society, Montgomery County Texas Genealogy Society, Texas Sons of the American Revolution, Jackson county Mississippi Genealogy Society, Baldwin county Alabama Genealogy Society, Santa Rosa county Florida Genealogy Society, and WFGS. Topics range from land, probate, census, and military records to the Colonial South.

Current cooperative research is underway with the director of the Carnegie Library of Bryan Texas and past work included the late Jean Strickland and the Pascagoula Library. Current areas of research include the colonies of British and Spanish West Florida, the Mississippi Territorial Period, reconstruction of settlements using land records, and DNA testing projects in the Gulf Coast region.

Sep 7 WFGS Regular Meeting
West FL Genealogy Library
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Jerry Merritt is speaker for the WFGS September program. His presentation is on Autosomal DNA. With the upcoming WFGS program in October (or is it Nov?) on DNA, you don't want to walk into that program cold when the discussion turns to autosomal DNA. It is a totally different world in what it can do, how it's used, and how it works. So to help prepare you for the October program, Jerry will use PowerPoint to cover the vast differences in using autosomal DNA vs. Y or mtDNA. This will help you get much more out of the follow-on conference presentation on autosomal DNA. He will also show an amazing use of the X chromosome in tracing ancestry since the X chromosome doesn't pass down to us the way autosomal, Y and mtDNA do. Then he will cover one of the popular sites for autosomal matching - 23AndMe. He will cover how to tell whether autosomal DNA testing will help you in your genealogy or whether it would be a waste of time at its current state of development. Finally he will introduce you to GEDMatch, a free site where you can upload your 23AndMe or FamilyTree DNA results for special testing and for matching across several DNA sites. Some of the material he will cover you won't find anywhere else.
Oct 5 WFGS Regular Meeting
West FL Genealogy Library
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Speaker:Margo Stringfield

Topic: St. Michael's Cemetery : Crossroads of Pensacola's past from Spanish times to today.

Mrs. Stringfield is a research archaeologist at UWF with a special interest in the history and archaeology of Colonial West Florida. She is the principal archaeologist for historic St. Michael's Cemetery and the author of Historic Pensacola, published in 2009.

Contact Cynthia Dean, 850-432-7072, or email, cgdean@bellsouth.net

Nov 2 Replaced by Fall Seminar on Nov 9 (See below) TBD
Nov 9 WFGS Fall Seminar
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Dec 7 WFGS Regular Meeting
West FL Genealogy Library
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m.

Presenter: John Appleyard of Pensacola, a successful businessman who has recieved numerous Citizen of the Year awards for his community work throughout the years. He has written and published numerous historical publications about local families and the Pensacola area.

His topic will be Colonial Spain, dicussing the transfer of Florida to the United States from 1811-1821, the War of 1812, and Andrew Jackson's two invasions of Florida.

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