WFGS 2014 Calendar

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Jan 4
Feb 1
Mar 1
Apr 5
 May 3
Jun 7
Jul 5 (No Meeting)
Aug 2
See list of WFGS training in August
Sep 6
Oct 4
Nov 1 Seminar
Dec 6

Topic: FamilySearch.org: What’s New and How to Use It. Speaker: Elder Balling and Elder Blair, from the LDS. Church Presentation will include new records and features of FamilySearch; how to search, create a pedigree fan chart, share photos, build a family tree, chat with a live person for help, and use Puzilla to “find our cousins.” WFGS member Mrs. Lee Scott will also be available to answer any in-depth general questions. FamilySearch.org is a free website with many genealogy records to access, and WFGS library volunteers have recently been trained to assist visitors in using its resources. Note: this is the program originally scheduled for June, which we had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. Members and guests are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available at 9:45. Meeting begins at 10:00.

Date
Activity
Time
Description
Jan 4 WFGS Regular Meeting
West FL Genealogy Library
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Speaker: Charlene Grafton. The topic of her presentation is, “What’s In Your Genes? Human Disease Traits.” She is a survivor of Stevens Johnson Syndrome caused by a severe reaction to Septra DS in 2009. She retired in July 2013 as Nurse Case Manager but continues to write and market her books. Her seventh book is about the last four years of her life. After hearing of pharmacovigilance (see the note at end of article) in 2009, and being a medical writer for doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, she wrote the book What’s In Your Genes: Human Threads Linking Genetics and Genealogy. She is a participant in the Personal Genome Project with Dr. George Church at Harvard.

Charlene taught tennis at PJC for 15 years, started the UWF collegiate tennis program, and helped start Pensacourt Sports Center in 1980. She is a veteran of the Korean War, and a board member of the Council on Aging for Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Her website is www.charlenehgrafton.com.

Note: Pharmacovigilance (PV) is defined as the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug-related problem. http://www.who.int/medicines/areas/quality_safety/safety_efficacy/pharmvigi/en/

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

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. West Florida Genealogical Society’s Annual African-American Help Day. Jerry Merritt’s program will show techniques for beginning as well as experienced researchers, with an emphasis on locating hard-to-find information about African-American genealogy.

Mr. Merritt has been a popular presenter with WFGS members. His programs provide practical and easily understood methods for all genealogists.

Following the program, the West Florida Genealogy Library will be open and volunteers will provide research assistance using library computers and other resources. Since computer access is limited, attendees are encouraged to reserve a space by calling 478-6168. Personal laptops and tablets may be used; no reservation is required for them.

WFGS members and visitors are welcome. Refreshments will be available beginning at 9:30 AM.

Contact Charlotte Schipman 850-477-7166 cschipman@mac.com

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

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Program is Understanding Your Y-DNA.

We will have discussions on the following topics: Short Tandem Repeats; Most Recent Common Ancestor; Y- markers; What is a match?; Time to Most Recent Common Ancestor; Using Ancestry,com; and FamilyTree.com web sites, comparing results from different companies.

Bert was born and raised in south Alabama, served 20 plus years in the military, was a commercial pilot and school teacher for 7 years, and spent the last 13 years as a flight insructor at Whiting Field. He is the current president of the West Florida Genealogical Society and past vice-president. He is a Member of North Carolina Genealogy Society, and the National Genealogy Society.

Apr 5 WFGS Regular Meeting
West FL Genealogy Library
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL

(850) 494-7373
10 a.m. Presenter: Judy Russell, Certified Genealogist and a Law Degree

The Ties That Bond

From marriage bonds to freedom bonds, sureties given in a wide variety of circumstances can offer clues to our family members and their friends, associates and neighbors. Learn what they are, how to find them, and how to use them in building your family's FAN club.  

Webinar Skill Level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

    Contact Charlotte Schipman, 850-477-7166, cschipman@mac.com, for questions.

  • May 3 WFGS Regular Meeting
    West FL Genealogy Library
    5740 N. 9th Ave.
    Pensacola, FL

    (850) 494-7373
    10 a.m. Presentation by Kay Rudolph. She will speak on “Building Your Genealogy Research Skills.”

    Bert Outlaw, WFGS President, will present the second session of “Genealogy Schoolhouse.” This month’s topic will be “Organizing Genealogy Information With Free Computer Software.” The Genealogy Schoolhouse session will follow the regular WFGS meeting and program after a short break. It is designed primarily for beginners in genealogy, but everyone can benefit from the presentation.

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

    (850) 494-7373
    10 a.m. NOTICE: CHANGE OF PROGRAM!! NEW TOPIC: Google Earth for Genealogy

    The WFGS program for June has been changed, due to unforeseen circumstances. The new program will be a CD presentation of “Google Earth for Genealogy” by Lisa Cooke. In addition, there WILL be a Genealogy Schoolhouse program: “A Basic Outline for Research” based on Megan Smolenyak’s book, Who Do You Think You Are?

    Contact Charlotte Schipman, 850-477-7166, email cschipman@mac.com.

    Jul 6 NO REGULAR MEETING
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    Aug 2 WFGS Regular Meeting
    West FL Genealogy Library
    5740 N. 9th Ave.
    Pensacola, FL

    (850) 494-7373
    10 a.m. Topic: FamilySearch.org: What’s New and How to Use It Speaker: Elder Balling and Elder Blair, from the LDS Church

    Presentation will include new records and features of Family Search; how to search, create a pedigree fan chart, share photos, build a family tree, chat with a live person for help, and use Puzilla to “find our cousins.” WFGS member Mrs. Lee Scott will also be available to answer any in-depth general questions.

    FamilySearch.org is a free website with many genealogy records to access, and WFGS library volunteers have recently been trained to assist visitors in using its resources.

    Note: this is the program originally scheduled for June, which we had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. Members and guests are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available at 9:45. Meeting begins at 10:00 A.M. Point of contact is Charlotte Schipman, 850-477-7166, email cschipman@mac.com

    WFGS FamilySearch Training Sessions

    The WFGS will offer several training sessions in August on the new features of FamilySearch. Two Elders from the LDS church will present the sessions. The training will be held at the West Florida Genealogy Library on the following dates:

    Wednesday, August 6
    Wednesday, August 13
    Saturday, August 30

    Sessions will begin at 10:30 and last approximately 30–40 minutes.

    All are welcome to attend.

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

    (850) 494-7373
    10 a.m. Topic: Picasa
    Speaker: Adam, from Laser Images in Pensacola
    Picasa is a free application program available from Google. It allows you to edit, organize, and enhance your genealogy photos without disturbing the original photograph. It also includes face recognition software which can assist in identifying unknown pictures you may have.

    You may want to download the program to your computer and play with it before the meeting.
    Members and guests are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available at 9:45.
    Oct 4 WFGS Regular Meeting
    West FL Genealogy Library
    5740 N. 9th Ave.
    Pensacola, FL

    (850) 494-7373
    10 a.m.
    Nov 1 WFGS Fall Seminar See Information & Registration Form
    Dec 6 WFGS Regular Meeting
    West FL Genealogy Library
    5740 N. 9th Ave.
    Pensacola, FL

    (850) 494-7373
    10 a.m. TBD

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