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Tampa program designed to help family historians

If your genealogical sources are at odds with each other, your record-keeping is a mess, you can’t find your ancestors and someone on the Internet has led you astray, the Florida Genealogical Society Tampa has planned a program just for you.

The society’s annual fall conference, this year on Oct. 4, will feature Dr. Thomas W. Jones, renowned genealogical researcher and lecturer, author of “Mastering Genealogical Proof,” editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and a trustee and past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

The theme for Jones’ lectures is “The Proof Is in the Puzzle.” His four presentations will include “When Sources Don’t Agree Then What,” “Organizing Evidence to Overcome Records Shortages,” “Finding ‘Unfindable’ Ancestors” and “How to Avoid Being Duped by the Internet.”

The program will be run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marshall Student Center, Room 2708, at the University of South Florida. Tickets will be $40 for society members and $45 for nonmembers. Tickets at the door will be $50 for everyone. The fee includes morning coffee/tea, afternoon coffee/tea and cookies, and door prizes. Those who preregister also can order a box lunch. Parking will be free for the first 75 cars arriving for the day.

Keep an eye on the society’s Web page at http://fgstampa.org for “how to register” details, a downloadable flyer and a map. But go ahead and mark your calendars — you won’t want to miss this seminar!

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Volunteers working through this Tampa society certainly have been making dynamic contributions to digital online records. Society volunteers, working with the University of South Florida Library’s Special Collections, have digitized naturalization certificates from 1895 to 1906 (excluding 1897 to 1898) and they are online at http://digital.lib.usf.edu/results/?t=naturalization.

Documents in these records include declarations of intentions, petitions for naturalization and naturalization certificates.

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Don’t forget to tune in to TLC on Wednesday night for the premiere of the fifth season of “Who Do You Think You Are.”

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As military actions go, the War of 1812 never has gotten the same attention as the Revolutionary War or the Civil War. Several projects currently are underway, however, to raise awareness of the men who fought in that war.

The latest joint effort is coming from the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the cemetery website BillionGraves.com. Their goal is to image all gravestone markers for veterans of the War of 1812. FGS already has a project to raise funds to digitize 7.2 million images of pensions for those veterans.

In making the announcement, Hudson Gunn, president of BillionGraves, pointed out that headstones are deteriorating and at some point will be lost forever.

The groups are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of a cemetery marker for an 1812 veteran to upload the image to the BillionGrave website using its free mobile application. They also want those making the contributions to let them know on Facebook or Twitter by using #1812today, #warof1812 and/or #billiongraves.

Readers who want to learn more about the pension digitization program or to make a contribution can get details at www.preservethepensions.org.

Sharon Tate Moody is a board-certified genealogist. Send your genealogical methodology questions and event announcements to her at [email protected] She regrets she is unable to assist with personal research and cannot respond to requests for locating or researching individuals. Past Heritage Hunting columns are available online at tbo.com, search words “Sharon Tate Moody.”

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