Scores of Florida genealogists will pour into Gainesville on March 28 for the Florida State Genealogical Society's 37th annual conference, featuring keynote speaker Lisa Louise Cooke.
If you haven't already registered, you'll have to pay a slightly higher registration fee of $140 for members and $165 for nonmembers.
Whatever the fee, the conference should be worth the cost, with 20 speakers presenting 29 lectures. The spotlight, of course, will be on Cooke, owner of Genealogy Gems and producer/host of the “Genealogy Gems Podcast,” which is available at www .GenealogyGems.com and www.you tube.com/user/GenealogyGems.
The conference will be at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, 1714 S.W. 34th St., Gainesville. Full registration details are available online at www.flsgs.org/upload/files/conference/2014_Conference_Flyer.pdf.
Cooke will present four lectures: “The Great Google Earth Game Show: Fascinating Family History Fun,” “How to Reopen and Work at a Genealogical Cold Case,” “Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye: 8 Strategies You Need to Find Living Relatives,” and “How the Genealogist Can Remember Everything with Evernote.”
Other lectures have intriguing titles such as “Little House on the Sod Prairie: Research Homestead Records,” “Beating the Courthouse Blues,” “Tell Your Own Story So Others Won't,” “Raising the Dead,” “The Digital Disaster Plan,” “All in the Family: YDNA Surname Studies” and “Something Wiki This Way Comes.”
University of West Florida librarian Dean DeBolt will speak on “Hmmmm, These Bones Look Funny,” at the Pioneer Banquet. The Pioneer Banquet is a highlight of every annual conference, as the society inducts and honors descendants of Florida pioneers who settled in the Territory of Florida prior to statehood on March 3, 1845.
The conference runs through March 30.
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Scott Black's three favorite days of the year are Christmas, Thanksgiving and Trilby Homecoming Picnic. He points out that they're listed in alphabetical order, and I suspect Trilby actually is his favorite.
For the nine years Scott has gathered friends and family for this event, I've been jealous that I have no roots in this community.
The fun will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the covered dishes will be uncovered around noon. Revelers should bring their lawn chairs to Charlotte Tomkow Whittington's Hunter Hill property at 36315 Tomkow Lane in Dade City. Just take County Road 575 west from Trilby to the “S” curve and watch for blue signs. If you get lost, call Scott at (352) 523-5772.
Don't forget to bring your Trilby photographs and family information.
Trilby is an unincorporated community in Pasco County. Railroad magnate Henry Plant said he named the area after the heroine in George du Maurier's novel “Trilby” because the character deeply moved him. An interesting history of the town is online at www.fivay.org/trilby.html.
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Sharon Tate Moody is a board-certified genealogist. Send your genealogical methodology questions and event announcements to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.