West Florida Genealogical Society
West Florida Genealogical Society

Welcome to the West Florida Genealogical Society!

Pensacola Lighthouse
The West Florida Genealogocial Society (WFGS), a 501(c)(3) organization located in historic Pensacola, Florida, is the largest genealogical society in Northwest Florida. 
WFGS was founded in 1982 to promote knowledge of and stimulate interest in the study of genealogy.
Monthly meetings are held on the first Saturday of every month (except July) at the West Florida Genealogy Library, 5740 N. 9th Ave., Pensacola. 
All meetings are open to the general public and include a presentation on genealogical research or
relevant history. 

Craving some history?  The Florida Public Archaeology Network has some interesting Zoom events scheduled for July.  Click here to view the full schedule and to RSVP.
July 2:    It's a bird...it's a plane...it's a UAV! The Use of Drones in Archaeology - 3:30-4:15pm
July 9:    USS Massachusetts: History and Archaeology of the Nation's Oldest Battleship - 3:30-4:15pm
July 13:  Introduction to Archaeology for Kids! - 3:30-4:15pm
July 16: "Dear Friends at Home:" Getting Acquainted with a Civil War Soldier through His Letters Home - 3:30-4:15pm
July 23:  Heritage at Risk - 3:30-4:15pm
July 23:  Shipwrecks of Northwest Florida with the Tallahassee Museum - 5:00-6:00pm
July 30:  Luna by Land and Sea: Archaeology and History of a 1559 Spanish Settlement Attempt in Florida - 3:30-4:15pm

West Florida Footprints, 2019
Copies of the 2019 issue of the West Florida Footprints have been received from the printers. The publication is free to those who paid their 2019 membership dues. Copies will be available for pickup whenever we are able to have a monthly meeting. Your copy can be mailed; however, pre-payment of $3 will be required to cover the cost of postage and mailing supplies. If you have questions please contact the editor, Denise Mowery.

Update for Genealogy Library Volunteers and Patrons: 
Currently the West Florida Genealogical Library hours are Tuesday through Friday, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Patrons will have access to computers and can bring in laptops, but stacks and files will be off-limits. It has been proposed that library access be limited to one hour per day.
Social distancing rules will prevent volunteers from offering one-on-one help, but volunteers are invited to come in and use databases such as Ancestry, and take advantage of the West Florida Genealogy Library's status as a FamilySearch affiliate library.
CANCELLATIONS: Due to the current concerns regarding COVID-19 and to ensure the safety and health of our members and visitors, scheduled WFGS and Genealogy Library events are subject to cancellation.
Please continue to check this website and the WFGS FaceBook page for updates.  

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to concerns regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing requirements necessary for the health and safety of our members and guests.
If you have any questions, please contact a member of the WFGS Board of Directors.

Local history Facebook pages of interest: Lots of photographs of old landmarks and stories from page members. 
Be sure to set a timer when you get on these pages or you'll lose track of time!
Looking for materials held at the West Florida Genealogy Branch Library? 
Here is a link to instructions on how to use the WFPL Main Catalog Advanced Search function to narrow your search results to materials specific to the Genealogy Branch.
Click here for a link to all the SURNAME FILES currently held in the West Florida Genealogy Branch Library's vertical files.

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