West Florida Genealogical Society
West Florida Genealogical Society

Welcome to the West Florida Genealogical Society!

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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. 
In this time of social-distancing, WFGS will be hosting online, webinar-style meetings with presentations. Our next scheduled virtual meeting is November 7 at NOON. Click here for more details. Watch this website, our Facebook page, or (if you're a member) your email inbox for more information on when they are scheduled and how to participate.

Craving some history?  The Florida Public Archaeology Network has some interesting Zoom events scheduled for October.  
To view past events and stay on top of new content, subscribe to their YouTube channel by clicking here.
Standing for Sacred Spaces: African American Cemeteries and Community Engagement
3:30-4:15pm CDT
Most appropriate for teens and adults, but family-friendly
Limited spots available; RSVP Required
Tombstone Tales: Cemeteries, Symbols, and Stories
3:30-4:15pm CDT
Most appropriate for teens and adults
Limited spots available; RSVP Required
Virtual Heritage Monitoring Scouts Workshop
Hosted by FPAN Northeast
10:00am-12:00pm ET

Limited spots available; RSVP Required
Ropa, Herramientas, y Armas: Comparison of the Material Assemblages of 16th Century Spanish Probate Records to the Artifact Assemblage at the Luna Settlement Site and the Emanuel Point I Shipwreck
Pensacola Archaeological Society Virtual Meeting
7:00-8:00pm CT

Limited spots available; RSVP Required
Virtual Cemetery Resource Protection Training (CRPT)
Hosted by FPAN Northeast and East Central
9:00am-1:30pm ET

Limited spots available; RSVP Required

National Cemetery
WFGS is participating in Wreaths Across America again this year. Wreaths Across America is an opportunity to place a wreath on a veteran's grave at Barrancas National Cemetery, with a portion of the sponsorship going to benefit WFGS. 
To sponsor a wreath, go to the website (www.wreathsacrossamerica.org), and click on "Local Sponsorship Groups" (BELOW the red button). On the sponsorship page, after you choose your level of sponsorship, go to the blank below, where you can select group to support.  Choose West Florida Genealogical Society. Barrancas National Cemetery will automatically populate when you choose WFGS.

Currently the West Florida Genealogical Library hours are Monday through Friday: 10-7 and Saturday, 10-2. Access to materials will still be limited; please call the library to have them pull anything you would like to see.
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 change.
Please continue to check this website and the WFGS FaceBook page for updates.  

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WFGS has a blog: Click here to read.

 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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