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. 
In this time of social-distancing, WFGS will be hosting online, webinar-style meetings with presentations. Our next virtual meeting will be Saturday, October 3, at 10:00 a.m. 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.

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WFGS has a blog: Click here to read. 

Craving some history?  The Florida Public Archaeology Network has some interesting Zoom events scheduled for September.  
To view past events and stay on top of new content, subscribe to their YouTube channel by clicking here.
Forensic Anthropology
and the POW/MIA Mission

3:30-4:15pm CDT
Most appropriate for teens and adults, but family-friendly
Limited spots available; RSVP Required
Excavating Ancient Burials
in Central America

3:30-4:15pm CDT
Most appropriate for teens and adults, but family-friendly
Limited spots available; RSVP Required
"The Most Delicious Thing She Had Ever Tasted:" Shipwreck Narratives and the Act of Cannibalism
3:30-4:15pm CDT
Most appropriate for teens and adults
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.

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.

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.
On August 25, 2020, the Library will change its hours to 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.
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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