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September 9, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
Library extends Ancestry access
From the Facebook page: West Florida Public Libraries has extended at-home access to Ancestry through December 31, 2021. You must log in to your library account, and then log in to Ancestry using the Temporary Access link under Resources/Genealogy. Librarian Sandra also says, "I have found that one needs to clear the browser history occasionally to make it work correctly."
September 1, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
FPAN September Schedule
Archaeology Arcade: Barrow Hill
with special guest Emma Dietrich
12:00-1:00pm CT
More info; join us live on Twitch at this date and time
FPAN Offices Closed
Labor Day
Archaeo-astronomy: Human Connections to the Sky and Beyond
"Zoom into Archaeology" Presentation
3:30-4:30pm CT
Register online to attend
Presidios of Spanish West Florida
Talk hosted by the Pensacola Archaeological Society
7:00pm CT
Register online to attend
Filled with the Spirit: Exploring the Antebellum Practice of Hush Arbors
"Zoom into Archaeology" Presentation
3:30-4:30pm CT
Register online to attend
Balance on the Blackwater:
History and Ecology Kayak Tour

9:00am CT
More informationRSVP to attend
August 27, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
Diahan Southard Newsletter
From the Facebook page: Genetic genealogist Diahan Southard offers a free newsletter on DNA analysis. It includes ads for her book and paid workshops. It also loops you in to free online classes and discount codes for her products and services. Click here to try it out, and if it doesn't suit you, you can always unsubscribe.
August 20, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
Tips for Breaking Through Brick Walls
From the Facebook page: We all have a brick wall somewhere in our family tree. The Shamrock Genealogist offers a few tips for breaking through those barriers. 
August 12, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
Preserving Your Family's Stories
From the Facebook page: All families have a story of something that went wrong. Are you preserving your stories for posterity? Click here to see an example of family storytelling.
August 6, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
Ancestry New Terms of Service
The Florida State Genealogical Society has a Facebook post about Ancestry.com changing their Terms of Service and privacy statement. Judy Russell wrote a blog post about the change:
July 28, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
My Favorite New Toy
I recently had a project that led me to this fantastic resource: The Georgia Historic Newspapers Project, part of Georgia's wonderful Galileo system. I was able to access the Burke County True Citizen, which is not available on Newspapers.com or Chronicling America. Click around and have fun!
July 24, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
She Might Not Be a Widow
From the Facebook page: Census records can lead us astray as often as they help us. Robyn Smith shows us why we should always be suspicious about that widow in the census. Click here to read the article.
July 15, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
The 200th Anniversary is upon us!
July 17 marks the 200th Anniversary of Pensacola and Florida becoming American after 300 years of European rule.  Join us for some of the activities commemorating this important transitional date:
Friday - July 16, 2021  
10AM Keel Boat: Arrives 10AM (DEPARTS Saturday, 4PM)     Pitts Slip
11AM  Reenactment War of 1812, Battle of Pensacola (1814)     Fountain Park
2PM     Reenactment First Seminole War, Battle of Pensacola (1818) Fountain Park
3:30     Ayoka Afrikan Drum and Dance Workshop Museum Plaza, Historic Pensacola Village
Saturday - July 17, 2021          
6:30AM  "Mvskoke Mekusvpkv" or Muscogee Prayer
               NO photography or recording is allowed; this is a sacred rite.
            Color Guard presents the Colors/Pledge of Allegiance/posts the colors (Marcus Henry)
            Welcome Collier Merrill
            Opening Remarks   Judy Bense
            Commemoration Remarks Rev. Freddie Tellis
            Remarks   Chief Dan “Sky Horse” Helms
Introduction of speakers   Judy Bense
Dr. Martha Saunders, President UWF
Senator Rick Scott, Florida U.S. Senator
Captain Timothy Kinsella, Commanding Officer, NASP
Secretary of State Laurel Lee, Florida Secretary of State
Senator Doug Broxson, Florida District 1
Representative Michelle Salzman, Florida District 1
Representative Alex Andrade, Florida District 2
Commission Chairman Robert Bender, Escambia County
Mayor Grover Robinson, City of Pensacola
Time capsule presentation
Essay Contest Winner reading Caitlyn Moore
Performance of “America the Beautiful” by Dr. Leo Day 
Exchange of Flags accompanied by UWF Band playing national anthem
Unveiling of State Historic Marker
Historic Village open until 4PM for all events demonstrations, music, dance, re-enactors.
History and Archaeology Scavenger Hunt
12 Noon: Groupo Folklorico of St. Patrick's Church, Robertsdale, AL. On Stage
1 PM    Ayoka Afrikan Drum and Dance Ensemble perform on stage        
2 PM    Scavenger Hunt winner drawing
Village open until 4PM with demonstrations, music, dance, re-enactors.
July 12, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
Webinar: Genealogy Cold Cases
From the Kentucky Genealogical Society's August Seminar Series:   "Six Webinars You Don't Want to Miss."
The series includes genealogical insights and methodologies to help researchers of all levels. Each live webinar will be recorded and available to participants for 30 days following its conclusion for on-demand viewing.
The third presenter is Lisa Louise Cooke on 12 August.
How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case
Lisa Louise Cooke
12 August 2021, 7 p.m. Eastern
The price is $30.00