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March 29, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
Call to service
From the Facebook page: Your West Florida Genealogical Society needs volunteers to serve on the board and assist with other tasks and events. Some activities take a little more time than others, but whatever time you have to give, it will be helpful. Contact Denise Mowery to find a role that's right for you.
For our younger genealogists - remember board service and volunteer work with a recognized 501(c)3 organization looks good on your résumé, college application, or LinkedIn profile!
March 20, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
Breaking Down Brick Walls
From the Facebook page: Are you stuck on one of your family lines? Julie Tarr of "Genealogy in Action" explains the steps that can help you break down that brick wall.
March 12, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
Return of the Records
The latest newsletter from the Reclaim the Records organization (as they say, "cheerfully introducing government archives, agencies, and libraries to freedom of information laws since 2015"). Includes a good summary of the USCIS fee increase and their various efforts to get public information back to the public.
March 11, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
Rootsweb changes
From the Facebook page: Ancestry is once again paring back what's available on RootsWeb. Roberta Estes reviews the history of changes since Ancestry acquired the site, and explains what's next.
March 9, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
Genealogy Errors and Their Fallout
From the Facebook page: Genealogist Nancy Loe shares the "Anatomy of a Genealogical Mistake" - where she went wrong and how the error has been compounded online. What error do you regularly find in online family trees?
March 2, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
March is Florida Archaeology Month!
For updates on archaeology events, visit our Events Calendar page.
Florida Archaeology Month Begins!
Table Talks at the Trust
with guest speaker Lori McDuffie
Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center, 117 E Government Street, Pensacola, FL

12:00-1:00pm CT
More information
Eglin Archaeology Day
Jackson Guard, 107 North Highway 85, Niceville, FL
10:30am-2:30pm CT
More information
Archaeo-Tech: 3D Modeling and Photogrammetry Meet and Greet
Pensacola Museum of History, 330 S Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL
1:00-4:00pm CT
Museum admission required; More information
87th Annual Dinner: "Pensacola 3 Mayor Day"
with guest speaker Joe Vinson
Museum of Commerce, 201 E Zaragoza St, Pensacola, FL

5:30-7:30pm CT
More information and tickets
Archaeology After School!
"Mapping and Navigating"
FPAN Coordinating Center, 207 E Main Street, Pensacola, FL

3:30-4:30pm CT
RSVP required; More information
"Tour de Fort" Bicycle Tour
Fort Pickens, 1400 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach, FL
10:00am-12:00pm CT
More information; RSVP coming soon
Archaeology on Tap
with guest speaker Abby Stone (UWF Archaeology)
Odd Colony Brewing Co., 260 N Palafox St, Pensacola, FL

6:00-7:00pm CT
More information
Experience UWF: Downtown Bicycle Tour
co-sponsored by UWF CASSH and Pensacola Bay Brewery
Pensacola Bay Brewery, 25 Zaragoza St, Pensacola, FL 32502

4:00-6:00pm CT
More information
February 27, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
Dating old photos
From the Facebook page: How many times have you looked at an old photo and wondered when it was taken? The University of Vermont offers an online tutorial on dating old pictures.
February 23, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
12 Golden Rules of Genealogy
From GotGenealogy.com, good rules for genealogical living:
February 21, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
GRIP Summer Institute Registration
From the Facebook page: Registration for Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) summer institutes opens at 11 a.m. CT (virtual) and 1 p.m. CT (in-person) on Wednesday, February 22nd. This year, they're also offering free evening seminars, both virtual and in-person. Check out the offerings on their website by clicking here.
February 14, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
APG Advocacy Alert
From the Facebook page: This was posted by the Association of Professional Genealogists:
The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Genealogy Program is a fee-for-service program that provides researchers with access to historical immigration and naturalization records of deceased immigrants. USCIS has proposed significant price increases to the fees required to access their records — with some increases as high as 269%. These unique records are vital to professional genealogists, and the proposed rate increase will negatively impact our ability to do our jobs.
APG will be issuing a formal statement on this issue soon, but before then, we encourage our members and the genealogy community to learn more about the proposed fee increase at https://www.recordsnotrevenue.com/.
USCIS is seeking public comments over the next month, and it is important that your voice is heard! The most effective comments will be those that speak directly to the impact such fee increases would have on you and your business. Records Not Revenue has posted “comment starters” to help you prepare to think about your statement: https://bit.ly/3XkefjRcomment-starters/.
The deadline for comments is March 6th!