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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
July 9, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
Obituary: Berdine Rittenhouse
We have lost one of our Past Presidents, Berdine Rittenhouse.  See her obituary here. Visitation and funeral will be Monday, July 12
July 9, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
FSGS Webinar: Militia and Guard
From colonial militias to 21st century National Guard, America’s citizen soldiers have answered the call to serve and defend their communities and the nation. The Florida State Genealogical Society presents Alice Hoyt Veen, CG, with a program on discovering and understanding your ancestor’s militia and Guard experience. July 15th at 7pm CT
June 23, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
Facing Confederate Roots
Some of us may have mixed feelings about discovering ancestors who fought for the Confederacy or who owned slaves - history and heritage that can inspire pride and disappointment at the same time. Listen to a podcaster who faced her own dilemma here.
"It runs the gamut between being very proud of the heritage and being very proud of having a Confederate ancestor to, hey, you know what? We had this Confederate ancestor, but it really doesn’t mean anything to me; it happened in the past, you know, let’s move on,” she said.
"She fell somewhere else on the spectrum – wanting to acknowledge the ancestor, but also wanting to better understand him and how his legacy might still have influence today."
June 14, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
Personal ads in the American West
From the Facebook page:  "How personal ads helped conquer the American West" offers a look back at the tradition of mail-order brides. Do you know of anyone in your tree who married someone they met this way? Click here for more.
June 10, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
GEDMatch site has a new look
From the Facebook page: DNA site GEDmatch has gone through a makeover. Here's a blog post by Kitty Cooper on the best way to get started on that site.
June 2, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
FPAN June Events
The Destination Archaeology Resource Center museum is now open to the public! Following the most recent health and safety guidance from the University of West Florida, the museum will be open to visitors Thursday-Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm. Only a limited number of people are allowed to be in the museum at one time, but RSVPs are not required.  
For updates on archaeology events, visit our Events Calendar page.
Talking Turpentine:
The Naval Industry in North Florida

"Zoom into Archaeology" Presentation
3:30-4:30pm CT
Register online to attend
Archaeology Arcade: C14 Dating Part II
with special guest Janene Johnston
10:00am CT
More info; join us live on Twitch at this date and time
Spain's Defense of Pensacola and the Fortifications Left Behind in 1821
Talk hosted by the Pensacola Archaeological Society
7:00pm CT
Register online to attend
Underwater Archaeology for Kids:
Discovering Stories from the Past

Talk hosted by the Bay County Public Library
2:00pm CT
Register online to attend
Celebrating Escambia County, Florida:
200 Years in the Making

"Zoom into Archaeology" Presentation
3:30-4:30pm CT
Register online to attend
Pensacola Bay Past and Present:
History and Ecology Kayak Tour

9:30am CT
Space is limited; RSVP to attend
Archaeology Arcade: When Rivers Were Trails
with special guest Dr. David Lewis 
2:00pm CT
More info; join us live on Twitch at this date and time
Shipwrecks of Northwest Florida
Talk hosted by the Bay County Public Library
2:00pm CT
Register online to attend