Welcome to the West Florida Genealogical Society!
The West Florida Genealogocial Society (WFGS) is located in historic Pensacola, Florida and has been a vital resource for many people who have researched their ancestors from America's First City and the surrounding areas.
Bonus Presentation on July 3!
The West Florida Genealogical Society is excited to announce a last-minute, bonus presentation on Wednesday, July 3, at 11 a.m. Please join us at the West Florida Genealogy Library as Annette Graham shares with us the process she used to uncover the surprise great great grandfather no one in her family knew about using DNA.
Annette Graham is a professional genealogist and a researcher with Ancestry ProGenealogists. She has been interested in genealogy since she was in high school, her experience limited to the fascinating stories that had been passed down from her grandparents and her great grandparents. A long time member of Ancestry.com, she began to learn how to attach records to her online tree to prove what she'd always been told. She advanced her genealogical skills through Boston University's Professional Genealogical Research program and the ProGen Study group, as well as many institutes, conferences, seminars, and classes. She is requested to speak on a variety of genealogy topics, most often for understanding your DNA results and incorporating genetic genealogy into research She runs Blame It On My Roots Genealogy Services, where she specializes in DNA analysis, brick walls, family narratives, and working with probate attorneys to identify unknown heirs. She has been published in genealogy society journals, and most recently, as part of a compilation of narratives on the First Families of Bexar County. She volunteers her time with classes and 1-on-1 DNA consultations at her local society, and assists adoptees wishing to identify their birth families. She is the current registrar of the Ol' Shavano Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and most recently was the president of the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society.
Annette is a Pensacola, FL native, a "born and bred beach girl", living deep in the heart of Texas in San Antonio. She has been married for 20 years to her college sweetheart, an Air Force veteran and B-1B navigator, Steve Graham. They have 3 boys: Joseph, Michael, and Sean. She graduated from Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida with a degree in music education & performance. She currently teaches English and history in middle school during the school year. In her spare time, she and her husband help lead music at their church, where she sings and plays piano, and Steve plays guitar with the worship team.
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!
Wreaths Across America
On Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM, West Florida Genealogy Society will be helping Barrancas National Cemetery to remember and honor our veterans by laying Remembrance Wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes.
Please help us honor and remember as many fallen heroes as possible by sponsoring remembrance wreaths, volunteering on Wreaths Day, or inviting your family and friends to attend with you.
Participating in the Sponsorship of Wreaths Across America:
The website for Wreaths Across America can be a bit confusing; isn’t very intuitive. It was felt that some help in stepping through the process will alleviate lots of frustration. We have revised the link on the West Florida Genealogical Society’s webpage to take you right to our sponsorship page.
When you get to this page, click on Sponsor Wreaths. This brings you to Wreath Sponsorship page - naming West Florida Genealogy Society (FL0635P) as the participating organization. On this page is where you have a choice of the number of wreaths you wish to sponsor: 1, 2, 5, 10 or a number that you choose.
When you have selected the number of wreaths you wish to sponsor, click on the Review my sponsorships button. This will take you to pages to pay either with a credit card or by PayPal. Just step through the payment process by clicking on the red buttons as they appear.
Thank you for your sponsorship and helping our society raise funds.
Search the West Florida Genealogical Branch Library Collection:
2. The Catalog search bar is at the top right. Type in a general subject, title, or author you are looking for.
3. When the search results come up, look to the left side where it says "Searching: 8 Locations" in orange type. Click on the word "Change" and select "Genealogy Branch." The results list will update to include only materials at the Genealogy Branch.
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(Be aware that the first results will be sponsored [paid] results. Look for the West Florida Genealogical Society results. Also, many resources on this site are .pdf files that are not searchable.)