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February 5, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
R2-D2 gets his Ancestry DNA results
23% toaster; 18% camcorder; 26% trash can; 3% laser pointer, etc.
February 3, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
Family History Writing
From the Facebook page: Transform your family history writing with simple steps from Natalie at GenealogyStories:
February 1, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
FPAN in February
For updates on archaeology events, visit our Events Calendar page.
FPAN Offices Closed - Annual Staff Retreat
Camellia Festival
Eden Gardens State Park, 181 Eden Gardens Road, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
10:00am-2:00pm CT
More information
Pensacola Archaeological Society Meeting
with guest speaker Nicole Grinnan (FPAN)
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3400 Bayou Blvd., Pensacola, FL

7:00pm CT
More information
Archaeology After School!
"All You Need is Love: (Artifact) Dating in Archaeology"
FPAN Coordinating Center, 207 E Main Street, Pensacola, FL

3:30-4:30pm CT
RSVP required; More information
Cemetery Resource Protection Training (CRPT)
Navarre Library/Holly Point Cemetery
10:00am-3:00pm CT
RSVP required; More information
January 30, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
Genealogical Case Studies
From the Facebook Page: The Board for Certification of Genealogists provides samples of Case Studies and Research Reports. These are helpful if you're working to earn certification, but also they are great examples of research projects that can lead you to new resources and methods. Click here to learn more.
January 25, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
Fun with Family Photos
From the Facebook page: Fun with family photos! FamilySearch will compare your picture to those of your ancestors, and tell you who you most resemble. Of course, it only works well if you or your cousins have uploaded pictures to the FamilySearch family tree. It's interesting to see how in one picture you'll look more like your mom and in another you'll look more like your dad. Click here to see more.
January 16, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
Conference Keeper
From the Facebook page: Conference Keeper is a fantastic online resource for genealogists. If you're traveling, you can look for society meetings and conferences where you'll be. They have listings for institute scholarships and contests. They have indexes of podcasts and YouTube channels on genealogy. Check it out here.
January 11, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
Fee increase for immigration records
From the Facebook page: The federal government is once again proposing increases to fees related to immigration and naturalization. The image below is a sample, showing the current fees on the left and proposed fees on the right. For a full list of fees, click here. You have the ability to leave a comment, as well.
January 8, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
Ways to help WFGS (other than $)
From the Facebook page: This new year, you can make a difference for your society. (1) Like and Share Society Facebook posts. You don't know which of your friends (or their friends) may be developing an interest in genealogy. When you like and share our posts, it helps people learn about our Society. (2) Consider volunteering. Talk to a board member about how much free time you can give. There's something you can do to help. (3) Share your experience. We need speakers every month (except July), and we need articles for Footprints. Who was the toughest nut to crack on your tree? Now, walk us through how you found their story. YOU are the West Florida Genealogical Society.
January 3, 2023 By: Erin Renfroe
Genealogy Podcasts
If you have a smartphone, you have access to thousands of free podcasts, through Apple, Google Play, Spotify, or one of many other third-party providers (I use Pocketcasts, myself). If you've never listened to a podcast, you're missing out - it's like a radio show for the digital age, and you can find them on countless subjects.  Genealogy is no exception.  Here are a few that might interest you:
  • Genealogy Gems Podcast: Genealogy Gems Podcast shows you, the family historian, how to make the most out of your family history research time by providing quick and easy to use research techniques.
  • The Genealogy Guys Podcast: "The Genealogy Guys" are two avid genealogists who host a weekly chat. The podcast includes news of the genealogy community, book and software reviews, guest interviews, and a lot of fun chat.
  • Research Like A Pro Genealogy Podcast: Research Like a Pro is a podcast about genealogy research methodology. Diana Elder and Nicole Dyer of FamilyLocket.com discuss how to take your family history research to the next level.
  • Extreme Genes Podcast: Extreme Genes is a genealogy show hosted by Fisher. Fisher has 30+ years of radio experience and has had a passion for genealogy since he was a teen.
‚ÄčIf none of these turn out to be your cuppa, just type "Genealogy" into the search bar of your podcast provider and see what comes up. Happy listening! 

December 21, 2022 By: Erin Renfroe
Write Down Off-Hand Remarks
This article is particularly about writing down "quotes," which I would interpret as pithy sayings worthy of repeating, but there is often a wealth of information in just off-hand comments, as this article implies.