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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.
 
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June
Talking Turpentine:
The Naval Industry in North Florida

"Zoom into Archaeology" Presentation
3:30-4:30pm CT
Register online to attend
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June
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
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June
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
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June
Underwater Archaeology for Kids:
Discovering Stories from the Past

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

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

9:30am CT
Space is limited; RSVP to attend
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June
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
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June
Shipwrecks of Northwest Florida
Talk hosted by the Bay County Public Library
2:00pm CT
Register online to attend
June 1, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
WFGL extends at-home Ancestry access
From the Facebook page:
West Florida Public Libraries has extended at-home access to Ancestry through September 30, 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."
 
May 29, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
DNA matches with no tree! Argh!
From the Facebook page: It's always frustrating to see a tantalizing DNA match without a tree. Genetic genealogist Blaine Bettinger shows how creating a "quick and dirty tree" for your match can help. Share your own tips in the comments.
 
May 24, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
Coal Miners in Your Family Tree
From the Facebook page: Do you have coal miners in your family tree? This article offers advice for finding more information about them and their work: https://reclaimingkin.com/.../2020/11/NGS-miner-article.pdf
May 16, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
FPAN: Sidewalk Archaelogy in Pensacola
Downtown areas are full of archaeological sites!  Case in point: Pensacola Florida.
 
What is now downtown Pensacola has been settled by Native people, Europeans, and Africans for hundreds of years. While the Spanish first came to Pensacola in 1559, they didn't permanently settle the location of downtown Pensacola until the 1750s. And just beneath the ground we walk on today are the physical remains of their past activities! In this video FPAN's Mike points out some artifacts he observes on the surface while walking along a sidewalk.
 
A local construction project unearthed the materials, and unfortunately it appears some archaeology with it. Remember, take only photos and leave only footprints. Never collect artifacts or disturb archaeological sites on state or federal lands. If you do see an artifact, take a picture of it and contact your local FPAN office.
 
Click here to view the video (about 4 minutes long)
May 10, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
National Archives Genealogy Series

May & June 2021

In lieu of the autumn 2020 Virtual Genealogy Fair that could not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to offer a new Genealogy Series! Instead of a single-day event, the program sessions will be broadcast individually during May and June. You are invited to watch and participate in real time with the presenters and family historians from around the world on YouTube
 
Over the two months, the sessions will offer family history research tools on federal records for all skill levels. The May sessions are broad and will appeal to the beginner and beyond. The June sessions are focused on specific topics and may be better suited for the experienced researcher. All are welcome! Session descriptions, videos, handouts, and participation instructions are below.
  • Open with no reservations required 
  • Watch the broadcasts via YouTube 
  • Participate and ask questions via chat during the scheduled broadcasts 
  • After the scheduled broadcasts, video recordings and presentation materials will be available online
Below is the link to the National Archives Genealogy Series Information.
May 10, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
St. Michael's Walking Tour
From the Pensacola News Journal article here.
 
"To commemorate Florida's Territorial Bicentennial and Escambia County's 200th Anniversary the UWF Archaeology Institute and St. Michael's Cemetery Foundation have partnered to create an interactive tour of the cemetery. The project is titled They're Still Here: The People of 1821. The story map includes a "walking tour" that can be taken from the comfort of home or on a mobile device on site at the cemetery. The tour features more than 60 surviving gravesites of the people who were in Pensacola in 1821. It's located at bit.ly/1821TourSMC."
May 2, 2021 By: Erin Renfroe
Bicentenniel Event Schedule Released
The Escambia County 200th Anniversary Commission has released a preliminary schedule of events around the bicentenniel. Check out the article here.
 
And if you haven't signed up to represent an 1821 West Florida resident, get moving! pco.la/1821