On April 5, the West Florida Genealogy society had an open family history event.
The Society members gathered transcriptions of marriage records and censuses of 19th century Escambia County as well as computer specialists to research online genealogy services free to participants, and genealogies already researched by the WFGS. There were specialists in African American and Indian research, and free pedigree charts and refreshments. Then they invited area residents to come have a go at finding out their family history.
Area residents brought family information they had with any other clues like bible records or birth and death certificates. Anything to help identify a person from 1920 or earlier was accepted, and the members proceeded to help several dozen people find their ancestors!
This is a great idea! More local groups could gather interest for genealogy this way.
For links to more genealogy resources, such as the Florida State Genealogy Society, visit the WFGS online at www.rootsweb.com/~flwfgs/index.htm.