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Florida's Byways and Ancestral Trails


Can you identify this location?

The below photograph is of Jack’s Place, a restaurant within the Green Gable Tourist Camp. Tourist camps were popular vacation stops for visitors from the 1920s through to the early 1960s. Although the clues in the image suggest the photo was taken near Tampa (notice the billboard advertisement for the Tampa Bay Hotel), no specific location for the camp has been found. If you recognize anything that might help with the identification of this location, please email the Florida History and Genealogy Library using the following address: LIB-fhgl@hillsboroughcounty.org

Jacks Place

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Researching Historic Tampa Home or Business

The Florida History and Genealogy Library offers many resources for researching the history of a house or business in Tampa. View street level property layouts with our printed Sanborn Maps from the 1930’s – 50’s, or track who lived at a residence using our historic city directories dating as far back as 1899. Sanborn maps can be found online for the entire State of Florida with an HCPLC library card.


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New Arrivals in Genealogy

Some great new titles that can now be found at the Florida History and Genealogy Library.  

Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee By Charles A. Sherrill

  • 33,000 Long-lost records from tax lists, court minutes, church records, wills, deeds, and other sources.

 East Georgia Settlers Family Sketches By Faye Stone Poss & Bonnie P Harris

  • Compiled family sketches on east Georgia families, submitted by members of the East Georgia Genealogical Society, inc. Includes index.

 Scattered Seed: Genealogical Research Data of Southeastern North Carolina By Myrtle N. Bridges

  • Miscellaneous genealogical data from Richmond County North Carolina, and the surrounding area.

 Genealogias Habaneras By Rafael Nieto y Cortadellas

  • 4 volume set. A thorough study of family pedigrees related to the Ozeguera surname.


New Arrivals 7.2014

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Finding Digitized Original Genealogy Documents Online @ JFG on 7/19/2014

Join us at the Florida History & Genealogy Library on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PM, to celebrate Archives Awareness Week  by learning the tricks to finding and saving copies of original genealogical documents. Military records, Naturalization records, Newspapers, and a variety of other record types will be covered. Attendees will get hands on experience using Fold3, Ancestry, and Genealogy Bank databases. Time for questions, individual research, and a brief tour of the Florida History and Genealogy Library, will be provided at the end of the presentation.

Fold3 Newsbank Ancestry.com

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Basic Personal Digital Archiving for the Family Historian @ JFG on 7/16/2014

Did you know you’re an archivist? In today’s world of digitization, smartphones, blogs and social media all of us have to learn how to manage our data. Learn how Personal Digital Archiving techniques can give you the tools to preserve your digital documents for future generations.

Join us at the Florida History & Genealogy Library on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 4:30-6:00 PM, for this introductory workshop on the concepts of personal archiving. Learn the steps you need to successfully manage, access and preserve a personal archiving project.


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The Wizard Comes To Florida

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was one of America’s most famous and prolific inventors. He held more than 1,000 patents for his creations and is credited with an impressive array of inventions including an incandescent light bulb, a carbon microphone and a movie camera.

“The Florida Life of Thomas Edison” details the Florida connection of the Wizard of Menlo Park when the Edison family established a winter home in Fort Myers in 1885. They grew to become an important part of the community and spent time there every year until his death in 1931. In Fort Myers, the Edisons were both loved and respected just as the Edisons loved and respected their adopted winter home. This biography includes photos, maps, and newspaper accounts.



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