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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014

Lifestyle Stories

To find slave records, search for slave owners

If your ancestor was a poor dirt farmer, chances are you’ve made the excuse that there isn’t a probate record for him because “he wasn’t worth much.” Perhaps the 1850 census column asking the value of his real estat...
Published: 09/28/14

You can check the hot ingredients of peppers

Q: Is there any way to tell how hot a hot sauce is from the label? Sometimes, I get something labeled “fiery” and it’s mild. Sometimes, something labeled “hot” is just too, too hot. Must I just guess what Iȁ...
Published: 09/28/14
What’s Blooming in the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden?

What’s Blooming in the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden?

Crepe jasmine, pinwheel flower
Published: 09/28/14
Tampa designer gave Jimi Hendrix his wild style

Tampa designer gave Jimi Hendrix his wild style

TAMPA — Jimi Hendrix, hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as the greatest guitarist of all time, was a lefty but played a right-handed instrument, sometimes behind his back or even with his teeth.
Published: 09/22/14
Faking fall: How to make it feel like autumn in Florida

Faking fall: How to make it feel like autumn in Florida

In parts of the country, gardeners are racing to pick tomatoes ahead of the season’s first frost. Temperatures have dropped, the skies are a moody shade of gray and the wind is pinching cheeks pink.
Updated: 1 months ago
Getting booze was a breeze in Prohibition-era Tampa

Getting booze was a breeze in Prohibition-era Tampa

The Prohibition era in Tampa is an interesting study in human nature. The restrictions brought about by the passage and ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation...
Updated: 1 months ago
Then & Now: 1725 N. Dale Mabry Highway, 1957 and 2014

Then & Now: 1725 N. Dale Mabry Highway, 1957 and 2014

The Gulf Supermarket is seen during its grand opening at 1725 N. Dale Mabry Highway in the 1957 “then” photo. According to John V. Cinchett, a Tampa historian, Gulf Supermarkets was one of Tampa’s first grocery store chains and e...
Updated: 1 months ago
What’s Blooming in the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden?

What’s Blooming in the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden?

Autumn Fern, Japanese Shield Fern
Updated: 1 months ago

Happy memories can inspire genealogy research

My friend and fellow genealogist Pamela Treme has been trapped in her house for two months recuperating from ankle surgery. In a recent Facebook post, she told us all just how bored she was, announcing she had learned that for years she had been tyi...
Updated: 1 months ago

Don’t surrender papayas to fruit flies

Q: Every day I go outside to spot check my plants and trees. Today I was looking over my largest papaya tree, which is in a large container and is about 8 feet tall.
Updated: 1 months ago