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Here are tips, tricks and events to make a researcher smile

Tribune correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 22, 2013 at 09:10 AM

The whole point of genealogical research is to identify ancestors. But how many of us pursue them with the intent of bringing them back to life?

Local professional George Morgan researches with that very purpose.

"Bring 'Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile" will be his topic at a March 16 event sponsored by the South Bay Genealogical Society. The group gathers at noon for lunch at the SouthShore Regional Library, followed by the program at 1 p.m.

Reservations are required and must be made no later than March 10 by sending a check to P.O. Box 5202, Sun City Center FL 33573 and then calling Sally Wepfer at (813) 634-7439 to select a menu item.

Cemetery tip

Hillsborough county family historian Valdeen Walden discovered a nifty trick on a recent Michigan research trip.

When she found the grave of her ancestor, she discovered someone recently had placed flowers there. She logically deducted that someone shared her interest in the long-ago deceased ancestor. So, using her noggin, she left a note on the grave asking whoever had placed the flowers to contact her. They did! What a great way to find new cousins.

Polk cemetery book

The Imperial Polk Genealogical Society is taking advance orders for Volume VI (Winter Haven) of its "Cemeteries in Nine Volumes." Advance price is $60; after March 15 the price will be $65.

The hardcover publication will include a complete index and the history of each cemetery in the volume.

Books can be ordered by sending $60 plus 7 percent sales tax (or proof of tax exemption) and $5 shipping and handling to IPGS, P. O. Box 10, Kathleen FL 33849.

Volumes I through IV each now are available on CD for $10, or $30 for all four volumes on the same disk. Those can be ordered from the same address. To see a list of cemeteries in each volume, go to www.ipgs.org and click on "Cemetery Survey Project" or "Volume VI."

Trilby Homecoming

It's almost time for the annual Trilby Homecoming, this year being the fifth such event. It'll be one of those old-fashioned bring-a-covered-dish-and-a-lawn-chair dinners on March 20. Activities will begin at 10 a.m. and dinner will be served at noon.

Activities will be hosted by Charlotte Tomkow Whittington at Hunter Hill, 36315 Tomkow Lane, Trilby. For directions or more details, contact organizer Scott Black at (352) 567-2260 or (352) 523-5772, or email him at trilby

boy@earthlink.net. Scott says to bring old Trilby photos and family information.

Trilby began in 1896 in Pasco County as a railroad community. Railroad magnate H.B. Plant is said to have been reading the George du Maurier novel "Trilby" when it came time to name the town. Streets in the town are named after characters in the tale. Trilby was incorporated at one time but now isn't much more than a fond memory for former residents.

North Georgia bulletin

Mike Brubaker, president of the Georgia Genealogical Society, has begun publishing "The North Georgia Family History Bulletin." Electronic subscription is free but postal subscriptions are $10 (to cover postage). Contact Mike at rmbrubaker @att.net, (404) 441-7302 or 8860 Glen Ferry Drive, Alpharetta GA 30022.

Involve kids

Most family historians are concerned about whether someone in the next generation will carry on the search. Pharos Tutors may have a way to spark a genealogical interest in children. They have announced a new course, "Climbing Trees: How To Get Children Interested in Family History." It includes "make and do" activities and suggests ways to incorporate family history research into developing children's scholastic skills.

The four-week course, which begins April 19, is one of 30 that Pharos offers. Learn more at www.pharostutors.com.

Sharon Tate Moody is a board-certified genealogist. Send your genealogy questions and event announcements to her in care of Getaway, The Tampa Tribune, 200 S. Parker St., Tampa, FL 33606 or stmoody0720


@mac.com. She regrets that she is unable to assist with personal research and cannot respond to requests for locating or researching specific individuals.

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