National Family History Month 2020

Family Heritage Festival

Celebrate the 6th Annual Family Heritage Festival with library staff and genealogy experts.

  • Remembering Zion: How a Black Cemetery was Erased and Then Rediscovered

    Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.

    How does a cemetery with over 700 burials disappear from the records? Drew Smith will discuss the history behind Tampa's first black cemetery, how it was intentionally forgotten, then found again, and the efforts to put a name and a story to each person buried there Plus: live Q&A! Recommended for teens and adults.

  • DNA & Ethnicity

    Thursday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.

    Ethnicity estimates provided with DNA test results are great fun. Some results can be surprising; however, and maybe even disappointing. Denise Manning illustrates and compares results to explain autosomal DNA inheritance and how to interpret DNA ethnicity estimates. Plus: live Q&A! Recommended for teens and adults.

  • Grow Your Family Tree

    Friday, October 23, 4:00 p.m.

    A short introduction to genealogy, that will walk you through the first steps of creating your family tree. Plus: live Q&A! Register and attend for a chance to win a free copy of the National Geographic Kids Guide to Genealogy. Recommended for ages 7-11.

  • Before You Test: DNA Basics You Need to Know

    Saturday, October 24, 11:00 a.m.

    In this session, Drew Smith will discuss how to avoid wasting time and money by learning how DNA is inherited, which type of DNA test to take, and exactly what you can expect to get as a result. Plus: live Q&A! Register and attend for a chance to win a free copy of the book The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. Recommended for teens and adults.

  • Putting DNA to Work

    Saturday, October 24, 2:00 p.m.

    Genetic genealogy is the most useful to family historians when used together with traditional paper trail research. Denise Manning explains ways to tie together these clues from history and science such as: validating existing research, identifying research questions for which DNA might help, targeting specific people to test, and thinking creatively to tackle those brick walls. Plus: live Q&A! Register and attend for a chance to win a free copy of Your DNA Guide - the Book. Recommended for teens and adults.


Picture Books about Families

Family History Books

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Hillsborough Remembers Oral History Collection

Three people from Hillsborough Remembers Collection

Encourage communication between generations and listen to stories that highlight individuals of community, cultural or historical significance in Hillsborough County.

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Genealogy Databases

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Use the library's collection of databases and web sites to explore your family's history, including the popular MyHeritage, the most comprehensive global genealogy resource with billions of historical documents.

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National Register of Historic Places

Join the National Park Service in commemorating the ongoing efforts to research stories of family heritage and discover the impact families have made in American history.