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Finding Cousins and Other Ancestors 
Using DNA for Family Genealogy
presentation by author and genealogist
Drew Smith, USF Librarian
Looking for a  pragmatic approach to GENEALOGY? 
Not sure what to do with all these new cousins?
Come hear how to work with the results after you DNA sample.

[Main Library l Wednesday, March 20 @ 7pm]
No registration required for this free event


The Generators- Genealogy Club
[Main Library l Monday April 8 @ 6 pm]

The Generators: an ad hoc hands-on workshop that focuses on Family Genealogy. 
This is a monthly meeting centered about a topic of genealogical interest and a chance to
connect with others to learn more about genealogy. 
Please bring your laptop/tablet AND any family data to share your journey.

April Topic: Frugal Genealogist [website]

*Must have taken the Beginning Genealogy Class prior to attending*

San Gully and Lakeland Phosphate Company
Lakeland History Series
presentation by author and historian, Richard Fifer
Find out more about the former San Gully Community and the Lakeland Phosphate Company that was formerly located near the Grasslands Community.

[Main Library l Wednesday, April 10 @ 7pm]
No registration required for this free event


Let's Get Started
with Ancestry.Com
A guided workshop to explore the various features of the website and database.  For beginners and family researchers wanting to learn more.  Bring your laptop/tablet or use one provided by the Library.  Seats are limited, registration is required.

[Main Library l Wednesday, April 24 @ 6pm]
Registration opens I Wednesday, April 17


Watch for these events coming in MAY...
with LuAnn Mims, Special Collections Librarian
and Emily Foster, Senior Planner, Historic Preservation

A hands-on workshop using local documents, records, maps and directories
to find out more about your home.  
[Main Library l Wednesday, May 15 @ 6pm]
Registration opens May 8


What to do with your old photographs, slides, VHS tapes, audio cassettes?
Come find out more about how to preserve your family's
treasured materials in this workshop.
Also included is information about Lakeland's D.I.Y. Digitize Lab,
where you can reformat your materials at no charge.

[Main Library l Wednesday, May 22 @ 6pm]
Registration opens, May 15


The Lakeland History Room digital collection contains more than 7000 images.   Each month a different collection will be spotlighted.

Explore the digital photograph collection about Albert Lodwick, aviation executive, who brought his aviation training program to Lakeland in 1940. During its nearly five years of existence, the Lodwick School of Aeronautics admitted more than 8,000 cadets, graduating more than 6,000. The school closed in August, 1945. The site is now the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team.
View the digital collection here.

Please check out our Flickr album "... Ready To Play"
a look at some of the sports related events, activities and people
from the Lakeland History Room Collection.

Featured Album: Ready to Play

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Start your family history search here at the library! offers free access to all library patrons. 
(In library only)

Not sure where to start?
Check out our club
- the Generators 

Create your own Personal Family Archive and digitize your old home movies, photos, cassettes, slides & negatives so you can easily share them with family and friends. 

To schedule an appointment please fill out our contact form or for more information call  LuAnn Mims 863.834.4269

DIY Digitize Form
For more information about any of these events, contact LuAnn Mims 863.834.4269 or
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statute, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, or those requiring language assistance (free of charge) should contact the City of Lakeland ADA Specialist, Jenny Sykes. Because providing a reasonable accommodation may require outside assistance, the City asks that any request be made with as much notice as possible; preferably five (5) business days, but no less than two (2) business days, in advance of the event, at: (863) 834-8444, Email:  If Deaf or Hard of Hearing, please contact the TDD numbers: Local – (863) 834-8333 or 1-(800) 955-8771 (TDD – Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or the Florida Relay Service number: 1-(800) 955-8770 (VOICE), for assistance.
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