Genealogy Meet Up at the MDPLS Main Branch

On Friday, Oct. 19th, we are going on a field trip to the Miami-Dade Public Library genealogy department at the main library downtown to learn about the available resources we have right here in our own backyard.  We will be meeting at the South Miami Metrorail station at 10:00am.  We plan on arriving back in South Miami at approximately 1:45pm. If you are not traveling with us as a group, you can meet us at the library.  The genealogy department is on the second floor.  The program begins at 11am.

Please click on the following link and RSVP by Oct. 16th.  I also created a poll underneath the invitation asking whether or not you will be joining us on the Metrorail.  Thank you and we hope you join us! 

FREE Genealogy Classes

Join me for 4 informative genealogy classes designed to further your research goals!

Classes are located at the Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 111th St, Pinecrest, FL 33156

  • Friday, 21 Sept 2018 – 1-3pm - Google For Genealogists

  • Friday, 19 Oct 2018 – 11am-1pm – Trip to the Miami-Dade Public Library genealogy department (more details coming soon)

  • Friday, 16 Nov 2018 – 1-3pm – Writing Your Family History

  • Friday, 7 Dec 2018 – 1-3pm – Case Study – I Can’t Find a Marriage Record, Now What?

Tamara Hallo, MLS

Professional Genealogist

Starts in 2 Weeks: Beginning Genealogy Class at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus

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Join me for this 8-week course that will lay a solid foundation of how to begin researching historical American records. Learn how to get organized and find valuable information.

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Fall 2018   Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. 9/25 – 11/13   $130

To register, visit and enter class #15342

Tamara Hallo, MLS and Professional Genealogist

This Week in History

On this day in history, August 19, 1812, the U.S. Navy warship Constitution earned its nickname “Old Ironsides” after defeating the British Royal Navy ship Guerrière during the War of 1812.  Shots rang out near the coast of Nova Scotia but, according to witnesses, the shots bounced off the sides of the ship as if it were made of iron and not wood.  The Constitution proved its mighty power more than once during the war and today is recognized as America’s oldest commissioned warship.  Do you have ancestors that fought in the War of 1812?  A great place to begin researching is on in the database called “United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815” located at .  Ancestry’s database is called “U.S., War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815” and is found under the search category in the card catalog.   Both are indexes of about 600,000 men that volunteered between 1812-1815 for the war effort.