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Things to do, Places to go -
We have provided a number of the best
sites, resources, and helpful
items we could find for you. More will be added as we find them and
have the time to post them. If you know of others, or can help by
supplying files, typing services, or anything else to make this page
more useful, please write.
Also, if you have or know of an event that the Genealogical community
may be interested in, please write me.
The following are clickable links to other pages; some are at remote
of Okaloosa County
Special offer from Allen Co. Library, Ft. Wayne,
Sources in the area
& Other Resources
Genealogy Societies, other groups
These are sources not to be
you know a library has a
certain book, family history, or other source, you may contact that
library and request a lookup. Please, always offer to pay for copy fees
and send a self addressed stamped envelope. After it is received, it
would also be nice to send a thank you note along with a small
donation, marked for use of the Genealogy or Special Collections
wrote the following to
Okaloosa mailing list:
talked yesterday to the NEW
reference librarian at the Fort Walton Beach Library. Her name is
Jennifer Kepple and she is super! She is willing to look up obits on
the newspaper microfilms that the library has in its collection. These
date back to about 1915, I think. As with any query or request, please
be as specific as possible. There is no charge for this service, but
I'm sure donations would be accepted, especially if there is some
The Fort Walton Library will also
issue a special card for anyone who
wants to access the Library's electronic database, HeritageQuest
Online. You do not have to be a resident of the City of FWB to get one
of these. This particular database can be accessed from home once you
get the card; it has census images and more. This is a free service
that the library provides to genealogists and family historians."
The Crestview Library card allows
you to log into Heritage Quest from
Home and many library cards will do the same. You should check with
your local library. Also, if you live near a library that allows such
access, and you can do so, sign up for that library's card. Often you
need not be a city, county or state resident, just have decent ID.
Thanks to the person above! You really should check out the Heritage
Public Library System Catalog online -- A "must" before making a
to the area! When using this online search for items in special
collections or genealogy sections of any library in the system, it may
be wise to include "genealogy" in search keywords. ie: "Indiana
genealogy" if you are looking for items on Indiana. The subject
"genealogy" is in each entry in these collections and helps narrow your
search to only titles of genealogical references. I have removed
the other databases as they were outdated and the new holdings are on
the OCPLC site (updated frequently). Each member library has its own
section with address, contacts, times and other information. When
making plans to go to a specific area, it is a good idea to search the
library catalogues and have a list of items you most want to see. Once
you get there, you will likely find many more, but having an initial
list, will save you valuable time.
You may wish to find out what
classes and special offerings are being
made before your go as well. Perhaps there will be a special course like
the one David Wheatherford of the ValP library offers. The short course
called Prime Time Genealogy, is designed to show one how to use such
varied sources as Census, church and marriage records, as well as the
various internet resources. It will also make use of some of the 6,000+
documents the library owns.
Remember Santa Rosa and
contributed half of the area of
Okaloosa in 1915.
Go to http://www.siteone.com/clubs/mgs/newstand.htm,
for a list of global newspapers that publish genealogy columns, their
rules and contact info.
Opp News Genealogical Column
PO Box 870
Opp, AL 36467
name and address required with
announcement or query.
both counties are so closely
related, it may be
useful to subscribe to the list. You can ask questions about the
history of the area, learn what projects the group is getting together,
and perhaps find lost relatives. If you would like to join the Walton
Co discussion group, send a message to FLWALTON-Lemail@example.com
that contains the word 'subscribe' in the text and nothing else. If you
prefer digest mode, send the command instead to
FLWALTON-Dfirstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to turn off any automatic
signature line. Enjoy!
This page last updated on 14 May 2010.