Local Area Tours


Florida State Genealogical Society, the NGS local host, is offering two events on Tuesday, 3 May 2016. Conference registration is not required to participate in these pre-conference events.

Fort Lauderdale Historic Area Tour

We will depart from the Hilton Marina to the Fort Lauderdale History Museum via water taxi. This leisurely ride along the New River, Fort Lauderdale’s first highway, will be on a narrated Water Taxi.

At the Fort Lauderdale History Museum a brief history will be provided by knowledgeable docents. You will have the opportunity to browse the numerous buildings including the 1905 New River Inn, 1914 Bryan House, 1899 replica schoolhouse, and others. The Hoch Heritage Library and Research Center is the headquarters of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and their historic collections.

We will re-board the water taxi and ride to the Stranahan House. There group tours of the house will be provided by the docents. This house, built in 1901 and inhabited by Frank and Ivy Julia (Cromartie) Stranahan, has served many functions in its lifetime – trading post, community hall, general store, bank, and finally a home. Now it is a historic house museum

We will then hop on a bus to Bonnet House. Again, docent-led tours of the house and surrounding buildings will be provided; you may also walk the gardens. This historic house, on land purchased by Hugh Taylor Birch in 1895, was built in 1920 as a winter retreat by Chicago artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and contains many decorative elements. The gardens are noted as being “one of the last examples in South Florida of a native barrier island habitat.”

After the tour of Bonnet House, we will board the bus for the trip back to the conference hotels.

This tour will accommodate most individuals who can enter a bus with limited assistance; however, extensive walking is required.

$65.00 per person. Reservations must be made by 22 April 2016.

The tour departs from the Hilton Marina at 1:30 p.m., returning to the conference hotels about 6:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact NGS Registrar Courtney Holmes at registration@ngsgenealogy.org or refer to FAQs.

Miami-Dade Library Research Trip – CANCELLED 

Located in the heart of downtown Miami, the Miami-Dade Library offers a number of special collections including the Cuban Collection (materials about Cuba and Cuban immigration); Florida and Romer Photograph Collections (on Florida with special emphasis on South Florida); Government Documents; the Genealogy Department with a collection of City Directories from 1860 through 1935 for a number of major cities; and much more. HistoryMiami, a premier cultural institution with a museum and an Archives and Research Center, is located next door. There researchers can search digital photos, manuscripts, books, publications, and 1.1 million images including prints, postcards, stereographs, etc. documenting the Miami region, South Florida, and the Caribbean.

Visit the online catalog at http://www.catalog.mdpls.org to expedite your search during this busy research time and to make a list of the resources of interest to you,

This all-day research opportunity will accommodate most individu­als who can enter a bus with limited assistance. Bus transportation is included; lunch is on your own.

$50.00 per person. Reservations must be made by 22 April 2016.

You must register to participate in the FSGS Tuesday Miami-Dade Library Research Trip.

The bus will depart from the three Conference Hotels and will have limited space.

  • Depart Fort Lauderdale: 9:00 a.m.
  • Depart Library: 4:00 p.m.
  • Return to the hotels: 6:00 p.m.