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Research Notes 2016-11-21


More than half a century before the Pilgrims held their feast of thanksgiving in what is now Massachusetts, the first Thanksgiving was celebrated right here in St. Augustine. After coming ashore, the 800 settlers gathered around a makeshift altar as Father Lopez officiated a Catholic mass of thanksgiving to celebrate their safe arrival. Later, the local Indians were invited to share a communal meal.

Great Mass 1565

Painting in the cathedral depicting the first mass celebrated – Saint Augustine, Florida. 19–. Black & white photoprint. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Today a great cross stands at the location where this historical event took place.


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Graphic - Family History Faire

The holiday season is a great time to share your family’s history with younger generations. Something as simple as the story behind Aunt Sarah’s recipe for pecan pie can spark a child’s interest in their heritage. Our Family History Faire gives you another opportunity to inspire future genealogists. Bring your best stories – and your family – to the Faire in January.


FamilySearch’s Research Wiki has a comprehensive overview of English immigration and emigration. This includes background information along with a comprehensive list of resources to help your research effort.

If you are researching English ancestors, this will be a useful resource. Visit England Emigration and Immigration Genealogy at FamilySearch Wiki.


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