Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PGS Family History Assistance Day on 11 October

Mark your calendars now -- our semi-annual Family History Assistance Day is coming up on October 11.

Using your research notes as a starting point, you and another researcher will ply the Internet to hunt for data to work on that brick wall, extend your research, or just get started.

Volunteers will also be available in the Genealogy Center to introduce you to our print collection by giving tours, and to assist in the use of that material.

The event begins at 12 pm in the Jenkins Room of the Largo Public Library, and runs until 4 pm, on a first-come first-served basis.

Even if you can’t make it, tell your friends…especially those who are new to genealogy and could use some research guidance.

Genealogy research is most successful when shared, and this event provides that opportunity.

Come early and enjoy the activities.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Master Genealogist to Be Discontinued

For those of you who may have missed the news, this past July Wholly Genes Blog announced that official support for The Master Genealogist will cease at the end of this year.

The popular genealogy computer program has been around for about 25 years, and has often let the way with features emulated by other products.

You can read the announcement and find what unofficial support will continue at:  Wholly Genes Newsletter, 29 July 2014, Issue 2014-5

Monday, September 15, 2014

Largo Area Historical Society Open House, 4 Oct. 14

The Largo Area Historical Society holds an open house at the Historic Feed Store in Largo Central Park the first Saturday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm. In October that will be on the 4th. All are welcome to view this museum of life in the Largo area.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Family Stories and Genealogy Myths

James Tanner, writing in his blog Genealogy’s Star, gives us some thoughts on common genealogy myths that may exist in our family lore. Some may be familiar to you, but it is worth a read regardless because James’ comments are both revealing and instructive.

You can read the article at:  Genealogy's Star: Family Stories -- Helpful or Misleading?

PGS Educational Events for the Week of 14-20 September 2014

Monday, 15-Sep-14 at 6:00 PM--Digital Cameras in genealogy--The digital camera is one of the most important tools for the genealogists. This class will discuss the important features of cameras, and demonstrate how to make the best use of the digital camera in your research. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 17-Sep-14 at 10:00 AM--GENEALOGY PHOTOS: ORGANIZING, MANAGING AND ENHANCING -- This class will demonstrate how to organize and manage your digital genealogy photos so they can be easily found and how to enhance their appearance. This includes cropping, straightening, one-touch fix, removing blemishes, adding captions and text to the photo, making a collage, and much more. All this can be done using Picasa, the powerful free program from Google. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 18-Sep-2014 at 12:30 PM--England & Wales Genealogy--How to access the parish records of birth/christening/marriage/burials from 1538 to the present. Instructor Liz Pearson is from England and is well-versed in finding these free records Pearson, Aging Well Center,  1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL.
Saturday, 20-Sep-14 at 10:00 AM--Computers in Genealogy--Question and answer session on the use of computers in genealogy research and record keeping. Bryan, Jenkins B, Largo Library
Saturday, 20-Sep-14 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting--Historical Maps for the Genealogist can be a powerful tool to connect with generations past. Rebecca O’Sullivan, archaeologist and the Outreach Coordinator for the West Central office of the Florida Public Archaeology Network at the University of South Florida, will discuss the ways different historical maps such as Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, Plat maps, and Coastal Survey maps can be used in your research. She will talk about the many digital and paper sources for these maps, as well as how to locate the map you need, and the possible information about your ancestors it might contain. Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Nostalgia Machine

Here’s a site that doesn’t have much to do with genealogy, but I couldn’t resist…call it a guilty pleasure. It’s The Nostalgia Machine.

Simply pick a year (between 1960 and 2003) and then select any of the songs that appear. The more modern that song, the greater the likelihood you will see a video to accompany the music. It might be fun for you to hear some of those high school or college era songs again.

Enjoy the music at:  The Nostalgia Machine

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay Fall kickoff Meeting, 14 Sep. '14

This was just received from Bill Israel of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay:

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay Fall kickoff Meeting
           Date:        Sunday, September 14, 2014

          Time:        1:30PM   Refreshments, Schmooze & Library Access
                            2:00PM   Program
          Where:     Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services
                           4041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida
                          A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY
Presented by Kim Isaac Eisler, Journalist & Author