Tuesday, January 16, 2018

North Carolina Troop Return Records

This collection is comprised of Troop Returns from the State Archives of North Carolina Military Collection. Troop Returns (1747-1893) include lists, returns, records of prisoners, and records of draftees. The majority of this collection is related to the Revolutionary War.

You both search or browse the collection.

Check it out at:  North Carolina Digital Collections:

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Monday, January 15, 2018

PGS Annual Seminar on 24 February 2018

The Annual Pinellas Genealogy Society Seminar, co-sponsored by the Largo Public Library, is scheduled for 24 February 2018 at the Largo Public Library from 8 am to 4 pm. The library is located at 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL.
This all-day event features Judy Russell (JD, CG®, CGL), The Legal Genealogist, as the primary speaker, as well as two breakout speakers, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, “The Genealogy Guys.” Judy's four presentations are titled (1) “That First Trip to the Courthouse,” (2) “No Vitals? No Problem --Building a Family Through Circumstantial Evidence,” (3) “Where There Is--or Isn't a Will,” and (4) “DNA and the Golden Rule.” Judy is a nationally known speaker, author, educator, and genealogy blogger.
The topics of the breakout sessions will be: (1) “Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis” by George G. Morgan, and (2) “Organizing Your DNA Testing” by Drew Smith. George and Drew are also highly regarded authors and speakers. They are also renowned for their “Genealogy Guys” podcast.
In addition to the speakers, this event boasts a continental breakfast, box lunch, raffles, door prizes, book sale, and plenty of time to network with other researchers and guest organizations. The registration fee is $40 for PGS members and $45 for non-members. After 15 February, the cost is $50, so register early.
We at PGS are proud of this annual, day-long event; and proud of the lineup of speakers and topics we have scheduled. There is something for everybody—novice researcher or experienced. Join us.

For detailed information about the seminar, see http://www.flpgs.org/NMbrs/seminar/2018/Sem18.aspx . A link to a registration form is at the top and bottom of that page. In Addition, a direct link to a registration form is http://www.flpgs.org/NMbrs/seminar/2018/SeminarRegForm2018.pdf or one can be requested at  pgsfla@yahoo.com .

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Florida State Genealogical Society Announces 2018 Webinar Schedule


We are very excited to announce the lineup for our 2018 Poolside Chat Webinar Series. The registration links are provided for each webinar, so do not hesitate to register today.

18 Jan 2018 – Mary Kircher Roddy
Read ‘Em or Weep: Promise and Pitfalls in Newspaper OCR
  • Webinar Abstract: Learn where to find free and pay newspaper sites online. Understand how to put OCR mistakes to work for you to increase search results. See a method to make sure you do thorough searching in every newspaper every time.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3928250867622537473
15 Feb 2018 – Wevonneda Minis
Enslaved Blacks in White Church Records: An Overlooked Resource
15 Mar 2018 – Diahan Southard
Genetic Genealogy: Advanced
19 Apr 2018 – Rich Venezia
Naturalization Know-How: The Laws and Records of U.S. Citizenship
17 May 2018 – Annette Burke Lyttle
A Path to Your Next Research Steps: Using Timelines to Organize, Analyze and Evaluate Evidence
  • Webinar Abstract: So you’ve done all this research – now what? How do you figure out what you have and what to look for next? Learn how timelines enable you to organize your information, evaluate your evidence, analyze research results for accuracy, and identify next research steps.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4924344630713480961
21 Jun 2018 – Diane L. Richard
Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Invaluable to ALL Southern Research!
  • Webinar Abstract: We overlook records that we think pertain to only one group of people. The Freedmen’s Bureau records cover more than freed slaves – they include ex-soldiers, impoverished widows, small children, and destitute parents. They include ration, school, court, marriage, military, and more records, along with incredibly personal correspondence regarding loved ones.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2315885235210294785
19 Jul 2018 – Diahan Southard
Organizing Your GENETIC Genealogy
16 Aug 2018 – Margo Fariss Brewer
Sharecropping or Tenant Farming? The System and Its Records
20 Sep 2018 – Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
But, It’s All On The Internet!
18 Oct 2018 – Gina Philibert-Ortega
The Anatomy of BMD: What You Don’t Know About Vital Records
15 Nov 2018 – Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
Medical Genealogy: A Primer of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors and the Epidemics They Lived Through
  • Webinar Abstract: So many researchers hunt for the death certificates of their ancestors but rarely read or understand the cause of death. Disease and death were commonplace occurrences in our ancestors’ lives, and knowing what afflicted them and their communities can help you understand the lives they lived.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4075685482998855683
20 Dec 2018 – Melissa Barker
Disaster Planning for the Genealogist: Safeguarding Your Genealogical Records
  • Webinar Abstract: Natural disasters and man-made disasters happen all the time. Are your genealogical records stored and archived in such a way that they will survive through a disaster? Learn from an archivist how to come up with your own disaster plan and safeguard your genealogical records from destruction.
  • Registrationhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5587740470586221059

Saturday, January 13, 2018

NEHGS Research Tours and Programs

The New England Historic Genealogical Society offers a variety of tours and programs you may be interested in. Follow the link below to see a selection taking place in 2018.

Research Tours & Programs – AmericanAncestors.org:

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PGS Events for the Week of 14-20 January 2018

Monday--LIBRARY CLOSED for Martin Luther King day; no classes

Tuesday, 16-Jan-2018 at 6:00 PM--Family Tree Maker 2017 Basics--Part 2, Hahn, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, 18-Jan-2018 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group--a discussion group regarding techniques to find your Irish ancestry. Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Friday, 19-Jan-2018 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group--a discussion group regarding techniques to find your German ancestry. Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Saturday, 20-Jan-2018 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 Jan 2018 at 11:00 AM—Program Meeting—Finding Your Female Ancestors presented by Donna Moughty, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Saturday, 20-Jan-2018 at 12:30 PM--Workshop tour of the Genealogy Center showing the many genealogical research resources there. Summers, Genealogy Center, Largo Library.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Eastern Cherokee Applications for Native American Research on Fold3

Here is another site of interest to those who have Native American Ancestry. It, like the previous post, is courtesy Lisa Louise Cooke. This article deals with Eastern Cherokee Applications, where tribe members were asked to prove they were members at the time of various treaties or descended from its members. This database shows the information submitted by applicants. The purpose of the "proof" was to become eligible for funds due under the treaties of 1835, 1836, and 1845.

Lisa goes into some detail on how find the information using Fold3. Remember, Fold3 is free if you access it at the Largo Public Library.

Check it out at:
Eastern Cherokee Applications for Native American Research:

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Guion Miller Roll for Native American Research Explained

If you have Native American ancestry, this article by Lisa Louise Cooke (our 2017 featured seminar speaker) may be of interest to you. She explains the purpose of the Guion Miller Roll, and shows how to get to it using the Fold3 database (accessible for free from the Largo Public Library, and also available in book format in the Library Genealogy Center).

Check it out at:
Guion Miller Roll for Native American Research:

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