Thursday, November 26, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 27 November to 2 December 2015

Tuesday, 1-Dec-2015 at 6:00 techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library
Wednesday, 2-Dec-2015 at 10:00 AM--Brick Walls—You will eventually reach a point where you seemingly can’t go back further on a particular line. This class will offer some ideas and suggestions for overcoming dead ends in your family history research. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library
Thursday, 3-Dec-2015 at 10:30 AM--Immigration Records and Ships Passenger Lists-How to use them. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library
Friday, 4-Dec-2015 at 10:00 AM--Franco-American Discussion Group. Geographic areas include: Europe (primarily France, but not limited to France)-Eastern Canada (primarily Quebec, some Ontario, but including the Acadians of the Maritime Provinces)-USA (Central North America and New England, also Louisiana and the surrounding Southern states). Grandmaison, Local History Room, Largo Library
Saturday, 5-Dec-2015 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. Hosmer/Bryan, Jenkins C, Largo Library.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Catholic Parish Registers at the National Library of Ireland

Here is a unique resource for those with Irish ancestry.

On the landing page you can use the search bar to enter the name of a parish, or you can use the map by scrolling down the page a bit. Click on county you are interested in and it will expand to she Dioceses. Click on a Diocese to get further information and then click on the Diocese name in the popup box. You will be taken to view-able microfilm of the register(s).

There are a variety of controls to play with. You cannot search by name, but you can narrow your search by selecting the type of event (eg baptism) you are interested in, the year, and the month. There is a download and print capability.

Catholic Parish Registers at the NLI:

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Search genealogy resources at Live Roots

Here is a genealogy search engine that may be of value in your research. Enter a keyword or surname and you get two hit lists: one for surname results, and the other for resource results. The site gives these explanations:

"Surname Results -- Based on the keywords you enter, the search engine will check to see if any of them are surnames. For any surnames it finds, it will check the following three surname-based resources: (1) the Live Roots index, which contains names indexed from a variety of resources in the catalog; (2) the Transcribed Ephemera collection from Genealogy Today, which includes such free collections as the Funeral Card Images and WW2 War Ration Books; and (3) the Subscription Data service called Family Tree Connection, which contains information transcribed from a variety of smaller resources. After you complete a surname search and click one of the surname result links, you will have the option to narrow the search by first name, year and/or location.

"Resource Results -- The search engine will compare the keywords you enter to the thousands of resources in the Live Roots catalog. These resources include such things as online transcriptions, books available for purchase, cemetery listings, offline resources and a wide range of web site pages. The search will compare the keywords to those in the titles and descriptions of the resource listing. This search does NOT search the records within the resources unless they have been included in the Live Roots index mentioned above."

There are several tabs at the top of the landing page that you should explore: "Discover" and "Navigate" in particular.

Search genealogy resources at Live Roots:

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

DAR Bible Records and Transcriptions

The DAR provides an index of more than 40,000 Bible Records online for free. Each entry provides a transcription of the name and some date information concerning birth, marriage, and death. The amount of information depends on the source record.

You don't get to see an image of the original page, but you can get a catalog entry for the holding at the DAR to follow up on.

Check it out at:  DAR Genealogical Research Databases:

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Genealogy Gophers Searches Online Genealogy Books

Genealogy Gophers allows you to search online genealogy books by name, date range, place, relatives' name, or by specific publication. It focuses on the books available at the site, but adds value as it does so. Search results at Genealogy Gophers show your hits in context; that is, your search term is show in a snippet of the actual text. This allows you to make an initial judgment as to whether or not the text found actually applies to your ancestor or not. If it does, clicking on the link will take you to the full text.

This is a work in process. Not all of the books in the collection are represented here, but according to the site authors, they are working on it. Take a moment to follow the link "About GenGophers) found at the top of the landing page to get a more complete idea of the site's goals and offerings.

It is worth checking out at:  Genealogy Gophers:

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Friday, November 13, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 15-21 November 2015

We have a lots going on this week!
Monday, 16-Nov-2015 at 10:00 AM--Scanned Genealogy Books Online--How and where to find them  (Google books, HeritageQuest,, et al), Summers, LH Room, Largo Library
Tuesday, 17-Nov-2015 at 1:00 PM--Italian Genealogy Interest Group, Bedore, LH Room, Largo Library
Wednesday, 18-Nov-2015 at 1:30 PM--National Archives,–Ordering military records, Summers, Charlotte County Genealogy Society, Port Charlotte, FL
Wednesday, 18-Nov-2015 at 1:00 PM--England/Wales Genealogy Interest Group, Pearson, LH Room, Largo Library
Thursday, 19-Nov-2015 at 1:00 PM--Intro to Irish Genealogy Part 3. This is an in-depth class about the church systems in Ireland, their church records and guided practice searching Roman Catholic Parish Registers from Antrim to Wicklow. Commons, Jenkins C, Largo Library
Friday, 20-Nov-2015 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group, Dietz, LH Room, Largo Library
Saturday, 21-Nov-2015 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, 21 Nov 2015 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting--Introduction to U. S. Immigration Records, George Morgan, Jenkins B, Largo Library
Saturday, 21 Nov 2015 at 12:30 PM--Workshop tour of the Genealogy Center at Largo Library showing the many genealogy resources there. Summers, Genealogy Center

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Local Newspaper Transcriptions From Arlington, Texas Public Library

This link takes you to a rather unique newspaper collection. The papers available are the Arlington Journal (1897 to 1940, with some years missing), and Arlington Citizen (1937-1940).

When you click on the desired year, your are taken to a transcription of selected articles in various issues of the paper for that selected year. The articles appear to focus on reports of deaths, but not exclusively.

Check it out at:  Local Newspaper Transcriptions | Arlington Public Library:

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