Saturday, April 18, 2015

San Mateo County Genealogical Society Offers Online Databases

If you have ancestors from the San Mateo area of California, the genealogy society there has some online databases that may be of interest.

They include an obituary index, a digitized book on early county deaths, an index of county coroner records, an index to county court minute and record books, and more.

Databases | San Mateo County Genealogical Society

Friday, April 17, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 19-25 April 2015

Monday, 20-Apr-15 at 6:00 searching--the next level. This class will explore approaches to difficult searches--how to find them when they're not where they should be.  Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library

Tuesday, 21-Apr-15 at 1:00 PM--Italian Genealogy Interest Group, LeConte, Local History Room, Largo Library

Wednesday, 22-Apr-15 at 10:00 AM--Library Catalog Searching for Genealogists– Libraries are a great place for finding genealogy resources. This class will show you how to find libraries and archives that can help you in your search, how to get the most from catalog searches, and discover other helpful resources available through online catalogs. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Saturday, 25-Apr-15 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Newberry Research Library in Chicago

According to their website, this research library has been collecting genealogy and local history material since 1887. Chicago is certainly represented in their holdings, but the range of the material goes well beyond that location.

The link below takes you directly to the genealogy and local history page, but take some time to explore other pages of this helpful site. Of particular interest is the link to “Newberry Research Guides.” You will find it in about the middle of the landing page.

Genealogy and Local History | Newberry

Help Out with the Memorial Park Canvas

Here's an opportunity to do some volunteer work. We continue to canvas the Memorial Park Cemetery. It is a big job and help is needed. 

WHEN:  9:00am continuing for 2 hours  
WHERE:  5750 49th Street North, St. Petersburg  (at the  intersection of 49th Street North and 54th Avenue North, west side). We plan to meet in the South section of the cemetery (south of 54th avenue)

Here is the schedule for the rest of the season:
Monday, April 27th
Monday, May 4th
Monday, May 11th
Tuesday, May 26th (because that Monday is Memorial Day)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Rochester Churches Indexing Project

If your ancestors are from the Rochester, NY area, this site may be beneficial to your research. Currently there are over 31,000 marriages, 42,000 baptisms, and 500 deaths in the database.

To get to the search screens from the landing page, click on the terms “Marriages,” “Baptisms,” and “Deaths” under the welcome line at the top of the page.

This indexing project is ongoing, so it is worth revisiting the site every once in a while to see what new data has been added.

Rochester Churches Indexing Project

Saturday, April 11, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 12-18 April 2015

Tuesday, 14-Apr-15 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, Citrus County Genealogy Society, Lecanto, FL

Tuesday, 14-Apr-15 at 6:00 PM--INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY (Beginner) -- Basics of how to get started in researching your family history—what to do first, where to look & how to do it. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library
Thursday, 16-Apr-15 at 12:30 PM--English & Welsh Poor Law Records (1601-1948)--Records of Poor Law Officers and Parish Paupers. Pearson, Aging Well Center, 1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL
Friday, 17-Apr-15 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group. Dellinger, Local History Room, Largo Library
Saturday, 18-Apr-15 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, 18 Apr 15 at 11:00 AM—Program Meeting-- What Can Your Ancestors' Religion Reveal About Them - Debra Fleming, the principal of The Ancestry Detective™, LLC a genealogical research firm, will present the topic, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Friday, April 10, 2015

How to Use Your Scanner

This article in GenealogyInTime Magazine takes you through how to use your scanner to capture old photos in five steps. It starts with the basic step of attaching the scanner to the computer, and ends with the step of storing the scanned image.

If you are a bit fuzzy on the basics, check out the article at:  How to Scan Old Photos for Genealogy Research