Monday, September 26, 2016

Bayside Cemetery, Potsdam, NY Database of Burials

Located in northern New York in St. Lawrence County, Bayside Cemetery offers us a database of its burials. The burials date back to 1867.

You will be asked to log in (both the user name and password are "password"). You can both browse and search the database, and if you click on the "Research" tab, you will see the option to download burial data as an Excel spreadsheet.

Check it out at:   Cemetery Association - Database of Burials:

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Friday, September 23, 2016

PGS Events for the Week of 25 September - 1 October 2016

Monday, 26-Sep-2016 at 6:00 PM--Writing Brief Narrative Sketches – Sharing Interesting Ancestors with Family--Do you want to share your family history research and enthusiasm with your relatives, but find that their eyes tend to glaze over when you pull out your pedigree charts and family group sheets? Try presenting the information to them in bite-size chunks, one interesting ancestor at a time, using brief, 1-3 page narratives with visual impact. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 27-Sep-2016 at 10:00 AM--Documentation-An introduction on the content of proper source citations. Using modern genealogy programs to enter citations will also be covered (Roots Magic, and Family Tree Maker will be addressed).Summers  , Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 28-Sep-2016 at 11:30 AM--DNA Basics—an introduction to DNA that may be help attendees better understand the discussion in the DNA Interest Group following at 1:00 PM. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 28-Sep-2016 at 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group--Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others interested in making DNA Connections. This is a group for DNA novices to learn together, Luce. Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 28-Sep-2016 at 6:00 PM--ANCESTRY FAMILY TREES – Part 2. Publishing your tree on can be a great way to share your research with others, as well as to provide a backup for your work. This presentation covers how to start a family tree on, and how to maintain it. That includes working with people, events, images, and sources. Summers   , Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 1-Oct-2016 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, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Georgia Confederate Pension Applications

Those of you who have Confederate ancestors from Georgia may find this site helpful. If your ancestor applied for a pension from Georgia, you may find it in this record set from the Georgia Archives at the University System of Georgia.

There is a search box at the top of the landing page, along with an option for an advanced search form.

Be sure and read the information about the database before you just jump into a search, because there is another set of pension applications that are not included in this database, but which are accessible following another link.

Confederate Pension Application Supplements:

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Carleton's Book of Negroes (sic), 1783, Library and Archives Canada

If you are doing Black genealogy research this offering from the Library and Archives Canada may be helpful. What it offers is the contents of a book listing Black Loyalists who left the United States after the Revolutionary War. Listed is the person's name, age, physical description, and some comments (if you are lucky).

I have given you two links below. The first is to a page at the Library and Archives Canada which gives historical background and an explanation of what the book contains. This is necessary to get the most out of the second link which takes you to the transcription of the book at the Black Loyalists site. You can get to the second link by following directions in the first link, but the trail can be confusing, so I've given you starting and ending points here. When you use the second link (you may have to copy and paste it to your browser), click on "documents" in the left pane of the page, then click on "Official Documents and Proclamations," then you will find a link to the book.

Carleton Papers – Book of Negroes, 1783 - Library and Archives Canada:

This note comes from the Libarary and Archives Canada website:
Important Note about Terminology
Since the 1960s, there has been a change in the terminology used to designate people of African descent. Today the term “black” is preferred. Nevertheless, “negro” is used in this research tool for two reasons:
  • The term appears frequently in the original documents and is used here only for historical context.
  • The Book of Negroes contains references not only to black people, but also to “mulattoes” and others of mixed race; the word “negro” is used to designate both black people and “mulattoes.”

Monday, September 19, 2016

Patricia Charpentier to Speak at Largo Library on 15 October on Writing Family History

Patricia Charpentier will be our October speaker.  Her talk is entitled "Your Journey Story"and include general advice on writing family history as well as specifics on the journey story approach. This event is free and open to the public.  

Through ghostwriting memoirs on behalf of others, as well as co-authoring, editing, teaching, speaking, and publishing Patricia has motivated and guided hundreds in leaving written legacies for their families.

Patricia encourages and inspires hundreds of people each year to write their personal and family histories. She offers fun, lively workshops and presentations that give people the tools needed to write those all-important stories before it is too late. 

For more on Patricia and her bio go to

For a list of future PGS programs go to 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Google Limitations on Genealogy Searches You May Not Be Aware Of

The GenealogyInTime Magazine (GIT) gives us an article alerting us to a Google search limitation that is important to know about, especially when doing a genealogy search. It also offers a couple of suggestions on how to avoid that limitation.

Check it out at:  Google Limitations on Genealogy Searches:

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Friday, September 16, 2016

PGS Events for the Week of 18-24 September 2016

Monday, 19-Sep-2016 at 1:00 PM --Italian Genealogy Interest Group-- CANCELLED; MODERATOR CALLED OUT OF TOWN
Tuesday, 20-Sep-2016 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.
Saturday, 24-Sep-2016 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group--Demos, Q & A on how to use this popular genealogy database program. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.