Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Largo Area Historical Society Meeting Features Mayor Elect Woody Brown

The Largo Area Historical Society monthly meeting on 13 October will feature Mayor-elect Woody Brown. The meeting is at the Historic Feed Store in Largo Central Park at 7 pm. It is preceded by a pot luck supper at 6:30. All are invited.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Family History Assistance Day on 11 October

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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

JGSTB October Meeting Notice

This was just received from the Jewish Genealogy Society of Tampa Bay about their meeting on 12 October 2014:

The October 12th JGSTB meeting will be a special joint meeting with the Florida Holocaust Museum.  We will meet at the same time, but at a different place -  at the Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg - see address and details below.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for those with Holocaust victims in their family to learn how to research those victims.  Our speaker will be Urszula Szczepinska, Curator of Education and Director of Research for the Florida Holocaust Museum, which is one of only three Holocaust Museums in the United States that is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.  Ms. Szczepinska is an award winning authority on Holocaust research.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

PGS Educational Events for the Week of 29 Sep. - 4 Oct. 2014

Monday, 29-Sep-14 at 6:00 PM--Familysearch.org—the class will demonstrate how to search the vast databases available on this rapidly-expanding site made available from the LDS (Mormon) genealogy collection. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 30-Sep-14 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. Luce, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 1-Oct-14 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.
Thursday, 2-Oct-14 at 12:30 PM--Homestead Act-History Series, Summers, Aging Well Center, 1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL.
Saturday, 4-Oct-14 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, Jenkins C, Largo Library.

Online Digital Newspaper Collections

James Tanner in his Blog Genealogy’s Star, gives us an extremely useful list of online newspapers listed by state. He also lists some national and regional sources for online newspapers.

James points out that this particular online landscape is constantly changing, so any exhaustive list is not possible. That aside, if you are using newspapers in your research (and you definitely should be), be sure and look over this list.

Check it out at:  Genealogy's Star: Online Digital Newspaper Collections by State -- The Lists by State

Thursday, September 25, 2014

World History in Concise Graphics

If you are looking for a site to help put your ancestors in some historical context, HyperHistory is worth exploring.

When you get to the homepage, click on a focus choice in the left panel (People, history, events, etc.) and then select from a time period in the right panel. The result will be a graphic display of that topic. All entries in the display are hotlinks. When you click on one, a detailed explanation of it appears in the right pane.

Check it out at:  World History : HyperHistory

Monday, September 22, 2014

Immigrant Servants

Here is a database of immigrant servants that may be useful. Each index entry gives the surname and given name of the indentured servant/immigrant, the colony/destination, date of birth, date of servitude, and an opportunity to view the complete transcribed record. The transcription provides even more information to include ship name, whether the person is an orphan, literate, a convict, and more.

The database can be searched by name or browsed by first letter of the surname.

It is presented as part of a site sponsored by a group offering professional genealogy services: Price & Associates.

Check it out at:  Immigrant Servants Database