Saturday, December 16, 2017

Pennsylvania State Archives Offers Several Digital Record Sets

The Pennsylvania State Archives offers us several digital records sets. The landing page provides links to card files relating to Civil War veterans, Mexican Border Campaign veterans, WWI service medals, Spanish American War veterans, and much more.

Remember, these records are of Pennsylvania residents.

Welcome to the Archives Records Information Access System (ARIAS):

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Friday, December 15, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 17-23 December 2017

Tuesday, 19-Dec-2017 at 10:00 AM--ANCESTRY FAMILY TREES – Part 2. Publishing your tree on Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com, and how to maintain it. That includes working with people, events, images, and sources. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 23-Dec-2017 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.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

PGS Annual Seminar Scheduled for 24 February 2018 -- Register Now

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.


A detailed schedule of events is found at http://www.flpgs.org/NMbrs/seminar/2018/Sem18.aspx, and a link to the registration form is at the top and bottom of that web page. Questions can be addressed to pgsfla@yahoo.com .

Office of Coast Survey Maps and Charts

Coastal Survey maps are certainly a specialized record set. But if you had ancestors who lived or worked around the water, they may yield important information for you. This collection for the Office of Coast Survey offers maps for sale, but you can search for them and see the results without fee.

The landing page gives you a search box where you can search by title, type of map, state, year, or chart. The most interesting and fun search, however, is using the link to a map-based search page. That link is just above the search box. It gives you a map of the US (you can pan to any place in the world) that you can zoom in on by double clicking. When you find a place of interest, you can select a point on the map to get a list of applicable maps to review.

Although we are dealing with coastal survey maps, click on any plane on the maps and you will be offered a list of maps. That is because the survey deals with both fresh and salt water areas.

Office of Coast Survey Historical Map & Chart Image Catalog:

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

20 Jan 2018 Program Features Donna Moughty, Focusing on Women in Your Tree

Do you have a pedigree with your female ancestors listed as Mary, Rachel and Phebe…no last names or perhaps one of your male ancestors listed with a wife UNKNOWN? Your pedigree stops
there and you now have a brick wall.

Prior to the 20th century, many women didn’t have an identity of their own…they were tangled with father or husband and in some places, were not allowed to own real estate in their own names or to sign legal documents. When they married their name changed … sometimes multiple times making them harder to find and so they get listed in genealogies by their given name and typically with an approximate date of birth and death. They have been referred to as our “invisible

ancestors.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Death record Research

Still looking for that ancestor's elusive death record? This article by Allison Dolan in Family Tree Magazine may contain the tip you need. Titled "Nine Kinds of Ancestor Death Records You Should Look For," the piece gives explanations of each of the types of records discussed along with images.

Nine Kinds of Ancestor Death Records You Should Look For - Family Tree:

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PGS Events for the Week of 10-16 December 2017

Tuesday, 12-Dec-2017 at 10:00 AM--ANCESTRY FAMILY TREES – Part 1. Publishing your tree on Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com, and how to maintain it. That includes working with people, events, images, and sources. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 14-Dec-2017 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, 15-Dec-2017 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, 16-Dec-2017 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, 16 Dec 2017 at 11:00 AM—Holiday Party. Please remember to bring finger foods and holiday treats along with your "show and tell." Preceded by a brief business meeting and election of officers. Jenkins B, Largo Library.