Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Time is Running Out to Register for the PGS Annual Seminar

The Annual PGS Seminar will take place from 8:30am to 4pm on Saturday, 14 February at the Largo Public Library. This all-day event is one of the highlights of the year and features many speakers and activities that will be of interest to genealogists, both new and experienced.

Dr. John Colletta is the featured speaker, and will make four presentations during the day. He is one of America's more popular genealogical lecturers, having worked at the Library of Congress for twenty years and having taught workshops at the National Archives. He has published several books, articles, and manuals on various genealogical topics.

In addition to Dr. Colletta there will be three other speakers who will present during breakout sessions.

Other activities during the seminar included a continental breakfast, box lunch, beverages and snacks all day long, raffles, door prizes, huge book sale, guest organizations to talk to, and plenty of time to compare notes with other researchers.

Time is running out for registration, so follow the link below to get more detailed information on the program and to find a registration form. The price goes up after 7 February so act now.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What are Things Worth

If you have tried to imagine what a home reported in the census as $1500 is worth today…and failed, then this site is for you.

Measuring Worth provides several calculators to help you answer questions like the one above. They can calculate relative values in either direction (what is is worth now vs. what was it worth then), purchasing power, inflation rates, and much more.

If you want to get a better understanding of your ancestral family’s economic situation, check it out.

Measuring Worth - Relative Worth Calculators and Data Sets

Sunday, January 25, 2015

PGS Educational Events for the Week of 25-31 January 2015

Monday, 26-Jan-2015 at 9:30 AM--Memorial Park Cemetery Canvass—9:30-11:30 AM. Meet at the south parking lot at 5750 49th Street N (intersection of 49th St. N. and 54th Ave, west side). Bring your digital camera and sun protection. Water and other refreshments will be provided. Wear your PGS shirt if you have one. Please RSVP to Debbie Schuler:, (727) 470-9967.
Monday, 26-Jan-15 at 6:00 PM--Family Tree Maker 2012 Basics--Part 2, Smith, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 27-Jan-15 at 10:00 AM--City Directories in Genealogy research--City directories are a valuable genealogy resource. They can give information on household composition, residence and business location, and insights into the lives our ancestors led. They can also be used as a substitute for the US Federal Census, or used in conjunction with the census to locate hard-to-find ancestors. This class explores the history of this resource, the research value of the information they provide, and where to find the records. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 28-Jan-15 at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM--England & Wales Genealogy--Quirks and access to government censuses 1841-1911 plus less well known census pre-1841. Participants in the morning lecture are invited to bring their laptops for an afternoon workshop (after a lunch break) to search for personal records with individual guidance. Pearson, Local History Room, Largo Library
Thursday, 29-Jan-15 at 10:30 AM--Land Ownership Records & Maps—This class was scheduled to be led by Susan Luce focusing on using the website. However, Susan had knee replacement surgery last week and cannot do the class. So, we will offer instead a class closely related to Susan's. It will focus on property records generated when an individual acquired land from the US Government. The class will explore how to legally describe that land (essential) to finding records about it), demonstrate how to search for the land records at the Government Land Office website, how to use the website for the same purpose, how find supporting documentation at the and websites, and how to order the Land Entry Case Files from the National Archives.
This class in part is similar to the US Property Research Basics class offered last week, but focuses only on public land states, and goes much deeper to explore in real time the use of the resources mentioned above.  Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Online Resources From Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society

The Rock Island County, Illinois Genealogical Society has made available some important databases you may be interested in. In particular there are obituaries from 2005 through 2013 and funeral home memorial cards covering deaths from 1990 to mid 2013.

The information comes from mostly the Quad Cities area. Find those indexes and more at:  Online Resources

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Open House at Aging Well Center on 7 February 2015

The Aging Well Center at the Long Center in Clearwater (1501 N. Belcher Road) is holding an open house from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, 7 February.

PGS has been giving genealogy and history presentations at the AWC for several years now, and will have a display table at this event. Drop by and say hello to our representatives, and check out all of the activities and opportunities the Center has to offer.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

World War I Soldier Photographs Free Online

The State Library of Massachusetts has made available for free online a collection of photographs of WWI soldiers. You can search the collection by keyword, or  browse it by date, author, title or subject.

There are over eight thousand photos in the collection, and they feature soldiers primarily from the state of Massachusetts. Some from nearby states are included also, so check it out.

World War I Soldier Photographs

Monday, January 19, 2015

Florida Humanities Council Presents Caren Neile at Largo Library

Tuesday, February 3rd at 6:00pm
Largo Public Library
Jenkins Community Wing

Doesn't it often seem like history is something that happens to other people? This engaging, highly interactive program uses real-life, old-Florida stories of adults and children, rascals and heroes as a jumping-off point for story creation that helps participants understand that they too are a vital part of living Florida history. Free tickets are available at the Largo Public Library.

"Our Stories, Ourselves" is part of the new annual event "Largo Turns a Page" which encourages members of our community to read and discuss a thought-provoking book. The book chosen for the 2015 community read is Learning to Die in Miami, an autobiography by Cuban refugee Carlos Eire who came to America in the 1960s through the Operation Pedro Pan Airlift. The Largo Public Library will host a series of programs incorporating music, dance, culture, and cuisine to promote and celebrate this year's book selection.

PGS will participate in the event by making a presentation on 15 March about Caribbean genealogy research and US naturalization. It will be at 10 am in the Local History Room of the Largo Library.