Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Michigan Death Records, 1897-1920, Online

The Seeking Michigan website has a collection of nearly one million death records searchable and online. The records run from 1897 to 1920.

To search the records, select advanced search from the search field at the top of the landing page. “Death Records” will be preselected. Needless to say, take a  moment to look at the other types of records you can search on this site. The list is impressive and you may want to spend some time here.

Check it out at:  Death Records, 1897-1920 « Seeking Michigan

Monday, May 18, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 18-23 May 2015

Monday, 18-May-15 at 7:00 PM--Genealogical Proof, Summers, Tarpon Springs Public Library.
Tuesday, 19-May-15 at 1:00 PM--Italian Genealogy Interest Group, LeConte, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 20-May-15 at 1:00 PM--England/Wales Genealogy Interest Group, Pearson, Local History Room, Largo Library
Thursday, 21-May-15 at 12:30 PM--Fold3--Using this subscription database of military records and more. Free access from your home computer with your Pinellas County library card. Summers, Aging Well Center,  1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL
Saturday, 23-May-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.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 —

I usually don’t alert you to new additions at, but this is rather unique.

Records from the Caribbean Basin are usually difficult to come by, so the Puerto Rico Civil Registration collection (1905-2001) caught my eye. This is a huge database of over 4.5 million images. Some of the records are searchable but not all have been indexed at this point. You can browse the records however, or check back occasionally as the indexing moves forward.

Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 —

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Muskogee County Genealogical Society Databases

The Muskogee County Genealogical Society has several indexes on line if you are searching for ancestors from Oklahoma.

On the home page click on the Databases tab, then Indexes, then your choice of obituaries, Cemeteries, funeral home records, marriage indexes, divorce records, or probates.

Marriage records run from 1890 to 1948, and divorce records run from 1907 to the 1920’s.
Check it out at:  Muskogee County                           Genealogical Society - Home

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Jewish Genealogy Society of Tampa Bay Features Deanna Bennett

This was just received by our friends at JGSTB:

The next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will take place this coming Sunday May 17, 2015.  We will have an interesting program about the trials and tribulations that our Eastern European ancestors experienced in immigrating to this country. There is no charge to attend, and guests are always welcome. If you are not a member, and you wish to discover your own Jewish family history, please come and let us help you get started.

Date:          Sunday, May 17, 2015

  Time:         1:30PM   Refreshments, Schmooze & Library Access
                      2:00PM   Program

  Where:       Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services
                     14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, FL

 Program:   EUROPEAN IMMIGRATION 1860-1930
                    Presented by Deanna Bennett

Monday, May 11, 2015

Obituaries Research Can Reveal Family Trees

An article in the GenealogyInTime Magazine  explains “Why Obituaries Contain Hidden Family Trees.” The article is a short one, but may renew your interest in hunting down obits.

The article also provides some links to sites where obituaries can be found, including GIT’s own Genealogy Search Engine which conveniently searches FindAGrave and BillionGraves, as well as local genealogy society and library websites…places where obituaries are often put online.

Check out the article at:  Why Obituaries Contain Hidden Family Trees

Sunday, May 10, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 10-16 May

Monday, 11-May-15 at 9:00 AM--Memorial Park Cemetery Canvass—9:00-11:00 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, 11-May-15 at 6:00 PM--Census Tracking--Probably the fundamental way of using the US Federal Census is to track ancestors from one census year to the next. In that process we seek to uncover relationships and lost or heretofore unknown ancestors. This class shows a strategy on how to do that, using an actual family as an example. In addition it also shows how to uncover hints on using resources outside of the census itself.  Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, 13-May-15 at 6:00 PM--Newspapers in Genealogy--How to use newspapers to discover facts and human interest stories about your ancestors...obituaries, weddings, court cases, etc. We will discuss where to find the newspapers and how to look for genealogy data in them. Hostetler, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Friday, 15-May-15 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group, For all those interested in German genealogy research. Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Saturday, 16-May-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, 16 May 15 at 11:00 AM—Program Meeting, Sidestep Genealogy--Brick wall research blocks are inevitable. We strive to start with ourselves and work backwards, but sometimes there are impediments that stop us in our tracks. It is then that we must use our most creative research skills, and it is essential that we move to other family members. That means researching our ancestors' siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, and the collateral lines with which they are connected. George Morgan, Jenkins B.

Saturday, 16-May-15 at 7:00 PM-- Military Records--What records exist, what information they give us, where to find them, and how to get them. Summers, Scottish-American Military Society, 917 Louden Ave, Dunedin, FL. [NOTE: this event is not open to the public.]