Friday, February 23, 2018

PGS Events For The Week of 25 February to 3 March 2018

Monday, 26-Feb-2018 at 6:00 PM--Eastern European Research and DNA-  for ancestors who came from Galicia/Halychyna, Bukovina, Poland, Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Germans from Russia, Rusyns, Boykos. Help on how to start - with information obtained in the New World and how DNA testing can help in your search for Eastern European ancestors. van Heerden, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 27-Feb-2018 at11:30 AM--DNA Testing for genealogy—What you can and cannot do with DNA testing relating to your family history—an introduction. This class repeats every fourth Tuesday at the same time. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 27-Feb-2018 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. This class repeats every fourth Tuesday at the same time. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 28-Feb-2018 at 6:00 PM--Living Persons--suggested methods and tips for finding living people--kinfolks you never knew. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 2-Mar-2018 at 10:15 AM--Franco-American Discussion Group. Geographic areas include: Europe (primarily France, but not limited to France)-Eastern Canada (primarily Quebec, some Ontario, but including the Acadians of the Maritime Provinces)-USA (Central North America and New England, also Louisiana and the surrounding Southern states) Charest-LeFebvre, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 3-Mar-2018 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. This class repeats every first Saturday at the same time, Sep-May. Hosmer-Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Coal City, Illinois Obituary and Death Notice Index

The Coal City Public Library District (southwest of Chicago, in Grundy and Will counties)  gives us an obituary and death notice index online at their site. Simply enter the surname of interest to get a hit list showing name, source of the information, and the obituary date. Sometimes the person's age and other notes are also included. The source for the information is the Coal City Courant for the most part.

The landing page gives instructions on how to order an obituary if you are interested.

CCPLD Obituary and Death Notice Index:

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Family Tree Template

Want a free downloadable template for a fan chart? Sometimes kids respond more to this design than they do to the traditional pedigree chart.  Here is one from the site ""

Family Tree Template: Fan | Parents |

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Lee County Genealogical Society Features Regina Negrycz on 15 March 2018.

Friday, February 16, 2018

PGS Events for 18-22 February 2018

Tuesday, 20-Feb-2018 at 1:00 PM--British Genealogy--Come join our starter class on basic British Genealogy using FindMyPast,com. A brief background history of England and Wales' recordkeeping will be given. Phillimore's Atlas and Index of Parish Registers and the BMD online database will be practiced at the end of class. Commons, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 21-Feb-2018 at 10:00--BACKUP & COMPUTER DATA PROTECTION--How to assure your genealogy (and other) computer data is safe from natural disasters, computer failure, viruses, spyware, etc. We will discuss what data you need to backup and specific means to safely backup that data. We will show how to protect your computer from viruses and spyware. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 22-Feb-2018 at 1:00 PM--Finding Your Irish Ancestors in the U.S. (the first step to tracing ancestors in Ireland), Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Danger of Distant Matches in Your DNA Research

Blaine Bettinger, writing in his Blog, "The Genetic Genealogist,"  gives us an article that should be of interest to those of you who are involved in DNA testing. It tells why distant matches problematic, and backs up that assertion with logic, science, and examples.

The Danger of Distant Matches – The Genetic Genealogist:

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Newspaper Vital Statistics at Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick provides us an online database New Brunswick vital statistics found in New Brunswick Newspapers. The collection is the product of the efforts of Daniel F. Johnson. This is from the website: "The Database of Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers, based on over twenty-three years of work by Danny Johnson, is an extraordinary contribution to genealogical, biographical, demographic and historical research. The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick is honoured to present it on their web site as a tribute to Danny and a resource for researchers."

The collection covers 76 newspapers published in New Brusnwick from 1784 to 1896, and it is worth pointing out that the time span covers the years that Loyalists from the American Revolution settled in the New Brunswick region.

You can both search the collection or browse it based on tab selection at the top of the landing page.

Check it out at:  Provincial Archives of New Brunswick:

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