Friday, January 20, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 22-28 January 2017

Monday, 23-Jan-2017 at 6:00 PM--Family Tree Maker 2014 Basics--Part 1. A detailed explanation and demonstration of the many features of this most popular genealogy database program. Hahn, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, 24-Jan-2017 at 11:30 AM--DNA Basics—an introduction to DNA that may be help attendees better understand the discussion in the DNA Interest Group following at 1:00 PM. Summers, Jenkins C, Largo Library
Tuesday, 24-Jan-2017 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. Luce, Jenkins C, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 24-Jan-2017 at 6:00 PM--RootsMagic-3, part 3 of 5. This class explores the use of this popular genealogy software program. It consists of five classes, each 1 ½ hours long, held for five consecutive weeks. The intent is to take the student from the basics of initial entry of family information to the more detailed topics of incorporating images in your family history, citing sources, and generating various reports. The class will be most effective if all sessions are attended in order. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 25-Jan-2017 at 10:00 search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 28-Jan-2017 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group meeting, Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Early Rhode Island Court Records Project Provides Online Historic Records

The Rhode Island Historical Society has digitized its most important collections related to the colonial RI judicial system and made them available on line.

You can't search the collection by name, you have to browse it, but the collection has an organization to it that makes your search easier. If you know you have an ancestor from Rhode Island in the 1730 to 1784 time frame, your browse time may be fruitful.

Check it out at:
Colonial Justice: Early Rhode Island Court Records Project - Rhode Island Historical Society:

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Why Genealogy is Important

Every once in a while it is refreshing to step away from our interest in databases, facts, dates, and places; and consider a more general and theoretical view of genealogy. This article titled "Why Genealogy is Important" published in GenealogyInTime Magazine gives us that opportunity.

It is fascinating to see the many reasons one might have for being interested in genealogy. Certainly there are some reasons that mean little to me, but seeing what they are helps me in understanding others that I interact with in pursuing my research.

Check it out at:  Why Genealogy is Important:

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Vital Records for Boscawen, NH

If you have ancestors from around Boscawen, New Hampshire, this site may be of interest. The entries were compiled from town reports, books of mortality, and other such documents.

You can search the database by date, first name, or last name. You can also simply browse by birth, death, or marriage.

Boscawen, NH Vital Records:

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PGS Events for the Week of 15-21 January 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

Judgeing Our Ancestors Is a Slippery Slope

Responding to one of her readers, blogger Lisa Louise Cooke gives us her take on dealing with some of that less-than-positive information about our ancestors that we invariably come across.

Her thoughts on the situation reinforce what we have learned about responsible research: citing sources, and using common sense about the impact of our research.

Lisa is the featured speaker at our Annual Seminar on 25 Feb 2017. Check out the full schedule and registration form at:   

Read Lisa's article at:  Standing in Judgement of Our Ancestors:

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 9-14 January 2017