Sunday, October 4, 2015

Family Heritage Festival at Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library on 18 October

The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library (John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa) is holding a Family Heritage Festival on Sunday, 18 October from 9:15 am to 3 pm. There will be several presentations on genealogy topics, library tours, a retro photobooth, shadow puppet story time, and other activities as well as display tables from various genealogical, historical, and family history organizations.

The event is free and open to the public. There are no reservations necessary...just drop in when you can and stay as long as you can. Call 813-273-3652 for more information. There is also a detailed flyer in the Largo Public Library Genealogy Center.

Cemetery Records of Marion County, Indiana

If you have ancestors from around central Indiana, this site may be of help to you. The Genealogical Society of Marion County shares cemetery record indexes for over 200 cemeteries. Each cemetery listed has links to view the cemetery details, and most have links to view the records.

At the top of the landing page is a "Read Me" file. Take a  moment to look it over, as it will give you information about the cemetery project and tips about using the site.

Check it out at:  Genealogical Society of Marion County - Cemetery Records:

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 3-10 October 2015

Tuesday, 6-Oct-2015 at 6:00 PM--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, 7-Oct-2015 at 10:00 AM--Bounty Lands in Genealogy Research. Bounty Lands were used from before the Revolutionary War up until 1858 to reward military service and stimulate enlistment. Those records can confirm military service and even locate ancestors during and after hostilities. This class gives the history of the subject, what records are available, and where to find them. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, 8-Oct-2015 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group--A discussion group for all those interested in finding their Irish roots. The format will be basically Q & A plus some structured sharing of techniques, resources, etc as the group determines.   Commons, Jenkins C, Largo Library.

Memorial Park Cemetery Canvass. Monday, 5 October, 9:00-11:30 am.Bring your digital camera and sun protection. Brooms are provided, but you may wish to bring your own gardening gloves, etc .  Water and other refreshments will be provided.  Wear your PGS shirts if you have one.  WHERE:  5750 49th Street North, St. Petersburg (at the  intersection of 49th Street North and 54th Avenue North, west side). Look for us in Section R near the flag poles.  This section is immediately north of 54th Avenue North.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Website for Old Maps

Over 400,000 historical maps are available on the "Old Maps Online" website. The landing page allows you the choice of browsing the collection or searching for a place name. The interface is very easy to use, but I found it pays to move slowly and allow the screen to refresh before becoming impatient and stacking up navigation commands.

Old Maps Online:

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Congratulations to Diane Clemmons, Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist

We extend our congratulations to former PGS member Diane Clemmons was honored recently by the Florida State Society of Daughters of the American Revolution as its Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist. See the article below.

Village of Liberty Park resident named Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist |

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Suncoast Genealogy Society Fall Mini Seminar on 24 October 2015

The Suncoast Genealogy Society announces the Suncoast Fall Mini Seminar featuring Jack Butler as speaker.  It will be held on October 24, 2015, 1: pm to 4: pm, at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave, Palm Harbor Fl.  Registration begins at 12:30 pm. 
   Jack Butler is a professional genealogist, lecturer and author. Active in serious genealogical research for more than 20 years, Jack is also active in the genealogy community. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and former President of the Florida Chapter of the APG. He is also a member and former President of the Florida State Genealogical Society. In addition to FSGS, Jack is a member of the NEHGS, and the National Genealogical Society, as well as the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.  His topics will be The Tombstone Just Said "wife of..." - Finding the Women in Your Family History, and A Dozen Resources That You Should be Using - But Which You Probably Aren't. 
 Early bird registration for non members is $30 prior to October 14.  After that it will be $35.  This includes handouts, refreshments and a used genealogy book sale.  For additional information, or to register, contact Ann James, (727) 791-1983 or email

Friday, September 25, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 27 Sep. to 3 Oct. 2015

Tuesday, 29-Sep-2015 at 6:00 PM--Property Research Basics--This is a general treatment of property research in the United States. It will explore ownership documents from land grants to land patents to deeds; it will explain the difference in land descriptions in state land states and public land states; it will examine the historical context of military bounty land, the Homestead Act, and the cash purchase of public land. We will also survey where to find the records generated during the ownership and transfer of property. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library
Thursday, 1-Oct-2015 at 1:00 PM--Gathering Facts for German Genealogy-part 3.The class is comprised of samples of German documents using the alphabets of Latin, Old German (Kurrent, Fraktur or Schwabacher) script or French. Commons, Local History Room, Largo Library.     
Saturday, 3-Oct-2015 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. Hosmer, Jenkins C, Largo Library.