Friday, June 24, 2016

PGS Events for the Week of 26 June to 2 July 2016

Monday, 27-Jun-2016 at 10:00 AM--INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY (Beginner) -- Basics of how to get started in researching your family history—what to do first, where to look & how to do it. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 29-Jun-2016 at 6:00 PM--NATURALIZATION RECORDS -- Many of our ancestors became naturalized citizens, and left a paper trail when they did so. This class explains the naturalization process, what information can be found in the records, and where those records can be found. Summers, Local History Room, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Caro, Michigan Area District Library Online Collectioins

Some of you "Michiganers" may find this link helpful. It leads you to digital copies of the Tuscola County Advertiser from 1868 to 1942, and the Caro High School yearbooks from 1922 to 2006.

Check them out at:  Digital Collection — Caro Area District Library:

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America Biennial Conference 31 July-3 August

The Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America ( is holding their biennial conference, "2016 Ostfriesen Family Reunion," in Minneapolis, MN from July 31 to August 3, 2016. 

The conference includes speakers from Germany and across the US on Ostfriesen cultural, historical and genealogy topics, an extensive reference library with research assistance, special events such as an Ostfriesen Tea Party, Art Show and optional tours of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. 

More information including the registration form can be found at

Monday, June 20, 2016

Why Obituaries Contain Hidden Family Trees

The GIT Magazine GenealogyInTime)  gives us an article about the value of researching obituaries. Even though you may thing the reasons are obvious, the article is a good refresher, and it contains several links that will be of value (to search engines, to searching guides, etc.).

Give it a look at:  Why Obituaries Contain Hidden Family Trees:

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Friday, June 17, 2016

PGS Events for the Week of 19-25 June 2016

Wednesday, 22-Jun-2016 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, Local History Room, Largo Library
Saturday, 25-Jun-2016 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program

If you have Indiana ancestors, this site may be of interest to you. This newspaper collection contains over 106 thousand issues consisting of over 806 thousand pages. The site is operated by the Indiana State Library.

Look to the right side of the landing page and you will find buttons to click in order to browse the collection by title or by date. If you choose by date, you will get a calendar page where the month's sporting publications will be hotlinked. At the top of each browse page you will find a search tab to click. If you elect advanced search, you can drill down to a specific newspaper to search.

Check it out at:
Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program:

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Clearwater Public Library Has Digitized City Directories for Their Area

Clearwater Public Library has online images of city directories for Clearwater, Dunedin, and Largo Florida from the 1960's and 1970's. The library's collection is broader than those dates, but those are ones currently available online.

Check them out at:
Clearwater Public Library System : Free Texts : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive:

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