Friday, October 20, 2017

Online Index of Park View Cemetery, Schenectady, NY

Those of you with Ancestors from the Schenectady, NY area may be interested in this online cemetery index.

To get to the index, click on "Search a Grave" located in the bottom right of the landing page. You can then search by name for the record of interest. The index gives the first and last name, the dates of death and interment, and the grave location.

Check it out at:  Park View Cemetery | Schenectady, NY:

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PGS Events for the Week of 22-28 October 2017

Tuesday, 24-Oct-2017 at 11:30 AM--DNA Testing for genealogy—What you can and cannot do with DNA testing relating to your family history—an introduction. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.

Tuesday, 24-Oct-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. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.

Wednesday, 25-Oct-2017 at 6:00 PM--AmericanAncestors.org: Searching the Online Databases--American Ancestors, the website for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, provides more than 1 billion records in over 450 databases online. Although much of the collection focuses on New England, records from around the U.S. and even some from other countries are available. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the website, and will go through the basics of searching these extensive databases. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, 26-Oct-2017 at 10:30 AM--WAR WITH MEXICO -- This class is an exploration of the causes, conflicts, and results of the United States’ war with Mexico. In addition to the history of the conflict, the types of records generated during the conflict will be discussed along with guidance on where to find those records. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair on YouTube (October 25, 2017)

This notice comes from the National Archives Blog:

FREE NARA 2017 Virtual Genealogy Fair (save the date -- 25 October 2017) #genfair2017

From our friends at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)!  An always great opportunity to learn about federal records and just how valuable they can be to your genealogy research.

WHAT: The National Archives will host a live, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. Participate in our biggest genealogy event of the year! Sessions offer advice on family history research for all skill levels. Topics include Federal government documents on birth, childhood, and death; recently recovered military personnel files; Japanese Americans during World War II; 19th century tax assessments; and a “how to” on preserving family heirlooms. For the schedule, videos, handouts, and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair online (https://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair )

WHEN: October 25, starting at 10 a.m. EDT

WHO: Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and records experts from National Archives’ facilities nationwide.

WHERE: Anywhere! Participate during the Fair while it is live streamed on the US National Archives’ YouTube channel

Captioning: Live captioning will be available online. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for the event, please send an email to: KYR@nara.gov or call 202-357-5260 in advance.

Follow the following link to the YouTube channel:
2017 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair (2017 October 25) - YouTube:

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Obituary Index for Rush County, Kansas

The Barnard Library provides an online obituary index to Rush County newspapers. The newspapers covered and their dates of publication are: Walnut Valley Standard (1874-1901), Walnut Valley Standard (1893-1896), Democrat (Walnut City), Walnut City Gazette (1886-1890), McCracken Republican (1900-1902), McCracken Midget (1949-1951), Rush County Leader (1895), Bison Courier (1930-1938), and Bison Bee (1902-1918).

Instructions for using the index are front and center on the landing page.

Barnard Library Obituary Index:

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Pinellas Genealogy Society Free Lecture Series Features George G. Morgan

The Pinellas Genealogy Society is pleased to announce another in its Lecture Series, this time featuring George G. Morgan giving two presentations. The first is “Laying Out Clues in Funeral Home Records”:  synopsis--Funeral home and mortuary records can provide clues to many other sources, especially before death certificates were issued and between censuses. Learn what information may be included, what it infers, and places to locate the records. Examples of records from online sources are presented and discussed.

The second is “Timelining Your Ancestors”:  synopsis--Your ancestors lived complex lives, interacting with family members, friends, neighbors, and associates of all types. They participated in their communities, and they were affected by events in their communities and around the world. You want to place your ancestors into geographical, historical, and social context so that you can better understand their lives. This seminar suggests a wide array of resources for locating details about your ancestors, and presents a methodology for constructing a chronological timeline of their lives.

This event is free and open to the public and runs from 11am to 3pm at the Largo Public Library (120 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL) on Saturday, 18 November 2017. There will be a short break for lunch after the first presentation. Plan to bring a brown bag lunch, or make use of the Bookmark Café in the library.

George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents in the U.S., Canada, England, on cruise ships, and on webinars. He is the prolific, award-winning author of hundreds of articles for genealogical magazines, journals, newsletters, and at online sites internationally. His twelfth book, the fourth edition of How to Do Everything: Genealogy, was released in January 2015. He is a regular writer for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Family Tree Magazine, Internet Genealogy, and Your Genealogy Today. He has won writing awards from the Association of Professional Genealogists and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE). He is a past president of ISFHWE, and has served on the boards of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Florida State Genealogical Society, the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa), and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and societies in the U.S. and U.K. George is co

Saturday, October 14, 2017

List of Genealogy Pages on Facebook

If you are a Facebook user and want to find genealogy-oriented pages on the site, this link is for you. Katherine Willson has done the heavy lifting for us, and provides such a list. The list is alphabetized by state/county name, and all entries are hot links. So, for example, when you click on "Georgia" you are taken to a list of Facebook pages associated with that state, and when when you click on a specific entry in that list, you are taken directly to that page on Facebook. And did I mention that the list is international in scope?

Also provided is a link to a similar list focused just on Canadian genealogy. Katherine also mentions that to be notified each time her list is updated, simply "like" her Facebook page (and she provides a link to do that).

Check it out at:  Genealogy on Facebook List – Katherine R. Willson:

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Friday, October 13, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 16-21 October 2017

Tuesday, 17-Oct-2017 at 10:00 AM--King Philip’s War, 1675-1676: Causes & Consequences – Although largely forgotten, King Philip’s War was a widespread conflict that had a significant and long-lasting impact on New England colonists and Native Americans. The class will look at causes leading up to this brutal war, analyze the course of the war, and outline the consequences that helped shape the future of the United States. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 19-Oct-2017 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group, Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 20-Oct-2017 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group, Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 21-Oct-2017 at 10:00 AM--Computers in Genealogy, Bryan, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 21-Oct-2017 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting--How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest, Lyttle. Jenkins B, Largo Library.