Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FamilySearch: One Billion Images and Counting

Recently, the GenealogyInTime Magazine published an article about the status of FamilySearch’s digitizing efforts. The title gives a terse summary, but behind that one billion images are multiple billions of individual records, about 3.2 billion of which have been indexed for searching.

The article gives some of the history of FamilySearch (did you know that it has been providing access to genealogy records since 1938?) as well as a summary of the current effort to digitize their microfilm holdings and their continuing effort to digitize new material.

It is a very informative read. Find it at:  FamilySearch Reaches One Billion Images

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Local History and Genealogy Sources for New Brunswick, New Jersey

The New Brunswick Free Public Library has several online sources of information that may be in interest to you if you have ancestors from that area.

The sources include some cemetery listings, military rosters, digitized newspapers, and maps.

You can view the collections at New Brunswick Free Public Library - Materials: Local History and Genealogy

Saturday, August 16, 2014

PGS Educational Event for the week of 17-23 August 2014

Wednesday, 20-Aug-14 at 10:00 in the Local History Room of Largo Public Library, PGS will present "Scanned Books Online--How and where to find them"  (Google books, Heritage Quest, ancestry.com, et al).

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Family Relationships–Understanding All Those Cousins

An article in the GenealogyInTime Magazine offers some ways to figure out all those pesky cousin relationships. In one instance they provide a chart to use, not unlike many others you may have run across. Helpful as it is, it is not always handy when you need it.

They also tell you about the “G-rule.” This is pure gold. An easy way to quickly determine cousin relationships without the need for a chart.

And, by the way, do you know how your “niblings” are?

Check it out at The Key to Understanding Family Relationships

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Florida Genealogical Society Fall Seminar -- 4 October

Registration is now open for the Florida Genealogical Society 2014 Fall Seminar, which will be held on Saturday, 4 October 2014, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Marshall Student Center on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa. Our speaker will be Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, who will present four great lectures.

The day's theme is "The Proof is in the Puzzle" and will consist of four lectures:
  • When Sources Don't Agree, Then What?
  • Organizing Evidence to Overcome Record Shortages
  • Finding "Unfindable" Answers
  • How to Avoid Being Duped by the Internet

    Preregistration is $40 for members and $45 for non-members, or $50 on the day of the seminar. Preregistrations must be received by no later than Monday, 22 September 2014. Registration begins at 8:30 AM the day of the seminar.
    For a conference brochure and registration form go to: http://fgstampa.org/files.php?fcid=17

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Census Taker Cometh

This article has traveled a bit to get to you: from Ancestry Daily News  to Rootdig.com. But that matters not; it is a good read for which we have Michael John Neill to thank.

We are treated to the story of three different census takers encountering the same household over the period of several decades. It is a fictional account, but as you read it,  you can just picture the encounters.

This is a good read. Enjoy it at:  RootDig.com: The Census Taker Cometh

Saturday, August 9, 2014

PGS Educational Events for the Week of 10-16 August

Monday, 11-Aug-14 at 6:00 PM--Ancestry.com--search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Local History Room, Largo Library

Saturday, 16-Aug-14 at 10:00 AM--Computers in Genealogy--Question and answer session on the use of computers in genealogy research and record keeping. Jenkins B, Largo Library

Saturday, 16-Aug-14 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting-John Germany Library, Tampa Genealogy Collection - Lee McQueary, a Tampa Genealogy Librarian, will highlight their genealogy collection, and touch on a variety of genealogy print, microform and electronic resources.  Jenkins B, Largo Library

Saturday, 16-Aug-14 at 12:30 PM--Workshop tour of the Genealogy Center showing the many genealogical research resources there. Genealogy Center, Largo Library.