Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How To Preserve Old Photos - A Practical Guide

Thanks to Chris Cummins for an instructional article about preserving old photos. She covers topics such as scanning options, what software to use, cloud storage services, and more.

If preserving photos is as issue for you (I'm sure it is for most of us), check it out at:  How To Preserve Old Photos - A Practical Guide:

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 28 June to 4 July

Only one class this week...enjoy the fireworks.

Monday, 29-Jun-2015 at 6:00 PM--Facebook--How to use this very popular social networking site for genealogy. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tips for Searching the SSDI

Lisa Louise Cooke in her Genealogy Gems Blog gives us seven tips for searching the Social Security Death Index. Although most of the information in the SSDI dates from 1962, you can find ealier dated entries as well.

Lisa also gives five links to where you can find the SSDI online.

By the way, Lisa Louise Cooke is scheduled to be our seminar speaker in February of 2017. You may want to sign up for her free Email Newsletter while you are on the landing page linked below. You can become familiar with her body of work and breadth of knowledge in genealogy as we approach 25 February 2017.

Search the SSDI for Your Family History - Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Offers Obituary Indexes Online

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Spiegel Grove, Ohio gives us access to an index of over 3 million obituaries, death notices, and marriage notices from Ohio dating from the 1810's to the present. If you find a index record of use, you can order it online from one of the over sixty partner libraries.

Check it out at:  RB Hayes Obituary Index:

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Bethel College, Kansas Offers Mennonite Indexes Online

The Mennonite Archives and Library (MLA) of Bethel College in Kansas offers many online indexes to obituaries, yearbooks, and censuses. There is even and index to the registration of German aliens of 1918.

In addition to the indexes offered by the MLA are independent projects consisting of even more obituary indexes.

If you have Mennonite ancestors, this may be valuable source for you.

Indexes - Bethel College, KS:

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 21-27 June 2015

Tuesday, 23-Jun-2015 at 6:00 PM--Ancestry.com—The ancestry.com website has a new look and some new features. This class will demonstrate the use of the website and some search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 27-Jun-2015 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Historical African American Newspapers Online

We all know the value of historical newspapers for revealing not only historical information, but also personal information about specific individuals. Often the newspapers were very pointed in the readership they appealed to. Obvious of this are those printed in American and in a foreign language, such as German or Italian.

African American newspapers appealed to a specific market also, but have even wider appeal because they are easy to read and can provide historical insight applicable to all people. The link below take you to a collection on online African American newspapers. From the landing page, click on the alphabetical tabs for the geographical region of interest. The hits list is by newspaper title, and clicking on a title will take you to the paper. The collection comes from a variety of sources, including the Library of Congress.

Check it out at:

Home - Historical African American Newspapers Available Online - LibGuides at Marist College:

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