Monday, August 31, 2015

LaGrange County, Indiana Public Library Offers Online Resources

If you have ancestors from LaGrange County, Indiana, this site will be of interest to you. Once you get to the landing page, scroll down to "Genealogy Links." There you will find links to records such as marriage, birth, death, divorce, census, and more. In fact, if you look closely, you will see that the censuses are local transcriptions for the 1890 census.

A little further down the page are links to broader Indiana research sources.

There is a lot on this page in addition to what I just mentioned, so take your time and look around.

LaGrange County Public Library - Genealogy Resources:

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 30 August to 5 September 2016

Tuesday, 1-Sep-2015 at 6:00 PM--GENEALOGY SOFTWARE UTILITIES-Part II- Demonstration of several utility programs useful for genealogy such as: Dropbox, Skype, Google Voice, Google Earth, Evernote, Mozy/Carbonite online backup, Online software (Googledocs), automatic backup software, GEDCOM utilities and more.          Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, 2-Sep-2015 at 10:00 AM--Scanned Genealogy Books Online--How and where to find them  (google books, heritage quest,, et al, Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, 3-Sep-2015 at 1:00 PM--German Genealogy-Gathering Facts--Part 2--This course is an overview of the historical, geographical and political changes that affected Germany’s boundaries and caused population movements to other lands such as Ireland, England and America. An important timeline of German events will be discussed with a deeper understanding of the Thirty Years War and the upheaval of the Palatinate area causing emigration beginning in the 1700s. Novel groups such as these Palatines along with the Hessians, Pennsylvania Dutch and several religious groups including the Anabaptists will be discussed. Commons, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Saturday, 5-Sep-15 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/Bryan, Jenkins C, Largo Library.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Providence, Rhode Island House Directories Now Available Online

The Providence City Archives announces the completion of their project to scan Providence House Directories. The dates of the directories range from 1895 to 1935, and there are 24 of them.

The link below leads you to a page with a hotlink to each of the available directories. Clicking on a link will take you to a page where a pdf file of the directory is available. Be patient during the loading process because some of the files are large and will take bit of time.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project Provides Indexes

The Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project freely offers indexes to burials in 1,441 of the 3,300 cemetery and burial sites located in Saskatchewan, Canada. The link below takes you to a page listing the cemeteries, which are all hotlinks to the respective index of burials. In many cases the GPS coordinates of the cemeteries are included with the indexes.

If you are sketchy on the exact cemetery you are interested in, you can do a name search that will cover all of the indexes.

Check it out at:
Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project - Transcribed or Photographed - Saskatchewan Cemetery Index:

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 23-29 August

Monday, 24-Aug-2015 at 6:00—the class will demonstrate how to search the vast databases available on this rapidly-expanding site made available from the LDS (Mormon) genealogy collection. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 26-Aug-2015 at 10:00 AM--US CENSUS --NON-POPULATION SCHEDULES— Most of us are familiar with the population schedules of the US Census. But there is a wealth of information about our families in other schedules that were created in certain census years. This class identifies what those other schedules are (Agricultural, Mortality, DDD, etc.), what information can be found in them, and where they can be located today. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library

Friday, August 21, 2015

Example of Using Old Maps in Genealogy Research

Daine Haddad, writing for the Genealogy Insider Blog, gives us a step-by-step example of using old maps to answer a genealogy question. The type of map used is a Sanborn Fire Insurance Map. She also brings an old newspaper article to bear on getting her answers.

Genealogy Insider - Using Old Maps to Answer My Genealogy Question:

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Free Death Notices Index From Australian Newspapers

Good news for those "Down Under." The Ryerson Index lists death notices appearing in Australian newspapers. The date range is from 1803 to the present time. The index also includes some funeral and probate notices as well as some obituaries. About 285 newspapers are included in the index and currently the index boasts over five million entries

When you get to the landing page, the search tab is in the upper right corner of the page.

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