Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Annual Family History Conference at St. Petersburg Stake Center

There will be a Family History Conference at the St. Petersburg Stake Center, 9001 106th Avenue North, Seminole, Florida on 28 March from 9am to 3pm.

Learn the basics of starting your fmaily tree, plus:
  >US Family History
  >Russian/Prussian Family History
  >Spanish Family History
  >African American Family History
  >Austria/Hungary/Eastern Europe Research
  >Internet Family History Research

For more information contact marklaymonjones@gmail.com

Births and Obituaries From Willard, OH   

The Huron County Public Library (northern Ohio) has made available online a birth announcement and obituary index for the Willard area.d

The two collections each have in excess of 10 thousand records entered, and it is growing.

Check it out at:  Willard Area Births & Obituaries | Huron County Community Library    

Friday, March 20, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 22-28 March 2015

Monday, 23-Mar-15 at 6:00 PM--Pre-1850 Census analysis--Many researchers become frustrated with the difficulty in researching the US Census prior to 1850 because of only the heads of households being explicitly named. However, those early censuses contain more information than one might initially think. This class examines the characteristics of the pre-1850 census, the information available, and some strategies for analyzing those census years. Summers, LH Room, Largo Library
Tuesday, 24-Mar-15 at 10:00 AM--City Directories in Genealogy research--City directories are a valuable genealogy resource. They can give information on household composition, residence and business location, and insights into the lives our ancestors led. They can also be used as a substitute for the US Federal Census, or used in conjunction with the census to locate hard-to-find ancestors. This class explores the history of this resource, the research value of the information they provide, and where to find the records. Summers,  LH Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 25-Mar-15 at 6:00 PM--bounty lands in genealogy research -- Bounty Lands were used from before the Revolutionary War up until 1858 to reward military service and stimulate enlistment. Those records can confirm military service and even locate ancestors during and after hostilities. This class gives the history of the subject, what records are available, and where to find them. Summers, LH Room, Largo Library
Saturday, 28-Mar-15 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Summers, LH Room, Largo Library

Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2015

Every year GenealogyInTime Magazine publishes its top 100 genealogy websites list. It covers both free and fee sites, and each site listed is hot-linked.

One of the more interesting parts of the article is the explanation of the methodology used to build the list. Knowing that makes the list much more interesting if not more useful. For instance, popularity is a function of not only how many visitors to the site, but also by how much time they spend there, and how much of the site content is consumed.

You may find some sites on the list that didn’t make it on your radar. Check it out at:  Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

“Many Roads” Features Many Links

The “Many Roads” website offers an interesting collection of genealogy links. They focus mainly on French, German, Polish, and Scandinavian research, but the is certainly more if you hunt around.

To explore the site, follow the link below, and then click on any title in the list of links to see a dropdown list of sites associated with that title.

Don’t forget to explore the various tabs at the top of the page also.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 15-21 March 2015

Tuesday, 17-Mar-15 at 1:00 PM--Italian Genealogy Interest Group (GIG), LeConte, Local History Room, Largo Library
Tuesday, 17-Mar-15 at 6:00 PM--RootsMagic-5, Concluding session of how to use the RootsMagic Genealogy Database program. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 18-Mar-15 at 10:00 AM--Caribbean Research and US Naturalization--In Coordination with Largo Library's "Turn a Page" event, PGS is offering a special class on the two topics of Caribbean research and US Naturalization. This touches on the history of the Caribbean settlement and emigration, the availability of genealogical records and the process immigrants followed when becoming US Citizens. Summers & Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 19-Mar-15 at 12:30 PM--Death Records--where to find vital records, funeral home, newspapers, and more. Bryan, Aging Well Center, 1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL
Friday, 20-Mar-15 at10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group (GIG). Hayes, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 21-Mar-15 at 10:00 AM--Computers in Genealogy--Question and answer session on the use of computers in genealogy research and record keeping.Bryan, Jenkins B, Largo Library
Saturday, 21 Mar 15 at 11:00 AM—Program Meeting. Google + for Genealogists. How can genealogists use Google+? Learn to use its features to tell others about yourself, to store and quickly share photos and digitized documents, to form organized groups of researchers, to facilitate ad hoc face-to-face group meetings, to set up topics of interest, and to keep up with information shared by others. Drew Smith, Jenkins B, Largo Library
Saturday, 21-Mar-15 at 12:30 PM--Workshop tour of the Genealogy Center showing the many genealogical research resources there. Stokes, Genealogy Center, Largo Library.

Free Webinars at American Ancestors

The website “American Ancestors,” sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, features webinars that are free for viewing.

Follow the link below to get to the list of webinars, and simply click on the play arrow in the center of the screen image to start. Once the audio begins, click on the bottom right corner of the image to expand the screen to full size.

Check it out at:  Nehgs