Thursday, February 11, 2016

International Coalition on Newspapers

The website for the International Coalition on Newspapers (ICON) may point you to digitization projects concerning newspapers that you would want to reference in your research.

The landing page allows you to select projects by country and by US State. The end of the line may not always give you to digital copies you want, but many of the link will do just that. This is a site with a very broad scope, so take some time to fully explore what it has to offer.

ICON - International Coalition on Newspapers:

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

RootsMagic and Ancestry - Working Together at Last

If you want the latest word on the budding relationship between Roots Magic and, follow the link below.

It will tell you the plans, the time-frame, and will give the answers to some commonly asked questions about the whole thing.

Check it out at:  RootsMagic and Ancestry - Working Together at Last:

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Lawrence County, Alabama Marriage Books and More Online

The Lawrence County, Alabama Archives has published several indexes of historic records in their possession.

Notable among them are marriage books from 1818 to 1947. A link on the landing page will let you view the database, and once there, you will find a search box in the upper right of the page.

Other collections you may want to check out are deed books (1818-1850), minute books (1818-1850, inventory and will books (1818-1850), military records (Revolutionary War to WWII), and more.

Lawrence County Marriage Books 1818-1947:

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Friday, February 5, 2016

PGS Event for the Week of 7 - 13 February

Monday, 8-Feb-2016 at 2:00 PM--Swedish Genealogy Interest Group, Charest, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Monday, 8-Feb-2016 at 6:00 PM--Family Tree Maker 2014 Basics--Part 3, Smith, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 9-Feb-2016 at 6:00 PM—RootsMagic-Part 3, Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 10-Feb-2016 at 10:00 AM--English and Welsh Records--Understanding and organizing the three main sources. Pearson, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 11-Feb-2016 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group-a discussion of resources and techniques for researching your Irish ancestry. This session will deal with Irish immigration and any of your questions. Focareta, Jenkins C, Largo Library.
Saturday, 13 Feb 2016-- Annual Pinellas Genealogy Society Seminar, co-sponsored by the Largo Public Library from 8 am to 4 pm.

Our featured speaker is Ann Staley, CG, CGL, and we have three breakout speakers as well. Ann’s four presentations will deal with:
·         piecing together the everyday lives of your ancestors,
·         how to attack research brick walls,
·         organizing, analyzing, and sharing your genealogical data, and
·         exploring popular and not-so-well-known free websites.

Ann is a nationally known speaker and we are excited about her presentations at this event.

The topics of the breakout sessions will be
  • using the website, particularly the Wiki, with Debbe Hagner,
  • researching the pre-1850 census with Debra Fleming, and
  • a look at the records of the National Archives in Kew, London, and how to access them with Liz Pearson.
In addition to the speakers, the event boasts a continental breakfast, box lunch, raffles, door prizes, huge book sale, and plenty of time to network with other researchers and guest organizations.

The registration fee is $40 for PGS members and $45 for non-members. After 6 February, the cost is $50, so register early.

A detailed schedule of events and a registration form are found at . Questions can be addressed to

The library is located at 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL

Memorial Park Cemetery Continues on Monday, 8 February

Join us Monday, 8 February at 10:00 am as we continue to canvas Memorial Park Cemetery. Bring your digital camera and sun protection.  

Brooms are provided, but you may wish to bring your own gardening gloves, etc .  Water and other refreshments will be provided.  Wear your PGS shirts if you have one.  

Toledo Blade Obituary Index

This site will be of interest to those of you with ancestors from the Toledo, Ohio area. The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library offers an obituary index of notices from the Toledo Blade dating from 1837 to the present.

Enter your search term into the form provided on the landing page and you will get a hit list consisting of name, source, newspaper date, and citation. If you click on the name, you will get more detailed information on that person, and an opportunity to request the obituary if you wish. When you click on the request link, you will be asked to complete a form. The service is free.

Check it out at:  Blade Obituary Index:

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Family Tree Maker Still Has LIfe, and Roots Magic Ups the Ante

You probably all have heard by now that a company called MacKiev has bought Family Tree Maker (FTM) from Ancestry and will continue its development. And you probably have heard also that Roots Magic projects that by the end of this year, it will have the same interface relationship with Ancestry that FTM has.

But in case you missed all of that, follow the link below for Dick Eastman's article on the events.

Family Tree Maker to be Continued and With More Options Than Ever Before | Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

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