Sunday, May 22, 2016

Small Town Newspapers

This site focuses on small town newspapers.  The dates of the issues range from 1846 up to the present, depending on the paper in question.

From the home page you can browse or search the newspapers by title or by state. Once you click on a specific newspaper, you will be taken to an image of the newest edition, but you can also elect to browse or search the archives, or browse articles by category.

Small Town Newspaper-A newspaper directory featuring small town newspapers and articles.:

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Friday, May 20, 2016

PGS Event for the Week 22-28 May

Monday, 23-May-2016 at 6:00 PM--MILITARY RECORDS --This class explores the types of military records produced from the Revolutionary War to modern times. It shows the information contained in those various records, and where to find them in print and online.   Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, 24-May-2016 at 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group--Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others interested in making DNA Connections.  This is the first meeting of this group for DNA novices to learn together. Luce, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, 25-May-2016 at 10:00 AM--WAR OF 1812-- This class seeks to provide an understanding of the historical significance of the War of 1812: it looks at the causes of the war, how it was fought, and its consequences. It then explores the genealogically relevant records generated in relation to the war: what they are, and where to find them. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Saturday, 28-May-2016 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.

More news of interest:

German genealogy researchers: Although the discussion group will not be meeting during the summer months, Sue Dietz has agreed to work one-on-one with anyone needing help. Contact Sue at to arrange for assistance.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 Projects for the Future

Randy Seaver in his Genea-Musings  Blog, gives us a recap of future projects talked about in this year's RootsTech held this past February. It is a good summary and worth looking over.

Some of the highlights are in process now, and some are to come.

Check it out at:
Genea-Musings: RootsTech 2016 Highlights: What's Coming for

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2016

Each year the GIT Magazine (GenealogyInTime) Treats us to the top 100 genealogy websites. The article also includes an explanation of the criteria they use, so you have a better idea of exactly what it is you are looking at when you review the list. The list also tells you how the website fared in the previous year's lineup.

In addition to seeing the rankings, this list provides links to sites  you may not be familiar with and want to check out for yourself.

Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2016:

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Friday, May 13, 2016

PGS events for the Week of 15-21 May 2016

Tuesday, 17-May-2016 at 6:00 PM--National Archives,–Ordering Data. This is an in-depth explanation of how to order several different records from the National Archives. The records include military (both historic and modern), naturalization, census, land, and microfilm. Both online and postal mail ordering procedures will be covered. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, 18-May-2016 at 6:00 PM--King Philip’s War, 1675-1676: Causes & Consequences – Although largely forgotten, King Philip’s War was a widespread conflict that had a significant and long-lasting impact on New England colonists and Native Americans. The class will look at causes leading up to this brutal war, analyze the course of the war, and outline the consequences that helped shape the future of the United States. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, 19-May-2016 at 1:00 PM --Irish Genealogy Interest Group-a discussion of resources and techniques for researching your Irish ancestry. Focareta/Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Saturday, 21-May-2016 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-May-2016   11:00 AM--Tracing Your Colonial New England Ancestors, Program Meeting, The Willards  , Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Thinking of Using Full URLs in Citations?

A post on The Ancestry Insider Blog gives us some insight as to when it is useful to provide a full URL as part of our source citations.

Check out this opinion at:  The Ancestry Insider: Full URLs in Citations?:

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Surnames Meanings, Origins, and Distribution

Use this site to type in a surname and get scads of information about it. For instance you can see how common it is, approximately how many people in the world bear that name, the "definition" of the name, its geographic distribution as shown on an interactive map, and more.

Surnames Meanings, Origins & Distribution Maps:

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