Sunday, August 2, 2015

PGS Events For the Week of 2-8 August 2015

Monday, 3 Aug 2015 at 6:00 PM--Census Timelines--this class focuses on analyzing groups of similar questions asked in different census years, thus creating a time line of your ancestors' responses; it also looks at the instructions given to census takers--if you understand the questions, you can better understand the answers. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library

Thursday, July 30, 2015

File Life Always a Concern

I'm sure we have all given thought to the fragility of our files. We take steps to protect photos and paper documents to extend their lives, and we even digitize them.

Dick Eastman writing in his Blog The Daily Online Genealogy Newsletter, gives us a view of how digital files have the longest life span. It will take a bit of maintenance on our part of course, but given that, digital files will far outlive either paper or microfilm.

This article is a good read and addresses one of those ever-present questions, You will find the full article at:
Digital Files May Last Much, Much Longer than Paper or Microfilm | Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

HistoryGeo.com Website Now Available at Largo Public Library

The Largo Library and Pinellas Genealogy Society have added another to their growing collection of genealogy-related websites. HistoryGeo.com focuses on landowner maps which provide researchers with a slick user interface resulting in views of ownership documents as well as visualizations of the plots of land themselves. The two collections, available at the website and described below, are searchable by a person’s name or by the location of the land.

The “First Landowners Project” uses a single, interactive map containing over 12.3 million first landowners’ names (those who acquired land directly from the U.S. Government) among thirty states consisting of all twenty-nine of the public land states in the Continental U.S., plus Texas.

The “Antique Maps Collection” contains about 4000 maps from various sources and time periods. Among them, selected maps (those showing owners and others associated with plots of land at specific points in time) boast hundreds of thousands of indexed persons.


You must be at the Largo Public Library to access the HistoryGeo.com website, unless you invest in an individual subscription. A handout describing how to use the site is located in the library Genealogy Center.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Plainfield, New Jersey Online City Directories

The Plainfield, NJ Public Library has digitized several years of its city directories and made them available on line. They run from 1870 to 1974.

City directories are great companions to the census when researching ancestors. Using the two together can reveal information that is not apparent when using them in isolation.

Check it out at:  Plainfield Public Library:

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 26 July to 1 Aug 2015

Monday, 27-Jul-2015 at 10:00 AM--Windows Explorer--How to use this basic computer tool in your genealogy research. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library
Wednesday, 29-Jul-2015 at 10:00 AM--Ancestry.com searching--the next level. This class will explore approaches to difficult searches--how to find them when they're not where they should be. Bryan. Local History Room, Largo Library

Friday, July 24, 2015

Sharon Tate Moody Gives Us a Way to "Clear the Clutter" in Our Research

Sharon Tate Moody, writing for TBO-The Tampa Tribune, gives us a way to use summary documents to help promote our family research. The technique helps separate the wheat from the chaff and thus focuses our attention on information that can  more our research forward.

This is a helpful article with good examples.

Check it out at:  Use summary document to help clear the clutter | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune:

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A History of City Directories in the United States and New York City

Philip Sutton, writing for the New York Public Library, gives us a detailed article outlining the history of city directories and focuses on those of New York City. So whether your interest is particularly focused on NYC or not, this article will have something for you.

The history ranges back to the 1700's and gives a good understanding of city directories in general. The article explains what city directories have to offer (images, maps, name lists, etc.) and of what genealogical value they have. It also provides links to some online directories.

The Pinellas Genealogy Society offers a class on using city directories that you may want to check out. This article is a worth while addition.

Direct Me NYC 1786: A History of City Directories in the United States and New York City | The New York Public Library:

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