Thursday, February 26, 2009
Here is the link that takes you directly to the Prologue archives page: http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/index/#index
But while you are there, go to the NARA home have and look around a bit. There are links galore to get lost in: http://www.archives.gov/
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Heritage Village is located at 11909 125th Street N., Largo, FL 33774. See http://www.pinellascounty.org/heritage/location.htm for a map.
The following announcement was written by Lowcountry Africana and The South
Carolina Department of Archives and History:
Lowcountry Africana and The South Carolina Department of Archives and History today announced plans to digitize and publish freely online more than 25,000 historic documents of interest to researchers of African American genealogy and history.Under the new agreement, Colonial and Charleston, South Carolina estate inventories dated 1732-1867 will be digitized and indexed in detail, including the names of more than 30,000 slaves. Inventories of estates in early South Carolina probate records often listed slaves in family groupings. They also detail the material possessions so important for researchers of social and cultural history. "South
Carolina has one of the richest sets of early government records of any of the original states,” said Charles Lesser, Senior Archivist at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.” This new cooperative effort will revolutionize access to an especially important segment of those records," concluded Lesser.
If you wish to read the entire article in Eastman's Newsletter, you can find it at the following address: http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2009/02/south-carolina-african-american-records-to-be-published-online.html
Monday, February 23, 2009
As I read the article I was struck by two thoughts. First I wished that my great grandfather had left such a document...what a treasure that would be! Second, it made me consider my responsibilities in creating such a document for my descendants.
In March we are starting a Writer's Workshop, and this will certainly be one of the topics of discussion.
You can find Kevin's article at: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_11758230
This new class goes into depth on much of the information found on the census besides what is needed to track people from one census to the other. It looks at information categories such as property, marriage, occupations, military service, immigration, education, and naturalization.
The class follows those categories through the census years by examining the actual instructions given to census enumerators in order to understand the responses given by our ancestors. And time lines are constructed for each of the areas to see what is revealed by changes in them from census to census.
If the tracking class looks at the census as a series of snapshots, the perspectives class looks at the census as a motion picture.
The first of these new classes is offered on Tuesday, 3 March at 6 pm in the Local History Room of the library. If you are interested in attending, notify Bob Bryan [BBryan84@tampabay.rr.com or 727-595-4521] to reserve a seat. The class is free but seating is limited.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
This award is presented annually to individuals who have made a significant contribution in support of PGS Objectives and the field of Genealogy. Gloria, a long-time member of the society, gives freely of her time volunteering with the group that is primarily responsible for the society's direct support of the Largo Library. Among other efforts, she has worked on the manuscript collection and the rare book collection. She was also singularly responsible for our successful transfer of ownership of a signed Carl Sandburg letter to the National Park Service, and of a collection of King family documents to the Library of Congress.
The trophy that Gloria is holding in the picture is displayed in the Genealogy Center of the Largo Library. It displays the names of all past recipients.
Congratulations, Gloria. The award is well-deserved.
This meeting is meant to be mostly a Q&A session, so bring your questions/problems about using the Roots Magic program. The meeting will be of interest to current users of this popular genealogy program as well as those who may be considering using it in the future.
If you are interested, here is the time/date/location information:
Date: TUESDAY, March 3, 2009
Where: Manatee Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd.
West Bradenton, Florida
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Monday, February 16, 2009
His topic will be "Unconventional Genealogy Research: Of Privies and Progenitors." This will presentation will include "outhouse archaeology", eBay tricks, and Internet phonebooks as well as other "non-traditional tools" used to solve family history mysteries. The talk also includes a brief look at genealogy blogs, podcasts, RSS services, and other "WEB 2.0" services."
This will prove to be an entertaining as well as informative presentation that may well open our eyes to sources that we have not previously considered.
Join us at the Largo Public Library at 11 am to hear Paul. Don't forget that at 9:45 before the general meeting is our Computers in Genealogy discussion group...an open Q&A forum.
Both the discussion group and the general meeting are open to the public.
A special thanks goes out to all of the volunteers who worked so hard to bring this event to a successful conclusion. You cannot appreciate the amount of work and the pressure involved in staging an event like this unless you are in the thick of it. And a special pat on the back to Damon Hostetler, Seminar Director, who coordinated all of the diverse efforts. Thanks to you all.
We confirmed just this past week that our primary speaker for the seminar next year will be Dick Eastman. Most of you probably are familiar with Dick through his online genealogy newletter and his podcast interviews with makers and shakers in the world of genealogy. We are very pleased that he will be able to spend time with us. The date of the 2010 seminar is 13 February. Put it on your calendar now.
"Making a Breakthrough in your African American Research,presented by Marjorie Sholes; Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 9 PM EDT.
African American research poses unique challenges. That’s why Ancestry.com and Wal-art have partnered up to present a free, one-hour webinar on researching your black roots. African American research specialist Marjorie Sholes will take you step-by-step through the process she used to trace one of her own ancestors, showing you the tips and tricks she discovered along the way. In particular, she’ll focus on how to identify slave owners to unlock the history of your slave ancestors. You’ll also learn what resources are available on Ancestry.com and elsewhere to aid in your
Here is the address to go to register for the seminar:
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Please don't let this happen! We want your continued support. Renew this month....send your check for $17 to the PGS (mailing address is shown below), or bring it to the meeting on 21 Feb (and hear the great program we have arranged--see the preceding post to this Blog).
Here is the mailing address:
Pinellas Genealogy Society
120 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771
"Unconventional Genealogy Research: Of Privies and Progenitors"
Outhouse archaeology, eBay tricks, and Internet phonebooks are just some of the
non-traditional tools used to solve family history mysteries. The talk also
includes a brief look at genealogy blogs, podcasts, RSS services, and other "WEB
This will be an interesting and entertaining talk, and has the potential of opening research avenues some of us may not have considered.
The meeting is at 11 am in the Jenkins Room of the Largo Library, and is preceded at 9:45 am by the Computers-in-Genealogy discussion group. Join us.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Check it out at http://www.behindthename.com/
Saturday, February 7, 2009
We had some wonderful volunteer help lately that produced the list. We thought that it would be convenient for local researchers to have the list at home for reference. Drop by the genealogy desk the next time you are in the library and pick one up.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Census of Canada, 1891
The following announcement was written by Library and Archives Canada:
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new online database, Census of Canada, 1891. Through this online database researchers can access digitized images of original census returns featuring the name, age, country or province of birth, nationality, religion, and occupation of Canada's residents at the time of the 1891 Census.
The database is available at:www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/census-1891/index-e.htmlThe 1891 Census marked the third regularly scheduled collection of national statistics. Information was collected for Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia and the North-West Territories (which at the time covered much of modern-day Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, northern Ontario, northern Quebec, Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut).The 1891 Census also marks the launch of a new feature that allows visitors to suggest a correction to a record. This will be launched on a wider scale in the next few months.Library and Archives Canada gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Ancestry.ca, without which this project would not have been possible.Additionally, the contributions of many LAC staff were instrumental in the success of this project, and their efforts are much appreciated. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
At the left end of the genealogy desk in the library (left end as you face the desk) is a box containing survey maps of Ireland. The dates of the surveys range in the early 1900's.
This is an often-overlooked resource. Check it out.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Ask the genealogy consultant at the desk to get the binder for you. You can then use your digital camera to take a picture or use the copier to reproduce the photo to take home for your files.
I'm not sure who put this collection together, but who ever it is deserves our thanks.
Monday, February 2, 2009
You can find the article at: http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009902020308
Sunday, February 1, 2009
The state of Pennsylvania has a new “Right-to-Know” law, effective January 1, 2009. The main point of this law is its presumption of openness. Citizens no longer have to prove that a record is public and that it should be released. Instead, a government agency must presume that the record is a public record unless there is legal citation why that record should not be available to the public.
In other words, vital statistics records are subject to the Right to Know Law unless there are statutory provisions enacted to the contrary. For instance, there are statutes protecting adoption records and birth records from disclosure and the Right to Know act would not pre-empt those. Also, the Right to Know act has an exception for any record that identifies the name, home address or date of birth of a child 17 years or younger.
Here are a couple of places you can go for detailed information: