Friday, April 18, 2014

PGS Events for the Week of 20-26 April

Here's what's happening this week at PGS:

Monday, 21-Apr-14 at 6:00 PM--INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY (Beginner) -- Basics of how to get started in researching your family history—what to do first, where to look& how to do it. Luce, Local History Rm, Largo Library.
 
Wednesday, 23-Apr-14 at 10:00 AM--Google your family tree-- This presentation demonstrates how to use the powerful features of the Google search engine to discover genealogy information on the internet. Topics include: how to select keyword search terms, how to interpret the results, using Google Alerts, news archive searches, book searches and more neat things that Google can do for you, Bryan, Local History Rm, Largo Library.
 
Wednesday, 23-April-14—SPECIAL NOTE—If you are one of Liz Pearson’s  Wednesday morning “students,” she will not be at the Genealogy Center on this date but should return the following Wednesday.
 
Saturday, 26-Apr-14 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group--Questions and Answers and Demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic Genealogy Database Program, Summers, Local History Rm, Largo Library.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Why Genealogy is Important

This is a repeat article but well-worth mentioning again.

We all have our reasons for getting involved in genealogy, and this article in GenealogyInTime Magazine probably covers yours. But there is the possibility that you may have a reason that you have not articulated to yourself and this article can reveal it.

Even if it doesn’t reveal anything personal for you, it is inspiring to see a thoughtful list of possible motivations.

Read the article at:  Why Genealogy is Important

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Maps That Explain The World

“World Views” from The Washington Post offers a treat to all you map lovers out there.

The article shows you maps illustrating economic status, immigration paths, colonial shipping routes, population growth, American ancestry by county, and more.

Check it out at:  40 more maps that explain the world

Friday, April 11, 2014

Detroit Historical Society—Artifact Collection

The Detroit Historical Society has amassed a collection of artifacts (photos, objects, etc.) that are searchable or which can be browsed. If you have Detroit ancestors, you may be interested in exploring it.

Click “View the Collection” from the link given below to go to the search screen. If you wish to see random images, you can find a link to do so in the navigation bar above the search field.

Here is the link:  Detroit Artifacts Spanning 300 Years | Detroit Historical Society

PGS Events for the Week of 13-19 April 2014

Here's what's going on this week at PGS:
Sunday, 13-Apr-14 at 2:00 PM--Software Utilities for Genealogy, Summers, Jewish Genealogy Society      
Wednesday, 16-Apr-14 at 2:00 PM--Who Do You Think You Are? Bryan, Honeywell Retirees, Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave,  Largo, FL.
Wednesday, 16-Apr-14 at 6:00 PM--US CENSUS--NON-POPULATION SCHEDULES— Most of us are familiar with the population schedules of the US Census. But there is a wealth of information about our families in other schedules that were created in certain census years. This class identifies what those other schedules are (Agricultural, Mortality, DDD, etc.), what information can be found in them, and where they can be located today. Summers, Local History Rm, Largo Library.
Saturday, 19-Apr-14 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, 19-Apr-14 at 11:00 AM—Program Meeting—Panel Discussion On What You Can Find Using Book Resources. Fortin& Summers.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Largo Area Historical Society Museum Workshop on 20 May


On 20 May the Largo Area Historical Society museum workshop will be held at the Historic Feed Store in Largo Central Park. If you wish to see the exhibits or join in to help, show up between 10 am and 2 pm.

Largo Area Historical Society Museum Workshop on 22 April


On 22 April the Largo Area Historical Society museum workshop will be held at the Historic Feed Store in Largo Central Park. If you wish to see the exhibits or join in to help, show up between 10 am and 2 pm.

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Forgotten Photographs Project

The Forgotten Photographs Project website contains old photographs that have been discovered/found/purchased and posted with as much identifying information as was available.

The photos are arranged alphabetically and access is available right from the home page, and the collection is updated frequently. Access and use if free, within the limits of copyright, which says essentially that you are free to use the content for personal and non-commercial use.

Check it out at:  The Forgotten Photographs Project - HOME

Monday, April 7, 2014

Clearwater Historical Society to Host Spring Fish Fry, 3 May.

Clearwater Historical Society is having its Spring Fish Fry on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Ross Norton Park Recreation Center located at1426 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Clearwater.

Donation is $12 per adult and $6 per child 12 years old and under.

Food will be served from 11:30 a m until 1:00 p m. Join in the fun.
 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City, Iowa

If you have ancestors from Iowa City who may be interred in the Oakland Cemetery, this site may be of interest.

When you reach the home page thru the link below, click on the “map and database” link about half way down the page. That will take you to a map showing the different areas of the cemetery, and a search form for individual names.

Here is the link to the home page: Oakland Cemetery

Saturday, April 5, 2014

PGS Events for the Week of 6 April 2014

Monday, 7-Apr-14 at 6:00 PM--Family Tree Maker 2012 Basics--A detailed explanation and demonstration of the many features of this most popular genealogy database program. Part 6 of 6. Smith, Local History Room, Largo Library.
 
Tuesday, 8-Apr-15 at 6:30 PM--Intro to Genealogy, Summers, St. Paul's UMC, 1199 South Highland Ave., Largo, FL.
 
Wednesday, 9-Apr-14 at 10:00 AM--MS Word in Genealogy-This presentation focuses on generating indexes and tables of contents for documents you author using MSWord. The generation of footnotes and endnotes is also demonstrated. Summers, Local History Rm, Largo Library.
 
9-Apr-14 at 6:00 PM--Swedish Genealogy Interest Group--LAST SWEDISH CLASS-- NOT ON THE SCHEDULE--There will be a review of the Swedish Church Records databases with an overview of the resources available in the library.  Fred will discuss Emibas & Emihamn, plus sourcing of Swedish records on an Ancestry tree.  One member will tell us of her grandmother’s experiences growing up in Sweden.  Questions will be entertained at the end. Charest & Holmes, Local History Room, Largo Library.
         
Saturday, 12-Apr-14 at 11:30 AM--Newspapers in Genealogy--How to use newspapers to discover facts and human interest stories about your ancestors--obituaries, weddings, court cases, etc. We will discuss where to find the newspapers and how to look for genealogy data in them. Hostetler, Aging Well Center,  1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL.
 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Free Genealogy Search Engine

We have mentioned the GenealogyInTime free Genealogy Search Engine in earlier blog posts, but it is worth repeating every once in a while. Recently an additional 100 million records have been indexed and added. This includes not only US records, but also some from Israel, Canada, and the Netherlands.

The total number of ancestral records indexed by the Genealogy Search Engine is now around 3.1 billion.  The search engine is free to use and the ancestral records it finds are also free.  This is a lot of free power to fuel your research.

Give it a try at:  Free Genealogy Search Engine

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Geneallogy Resources for Otero County, Colorado

Here is a website for those with Colorado ancestors, especially in Otero County. It offers cemetery interments, transcribed school yearbooks, and addresses for vital records and other information.



You can find it all at:  Otero County, Colorado Genealogy Resources