Monday, June 30, 2014
Before the meeting and starting at 10 am, is a Q&A session on all things related to genealogy and computers. Plan to join us for both events, free and open to the public.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
The University of Pennsylvania Library offers a list of online historical newspapers, organized by state.
The list of papers is not exhaustive, of course, but all states in the Union are represented (I didn’t do a state-by-state check, but it’s a long list. Some states have just a few papers linked, while others have upwards of a dozen, and Pennsylvania has a bunch, as you would imagine.
Each listed newspaper is a hotlink to the sponsoring site, and next to each listed newspaper you will find the range of publication years covered.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Over 80,000 historical videos from British Pathe’ have recently been uploaded to YouTube. These may not directly relate to one of your ancestors (but who knows!), however they are great for getting historical context for when your ancestors lived and what they did.
Warning—once you start viewing these videos, you may not be seen again for days. They are highly addictive.
Friday, June 20, 2014
The site From-Ireland.net features photos, transcriptions, and records of Irish grave stones. The records boast over 70,000 records referencing hundreds of Irish graveyards, and spanning all 32 counties.
The site offers more than grave records, and is worth your while to explore.
You can find the site at: From Ireland: Free Irish Genealogy
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
For those with Australian ancestors, this site featuring free digitized newspapers may be just the things you need. Newspaper articles can do much to understand the daily lives led by our ancestors.
Check it out at: Newspaper Home
The GLLF brought home the Outstanding Program Award from the annual conference of the Florida Library Association Friends, Foundations and Boards held at Lake Buena Vista on May 8.
Here is the press release:
The Largo foundation was awarded for its annual Art Hop and Taste Fest, in its seventh year.
"It is an honor to receive this recognition from the Florida Library Association and know that the hard work of many in our Largo community who use their time, talents, and treasures to make this event happen every year are being honored," stated foundation president Lynn Pippenger.
The Art Hop and Taste Fest features displays by more than 30 artists and artisans and samplings from over a dozen fine restaurants and bakeries. Most of the event takes place in the library, but it also incorporates a bus ride to participating local businesses throughout the evening.
"The business owners love to be included, and have found that the traffic generated by the event has a lasting positive effect on their traffic," narrative submitted for the award stated.
The foundation has one paid employee who provides direction, but the event has always been community and volunteer driven. This year, more that 250 tickets were sold for the event, with about 300 people in attendance, raising $18,000.
The foundation also has taken responsibility for programming the artwork for the library gallery, dubbed the Gallery 120 @ Largo Public Library. Previously overlooked by patrons, this large space now boasts some of the best local artistic talent available.
The PGS, a member of the GLLF Board, and GLLF have long been partners in promoting the services of the Largo Public Library. Again, our most enthusiastic congratulations.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
The class will demonstrate how to search the vast databases available on this rapidly expanding site made available from the LDS (Mormon) genealogy collection. Bryan will be the instructor, and the event is in the Local History Room of the Largo Public Library.
Also, the PGS monthly meeting will be replaced this month with a guided tour of the Largo Area Historical Society museum collection at the Historic Feed Store. The tour will begin at 10 am on Saturday, 21 June. The Feed Store is located in Largo Central Park (across Central Park Drive from the Library and just south of the Largo Cultural Center).
Friday, June 13, 2014
Local experts can give you an idea how much your treasures are worth at this fund raiser supporting Heritage Village.
Appraisal costs are $5 per item or $12 for 3 items.
For more information see: http://www.pinellascounty.org/Heritage/
Thursday, June 12, 2014
If you have ancestors from Louisiana, you will probably be interested in the vital records index offered by the Louisiana Secretary of State.
You will not see images of the documents, but you will be able to search by name and other criteria for death, birth, and marriage records. There are privacy restrictions that must be honored: 50 years for death and marriage records, and 100 years for birth records. That creates some limitations that are explained on the website.
Check it out at: Online Public Vital Records Index
Monday, June 9, 2014
Many people ended up in Nebraska after the Civil War following the lure of homestead land, so the collection is well worth checking out, especially if you have “lost” someone during this period.
Nebraska, State Census, 1885 — FamilySearch.org
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
The Indiana Digital Historic Newspaper Program is operated by the Indiana State Library and seeks to provide free, online access to quality digital images of Indiana’s historic newspapers.
The collection currently contains over 14 thousand issues comprising about 95.5 pages. Most of the collection dates from 1855 to 1900, but some issues are event earlier, and some are later.
The collection is searchable by name or key word, and the images appear with your search terms highlighted. When you follow the link below, click on one of the tabs in the upper left of the screen (search, titles, dates, tags, help) to get started.
Search the collection at: Indiana Digital Historic Newspaper Program
Monday, June 2, 2014
In your research have you ever run across any of those pesky Latin phrases that leave you puzzled and frustrated…and furiously searching online for a translation?
GenealogyInTime Magazine recently published a handy online Latin dictionary aimed at genealogists. You may want to browse it ad initio and you may discover one of your ancestors was filius nullius or was caught flagrante delicto one day. Ceteris paribus, this is a site you will want to bookmark and keep handy.
Check it out at: Genealogy Latin Dictionary (Page A)