Sunday, August 20, 2017

PGS Classes Scheduled for August through November 2017

Use the following like to see the PGS Classes scheduled for August through November 2017...

PGS Class List Aug thru Nov 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

PGS Educational Events for the Week of 200-26 August 2017

Tuesday, 22-Aug-2017 at 11:30 AM--DNA Testing for genealogy—What you can and cannot do with DNA testing relating to your family history—an introduction. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library
Tuesday, 22-Aug-2017 at 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group--Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others interested in making DNA Connections.  This is a group for DNA novices to learn together. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Saturday, 26-Aug-2017 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.

Using Google Custom Search in Your Research

Genealogist Randy Majors gives us a tool to construct a custom Google search to use when searching the web for ancestors. This custom search results in a focused hit  list. It builds the search based on your input, so you don't have to know the details of building a search, the tool does it for you.

You can limit your search to marriages, births, or deaths; or run a full Google search. You can also choose to show sample search results as you type to view the effects of alternate name spellings, etc.

Immediately below the search box is a list of quick tips for using the tool.

randymajors.com: AncestorSearch using Google Custom Search:

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Kansas Historical Society Provides Several Online Indexes

If you have ancestors associated with Kansas, the Kansas Historical Society website should be on your list of research sites.

When you get to the home page, mouse over the "Research" tab at the top of the page, and then click on the "Genealogy Indexes" heading. You then can choose to search on names, places, newspapers, county records, military, or other helpful links.

This is a great resource. Check it out at:  Home - Kansas Historical Society:

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Erie Cemetery in Erie, Pennsylvania

The landing page gives you search boxes for a simple search and for an advanced search, and both are straight forward to use. Your search results list first and last name, cemetery in which the person is buried (besides Erie, Laurel Hill and Wintergreen are also included in the search), the burial location within the cemetery, and dates of birth and death. You can print the record, download it as a PDF, or plot it on a map.

Check it out at:  Locate a Loved One | Erie Cemetery Association:

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Friday, August 11, 2017

PGS Educational Events for the Week of 13-19 Aug 2017

CANCELLATION--The German Genealogy Interest Group scheduled for Friday, 18 August is cancelled due to Sue Dietz back surgery.
Saturday, 19-Aug-2017 at 0:00 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-Aug-2017 at 11:00 AM--Program meeting--Walking in Their Footsteps:Locating Places Where Our Ancestors Lived and Worked. Fortin, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Library of Congress Has Unparalleled World War I Collections

This Library of Congress webpage may not have your WWI soldier-ancestor by name, but it has plenty of background material you can use to get an appreciation of the conditions under which thay lived during the war, as well as what those on the home front endured. You can browse newspapers, documents, maps, posters, photos, and more.

Check it out at:  World War I | Library of Congress:

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"Speaking of History" Lecture Series at Heritage Village in Largo, FL

Here is a list of upcoming history lectures sponsored by the Pinellas County Historical Society as part of their "Speaking of History" Lecture Series. The lectures are at 2 PM in the Pinellas Room at Heritage Village in Largo, Florida.

·         September 17 – Gulf Beaches presentation by Lance Peterson and Michael Heerschap
·         October 15 – Coastal Living/Sponge Warehouse presented by Naomi Mucci and Heather Culligan
·         November 19 –Publix Supermarkets presented by Jennifer Bush, Publix Historian
·         January 21 – Safety Harbor presented by Warren Firschein and Laura Kepner
·         February 18 - TBD
·         March 18 – Underwater Archeology presented by Jeff Moates

·         April 15 – McMullen Archival Letters presented by Elizabeth Brincklow

Monday, August 7, 2017

Patricia Charpentier to Speak in Tampa on 19 August 2017

This was received from Patricia:

"I'm heading your way Saturday, August 19th, to give my talk, Don't Make Your Descendants Research You, at the John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa.

"As genealogists, many of us focus our time and energy researching and writing about our ancestors and neglect to record our own lives. Be inspired and guided in writing your life story in this hands-on workshop that helps you commit to paper the story only you can tell. 

"The free talk focuses on the importance of writing your own story, so it is open to all, genealogists and non-genealogists alike. This free program goes from 10:30-noon at the John F. Germany Public Library (900 N. Ashley Dr. Tampa, Florida 33602-3704)."

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Linn Grove Cemetery in Greeley, Colorado

This site is nicely organized. The landing page is a map of the cemetery with a search box in the upper right corner of the page. Use that search box to search for a particular name in the format of "Last Name, First Name," or simply the last name alone.

If you use your mouse's scroll wheel to zoom in (or the controls in the upper left of the map) names will appear next to each of the head stones for you to browse.

If you have ancestors from the area of Greeley, Colorado, you will want to check out this site.

City of Greeley Linn Grove Cemetery:

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

PGS Events for The Week of 6-12 August 2017

Tuesday, 8-Aug-2017 at 10:00 AM--Digital Cameras in Genealogy--The digital camera is one of the most important tools for the genealogists. This class will discuss the important features of cameras, and demonstrate how to make the best use of the digital camera in your research. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 10 Aug 2017 at 12:00 PM--Ancestry.com--basic search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Bryan, Gulfport Public Library.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

How To Save Treasured Letters

Denise May Levenick, writing in the Ancestry Blog, gives us an article titled "How to Save Grandma's Love Letters." It doesn't take much to see that the content of the article can be applied to a host of treasured correspondence, whether grandma is involved or not.

Denise gives us five solid tips that she has picked up for professional archivists and historians. She also provides a link to a previous article she has written on the topic of preservation.

Read Denise's article at:  How to Save Grandma’s Love Letters – Ancestry Blog:

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Website Focuses on Attempts to Unite Families After Slavery

This site is a project of the Graduate Program of the Department of History at Villanova University in collaboration with Mother Bethel AME Church. A group of graduate students search microfilmed post Civil War newspapers for instances of people who were separated from their families reaching out through newspaper ads to make contact.

You can browse the more than 1200 items (ads) or browse the 70 collections (newspapers). At the bottom of the left panel of the landing page is a search bar where you can search by name in those articles that have been indexed.

Check it out at:  Last Seen · Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery:

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Friday, July 28, 2017

PGS Educational Events for the Week of 30 July to 6 August 2017

Tuesday, 1 Aug 2017 at 10:00 AM--City Directories in Genealogy Research--City directories are a valuable genealogy resource. They can give information on household composition, residence and business location, and insights into the lives our ancestors led. They can also be used as a substitute for the US Federal Census, or used in conjunction with the census to locate hard-to-find ancestors. This class explores the history of this resource, the research value of the information they provide, and where to find the records. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Names of 8000 American Revolutionary War Prisoners Aboard the Old Jersey Prison ship

The Jersey was one of several ships used as prison and hospital ships during the Revolutionary War. This site lists those used in Wallabout Bay. After April 1780, the Jersey was the receiving ship where names were entered into records.

As states on the website: "This list of names was copied from the papers of the British War Department. There is nothing to indicate what became of any of these prisoners, whether they died, escaped, or were exchanged. The list seems to have been carelessly kept, and is full of obvious mistakes in spelling the names. Yet it shall be given just as it is, except that the names are arranged differently, for easier reference. This list of prisoners is the only one that could be found in the British War Department. What became of the lists of prisoners on the many other prison ships, and prisons, used by the English in America, we do not know."

Check it out at:
American Prisoners of the Revolution Names of 8000 Men Aboard the Old Jersey Prison ship:

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Civil War Era Newspapers Online

This site offers selected articles from four Civil War era newspapers from Augusta, Virginia and Franklin, Pennsylvania. You can search the newspapers, browse by date, or  see the articles listed by topic. The articles themselves are transcriptions rather than digitized images.

It may be worth while checking out the link (left had side of the landing page) the the "Valley of the Shadow Home." That takes you to the full archive to explore.

Newspapers:

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Starksboro, Vermont Cemetery Listings

Thanks to the Starksboro Historical Society of Starksboro, Vermont for their online listing of burials in 13 cemeteries.

Cemetery Page of the Starksboro Historical Society - Starksboro, Vermont (SHS in VT):

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Friday, July 21, 2017

PGS Educational Events for the Week of 23-29 July 2017

Tuesday, 25-Jul-2017 at 11:30 AM--DNA Basics, Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 25-Jul-2017at 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group--Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others interested in making DNA Connections.  This is a group for DNA novices to learn together. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What the Cemetery Can Tell You

Diane Haddad, writing in the Blog Genealogy Insider, gives us an article outlining "9 Things You Can Learn About Your Ancestors From the Cemetery." As familiar as you think you may be about cemetery research, this article is worth looking over...you never know when you can use a refresher.

The article is filled with links that may be helpful, such as one to photos and interpretations of gravestone symbols.

Genealogy Insider - 9 Things You Can Learn About Your Ancestors From the Cemetery:

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Karen Fortin is Featured Speaker at 19 August 2017 PGS Meeting


Births, Marriages, Deaths Indexes & Census Transcriptions Online for UK Family History and Genealogy

If you have United Kingdom ancestors, you may be interested in the UKBMD website. According to the site: "This site provides 2556 links to websites that offer on-line transcriptions of UK births, marriages, deaths and censuses. A wide range of other indexes and transcriptions are also available for most counties, these may include parish records, wills, monumental inscriptions etc.

Use the menu buttons on the left of the landing page to navigate to the various list of links.

Check it out at:
UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths Indexes & Census Transcriptions Online for UK Family History and Genealogy:

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Friday, July 14, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 16-22 July 2017

Tuesday, 18-Jul-2017 at 6:00 PM--Familysearch.org—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, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 22-Jul-2017 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.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The New York City Marriage Index is Free to Search Online

This index is free to access, and contains over 3 million marriage licenses filed in New York City between 1950 and 1995. To start searching, click on the "Start Your Free Search Online" button on the landing page.

You can search by name for either spouse, the license year, or the borough in which the license was filed. Some search tips and tricks are offered as well as a list of frequently asked questions.

The New York City Marriage Index - Reclaim The Records:

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Newburyport, Massachusetts Public Library Provides Historical Newspapers Online

This database from the Newburyport Public Library in Massachusetts allows you to search a collection of historical newspapers by keyword or name, browse by title of the papers, or browse by year of publication.

The years of publication run from 1799 through 1901, and some of the titles include Daily Herald, Newburyport Daily News, and Newburyport Herald Commercial and Country Gazette, to name a few.

Check them out at:
Digital Archives of the Newburyport Public Library :::

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Staten Island Historical Newspapers Online

This link takes you to several online historical newspapers concerning Staten Island, New York. A few of those papers include Staten Island Independent (1894-1895), Richmond County Gazette (1859-1889), and The Staten Island Leader (1866-1928).

The landing page provides a unique timeline that places each of the papers into historical perspective.

Staten Island Historical Newspapers nypl.org/sinewspapers:

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PGS Educational Events for the Week 9-15 July 2017

Tuesday, 11-Jul-2017 at 10:00 AM--Ancestry.com--basic search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
​Saturday, 15 July 2017--Field Trip to John F. Germany Library in Tampa in lieu of the regular program meeting at Largo Public Library. No Computers in Genealogy meeting this month. Be sure to let Debbie Schuler ( deborah.e.schuler@hotmail.com 
​) know if you can attend this field trip. Meet at
 Largo Library at 9:00 to carpool. Another reminder email to follow.​

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Lee County Genealogical Society to Hold Workshop on 20 July 2017

This news release was just received from our friends at Lee County Genealogical Society, located in Fort Myers:


Monday, July 3, 2017

Fire Insurance Maps Revealed on Cyndi's List

Most of you, I suspect, are familiar with Cyndi's List: the extremely large and wonderfully helpful index of online genealogy websites. In this case I have zeroed in one what she has to offer concerning Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.

Sanborn's maps reveal detailed information about buildings and neighborhoods where our ancestors many have lived. If you have not explored those maps, you are in for a treat. This listing at Cyndi's List is a good place to start.

Cyndi's List - Maps & Geography - Fire Insurance Maps:

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Fields of Honor Database Pays Tribute to WWII Fallen Soldiers Buried on Foreign Soil

This database relies on volunteers to establish a personal memorial page on the website. So far there are about 24,000 of those entered. They are soldiers who are either buried at the overseas American War Cemeteries of Ardennes, Epinal, Henri-Chapelle, Lorraine, Luxembourg, or Margraten, or who are listed at the Walls of the Missing at the same cemeteries.

The landing page gives  you some background on the project, and information on how to search for a soldier's name.

Check it out at:  Fields of Honor Database:

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Special Instructions for 15 July PGS Field Trip to Tampa Library

Our regular monthly meeting for July will be a field trip to the John F. Germany Library in Tampa. If you would like to carpool, please let Debbie Schuler know ASAP and also indicate if you can drive your vehicle. Debbie's email is  deborah.e.schuler@hotmail.com. Also, please let Debbie know if you are planning to go and drive yourself.
Here are some details:
  • 9:00 am Car pool departure from Largo Library
  • 10:15 am "Photo Identification for Genealogy"  John F. Germany Library (2 west: Florida History & Genealogy)--Learn to recognize the styles of the times, physical formats, and details in photos that help us determine photograph age and ancestor identity.  This program is part of the celebration of the City of Tampa's Archives Awareness Week and it's 130th Birthday. Cake cutting follows the program.  In partnership with the City of Tampa. Funded by the Friends of the John F. Germany Public Library.
  • 11:15 am Cake to celebrate The City of Tampa's 130th birthday
  • 11:30-12:00  Guided Tour of the genealogy collection of Tampa's John F. Germany Library for PGS 
  • 12:00-whenever   Time for individual research; librarians will be on hand to assist
  • 1:00 pm (or negotiable) car pool cars depart for Largo library.
Thanks for your prompt response to Debbie!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

US Military Old Soldiers Home History and Records

A lesser used record set is that pertaining to National Military Homes, or Old Soldiers Homes. The FamilySearch WIKI is a good place to start if you are new to the subject. By the late 1920s there were 17 federal homes in operation, and through the years an additional 55 operated by various states.

The link below takes you to a WIKI page that gives a short history of the program, and also links to online records as well as to records available specifically at the Family History Library.

Check it out at:
US Military Old Soldiers Home Records Genealogy - FamilySearch Wiki:

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bridgewater, Vermont Cemeteries

The Bridgewater, Vermont Historical Society gives us a searchable index of interments in the major cemeteries of the community. You can do a global name search or browse each cemetery. Each entry has a link to an image of the gravestone.

Bridgewater Historical Society | Bridgewater, Vermont » Cemeteries:

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Friday, June 23, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 25 June - 1 July 2917

Tuesday, 27-Jun-2017 at 11:30 AM--DNA Basics, Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 27-Jun-2017 at 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group--Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others interested in making DNA Connections.  This is a group for DNA novices to learn together. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Online Military Records -- Indexes and Rosters of US Soldiers

I have mentioned genealogist Joe Beine in several previous posts, pointing out the various indexes of record sets he makes available to us. This one is a guide to online military indexes and records. They are organized by conflict, and then by state, so using the list is easy.

Near the bottom of the landing page is a link to "More Online Genealogy Records and Indexes" if you want to see the other indexes Joe keeps updated.

Check it out at:
Online Military Records, Indexes and Rosters of Soldiers - USA:

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Women and the Law

Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, gives us a bibliography that may be helpful in searching for those elusive female ancestors. It is a long list of resources and should keep you busy for some time.

By the way, we are fortunate to have Judy as our featured speaker for the 2018 PGS Seminar to be held on 24 February. Mark your calendars now.

http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/bib_guid/female.pdf

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Friday, June 16, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 18-24 June 2017

Wednesday, 21-Jun-2017 at 10:00 AM--Organizing Your files-paper and electronic--some methods and suggestions for keeping track of your genealogy documents. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 24-Jun-2017 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.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jack Butler to Speak on Territorial Records at Suncoast Genealogy Society on 24 Jun 2017

This notice was received from our friends at Suncoast Genealogy Society:

SUNCOAST GENEALOGY SOCIETY – JUNE 24,2017 – 2 - 4:30PM
PALM HARBOR LIBRARY – 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor
JACK BUTLER

Our speaker will be Jack Butler, a professional genealogist, lecturer and author who has been active in serious genealogical research for more than 20 years. Active in the genealogical community, he holds memberships in the Association of Professional Genealogists, where he is past president of the Florida chapter National Genealogical Society, the New England Historical Genealogical Society, and past president of Florida State Genealogical Society. Jack participates in the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. His research has involved extensive work in the Southeastern United States and New England, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Sicily.

His topic for us is “Finding and Using Territorial Records”. These are records of the various states before they were states. The amount of time that a State spent as a Territory varied widely, with Ohio only a territory for two years, while Florida spent 25 years in that territorial status. Many of the records created by our ancestors during these periods are not usually found among the normal resources we use. Jack will address the types of records to be found, as well as major resources for Territorial records and were to find them.


Hope you can join us for this informative program. 

Original Will Registers from 1858 to1920 at findmypast.com

Working with the National Archives of Ireland, FindMyPast has added a collection of Irish wills for the period of 1858 to 1920. You get both a transcription of the will and images of the original document.

You need at least a free membership to FindMyPast to see the details of your search. When you click on a name in the hit list, you will be given the opportunity to establish the free membership or sign in if  you already have one.

Try it at:
Ireland, Original Will Registers 1858-1920 | findmypast.com:

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Monday, June 12, 2017

New Jersey State Census, 1865 on FamilySearch.org

The New Jersey State Census is a relatively new addition to the FamilySearch collection. It consists of over 2,000 images and is indexed, so it is searchable.  Primarily it only lists the head of household by name, but there are exceptions where all adults are listed.

Check it out at:
New Jersey, State Census, 1865 — FamilySearch.org:

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Facts about Immigration Through Ellis Island

Most genealogists know the important roll Ellis Island played in processing immigrants who arrive at New York City, and most have been exposed to truths as well as falsehoods about the immigration experience there.

The GenealogyInTime Magazine gives us a fact-filled article about Ellis Island and what went on there. You may be surprised at some of the facts it reports.

Ellis Island Immigration Facts:

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PGS Events for the Week of 11-17 June 2017

Tuesday, 13-Jun-2017 at 10:00 AM--LOYALISTS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION – who were the Loyalists, and how were they affected by the outcome of the war? Were they rewarded for their loyalty to the British crown, and if so, in what manner? Get the answer to these questions and more, including what records may exist and where they might be found. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 16-Jun-2017 at 10:30 AM--The German Genealogy discussion group will be reviewing information from MAGS-Mid Atlantic Germanic Society with early maps and more web sites and resources. Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 17-Jun-2017 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, 17-Jun-2017 at 11:00 AM--PGS Business and Program Meeting--Identifying and Dating Photos, Maureen Taylor, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

1940's Era Maine Alien Registration Records Online

In 1940, the Governor of Maine proclaimed that state alien residents were required to register. Over 30,000 did so. Today several record sets are available to us: summary datasheets, registration cards, and the registration documents themselves.

You can browse or search the various collections. Click on the record category to limit your search. If you use the search form in the upper left of the landing page, you search all record categories at once.

Check it out at:
Alien Registrations | Maine State Library Research | Maine State Documents:

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Jewish Genealogy Society of Tampa Bay to Highlight the Use of Its Library at 11 June 2017 Meeting

Members and Friends of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay,

This is to remind you that the JGSTB will meet next Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Inc., 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida.  This meeting will introduce you to the precious jewels in our library cabinet.  If you have not been taking full advantage of our library’s extensive print and digital resources, you are missing some very important tools in your genealogical research kit.  This program will introduce you to them. 

Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay Meeting
JEWELS IN THE CABINET
(Library Resources That Really Sparkle)
Sunday, June 11, 2017

A social with refreshments begins at 1:30 PM, and the featured program starts at 2:00 PM.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Take a Break For Some Humor - Genealogy "Hate" Mail

Kerry Scott, writing in her Blog Clue Wagon, Gives us a bit to smile about. So take a break from those brick walls and read her article to put it all into perspective.

Ancestor Hate Mail | Clue Wagon:

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PGS Events for the Week of 4-10 June 2017

Only one class this week, as we begin the summer season:

Tuesday, 6-Jun-17 at 10:00 AM--Library of Congress Website--what genealogy help it provides, veterans’ information, historic newspapers, digital collections, photographs, and use of the catalog. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The DNA Era of Genealogy

Blaine Bettinger, the Genetic Genealogist, writing in his Blog of the same name, gives us a very interesting "think piece" on the role of DNA in providing proof vs its role in providing evidence. If you have had your DNA tested, or are thinking about it, this is a "must" read.

The DNA Era of Genealogy – The Genetic Genealogist:

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Altus, Oklahoma Cemetery Database

For those with ancestors active in the area in and around Altus, Oklahoma, this site may be helpful to you. The three cemeteries in Altus (Altus Cemetery, Altus Infant Cemetery, and Restlawn Cemetery) contain over 13,600 burials that are name searchable.

The information available is name, interment date, death date. birth date, and gave location.

Check it out at:  Cemetery Database | Altus, OK:

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Using the Dawes Collections for Native American Research

This link is to one of Lisa Louise Cooke's posts to her Blog: Genealogy Gems. In it she gives explicit examples of how to use the Dawes Collections for Native American research. To replicate her examples you have to use both Ancestry.com and Fold3.com. Fortunately, both are free to use if you do so from the computers at the Largo Public Library.

Note: in the text, Lisa mentions free access to the Fold3 collection of Native American records. That promotion has past, but the search techniques she demonstrates are still valid, especially with the free access to Fold3 and Ancestry.com as noted above.

If you have Native American ancestry, you may want to check this out:

How to Use the Dawes Collections for Native American Research:

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Salem, Ohio High School Year Books

This link may be helpful if you have ancestors who attend Salem, Ohio High School. It takes you to digital copies of year books from 1915 to 2012. You can browse through the books or search for specific names or terms.

Salem Public Library – Salem, Ohio 44460:

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Children-Oriented Online Family Group Record

Looking for something that may get your grandchildren involved in genealogy? This link will take you to an online family group record from FamilySearch. It can be downloaded, completed using your computer keyboard, and then saved or printed. Or just print the blank form and complete it with pen and ink the old fashion way.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 21-27 May 2017

Monday, 22-May-2017 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.
Tuesday, 23-May-2017 at 11:30 AM--DNA Basics—an introduction to DNA that may be help attendees better understand the discussion in the DNA Interest Group following at 1:00 PM. Summers, Jenkins A, Largo Library
Tuesday, 23-May-2017 at 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group--Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others interested in making DNA Connections.  This is a group for DNA novices to learn together. Manning/Luce, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 24-May-2017 at 6:00 PM--Heritage Quest--Getting the most from this free* website. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 27-May-2017 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.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Harlan County Kentucky USGenWeb Project - A Gold Mine of Information

Here is a link to the USGenWeb page for Harlan County, Kentucky. It provides links to Marriages, Births, Deaths, Census, Deeds, Burials and much more. Even if you are not from Harlan County, after looking at this offering you should be excited about checking USGenWeb for other pages that may be helpful to you.

Harlan County Kentucky, USGenWeb Project:

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Obituaries and Cemeteries Associated with Rossville Kansas

Any of you with ancestors from the area of Shawnee County, Kansas may find this link helpful. It offers an obituary directory as well as burial lists for five cemeteries as part of the Rossville, KS Community Library.

Many of the obituaries have been transcribed and are available on line at the "Genealogy" link provided. Also at that link are images of the cemetery headstones.

Genealogy, Obituaries, & Cemeteries » Rossville Community Library:

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PGS Events for the Week of 14-20 May 2017

Monday, 15-May-2017 at 6:00 PM--Documentation-An introduction on the content of proper source citations. Using modern genealogy programs to enter citations will also be covered (Roots Magic, and Family Tree Maker will be addressed). Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 18-May-2017 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group--a discussion group regarding techniques to find your Irish ancestry. This is the last meeting until September!  Padgett-Focareta,  Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 19-May-2017 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group,Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 20-May-2017 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, 20-May-2017 at 11:00 AM--Your Ancestor's FAN Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls, Drew Smith, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 20-May-2017 at 12:30 PM--Workshop tour of the Genealogy Center showing the many genealogical research resources there. Summers, Genealogy Center, Largo Library.

Bob Bryan to Speak at Jewish Genealogy Society of Tampa Bay on 21 May 2017

 The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida on Sunday May 21, 2017 for a presentation by Bob Bryan on “Digital Cameras for Genealogy”. 

A social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 PM, and the featured program starts at 2:00 PM.

As always, the JGSTBs library and research resources are available to all meeting attendees and can be loaned out to members.  Anyone interested in learning how to do Jewish genealogical research is invited to participate.  Beginners as well as experienced researchers are welcome. The meeting is open to the public and is free of charge.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Using the Shared Matches Tool at Ancestry DNA

Those of you trying to make sense of your autosomal DNA results and have taken you test with Ancestry DNA may find this article written by Blaine Bettinger in his Blog The Genetic Genealogist. His explanation of using the shared matches tool in DNA analysis is detailed and illustrated with a specific example.

Check it out at:
Clustering Shared Matches – The Genetic Genealogist:

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Using the Catalog to Search on FamilySearch

Judy Russell, writing in her Blog The Legal Genealogist,  give us a step-by-step example of using the catalog at FamilySearch.org to find items that sometimes elude our attempts to do a records search.

He article demonstrates that there is more to be found at the FamilySearch website than a records search can reveal.

By the way, Judy Russell is going to be the featured speaker at our PGS Annual Seminar in February 2018. Keep your eyes open for more information as the event draws near.

Check out her article at:
But wait… there’s more… | The Legal Genealogist:

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Friday, May 5, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 7-13 May 2017

Monday, 8-May-2017 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. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 9-May-2017 at 10:00 AM--Census tracking--Probably the fundamental way of using the US Federal Census is to track ancestors from one census year to the next. In that process we seek to uncover relationships and lost or heretofore unknown ancestors. This class shows a strategy on how to do that, using an actual family as an example. In addition it also shows how to uncover hints on using resources outside of the census itself. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 10-May-2017 at 10:00 AM--Homestead Act-History and Records- A review of the historical and political significance of the 1862 Homestead Act and associated legislation. Includes a discussion of the process followed to establish a homestead on public domain land, and an understanding of the method of legally surveying and describing the land. The presentation will also cover an examination of the records that were created in establishing a homestead, their genealogical value, and where those records are found today. This is an in-depth treatment of the Homestead Act, which is briefly referred to in the presentation on property Research Basics in the US. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Searching for WWII Newspapers

Lisa Louise Cooke, writing in her Blog Genealogy Gems, gives is three steps for finding 1940's newspapers dealing with WWII content.

Check it out at:  WWII Newspapers: Searching for Coverage:

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Drew Smith Featured at PGS Meeting, Free and Open to the Public, 20 May 2017


Will and Grundy Counties, Illinois Cemetery Index

The Coal City, Illinois Public Library District provides an index to the Cemeteries of Southern Will and Grundy Counties. The index is searchable by name.

CCPLD Cemetery Index:

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Family Trees for Kids

If you are trying to interest kids or grand-kids in genealogy, some uniquely drawn family trees many be the attention-getter you need. The Family Tree Templates website offers several such items. You can generally download a free PDF version of the tree, or pay a fee for an editable version.

Check it out at:  Family Trees for Kids:

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PGS Events for the Week of 30 April to 6 May


Saturday, 6-May-2017 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. Last meeting until September. Hosmer-Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Warren Tribune Chronicle (Ohio) Obituary Index Online

Thanks to the Warren-Trumbull County, Ohio Public Library for this index of obituaries from the Warren Tribune Chronicle. They cover the period from 1900 to 1949. The files are in PDF format, and contain the name of the deceased as well as the newspaper date, page, and column number where the obit can be found.

Additional obituaries for 1970 through 2014 are also available. These can be searched by name.

Warren Tribune Chronicle Obituary Index Search | Local History and Genealogy (category) | Uncategorised:

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

What is a Genetic Genealogist?

With the current emphasis on DNA testing for genealogy, the term "genetic genealogist" is frequently heard. Blaine Bettinger, writing in his Blog The Genetic Genealogist, helps clarify just what the term means to a person who is one.

What is a Genetic Genealogist? – The Genetic Genealogist:

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PGS Events for the Week of 23-29 April 2017

Tuesday, 25-Apr-2017 at 11:30 AM--DNA Basics—an introduction to DNA that may be help attendees better understand the discussion in the DNA Interest Group following at 1:00 PM. Summer, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 25-Apr-2017 at 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group--Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others interested in making DNA Connections.  This is a group for DNA novices to learn together. Luce/Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 26-Apr-2017 at 6:00 PM--Ancestry.com--basic search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Record Access Will Probably Always Be A Major Issue

James Tanner, writing in his Blog "Genealogy's Star," addresses the issue of digitization and online availability of genealogy records. We know that not all records are available online, and James' article underscores that fact with some interesting examples. All of this underscores the fact that there is a continuing need for "on-the-site" research.

This is a good read. Check it out at:
Genealogy's Star: Record Access is a Major Genealogical Issue:

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Kansas Military Index

The Kansas Historical Society offers us an online, searchable Index of Kansas soldiers. Although the site gives the alert that the index does not include all Kansas soldiers, its coverage is really impressive nonetheless. The conflicts covered range from the Civil War through the present day and even cover the historic Indian Wars. Realize, of course that privacy concerns limit the information available for the more modern wars.

Each conflict listed is a hot link that allows you to do a focused search, or you can search all of the conflicts at once.

Check it out at:
Kansas Military Index - Kansas Historical Society:

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Friday, April 14, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 16-22 April 2017

Tuesday, 18-Apr-2017 at 10:00 AM--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 Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 19-Apr-2017 at 10:00 AM--Walking in their footsteps-One of the fun things about genealogy is getting to know our ancestors as people, not just as names and dates on a chart. This presentation will help you to identify sources that can assist you in locating the precise locations where your ancestors lived and worked. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 20-Apr-2017 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group, Padgett-Focareta, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 21-Apr-2017 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group, Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 22-Apr-2017 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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

United States Freedmen’s Bureau, Records at FamilySearch.org

The Freedmen's Bureau Records can be a valuable resource if you are doing post-Civil War African American research, or if you have ancestors, regardless of race, who were severely economically affected by the war.

The link below will take you to the  WIKI page that describes the searchable collection FamilySearch.org has to offer. Take the time to read this page to ensure you understand the nature and content of the collection. To go directly to the search page, click on the "Access the Records" link at the top right of the WIKI page.

United States Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of Freedmen (FamilySearch Historical Records) Genealogy - FamilySearch Wiki:

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Soldiers' Records From The National Army Museum, London

The National Army Museum in London gives us the enlistment books of five disbanded Irish regiments. Per the site: "The Connaught Rangers, the Leinster Regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, the Royal Irish Regiment and the Royal Munster Fusiliers were units of the British Army, which were disbanded following the establishment of the independent Irish Free State in 1922. The enlistment books contain records of soldiers serving in these regiments in the period 1920-22."

There are some 11 thousand names in the database and you can browse or search. The information offered is name, role (eg. soldier), date/place of enlistment, unit, ID number, place of birth, civilian trade, address of next of kin, and address on discharge. An image of the actual enlistment book entry is also provided.

Check it out at:
Soldiers' Records | National Army Museum, London:

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Online Digitized Newspapers from Fort Fairfield, Maine

The Fort Fairfield, Maine Public Library has made its digital newspaper collection available to us. Ten papers are in the collection and range in date from 1863 to 2006. You can search by key word, name, or designated time frame. You can also browse by newspaper title or by year of publication.

Check it out at:
Digital Archives of the Fort Fairfield Public Library :::

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PGS Events for the Week of 9-15 April 2017

Monday, 10-Apr-2017 at 10:00 AM--Pre-1850 Census analysis--Many researchers become frustrated with the difficulty in researching the US Census prior to 1850 because of only the heads of households being explicitly named. However, those early censuses contain more information than one might initially think. This class examines the characteristics of the pre-1850 census, the information available, and some strategies for analyzing those census years. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 11-Apr-2017 at 10:00 AM--Property Research Basics--This is a general treatment of property research in the United States. It will explore ownership documents from land grants to land patents to deeds; it will explain the difference in land descriptions in state land states and public land states; it will examine the historical context of military bounty land, the Homestead Act, and the cash purchase of public land. We will also survey where to find the records generated during the ownership and transfer of property.     Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 12-Apr-2017 at 10:00 AM--Orphan Trains and the Children Who Rode in Them. This is a new class, presented for the first time. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 15-Apr-2017 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, 15 Apr 2017 at 11:00 AM—Program Meeting presented by Debbe Hagner on “How Do You Know You Have the Right John Smith?.” Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Burials in the City Cemetery of Washington, Kansas

This site gives you an alphabetical listing of burials from about 1867. The file is in Excel format and gives you the name of the person, the birth and death date when known, and the location of the plot in the cemetery.

Check it out at:  Washington, Kansas:

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Hands-On Genealogy Working Session at Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay on 9 April 2017

Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay
HANDS-ON GENEALOGY WORKING SESSION
WITH GUIDED ASSISTANCE
Sunday, April 9, 2017   

Dear JGSTB Members and Friends,

     The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay (JGSTB) will meet at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida on Sunday April 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM for a hands-on working session for individual research using the Internet and library resources of the JGSTB.  Experienced genealogy mentors will be on hand to provide guidance and assistance. This “members-helping-members” session is one of our most popular programs.  We are pleased to offer it immediately following our 2017 Guide to Jewish Genealogy Research seminar in February and March.  This work session will be an opportunity to apply what was discussed in earlier sessions, or to just learn how to get started with genealogical research. A pre-session social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 PM.

   The workshop will begin with a brief overview of the genealogical research resources and library materials that will be available for use at this session. Free access to Ancestry.com and to MyHeritage.com (Premium), will be available on several computers.  While this workshop is intended as a working session for those who have already begun their research and wish to further it or to seek assistance with problems, novices will be given an abbreviated “jump start” on how to get started.

   Attendees should bring their own research materials and information, and be prepared to work.   Bring your own laptop computer if you have one.  Several computers with Internet access will be available if you cannot bring your own.

   The JGSTB’s library and research resources are available to everyone attending this session, and members may borrow books to take home.  Anyone interested in learning how to do Jewish genealogy research is invited to participate.  Beginners as well as experienced researchers are welcome.   For information about the organization or directions to the meeting, call Bruce Hadburg at 727-796-7981.

Speaking of History Lecture at Heritage Village on 9 April 2017

APRIL 09 ~ SPEAKING OF HISTORY LECTURE ~ 2:00 PM
Heritage Village Pinellas Room

April 9 ~ “Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida”                       Cathy Salustri, a graduate of USFSP’s Florida Studies Program and the Arts & Entertainment editor at Creative Loafing Tampa, will share some of her travels and adventures in the Sunshine State.  Cathy will share with us her study results as she retraced the sights and sounds she encountered in places described more than 75 years ago in the Federal Writers’ Project’s WPA Guide to Florida.  Copies of her book, “Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida,” will be available for sale after the lecture.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Five Resources For Finding Early Immigrants to the US

Writing for the "Genealogy Insider," of the online Family Tree Magazine, Diane Haddad gives us an article with guidance that may help in finding early immigrants to the US. These may be especially helpful since passenger lists as we know them were not required before 1820.

The article is actually advertising a workshop on finding early ancestors, but the five record sets she briefly talks about may open some doors for you.

Genealogy Insider - Five Resources For Finding Early Immigrants to the US:

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Friday, March 31, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 2-8 April 2017

Monday, 3-Apr-2017 at 6:00 PM--GENEALOGY PHOTOS: ORGANIZING, MANAGING AND ENHANCING using Picasa, the powerful free program from Google. This class will demonstrate how to manage your digital genealogy photos so they can be easily found and how to enhance their appearance. This includes cropping, straightening, one-touch fix, removing blemishes, adding captions and text to the photo, making a collage, and much more. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 4-Apr-2017 at 6:00 PM--"Research Trip Planning--This session will lay out some steps to take to ensure that your trip to your ancestral home area is as successful as possible. Areas to be covered include:
  1. Scope of the trip—duration & things to accomplish
  2. Make a detailed plan of attack—what, where, when
  3. Paving the way for when you arrive
  4. Supplies and materials to take
  5. Accumulating and recording the data
  6. Processing the data back home.
Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 6-Apr-2017 at 10:30 AM--Library Catalog Searching for Genealogists – Libraries are a great place for finding genealogy resources. This class will show you how to find libraries and archives that can help you in your search, how to get the most from catalog searches, and discover other helpful resources available through online catalogs. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 7-Apr-2017 at 10:15 AM--Franco-American Discussion Group. Geographic areas include: Europe (primarily France, but not limited to France)-Eastern Canada (primarily Quebec, some Ontario, but including the Acadians of the Maritime Provinces)-USA (Central North America and New England, also Louisiana and the surrounding Southern states). Grandmaison, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

McKinney, Texas Obituaries and More

McKinney, Texas is in Collin County, and has made several indexes available. Thanks to the public library system, you can get, in either Excel or PDF format, three obituary indexes spanning the time period from 1884 to the present. In addition, you can browse indexes of births, engagements and marriages from McKinney newspapers for the period from 1980 to 1993.

Check it out at:  Genealogy | McKinney, TX - Official Website:

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Strategies for Tracing the Women in Your Family Tree

Kimberly Powell writing in about.com gives us various strategies to use in tracking down the women in our family trees. The landing page is a introduction to the topic. Scroll down to the end of the short article and you will find links to several other articles that address searching for women in various record sets: marriage records, divorce records, cemeteries, census records, land records, and more.

Strategies for Tracing the Women in Your Family Tree:

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Friday, March 24, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 26 March to 1 April 2017

Monday, 27-Mar-2017 at 10:00 AM--Immigration Records and Ships Passenger Lists-How to use them. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 28-Mar-2017 at 11:30 AM--DNA Basics—an introduction to DNA that may be help attendees better understand the discussion in the DNA Interest Group following at 1:00 PM. Manning, Jenkins A.
Tuesday, 28-Mar-2017 at 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group--Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others interested in making DNA Connections.  This is a group for DNA novices to learn together. Manning, Jenkins A.
Thursday, 30-Mar-2017 at 10:30 AM--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.
NO FAMILY TREE MAKER USER GROUP MEETING ON APRIL 1 The Library will be closed on Saturday, April 1st due to the Family Extravaganza event in Largo Central Park.