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.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Various Record Sets from The National Archives of Ireland

Those of you with Irish ancestry may find this link to the genealogy section of the National Archives of Ireland beneficial. There are a total of eleven searchable records sets in the collection that include census records, soldiers' wills, crew lists, and more.

Check it out at:  Genealogy:

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Pinellas Pioneeers Association Annual Picnic on 8 April 2017

The following comes to us from the Pinellas Pioneers Association:

Please come and help The Pinellas Pioneers Association celebrate their 54th Annual Picnic.

Bring our own food, beverage and table service to Eagle Lake Park, Shelter #3 at 1800 Keene Road on Saturday, April, 8, 2017 at 10 am.

Bring your family and friends and meet the Pinellas County Pioneers. We eat at 12 pm and then linger awhile. Bring a chair if you can.

For more information call 727-441-1338.

Lee County Genealogical Society Features Military Records at April Meeting


The Lee County Genealogical Society, Inc. features "A Few Good Men - and Women:
Searching for Family Military Records" by Linda Ryan, Ed.D. at the April 20, 2017 Membership Meeting

This will be an exploration of basic references for American military research using DAR, ARA/NPRC, Ancestry/fold3, and books from the American Revolution forward.

The program will also discuss using the Internet to connect with people for research questions and
information. In addition, Dr. Ryan addresses issues related to militaria (such as weapons, uniforms,
and medals) that are connected with warfare or military service, including finding your family
member’s medals or other memorabilia, for sale on eBay!

The event will take place at the Cypress Lakes Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, FL The doors open at 9:30 am.

For more information see www.LCGSFL.org

Monday, March 20, 2017

Forest Hill Cemetery, City of Madison, Wisconsin

This cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin dates back to 1857. From the landing page you can click on links for a map, a walking tour (via PDF), and to search. Searches can be done by name or section. The records you will find are very complete and go well beyond just tombstone inscriptions. You will see such information as deceased name, name of the owner of the plot, funeral home, occupation, cause of death, and more.

Check it out at:
Forest Hill Cemetery - Find a Park - Madison Parks - City of Madison, Wisconsin:

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Friday, March 17, 2017

City Directories of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

This site by the City of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada by way of the site archive.org, gives us digitized city directories of that city from 1858 to 1934. Just click on the image of the directory you are interested in to be taken to a viewer for the entire book.

Peterborough, Ontario, Canada - City Directories : Free Texts : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive:

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PGS Events for the Week 19-25 March 2017

Tuesday, 21-Mar-2017 at 6:00 PM--ANCESTRY FAMILY TREES – Part 2. Publishing your tree on Ancestry.com can be a great way to share your research with others, as well as to provide a backup for your work. This presentation covers how to start a family tree on Ancestry.com, and how to maintain it. That includes working with people, events, images, and sources. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 24-Mar-2017 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group--we will spend some time on reading-interpreting handwriting and defining some of the terms used. This will be followed by a general discussion. Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 25-Mar-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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Free Irish resources at a number of websites in honor of St. Patrick’s Day

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Photos from the US Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information

This site is just for fun...unless, of course, you run into one of your ancestors! The site gives you around 170,000 photos from 1935 to 1945, and they cover the United States.

Click of the "Start Exploring" tab and you will be presented with an interactive map showing all of the counties with photos. Click on the outline of the county and you can see those photos. At the map page, you can control the time line, choose the photographer of interest, or search on a variety of fields.

Photogrammar:

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Florida State Genealogy Society Holds Spring Virtual Conference on 25 March 2017

Daylight savings is returning and brings with it longer days for us to enjoy doing genealogy. Join us for our first Virtual Conference – a way for you to renew your genealogy research skills without having to leave home. The conference will be presented via GoToWebinar. Attendees will be able to attend the “live” presentation or listen to the recorded video which will be available to registered attendees only, for a period of 2 weeks after the conference.
 
What you will get:
  • 5 hours of lectures by noted genealogy presenters.
  • Viewing “live” or attend via recording up to 2 weeks after the conference.
  • Door Prizes throughout the day.
Register Now
 
Members:  $35.00    Non-Members:  $40.00

For more information and registration see http://flsgs.org/cpage.php?pt=268 .

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lancashire Indexes to Births Marriages and Deaths

If you have ancestors from this part of England you may find the Lancashire BMD site helpful.

The landing page gives you a quick explanation of the site, pointing out what is completed and what is still being worked on. It also give you a FAQ page that gives you good information to help you understand what the site offers and how to use it.

If you wish to search the collection, look in the upper right corner of the landing page for the colored tabs labeled "Births," "Marriages," and "Deaths." Each of those tabs gives you a drop-down menu of topics you can select from.

Lancashire Births Marriages & Deaths Indexes:

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Friday, March 10, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 12-18 March 2017

Monday, 13-Mar-2017 at 6:00 PM--Eastern European Research -  for ancestors who came from Galicia/Halychyna, Bukovina, Poland, Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Germans from Russia, Rusyns, Boykos. Help on how to start - with information obtained in the New World. van Heerden, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 14-Mar-2017 at 6:00 PM--ANCESTRY FAMILY TREES – Part 1. Publishing your tree on Ancestry.com can be a great way to share your research with others, as well as to provide a backup for your work. This presentation covers how to start a family tree on Ancestry.com, and how to maintain it. That includes working with people, events, images, and sources. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 15-Mar-2017 at 10:00 AM--NATURALIZATION RECORDS -- Many of our ancestors became naturalized citizens, and left a paper trail when they did so. This class explains the naturalization process, what information can be found in the records, and where those records can be found. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 16-Mar-2017 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group--a discussion group regarding techniques to find your Irish ancestry. Padgett-Focareta, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 18-Mar-2017 at 10:00 AM--Computers in Genealogy Q & A, Bryan, Jenkins B.
Saturday, 18-Mar-2017 at 11:00 AM--It’s the luck of the Irish on March 18th, as the spring PGS Lecture Series brings back Donna Moughty, who will be giving two talks to help us research our Irish ancestors. The first talk, “Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors”, will take place at the usual time, just after our 11:00 am business meeting.  There will be a break for lunch from approximately 12:45 – 1:30. At 1:30 pm Donna will begin the second talk, “Online Sources for Irish Research”.  Don’t forget to bring your lunch.  Alternatively, the Bookmark Café will be taking lunch orders ahead of the 11:00 am meeting, which you can pick up at the lunch break.  Water will be provided. Moughty, Jenkins B.

Pinellas Genealogy Society Free Lecture Series Features Donna Moughty

It’s the luck of the Irish at the Largo Public Library
on March 18th, as the spring PGS Lecture Series brings back Donna Moughty, who will be giving two talks to help us research our Irish ancestors. The first talk, Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors”, will take place at the usual time, just after our 11:00 am business meeting.  There will be a break for lunch from approximately 12:45 – 1:30. At 1:30 pm Donna will begin the second talk, “Online Sources for Irish Research.  Don’t forget to bring you lunch.  Alternatively, the Bookmark Café will be taking lunch orders ahead of the 11:00 am meeting, which you can pick up at the lunch break.  Water will be provided.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Free Genealogy Courses at FamilySearch.org

The Learning Center at FamilySearch.org is filled with free online classes and presentations on all manner of genealogy subjects. If you have not visited the site lately, you should do so because content is added continuously.

The home page of the Learning Center lists new courses, those that are most popular, and courses organized by place, skill level, topic, language, etc. It is difficult to imagine that you could not find a course of interest or helpful to you.

Check it out at:
Learning Center: Genealogy Courses | FamilySearch.org:

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Civil War Through the Harper's Weekly

Harper's Weekly was arguably the most popular newspaper during the Civil War, featuring pictures and accounts of the struggle. You can now read the paper online at the website sonofthesourth.net by following the link provided below.

Each page displayed is surrounded with links you can explore: in the left pane are the years of the Civil War you can click on to display that section of the collection, throughout each page are hot links to specific names and places, and thumbnail images will take you from page to page.

Check it out at:  The Civil War:

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Friday, March 3, 2017

PGS Events for 5-11 March 2017

Monday, 6-Mar-2017 at 6:00 PM--Family Tree Maker 2014 Basics--Part 6. A detailed explanation and demonstration of the many features of this most popular genealogy database program. This is the last session. Hahn, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 7-Mar-2017 at 6:00 PM--Brick Walls—You will eventually reach a point where you seemingly can’t go back further on a particular line. This class will offer some ideas and suggestions for overcoming dead ends in your family history research. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 8-Mar-2017 at 6:00 PM--Newspapers.com--this class will demonstrate how to use this valuable subscription database of scanned online newspapers now available at Largo Library for free. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 9-Mar-2017 at 10:30 AM--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, 11-Mar-2017 at 12:00-4 pm--Family History Assistance Day--One-on-one assistance in finding your family tree. Especially for beginners so invite your friends and neighbors, too. Local History Room and the adjacent Reading Room, Largo Library.

"Speaking of History" Presentation at Heritage Village on 12 March 2017

This bulletin was received from the Pinellas County Historical Society:


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

MARCH 12 ~ SPEAKING OF HISTORY LECTURE ~ 2:00 PM
Heritage Village Pinellas Room

THE ISLANDER – A Play by Elizabeth Brincklow.

Myrtle Scharrer Betz was born and grew up on Caladesi Island.  Myrtle’s life, as related in her autobiographical Yesteryear I Lived in Paradise, illustrates the wonders, discomforts, challenges, and joys of pioneer life on a barrier island when Florida really was a tropical paradise.  Performed as a reading, The Islander focuses on a pivotal time in Myrtle’s life when she must choose to remain living on Caladesi Island or to move to the mainland with her husband and young daughter.  A post reading discussion with questions and answers will take place with Dunedin playwright Elizabeth Brincklow and Terry Fortner, Myrtle’s granddaughter.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Links to State Library Home Pages

If your research leads you to the need for a link to a particular state library, this website is for you. The states are listed alphabetically, and furnish links to their state libraries. In some instances, more than one link is provided.

This is a good link to put in your browser favorites so you have it close at hand.

State Libraries:

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Cherokee Genealogy Workshop Offered 18 March at Tamp Library

This free workshop is being offered at the John F. Germany Library in Tampa. The following information explains the event.

Cherokee Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Beginning at 10 AM
John F. Germany Library
900 N. Ashley Drive
Downtown Tampa


The Cherokee Nation of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and the local satellite group, the Cherokees of Central Florida. are sponsoring a FREE workshop for Cherokee genealogical research.  The workshop is “Beyond the Dawes Rolls” which will present other sources for Cherokee research.  Roy Hamilton, Cherokee Nation Genealogist and Catherine Foreman Gray, Cherokee Tribal Council member and History and Preservation Officer will be here from Oklahoma to present the workshop.  Librarians are setting aside a special area for our workshop and are assembling all the Cherokee materials in one location.  Volunteers from the Cherokees of Central Florida will be on hand to help with individual questions after the workshop.  Street parking is free near the library on Saturday.  The Poe Parking Garage is adjacent to the library where parking is available for a fee.  Walk across the connecting elevated walkway to the Annex of the library and go to the second floor Historical and Genealogical Section.  A light lunch will be served at no charge.  Please come and join us for this very special event.  The workshop will begin at 10 a.m., but you are welcome to remain in the library until closing at 6 p.m.  You may want to bring a thumb drive to copy material from the library’s computers.  Registration is encouraged but not required.  For more information, please contact Scott L. Peeler Jr., Genealogy Committee Chair, Cherokees of Central Florida, at slpeelerjr@yahoo.com.


Scott L. Peeler, Jr., Facilitator 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lee County Genealogical Society Features Ray Liberatore on Dating Old Photographs


The notice was received from the Lee County Genealogical Society:

The March 16, 2017 Membership Meeting will feature "Dating Old Photographs" with Ray Liberatore. The event is at Cypress Lakes Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m.

For more information visit www.LCGSFL.org


Monday, February 27, 2017

Online Historical Directories

Thanks to Miriam J. Robbins for this listing of  online historical directories, and congratulations on it being selected as one of Family Tree Magazine's "101 Best Websites" for 2016.

Scroll down to the bottom of the landing page to click on your country of interest, then  follow the prompts to find digitized or transcribed directories.

Check it out at:  Online Historical Directories:

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Friday, February 24, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 26 February to 4 March 2017

Rutherford County, Tennessee Online Genealogy Collections

Any of you who have ancestors from the area of Rutherford County, Tennessee may be interested in this link to several record indexes. Each entry gives information that will aid you in requesting the original document if you desire.

Here are some of the indexes available:
  1. Birth Records Index
  2. Death Records Index (1881 – 1939)
  3. Marriage Records (1804 – 1888)
  4. Marriage Records (1889 – 1940)
  5. Wills (1804 - 1899)
  6. Wills (1905 – 1947)

Check it out at:  Rutherford County TN:

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Shared cM Project - an Update

Blaine Bettinger, in his Blog The Genetic Genealogist, gives us a July 2016 update to the estimates of the extent of DNA shared by people of various relationships. This "Shared cM Project" originally released data in May 2015, and this is the first update since then.

You need to have some understanding of DNA testing and results interpretation for this to have any meaning. Scroll down a couple screens to see a nicely presented summary chart, and scroll to the end of the article for a link to a printable PDF document.


Update to the Shared cM Project – The Genetic Genealogist:

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Pinellas Genealogy Society Free Lecture Series Features Donna Moughty

The Pinellas Genealogy Society is pleased to announce another in its Lecture Series, this time featuring Donna Moughty giving two presentations: “Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors.” And “Online Sources for Irish Research.”

This event is free and open to the public and runs from 11am to 3pm at the Largo Public Library (120 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL) on Saturday, 18 March 2017. There will be a short break for lunch after the first presentation. Plan to bring a brown bag lunch or make use of the Bookmark Café in the library.


Donna Moughty, a Professional Genealogist and former Regional Manager for Apple Computer, has been conducting family research for over 20 years. She teaches and lectures on a variety of subjects including Internet, Irish research, and computer topics locally and at national conferences and institutes. In addition, she provides consultations, research assistance, and training. Donna attended the National Institute for Genealogical Research at the National Archives, the Third and Fourth Irish Genealogical Congress in Ireland, the Salt Lake Institute – Irish Research, and the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University where she was an instructor for the Irish course in 2011. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists where she served as chair of the Professional Management Conference from 2005-2008, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Donna takes groups to Ireland each October to do research. Her weekly genealogy blog can be found at www.moughty.com.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Obituary Search at the St. Louis Public Library

The St. Louis Public Library offers us an obituary index from the St. Louis Post Dispatch   for the years 1880-1930, 1942-1945, 1960-1969, and 1992-2014. The obituaries themselves are not digitized, but your hit list from a name search will give you the date and page of the paper where the obit occurs.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 19-25 February 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ten Effective Strategies on How to Build a Family Tree

The GenealogyInTime Magazine gives us an article titled "Ten Effective Strategies on How to Build a Family Tree." It contains tips and pointers to help not only doe research but to manage your expectations as you do your searching.

The article is probably most valuable to researchers just starting out, but even those of you with more experience may benefit from a review.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Oak Lawn Cemetery at Fairfield, Connecticut

Here is your chance to search by name for your ancestors among the more than 23,000 people buried at the Oak Lawn Cemetery at Fairfield, CT. For each burial you will get the dates of birth, death, and burial. If you are lucky, additional information may be available, such as obituary, Life history, military service, and pictures. Those are the exception, but worth checking for.

Oak Lawn Cemetery | Fairfield, CT | Find a Loved One:

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FAMILY HISTORY ASSISTANCE DAY GROWS YOUR FAMILY TREE

The semi-annual Family History Assistance Day, co-sponsored by the Largo Public Library and the Pinellas Genealogy Society is returning on March 11, 2017. This is an event that offers personal, one-on-one, family research assistance.

Bring your family history notes as a starting point and USB drive to record new discoveries. You and a volunteer researcher will hunt for data online to get started on your genealogy or to extend your family finds by breaking through a brick wall in your research. This is an especially helpful event if you are just getting started in genealogy. You can learn research techniques as well as find family information.

The event begins at 12pm in the Local History Room and Reading Room on the second floor of the Largo Public Library and runs until 4pm. Volunteer researchers will assist attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers will also be available in the Genealogy Center to introduce visitors to the print collection through tours and will assist on the use of materials.


Genealogy research is most successful when shared. This event provides that opportunity. If you can’t make it, tell your friends, especially those who are new to family history research.

Friday, February 10, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 12 to 18 February 2017

Monday, 13-Feb-2017 at 6:00 PM--Family Tree Maker 2014 Basics--Part 4. A detailed explanation and demonstration of the many features of this most popular genealogy database program. Hahn, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, 14-Feb-2017 at 10:00 AM--Newspapers.com--this class will demonstrate how to use this valuable subscription database of scanned online newspapers now available at Largo Library for free. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, 15-Feb-2017 at 10:00 AM--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.

Thursday, 16-Feb-2017 at 1:00 PM --Irish Genealogy Interest Group--a discussion group regarding techniques to find your Irish ancestry. Padgett-Focareta, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Friday, 17-Feb-2017 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group--special presentation  on the Palatines: "An Early Example of Palatine Germans Finding Their Way to New Jersey (How Determination and Perseverance Overcame Misfortune)." Presenter: Dennis J Carroll, Amateur genealogist, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Chapter of Palatines to America and Retired pastor (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – ELCA). Dietz--Local History Room, Largo Library.

Saturday, 18-Feb-2017 at 10:00 AM--Computers in Genealogy Q & A—Summers, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Saturday, 18 Feb 2017 at 11:00 AM—Annual Business Meeting—Come see what our society has been doing this past year and what’s in store for the future, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Missouri Death Certificates, 1910 - 1965

The website of the Secretary of State of Missouri, "Missouri Digital Heritage," offers Missouri death certificates from 1910 to 1965. You can search the database by first, middle and last name, relationship, date range, and county.

The hit list from your search will include the death certificate number and a link to the digitized document itself.


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Sites to Help Track Down Black Sheep Ancestors

Here is a collection of websites that may be useful in tracking down black sheep ancestors. I have not check all the links (there are a lot of them), but the ones I tried were active and free of charge.

At any rate, they can be fun to browse and interesting to read.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Second Cousins That Don’t Share DNA? – Not a Good Bet to Take

Blaine Bettinger, writing in his Blog The Genetic Genealogist, asks the question whether second cousins (or closer) might NOT share any DNA. He takes us through the logic of how unlikely that event would be, and the conditions that have to be met for it to be proven true.

This is a good article to read to sharpen you DNA analytical skills.

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PGS Events for the Week of 5-11 February.

Monday, 6-Feb-2017 at 6:00 PM--Family Tree Maker 2014 Basics--Part 3 of 6. A detailed explanation and demonstration of the many features of this most popular genealogy database program. Hahn, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, 7-Feb-2017 at 6:00 PM--RootsMagic-5, part 5 of 5. This class explores the use of this popular genealogy software program. It consists of five classes, each 1 ½ hours long, held for five consecutive weeks. The intent is to take the student from the basics of initial entry of family information to the more detailed topics of incorporating images in your family history, citing sources, and generating various reports. Summers      , Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, 8-Feb-2017 at 6:00 PM at Google Earth Tours – Google Earth tours can be a fun way to share your genealogical research with relatives. This class will show you the basics of how to create, save, and share a tour that can visually illustrate the life and travels of your ancestors using the Google Earth free program.   Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, 9-Feb-2017 at 10:30 AM--Eastern European Research -for ancestors who came from Galicia/Halychyna, Bukovina, Poland, Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Germans from Russia, Rusyns, Boykos. Help on how to start - with information obtained in the New World. van Heerden, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Lee County Society Meeting on 16 Feb 2017 Features Marsha Kreucher Speaking on Adoption Records