Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Obituary Index for Rush County, Kansas

The Barnard Library provides an online obituary index to Rush County newspapers. The newspapers covered and their dates of publication are: Walnut Valley Standard (1874-1901), Walnut Valley Standard (1893-1896), Democrat (Walnut City), Walnut City Gazette (1886-1890), McCracken Republican (1900-1902), McCracken Midget (1949-1951), Rush County Leader (1895), Bison Courier (1930-1938), and Bison Bee (1902-1918).

Instructions for using the index are front and center on the landing page.

Barnard Library Obituary Index:

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Pinellas Genealogy Society Free Lecture Series Features George G. Morgan

The Pinellas Genealogy Society is pleased to announce another in its Lecture Series, this time featuring George G. Morgan giving two presentations. The first is “Laying Out Clues in Funeral Home Records”:  synopsis--Funeral home and mortuary records can provide clues to many other sources, especially before death certificates were issued and between censuses. Learn what information may be included, what it infers, and places to locate the records. Examples of records from online sources are presented and discussed.

The second is “Timelining Your Ancestors”:  synopsis--Your ancestors lived complex lives, interacting with family members, friends, neighbors, and associates of all types. They participated in their communities, and they were affected by events in their communities and around the world. You want to place your ancestors into geographical, historical, and social context so that you can better understand their lives. This seminar suggests a wide array of resources for locating details about your ancestors, and presents a methodology for constructing a chronological timeline of their lives.

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 November 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.

George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents in the U.S., Canada, England, on cruise ships, and on webinars. He is the prolific, award-winning author of hundreds of articles for genealogical magazines, journals, newsletters, and at online sites internationally. His twelfth book, the fourth edition of How to Do Everything: Genealogy, was released in January 2015. He is a regular writer for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Family Tree Magazine, Internet Genealogy, and Your Genealogy Today. He has won writing awards from the Association of Professional Genealogists and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE). He is a past president of ISFHWE, and has served on the boards of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Florida State Genealogical Society, the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa), and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and societies in the U.S. and U.K. George is co

Saturday, October 14, 2017

List of Genealogy Pages on Facebook

If you are a Facebook user and want to find genealogy-oriented pages on the site, this link is for you. Katherine Willson has done the heavy lifting for us, and provides such a list. The list is alphabetized by state/county name, and all entries are hot links. So, for example, when you click on "Georgia" you are taken to a list of Facebook pages associated with that state, and when when you click on a specific entry in that list, you are taken directly to that page on Facebook. And did I mention that the list is international in scope?

Also provided is a link to a similar list focused just on Canadian genealogy. Katherine also mentions that to be notified each time her list is updated, simply "like" her Facebook page (and she provides a link to do that).

Check it out at:  Genealogy on Facebook List – Katherine R. Willson:

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Friday, October 13, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 16-21 October 2017

Tuesday, 17-Oct-2017 at 10:00 AM--King Philip’s War, 1675-1676: Causes & Consequences – Although largely forgotten, King Philip’s War was a widespread conflict that had a significant and long-lasting impact on New England colonists and Native Americans. The class will look at causes leading up to this brutal war, analyze the course of the war, and outline the consequences that helped shape the future of the United States. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 19-Oct-2017 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group, Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 20-Oct-2017 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group, Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 21-Oct-2017 at 10:00 AM--Computers in Genealogy, Bryan, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 21-Oct-2017 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting--How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest, Lyttle. Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Periodical Source Index at findmypast.com

I have pointed you to the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) before, but it deserves repeating.

PERSI is housed at the Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center, but the collection is being indexed and presented by findmypast.com. Although findmypast.com is a fee site, use of PERSI in not.

PERSI is a collection of journal articles from genealogical and historical societies, and the index allow  you to search for those articles by subject/title. When you find the citation of an article you want, one way you can get a full copy is to send the citation to the Allan County Library and for a modest fee, it will be copied and sent to you. Instructions for ordering are on the landing page under "How do I get copies of the full articles?"

One avenue to explore to get a full copy of the article you want is to take the citation you find in PERSI and look for the source journal in our collection at Largo Library's Genealogy Center.

US, UK, Irish and Australian records | findmypast.com:

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

PGS Features Presentation by Annette Burke Lyttle on 21 October--Free and Open to the Public

Views of the Men Who Made Those Sanborn Maps

Here is an article that is very interesting for a variety of reasons. First it tells us about some of the men who made the Sanborn maps and the procedures they used, and it also gives a good example of newspaper research on a topic.

The article comes to us from the "Preservation in Mississippi" Blog. It offers a collection of newspaper articles covering actions of "Sanborn Men" specifically in Mississippi, from their plans to send workers to the state, to identifying individual Sanborn employees as they work with city residents to complete their job.

If you work with Sanborn insurance maps in your research, you will enjoy historical perspective.

Who Were Those Sanborn Men? – Preservation in Mississippi:

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 9-14 October 2017

Tuesday, 10-Oct-17 at 10:00 AM--Facebook for Genealogy—how to use this powerful tool to aid in your family history research. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 12-Oct-17 at 10:30 AM--Google your family tree-- This presentation demonstrates how to use the powerful features of the Google search engine to discover genealogy information on the internet. Topics include: how to select keyword search terms, how to interpret the results, using Google Alerts, news archive searches, book searches and more neat things that Google can do for you. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 13-Oct-17 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, 14-Oct-17 from 12:00-4:00 PM--Family History Assistance Day. This is the 14th semi-annual event presented by PGS and Largo Library designed especially for beginning researchers. Bring what information you have about your family and receive free, one-on-one research assistance from a PGS consultant. No appointment is necessary--first come, first served. Tours of the Genealogy Center will also be offered. We will be in Jenkins A, B, on the first floor of Largo Library.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

More Digital Newspapers Coming to Library of Congress--Chronicling America

Those of you doing newspaper research are probably aware of the great collection of digitized newspapers at Chronicling America at the Library of Congress website. You are also probably aware that the collection, large as it may be, is limited to the years 1836-1922.

That apparently is changing now, as reported By Lisa Louise Cooke in her Blog, Genealogy Gems."  Over time, that date range for the digitized collection of some papers may change to as early as 1690 and as late at 1963.

Read about the reason for the change and other interesting collection facts at:
Chronicling America New Records - More Digital Newspapers Coming:

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Annual PGS Seminar Being Held on 24 February 2018--Register Early

The Annual Pinellas Genealogy Society Seminar, co-sponsored by the Largo Public Library, is scheduled for 24 February 2018 at the Largo Public Library from 8 am to 4 pm. The library is located at 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL.
This all-day event features Judy Russell (JD, CG®, CGL), The Legal Genealogist, as the primary speaker, as well as two breakout speakers, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, “The Genealogy Guys.” Judy's four presentations are titled (1) “That First Trip to the Courthouse,” (2) “No Vitals? No Problem --Building a Family Through Circumstantial Evidence,” (3) “Where There Is--or Isn't a Will,” and (4) “DNA and the Golden Rule.” Judy is a nationally known speaker, author, educator, and genealogy blogger.
The topics of the breakout sessions will be: (1) “Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis” by George G. Morgan, and (2) “Organizing Your DNA Testing” by Drew Smith. George and Drew are also highly regarded authors and speakers. They are also renowned for their “Genealogy Guys” podcast.
In addition to the speakers, this event boasts a continental breakfast, box lunch, raffles, door prizes, book sale, and plenty of time to network with other researchers and guest organizations. The registration fee is $40 for PGS members and $45 for non-members. After 15 February, the cost is $50, so register early.
We at PGS are proud of this annual, day-long event; and proud of the lineup of speakers and topics we have scheduled. There is something for everybody—novice researcher or experienced. Join us.

A detailed schedule of events and a registration form are found at http://www.flpgs.org/NMbrs/seminar/2018/Sem18.aspx . Questions can be addressed to pgsfla@yahoo.com .

Monday, October 2, 2017

Exploring Your Ancestry DNA Results

Linda Barnickel, writing for the Ancestry Blog, explains a couple of the important but often over-looked analytical tools Ancestry DNA offers.

If  you had your test done by Ancestry DNA, you may want to take a moment and read this helpful article.

See it at:  Exploring Your DNA Results Further – Ancestry Blog:

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Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay Features Drew Smith on October 8, 2017

Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay Meeting
Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process
Speaker: Drew Smith
Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida on Sunday October 8, 2017 for a presentation by Drew Smith on  “Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process”.

The research process includes goals, questions, sources, information, evidence and conclusions. In this presentation, attendees will learn to use task management software, research logs, and other tools to keep track of their research.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Country Jubilee at Heritage Village on 28 October 2017

The following comes from the Heritage Village website:

Country Jubilee
October 28, 2017
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$2.00 donation suggested for 12 yrs & up
Children under twelve free.
Sponsored by the Pinellas County Historical Society

The Country Jubilee is the first place to search for gifts for the upcoming holiday season. The event features a large flea market and book sale, handmade holiday crafts, paintings, jewelry, stained glass, wooden treasures, musical entertainment, tours of historical homes and demonstrations of traditional crafts.

Heritage Village is located at 11909 125th Street N., Largo, FL.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Information on America's "Lost" Colleges

If your ancestor attended a college that was eventually closed or merged with another school, this database of 260 closed or merged colleges may by just what you need to further your research.

The colleges are listed by state, and each college name is a hot link to further information and history. The link to "Colleges by State" is found in the tab bar at the top of the landing page.

Check it out at:
America's Lost Colleges:

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Families in British India

The Families in British India Society gives us an online database of births, marriages and deaths for the years 1806-07. The data comes from the Asiatic Annual Register.

Each list gives you the name, rank or title, relationship, year and month of the event. Each column can be sorted, so although there is no search mechanism, the person is not really difficult to locate in the list.

Check it out at:
FIBIS Database - Powered by The Frontis Archive Publishing System:

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Lee County Genealogical Society Features Diana Crisman Smith on 19 October

PGS Meeting Features Annette Burke Lyttle on 21 October at Largo Public Library

Family History Assistance Day to Be Held 14 October at Largo Public Library

Pinellas Genealogy Society (PGS) and Largo Public Library are presenting a "Family History Assistance Day." This will be on Saturday, October 14 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM in Jenkins Room A on the first floor of the library. Bring what information you have about your family and receive free, one-on-one research assistance from a PGS consultant. Beginners are especially welcome. No appointment is necessary--first come, first served. Tours of the Genealogy Center will also be offered. 

Contact Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com, telephone 595-4521 if you have any questions.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sherburne, Minnesota History Center- Research Resources Online

This is a great site to explore if you have Minnesota ancestors. It gives you several online resources such as birth/marriage/death, burials, obituaries, biographies, and more. The collections are indexes rather than digitized documents, and instructions are given if you want a record copy.

Check it out at:
Sherburne History Center- Research Resouces Online:

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PGS Events for the Week of 25-30 September 2017

Monday, 25-Sep-2017 at 6:00 PM--Female ancestors--locating and tracing the maternal line; tips and methods to finding maiden names. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 26-Sep-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, 26-Sep-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, 27-Sep-2017 at 10:00 AM--MAPS IN GENEALOGY RESEARCH (Part I) -- Maps can reveal much about the lives our ancestors led and the conditions under which they lived. They can also reveal hints on where to look for other important documents. There are many different types of maps available to the researcher, and this class deals with road, city, political, insurance, and migration maps. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 28-Sep-2017 at 1:00 PM--Introduction to Irish Genealogy & History-Part 1. This is the class scheduled for last week that was cancelled due to the aftermath of the storm. Designed especially for  those of you interested in a basic/beginner Irish genealogy class. Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Find and Translate Newspapers Worlwide

This is a fun and productive site to play around in...so allot some serious time to do so.

The landing page gives you a map of the world with push pins denoting the publication place of newspapers world wide. It is a rather busy display, so use your mouse scroll wheel to zoom in to give better visibility to individual pins.

Click on a pin to open a box that allows you to translate to any of a multitude of languages. To go to the newspaper, click on the title of the publication at the top of the box. This will take you to a modern, online version of the paper. Depending on the site, you can search for topics or browse recent editions.

To get to historical newspapers, click on the "hist" tab at the top of the landing page (the page with the map and push pins). Now when you click on an individual pin, you will see and image of the paper and publication information. click on the image and you will be taken to the Library of Congress, Chronicling America site where you can navigate to the issue  you are interested in.

Have fun.
Newspaper Map:

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Obituary Index from Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln, Massachusetts

The Lincoln Public Library of Lincoln, Massachusetts provides and obituary index from three newspapers: The Fence Viewer (1959-1975), The Concord Journal (1974-1984), and The Lincoln Journal (1985-most recent microfilm).

There is both a search  and browse capability. The index will provide the decedent's name, date of death, and the date and title of the newspaper where the obituary was published.

Check it out at:
Lincoln Public Library - Obituary Index:

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Various Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Online Resources

Give this site a look if you have ancestors from the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania area. Thanks to "Don's List" for this.


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Monday, September 11, 2017

National Archives Guide on Finding Information on Civil War Ancestors

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has published a brochure titled "Finding Information on Personal Participation in The Civil War" that may be of values as you scout for your ancestors. It addresses both the North and the South, and covers such record sets as volunteers, burials, pension, draft, women, and mote.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Greenville, Illinois Cemetery Databases

Here is a link to databases for the Montrose and Lansing Cemeteries of Greenville, Illinois. The listings give you cemetery name and grave location; name of the interred as well as the purchaser; dates of interment, purchase, birth, and death; and place of birth and last residence.

Each line begins with a "View" link that show the entire record.

Cemetery Database:

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Six World War I Records You May Not Have Considered

If you are doing research on a WWI ancestor, Diane Haddad, writing for the Genealogy Insider Blog, offers us a helpful article on six records the you may not have considered. This is of special significance since most WWI soldiers' records were victims of a 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.

Check out Diane's article at:
Genealogy Insider - 6 Records to Trace Ancestors Who Served in World War I:

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

West Pasco County Genealogical Society Offers a Seminar on 20 September 2017

Are you frustrated trying to find and interpret census information from foreign countries?  Most of us performing ancestry research occasionally hit a wall with foreign records.  
Join us at the September West Pasco County Genealogical Society (WPCGS)  seminar on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from Noon to 1:30 pm and learn the ins and outs, tips and guidelines for researching foreign census records -- how and where to search for them and understanding census content.
The event is open to the public. Cost of the seminar is $7.00 for non-members; $5.00 for members. Following the lecture, the Society member meeting will be held from 2 to 4 pm. Non-members are invited to also attend the meeting where discussion on additional censuses – state, manufacturing, agricultural and mortality – will be presented.
Remember to register for the seminar by telephone: 727-271-0770 or email: debbehagner@yahoo.com to ensure that you will receive handout materials.

Civil War Slang

If you are doing Civil War research and run across a piece of slang that you do not understand, this post at "The In-Depth Genealogist" Blog is just what you need.

It’s All In How You Say It: Civil War Slang - The In-Depth Genealogist:

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Friday, September 1, 2017

PGS Educational Events for the Week of 3-9 September 2017

Tuesday, 5-Sep-2017 at 6:00 PM--COURTHOUSE RECORDS--types available, where and how to find them and their use in genealogy. Hostetler, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 6-Sep-2017 at 10:00 AM--Census Timelines--this class focuses on analyzing groups of similar questions asked in different census years, thus creating a time line of your ancestors' responses; it also looks at the instructions given to census takers--if you understand the questions, you can better understand the answers. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 9-Sep-2017 at 2:00 PM--Intro to Genealogy, Bryan, New Horizons Women’s Group at Imperial Palm West Clubhouse, 101 Imperial Palm Dr, Largo, FL.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Humble (Texas) Area Genealogical Society is hosting an eConference.

The Society sent us the information that follows:

THAGS eConference: Back to ResearchSaturday, 23 September 2017 from 8:30am - 4pm CDT
Join us for an eConference! We’ve arranged for four great speakers to teach us about a variety of research topics. Registration costs $15 and you can watch the live webinar presentations or see the replay on your own schedule for up to 30 days after the eConference. During the eConference you’ll be able to ask questions through the webinar program’s chat features. After these four hours of instructions, the speakers will convene for a final panel discussion to answer questions not finished during the webinars or any additional questions you have. It will be a great day of education and entertainment.

How to Register:
Go to the conference page on our website http://www.humblegen.org/confe rence and click on the register button or click on this link to REGISTER NOW. The website also contains schedule information to include information on the speakers.

After clicking the "Register Now" button, you'll be taken to PayPal, where you can pay using your PayPal account or with a credit card or eCheck. After payment is complete, you'll be directed to the "Finalize Registration" page. You'll enter your name and email (this doesn't have to be the same email as your PayPal account) to complete the registration process. An email will be sent to you with links and passwords for the eConference.

Online Cemetery Index for the City of Pullman, Washington

This index of burials in four Pullman, Washington cemeteries, can be search by the last name of the deceased or the deed owner. The hit list will will show first, last, and middle names of both deceased and deed owner; grave location; and dates of death, birth, and interment.

Cemetery Search:

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Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay to Meet at on 20 September at Florida Holocaust Museum

This notice was received from our friends at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay:

The Florida Holocaust Museum & Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay
Retrieving Identities of the Holocaust by Bullets Victims
by Urszula Szczepinska, Curator of Education & Director of Research, The FHM
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dear JGSTB Members and Friends,

     The September 2017 meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will be hosted by and held at The Florida Holocaust Museum (55 Fifth Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701) on Sunday, September 10, 2017.  Registration is at 1:30PM, and the program starts at 2:00PM.  An optional docent-led tour of The Florida Holocaust Museum will take place following the program.  Members of both organizations as well as anyone interested in Jewish Genealogy and Holocaust research may attend the program at no charge.  The optional tour of The FHM will be free to members of both organizations.  Non-members may join the tour at a reduced charge of $9.00.  Advanced Registration for the tour is requested for members and non-members.  RSVP to Sally Israel by telephone at 727-343-1652 or by email at sisrael@tampabay.rr.com.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

North Carolina Yearbooks Online

If you have ancestors who attended school in North Carolina, you may find this DigitalNC site of value. It offers a collection of both college and high school yearbooks that date back as far as the 1890's.

You can search for a particular school, and browse the associated yearbooks..

North Carolina Yearbooks · DigitalNC:

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

PGS Educational Events for the Week of 27 Aug to 2 Sep 2017

Wednesday, 30-Aug-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, 31-Aug-2017 at 12:00 PM--Ancestry Family Trees, Summers, Gulfport Public Library.
Saturday, 2-Sep-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. This is the first meeting since May 2017. Hosmer-Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tracking the Black Sheep and Other Marginal Ancestors

Lisa Alzo gives us a great article titled "The Darker Side of Genealogy:Tracking Criminals, Rogues, Scoundrels and Black Sheep. She describes five tips for your research, and includes several websites to visit for even more information.

Check it out at:
The Darker Side Of Genealogy: Tracking Criminals, Rogues, Scoundrels & Black Sheep:

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2016

Granted, we are already past the half way point for 2017, but looking over this list is well worth the time. It is presented annually by the GenealogyInTime Magazine. The article presents the top 100 from a variety of perspectives that may be helpful.

If nothing else, such a list is fun to look over to find those sites that you are not familiar with so you can check them out.

Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2016:

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David E. Rencher, Family Search Chief Genealogical Officer, To Speak in Tampa on 7 Oct 2017

This comes from the Vice President of the Florida Genealogical Society:

I am writing to invite your society members to the Florida Genealogical Society’s annual Fall Seminar, scheduled from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday October 7, 2017, at Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library in Tampa.

We are extremely pleased to announce that David E. Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer for Family Search will be our speaker for this year's seminar “Family Search ...And Beyond!”.  David's reputation as a superb speaker is sure to entice your members to attend this great day of informative lectures.   As in previous years there will be morning and afternoon refreshments.  Lunch will be provided by Alessi Bakeries & Deli for only $10.00 and there will be lots of door prizes!  

registration can be done on-line at  https://fgstampa.org/ cpage.php?pt=157 . Complete the document and return it with a check made payable to the Florida Genealogical Society, Inc. Register before 23 Sep for a price break.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Susan via e-mail at saucerdog@gmail.com or by telephone at 813-278-9961

Drew Smith Presents "Crowdsourcing Your Brick Walls" at Largo Public Library on 16 September at 11 am

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.


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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.


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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:

PALM HARBOR LIBRARY – 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor

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.