Saturday, November 17, 2018

Cemetery Listings of The Cemeteries in Savannah, Georgia Are Available Online

The city of Savannah owns and operates five cemeteries: Colonial Park, Laurel Grove North, Laurel Grove South, Bonaventure, and Greenwich. An online database of the burials in those cemeteries is available from the city of Savannah.

You can search an individual cemetery or all five of the cemeteries at once. Clicking on a name in your hit list will reveal additional detailed information. Given the historic nature of the Savannah cemeteries, this is a treasure of information.

http://web.savannahga.gov/cembase/

Friday, November 16, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 18 to 24 November 2018

Tuesday, 20-Nov-18 at 10:00 AM--Spanish-American War-- This class is an exploration of the causes, conflicts, and results of the United States’ war with Spain in 1898. In addition to the history of the conflict and its consequences, the types of records generated during the conflict will be discussed along with guidance on where to find those records. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 24-Nov-18 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, November 14, 2018

Drake County, Iowa Obituary Database

Obituaries taken from the newspapers of Grinnell and surrounding communities in Poweshiek County in Iowa are presented by the Drake County Library.

To get started, click the "Search Obituaries" bar on the landing page. after entering your search terms, a hit list appears. Each listed name is a hot link to a scanned image of the obituary.

Check it out at:  http://grinnell.lib.ia.us/local/obituary-database/

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Gravestone Photo Project for County Tyrone

The site "Ulster Ireland Genealogy," offers users a searchable database of photos dealing with headstones from County Tyrone. Click on the banner that says "County Tyrone--The Gravestone Project."

In addition to grave stones, you can do a Tyrone-wide search for other genealogical information. And, if you scroll down the page you can find links to the other counties in Ulster besides Tyrone.

There is more to this site that I can easily write about. Take your time and fully explore it on your own.

Check it out at:  http://www.cotyrone.com/

Friday, November 9, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 11 - 17 November 2018

Thursday, 15-Nov-18 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group– This group discusses resources and techniques for researching your Irish ancestry. Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 16-Nov-18 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group--a discussion group regarding techniques to find your German ancestry. Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 17-Nov-18 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-Nov-18 at 11:00 AM--3:00 PM--Program Meeting-Lecture Series: “Our Quaker Ancestors: Their History and the Records They Left” & “The Marriage of the Waters”: The Erie Canal and the Opening of the Midwest. Lyttle, Annette Burke, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Obituary and Death Notice from Lexington County, South Carolina, Available Online

South Carolina's Lexington County Public Library has made an obituary and death notice database available on line, taken from listings in several local newspapers. Those papers are: Lexington Dispatch, Lexington News, Lexington Dispatch-News, Lexington County Chronicle, Southern Headlight, Summerland Headlight, Twin City News, and West Columbia Journal.

The landing page offers the options of searching by name or browsing by date. A link to "more information" takes you ta a page explaining how to use the database, and an explanation of the abbreviations used.

http://www.lex.lib.sc.us/obits.asp

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Oconee Hill Genealogy Group (Athens, Georgia) Provide Cemetery Listing Online

A listing of burials in the Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens, Georgia is provided online by the Oconee Hill Genealogy Group.

Mouse over the "Find a Grave" tab to reveal your options -- name search, map, etc. This is a large collection of about 13,000 names.

Check it out at:
http://www.oconeehillcemetery.online/

Lee County Genealogical Society features Kaaren Linton on 15 November 2018

Lee County Genealogical Society features Kaaren Linton on 15 November 2018 speaking on "Westward Expansion and Native American Genealogical Research.

The meeting starts at 10 am at Cypress Lakes Presbyterian Church (8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers.

For more information visit www.LCGSFL.org .

PGS Events for the Week of 4-10 November 2018

Monday, 5-Nov-18 at 6:00 PM--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.
Tuesday, 6-Nov-18 at 6:00 PM--Digital Cameras in genealogy--The digital camera is one of the most important tools for the genealogist. 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, 8-Nov-18 at 1:00 PM--Introduction to Irish Genealogy-Part 2.  Resources and strategies for discovering your ancestors in Ireland. Explore census records, parish records and more. Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Imperial War Museum Compiles Register of War Memorials

Great Britain's Imperial War Museum is compiling a register of United Kingdom war memorials, to include the names of the individuals listed on them. So far they have collected over 77,000 memorial in the UK, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man.

On the home page, click on the link to "War Memorials Register." That will take you to a page where you can search for a specific memorial, apply a selection of search filters, or browse the collection. Click on the image of a memorial to reveal additional information.

https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials

Monday, October 29, 2018

Cemetery Listings from Salem, New York

The Bancroft Public Library in Salem, NY offers us an extensive collection of cemetery listings. Most of the cemeteries are located in New York, but because of the border location of Salem, some Vermont cemeteries are also included.

Possible data fields that one may find in the listings include name, parents, spouse, date and place of death, place and date of birth, age, etc.

Check it out at:
http://www.slibrary.org/cemeteryarchives

Friday, October 26, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 28 October to 3 November 2018

Monday, 29-Oct-18 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.
Thursday, 1-Nov-18 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, 3-Nov-18 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. Bryan-Hosmer, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Informative Article on USCT Civil War Pension Files

Bernice Alexander Bennett, writing in the International African American Museum Blog, gives us an excellent article on the value and use of US Colored Troops Pension Files.

Her article gives background information about pension files and the challenges faced by USCT who submitted an application. Most of the article deals with what one may find in such a pension file, and she includes several examples of the documents.

At the end of the article, Bernice also includes a list of the references for those who want to do some further reading.

Check it out at:
https://cfh.iaamuseum.org/usct-pension-files-a-rich-resource-for-african-american-genealogy/

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Cemetery Listing for Geneseo, New York Online

The interment database for the Temple Hell Cemetery in Geneseo, New York is online and searchable. In some cases a photo of the headstone is also included in the listing. You can search on a surname or see a listing of the entire database.

At the home page, click on "Interment Database" found in the left panel.

http://www.templehillcemetery.com/index.asp

Monday, October 22, 2018

PGS Events for 22-27 October 2018

Monday, 22-Oct-18 at 6:00 PM--Bounty Lands in Genealogy Research--Bounty Lands were used from before the Revolutionary War up until 1858 to reward military service and stimulate enlistment. Those records can confirm military service and even locate ancestors during and after hostilities. This class gives the history of the subject, what records are available, and where to find them. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, 23-Oct-18 at 11:00 AM --Genealogy and DNA: The Basics. Learn about the types of DNA tests used for genealogy and popular testing companies. We compare the benefits of each type of test and each company’s database. Manning, Jenkins A, B, Largo Library.

Tuesday, 23-Oct-18 at 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group: Learn how to interpret your DNA test results, and apply those results to your current family history research. Join our casual group as we research and learn together. Manning, Jenkins A, B, Largo Library.

NO RootsMagic User Group this Saturday, 27 October. Library is closed for Spooktacular.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Donna Moughty's Irish Genealogy Blog

Here is a link to a most helpful site if you are tracking down Irish ancestors: it is Donna Moughty's Irish Genealogy Blog. You may be familiar with Donna already, since we occasionally have her speak at some of our monthly general meetings. In the spring of 2017 she was the focus speaker at one of our special Lecture Series events.

Her Blog is a handy place to go to see the latest thought on methodology, technology, and Irish research.

Check it often at:

http://moughty.com/blog/

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ancestry Blog Gives Advice on Tracing African-American Roots

Here is a great article that may be helpful if you are tracing your African-American roots. It comes from the Ancestry Blog, citing the contributions of Virginia McAlister.

Some key topics are covered in the article: the issue of surnames, tracking slave owners, how DNA testing can be a help, and more. Laced throughout the article are examples of different search strategies than can be employed.

Find the article at:

https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2017/10/05/professional-genealogist-offers-advice-on-tracing-african-american-roots/

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Online Plot Search of Dry Creek Cemetery, Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho's Dry Creek Cemetery is searchable online. You can view a plot map as well as do a name search. The search results will show you name, birth date, death date, and plot location.

If you have Idaho ancestors, check it out at:
http://www.drycreekcemetery.com/PlotSearch.aspx 

Friday, October 12, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 14-20 October 2018

Thursday, 18-Oct-18 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group--Researching Your Cork County Ancestors, Centanne, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 19-Oct-18 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group--a discussion group regarding techniques to find your German ancestry. Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 20-Oct-18 at 10:00 AM--Computers in Genealogy--Question and answer session on the use of computers in genealogy research and record keeping. Bryan, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 20-Oct-18 at 11:00 AM-Program Meeting--Was Your Ancestor an Abolitionist? Well, Susan  Lewis, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

"Las Vegas Age" Newspaper Available Online

Issues of the "Las Vegas Age" are now available online. The issues range from 1905 to 1924 (with some holes).

You can browse the collection, or search by date or keyword.

Check it out at:
http://digital.lvccld.org/lvage.html

Monday, October 8, 2018

Allen County Library Genealogy Center Provides Much Military Information

The Genealogy Center of the Alan County Library offers a wealth of military information. You can find info about individuals, units, conflicts, and more.

If  you have military ancestors, this site is worth a look. Of course the chances are good that your ancestor will not be included, but as genealogists, we are pretty much always working against the odds.

Check it out at:
http://www.genealogycenter.info/military/

Friday, October 5, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 7-13 October 2018

Tuesday, 9-Oct-18 at 6:00 PM--Digitized genealogy books online – Searching the internet for thousands of scanned genealogy books available online (from Google Books, Heritage Quest, familysearch.org, et al). Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 13-Oct-18--12:00 to 4:00 PM--Family History Assistance Day--Genealogists from the Pinellas Genealogy Society will be on hand to help you find your ancestors.  Free, individual assistance will be provided to each person who attends.  Be sure to bring what you know (names, dates, places of birth, death, marriages, residence, etc.) concerning your parents, grandparents, 

Over 100,000 Auckland WWII Records Available Online

Thanks to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, over 100 thousand WWII records are available free online. You can browse the collection, or search by name or keyword.

Check it out at:
http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Suncoast Genealogy Society Mini-Seminar on 27 October 2018 Features Ann Staley

Don't forget, the Suncoast Genealogy Society is presenting a mini-seminar featuring C. Ann Staley speaking on “The Every Day Life of Our Ancestors,” and “Using Probate Records.” 

An application form is available in the Largo Library Genealogy Center. The non-member fee is $30 if the registration is mailed on or before 15 October. After that, or at the door, the fee is $35.

For additional information call 727-784-0420 or email BradleyM@tampabay.rr.com

Cemetery Burial Records for Ishpeming, Michigan

Ishpeming is located in Marquette County, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. So if you have "Yuppers" in your ancestry, this site offering burial records may be what you are looking for.

From the landing page, click on the first letter of the surname to see an alphabetized list of names. The list will give you name, dates of birth and death, and grave location.

https://ishpemingcity.org/departments/cemetery/cemetery-records/

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Longmeadow Cemetery in Hampden County, Massachusetts

The Longmeadow Cemeteery dates back to 1718 and has over 4,000 burial records available online. The landing page has links to the history of the cemetery, and to get to an alphabetized list of burials, follow the "Records" tab at the top of the landing page. Some of the entries have links to images of the grave stones.

http://longmeadowcemetery.org/aboutus.html

Friday, September 28, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 1-6 October 2018

Monday, 1-Oct-18 at 6:00 PM --Newspapers Online in Genealogy—This class will explore the genealogy data to be found in newspapers (obituaries, weddings, human interest stories, etc.) and show where to find the online repositories and how to use them. Summers  , Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 4-Oct-18 at 10:30 AM--Female ancestors--locating and tracing the maternal line; tips and methods to finding maiden names, Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 6-Oct-18 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. Bryan-Hosmer, Local History Room, Largo Library.
REMINDER--COMING ON SATURDAY, 13 OCTOBER...Invite your friends and neighbors to:
Family History Assistance Day--Genealogists from the Pinellas Genealogy Society will be on hand to help you find your ancestors.  Free, individual assistance will be provided to each person who attends.  Be sure to bring what you know (names, dates, places of birth, death, marriages, residence, etc.) concerning your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. We will help you find earlier generations. Location: Jenkins A and B, Largo Library.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

London Convicts in Britain and Australia

The website "Digital Panopticon" gives a wealth of information about London, England convicts from the Old Bailey (about 90,000 of them). The database is name searchable and hits often have links to original sources.

In addition to the name search capability, the site offers historical background on topics such as prison ships, pardons, etc.

Check it out at:
https://www.digitalpanopticon.org/

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Native American Records at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Pennsylvania

This searchable collection of files from the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center may be helpful if you have Native American ancestors. The school was a federally funded boarding school for children from 1879 through 1918.

A relatively new addition to the collection falls under the heading "Cemetery Information" (found in the left pane of the landing page). The interments are name searchable, and each name is associated with an individual datasheet.

http://carlisleindian.dickinson.edu/news/cemetery-information-resource-launched

Friday, September 21, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 23-29 September 2018

Monday, 24-Sep-18 at 6:00 PM--Documentation - Participate in this introductory course on the content of proper source citations and the use of modern genealogy programs to enter these citations. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 25-Sep-18 at 11:00 AM--Genealogy and DNA: The Basics--Learn about the types of DNA tests used for genealogy and popular testing companies. We compare the benefits of each type of test and each company’s database. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 25-Sep-18 at 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group--Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others who are interested in making DNA connections. This is a group for DNA novices to learn together. Manning, Jenkins A & B, Largo Library.
Thursday, 27-Sep-18 at 1:00 PM--Introduction to Irish Genealogy- Learn the basics of how to get started in researching your Irish family roots. Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Abbreviations for First Names

First names were often abbreviation in historical documents, and even in modern day indexes of those documents to save space. So knowledge of those pesky abbreviations can be helpful in promoting your research.

Some abbreviations are fairly understandable: "Geo" for George and "Chas" for Charles. But some are not: "Hy" for Harry or "Xpr" for Christopher.

This list of first name abbreviations from GenealogyInTime Magazine may be worthy of bookmarking for easy reference.

Check it out at:
http://www.genealogyintime.com/dictionaries/list-of-first-name-abbreviations.html?awt_l=OVyig&awt_m=JBTKIRMUkwk.Vy

Monday, September 17, 2018

Sullivan County, Indiana Public Library Offers Many Genealogy Databases Online

Anyone with ancestors from Indiana, and especially Sullivan County, will want to check out the Sullivan County Public Library website.

It offers several genealogically relevant databases including funeral home indexes, coroner's inquests, newspaper death notices and obituaries, death index, school yearbooks, marriage returns, and wills.

This is a treasure. Check it out at:
http://www.sullivan.lib.in.us/online-resources/

Friday, September 14, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 16-22 September 2018

Thursday, 20-Sep-18 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group – This group discusses resources and techniques for researching your Irish ancestry. Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library
Friday, 21-Sep-18 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group – This group discusses resources and techniques for researching your German ancestry. Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 22-Sep-18 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group - Q&A and a demonstration of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Clearwater Historical Society Fish Fry To Be Held on 10 November 2018

Due to a scheduling conflict at Ross Norton center, the date of the fish fry has changed to the second Saturday of November which is November 10, 2018.

The annual meeting with short reports and the election of officers will begin at 11:00 am followed by serving of food at 11:30. The event will end at 1:00 pm.

All food (fried fish, hushpuppies, plain/cheese grits, coleslaw, cookies, tea, and coffee) is provided with ticket. Preparation, serving, and cleanup supplies used by volunteers are also supplied by the Society.

For nore information see www.clearwaterhistoricalsociety.org

"The Gazette" from Cedar Rapids, Iowa Available Online

Thanks to a partnership between the Cedar Rapids Public Library and The Gazette, millions of pages of the paper dating back to 1883 are available online.

The collection can be searched by name or key word, as well as browsed by title or publication date.

http://cedarrapids.advantage-preservation.com/

Monday, September 10, 2018

Database of Records from Cemeteries in Hillsborough, New Hampshire

This database contains records from nineteen municipal cemeteries in Hillsborough, NH. The period covered is 1788 through 2016.

The search tool allows you to search for all instances of a surname in your cemetery of choice, or to do a special veterans search.

Check it out at:
http://www.bridgevillage.com/

Saturday, September 8, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 9-15 September 2018

Monday, 10-Sep-18 at 10:00 AM--INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY (Beginner) -  Learn the basics of how to get started in researching your family history. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 11-Sep-18 at 6:00 PM--ANCESTRY FAMILY TREES – Part 2This presentation covers how to start a family tree on Ancestry.com, and how to maintain it.    Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday. 15-Sep-18 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-Sep-18 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting--Writing Brief Narrative Sketches--How to share your family history in brief, bite-sized chunks, one interesting ancestor at the time. Fortin, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 15-Sep-18 at 12:30 PM--Workshop tour of the Genealogy Center – Visit the Genealogy Center and get an understanding of how to use the materials in the space. Summers, Genealogy Center, Largo Library.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Online Death Indexes and Records for the United States

Thanks to Joe Beine for this helpful list of sites providing death indexes and records. Joe does a good job of keep the list current, and it has grown greatly over the years.

He lists links in the US, organized by state, and also focuses on some specific large cities (Chicago, Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, and St. Louis)..

https://www.deathindexes.com/

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

"Brick Walls" Class on 6 September 2018 Cancelled

The class on overcoming brick walls in your research that was scheduled for Thursday, 6 Sep 2018 at 10:30 a.m. must be cancelled. Sorry for the inconvenience, It will be rescheduled for a later date.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

City Directories for Gaston County, North Carolina

The Gaston County, NC Public Library has consolidated applicable city directories, and where images exist, linked to them in the DigitalNC collection. The coverage of the communities in the county is spotty in that some directories were lost and in other cases the directories exist but were not published every year. In other words, situation normal when it comes to city directory research. But it doesn't matter what's missing if you find an elusive ancestor with what is present.

Check it out at:
http://gastonlibrary.libguides.com/city-directories

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Online Editions of "The Reveille" from Fort Hays State University, Kansas

This introduction is from the FHSU website:

"The Reveille was the official Fort Hays State University yearbook. The first edition was published in 1914 by the Fort Hays Kansas State Normal School in Hays, Kansas. It was then published annually with the exception of 1918 and 1919 when it was released as a two year "Victory Edition" in the spring of 1919. In 1923 the Fort Hays Kansas State Normal School changed its name to the Kansas State Teachers College of Hays. In 1931 the name again changed to the Fort Hays Kansas State College. In 1977 the name changed a final time to Fort Hays State University. The last edition of The Reveille was published by FHSU in 2003."

You can search by keyword or browse the collection. You may also use an advanced search.

Check out the collection at:
https://scholars.fhsu.edu/yearbooks/

PGS Events for the Week of 2-8 September 2018

Tuesday, 4-Sep-18 at 6:00 PM--ANCESTRY FAMILY TREES – Part 1 This presentation covers how to start a family tree on Ancestry.com, and how to maintain it.    Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 6-Sep-18 at 10:30 AM--Brick Walls – This class will offer some ideas and suggestions for overcoming dead ends in your family history research. Bryan , Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Web Resource for Researching naval History in the Age of Sail

The website Three Decks, says it "has become a premier resource for researching naval history during the Age of Sail." Even a quick glance at the home page leads one to believe that statement is true.

There is much to explore, notably the ability to search for ships, battles, and people. If you have an ancestor who fought with the Navy during the time of sailing ships, this site it worth checking out. You will certainly get some valuable background information, and you may also find him by name.

https://threedecks.org/

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Library of Congress List of State Institutions Providing Online Access to Collections

Across the country, the archives, cultural institutions, museums, and libraries of most states are collaborating to provide online access to their collections. They provide unprecedented access to materials that document local and regional growth and development as well as a look at the cultures and traditions that have made individual states and communities unique. 

The Library of Congress gives us a curated list of state and regional digital projects. For each project, the primary institution or institutions overseeing the project are noted.

This is an ever-growing list, so bookmark it so you can check back occasionally to see what's been added that may be of interest to you.

Check the list at:
http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/statememory/

Friday, August 24, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 26 August to 1 September 2018

Tuesday, 28-Aug-18 at 11:00 AM--Genealogy and DNA: The Basics--Learn about the types of DNA tests used for genealogy and popular testing companies. We compare the benefits of each type of test and each company’s database. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 28-Aug-18, 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group – Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others who are interested in making DNA connections. This is a group for DNA novices to learn together. Manning, Jenkins A & B, Largo Library – 
Saturday, 1-Sep-18 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group--Q&A and a demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. Hosmer-Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Taking A Road Trip? Here Are Some Hints For Success

Writing in the Ancestry Blog, Julianna Szucs gives us an article containing "6 Tips for a Successful Family History Road Trip." Given that its now summer, the season for vacations and road trips, the information is timely.

Check it out at:
https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2017/08/02/6-tips-for-a-successful-family-history-road-trip/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ancestry+%28Ancestry.com+blog%29

Monday, August 20, 2018

Obituary Index from Jessamine County, Kentucky

The Jessamine County Public Library in Nicholasville, Kentucky has put online an obituary index covering 1887 to 2005. The source is the Jessamine Journal.

You can search by name and date range, and the hit list will give you name and the date of the obituary. You may request a copy of the obituary by using the link in the left panel of the landing page.

https://www.jesspublib.org/obituary-index/

Friday, August 17, 2018

Maple Grove Cemetery in Nicholasville, Kentucky

The Maple Grove cemetery was established in 1849 in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The landing page gives  you a short history of the cemetery. Look for the "Maple Grove Directory" link to download the cemetery index in Excel format. This index covers up through 2008. There is another link for an index with more recent burials.

http://www.nicholasville.org/cemetery.php

Where to Write for Vital Records

There are many sources that will provide information on where to write for vital records, but if you want an easy-to-use, authoritative collection of information maintained by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), this site is for you.

The list applies to the United States and its territories and gives information about birth, marriage, divorce, and death records including the cost and applicable dates of the various record sets. Contact information is also included for the office of record.

Put this link in your favorites for easy access:
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/index.htm

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

New Orleans Records As An Immigration Port

This short article from the "Tribune Star" website provides a quick look at New Orleans as an immigration port. Various links are provided throughout the article to additional information. Included in those are links to immigration passenger lists at FamilySearch.org and at the website of the Louisiana Secretary of State. The latter site provides data for the years 1851 and 1852, which were not originally indexed.

Check it our at:
http://www.tribstar.com/community/genealogy-port-of-new-orelans-has-unique-history/article_b1b57e0f-9e4d-5e98-88b3-3d90a9521484.html

Saturday, August 11, 2018

FreeReg Provides Free Transcriptions of English Parish Registers

The FreeREG project focuses on parish registers from England, Scotland, and Wales. It gives us free online access to transcriptions of  entries in those documents.

After entering your search criteria, the hit list will give you a single line of typed information for each hit. That single line can be expanded by clicking on the "detail" column at the far right of the line.

https://www.freereg.org.uk/

PGS Events for the Week of 12-18 August 2018

Friday, 17-Aug-18 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group – This group discusses resources and techniques for researching your German ancestry. Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 18-Aug-18 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, 18-Aug-18 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting--Pennsylvania: the Keystone State. Hostetler, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Memorializing a Facebook Account

Here is an interesting article from the "Information Society" Blog about how to handle (memorialize) the Facebook account of a departed.

This article is a couple years old, but the information is still current. Still, expect changes over time.

http://www.informationsociety.co.uk/how-to-memorialize-someones-facebook-account/

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Suncoast Genealogy Society Focuses on Family Heirlooms at 25 August Meeting

The Suncoast Genealogy Society meets on the 4th Saturday of the month at 2pm at the Palm Harbor Library (2330 Nebraska Ave., Falm Harbor, FL).

On 25 August program, attendees are asked to bring a family heirloom and tell about its importance to the family.

The meeting will be preceded by an open discussion of DNA and genealogy at 1pm.

Website Focuses on Ukraine from 1650 to 1920

This is a relatively new site. Its focus in the Ukraine from 1650 to 1920, giving us about 300 years of records. Reportedly the site contains two and a half million people and is growing daily.

The site is free but requires you to establish an account.

Check it out at:  https://pra.in.ua/en

Friday, August 3, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 5-11 August 2018

Tuesday, 7-Aug-18 at 6:00 PM--Library Catalog Searching for Genealogists – Learn which libraries and archives can aid you in your search, as well as, how to get the most from catalog searches. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SENT TO ALL OUR PGS FRIENDS THIS WEEK:

The Annual Pinellas Genealogy Society Seminar, co-sponsored by the Largo Public Library, is scheduled for 23 February 2019 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 D. Joshua Taylor as the primary speaker as well as three breakout speakers. Joshua’s four presentations are titled (1) “Finding Ancestors in the U.S. between 1780 and 1830,” (2) “Treasures in the Archives: Using Archive Grid,” (3) “Essential Technology for Genealogists,” and (4) “Timesaving Tips for Every Researcher.”

Joshua is a nationally known speaker, author, and educator with a long list of publications and leadership positions within the genealogy community to his credit. He is also well-known for being a featured genealogist on the TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?” and a host on the popular PGS series “Genealogy Roadshow.”

The topics of the breakout sessions will be: “DNA and Genealogy: Practical Applications” by Denise Manning, “Vital Resources for English and Welsh Family History Research” by Liz Pearson, and “Using Fold3.com for Military Research” by Peter Summers

In addition to the speakers, this event boasts a continental breakfast, box lunch, 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 13 February, the cost is $50 for everyone, 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.

For detailed information about the seminar and a registration form, see the tabs at the top of this Blog's homepage.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Search New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries' Burial Records

Seven New Orleans Catholic cemeteries are included in this listing. You have to agree to terms of use by checking a box on the landing page. After doing so, a search box will appear. You can search for a name in a specific cemetery, or in all of the cemeteries at once.

At first it may appear that nothing has happened when you click "Search." The results are appended to the search box, so just scroll down in the search box to see the hit list.

Check it out at:
Search Burial Records - Cemeteries, New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries - New Orleans, LA:

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Sharing Heirlooms and Memories is the focus of the Suncoast Genealogy Society at Their 25 August Meeting.

The Suncoast Genealogy Society meets on the 4th Saturday of the month at 2pm at the Palm Harbor Library (2330 Nebraska Ave., Falm Harbor, FL).

On 25 August,  the program will focus on sharing heirlooms and memories. Bring an item belonging to one of your ancestor and talk for a few minutes sharing it's importance to  your family history.

The meeting will be preceded by an open discussion of DNA and genealogy at 1pm.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Welsh Journals Available Online

If you have Welsh ancestry, this site may be for  you. It boasts over 1.2 million pages from over 450 different journals.

You can search and browse the collection, and the search can be for a specific journal by title or by keyword. You can also filter the collection by language or date.

See  the collection at:
Welsh Journals - Home:

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Friday, July 27, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 29 July to 4 August 2018

Monday, 30-Jul-18 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.

City of St. Cloud, Florida Online Cemetery Search

If you have ancestors from Osceola County, Florida, you may want to review this site. It has more than 6,500 interments, many of them veterans.

Check it out at:
City of St. Cloud, Florida - Official Website - Online Cemetery Search:

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Internet Archive Shows"New York State Death Index" from Reclaim the Records

This site gives us a New York State death index for the years 1880 to 1956. It is presented on Archive.org compliments of the Reclaim the Records project.

The landing page presents you with a thumbnail image of the death index for each year in the collection. Clicking on the thumbnail will take you to a reader so  you can see the entire document. That document can be shared and downloaded.

Check it out at:
Internet Archive Search: "New York State Death Index":

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 22-28 July 2018

Tuesday, 24-Jul-18 at 11:30 AM--Genealogy and DNA: The Basics--Learn about the types of DNA tests used for genealogy and popular testing companies. We compare the benefits of each type of test and each company’s database.   Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 24-Jul-18 at 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group: Learn how to interpret your DNA test results and apply those results to your current family history research. Join our casual group as we research and learn together. Manning, Jenkins A & B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 28-Jul-18 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. This class repeats every fourth Saturday at the same time. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Richmond, Virginia's Hollywood Cemetery

This cemetery in Richmond, Virginia was established in 1848, and is the resting place of many Confederate soldiers.

Mouse over the "Genealogy" tab near the top of the landing page and choose between "Search burial records" and "Confederate soldiers."

Home - Hollywood Cemetery:

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

City of Coeur d'Alene - Cemetery Division

Coeur d'Alene is found in northern Idaho, and it has made two cemetery databases available on its website: Forest Cemetery, and Riverview Cemetery. Both cemeteries have sections containing military burials.

Click on the overhead cemetery picture on the landing page to get to an interactive cemetery database. On the page that then appears you can zoom in to see the names associated with each plot, or use the search box in the upper right of the page.

City of Coeur d'Alene - Cemetery Division:

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 15-21 July 2018

Monday, 16-Jul-18 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.
Saturday, 21-Jul-18 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, 21-Jul-18 at 11:00 AM--Business Mtg and Program--Sharing Country of Origin Research Tips and Might Our Ancestors Have Met? Schuler, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Tips on Preserving Books

Here is an article on book preservation by Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, published in the National Archives "Prologue Magazine." Among other things, the article covers shelving, copying, repairing, and storing books.

Check it out at:
Preserving Books | National Archives:

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Digitized Newspapers from Canada

This collection of Canadian digitized newspapers comes from Simon Fraser University, and boasts nearly a million pages. The papers can be browsed or searched with either a quick or advanced search form. The collection is also divided into different categories that might be appealing to focus your search.

View the papers at:
SFU Digitized Newspapers:

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Finding English Ancestors Before 1837

Lisa Louise Cooke gives us an informative article on using English Parish Records to help find our English ancestors. She covers records for baptisms, marriages, and burials.

The article includes showing sample record transcriptions from the website "FreeReg,"

Check it out at:
English Parish Records: Finding English Ancestors Before 1837 | Genealogy Gems:

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Suncoast Genealogy Society to Feature Presentation on "Using Evernote for Genealogy"

The Suncoast Genealogy Society meets on the 4th Saturday of the month at 2pm at the Palm Harbor Library (2330 Nebraska Ave., Falm Harbor, FL).

On 28 July the program speaker will be Dave Dockery from the Tampa Bay Technology Center speaking on "Using Evernote for Genealogy."

The meeting will be preceded by an open discussio of DNA and genealogy at 1pm.

Friday, July 6, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 8-14 July 2018

Tuesday, 10-Jul-18 at 6:00 PM--Genealogical Numbering Systems - explore different ways of showing relationships in family histories, and understanding ancestor and descendant reports in your genealogy program. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 11-Jul-18 at 6:00 PM--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.

Getting Started with English Research

Kate Eakman, writing in Lisa Louise Cooke's Blog, Genealogy Gems, gives us a plan to follow if we are new to researching English ancestors. She addresses the topics of the census and the civil registry of births, marriages, and deaths.

The article concludes with a list of important points to remember in English research.

Check it out at:
Beginning British Genealogy: What You Must Know to Start | Genealogy Gems:

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Genealogy Software Reviews

If you are considering the purchase of a piece of genealogy software, you might want to check this site first. It offers over 5000 reviews of over 1000 programs. Each review gives a short explanation of the software, and then gives a rating broken down into four categories: 2018, 2017, earlier than 2017, and overall rating. You can read the individual reviews if you wish, or see the rating at a glance with a 1-5 star system.

See it all at:
Genealogy Software Reviews:

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Tampa's John F. Germany Public Library Presents "Land Records for Genealogy"

"Land Records for Genealogy" will be presented at the Tampa Library on Saturday, 21 July at 11:30 AM.

Per the event flyer: "Residences and places of business are an important part of family history. Discover how city directories, Sanborn maps, and photos can assist you in tracking land records, and learn how to find those records once you get to the county courthouse. This program is part of the celebration of the City of Tampa’s Archives Awareness Week."

See the bulletin board in the Largo Library Genealogy Center for a flyer with more June and July events, or visit HCPLC.org for a complete listing  of all events throughout the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative.

Lee County Genealogical Society Features Carol Rooksby Weidlich on 19 July 2018

"Who Was Emma?" By Carol Rooksby Weidlich

Join the Lee County Genealogical Society on 19 July 2018 as Carol Rooksby Weidlich shares her discovery of the truth about her great grandmother, Emma. Her story takes place over three countries, with three childre and with three husbands. This case study will demonstrate how looking once, twice, three times or more at many, many sources, may eventually knock down a brick wall.

The event is at Cypress Lakes Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, Florida. The meeting starts at 10 am.

For more information visit www.LCGSFL.org

Saturday, June 30, 2018

List of Newspaper Links

The Newspaper Links of Old, a post on the Lawson Research Blog, gives us a list of several newspaper related sites. Not all of them are collections of digitized newspapers: some are locations of microfilm collections, some are collections of abstracts, and yes, some are digital collections. We are talking about hundreds of links here, organized by state.

Check it out at:
Newspaper Links of Old | Lawson Research:

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Historical Timeline of Michigan

If you are like me, every so often you like to draw out a timeline to help give clarity to your research, and even to find a way through a brick wall. This article by William Dollarhide, published in Leland Meitzler's Genealogy Blog, give a time line of historical events in formation of Michigan.

If you have ancestors who lived in Michigan between 1612 and 2016, plotting your ancestor's life events against these historical events can be illuminating. Perhaps the most direct benefit is being able to use particulars of the growth of the state is to help you locate where vital records were kept during your ancestor's lifetime.

Find the article at:
Historical Timeline of Michigan, 1612-2016 – GenealogyBlog:

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

A Will Can Reduce Uncertainty about Your Genealogy Stuff

Breanna Olaveson, writing in the FamilySearch Blog, gives us an article on the essentials of having a will to determine what happens to your genealogy stuff when you die. It is a short article, but one designed to get you thinking ahead.

Check it out at:
Will Essentials: What happens to your tangible and digital “stuff” when you die?:

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Friday, June 22, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 24-30 June 2018

Monday, 25-Jun-18 at 6:00 PM--Ancestry.com--Discover basic search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 26-Jun-18 at 11:30 AM--Genealogy and DNA: The Basics. Learn about the types of DNA tests used for genealogy and popular testing companies. We compare the benefits of each type of test and each company’s database. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 26-Jun-18 at 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group: Learn how to interpret your DNA test results, and apply those results to your current family history research. Join our casual group as we research and learn together. Manning, Jenkins A & B, Largo Library.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wabash (Indiana) Valley Obituary Index

If you have ancestors from Indiana's Wabash Valley area, this obituary index may be what you are looking for. The dates covered are from 1900 to the present.

The obits themselves are in the Vigo County Public Library, and can be requested. The is a link on the landing page to do so.

Check it out at:
Wabash Valley Obituary Index: 1900 to Present | Vigo County Public Library:

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Tips on How to Write Family History More Powerfully

This short article comes to us by way of Lisa Louise Cooke's Blog. It presents three steps to bringing life to your written family history.

Check it out at:

How to Write Family History More Powerfully: Tips from a Master Storyteller | Genealogy Gems:

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Friday, June 15, 2018

California Digital Newspaper Collection

This collection comes from a project of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research at the University of California, Riverside. It contains over 250 thousand issues equating to over 3.5 million pages. The earliest editions are in 1845. A quick count shows over 90 titles are involved.

The home page allows a keyword search as well as the ability to browse by title, date, county, and tag.

Once you are viewing the page you want, right click on the page to see download  and other options

California Digital Newspaper Collection:

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 17 - 23 June 2018

Monday, 18-Jun-18 at 6:00 PM--Internet Site Exploration - a fun-filled look at some lesser known genealogy websites, bring your favorites. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 23-Jun-18 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. This class repeats every fourth Saturday at the same time. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Six Steps to Digitizing Your Family Photos

Logan Metcalfe, writing in the FamilySearch Blog, gives us tips on successfully digitizing family photo collections. We are all faced with this issue, and it never hurts to see what practitioners in the field are doing.

It is a short article, but logically organized into six steps.

Six Steps to Digitizing Your Family Photos:

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Florida Militia Muster Rolls from the Seminole Indian Wars

This digitized book is offered by the University of Florida Digital Collections, and it is a gem for you military history buffs, and an essential for those of you with ancestors who participated in the Seminole Wars.

The entries include notes on significant events affecting the reporting units.

Check it out at:
Florida militia muster rolls, Seminole Indian Wars:

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Friday, June 8, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 10-16 June 2018

Friday, 15-Jun-18      at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group--This group discusses resources and techniques for researching your German ancestry. Dietz        , Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 16-Jun-18 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, 16-Jun-18 at 11:00 AM--Business Mtg and Program: Update on Familysearch.org, Mark Jones, Jenkins B, Largo Library

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Introduction to Molecular Genealogy (DNA Instructional Videos)

If you are new to DNA and trying to decide what test(s) to take, this site will help you decide. It offers six short instructional videos that explain the four types of DNA that are if interest to genealogists: Autosomal, X Chromosome, Y Chromosome, and Mitochondrial.

Introduction to Molecular Genealogy:

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Findmypast Gives You An Analysis of Your First Name

Here's a fun little offering from Findmypast.com. Just type in your first name and see when it was most popular, least popular, what the most likely name of your spouse is, and more.

It's a lead-in to spark your interest in Findmypast.com, but a fun little exercise.

Try it out at:
You called me what?! - Findmypast:

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Friday, June 1, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 3-9 June 2018

Monday, 4-Jun-18 at 6:00 PM--Census tracking--Probably the fundamental way of using the US Federal Census is to track ancestors from one census year to the next. In that process we seek to uncover relationships and lost or heretofore unknown ancestors. This class shows a strategy on how to do that, using an actual family as an example. In addition, it also shows how to uncover hints on using resources outside of the census itself. Uncover relationships and lost ancestors in this class that focuses on using a strategy when searching through census records. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 7-Jun-18 at 10:15 AM--Organizing Your files-paper and electronic--some methods and suggestions for keeping track of your genealogy documents. Learn some methods and suggestions for keeping track of your genealogy documents. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Florida Digital Newspaper Library

Here is a wonderful collection of Florida digitized newspapers. Not all paper published in Florida are represented, but a bunch are.

You can search the collection or browse by interactive map. You can filter by publication date, geographic area, subject, and language.

Check it out at:
UFDC Home - Florida Digital Newspaper Library:

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Lee County Genealogical Society Features Diana Crisman Smith in June

Diana Crisman Smith will present "In Search of the Elusive Female Ancestor--Who Was She?" at the 21 June meeting of the Lee County Genealogical Society.

The event will be held at Cypress Lakes Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, Florida. Doors open at 9:30 am.

For more information visit https://lcgsfl.org/

Monday, May 28, 2018

Fall River, Massachusetts Obituary Index Online

An index of obituaries published in the Fall River Massachusetts Herald News is available online. Obituaries from the 1940's thru the 2000's are available.

The index is in an Excel file that you can browse alphabetically by last name of the deceased.To search the file you will have to download it. Included in the index in addition to the name of the deceased is the name of the spouse (with maiden name if known) and the date of the paper in which the obit if found.

On the landing page you can find instructions for ordering a copy of the obituary.

Check it out at:
Resources for Research/Obituary Index:

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 27 May to 2 June 2018

Wednesday, 30-May-18 at 6:00 PM--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.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Fire Insurance Maps Online at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress continues to add to its digitized collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. It has about 25,000 maps digitized now and has a target of 500,000 by 2020.

The landing page is an explanation of what the collection is all about and how to use it. Do not overlook this information.

To get to the images, click on the "Collection Items" tab at the top of the landing page. There you will find filters in the left pane, and a search box at the top of the page.

About this Collection - Sanborn Maps | Digital Collections | Library of Congress:

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Confederate Muster Rolls from Georgia

According to the site: "The majority of the company muster rolls in this series are from military organisations created by the State of Georgia during the Civil War for service within the State."

Entering a search term in the search box will result in a hit list with accompanying thumb nails of the original documents. An advanced search option is available also.

Be sure to read the information about the collection as you scroll down the landing page.

Confederate Muster Rolls:

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Drew Smith and Jean Van Horn Speak at Suncoast Genealogy Society Meetings on 26 May and 23 June respectively

Suncoast Genealogy Society announces its May and June programs. The group meets at the Palm Harbor Library at 2330 Nebraska Avenue, Palm Harbor, FL.

May 26th Saturday
Open Discussion: DNA & Genealogy from 1:00 to 1:45 pm
Program: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Drew Smith, Speaker
Identifying Relatives Using Ancestry DNA — Come and hear our own renowned local Tampa Genealogist talk about one of his favorite subjects! Ancestry DNA test results con-tain information that can be used to identify relatives. Learn to interpret the results and then make successful contact with matches.

June 23rd Saturday
Open Discussion: DNA & Genealogy from 1:00 to 1:45 pm
Program: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Jean Van Horn, Speaker
A Genealogy Research Trip to Salt Lake City — Take a virtual tour of the LDS Library and an in-depth look at the FamilySearch.org catalog; a catalog of all the holdings of the Family History Library, as well as many research aids. This program will help you to do research as well as plan your trip to Salt Lake City.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Online Searchable Death Indexes, Records and Obituaries

This great collection of Internet sites comes to us from Joe Beine. It is a directory of online death records and indexes listed by state. It includes indexes for obituaries, cemetery burials, and death certificates.

On the landing page, click on the state of interest to see and alphabetic listing of resources. Note that below the list of states, are links for some major cities as well.

I have recommended this site before, and do so again because it has been updated. Thanks goes to Joe for this great resource.

Online Searchable Death Indexes, Records and Obituaries:

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Friday, May 18, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 20-26 May 2018

Monday, 21-May-18 at 6:00 PM--WAR OF 1812-- This class seeks to provide an understanding of the historical significance of the War of 1812: it looks at the causes of the war, how it was fought, and its consequences. It then explores the genealogically relevant records generated in relation to the war: what they are, and where to find them. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 22-May-18 at 11:30 AM--Genealogy and DNA: The Basics. Learn about the types of DNA tests used for genealogy and popular testing companies. We compare the benefits of each type of test and each company’s database. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library
Tuesday, 22-May-18 at 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group: Learn how to interpret your DNA test results, and apply those results to your current family history research. Join our casual group as we research and learn together. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Saturday, 26-May-18 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. This class repeats every fourth Saturday at the same time. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

DNA Education and Where to Find It

Judy Russell writing in her Blog, "The Legal Genealogist," gives us several links to sites that provide basic DNA education and instruction. This is a handy list that you should keep handy in case you ever need to brush up on the fundamentals of  DNA testing.

Judy was the primary speaker at our seminar in February 2018, and did a wonderful job for us.

Check out her article at:
DNA basics for a sound foundation | The Legal Genealogist:

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Lewiston, Maine Genealogy Records

Thanks to the Lewiston, Maine Public Library for these records. Available are cemetery records, marriage records, and some records that go well beyond Lewiston itself. Many of the record sets start in the 1800's.

If you have ancestors from Maine, this is worth checking out.

Genealogy // Lewiston Public Library, Maine:

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Friday, May 11, 2018

PGS Events for the week of 13-19 May 2018

Thursday, 17-May-18   1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group--a discussion group regarding techniques to find your Irish ancestry. This class repeats every third Thursday at the same time. Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 18-May-18 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group-a discussion group regarding techniques to find your German ancestry. This class repeats every third Friday at the same time. Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 19-May-18 at 10:00 AM--Computers in Genealogy--Question and answer session on the use of computers in genealogy research and record keeping. This class repeats on every third Saturday at the same time. Bryan, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 19-May-18 at 11:00 AM--Business Mtg and Program--"Civilian Conservation Corps--History and Records," Summers, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 19-May-18 at 12:30 PM--Workshop tour of the Genealogy Center showing the many genealogical research resources there. Summers, Genealogy Center, Largo Library.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Ins and Outs of the SSDI

Lisa Louise Cooke gives us an interesting article about the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). In it she give its historical background as well as tips on how to use it.

Interestingly, she compares how the various big data providers (Ancestry, MyHeritage, FamilySearch, and Findmypast) handle the SSDI information.

Check it out at:
SSDI Search – How to Find Hard to Find Ancestors | Genealogy Gems:

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Monday, May 7, 2018

The Franklin Times (Louisburg, N.C.) Historic Issues

Here is another digitized newspaper from the "DigitalNC" project. It is The Franklin Times serving Louisburg, NC. The collection covers the period 1909 to 1969...2500 issues all told.

If you explore the brows tab at the top of the landing page, you can find the other North Carolina newspapers (and more) in the total digital collection.

The Franklin Times (Louisburg, N.C.) Historic Issues · DigitalNC:

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 6-12 May 2018

Monday, 7-May-18 at 6:00 PM--INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY (Beginner) -- Basics of how to get started in researching your family history—what to do first, where to look & how to do it. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 10-May-18 at 10:15 AM--MAPS IN GENEALOGY RESEARCH –EVEN MORE – 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 military, ward, topographical, plat, and railroad maps. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Surviving Genealogy Burn Out

An article by Katie Andrews Potter in "The In-Depth Genealogist" gives us tips for overcoming genealogy burn out. You know, those times when you feel like all you have are impossible brick walls, and you feel like giving up.

Everyone can benefit from this short but helpful article. Give it a read at:
Tips for Genealogy Burn Out - The In-Depth Genealogist:

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Interactive map of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

This website may directly affect only those of you who  have ancestors who lived through the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. However, the uniqueness of the site and the national impact of the event, may interest others of you also.

The site gives you a map of San Francisco with pins showing locations that have pictures associated with them. Click on a pin and a thumbnail of the photo appears, click on the photo and it is enlarged with  suggestions for other, possibly related images. The map can be zoomed by using Ctrl + or Ctrl -.

Check it out at:
1906 Earthquake and Fire - Open SF History - OpenSF History Images - Western Neighborhoods Project - San Francisco History:

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Using Historical Novels for Family History

This article by Janet Few in "The In-Depth Genealogist" is short but meaningful. It speaks to the advantages of using historical novels as research tools.

Those novels may be short on sourced facts but they may be just the thing you need to get a feel for the lives your ancestors lived. They can put him or her into national, local, social, or political context that can enrich your understanding of them and their families.

Give the article a read at:
Using Historical Novels for Family History - The In-Depth Genealogist:

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