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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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Managing and Preserving Digital Assets

Dick Eastman give us this article from his newsletter by way of the FamilySearch Blog. In it he talks about the things we should keep in mind as we create digital media items, and the advantages and pitfalls of doing so. He covers media such as photos, documents, emails, videos, and more.

Check it out at: How to Manage Your Family's Digital Assets:

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Rockaway Township, NJ Public Library Offers Two Newspaper Databases

Rockaway is in Morris County, New Jersey, The public library there has two newspaper databases available to the public: One is Rockaway Record, and the other is Iron Era.

From the landing page, click on the "Digital Libraries" tab, then click on "E-Magazines & Newspapers" to reveal links to the two newspapers. Both papers show issues dating from the late 1800's to the early 1900's.

There is no search capability here, but you can easily browse issue by issue.

Check it out at:
Digital Libraries - Rockaway Township Free Public Library:

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Friday, April 20, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 22-28 April 2018

Monday, 23-Apr-18 at 6:00 PM--Homestead Act-History and Records- A review of the historical and political significance of the 1862 Homestead Act and associated legislation. Includes a discussion of the process followed to establish a homestead on public domain land, and an understanding of the method of legally surveying and describing the land. The presentation will also cover an examination of the records that were created in establishing a homestead, their genealogical value, and where those records are found today. This is an in-depth treatment of the Homestead Act, which is briefly referred to in the presentation on property Research Basics in the US. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 24-Apr-18 at 11:30 AM--DNA Testing for genealogy—What you can and cannot do with DNA testing relating to your family history—an introduction. This class repeats every fourth Tuesday at the same time. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 24-Apr-18 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. This class repeats every fourth Tuesday at the same time. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Saturday, 28-Apr-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.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Strategies to Identify Your DNA Matches

Blaine Bettinger, in his Blog, The Genetic Genealogist, gives us a detailed article about strategies to use to identify DNA matches. This is a helpful article, to say the least, because of how easy it is to become overwhelmed by DNA matches, and how difficult it is to do research when given sparse information.

Check it out at:
Are You Doing Everything to Identify Your Matches? – The Genetic Genealogist:

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database

This database from the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State, contains information relative to more than 285,000 Illinois soldiers who served the Union during the Civil War. The information comes from the records of the State Adjutant General.

You can search by name or by unit. Once you do a search and get a hit list, click on the individual's name to see much more information.

Check it out at:
Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database:

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Friday, April 13, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 15-21 April 2018

Monday, 16-Apr-18 at 10:00 AM--Genealogical Proof--This class explains how to evaluate the evidence we collect as we build our family trees. Some sources are more reliable, some records bring us closer to the actual event, and some information is more “on point.” How do we rank all of this as we try to assemble genealogical “truth”? The class uses the “Genealogical Proof Standard” as the guide. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 19-Apr-18 at 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, 20-Apr-18 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group-Sue will have a brief presentation on Swiss-Germans before returning to the 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, 21-Apr-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. Luce,Jenkins C, Largo Library. NOTE NEW LOCATION.
Saturday, 21-Apr-18 at 11:00 AM—Short business meeting and Program: Who Were These People Called Palatines?” by Joanne Daerr Ryder, Jenkins C,Largo Library.

Marriage Notices from Alamance County, NC

The Alamance County Public Library offers this collection of marriage records that cover 1868 to 1914. Two sources were tapped: certificates from the Register of Deeds, and local newspapers.

The indexes are Excel files. You When you click on an index, you will have to download the files to view them.

Marriage Notices - Alamance County Marriage Notices - LibGuides at Alamance County Public Libraries:

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Art Hops at the Largo Library on 21 April 2018


Support the Largo Public Library by attending the 2018 Art Hops on 21 April from 6-10pm.

Enjoy an evening of artists and artisans, snacks, live entertainment, a craft brew garden, and more.

PGS will have a display table in the Genealogy Center. Drop by and say hello.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Birth, Marriage and Death Index for The Long Island Advance, New York

This index of births, marriages, and deaths from the Long Island Advance (also called The Advance  and The Patchogue Advance) covers much of Suffolk County.

The data comes from the years 1879 to 1926.

Index to Birth, Marriage and Death Announcements in The Long Island Advance | Celia M. Hastings Local History Room:

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Manatee Genealogical Society Sponsors A Panel of Experts Q&A on 1 May 2018

Manatee Genealogical Society will meet Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. 

A panel of genealogy practitioners and experienced researchers will offer an “Ask the Experts” Panel Discussion, fielding attendees’ questions and concerns about individual research projects. Please submit questions in advance to mgs.society@gmail.com or ask at the meeting.   

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Newspaper Files from the Belmar Historical Society, New Jersey

This site gives us digitized editions of The Coast Advertiser, The Crab, The Shore Gazette, and more published from 1881 to 1974. The Advertiser services the communities of Belmar, South Belmar, Wall Township, and Spring Lake Heights, and some of the other papers serviced Ocean Beach, NJ.

You can either search or browse the issues.

Belmar Historical Society:

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PGS Events for the Week of 8-14 April 2018

Monday, 9-Apr-18 at 10:00 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.
Tuesday, 10-Apr-18 at 6:00 PM--Library of Congress Website--what genealogy help it provides, veterans’ information, historic newspapers, digital collections, photographs, and use of the catalog. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 14-Apr-18 at 12:00-4:00 PM--Family History Assistance Day--One-on-one research assistance from a PGS consultant to help you find your ancestors. Beginners are especially welcome. This semi-annual event is open to the public; first-come, first served. Jenkins A, B, Largo Library.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Health History and Your DNA

Here is an article from Lisa Louise Cooke's Blog, Genealogy Gems. It discusses how DNA testing can give you insights to health issues that run in your family. There is a lot to be learned in this area, and the article gives us an idea of its potential.

Exploring Family Health History: DNA and Your Health | Genealogy Gems:

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Obituary Finder from Morgan County, Indiana Public Library

If  you have ancestors from the Morgan County, Indiana area, this obituary file may be of help to you. You can search by a variety of fields, and help is available if you need it.

Once you do your search and have a hit list, click on a name of interest to see additional information, if any.

Check it out at:  Obituary Finder:

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Friday, March 30, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 1-7 April 2018

Tuesday, 3-Apr-18 at 6:00 PM--Facebook for Genealogy-How to use this very popular social networking site for genealogy. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
CANCELLED—The class scheduled for Thursday, 5-Apr-18 at 1:00 PM--Gathering German Genealogy Part I has been cancelled.
Saturday, 7-Apr-18--10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. Hosmer-Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Karen Fortin to Speak at Tarpon Springs Public Library on 2 April 2018

Karen Fortin, Past President of the Pinellas Genealogy Society and current PGS Projects Director, will speak at the Tarpon Springs Public Library on "Writing Brief Narrative Sketches.

The event, on 2 April at 6:30 pm, is free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lee County Genealogical Society Features Vickie Greenlee at 19 April Meeting

Vickie Greenlee will speak on "Start Writing Your Family History Now!!" on 19 April at 10 am.

The event will be held at Cypress Lakes Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, Florida.

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

Internationaler Suchdienst - International Tracing Serive

This explanation comes form the website:
"The International Tracing Service (ITS) is a center for the documentation of National Socialist persecution and the liberated survivors. It was founded as a tracing service immediately after World War II to help reunite survivors with their families and clarify the fates of those murdered and those missing. Today, the ITS is also an archive and open for research. In the future, parts of its archived collections will be made accessible to the interested public on this portal, thereby broadening the knowledge of these unique documents and the research potential associated with them. At the same time, by way of the comment function, we would like to encourage exchange about the collections – not only among users, but also between users and the ITS archive."

The site is in German, and takes a bit of getting used to, but the results can be as valuable as they are sobering.

Check it out at:  Internationaler Suchdienst:

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Bloodmobile at Largo Library on April 11th from 10am to 12:30pm

The library will be hosting a OneBlood bloodmobile on Wednesday April 11th from 10:00 to 12:30.  All donors will receive a free OneBlood T-shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Suncoast Genealogy Society Offers Free Programs on the Fourth Saturday of the Month....Here is May thru July 2018

Look ahead to these programs offered by the Suncoast Genealogy Society:

Suncoast Genealogy Free programs from 2-4PM. These events are at the Palm Harbor Library at 2330 Nebraska Ave, Palm Harbor, FL. Contact bradleym@tampabay.rr.com for more information

May 26, 2018 – Drew Smith – “Finding Cousins and Ancestors using Ancestry DNA”

June 23, 2018 – Jean VanHorn- “Planning a research trip to Salt Lake City – Photos and suggestions on planning ahead and taking advantage of every moment there”

July 28, 2018 – Dave Dockery – from Tampa Bay Technology Center – “How to use Evernote Basics for taking notes, tracking tasks, and saving things you find online”

Monday, March 26, 2018

Auburn, NY Fort Hill Cemetery

Fort Hill Cemetery was founded in 1851, and is located in west central New York State. The site is straight forward in its use. The landing page gives instructions if they are needed.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Irish Parish Registers

This pdf document comes to us from the Church of Ireland. It is quite lengthy (some 96 pages), so give it a moment to load. It lists baptism, marriage and burial records, where they exist,  by parish and diocese. It also give an idea of where to find them, to include online sources.

Check it out at:

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Friday, March 23, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 25-31 March 2018

Monday, 26-Mar-2018 at 6:00 PM--NATURALIZATION RECORDS -- Many of our ancestors became naturalized citizens, and left a paper trail when they did so. This class explains the naturalization process, what information can be found in the records, and where those records can be found. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 27-Mar-2018 at 11:30 AM--DNA Testing for genealogy—What you can and cannot do with DNA testing relating to your family history—an introduction. This class repeats every fourth Tuesday at the same time. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 27-Mar-2018 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. This class repeats every fourth Tuesday at the same time. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library
Wednesday, 28-Mar-2018 at 6:00 PM--Newspapers.com is an online database focused on digitized historical newspapers. It is a fee site that is free if accessed at or through the Largo Library. This presentation explains how to get the most out of using it. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 29-Mar-2018 at 10:30 AM--Research Trip Planning--This session will lay out some steps to take to ensure that your trip to your ancestral home area is as successful as possible. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.

The Pinellas Pioneers Association 55th Annual Picnic on 7 April 2018

The Pinellas Pioneers Association 55th Annual Picnic will be held on 7 April 2018 at Eagle Lake Park (1800 Keene Road), shelter #3 starting at 10am.

Bring your own food,, beverages and table service. Also bring family and friends, show and tell items, and a chair for your comfort.

Contact Associatioin President Terry Fortner (727-786-2837) for more information.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Gulf Port Historical Society to Feature Author Arin Greenwood on 20 April

This comes to us from one of our Organizational Members, the Gulf Port Historical Society. On the third Friday of the month they hold a "Porch Party" at their museum at 5301 38th Avenue South, Gulfport. On 20 April their guest is author Arin Greenwood who is launching her new book: "Your Robot Dog is Dead."

You can see all the details at https://www.facebook.com/events/166462730823601/

Cary Library, Houlton, Maine Area Genealogy Databases

"The Cary Library Genealogy Database includes historical genealogical information from Houlton, Maine (USA) and its surrounding communities in the Southern Aroostook County area."

It provides over 21,000 unique records or all sorts, and deserves your review if you have ancestors from this part of Maine.

Cary Library Houlton Area Genealogy Database:

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Online Records Relating to The Danish West-Indies

If you have ancestors associated with the Danish West-Indies, this site may prove helpful. Here is information from the website: "This is where you can search in about 5 million image files of records from the Danish West Indies across the databases of the Danish National Archives."

In addition to online records, the site also provides some background history and a search guide.

Search the records - The Danish West-Indies:

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Friday, March 16, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 10-24 March 2018

Monday, 19-Mar-2018 at 10:00 AM--Eastern European Research -  for ancestors who came from Galicia/Halychyna, Bukovina, Poland, Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Germans from Russia, Rusyns, Boykos. Help on how to start - with information obtained in the New World and how DNA testing can help in your search for Eastern European ancestors. van Heerden, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 20-Mar-2018 at 6:00 PM--Orphan Trains and the Children Who Rode in Them. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 21-Mar-2018 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, 22-Mar-2018 at 10:30 AM--Heritage Quest--Getting the most from this free* website, accessible through the Largo Library website. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 23-Mar-2018 at 1:00 PM--Record Searches in Ireland (we'll sample through several free and paid subscriptions and discuss strategies for spending your research money wisely and filling in the gaps in records).       Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 24-Mar-2018 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, March 14, 2018

Emigration Records and What They Offer

This short article by Lisa Louise Cooke on emigration records points out how emigration and immigration differ, and what type of information is potentially available related to the former.

And just to cover all bases, Lisa provides links to some immigration topics as well.

Emigration Records With an E: When Your Ancestors Left the Country | Genealogy Gems:

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Adoptee DNA Testing

This article is not for everyone, but if you are an adoptee and are considering using DNA testing to promote your ancestor hunt, it may be of value.

Blaine Bettinger, in his Blog The Genetic Genealogist, Gives the results of a study he did wherein he asked adoptees a series of nine question about their DNA experience.

The article as has a link to another informative article on the subject by Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist.

Check it all out at:
Adoptee Testing: A Study – The Genetic Genealogist:

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Friday, March 9, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 11-17 March 2018

Monday, 12 Mar 2018 at 6:00 PM--PASSING THE BATON--This class explores some legal and logical things we can do to help ensure that our genealogy research goes to good hands when we pass on. FIRST TIME PRESENTED--Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library. 
Tuesday, 13-Mar-2018 at 6:00 PM--Property Research Basics--This is a general treatment of property research in the United States. It will explore ownership documents from land grants to land patents to deeds; it will explain the difference in land descriptions in state land states and public land states; it will examine the historical context of military bounty land, the Homestead Act, and the cash purchase of public land. We will also survey where to find the records generated during the ownership and transfer of property.Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 15-Mar-2018 at 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, 16-Mar-2018 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group-a discussion group regarding techniques to find your German ancestry. This month, Sue will have a presentation on the topic of DNA migrations as shown onancestry.com in relation to our German emigrants/immigrants. This discussion group repeats every third Friday at the same time. Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 17 March 2018—Note there is NO Computers in Genealogy Q & A session today due to the special lecture series on DNA.
Saturday, 17-Mar-2018 at 10:00 AM--Program meeting-Lecture Series: Finding Missing Persons with DNA. Southard, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 17-Mar-2018 at 11:30 AM--Lecture Series--A Day Out with Your DNA. Southard, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

West Pasco County Genealogical Society Features Deanna J. Bennett at Seminar on 21 March 2018

The West Pasco County Genealogical Society (WPCGS) will host prominent Tampa author Deanna J. Bennett at its genealogy seminar on Wednesday, March 21, 2018  at 12:30 pm at the CARES Enrichment Center, Activity Building, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson FL 34667.  Please make note of the new time and location for WPCGS seminars and meetings.

Ms. Bennett, author of the popular Anna: The Immigration Trilogy book series, will speak of her ancestors’ immigration to America from Lithuania and their subsequent lives in America. Attendees will receive fascinating insights into the hardships of travel in the early 1900’s and the daunting Ellis Island immigration experience. They’ll learn of the challenges Bennett’s grandmother Anna faced as a teen-aged immigrant in a foreign land. The presentation will be of particular interest to those researching foreign ancestry, with information provided about the early immigration process.
The event is open to the public. Cost of the seminar is $7.00 for non-members.

Ms. Bennett will be on hand to answer questions, with a personal book signing after the presentation.  Her three books -- Anna: Going to America (Volume I); Anna: American Journey (Volume II); and Anna: American Dream (Volume III) -- will be available for purchase after the presentation. Payment by cash or credit card is acceptable.

Due to the popularity of the guest speaker and the ancestry research topic, to ensure seating, please register for the seminar by email to: bbratbycarey@verizon.net.

"Visualizing Recombination and Segment Loss" by The Genetic Genealogist

This is a rather technical article by Blaine Bettinger, but one that may get those of you who are really into genetic testing all excited. Even for the none technical person, the article comes to some revealing conclusions. It demonstrate graphically how DNA segments can be lost from generation to generation in rather surprising fashion.

Put your thinking caps on and enjoy the article at:
Visualizing Recombination and Segment Loss – The Genetic Genealogist:

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Index of Colleges and Universities that have Closed, Merged, or Changed Names

Ever run into a school where your ancestor studied only to discover that it had closed or otherwise gone dark? This index of colleges and universities that have closed, merged, or changed their name may be helpful to you.

From the landing page, click on the state of interest, and you will be given an alphabetical list of subject schools with start and end dates, affiliation, and, if one is lucky, other interesting information.

Check it out at:
College History Garden: Index of Colleges and Universities that have Closed, Merged, or Changed Names:

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Scottish Vital Records at "ScotlandsPeople"

The Website "ScotlandsPeople" is a subscription site, but it costs nothing to search their index for births, marriages, deaths, and more. If you do find an entry that you want to followup on, they have a payment plan that you can tailor to your level of activity. But, again, the index search if free.

ScotlandsPeople | Connecting Generations:

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PGS Events for the Week of 4-10 March 2018

Monday, 5-Mar-2018 at 10:00 AM--National Archives,–Ordering Data. This is an in-depth explanation of how to order several different records from the National Archives. The records include military (both historic and modern), naturalization, census, land, and microfilm. Both online and postal mail ordering procedures will be covered. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 6-Mar-2018 at 6:00 PM--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.
Thursday, 8-Mar-2018 at 10:30 AM--AmericanAncestors.org: Searching the Online Databases--American Ancestors, the website for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, provides more than 1 billion records in over 450 databases online. Although much of the collection focuses on New England, records from around the U.S. and even some from other countries are available. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the website, and will go through the basics of searching these extensive databases. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Friday, 9-Mar-2018 at 1:00 PM--Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland--this class covers a brief history, geography and religion of Ireland - vital to understanding records. Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Oklahoma Births and Deaths Online

The website "OK2Explore" offers records that may be of interest if you have Oklahoma ancestors. You can search  an index of births that occurred more than 20 years ago, and deaths that occurred more than 5 years ago.

Check it out at:  OK2Explore:

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Salem, Ohio Public Library Provides Online Burial Records of Grandview Cemetery

If you have ancestors from the ares of Salem, Ohio, this website may be of interest to you. To start, click on the "Start Search" button at the bottom of the landing page. A pop-up will ask for the surname of interest. The hit list will give name, address, date of death, and a link to more details that may include military service, place of birth, next of kin, and much more.

Check it out at:  Grandview Cemetery – Salem Public Library:

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Friday, February 23, 2018

PGS Events For The Week of 25 February to 3 March 2018

Monday, 26-Feb-2018 at 6:00 PM--Eastern European Research and DNA-  for ancestors who came from Galicia/Halychyna, Bukovina, Poland, Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Germans from Russia, Rusyns, Boykos. Help on how to start - with information obtained in the New World and how DNA testing can help in your search for Eastern European ancestors. van Heerden, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 27-Feb-2018 at11:30 AM--DNA Testing for genealogy—What you can and cannot do with DNA testing relating to your family history—an introduction. This class repeats every fourth Tuesday at the same time. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 27-Feb-2018 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. This class repeats every fourth Tuesday at the same time. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 28-Feb-2018 at 6:00 PM--Living Persons--suggested methods and tips for finding living people--kinfolks you never knew. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 2-Mar-2018 at 10:15 AM--Franco-American Discussion Group. Geographic areas include: Europe (primarily France, but not limited to France)-Eastern Canada (primarily Quebec, some Ontario, but including the Acadians of the Maritime Provinces)-USA (Central North America and New England, also Louisiana and the surrounding Southern states) Charest-LeFebvre, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 3-Mar-2018 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 class repeats every first Saturday at the same time, Sep-May. Hosmer-Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Coal City, Illinois Obituary and Death Notice Index

The Coal City Public Library District (southwest of Chicago, in Grundy and Will counties)  gives us an obituary and death notice index online at their site. Simply enter the surname of interest to get a hit list showing name, source of the information, and the obituary date. Sometimes the person's age and other notes are also included. The source for the information is the Coal City Courant for the most part.

The landing page gives instructions on how to order an obituary if you are interested.

CCPLD Obituary and Death Notice Index:

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Family Tree Template

Want a free downloadable template for a fan chart? Sometimes kids respond more to this design than they do to the traditional pedigree chart.  Here is one from the site "Scholastic.com."

Family Tree Template: Fan | Parents | Scholastic.com:

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Lee County Genealogical Society Features Regina Negrycz on 15 March 2018.


Friday, February 16, 2018

PGS Events for 18-22 February 2018

Tuesday, 20-Feb-2018 at 1:00 PM--British Genealogy--Come join our starter class on basic British Genealogy using FindMyPast,com. A brief background history of England and Wales' recordkeeping will be given. Phillimore's Atlas and Index of Parish Registers and the BMD online database will be practiced at the end of class. Commons, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 21-Feb-2018 at 10:00--BACKUP & COMPUTER DATA PROTECTION--How to assure your genealogy (and other) computer data is safe from natural disasters, computer failure, viruses, spyware, etc. We will discuss what data you need to backup and specific means to safely backup that data. We will show how to protect your computer from viruses and spyware. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 22-Feb-2018 at 1:00 PM--Finding Your Irish Ancestors in the U.S. (the first step to tracing ancestors in Ireland), Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Danger of Distant Matches in Your DNA Research

Blaine Bettinger, writing in his Blog, "The Genetic Genealogist,"  gives us an article that should be of interest to those of you who are involved in DNA testing. It tells why distant matches problematic, and backs up that assertion with logic, science, and examples.


The Danger of Distant Matches – The Genetic Genealogist:

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Newspaper Vital Statistics at Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick provides us an online database New Brunswick vital statistics found in New Brunswick Newspapers. The collection is the product of the efforts of Daniel F. Johnson. This is from the website: "The Database of Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers, based on over twenty-three years of work by Danny Johnson, is an extraordinary contribution to genealogical, biographical, demographic and historical research. The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick is honoured to present it on their web site as a tribute to Danny and a resource for researchers."

The collection covers 76 newspapers published in New Brusnwick from 1784 to 1896, and it is worth pointing out that the time span covers the years that Loyalists from the American Revolution settled in the New Brunswick region.

You can both search the collection or browse it based on tab selection at the top of the landing page.

Check it out at:  Provincial Archives of New Brunswick:

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Friday, February 9, 2018

North Carolina Newspapers Online

If you have North Carolina ancestors you may find this site very helpful in your research. The Digital NC website offers more than 175 digitized newspaper titles of student and community newspapers from around North Carolina. You can search for key words, or simply browse the collection

Check it out at:
North Carolina Newspapers · DigitalNC:

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PGS Events for the Week of 11-17 February 2018

Monday, 12-Feb-2018 at 6:00 PM--RootsMagic-5, Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 13-Feb-2018 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.
Thursday, 15-Feb-2018 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group--Tom Gallen, Treasure Island resident with ancestral roots in Donegal, Ireland, and author of Donegal Generations, will be our guest speaker.  Tom's presentation will include his genealogy research and trips to Ireland, a reading from his book and a book signing. Books can only be purchased through Amazon prior to the meeting.     Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 16-Feb-2018 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group-a discussion group regarding techniques to find your German ancestry. Sue will be doing a presentation on the Palatinate and Palatines. Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 17-Feb-2018 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

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Obituary Index Online From Salem Public Library

This obituary index at the Salem, Ohio Public Library website covers the period from 1938 to 2016, but more are being added over time. They appeared in the Salem News.

Click the "Start Search" box on the landing page to get a search form, leading to hit list giving name, dates of birth and death, and a link to more details. Not all records have all of the possible information details completed, but the potential is there.

Obituary Index – Salem Public Library:

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Monday, February 5, 2018

PGS Lecture Series Features Diahan Southard on 17 March 2018

This event consists of two presentations and starts at 10AM at the Largo Public Library (120 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL. There will be a short stretch break between sessions.

The event is free and open to the public.

Here is additional information on the topics:

Finding Missing Persons With DNA: DNA testing can be a very powerful tool to help fill in the blanks in your family tree. But how helpful can it really be when you know absolutely nothing about the person you are trying to find? As it turns out, with the right techniques and a careful search, your DNA might be able to tell you more than you think.

A Day Out With Your DNA: While DNA testing for genealogy is no longer a new idea, many companies are offering a new way to look at your DNA.  In this lecture we will cover the biggest and brightest options, and help you decide where you should take your DNA, and how to make the most of it. 


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Hamil*fest for fans of the man or the musical--the Hamilton Festival is on 10 February 2018.

This notice explains the St. Petersburg College, Gibbs Campus event:
We're excited about our upcoming Alexander Hamilton festival at St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 10am to 6pm!  Please spread the word!

Visitors will meet the widow of Alexander Hamilton's great-great-grandson and we'll also have a panel of four Hamilton history scholars. Admiral Farragut Academy will present the Color Guard when we open at 10am, followed by a talk by the Coast Guard Auxiliary about how Hamilton founded the USCG. Also, we'll have a presentation about the recent recovery of the Coast Guard Cutter Alexander Hamilton which was sunk in WWII.

Bring the kids for games, sing-alongs, and a talent show! The event is free and family-friendly.

For more information, see  https://sites.google.com/view/hamilfest/home 

Non-Genealogy Websites That are useful for Genealogy

Lisa Alzo, writing for Family Tree Magazine, gives us an annotated list of twenty-three essentially non-genealogy websites that nonetheless can be useful to genealogy research.

We all probably have a small list of such sites. Compare yours to Lisa's or just dive in and enjoy exploring them.

Check out Lisa's list at:
23 Non-Genealogy Websites That Genealogists Really Should Use - Family Tree:

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PGS Events for the Week of 4-10 February 2018

Monday, 5-Feb-2018 at 6:00 PM--RootsMagic-4, Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 6-Feb-2018 at 6:00 PM--Family Tree Maker 2017 Basics--Part 5, Hahn, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 8-Feb-2018 at 10:30 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.
Friday, 9-Feb-2018 at 10:15 AM--Franco-American Discussion Group.Geographic areas include: Europe (primarily France, but not limited to France)-Eastern Canada (primarily Quebec, some Ontario, but including the Acadians of the Maritime Provinces)-USA (Central North America and New England, also Louisiana and the surrounding Southern states). Charest-LeFebvre, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Caladesi Chapter of the DAR Seminar on 28 February Features Denise manning

PGS will be at the seminar with its display table.

This is a very popular annual event and is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Using Land Patents to Stimulate Teen Interest in Genealogy

Diana Elder writing on her Webpage Family Locket, gives us an article that does double duty: it gives us a strategy to interest teens in genealogy research, and it explains how to use the Bureau of Land Management website to track down land patents which may have been issued to our ancestors.

A land patent is the legal paper that transfers land ownership from the government to a private individual, and the BLM has millions of them digitized and searchable on their website. And, by the way, PGS has subscribed to a site called HistoryGeo.com that gives us a clever user interface to find patented plots of land and then connect directly with the BLM site.

Either way, land research is not only essential if you have landowners in your line, but also, with the resources mentioned above, fun.

If you need more understanding of property research, patents, deeds, and such, watch for our class on US Basic Property Research to come up on our class list.

Check out Diana's article at:
Hooking Teens on Research with Land Patents – Family Locket:

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Washington State Newspapers Online

Over fifty newspapers are available on this site. You can search the entire collection, selected newspapers, or browse by selected newspaper.

Check it out at:  https://newspapers.sos.wa.gov/
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Saturday, January 27, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 28 January to 3 February 2018

Monday, 29-Jan-2018 at 6:00 PM--RootsMagic-3, This is the third of a a five-session series. The intent is to take the student from the basics of initial entry of family information to the more detailed topics of incorporating images in your family history, citing sources, and generating various reports. The class will be most effective if all sessions are attended in order. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 30-Jan-2018 at 6:00 PM--Family Tree Maker 2017 Basics--Part 4 of 5 parts. A detailed explanation and demonstration of the many features of this most popular genealogy database program. Hahn, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 31-Jan-2018 at 10:00 AM--Google Earth Tours – Google Earth tours can be a fun way to share your genealogical research with relatives. This class will show you the basics of how to create, save, and share a tour that can visually illustrate the life and travels of your ancestors using the Google Earth free program. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 1-Feb-2018 at 10:30 AM--DEATH RECORDS—This class will focus on finding records to establish the death date of your deceased kinfolk. We will describe and demonstrate how and where to find many types of records and resources that will enable you to determine death dates. In addition to the commonly used records such as death certificates, tombstones, obituaries, death indexes, etc., you will discover some that you may not have considered. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.       
Saturday, 3-Feb-2018 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. Hosmer-Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Freedmen’s Bureau Records Available Online

As stated on the website, "the Freedmen’s Bureau Project was created as a set of partnerships between FamilySearch International and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum." The Freedmen's Bureau records have long been seen as a key to African American research.  

Simply click on the "Search Records" box on the landing page to get started.

Juneteenth: Discover Your Roots Using Freedmen’s Bureau Records — FamilySearch.org:

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Aurora, Illioins Public Library Genealogy Resources

The Aurora Public Library is in northeastern Illinois, in Aurora, a suburb of Chicago. It provides us a selection of genealogy indexes that may be of interest to you. You can page through the indexes or search for an entry by name. The collections are a genealogy index, cemetery index, marriage index, and obituary index.

Simply click the appropriate box on the landing page to get to the index you are interested in.

Aurora Public Library » Genealogy and Local History Resources:

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Lee County Genealogical Society Features Linda Ryan at 15 February Meeting


Sunday, January 21, 2018

PGS February Program Features Terry Fortner

Terry Fortner, granddaughter of "YESTERYEAR I LIVED IN PARADISE" author Myrtle Scharrer Betz, presents the history of her family connection with Caladesi Island. The talk will be accompanied by vintage photos of the homestead and family members. Terry will share about efforts to reconnect with family in Switzerland.

Come and learn about some local history as well as explore research strategies that apply regardless of where your ancestors are from. 

We will also use this opportunity to take a moment and thank the many volunteers who contribute so much to the objectives of our society.

The program will be preceded at 10am with a computers in genealogy Q&A session.


The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Explore The Genealogy FAN Club to Find a Research Break-thru

A FAN club stands for Family, Associates, and Neighbors. Lisa Louise Cook in her Blog, Genealogy Gems,  gives us an article explaining how to use FAN Club research to possibly get past those pesky brick walls.

Check it out at:
The Genealogy FAN Club Principle Overcomes Genealogy Brick Walls:

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PGS Events for the Week of 21-27 January 2018

Monday, 22-Jan-2018 at 6:00 PM--RootsMagic-2, This class explores the use of this popular genealogy software program. This is the second of five classes, each 1 ½ hours long, held for five consecutive weeks. The intent is to take the student from the basics of initial entry of family information to the more detailed topics of incorporating images in your family history, citing sources, and generating various reports. The class will be most effective if all sessions are attended in order. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 23-Jan-2018 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, 23-Jan-2018 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.
Tuesday, 23-Jan-2018 at 6:00 PM--Family Tree Maker 2017 Basics--Session 3 of 5 sessions. A detailed explanation and demonstration of the many features of this most popular genealogy database program. Hahn, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 24-Jan-2018 at 6:00 PM--IMMIGRATION AND PASSENGER LISTS -- This class recounts the history of immigration and passenger lists from the 1700's to the 1900's. It shows what information the documents provide and where those documents can be found. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 27-Jan-2018 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

North Carolina Troop Return Records

This collection is comprised of Troop Returns from the State Archives of North Carolina Military Collection. Troop Returns (1747-1893) include lists, returns, records of prisoners, and records of draftees. The majority of this collection is related to the Revolutionary War.

You both search or browse the collection.

Check it out at:  North Carolina Digital Collections:

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Monday, January 15, 2018

PGS Annual Seminar on 24 February 2018

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.

For detailed information about the seminar, see http://www.flpgs.org/NMbrs/seminar/2018/Sem18.aspx . A link to a registration form is at the top and bottom of that page. In Addition, a direct link to a registration form is http://www.flpgs.org/NMbrs/seminar/2018/SeminarRegForm2018.pdf or one can be requested at  pgsfla@yahoo.com .