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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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.

Check it out at:
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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.

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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.