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 ""

Family Tree Template: Fan | Parents |

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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 

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.