Sunday, July 22, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 22-28 July 2018

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

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Richmond, Virginia's Hollywood Cemetery

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

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

Home - Hollywood Cemetery:

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

City of Coeur d'Alene - Cemetery Division

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

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

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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 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.

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