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2013 Seminar

Saturday, February 9,2013

Largo Public Library
120 Central Park Dr.
Largo, FL 33771

Topics for the seminar will be: Speaker: Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

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Cryptic Clues in the Bone Yard (9:00 AM) Sharon Carmack The Pinellas Genealogy Society is pleased to announce Sharon DeBartolo Carmack as the primary speaker for its annual genealogy seminar to be held on February 9, 2013 at the Largo Public Library in Largo, Florida.

Sharon, Certified Genealogist, has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing. She is a partner in the research firm of Warren, Carmack & Associates where she specializes in Irish and Italian genealogical research, offers consulting, writing, and editing services for a variety of nonfiction projects, like memoirs, biographies, family histories, social histories, essays, and annotated letters and diaries.

Sharon is the author of sixteen books, and hundreds of articles and columns that have appeared in nearly every major genealogical journal and publication. Combined her books have sold about 115,000 copies. Her work has also appeared in literary journals.

Sharon has, for the past twenty years, extensive and varied editing and mentoring experience including her position as the executive editor of F+W Media’s Family Tree / Betterway Books line, where she acquired and edited more than 40 titles. She is also a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine and an assistant editor for Brevity.

If there is any one place genealogists like to “chill,” it’s in the cemetery. Here we are the closest to our ancestors, physically and spiritually, walking on the ground where they’re buried and where they, too, once walked and visited loved ones. This lively presentation, based on Sharon’s book Your Guide to Cemetery Research , discusses overlooked clues in cemetery research, such as identifying the type of cemetery, looking at grave decorations, analyzing the composition of the stone to date it, and interpreting the art and symbols on tombstones.

Love Letters, Diaries, and Autobiographies: Lets Leave'em Something to talk About
(10:15 AM)
No other person can relate our thoughts, feelings, and daily lives like we can. This presentation will inspire and suggest to all levels of researchers how to painlessly leave an account of their own lives, making it interesting and readable for their descendants. Available as a full-length presentation or a shortened after-meal presentation.  
The Silent Woman: Bringing a Name to Life (1:45 PM)

Too often, our female ancestors end up being just a name on a pedigree chart or as the neglected half of a family history. This presentation, based on Sharon’s book, A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors , will feature sources created by and about women and will instruct researchers on how to breathe life into their female ancestors by using women’s social histories in conjunction with primary genealogical sources. Choose from general U.S., Italian-American, Irish-American, or Jewish examples.
  Sharon teaches nonfiction writing classes for Writer’s Digest University, and genealogical research courses for Family Tree University. She also hosted Roots Books, a talk-show that aired on, which won a Telly Award in 2008.

Along with an MFA with Distinction in Creative Nonfiction Writing from National University, Sharon has a BA in English from Regis University (summa cum laude), and she holds a Diploma in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Sharon is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. Her awards and honors include APG’s Grahame Thomas Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit (1990); the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Award of Merit (1992 and 2002); and in 1998, Sharon was made a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association for her “outstanding contributions to the genealogical community and for the production of articles, books, and lectures that are an exemplary blend of her expertise in history and genealogy.”

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Flesh on the Bones: Putting Your Ancestors into Historical Perspective (3:00 PM)
After gathering the names, dates, and facts about your ancestors, you may want to reconstruct their lives by placing them into their historical time period. This presentation focuses on the type of research that is necessary to accomplish this task, the sources that will yield the historical information you need, and the key to blending your genealogical research together with relevant social history events. Choose from the following focus: general U.S., Italian-American, Irish-American, Jewish, New England, the South.
  Additional Information
 After lunch (12:30 PM) there will be three break out sessions conducted.  They will be: The Largo Public Library cosponsors the Pinellas Genealogy Society annual seminar.

The annual book sale will be in the rear of the conference room. The tables will be open before the seminar and during break periods.

A representative of the society and membership information will be available at a table in the lobby.

Lunch will be provided as part of your advance registration.

Parking and driving instructions are provided below.

Great door prizes and raffles will be offered throughout the day.

If you are in need of a place to stay overnight during the seminar, the Hampton Inn offers a discount. For details, see page or our special events page.
  • Peter Summers: Topic TBD
  • Debbe Hagner: Topic TBD
  • Debra Fleming: Topic TBD

Location – The seminar will be held in the Jenkins Conference Room of the Largo Public Library, located at 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, 33771. Free parking is available in the front lot of the library.

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Driving Directions:
From the north: Travel south on US Hwy 19 to SR 686 (East Bay Dr.) Make a right on East Bay and follow to Largo. Turn left on Central Park Drive. The Library is on the left side of the road.
From the south: Travel north on I-275 to Exit #30 (Clearwater/Largo SR 686, Roosevelt Blvd. West). At the fork in the exit ramp bear left which leads to Roosevelt Blvd. Follow on Roosevelt. At the fork in the road bear left and follow the overpass that merges with Ulmerton Road (SR688) Follow Ulmerton past the 2nd traffic light and veer right to SR 686(Roosevelt Blvd). Follow Roosevelt Blvd / East Bay Drive.
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