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Pinellas Genealogy Society
2016 Seminar

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Largo Public Library
120 Central Park Dr.
Largo, FL 33771
Schedule and Topics for the seminar will be: Click here  for the registration form Principal Speaker: C Ann Staley, CG, CGL
8:00 AM Registration; continental breakfast Ann Staley Ann Staley is an instructor, consultant, trip leader and a lecturer at local, state and national conferences. Raised in Mobile, AL, Ann has been researching her family since 1980 from Alabama, Mississippi, and Virginia to France, England, and Germany.
She is the Education Chairman and Webmaster for the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc.; the Secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild; a trustee of the Florida State Genealogical Society; on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies; and has been an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 2000.
Ann's enthusiasm for genealogy is contagious and her stimulating programs are very informative.

  • Advanced Genealogy Research at Wallace State College, Hanceville, AL
  • Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis; U. S. Military Records; Understanding Land Records; and many other topics at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Samford University, Homewood, AL (attending since 1998). Ann has also been on the faculty a number of years.
  • National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives, Washington, DC
  • Problem Solving at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Numerous seminars and conferences sponsored by local and national societies
  • National Genealogical Society
  • Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Genealogical Speakers Guild
  • Florida State Genealogical Society
  • Jacksonville [FL] Genealogical Society, Inc. (life member)

Additional Information
  • The Largo Public Library cosponsors the Pinellas Genealogy Society annual seminar, and the breakfast is sponsored by the Friends of the Largo Library.
  • 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 on the reverse side of this brochure.
  • 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 .
8:30 AM Opening
9:00 AM The Everyday Life of Our Ancestors: We sometimes forget that our ancestors had flesh & bones & stories to tell. Our ancestors led lives, just like us - only different. Using our life as an example, how can we parallel it to theirs? They ate and drank, married and had families, dressed, had trades and occupations, practiced a religion, dabbled in the arts and sciences, participated in politics and economics, etc. Placing our ancestors into their historical context & adding the personal details takes time, but it can be done.
10:00 AM Break
10:20 AM Claws or Clues: If you are at the point in your research that you are encountering "dead ends", you may need to stop, regroup, check where you have been and where you need to go. This lecture is designed to start the thought processes with a systematic research approach. We will discuss evidence criteria, timelines and spreading your research net outwards.
11:30 AM Lunch
12:30 PM Break Out Speakers Debbe Hagner: Using with Emphasis on the Wiki
Debra Fleming: Pre-1850 Census Analysis
Liz Pearson: How to Access Records Held at The National Archives, Kew, London

See below for break out speaker bios.
Using with Emphasis on the Wiki
A review of some of the latest changed in the FamilySearch user interface, and an in-depth look at how to use the FamilySearch WIKI to promote your research.

Pre-1850 Census Analysis
Most people “check out” when they get to the Pre-1850 census records. As heads of household are the only listed persons in the Census, people often underestimate the information they can glean from early census records. Debra Fleming will use a case study of a Southern Methodist Minister born in 1771 and passing in 1842 to describe the methodology behind Census Analysis. Debra will show you that anyone can decode the wealth of information available in pre-1950 Census Records.

How to Access Records Held at The National Archives, Kew, London
A look at the records kept at the National Archives in Kew, London, and how to get them if they are not available online.
1:30 PM Break
1:40 PM Organizing, Analyzing and Sharing: As researchers we gather all sorts of information, but once we have it what do we do with it? How can our findings be analyzed to tell us what we need - and where to find it? How can we tell what we don't have and need to find? And now that we have all this family data, how can we share it with other family members? Put technology to work for you with software applications that can be used to analyze, organize and share your genealogical data. There is technology available today that might help you in answering those questions. The discussion will include how our computer can come to our aid in helping us make sense of the research we have done.
2:40 PM Break
3:00 PM Online Resources for Free: In the economically challenged world we are in today, free is good! The World Wide Web holds a host of options for today's genealogist to explore. This lecture will provide insight into what is in store when some of the popular, and some so not well known, free websites are explored. Come join us as we surf the internet to find those choice websites that hold digital images, databases, text files, etc.
4:00 PM Closing

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.
Click here  for the registration form

Break Out Speaker Bios
Debbe Hagner Debbe Hagner, A.G. earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree (with honors) in business technology. She attended the Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology where she graduated in 1981 and was awarded a Bachelors of Technology from the College of Applied Science and Technology. Debbe later went to Marist College (NY) where she accumulated 32 graduate credits towards a Masters Degree in information Systems. Her educational achievement led to a business career with IBM where Debbe was employed as a System Test Analyst. An amateur-interest in tracing her family's roots led Debbe to purse a professional career in genealogy. In 1996, she attended Brigham Young University and received a Diploma in family History, making her one of the few accredited, professional genealogist in the Tampa Bay Area. Debbe's private practice features special genealogy seminars and workshops on an on-going basis She also conducts private and confidential family background research studies and assists individuals on a one-on one basis to research family histories and develop supporting genealogy records. In April she is leading a research trip to Salt Lack City Debbe has served as President of the West Pasco County Genealogical society for several years and is currently a member for the Florida Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Debbe has been a frequent speaker at PGS monthly meetings, and has graciously supported us with several appearances at our seminars
Debra Fleming Debra S. Fleming is the principal of The Ancestry Detective™, LLC a genealogical research firm founded in Pasco County, Florida.  She has been a practicing genealogist for fifteen (15) years, trading her research time between her many New England immigrant ancestors and her husband’s southern colonials.  Debra is the Genealogy Instructor for the University of South Florida OSHER Lifelong Learning Center where she earned ROLL OF HONOR Faculty Member status in 2010.  She is a graduate of Florida State University, where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in her passion, Religion.  Debra is a graduate of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and an Alumni of the Progen Study Program.  She is currently a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).  Debra has been a frequent speaker at PGS monthly meetings, and has graciously supported us with several appearances at our seminars.
Liz Pearson Liz Pearson was born in England where she spent many years researching her own family history. During the late 70's her professional life transplanted her to New York and Washington DC where she found many opportunities to share her English and Welsh expertise with Anglo Americans researching their roots. She holds several research qualifications and is an associate member of the Society of Genealogists in London, England. Liz now volunteers and teaches for the Pinellas Genealogical Society as well as offering professional genealogy services in English and Welsh family history. Liz is also a photographer and likes to spend her spare time capturing images of elusive wild orchids and uncooperative fauna.
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