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Pinellas Genealogy Society
2017 Seminar

Saturday, February 25, 2017

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: Lisa Louise Cooke
8:00 AM Registration; continental breakfast Lisa Louise Cooke  Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. She is Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show available at, in iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app. Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world, and recently celebrated 1.5 million downloads!

Lisa is the author of a variety of multi-media materials including the Genealogy Gems Premium website subscription, and four books: Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, and Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies, and the video series Google Earth for Genealogy.

In addition to Genealogy Gems, Lisa works closely with Family Tree Magazine as producer and host of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast, a regular article author for the magazine, and curriculum developer and instructor for Family Tree University.

Lisa’s offerings are not limited to online. She is a sought after international genealogy speaker. Whether in person or online, Lisa strives to dig through the myriad of genealogy news, questions and resources to deliver the gems that can unlock each genealogist’s own family history treasure trove!

Family is not just a priority professionally. Lisa is a doting wife to Bill, the proud mom of three daughters, and has added the role of Grandma to her resume. She counts her blessings every day for the love, fulfillment and laughter that family brings to every aspect of her life.

Lisa in the Press

Click here to listen to interviews and read articles about Lisa and Genealogy Gems

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 Google Tools & Procedures for Solving Family History Mysteries: In this session we will put Google to the test. Discover Google tools and the process for using them to solve the genealogical challenges you face. You’ll walk away with exciting new techniques you can use right away.
10:00 AM Break
10:20 AM

Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers: Yearning to “read all about it?” Newspapers are a fantastic source of research leads, information and historical context for your family history. Learn the specialized approach that is required to achieve success in locating the news on your ancestors.

Includes 3 Cool Tech Tools that will get you started.

11:30 AM Lunch
12:30 PM Break Out Speakers Debbe Hagner: How do I Organize My Genealogy Records?
Debra Fleming: What's New at with Focus on 'Memories'
Liz Pearson: English & Welsh Family History: Useful Online Research Resources

See below for break out speaker bios.

How do I Organize My Genealogy Records?

A variety of topics related to record organization will be covered: manual vs. computerized record keeping systems, methods of recording and retaining your data, use of forms to track progress and record activities, and basic rules for recording data, documents, sources and citations.

Click for Organizational Charts Handout from her presentation!

What's New at with Focus on 'Memories' has been undergoing many changes in search options as you do your research, as well as how it allows you to manage your FamilySearch Family Tree. Significant among those changes is the category of “Memories” and how it can be used to store and share images, document, videos, and audio clips. We will review those new items and more.

English & Welsh Family History: Useful Online Research Resources
From birth to burial and the myriad of events in between, millions of English and Welsh family history records can be unveiled at the click of a mouse. However, many of these valuable resources lie undiscovered and untapped. We will begin by revisiting and revising the fundamental databases, then progress to valuable websites that frequently lie undiscovered. In conclusion, we will check out any new online projects that are currently under development.
1:30 PM Break
1:40 PM Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye – 9 Strategies for Finding Living Relatives: Learn the techniques that Private Investigators use to track down missing people. These strategies will help you find those elusive living relatives who just may hold the key to your brick wall or possess that treasured photo you’ve been looking for.
2:40 PM Break
3:00 PM Future Technology and Genealogy – 5 Strategies You Need: Envision your genealogy as technology speeds ahead into the future. There are 5 five key strategies that you can employ right now that will make the ride easier, and the results more exciting than ever. Discover the paradigm shift that will make finding the right technology for your needs easier than ever. And learn how to capitalize on how technology is changing the flow of information. Finally, explore three areas that are poised to thrust ahead in the future, making this an exciting time to be a family historian!
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 Master’s 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 pursue a professional career in genealogy. In 1996, she attended Brigham Young University and received a Diploma in family History, and in the following year she received her accreditation in genealogy from The International Commission for the Accreditation of professional Genealogists. Debbe's private practice—The Family Tree Surgeon--features special genealogy seminars and workshops, private and confidential family background research studies, and assistance to individuals on a one-on one basis to research family histories and develop supporting genealogy records.
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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