Pinellas Genealogy Society
Largo Public Library
120 Central Park Dr.
Largo, FL 33771
|Schedule and Topics for
the seminar will be:
for the registration form
||Principal Speaker: 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
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
Genealogy Gems Premium website subscription, and four books:
Turn Your iPad
into a Genealogy Powerhouse,
How to Find Your
Family History in Newspapers,
Google Toolbox, and
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
Tree Magazine Podcast, a regular article author for the
magazine, and curriculum developer and instructor for Family Tree
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
Lisa in the Press
here to listen to interviews and read articles about Lisa and
- 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
||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.
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.
||Break Out Speakers
||Debbe Hagner: How do I Organize My Genealogy
Debra Fleming: What's New at FamilySearch.org with Focus on
Liz Pearson: English & Welsh Family History: Useful Online
See below for break out speaker bios.
BREAK OUT TOPICS
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
What's New at FamilySearch.org with Focus on 'Memories'
FamilySearch.org 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
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.
||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.
||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
|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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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.
for the registration form
|Break Out Speaker Bios
||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 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 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.