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Scheduled Classes offered by PGS

(Email Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com or call 727-595-4521 for information or to reserve a space, where needed, today.)

PGS members can download class handouts for most of our classes here .

Is your organization looking for a speaker? The PGS Speakers Bureau is the place to go. We offer presentations on a variety of topics and will tailor them to your audience.

 

DescriptionInstructorDateLocation
FOLD3 AND GODFREY LIBRARY -- Fold3 is an online database focused on digitized military records. It is a fee site that is free if accessed at or through the Largo Library. This presentation explains how to get the most out of using it. The Godfrey Library databases are a recent subscription available at the Largo Library. This collection of databases focus mainly on the New England states and offers information not available on other websites. This presentation focuses on what the site offers and how to use it in your research.Summers09 Apr 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Memorial Park Cemetery Canvass—9:30-11:30 AM. Meet at the south parking lot at 5750 49th Street N (intersection of 49th St. N. and 54th Ave, west side). Bring your digital camera and sun protection. Water and other refreshments will be provided. Wear your PGS shirt if you have one. Please RSVP to Debbie Schuler: deborah.e.schuler@hotmail.com, (727) 470-9967. 11 Apr 2015 09:00 AMMemorial Park Cemetery, 5750 49th St N
GENEALOGY PHOTOS: ORGANIZING, MANAGING AND ENHANCING -- This class will demonstrate how to organize and manage your digital genealogy photos so they can be easily found and how to enhance their appearance. This includes cropping, straightening, one-touch fix, removing blemishes, adding captions and text to the photo, making a collage, and much more. All this can be done using Picasa, the powerful free program from Google.Bryan14 Apr 2015 10:00 AMCitrus County Genealogy Society, Lecanto, FL
Introduction to Genealogy (Beginner) - Basics of how to get started in researching your family history. The topics discussed include: What is genealogy and why do it; What to do first; Where to look for information about your family; Record keeping and organization; Using computers and the internetBryan14 Apr 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
English & Welsh Poor Law Records (1601-1948)--Records of Poor Law Officers and Parish Paupers.Pearson16 Apr 2015 12:30 PMAging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Rd, Clearwater, FL
German Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)Dellinger17 Apr 2015 10:30 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
The Computer Interest Group (CIG) or Computers in Genealogy group, is an informal discussion group in a question and answer format on anything related to the use of computers in genealogy. Typical subjects include: new websites, email problems, using digital cameras, scanners, downloading files and finding them on your computer, genealogy software programs, etc. There is no fee and all levels of computer expertise are welcome. If you would like more information or would like to become a member of the e-mail discussion list, please contact Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com.Bryan18 Apr 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
Workshop tour of the Genealogy Center showing the many genealogical research resources there.Stokes18 Apr 2015 12:30 PMLargo Library Genealogy Center, 2nd Floor
Ancestry.com searching--the next level - This class will explore approaches to difficult searches--how to find them when they're not where they should be. Bryan20 Apr 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Italian Genealogy Interest GroupLeConte21 Apr 2015 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Library Catalog Searching for Genealogists – Libraries are a great place for finding genealogy resources. This class will show you how to find libraries and archives that can help you in your search, how to get the most from catalog searches, and discover other helpful resources available through online catalogs.Fortin22 Apr 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
RootsMagic User Group--Q & A and demos of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software programSummers25 Apr 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Genealogy Numbering Systems and How to Use Them: Have you ever been confused by the array of numbers you see in printed genealogies? Family lineages presented in text format require an organizational system to allow the user to ?easily? follow family lines. This class explains several of the most common systems you may come across, and may give you some ideas on how to construct your own.Summers27 Apr 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
National Archives–Ordering Data - This is an in-depth explanation of how to order several different records from the National Archives. The records include military (both historic and modern), naturalization, census, land, and microfilm. Both online and postal mail ordering procedures will be covered.Summers29 Apr 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database softwareHosmer02 May 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins C
Family History Assistance Day - Bring what information you have about your family and receive free, one-on-one research assistance from a PGS consultant. Beginners are especially welcome. No appointment is necessary--first come, first served. Tours of the Genealogy Center and classes will also be offered. Ends at 4:00 PM.Various09 May 2015 12:00 PMJenkins A & B, Local History Room, Largo Library
Census tracking--Probably the fundamental way of using the US Federal Census is to track ancestors from one census year to the next. In that process we seek to uncover relationships and lost or heretofore unknown ancestors. This class shows a strategy on how to do that, using an actual family as an example. In addition it also shows how to uncover hints on using resources outside of the census itself.Summers11 May 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
NEWSPAPERS IN GENEALOGY--How to use newspapers to discover facts and human interest stories about your ancestors...obituaries, weddings, court cases, etc. We will discuss where to find the newspapers and how to look for genealogy data in them.Hostetler13 May 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
German Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)Dellinger15 May 2015 10:30 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
The Computer Interest Group (CIG) or Computers in Genealogy group, is an informal discussion group in a question and answer format on anything related to the use of computers in genealogy. Typical subjects include: new websites, email problems, using digital cameras, scanners, downloading files and finding them on your computer, genealogy software programs, etc. There is no fee and all levels of computer expertise are welcome. If you would like more information or would like to become a member of the e-mail discussion list, please contact Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com.Bryan16 May 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
Genealogical Proof--This class explains how to evaluate the evidence we collect as we build our family trees. Some sources are more reliable, some records bring us closer to the actual event, and some information is more “on point.” How do we rank all of this as we try to assemble genealogical “truth”? The class uses the “Genealogical Proof Standard” as the guide.Summers18 May 2015 06:30 PMTarpon Springs Public Library
Italian Genealogy Interest GroupLeConte19 May 2015 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
England/Wales Genealogy Interest GroupPearson20 May 2015 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Fold3--Using this subscription database of military records and more. Free access from your home computer with your Pinellas County library card.Summers21 May 2015 12:30 PMAging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL
RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software programSummers23 May 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Tracing Living Persons--suggested methods and tips for finding living people--kinfolks you never knew.Bryan26 May 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Library of Congress Website--what genealogy help it provides, veteran’s information, historic newspapers, digital collections, photographs, and use of the catalogSummers27 May 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Census tracking--Probably the fundamental way of using the US Federal Census is to track ancestors from one census year to the next. In that process we seek to uncover relationships and lost or heretofore unknown ancestors. This class shows a strategy on how to do that, using an actual family as an example. In addition it also shows how to uncover hints on using resources outside of the census itself.Summers01 Jun 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
FamilySearch.org--the class will demonstrate how to search the vast databases available on this rapidly-expanding site made available from the LDS (Mormon) genealogy collection Bryan08 Jun 2015 10:00 AMLocal History Room, 2nd Floor, Largo Library
Land Ownership Maps--How to use these maps to trace your familyLuce15 Jun 2015 01:00 PMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Heritage Quest--This database is free through the Largo Library from your home. It has recently undergone some significant changes and improvements. This class will demonstrate the new features and show how to use this database in your research.Summers17 Jun 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Brick Wall Solutions--You will eventually reach a point where you seemingly can’t go back further on a particular line. This class will offer some ideas and suggestions for overcoming dead ends in your family history research.Bryan19 Jun 2015 02:30 PMTarpon Springs Public Library
The Computer Interest Group (CIG) or Computers in Genealogy group, is an informal discussion group in a question and answer format on anything related to the use of computers in genealogy. Typical subjects include: new websites, email problems, using digital cameras, scanners, downloading files and finding them on your computer, genealogy software programs, etc. There is no fee and all levels of computer expertise are welcome. If you would like more information or would like to become a member of the e-mail discussion list, please contact Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com.Bryan20 Jun 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
Ancestry.com--search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases.Bryan23 Jun 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software programSummers27 Jun 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Facebook--How to use this very popular social networking site for genealogySummers29 Jun 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Introduction to Genealogy (Beginner) - Basics of how to get started in researching your family history. The topics discussed include: What is genealogy and why do it; What to do first; Where to look for information about your family; Record keeping and organization; Using computers and the internetBryan08 Jul 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Who Do You Think You Are?Bryan09 Jul 2015 01:00 PMSuncoast New Neighbors
Military Records--how to find and use themSummers11 Jul 2015 01:00 PMImperial Polk Genealogy Society, 3140 Troy Ave, Lakeland, FL
Genealogical Proof--This class explains how to evaluate the evidence we collect as we build our family trees. Some sources are more reliable, some records bring us closer to the actual event, and some information is more “on point.” How do we rank all of this as we try to assemble genealogical “truth”? The class uses the “Genealogical Proof Standard” as the guide.Summers13 Jul 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
The Computer Interest Group (CIG) or Computers in Genealogy group, is an informal discussion group in a question and answer format on anything related to the use of computers in genealogy. Typical subjects include: new websites, email problems, using digital cameras, scanners, downloading files and finding them on your computer, genealogy software programs, etc. There is no fee and all levels of computer expertise are welcome. If you would like more information or would like to become a member of the e-mail discussion list, please contact Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com.Bryan18 Jul 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
MS Word in Genealogy - This presentation focuses on generating indexes and tables of contents for documents you author using MSWord. The generation footnotes and endnotes is also demonstrated.Summers20 Jul 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software programSummers25 Jul 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Windows Explorer--How to use this tool in your genealogy research.Summers27 Jul 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Ancestry.com searching--the next level - This class will explore approaches to difficult searches--how to find them when they're not where they should be.Bryan29 Jul 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
The Computer Interest Group (CIG) or Computers in Genealogy group, is an informal discussion group in a question and answer format on anything related to the use of computers in genealogy. Typical subjects include: new websites, email problems, using digital cameras, scanners, downloading files and finding them on your computer, genealogy software programs, etc. There is no fee and all levels of computer expertise are welcome. If you would like more information or would like to become a member of the e-mail discussion list, please contact Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com.Bryan15 Aug 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
The Computer Interest Group (CIG) or Computers in Genealogy group, is an informal discussion group in a question and answer format on anything related to the use of computers in genealogy. Typical subjects include: new websites, email problems, using digital cameras, scanners, downloading files and finding them on your computer, genealogy software programs, etc. There is no fee and all levels of computer expertise are welcome. If you would like more information or would like to become a member of the e-mail discussion list, please contact Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com.Bryan21 Nov 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
The Computer Interest Group (CIG) or Computers in Genealogy group, is an informal discussion group in a question and answer format on anything related to the use of computers in genealogy. Typical subjects include: new websites, email problems, using digital cameras, scanners, downloading files and finding them on your computer, genealogy software programs, etc. There is no fee and all levels of computer expertise are welcome. If you would like more information or would like to become a member of the e-mail discussion list, please contact Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com.Bryan19 Dec 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins B
The Computer Interest Group (CIG) or Computers in Genealogy group, is an informal discussion group in a question and answer format on anything related to the use of computers in genealogy. Typical subjects include: new websites, email problems, using digital cameras, scanners, downloading files and finding them on your computer, genealogy software programs, etc. There is no fee and all levels of computer expertise are welcome. If you would like more information or would like to become a member of the e-mail discussion list, please contact Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com.Bryan16 Jan 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins B
The Computer Interest Group (CIG) or Computers in Genealogy group, is an informal discussion group in a question and answer format on anything related to the use of computers in genealogy. Typical subjects include: new websites, email problems, using digital cameras, scanners, downloading files and finding them on your computer, genealogy software programs, etc. There is no fee and all levels of computer expertise are welcome. If you would like more information or would like to become a member of the e-mail discussion list, please contact Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com.Bryan20 Feb 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
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