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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
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 internetBryan20 Sep 2016 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 programSummers24 Sep 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Writing Brief Narrative Sketches – Sharing Interesting Ancestors with Family--Do you want to share your family history research and enthusiasm with your relatives, but find that their eyes tend to glaze over when you pull out your pedigree charts and family group sheets? Try presenting the information to them in bite-size chunks, one interesting ancestor at a time, using brief, 1-3 page narratives with visual impact. Fortin26 Sep 2016 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Documentation--An introduction on the content of proper source citations. Using modern genealogy programs to enter citations will also be covered (PAF, Roots Magic, and Family Tree Maker will be addressed).Summers27 Sep 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
DNA Basics—an introduction to DNA that may be help attendees better understand the discussion in the DNA Interest Group following at 1:00 PM.Summers28 Sep 2016 11:30 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
DNA Interest Group--Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others interested in making DNA Connections. This is a group for DNA novices to learn togetherLuce28 Sep 2016 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
ANCESTRY FAMILY TREES – Part 2. Publishing your tree on Ancestry.com can be a great way to share your research with others, as well as to provide a backup for your work. This presentation covers how to start a family tree on Ancestry.com, and how to maintain it. That includes working with people, events, images, and sources. Summers28 Sep 2016 06:00 PMLargo 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 softwareHosmer01 Oct 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins C
Facebook for GenealogySummers03 Oct 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Tracing Living Persons or how to find the cousins you never knew. This class will focus on some tips and techniques for finding living kinfolks you never knew.Bryan04 Oct 2016 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
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. Till 4 PM.
Various08 Oct 2016 12:00 PMLargo Library - Jenkins A & B
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.Fortin11 Oct 2016 06:00 PMLargo 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.Summers12 Oct 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Walking in their footsteps - One of the fun things about genealogy is getting to know our ancestors as people, not just as names and dates on a chart. This presentation will help you to identify sources that can assist you in locating the precise locations where your ancestors lived and worked.Fortin13 Oct 2016 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.Bryan15 Oct 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
Italian Genealogy Interest GroupBedore17 Oct 2016 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Maps in genealogy research(Part I) -- Maps can reveal much about the lives our ancestors led and the conditions under which they lived. They can also reveal hints on where to look for other important documents. There are many different types of maps available to the researcher, and this class deals with road, city, political, insurance, and migration maps.Summers18 Oct 2016 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Irish Genealogy Interest Group--A discussion group for all those interested in finding their Irish roots. The format will be basically Q & A plus some structured sharing of techniques, resources, etc as the group determines.Padgett - Focareta20 Oct 2016 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
German Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)Dietz21 Oct 2016 10:30 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software programSummers22 Oct 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Ancestry.com--search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases.Bryan24 Oct 2016 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
DNA Basics—an introduction to DNA that may be help attendees better understand the discussion in the DNA Interest Group following at 1:00 PM.Summers25 Oct 2016 11:30 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
DNA Interest Group - Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others interested in making DNA Connections. This ia a group for DNA novices to learn together.Luce25 Oct 2016 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Facebook for GenealogySummers25 Oct 2016 02:30 PMAging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Rd, Clearwater, FL
WAR OF 1812-- This class seeks to provide an understanding of the historical significance of the War of 1812: It looks at the causes of the war, how it was fought, and its consequences. It then explores the genealogically relevant records generated in relation to the war: what they are, and where to find them.Summers26 Oct 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
BACKUP & COMPUTER DATA PROTECTION -- How to assure your genealogy (and other) computer data is safe from natural disasters, computer failure, viruses, spyware, etc. We will discuss what data you need to backup and specific means to safely backup that data. We will show how to protect your computer from viruses and spyware.Bryan01 Nov 2016 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
FOLD3—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.Summers02 Nov 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Franco-American Discussion Group
Geographic areas include: Europe (primarily France, but not limited to France)-Eastern Canada (primarily Quebec, some Ontario, but including the Acadians of the Maritime Provinces)-USA (Central North America and New England, also Louisiana and the surrounding Southern states)
Grandmaison04 Nov 2016 10:15 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 softwareHosmer05 Nov 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins C
Maps in Genealogy Research (EVEN MORE) --Maps can reveal much about the lives our ancestors led and the conditions under which they lived. They can also reveal hints on where to look for other important documents. There are many different types of maps available to the researcher, and this class deals with military, ward, topographical, plat and railroad maps.Summers07 Nov 2016 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Local and county histories are often overlooked resources that can contain a wealth of resources on your ancestors and the places that they lived. This presentation explores the background of local and county history books; what information can be found in them; and, where to find them, both in print and onlineFortin08 Nov 2016 10:00 AMLargo 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 internetBryan10 Nov 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Understanding Historical Causes of Death - Death certificates are important resources when researching the lives of our ancestors. However, due to factors such as outdated terminology and the limits of medical knowledge in the past, it can be hard to interpret the causes of death given. This presentation examines some of those factors, and points to resources that can help you find out what your ancestors really died of.Fortin14 Nov 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Irish Genealogy Interest Group--A discussion group for all those interested in finding their Irish roots. The format will be basically Q & A plus some structured sharing of techniques, resources, etc as the group determines.Padgett - Focareta17 Nov 2016 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
German Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)Dietz18 Nov 2016 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.Bryan19 Nov 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
Italian Genealogy Interest GroupBedore21 Nov 2016 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software programSummers26 Nov 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
DNA Basics—an introduction to DNA that may be help attendees better understand the discussion in the DNA Interest Group following at 1:00 PM.Summers29 Nov 2016 11:30 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
DNA Interest Group--Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others interested in making DNA Connections. This is a group for DNA novices to learn together.Luce29 Nov 2016 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Library of Congress Website--what genealogy help it provides, veterans’ information, historic newspapers, digital collections, photographs, and use of the catalogSummers30 Nov 2016 06:00 PMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Swedish Genealogy Interest Group - The session will explore the many tools available and methods possible for locating and researching your ancestors who came from Sweden. Contributions of interest to the group as a whole are welcome and encouraged.Charest01 Dec 2016 02:00 PMLargo 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 Dec 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Franco-American Discussion Group
Geographic areas include: Europe (primarily France, but not limited to France)-Eastern Canada (primarily Quebec, some Ontario, but including the Acadians of the Maritime Provinces)-USA (Central North America and New England, also Louisiana and the surrounding Southern states)
Grandmaison02 Dec 2016 10:15 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Death Records---vital records, funeral home, newspapers and other sources and how to find them.Bryan05 Dec 2016 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
City Directories in Genealogy Research - City directories are a valuable genealogy resource. They can give information on household composition, residence and business location, and insights into the lives our ancestors led. They can also be used as a substitute for the US Federal Census, or used in conjunction with the census to locate hard-to-find ancestors. This class explores the history of this resource, the research value of the information they provide, and where to find the records.Summers06 Dec 2016 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Heritage Quest--Getting the most from this free* websiteSummers07 Dec 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Female ancestors--locating and tracing the maternal line; tips and methods to finding maiden names
Bryan08 Dec 2016 10:30 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Familysearch.org--Getting The Most From This Huge, Free Database From The LDS ChurchBryan13 Dec 2016 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Irish Genealogy Interest Group--A discussion group for all those interested in finding their Irish roots. The format will be basically Q & A plus some structured sharing of techniques, resources, etc as the group determines.Focareta-Padgett15 Dec 2016 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
German Genealogy Interest GroupDietz16 Dec 2016 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.Bryan17 Dec 2016 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins B
Italian Genealogy Interest GroupBedore19 Dec 2016 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Ancestry.com--the next level - This class will explore approaches to difficult searches--how to find them when they're not where they should be. Bryan20 Dec 2016 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Scanned Genealogy Books Online--How and where to find them (google books, HeritageQuest, ancestry.com, et al)Summers21 Dec 2016 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Newspapers Online in Genealogy—This class will explore the genealogy data to be found in newspapers (obituaries, weddings, human interest stories, etc.) and show where to find the online repositories and how to use them.Summers03 Jan 2017 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Swedish Genealogy Interest Group - The session will explore the many tools available and methods possible for locating and researching your ancestors who came from Sweden. Contributions of interest to the group as a whole are welcome and encouraged.Charest05 Jan 2017 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Franco-American Discussion Group
Geographic areas include: Europe (primarily France, but not limited to France)-Eastern Canada (primarily Quebec, some Ontario, but including the Acadians of the Maritime Provinces)-USA (Central North America and New England, also Louisiana and the surrounding Southern states)
Grandmaison06 Jan 2017 10:15 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 softwareHosmer07 Jan 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Google Earth Tours – Google Earth tours can be a fun way to share your genealogical research with relatives. This class will show you the basics of how to create, save, and share a tour that can visually illustrate the life and travels of your ancestors using the Google Earth free programFortin09 Jan 2017 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
RootsMagic--Part 1 This class explores the use of this popular genealogy software program. It consists of four classes, each 1 ½ hours long, held for four consecutive weeks. It’s intent is to take the student from the basics of initial entry of family information to the more detailed topics of incorporating images in your family history, citing sources, and generating various reports. The class will be most effective if all sessions are attended in order.Summers10 Jan 2017 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Facebook for GenealogySummers11 Jan 2017 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
RootsMagic-2Summers17 Jan 2017 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Irish Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)Focareta-Padgett19 Jan 2017 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
German Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)Dietz20 Jan 2017 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.Bryan21 Jan 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins B
Family Tree Maker 2014 Basics--Part 1. A detailed explanation and demonstration of the many features of this most popular genealogy database program.Hahn23 Jan 2017 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
DNA Basics—an introduction to DNA that may be help attendees better understand the discussion in the DNA Interest Group following at 1:00 PM.Summers24 Jan 2017 11:30 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
DNA Interest Group--Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others interested in making DNA Connections. This is a group for DNA novices to learn together.Luce24 Jan 2017 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
RootsMagic-3Summers24 Jan 2017 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Ancestry.com--basic search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases.Bryan25 Jan 2017 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 programSummers28 Jan 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
RootsMagic-4Summers31 Jan 2017 06:00 PMLargo 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 Feb 2017 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.Bryan18 Mar 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
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