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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
Heritage Quest--Getting the most from this free* websiteSummers09 Dec 2014 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
National Archives--Finding Data. This is a detailed explanation of how to get the most out of the NARA website (other than ordering records—see additional class listing for that topic). Topics will focus on finding data online, using the catalog system, preparing for a visit, and finding genealogy assistance.Summers10 Dec 2014 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Canadian Genealogy Interest GroupGrandmaison11 Dec 2014 10:30 AMLargo 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 catalogSummers15 Dec 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Ordering Records from the National Archives - 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.Summers17 Dec 2014 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Familysearch.org--Getting The Most From This Huge, Free Database From The LDS ChurchBryan18 Dec 2014 12:30 PMAging Well Center, 1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL
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 Dec 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins B
RootsMagic User Group--Q & A and demos of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software programSummers27 Dec 2014 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 softwareHosmer03 Jan 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins C
Swedish Genealogy Interest Group - Top Tips for Beginning Swedish Family History Research, a youtube presentation by Crista Cowan, (The Barefoot Genealogist) will be played. This will provide a quick overview of migration patterns and a basic review of the research process. This will serve as a reminded of elements which we may have forgotten. A discussion will follow with some additional hints.Charest05 Jan 2015 02:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Ancestry.com--search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases.Bryan06 Jan 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Homestead Act-History and Records - A review of the historical and political significance of the 1862 Homestead Act and associated legislation. Includes a discussion of the process followed to establish a homestead on public domain land, and an understanding of the method of legally surveying and describing the land. The presentation will also cover an examination of the records that were created in establishing a homestead, their genealogical value, and where those records are found today. This is an in-depth treatment of the Homestead Act, which is briefly referred to in the presentation on property Research Basics in the US.Summers07 Jan 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
French Canadian & Acadian Discussion GroupGrandmaison08 Jan 2015 10:30 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Who Do You Think You Are?Bryan08 Jan 2015 07:00 PMIndian Shores Women - Indian Shores Municipal Center at 19305 Gulf Blvd, 4th Floor
Family Tree Maker 2012 Basics--Part 1. A detailed explanation and demonstration of the many features of this most popular genealogy database program.Smith12 Jan 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
King Philip’s War, 1675-1676: Causes & Consequences – Although largely forgotten, King Philip’s War was a widespread conflict that had a significant and long-lasting impact on New England colonists and Native Americans. The class will look at causes leading up to this brutal war, analyze the course of the war, discuss the records produced, and outline the consequences that helped shape the future of the United States.Fortin13 Jan 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Death Records-Part 1--where to find vital records, funeral home, newspapers, and more.Bryan14 Jan 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
England & Wales Genealogy - Part 2--How to access the parish records of birth / christening / marriage / burials from 1837 to the present. Instructor Liz Pearson is from England and is well-versed in finding these free records.Pearson15 Jan 2015 12:30 PMAging Well Center, 1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL
German Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)Dellinger16 Jan 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.Bryan17 Jan 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins B
Workshop tour of the Largo Library Genealogy DepartmentStokes17 Jan 2015 12:30 PMLargo Library Genealogy Center, 2nd Floor
Italian Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)LeConte20 Jan 2015 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Property Research Basics--This is a general treatment of property research in the United States. It will explore ownership documents from land grants to land patents to deeds; it will explain the difference in land descriptions in state land states and public land states; it will examine the historical context of military bounty land, the Homestead Act, and the cash purchase of public land. We will also survey where to find the records generated during the ownership and transfer of property.Summers20 Jan 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Death Records-Part 2--where to find records for cemeteries, findagrave.com, church, SSDI, et alBryan21 Jan 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Dropbox and Evernote for GenealogySummers21 Jan 2015 01:30 PMCharlotte County Genealogy Society, Port Charlotte, FL
Family Tree Maker 2012 Basics--Part 2 - How to make the best use of the widely-used Family Tree Maker genealogy Database programSmith26 Jan 2015 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.Summers27 Jan 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
England & Wales Genealogy - Part 2 - Quirks and access to government censuses 1841-1911 plus less well known census pre-1841. Participants in the morning lecture are invited to bring their laptops for an afternoon workshop (after a lunch break) to search for personal records with individual guidance.Pearson28 Jan 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Land ownership maps for tracking your family historyLuce29 Jan 2015 10:30 AMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Swedish Genealogy Interest GroupCharest02 Feb 2015 02:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Family Tree Maker 2012 Basics--Part 3; How to make the best use of the widely used Family Tree Maker database program.Smith, Bob02 Feb 2015 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.Summers03 Feb 2015 06:00 PMLargo 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. Bryan04 Feb 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 softwareHosmer07 Feb 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins C
Family Tree Maker 2012 Basics--Part 4; How to make the best use of the widely used Family Tree Maker genealogy database programSmith09 Feb 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
RootsMagic-2Summers10 Feb 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
England & Wales Genealogy, Vital Records, Part 1: Parish Registers:...How to access the Parish Registers of Christening; Marriage; Burials from 1538 to 1837. Participants in the morning lecture are invited to bring their laptops for an afternoon workshop (after a lunch break) to search for personal records with individual guidance.Pearspn11 Feb 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
French Canadian & Acadian Discussion GroupGrandmaison13 Feb 2015 10:30 AMLargo Library - Jenkins C
Italian Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)LeConte17 Feb 2015 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
RootsMagic-3Summers17 Feb 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Jenkins C
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 Bryan18 Feb 2015 01:30 PMCharlotte County Genealogy Society, Port Charlotte, FL
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 Feb 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
Family Tree Maker 2012 Basics--Part 5Smith23 Feb 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
RootsMagic-4Summers24 Feb 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Courthouse Records--types available, where and how to find them and their use in genealogyHostetler25 Feb 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
German Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)Dellinger27 Feb 2015 10:30 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
RootsMagic User Group--Q & A and demos of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software programSummers28 Feb 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins C
More Maps in Genealogy Research - 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.Summers28 Feb 2015 02:00 PMSuncoast Genealogy Society - Palm Harbor Library
Swedish Genealogy Interest GroupCharest02 Mar 2015 02:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Family Tree Maker 2012 Basics--Part 6; How to make the best use of the widely used Family Tree Maker genealogy database program.Smith02 Mar 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
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