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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 . We also have a list and description of all classes offered 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
German Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)
special presentation on the Palatines: "An Early Example of Palatine Germans Finding Their Way to New Jersey (How Determination and Perseverance Overcame Misfortune)." Presenter: Dennis J Carroll, amateur genealogist, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Chapter of Palatines to America and Retired pastor (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – ELCA).
Dietz17 Feb 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.Bryan18 Feb 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
AmericanAncestors.org: Searching the Online Databases-- American Ancestors, the website for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, provides more than 1 billion records in over 450 databases online. Although much of the collection focuses on New England, records from around the U.S. and even some from other countries are available. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the website, and will go through the basics of searching these extensive databases.Fortin21 Feb 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Living Persons--suggested methods and tips for finding living people--kinfolks you never knew.Bryan22 Feb 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
England-Wales Interest GroupPearson23 Feb 2017 01:00 PMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Family Tree Maker 2014 Basics--Part 5Hahn27 Feb 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.Summers28 Feb 2017 11:30 AMLargo Library - Jenkins A
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.Luce28 Feb 2017 01:00 PMLargo Library - Jenkins A
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.
Charest02 Mar 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)
Grandmaison03 Mar 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 softwareHosmer04 Mar 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Family Tree Maker 2014 Basics--Part 6; How to make the best use of the widely used Family Tree Maker genealogy database program.Hahn06 Mar 2017 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Brick Walls--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.Bryan07 Mar 2017 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Newspapers.com--this class will demonstrate how to use this valuable subscription database of scanned online newspapers now available at Largo Library for free.Summers08 Mar 2017 06:00 PMLargo 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 Bryan09 Mar 2017 10:30 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Family History Assistance Day--One-on-one assistance in finding your family tree. Especially for beginners.Various11 Mar 2017 12:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor and Reading Room
Eastern European Research -  for ancestors who came from Galicia/Halychyna, Bukovina, Poland, Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Germans from Russia, Rusyns, Boykos. Help on how to start - with information obtained in the New World.van Heerden13 Mar 2017 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
ANCESTRY FAMILY TREES – Part 1. 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. Summers14 Mar 2017 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Naturalization Records - Many of our immigrant ancestors went on to become naturalized citizens of the United States. This class outlines the naturalization process, the documents produced during that process, the information they contain, and where they can be located.Summers15 Mar 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Irish Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)- a discussion group regarding techniques to find your Irish ancestry. Padgett-Focareta16 Mar 2017 01:00 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 Mar 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
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. Summers21 Mar 2017 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
German Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)Dietz24 Mar 2017 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 programSummers25 Mar 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Immigration Records and Ships Passenger Lists How to Use ThemSummers27 Mar 2017 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 Mar 2017 11:30 AMLargo Library - Jenkins A
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.Luce28 Mar 2017 01:00 PMLargo Library - Jenkins A
Military Records - This class explores the types of military records produced from the Revolutionary War to modern times. It shows the information contained in those various records, and where to find them in print and online.Summers30 Mar 2017 10:30 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
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.Bryan03 Apr 2017 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Research Trip Planning--This session will lay out some steps to take to ensure that your trip to your ancestral home area is as successful as possible. Areas to be covered include: ?
a. Scope of the trip—duration & things to accomplish?
b. Make a detailed plan of attack—what, where, when?
c. Paving the way for when you arrive?
d. Supplies and materials to take?
e. Accumulating and recording the data
f. Processing the data back home
Bryan04 Apr 2017 06:00 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. Fortin06 Apr 2017 10:30 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)
Grandmaison07 Apr 2017 10:15 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Pre-1850 Census analysis - Many researchers become frustrated with the difficulty in researching the US Census prior to 1850 because of only the heads of households being explicitly named. However, those early censuses contain more information than one might initially think. This class examines the characteristics of the pre-1850 census, the information available, and some strategies for analyzing those census years.Summers10 Apr 2017 10:00 AMLargo 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.Summers11 Apr 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Orphan Trains and the Children Who Rode in ThemFortin12 Apr 2017 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 Apr 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
US CENSUS --NON-POPULATION SCHEDULES— Most of us are familiar with the population schedules of the US Census. But there is a wealth of information about our families in other schedules that were created in certain census years. This class identifies what those other schedules are (Agricultural, Mortality, DDD, etc.), what information can be found in them, and where they can be located today.Summers18 Apr 2017 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.Fortin19 Apr 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Revolutionary War Era Genealogy RecordsSummers19 Apr 2017 12:00 PMDunedin Country Club
Irish Genealogy Interest Group--a discussion of resources and techniques for researching your Irish ancestryPadgett-Focareta20 Apr 2017 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
RootsMagic User Group--Q & A and demos of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software programSummers22 Apr 2017 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.Summers25 Apr 2017 11:30 AMLargo Library - Jenkins A
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 Apr 2017 01:00 PMLargo Library - Jenkins A
Ancestry.com--Level 1…Basic search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases.Bryan26 Apr 2017 06:00 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)Grandmaison05 May 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 softwareHosmer06 May 2017 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 internetBryan08 May 2017 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.Summers09 May 2017 10:00 AMLargo 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.Summers10 May 2017 10:00 AMLargo 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).Summers15 May 2017 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Library of CongressSummers16 May 2017 11:00 AMSouth Bay Genealogy Society
Irish Genealogy Interest Group - a discussion of resources and techniques for researching your Irish ancestryPadgett-Focareta18 May 2017 01:00 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.Bryan20 May 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
Workshop tour of Genealogy Center showing the many genealogical research resources there.Summers20 May 2017 12:30 PMLargo Library - Genealogy Center, 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.
Summers22 May 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.Summers23 May 2017 11:30 AMLargo Library - Jenkins A
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.Luce23 May 2017 01:00 PMLargo Library - Jenkins A
Heritage Quest--Getting the most from this free* websiteSummers24 May 2017 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 May 2017 10:00 AMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Internet Site exploration - a fun-filled look at some lesser known genealogy websites. Bring your favorites!Summers31 May 2017 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.Bryan17 Jun 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.Bryan19 Aug 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.Bryan16 Sep 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.Bryan21 Oct 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 Nov 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.Bryan16 Dec 2017 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 Jan 2018 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins B

Class handouts are available to our members for many of these classes here.

   
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