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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
Courthouse Records--types available, where and how to find them and their use in genealogyHostetler27 Oct 2014 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.Summers28 Oct 2014 10:00 AMLargo 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.Bryan29 Oct 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 softwareHosmer01 Nov 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins C
Fold3, Dropbox & Evernote for Genealogy—How to use these valuable tools for genealogy research.Summers03 Nov 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Female ancestors--techniques and tips for tracing the maternal side of your family tree.Bryan04 Nov 2014 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 internetBryan05 Nov 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
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.Summers08 Nov 2014 10:00 AMPasco Genealogy Society
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 and will show a case study.Bryan10 Nov 2014 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Immigration Records and Ships Passenger Lists-How to use themSummers12 Nov 2014 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Canadian Genealogy Interest Group--a discussion group on how to pursue your French-Canadian ancestryGrandmaison13 Nov 2014 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 Nov 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
Workshop tour of genealogy center showing the many genealogical research resources thereStokes15 Nov 2014 12:30 PMLargo Library Genealogy Center, 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 Bryan17 Nov 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
England & Wales Genealogy plus workshop.

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.
Pearson19 Nov 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
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.Summers20 Nov 2014 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 programSummers22 Nov 2014 10:00 AMLargo 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.Fortin02 Dec 2014 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Homestead Act-History Series
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. 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.
Summers05 Dec 2014 01:00 PMAging Well Center, 1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL
Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database softwareHosmer06 Dec 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins C
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
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
Canadian Genealogy Interest GroupGrandmaison08 Jan 2015 10:30 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd 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
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
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
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
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
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 Mar 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.Bryan18 Apr 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.Bryan16 May 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.Bryan20 Jun 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.Bryan18 Jul 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.Bryan15 Aug 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room

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

   
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