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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
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
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 Mar 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Ancestry.com--Level 1…Basic search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases.Bryan04 Mar 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 Mar 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins C
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).Summers09 Mar 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Fold3, Dropbox & Evernote for GenealogySummers10 Mar 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. Class is from 10 AM - 4 PM.Pearson11 Mar 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
French Canadian & Acadian Discussion GroupGrandmaison13 Mar 2015 10:30 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Introduction to Genealogy - 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 internetLuce14 Mar 2015 01:00 PMClearwater Public Library, 100 N. Osceola Avenue, Clearwater, FL
Italian Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)LeConte17 Mar 2015 01:00 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.Summers18 Mar 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
German Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)Dellinger20 Mar 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.Bryan21 Mar 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
Workshop tour of Genealogy Center showing the many genealogical research resources there.Stokes21 Mar 2015 12:30 PMLargo Library - Genealogy Center, 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.Summers23 Mar 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.Summers24 Mar 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Bounty Lands in Genealogy Research - Bounty Lands were used from before the Revolutionary War up until 1858 to reward military service and stimulate enlistment. Those records can confirm military service and even locate ancestors during and after hostilities. This class gives the history of the subject, what records are available, and where to find them.Summers25 Mar 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
RootsMagic User Group--Q & A and demos of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software programSummers28 Mar 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
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.Summers31 Mar 2015 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
DNA Testing for genealogy—What you can and cannot do with DNA testing relating to your family history—an introduction.Summers01 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 softwareHosmer04 Apr 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins C
Swedish Genealogy Interest GroupCharest06 Apr 2015 02:00 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 Bryan07 Apr 2015 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).Summers08 Apr 2015 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
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
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
England/Wales Genealogy Interest GroupPearson15 Apr 2015 01:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
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
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
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
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