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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
Searching internet for online scanned books (google books, heritage quest, ancestry.com, and many other sources)Summers20 Aug 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Death Records - sources and where to find themBryan27 Aug 2014 06:00 PMLargo 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.Summers03 Sep 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 softwareHosmer06 Sep 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins C
DNA Testing for genealogy—What you can and cannot do with DNA testing relating to your family history—an introduction.Summers08 Sep 2014 06:00 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.Summers09 Sep 2014 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.Summers10 Sep 2014 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Non-population Census SchedulesSummers13 Sep 2014 01:00 PMImperial Polk Society, Bartow, FL
Digital Cameras in genealogy--The digital camera is one of the most important tools for the genealogists. This class will discuss the important features of cameras, and demonstrate how to make the best use of the digital camera in your research.Bryan15 Sep 2014 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.Bryan17 Sep 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
England & Wales Genealogy--How to access the parish records of birth / christening / marriage / burials from 1538 to the present. Instructor Liz Pearson is from England and is well-versed in finding these free records.Pearson18 Sep 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 Sep 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
Fold3, Dropbox & Evernote for GenealogySummers22 Sep 2014 06:00 PMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Land ownership maps for tracking your family historyLuce24 Sep 2014 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 programSummers27 Sep 2014 10:00 AMLargo 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 Bryan29 Sep 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 internetBryan30 Sep 2014 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).Summers01 Oct 2014 10:00 AMLargo 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.
Summers02 Oct 2014 12:30 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 softwareHosmer04 Oct 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins C
Genealogical Proof--This class explains how to evaluate the evidence we collect as we build our family trees. Some sources are more reliable, some records bring us closer to the actual event, and some information is more “on point.” How do we rank all of this as we try to assemble genealogical “truth”? The class uses the “Genealogical Proof Standard” as the guide.Summers06 Oct 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library, Local History Room, 2nd Floor
England & Wales Genealogy-next step 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.Pearson08 Oct 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room?, 2nd Floor
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 road, city, political, insurance, and migration maps.Summers11 Oct 2014 10:00 AMPasco Genealogy Society
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.Various11 Oct 2014 12:00 PMLargo Library - Jenkins A & B
GENEALOGY SOFTWARE UTILITIES-Part II -- Demonstration of several utility programs useful for genealogy such as: Dropbox, Skype, Google Voice, Google Earth, Evernote, Mozy/Carbonite online backup, Online software (Googledocs), automatic backup software, GEDCOM utilities and more.Summers13 Oct 2014 06:00 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.Summers16 Oct 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.Bryan18 Oct 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Room
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.Hostetler20 Oct 2014 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.Summers21 Oct 2014 06:00 PMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
Ancestry.com--search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases.Bryan22 Oct 2014 10:00 AMLargo Library - Local History Room, 2nd Floor
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
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
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
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
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
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Class handouts are available to our members for many of these classes here.

   
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