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Previous Programs offered by PGS

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DescriptionPresenterDateLocation
Your Ancestor's Fan Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick WallsDrew Smith20 May 2017 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
How Do You Know You Have the Right John Smith?Debbe Hagner15 Apr 2017 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Lecture Series:
Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors & Online Sources for Irish Research
Donna Moughty18 Mar 2017 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Annual General / Business MeetingKaren Fortin18 Feb 2017 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Franco-American/French Canadian ResearchTerry & Jim Willard21 Jan 2017 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Christmas Party - Show & TellVarious17 Dec 2016 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Lecture Series: Privacy Concerns for Genealogists
and
Cloudy with a Chance for Genealogy: Genealogy in the Cloud

From 11 AM to 3 PM - Bring your lunch, or use the cafe
Dick Eastman19 Nov 2016 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Your Journey Story - Writing Family HistoryPatricia Carpentier15 Oct 2016 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process
Drew will give us tips for staying on track and avoiding the temptation to chase those bright shiny objects. "The research process includes goals, questions, sources, information, information, evidence and conclusions. Learn to use task management software and research logs and other tools to keep on track."
Drew Smith17 Sep 2016 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Preserving Our Personal Archives (and An Update on Heritage Village)James Schnur, USFSP & Patricia Landon, Museum Specialist, Heritage Village20 Aug 2016 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Field Trip - The Armed Forces Military Museum
Where: (34th way can be found off Ulmerton Rd between Starkey and Belcher Roads)
When: 10:30 am, Saturday, July 16th, guided tour begins at 10:45
Meet: At the entrance to the Museum
Bring: A list (and a picture if you have one) of an ancestor or family member who served in any of America's Wars beginning with WWI
Cost: $13.00 special entrance fee for adults (usually $17.95), children $8.00, active military and 20+ year retired military enter FREE

DOOR PRIZE !!! Win a tank ride for four in a WWII M8 Reconnaissance Vehicle. All attendees eligible to participate in the free lucky draw.
None16 Jul 2016 10:45 AMArmed Forces Military Museum - 2050 34th Way N - Largo, FL
An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
This talk will focus on the unique challenges and rewards of Jewish genealogy - how it is different and often more difficult for many reasons among which are: the diaspora (the Babylonian exile from their original homeland and repeated forced dispersion of Jews from one country to another during the past 2,000 years); the changing borders of Eastern European countries from which most American Jews came; Jewish resistance to civil authority in Imperial Russia, the lack of surnames before the 18th century, the Holocaust, and name changes and spelling variations by early immigrants to America. Bill will discuss some of the more widely used specialized research resources for Jewish genealogy, and he will illustrate his talk with examples of how he was able to discover and document his own Jewish family history.
Bill Israel18 Jun 2016 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Tracing Your Colonial New England AncestorsTerry & Jim Willard21 May 2016 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Seeking Your Scots-Irish Ancestors
Scots-Irish, Scotch-Irish or Ulster Scots are all names referring to a group of people who initially came from Scotland into Northern Ireland, and then to America. This lecture looks at the history of their immigration and strategies to help you get them back to a locality in Ireland.
Donna Moughty16 Apr 2016 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Using DNA for Genealogy - Presented by Jim Lannin the coordinator of the Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group of The Villages Genealogical Society.Jim Lannin19 Mar 2016 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Mini Seminar
England and Wales
Liz will give two presentations that should appeal to those of you who have English or Welsh ancestors. The topics will address the counties of England and Wales from 1065 to the present, and how to locate and access the records held within various record offices.
Liz Pearson12 Mar 2016 01:00 PMLargo Library - Jenkins Room C
Annual Business MeetingVarious20 Feb 2016 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Pinellas Genealogy Society 2016 Seminar - more information C Ann Staley, others13 Feb 2016 08:30 AMLargo Library - Jenkins and others
Ten Ways to Be a Better AncestorPaul Enchelmayer16 Jan 2016 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Mini Seminar
Push and Pull, The Reasons for Migration
The U.S. Naturalization Process and Documents: 1790 – 1954

Doors will open at 12:30 and the mini-seminar will end at 4:00 PM.
George Morgan09 Jan 2016 01:00 PMLargo Library - Jenkins Room B
Christmas Party - Show & TellVarious19 Dec 2015 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Introduction to US Immigration RecordsGeorge Morgan21 Nov 2015 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Was Your Ancestor Accused of Being a Witch?: Exploring the Colonial New England Witchcraft Trials – We have been fascinated by the stories of the New England witchcraft trials, particularly those in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, for hundreds of years. This presentation will explore what happened and what our ancestors believed, and try to explain why these events took place.Karen Fortin17 Oct 2015 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
HistoryGeo: Tracing Your Family History through Land Ownership Maps

HistoryGeo is a new subscription website available free at Largo Library.
Susan Luce19 Sep 2015 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Crowd Sourcing your Brick WallsVarious15 Aug 2015 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
PGS July Field Trip to the LDS Family History Center - We will visit our local LDS Family History Center. LDA genealogy volunteers will give us a tour of the Center and demonstrate its resources and how to use them. Then they will stand ready to help us use those resources to work on our own research. Bring your genealogy questions and perhaps you will be able to find and order the microfilm containing that elusive document you have been hunting.

When: 11:00 am

Where: 9000 106th Ave N, Largo, FL (off Starkey Road, the second street south of Bryan Dairy Road) When driving south on Starkey Road, 106th is the second right turn after crossing Bryan Dairy Road. The church will be on your left. The Family History Center is in the back, so drive around the church and park in the back.

Getting there: Drive directly there or meet at the Largo Library at 10:20 for a 10:30 departure.

For questions call Debbie Schuler (727) 470-9967
Contact: Mark Jones18 Jul 2015 10:30 AMLDS Family History Center, 9000 106th Ave, Largo, FL
Surveying the Land: Domain or Metes and Bounds or What?Diana Crisman Smith20 Jun 2015 10:30 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Sidestep Genealogy

Brick wall research blocks are inevitable. We strive to start with ourselves and work backwards, but sometimes there are impediments that stop us in our tracks. It is then that we must use our most creative research skills, and it is essential that we move to other family members. That means researching our ancestors' siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, and the collateral lines with which they are connected.
George Morgan16 May 2015 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
What Can Your Ancestors' Religion Reveal About Them
When Conducting Genealogy Research it quickly becomes apparent that the beliefs of our ancestors influenced their life choices in a myriad of ways. Therefore, it must play the same role in our research. Understanding the beliefs of our ancestors i.e.: what they believed and how they practiced their beliefs in historical context may shed light on possible migration patterns, activities of daily life and even their associations and business choices. Each Religion has its own history, its own battles for legitimacy, and their fight for the freedom to worship as they pleased. It is through these lenses that we must view our ancestors or the true picture of their lives is missing valuable context. This lecture illustrates the age-old question: Why is religion relevant…to my research?
Debra Fleming18 Apr 2015 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Google+ for Genealogists

How can genealogists use Google+? Learn to use its features to tell others about yourself, to store and quickly share photos and digitized documents, to form organized groups of researchers, to facilitate ad hoc face-to-face group meetings, to set up topics of interest, and to keep up with information shared by others.
Drew Smith21 Mar 2015 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Annual Meeting
Guest speaker will be Parks Honeywell Chm, Operation Ancestor Search, and Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). It is a program to train Wounded Warriors in VA hospitals on how to research their family history. Ancestry.com gives each service man or woman a one year subscription to the world edition of ancestry.com. The SAR then trains them on how to use it.
Parks Honeywell, CHN21 Feb 2015 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Pinellas Genealogy Society 2015 Seminar - more informationJohn Philip Colletta - principle speaker14 Feb 2015 08:00 AMLargo Library - Various
Who is the Head of this Household?

The shocking news is that the census was not created for genealogists!  In spite of that, the census taker gathered lots of genealogical information you’ll want to investigate. Donna will discuss why the census was created and how to use various finding aids that will equip you to use these records wisely in your family search.
Donna Moughty17 Jan 2015 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Holiday Party

We will have 3x5 index cards for you to list up to six surnames that you are researching. These are to be attached (taped) to your name badge and will enable you get to know others better and possibly find a relative!
 20 Dec 2014 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Tracing Your DNA: The Amazing Journey of Your Ancestors
It is now possible to, relatively inexpensively, have a sample of your DNA tested, analyzed and compared to learn more about your ancestry and lineage than ever before. Learn about the three types of DNA testing used in genetic genealogy research and how the results can be used to determine recent family lineage and historic migrations of the human race. The class includes related case studies and an overview of the National Geographic Genographic Project and world population haplogroups.
David Boyette15 Nov 2014 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Pinellas by the Decades - Jim Schnur, President of Pinellas Historical Society will presentJim Schnur18 Oct 2014 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Historical Maps for the Genealogist

When paired with other sources of genealogical data, historical maps can be a powerful tool to connect with generations past. But where can you find them, and what do all the strange symbols they contain mean? Rebecca O’Sullivan, archaeologist and the Outreach Coordinator for the West Central office of the Florida Public Archaeology Network at the University of South Florida, will discuss the ways different historical maps such as Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, Plat maps, and Coastal Survey maps can be used in your research. She will talk about the many digital and paper sources for these maps, as well as how to locate the map you need, and the possible information about your ancestors it might contain.
Rebecca O'Sullivan20 Sep 2014 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
John Germany Library, Tampa Genealogy Collection - Lee McQueary, the Librarian, will highlight their genealogy collection and touch on a variety of genealogy print, microform and electronic resources.Lee McQueary16 Aug 2014 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Scams and Frauds for seniors - Officer Poinsette, Senior Service Office of the Largo Police Department will present the topic. There are lots of scam artists out there, and lots of people too willing to trust them. Seniors are often the target of these scams.Officer Poinsette19 Jul 2014 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Largo Historical Society Museum Tour 10-12 noon
Our tour guide will be Largo Historical Society President Don Forehand. The museum is located in the Historic Feed Store, which has been renovated and serves as the home of the Largo Area Historical Society.
Don Forehand21 Jun 2014 10:00 AMLargo Historical Society Museum, 295 Central Park Dr Largo, FL 33771
Armed Forces History Museum
Bill Allen, an Ex POW of the Korean War, will speak on military history and the role of Armed Forces History Museum as well as his own experiences as a POW for 31 months. He is the author of the book titled My Old Box of Memories which goes into detail about his POW experience.
Bill Allen17 May 2014 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Panel Discussion/Workshop - How to get the most out of the Largo Library Genealogy Center CollectionVarious19 Apr 2014 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Extra! Extra! Read All About Your Ancestors! - See the wealth of research information that can be found in newspapers. Learn how to locate some of those little gems with published extracts, online and printed indexes, and online searches.Jeffrey A Bockman15 Mar 2014 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Annual Meeting with a report on the state of the society.

In addition we'll have a social breakout session with an opportunity to discuss and share with peers in groups covering English, German, French-Canadian, and Swedish ancestry.
Karen Fortin15 Feb 2014 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Pinellas Genealogy Society 2014 Seminar - more informationJack Butler - principle speaker08 Feb 2014 08:00 AMLargo Library - Various
I Couldn’t Put it Down! Series: Create a NextGen Family History Book - This talk provides specifics about the process of putting together a short-form family history book that can be printed and later easily transferred to a digital format with multimedia (video and audio clips). This type of book is 12"x12" large exhibit-format and image-rich - more like a magazine style format than a scrapbook, usually under 100 pages, often 2 or 4 pages per ancestor, and is similar to a beautiful coffee table book.Marlis Humphrey (Live Webinar)18 Jan 2014 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Holiday Party, election of officers and Show & Tell - bring a family heirloom 21 Dec 2013 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
The FamilySerach.org you love, only better
Debbe Hagner will explore the FamilySearch.org new enhancements. She will discuss how they have made it easier to connect with generations past, share memories with loved ones in the present, and preserve your legacy for the future.
Debbe Hagner16 Nov 2013 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Finding Florida: Revisiting the Guide to the Southernmost State
During the Great Depression, the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration hired writers throughout the United States to develop tour books for each state. The authors of Florida’s book included Stetson Kennedy and Zora Neale Hurston. The book that resulted from their efforts, Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State captured a slice of life along Florida’s roadways just before America’s entry into the Second World War. This presentation relives Cathy Salustri’s experience of taking “the ultimate Florida road trip” to retrace the paths followed by Hurston and Kennedy more than seven decades ago.
Cathy Salustri19 Oct 2013 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Discover how to use Largo Library for your Genealogy Research
Did you know that you can use other areas outside the Genealogy Collection to research your family history? The library is filled with exciting adventures and other worlds you can explore. Britney Hord will share with you what’s available in the Largo Library to help you with your family history.
Britney Hord, Largo Library Service Coordinator21 Sep 2013 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Identity Theft and Genealogy
Wendy, of Legal Shield, will discuss.
Wendy Swertfeger17 Aug 2013 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Tour of the Clearwater Courthouse
We will be moving inside at 11 AM. All must be present before then to join the tour. We will be locked into the building because it is closed on the weekends.
Damon Hostetler20 Jul 2013 11:00 AMClearwater Courthouse, meet at parking lot 400 South Ft. Harrison, Clearwater, FL
Genealogy Journal Writing - We all love reading about our ancestors' lives in their diaries and journals. But what about our own lives? Isn't it time we started writing our memoirs to pass on to our children and grandchildren? Linda Burhans will discuss how you can start your own private or public journal for your descendants.Linda Burhans –Author/Speaker15 Jun 2013 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Putting Leaves on the Family Tree -Tracing our ancestors’ names tells us who we came from. But names don’t tell stories — their loves, losses, joys, and wisdom — and it’s through those we discover how we came to be who we are. By preserving the nuggets we manage to glean, by recording the family tales we grew up hearing, and preserving the lessons of our own lives, we create a legacy that connects us all across time. Paula Stahel, a past president of the Association of Personal Historians, an international organization, will share the far-reaching benefits of passing down our memories, and how preserving yours will enhance your descendants’ lives for generations to come.Paula Stahel, Past President, Association of Personal Historians18 May 2013 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Daughters of American Revolution
Did your ancestors contribute to the American Revolution? If your roots go back to colonial America, you may find patriots on your family tree. Find out how to research your patriot ancestors, and learn about membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Presenter Catherine Paunov is Regent of the Boca Ciega Chapter DAR, and presenter Angela Falsey is a librarian at the Sarasota County Libraries and Chapter Achievement Chairman for the Boca Ciega Chapter DAR.
Catherine Paunov and Angela Falsey20 Apr 2013 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Effective Online Queries - Many millions of genealogy queries can already be found on the Internet. Will yours become lost among the crowd? Find out how to construct and post effective queries so that yours get noticed!Drew Smith16 Mar 2013 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Annual Meeting with a report on the state of the societyDavid W Dillinger16 Feb 2013 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Pinellas Genealogy Society 2013 SeminarSharon DeBartolo Carmack - principle speaker09 Feb 2013 08:30 AMLargo Library - Various
New Ways to Research Our RootsGeorge Morgan19 Jan 2013 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Holiday Party and Heirloom Show and Tell and election of officers 14 Dec 2012 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Acadians: Search for Your French Canadian Ancestors - Terry and Jim where co-hosts for the popular PBS television series Ancestors from 1995 to 2000. They have both has active careers in education.Jim and Terry Willard17 Nov 2012 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
A Strategy for Research Success: How to Analyze Your Evidence and Plan Your Next Step - Finding documents and evidence about your ancestors is just the beginning. Whether or not your research is successful depends on the ability to analyze what you find and to plan the next step. You must learn to see the big picture.Sharon Tate Moody 20 Oct 2012 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life - One Bite at a Time - An informative presentation that focuses on the different methods of preserving family history and how to take facts of ancestral information, like names, places and dates, and turn them into interesting and enjoyable stories without fictionalizing the material.Patricia Charpentier15 Sep 2012 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
The War of 1812: What Happened, Where are the RecordsPeter Summers18 Aug 2012 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Field trip to the Florida Holocaust Museum, located at 55 Fifth Street South, St. Petersburg, FL. 21 Jul 2012 11:00 AMFlorida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth Street South, St. Petersburg, FL.
Pioneer Pinellas: A Methodist Register and the Quest for Independence - Jim is the Special Collections Librarian at USF St Petersburg, and Kate is a graduate student at the USF School of Information. Kate will describe her work reviewing the contents of a late 19th century Methodist register that documents some of the earliest church rosters in what was then western Hillsborough County. Most of the lists of pioneer families predate the arrival of the Orange Belt Railway in 1888 or the earliest establishment of St. Petersburg. This document is part of the Special Collections and University Archives at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at USF St. Petersburg.Jim Schnur and Kate Stanfield 16 Jun 2012 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Surname Search: - Ya Gotta Think Out of the Box - Joanne served as President of the Charlotte County Genealogical Society for 2002-3. She was the editor of their newsletter, Geneagram, for 10 years. She taught Genealogy on the Internet at Edison College through the Learning in Retirement Program. She was awarded the FSGS Genealogy Outstanding Achievement Award in 2004 and 2005.Joanne Ryder19 May 2012 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
History's Mysteries: The Genealogy of a Town Lynne is the author of Images of America and Gulfport: A Definitive History, vols I and II. She is a board member of the Gulfport Historical Society, Gulfport Arts Center and Friends of the Gulfport Library.Lynne Brown21 Apr 2012 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
The Deceptive Ancestor? Separating Family Fiction from FactPaul Enchelmayer17 Mar 2012 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Annual Business Meeting 18 Feb 2012 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium
Annual SeminarColleen Fitzpatrick - principle speaker11 Feb 2012 08:30 AMLargo Library - Various
Your Medical Heritage: How Genealogy can Save Your LifeDebra Fleming21 Jan 2012 11:00 AMLargo Library - Jenkins Auditorium

Guests are warmly welcomed and encouraged to attend.

   
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