Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Washington County, Maryland Free Library offers many local resources

 The link below takes you to the library's genealogy resources as the landing page. A quick scroll down the page gives you an appreciation for the breadth and depth of their holdings. They range from obits to newspapers, from marriage records to school records, from court records to land records, and more.

On top of that, the staff is available on request to do a basic search of local histories, family genealogies, cemetery  records, etc. Although the service is free, donations to the library are appreciated.

If you have Maryland ancestors, check it out.


Saturday, February 27, 2021

PGS Events for the Week of 1 - 6 March 20221

 Wednesday, 3-Mar-21 at 6:00 PM. 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. Summers. Online Class – Webinar

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctceGhrT4sGt0rTbXjmm_X46Dez5Tw9gGP

Thursday, 4-Mar-21 at 7:00 PM  DNA Basics.  DNA Basics II (Shared Matches):  This class focuses on how to use DNA "cousin" matching in your research. Whether it is called "Shared Matches", "In Common With", or some other title, all of the primary DNA companies have tools that allow you to analyze your matches based on the groups that have DNA in common. DNA Basics I is recommended, but not required before attending Basics II. Manning/Luce, Online Class – Webinar

Register in advance for this meeting:

Saturday, 6-Mar-21 at 10:00 AM. Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. Bryan, Online Class – Webinar


Friday, February 26, 2021

Ancestry.com Provides Logic for Multi-generational DNA testing

 Everyone has their own reasons for taking a DNA test, so who in the family to test is a personal decision. But if you are new to genetic genealogy, you may like to see some rationale contributing to that testing question. An article in the Ancestry Blog by J. Smith titled "How Many DNA Tests Does One Family Need?" does that.

Admittedly, since Ancestry is a testing company, they have an interest in seeing lots of people getting tested. That aside, the article gives a concise, understandable explanation of the possible gains that might flow from different members of your family (siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins, uncles, aunts, and even children) being tested.


Friday, February 19, 2021

PGS Events for the Week of 22 - 27 February 2021

Tuesday, 23-Feb-21 at 1:00 PM DNA Interest Group. Learn how to interpret your DNA test results, and apply those results to your current family history research. Join our casual group as we research and learn together. Manning/Luce. Online Class – Webinar.

Register at 


Wednesday, 24-Feb-21 at 6:00 PM. 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. Summers, Online Class – Webinar.

Register at 


Thursday, 25-Feb-21 at 1:00 PM, Digital Images in Genealogy. This is a beginner level class on processing digitized images and using them in your genealogy research. This class will focus on the basic operations of importing, organizing, enhancing, and manipulating digital image files stored on your computer. We will cover how to acquire the image files (camera, email, scanner, internet) and demonstrate the use of a couple of Windows apps useful for scanning images and snipping portions of a document or webpage. We will introduce the use of the powerful, free graphic viewer, Irfanview, to accomplish many tasks that you may want to do to make your family history story more interesting. Bryan, Online Class – Webinar.

Saturday, 27-Feb-21 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group. Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Summers, Online Class – Webinar.

Register at  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlceCt

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Fund Raising Opportunity to Support The Largo Public Library


We have the potential to earn $10,000 for programs and services for the Largo Public Library for the next few weeks!

You know how important the Largo Library and its Genealogy Center are to the genealogical community of Pinellas County and beyond. Here is an opportunity to earn money for the library with very little effort and no direct cash contribution from you.

From now until March 9th you can help fundraise for the Largo Library Foundation (GLLF) simply by sharing your opinions on popular brands and companies. It’s basically a quick survey that takes only 60 seconds of your time. Each opinion you share creates up to $2 towards GLLF!

Here are the details!

  • You can sign up on your computer or phone.
  • To sign up on your computer, click here- https://hundredxinc.com/impactwithfeedback 
  • To sign up on your phone, text “IMPACT2021 (no spaces) to 31996”
  • Be sure to select the Greater Largo Library Foundation as the organization you're supporting when you sign up!



·      When you join Express Feedback for Good your personal information is not sold or shared. During the campaign, you will receive reminders from EFG to submit feedback. You may opt out at any time.

·       Must be 18 years or older to participate.

·       Each individual can complete 75 surveys ($2 x 75 = $150!!) during the campaign.

·       Quality feedback is defined as spending more than 30 seconds per opinion.

·       When you sign up, the company will send daily reminders to provide feedback in order to support GLLF, if you don’t want a daily text select email as your preferred method of contact.

·       Please don’t forget to select Greater Largo Library Foundation as the organization you are supporting.

Family Tree University Winter 2021 Virtual Genealogy Conference March 12-14 2021


Winter 2021 Virtual Genealogy Conference

Over the course of three days, you'll get access to the latest research methods for finding your family history, from DNA testing and the latest technology to new resources and search tools. You'll get 15 presentations that you can download and keep, along with several live Q&As, access to professional genealogists through the discussion boards. Sign up now to reap the rewards of a fun-filled genealogy weekend - and watch your family tree grow.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Got An Ancestor From 1800s San Francisco, California? Check This Out

If you have tracked an ancestor to San Francisco in the 1800s time frame, this Maritime Heritage Project website may have information you are looking for. You can find ships, captains, passengers, and more.

The following characterization is taken from the website:

"Stories of Maritime Nations, Merchants, Captains, Ships and Passenger Lists of opportunists and immigrants sailing from world seaports into San Francisco Bay during the 1800s