Sunday, February 16, 2020

Several Online Files from the Swedish National Archives Available

If you are dong research on Swedish ancestors, this is a "must see" source of information: The Swedish National Archives.

Among other offerings are databases on the census, inventory of estates, and released prisoners. The digitised collections include church and court archives.

Check it out at:

Friday, February 14, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 17 - 22 February 2020

Tuesday, 18-Feb-20 at 1:00 PM--What Country Do I Live in Today? This class discusses the change of owners of the land that these people lived in even though they did not move - In many places such as Poland and Ukraine, the rulers were the Russians, Austro Hungarians, Polish, Germans during the war, and finally the present rulers. This class will discuss these changes of ownership from Yisker Books of a town in Ukraine and one in Poland, though it would probably also deal with other eastern European countries. van Heerden. Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 19-Feb-20 at 1:00 PM--FamilySearch Family Tree Interest Group. This class will explain and demonstrate how to use the powerful features of this universal family tree. Nerge, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 20-Feb-20 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group. Topics vary monthly. Customs and culture, review of online resources, strategies for breaking down walls. Members are given an opportunity to share their ancestor discoveries, their travels to Ireland, and topics of interest. Padgett, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Saturday, 22-Feb-20--8:00 AM--Annual Seminar. The PGS Annual Seminar features four presentation by Thomas Jones, our principal speaker, as well as three break-out speakers. The event runs from 8 AM to 4 PM with breakfast, snacks, and box lunch included in the ticket price.  See for details. This event is sold out and open to paid ticket holders only. No walk-ins. Jones, et al, Jenkins A, B, C, Largo Library.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

West Pasco County Genealogical Society Features Nan Colton at 19 February Meeting

The West Pasco County Genealogical Society Features Nan Colton at 19 February Meeting

“Remembering Anne Frank – Miep Gies”
Historical Character Performance To be Held February 19, 2020

New Port Richey, FL (January 13, 2020) The West Pasco County Genealogical Society (WPCGS) is pleased to welcome actress, playwright and storyteller Nan Colton to its February genealogical event. Ms. Colton will give a historical character performance and presentation of “Remembering Anne Frank – Miep Gies.” Colton’s performance will be included in the monthly Society gathering on Wednesday, February 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D.  Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson, FL 34667.

Colton, who has performed professionally on U.S. and international stages, will present an overview of the Frank family and the Dutch people’s humanitarian efforts in Nazi-occupied Holland. The presentation will be an engaging solo performance by Colton that delves into the life and times of Miep Gies, who was an integral member of the team that hid eight Jewish people, including Anne Frank and her family, in Amsterdam during World War II. Gies worked as a secretary in the office of Otto Frank. While millions of people know about Anne Frank, far fewer are aware of Miep Gies, the woman who sustained Frank and her family. The actions of Miep have had a special and enduring impact on history. Were it not for Miep Gies, the world would never have met Anne Frank. An interactive question and answer period will follow the performance.

Cost of the performance is $7.00 for non-members; for current Society members in good standing, the performance is free of charge. To ensure seating and materials availability, please register via text to 727-271-0770 or email:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Vernon County, Missouri Probate Records Online

The Vernon County, Historical Society located in Nevada, Missouri gives us this online index of local probate records. Each index record contains lots of information including name of deceased, heir, and administrator.

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 10-15 February 2020

Monday, 10-Feb-20 at 1:00 PM--FamilySearch Family Tree Introduction. The class will demonstrate how to build a family tree using the free  Most importantly it will show how to deal with incorrect information in a shared environment and encourage family contacts. Nerge, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 11-Feb-20 at 6:00 PM--Family Tree Maker Part 5 A detailed explanation and demonstration of the many features of this most popular genealogy database program. Hahn, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 13-Feb-20 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Introduction Part 2. This class will be a brief review of Class 1, and cover the timelines of Ireland's history, emigration, and major records. A step-by-step approach to tracing your ancestors through maps, and online records. Suggested: bring your ancestor(s) name(s), approximate date of birth, and approximate year of immigration. (Recommended: Class 1 and U.S. records search of your ancestor). Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 15-Feb-20 at 10:00 AM--Computers in Genealogy. Question and answer session on the use of computers in genealogy research and record keeping. Bryan, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 15-Feb-20 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting. Three Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results (Live Webinar) and PGS Salute to Volunteers. Diahan Southard  Jenkins B, Largo Library.

French Genealogical Word List Online at FamilySearch Wiki

/the FamilySearch Wiki gives us a helpful list of French genealogy-related words. Often when encountering documents written in other than English, being able to pick out key words in the text can be as useful as a full translation...or at least let you know if pursuing a full translation is necessary.

This word list is extensive, and is alphabetized to make its use manageable. If you are researching French ancestry, you will want this site in your list of favorites.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Summit View Cemetery, Guthrie, Oklahoma Burial Records Online

Scroll down the landing page to the section titled "Additional Information" for a link to the burial records. You can search by last name to get grave location and birth and death dates. There is also a map of the cemetery that you can download.

The burials date back to the late 1800's and include some notables from the "Wild West" era.

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