Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Congregational Church Records from the Colonial Era Online

Thanks goes to the Congregational Library and the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale as well as many local churches across New England for this rescued collection of early Colonial Era church records.

The records must be browsed rather than searched, but each record book is dated which makes browsing more focused.

The landing page presents you with an interactive map where you can zoom in, identify your area of interest, and click on an icon representing local church records, individual records, or organizational records. Each record book also has a finding aid to explain what the record contains, how it is organized, etc.

When you finally got to the point where you are looking at a digitized original record, you may find that it has be transcribed for you, but that is not true in all cases.

This collection is a challenge to use, but can yield rewards for your efforts beyond your expectations.

Read the introductory information below the map on the landing page to get started.

Check it out at:

Friday, May 22, 2020

PGS Events and More for the Week of 25 - 30 May 2020

23 MAY, SAT at 10am – 12pm RootsMagic User Group
Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Summers. To join the meeting, follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/774843754?pwd=Y1E0bS9VZHNWUHhlejVRd3JyR25ydz09.  If needed, Meeting ID is 774 843 754 and password is 2020.
“Using FamilySearch.org To Find Genealogical Records”  will be presented by Drew Smith for Suncoast Genealogy Society on Saturday May 23 from 1:30-3:30 via GoToMeeting. All are invited to join by clicking on the link below. https://www.gotomeet.me/RobertPIERRO/suncoast_genealogy
26 MAY, TUE at 1 – 3pm – PGS DNA User Group
Every month on the Fourth Tuesday. 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
To join the meeting, follow this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84574929851?pwd=bTRndktHUEVKcWhSaVp0aWtTTU5uUT09. If needed, Meeting ID: 845 7492 9851 and Password is 2020.

27 MAY, WED at 1 – 2:30pm Homestead Act
This is an in-depth treatment 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. Presented by Peter Summers. Join Zoom Meeting
If needed, Meeting ID is 841 0705 1445 and Password is 2020

A couple more things...
A new TV series, The Genetic Detective, starring well-known genetic genealogist CeCe Moore is scheduled to begin on 26 May 2020 on ABC at 10 pm. Check your TV listings

Free access to all military records on MyHeritage.com until 26 May. Go to https://bit.ly/36j1VHz to access.

McHenry, Illinois Local Obituary Database Online

Scroll down the landing page and click on "Local Obituaries." Three data sets are listed that you can click on. Doing so will take you to a PDF file that is organized alphabetically by surname.

The information given is name, date of death, date of newspaper, and page number. The obits range back to 1875, but read the explanation for each list to zero in on the dates covered.

Check it out at:

Monday, May 18, 2020

Greenwood Cemetery in Petosky, Michigan Online

This listing give a treasure trove of information if you are fortunate enough to have ancestors buried in the Greenwood Cemetery at Petosky, Michigan. Actually, the listing includes burials in other nearby cemeteries as well.

To get to the data, click on the "Research" tab near the top of the landing page, then click on "Genealogical Research" in the drop-down menu. That takes you to the first page of the alphabetical listing of over 81,000 records. You can browse the list or search by name.

When you search on a name and get a hit list, clicking on a hit will reveal detailed information. And here's the best part, that additional information may include a photo of the headstone and a digitized copy of the obituary. In fact, there are more than 60,000 obits in the collection.


Friday, May 15, 2020

PGS Events for the of 18-23 May 2020

How to use Zoom--Click the Zoom Orientation link at our website, pinellasgenealogysociety.com  

Reminder: Program Meeting tomorrow, 16 May 2020 at 11:00 AM, 
“MEET THE PILGRIMS!” -- You know them as monuments and myths, but in this session, we will get to know the Pilgrims as people! Understand their family ties, their jobs, their hopes, and their failures. Learn how our Pilgrim ancestors made gut-wrenching decisions while fleeing from England to Holland and finally to the New World where they survived to help found a new nation!  Presented by Lori Coffey. Join the meeting at https://bit.ly/3bDpsUK,  Meeting ID: 831 1835 2733
Password: 2020.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 at 1:00 pm. Orphan Trains: online presentation using Zoom.
Description:The story of the Orphan Trains, which relocated children from the eastern cities to rural farmlands, has become a part of American popular culture. This presentation explores the facts behind the legends; follows a group of children“placed-out” in 1880; and, provides resources available to learn more about the orphan trains and their riders. Presented by Karen Fortin.  

Join Zoom Meeting using this link

If needed, Meeting ID: 892 8181 7798 and password is 2020
Orphan Train handout at https://bit.ly/2SYVsfM    
Saturday, 23 May 2020 at 10:00 am. RootsMagic User Group  (RMUG) meeting .
Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Presented by Peter Summers.

To join the meeting, follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/774843754?pwd=Y1E0bS9VZHNWUHhlejVRd3JyR25ydz09 
If needed, Meeting ID is 774 843 754 and password is 2020. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Cemetery Records of Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery, Kirksville, Missouri

This listing comes to us in two databases: one being an alphabetical index of burials by name, and the second is a listing of graves by section name and number. First use the alphabetical index to get the grave location, then use that information in the second listing to get the most information: name, date of birth, date of death, and additional information.

It is that last element that can reveal tidbits of special importance such as relationships, number of wives, marriage dates, occupations, etc.