Friday, October 7, 2022

PGS Events for the week of 10-15 October 2022

 Tuesday, 11-Oct-22 at 1:00 PM. Library Databases--There are several databases subscribed to by the Largo Public Library that support genealogy research. Ancestry and Heritage Quest are the most well-known, but there are also American Ancestors, Godfrey Library, HistoryGeo, FindMyPast, and others. This class shows how to find and use those databases. Summers, Hybrid-Local History Room and Zoom.

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Saturday, 15-Oct-22 at 11:00 AM. Program Meeting--No Easy Button. Using Immersion Genealogy to Understand Your Ancestors-- Family history is much more than names, dates, and places, or boxes, lines, and charts. For 21st century genealogists, it is easy to limit our research to the documents or other facts we find online. Take your research to the next step to understand your ancestors’ lives through “immersion genealogy.” We will learn the process of discovering where they lived, worked, and worshipped, and experiencing those customs and traditions they passed down. We will also discuss key resources, methodology, and tips for reaching out to relatives and repositories, and how to make the most out of a trip to your ancestor’s hometown (near or far).      Hybrid-Jenkins B and Zoom        

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Family History Assistance Day is coming up on 29 October. This is where you bring your research papers, and with the assistance of a volunteer researcher, you explore the Internet to further fill out your family tree. This is a great opportunity for those just starting out in their genealogy research, as well as for experienced researchers who need another set of eyes to help move through a pesky research question.

The event runs from 11am to 4pm on a first-come-first-served basis.

This year there are two ways you can participate: in person or virtually.

For those who wish to participate in person, bring your research  question to Jenkins Room A between 11am and 4pm and we’ll pair you with a volunteer. No advanced registration is necessary.

For those who wish to participate via the Internet, you can do so using Zoom. You need to register ahead of time, but you will be served in the order that you log into the meeting. You can find the URL to register at the 29 October calendar entry in the PGS Website home page. We hold Family History Assistance Day twice a year, and it has proven to be a popular event. It’s open to the public and it’s free. 

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Manatee Genealogical Society Features Margaret Kapustiak at Virtual Program on 1 November 2022


The Manatee Genealogical Society invites guests to its virtual meeting and program on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, from 10:00am to 12:00 pm EST.  The program speaker, Margaret (Peg) Kapustiak, will present "Researching Online Update for 2022/23.” 

This program will discuss new sources and ways to verify your pre-internet research, plus provide comparisons of to new ideas and reminders for experienced and entry level historians.  Peg will also provide practical tips, sources and websites, plus suggestions on helpful information. 

Peg has been a genealogist/family historian for 44 years, researching in Chicago, the Midwest, New England and New York state, plus 10 countries in Europe and Asia.  She has provided over 155 talks to 46 national and international organizations in the past 21 years. 

Guests must register at least one day in advance by emailing:

For more information, please visit the website at: .

Friday, September 30, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 2-8 October 2022

 Thursday, 6-Oct-22 at 7:00 PM. DNA Basics III ( DNA): By looking at DNA test results through the lens of one of the most popular testing companies, class participants will be able to apply what they have learned in Basics I and II to their understanding of their own test results at  This class reviews the tools and resources available through Ancestry DNA.  While Basics I & II are recommended, they are not required prior to taking this class. Manning/Luce          Zoom Only.

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Saturday, 8-Oct-22 at 1:00 PM. DNA-Advanced Genetic Genealogy--This is a series of discussions led by David Vance, author of The Genealogist's Guide to Y-DNA Testing for Genetic Genealogy. David will present a close review of Family Tree DNA's new Discover tool and also look at charting options for DNA discoveries. Manning/Luce     Zoom Only.

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Listing of High School and College Yearbooks Onliine

 Thanks to "The Ancestor Hunt" Blog for this list of free high school and college year books on line.

When you get to the landing page, scroll down a bit and you will hit several articles about researching yearbooks, and then an alphabetical list of South Carolina cities and their associated schools. The name of the school is a hot link.

Some of the destinations may not be complete in process. But the resource is substantial.

Check it out:

Friday, September 23, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 27 September to 1 October

 Tuesday, 27-Sep-22 at 11:00 AM. DNA Basics II ( DNA):          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, hybrid--Jenkins C and via Zoom.

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Tuesday, 27-Sep-22 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, hybrid--Jenkins C and via Zoom.

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Thursday, 29-Sep-22 at 1:00 PM. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC): History and Research. The CCC was a major governmental program of the New Deal that sought to employ millions of destitute young men of the Depression Era. Although the term “CCC” is usually recognized, few specifics are generally known about the program. This presentation recounts the history and accomplishments of the CCC, as well as characteristics of the corps members and camp life. It will also explore where records can be found and how to order them if needed. Summers, hybrid--Local History Room and via Zoom.

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Saturday, 1-Oct-22 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, Zoom Only.

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Use of the Alternate Name Field in Your Family Tree

 Thanks to Randy Seaver for the informative article in his blog, Genea-Musings, on using alternate names in his family tree. 

Lots of details, lots of examples, and several links to other resources make this article a pleasure to read.

Check it out at: