Wednesday, December 31, 2008
About half way down the home page on the left hand side is a hyperlink to "Genealogy and Local History." That will lead you to further clicks covering a variety of topics. Of particular interest is the link to "Illinois Relatives: Online Records." Here you will find cemetery and city directory records among other selections.
The site is nicely arranged and easy to use, but don't expect completeness. Some of the links to certain types of data lead to deadends. That simply means the site is a work in process and more information will be added over time. It is worth checking our, however, because some of the data you find there is fairly unique.
Date: TUESDAY, January 6, 2009
Where: Manatee Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd.
West Bradenton, Florida
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The guest speaker is Drew Smith, of the Florida Genealogy Society in Tampa...who, by the way is going to be our speaker in March. His topic is titled: "Kicking the Tires of Genealogy Software."
Saturday, December 27, 2008
The sites you are taken to are for the modern day paper, but from those sites you may find access to archives that can take you back to the time of your ancestors. Archive access is determined by the individual newspaper, but it may be worth checking out.
Don't forget that the Largo Library also has those censuses available in microfilm, as well as some years and schedules that Ancestry does not yet have. Check them out.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Dick Eastman's recent newletter contained an article about a video that helps explain the use of DNA in genealogy. Scott R. Woodward, executive director of Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation is the presenter. He explains what DNA is and then goes on to explain how it is used in genealogy to show relationships between individuals and groups.
The video is 16 minutes long and well-worth viewing if you are new to this area of genealogy. You can find the video at:
Monday, December 15, 2008
As many of you know, Emily was a long-time member and active contributor to the PGS. For those of you who wish to pay your respects, a service will be held at 3 PM on Friday, 19 Dec at the Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home at 7820 38th Ave N., St. Petersburg.
Our best thought are with Emily's family.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
"Historians hope a new Web database will help bring millions of blacks closer to their African ancestors who were forced onto slave ships, connecting them to their heritage in a way that has long been possible for white Europeans.
"Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database" launched Friday in conjunction with a conference at Emory University marking the bicentennial of the official end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in 1808. Emory spearheaded the two-year interactive project, which is free to the public.
"Genealogy and DNA tracing have gained popularity for blacks looking to trace their slave roots, and "Voyages" could help give a fuller picture of slavery for a culture stripped of its heritage... You can read more in an Associated Press story at http://tinyurl.com/5rgam7." [This is well worth the read to put the capabilities of the database in context.]
You can visit the website at http://www.slavevoyages.org/
Thursday, December 4, 2008
But beware, this is not a snap to use. It will require a lot of experimentation and help-reading to be able to get it to do the things you may want it to do to improve your photos. But if you have imiges of old photos that are damaged (torn, creased, water damaged, faded, etc), this program can do a lot to improve them. Just be patient and realize that to most good and powerful things there is a learning curve.
We can make some demonstrations available of there is a demand. Just let me or Bob Bryan know if you are interested and we will set it up.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
It is "The Olden Times: Historic Newspapers Online" and is found at http://theoldentimes.com/
January 24, 2009
Oldsmar Library Community Room
400 St Petersburg Drive East, Oldsmar, FL.
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
The Three D’s: Deeds, Death and Divorce
Google for Genealogists
Also a huge used genealogy book and periodical sale!
Plus Creative Memories Vendor Sue Wilson!
For additional information Contact: Ann James
Monday, December 1, 2008
"After 40 years in existence, the Sangamon County Genealogical Society is shutting down next month. Declining membership and dues revenue, as well as the abundance of genealogical information available on the Internet, all contributed to the group’s demise, its leaders said this week."
Althought the Sangamon society's situation is different from ours, it typifies the challenge that faces all genealogy societies today. That is why we work so hard to keep our members interested and engaged...it is why we focus so greatly on programs, classes, and education in general. And it is why we at the PGS are so pleased that our membership remains enthusiastic and growing.
This unfortunate news from Sangamon underscores the essential value of membership. Thanks to all of you who support your genealogy society through volunteering to work on projects, signing up as consultants, serving on the board, coming to hear our speakers, attending classes, and (most fundamentally) for contributing your membership.
Is this a good time to ask?......have you renewed your membership for 2009 yet?
Sunday, November 30, 2008
2 Dec., 12 PM
5 Dec., 12 PM
9 Dec., 10 AM
No advanced notice is necessary, just show up and join in.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
There are both part-time and full-time jobs in the Tampa Bay Area. Individuals will be compensated for participating in training, if selected for employment. Mileage is reimbursed and wages are paid weekly.
Applicants must take and pass a basic skills test (Copies of a practice test are at the reference desk of the Largo Library). Bring to the testing session either your U.S. Passport, current, or expired; or a Driver’s License or State issued ID card AND a U.S. social security card. Testing is conducted at St. John’s Episcopal, in the Parish Hall Tuesday’s at 9:00 a.m. on the following dates:
December 2, 16 and 30,
January 13 and 27,
February 10 and 24,
March 10 and 24.
For additional information and to schedule a test, please call toll free 1-866-861-2010.
St. John’s Episcopal Church
1676 S. Belcher Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33764
Directions: Located in northern Pinellas County, Florida, St. John's is on Belcher Road, about 1 milewest of US 19, between East Bay Drive and Belleair Road. Belcher Road runs parallel toUS 19 (the main north/south arterial in Pinellas County).
Craig Scott is President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc. as well as an expert in military records, Scottish ancestry and a number of other topics. He talks about his experiences in publishing 3,200 genealogy books, as well as his genealogy research expertise. You can watch the video at http://www.rootstelevision.com/players/player_conferences.php?bctid=3172405001.
John Titford is a well-known British genealogy expert, author and lecturer. He has recently completed the project of rewriting The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. He also talks about his experience with Louisiana culture & history. You can watch the video at: http://www.rootstelevision.com/players/player_conferences.php?bctid=3188397001.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The PGS also has some great gifts you can purchase...our collection of instructional CD-Rom's. Just go to the PGS website <http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flpgs/> and click on "publications" to get to a list of the titles currently available.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
We need to cover these time periods. Patrons rely on PGS consultants to aid them in using the library resources. Don't worry about how much you know...you will receive training, and we will team you with an experienced consultant until you feel confident to go it on your own.
If you want to volunteer and wish to do so during a time when we already have a consultant on duty, that's all right...we would like to have depth at each time slot. And don't worry if you must miss a time or two. This is not an Army enlistment, we will just work around absences.
Contact me if you wish to participate (272-535-3093; firstname.lastname@example.org). Take it from me and the other consultants: this is a very rewarding way to spend your time.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
A while ago, the Library of Congress announced that "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers" is debuting with more than 226,000 pages of public-domain newspapers from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia and the District of Columbia published between 1900 and 1910. The fully-searchable site is available at http://www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica/.
When you reach that site, right in the middle of the screen will be a box labeled "Search Pages." If you click on that you will be taken to a search form and eventually to the image of the target newspaper.
Monday, November 17, 2008
So....if you live down in that area and would like to help lead that discussion group, let me know. Call me at 727-535-3093 or send an email to email@example.com.
>Date: TUESDAY, December 2, 2008
>Where: Manatee Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd.
>West Bradenton, Florida
>Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
>Guest Speaker: ALEX MORRIS from the Sarasota Genealogical Society will speak on “The Most Important Moment in American History: George Washington’s Resignation from the Army” anouncement
Thursday, November 13, 2008
She was recently interviewed by Dick Eastman and the interview was poster at Roots TV. Use the following link to see that interview. She has interesting things to say about her books, the need to evaluate sources, and what her current projects are:
Sunday, November 9, 2008
“Family Tree Maker 2009 – What’s New and What’s Coming”
Get up close and personal with Ancestry.com’s newest version of award–winning family tree–building software, Family Tree Maker 2009. We’ll give you an overview of its new features, preview what’s in the works for the upcoming year and give you tips and tricks to help you use Family Tree Maker to grow your family tree.
There will be a 20–minute Q&A session afterward. We’ll also be answering questions that have been submitted from the Family Tree Maker community. To submit a question, please visit the Family Tree Maker blog.
Check it out at FTM 2009 Webinar.
Jim and Terry have shared a love of genealogy since their high school days together. Both are retired teachers. They have researched their genealogy back 15 generations on both sides. Jim has found ancestors who fought on opposite sides of the French and Indian War, and both found that they were 6th cousins through their French-Canadian heritage. You might remember them as “hosts” on the PBS series Ancestors.
PGS is pleased and excited to have been able to secure them to speak with us on Franco-American/ French Canadian (meaning Quebecois) Research. The focus is on the descendants and ancestors of those that left Quebec to come to US...French speakers. The program is titled, " An Introduction to Franco-American/ French( Quebec )-Canadian Genealogy".
ALSO: PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP (OR JOIN FOR THE FIRST TIME)...CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOUR GENEALOGY SOCIETY! EARLY RENEWAL HELPS THE PGS BOARD IN ITS PLANNING FOR 2009.
Hope to see you at the meeting.
Friday, November 7, 2008
They are called consultants because their primary purpose is to provide guidance to patrons working on their genealogy. Consultants aren't expected to actually do research for patrons, but instead they familiarize them with the sources the library has to offer, they assit them in operating the computers to do their research (always a source of confusion for new researchers), and they give ideas and directions on how patrons can proceed to find what they are looking for. If time permits, they also assit in doing some of the many tasks that contribute to keeping the genealogy department running smoothly.
We are proud of our consultants and the job they do. They are one of the most visible parts of our society since they are "out front" interacting with the public, and by their actions they influence people to become involved with the PGS.
Now that you know a little bit about consultants, please consider becoming one. You can set your own hours (generally people volunteer for a 3 hour period anywhere from once a week to once a month), and you will get all of the training you need. When possible, we will pair you with an experience consultant until you feel comfortable doing the job. And did I mention that one of the benefits of of the job (in addition to the good feelings you get by helping out) is that you learn a lot for yourself in the process of helping others with their research.
If you are interested or have other questions, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 727-353-3093. Join this special group of people...help others...support the PGS...sharpen your own research abilities.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Searching with Ancestry.com
Getting Started in Genealogy
Using your digital camera for genealogy
Getting the most out of Rootsweb.com
Using MS Excel In Genealogy
Introduction to using Godfrey Library
Using message boards & mailing lists
See a more detailed description along with times and dates at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flpgs/pgs-calendar.htm
Sunday, November 2, 2008
For additional information Contact: Ann James Phone: 727-791-1983; Email: email@example.com
Recall that under this program, you can volunteer to keep a state section of the genealogy books in order. This means that at least two times a month you will carve out time to visit your chosen state section to straighten up the shelves and ensure that the books have been shelved in the correct order.If you would like to participate in this program, simply let me, Peter Summers, know of your desire to participate (727-535-3093; firstname.lastname@example.org). A short orientation session will be arranged and you will on your way.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Coincidentally, the PGS just recently reasearched an gave to the Largo Public Library a list of 50 titles dealing with Jewish genealogy for the Library to purchase as part of its annual book purchase. This is an aspect of the genealogy collection that needed expansion, and we were pleased that at our suggestion the library was willing to take action.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
On 30 October a representative from the company that makes that equipment will be at the library to demonstrate it, and in particular show how the editing software that comes with it can be used to impove to quality and read-ability of poor images. He will be available the entire morning for these demonstrations, although no formal schedule is available...it is a matter of simply dropping in and asking for the demonstration.
If you have not explored our microfilm or microfice collection because of the difficulty in using the old reader/printer or because of the poor quality of the output, drop by and learn how remarkably improved the viewed or printed image can become. And if you are interested but cannot make it on the 30th, let me know (email@example.com; 727-535-3093) and we'll arrange a session more convenient for you.
A pre-cursor to phone books, these historic directories feature an alphabetical listing of the majority of heads of households in major cities across Canada along with their address and occupation. It also lists businesses, town officers, schools, societies, churches and other public institutions.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
There has lately been a problem with that process, however...after people have entered their library card number, they have been confronted with another screen asking for another ID and password. To make matters even more perplexing, sometimes this problem occurs and sometimes it does not.
BUT, the temporary solution is easy. Simply type http://www.asklargo.com/ in the address box of your browser again, click your way to the list of databases as you did the first time you tried to log on, choose Heritage Quest from the list again, and you are in...the home screen of Heritage Quest will appear without you having even to enter you library card number a second time.
The library staff is trying to solve the problem for the long term, but in the meantime simply take the above steps.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Your dues support all of the programs that the PGS undertakes. Just look at what that includes:
>classes (over 20 classes every three months),
>speakers (each month at the general meeting),
>seminar (an annual, all-day event with book sale, seminars, and nationally knowed speaker),
>projects (too numerous to count, but include cemetery canvasing, bible record transcriptions, data publication on the internet, etc),
>instructional CD ROMs (3 available now and 2 more to be introduced at the seminar in February),
>computer user groups (Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic, and general computers-in-genealogy discussion group)
>speaker's bureau (we make presentations on genealogy and the society to local civic groups, libraries, as well as to neighboring genealogy societies. Yes, just as we hire speakers for our monthly meetings, we are hired to be speakers as well)
>consultants (these are the people who support the genealogy desk at the library and provide assistance to researchers.
Your dues support all of these efforts and make your society one of the largest and most active in the state. Support your society. Renew your membership now.
Monday, October 20, 2008
This came about through a grant from Bright House where that company awards free air time to non-profit organizations such as ours.
I guess I should state the obvious that this was not done by professionals, but it's not half bad either.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
In the past week I have had two people ask me research questions for which this site was the answer. That was the indication to me that we should publish the site in this Blog. Good hunting.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
You can search for this material at http://news.google.com/archivesearch. Type source: "St. Petersburg Times" before entering your search query. The same access will also boon be available through the newspaper's own web site, www.tampaby.com.
I found the search process to be a bit confusing (although it sounds simple), but maybe that's just me. Like most things in genealogy, if you need the info, you need the info, and you are willing to dig it out.
And don't forget, although not searchable, the following St. Petersburg Times microfilmed issues are available at the Largo Public Library in the Genealogy Department: 1901-1946 and 1979-1991.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Second, the two CDRom cabinets that were stacked one on top of the other have now been unstacked. Because of that, the safety issue of the top cabinet falling over no longer exists. As a result, both cabinets are now kept unlocked and a genealogy consultant no longer has to provide the key to allow researchers have access to the resource.
Third, the old, large, hooded microfilm readers and the three old microfiche readers that were located in the back of the Genealogy Department have been removed. They were not being used any longer and have been replace with newer equipment. That area will be used for table space for researchers to spread out. That is a great improvement to my mind...and as proof, those tables were already being used by two researchers when I was working in the library today.
Last, most if not all of the office space behind desk in the second floor reference area (not the genealogy area, but the REFERENCE area) are going to be removed and the space will be turned into quite study areas...that probably means tables and chairs. That seems to me to be a good move since the staff is not using all that space, and we find more and more conflict for table space...even in genealogy.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
• digital vs, paper scrapbooking
• how to handle photographs
• uses for ephemera, documents, family trees & pedigree charts
• how to journal
• organization ideas and design principles
• resources and tools
• preservation methods
There are still some spaces available. Email Bob Bryan at BBryan84@tampabay.rr.com to reserve your space.
Friday, October 3, 2008
On 14 October in the Local History Room of the library, we will have two town hall sessions: one at 2 PM and the other at 6 PM. Two sessions are scheduled so that most member's schedules can be accommodated. Each of the sessions is scheduled for about 2 hours.
The discussion will be free-flowing and follow the path that those in attendance choose by virtue of their questions. Whether you can come for the entire time or only part of it, if you have questions/issues about PGS business, come and let your voice be heard.
Monday, September 29, 2008
One position in particular that they will be seeking to fill is the Seminar Director. Damon Hostetler is the director now, but his term will end with the 2009 seminar this coming February. The new director will spearhead the 2010 seminar.
Now is the time to look deep inside yourself to decide whether or not you would be willing to serve on your board for the coming year. You would be joining an active and dedicated team.
Nominations will be accepted up to the end of the general meeting in November. If you are interested, contact any one of the nominating committee members.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
As many of you know, when the library switched to its new catalog system about a month ago the genealogy databases such as ancestry.com were no longer accessible from the three IPAQ terminals in the genealogy department. That problem has now been fixed and all genealogy databases are now accessible from all terminals in the department. The process of getting to them from the iPAQ terminals is a bit different, however. Instructions on how to get to the databases will be located next to the those terminals... it's not difficult, just different.
Thanks to Geri Malham for her efforts in getting this all working again.
By the way, all of the genealogy databases are accessible from all Internet terminals and PCs in the library. The consultant at the genealogy desk can give you instructions on how to use those other library workstations if you need to.
Friday, September 26, 2008
The large screen makes it easier when viewing microfiche and microfilm images for sure. But don't forget that the PC can still be used to access Ancestry.com and the other library databases. The large screen is helpful there too.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The good news is that although Carla is leaving the Largo Library, she is not leaving PGS. She intends to stay involved as a member and so we will see her at monthly meetings, making some presentations, and possibly as a project volunteer.
The library administration is now considering how to deal with the vacancy created by Carla’s departure, and the PGS board is staying close to that decision. In the mean time, the PGS Library Coordination Committee and the genealogy consultants will continue to work as they always have to provide support to the patrons. We will let you know as news in this area develops.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Date: TUESDAY, October 7, 2008
Where: Manatee Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., West Bradenton, Florida
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Speaker: CINDY RUSSELL, LIBRARIAN, MANATEE COUNTY COURT HOUSE ARCHIVES
Topic: "The Paper Trail: Florida ’s Court House Holdings”
Monday, September 22, 2008
If anyone else wishes to Adopt-a-State to assist in the maintenance of the genealogy collection, contact Peter Summers [firstname.lastname@example.org; (727)535-3093].
Sunday, September 21, 2008
"The September PGS meeting with the theme “Houses Have a Geneological Past Also” brought back memories of my search for my great-grandmother’s house in Massachusetts.
If you’re trying to find your old family home and your forebears came from Massachusetts, you’re in luck!
"About ten years ago, on a trip to New England, my husband and I decided to look for the house where my great-grandmother had been born about 150 years earlier. Although my great-grandparents had moved west to Illinois after they were married, my mother had visited the house in 1927 and had her photo taken in front of it. By that time, the house had long ago gone out of family ownership. On the back of the photo, my mother’s mother had noted the town and why the house was significant.
"We arrived in the little town of Blackstone, Mass., on the Rhode Island border, and decided to head for the local library for help. There the staff bent over backwards to help us - probably an interesting change from the routine of checking books in and out.
"The librarian produced a looseleaf binder containing a page for every house of historic interest in Blackstone. She explained that the state of Mass. had dispatched a team of researchers to seek out every house in the state over 100 years old and issue a report, with photo, description and history, on each one. The library in each town has a copy of the reports on its own historic houses. Presumably the master copies for the whole state are held in Boston.
"We had no address, but we knew what the house looked like. We paged through the binder and lo and behold, there it was. The library gave us a town map and off we went. We spotted the house easily and knocked on the door, but no one was home. We did peek through the windows, and my husband took my picture standing where my mother had stood 75 years earlier. We left a note for the owners.
"Across the street was an old graveyard, abandoned and overgrown, but we picked our way through and found a few family graves.
"We returned to the library to tell them of our success and to get a photocopy of the report on “our” house. The report traces the various owners from the time the house was built. It turned out to have been built in 1810 by my great-grandmother’s grandfather and remained in the family for over 100 years. The library had other genealogical documents, too, and we delved through some of them.
"I sent copies of the new photo and of the research report to my cousins in California. One of them wrote back that among his father’s effects, he had found a photo of the house but until now had no idea of what it was.
"Great-grandmother was descended from two early settler families - the Ballous and the Cooks - who were among the founders of the town. The two families intermarried extensively - for example, on the family tree I came across two men, one from each family, who were not only uncle and nephew, but also second cousins. Great-grandmother, however, had the good sense to marry someone from out of town."
Saturday, September 20, 2008
This will be an overview of how to create a family heritage scrapbook using photographs, mementos, and information about the family's history, culture, and traditions. The class will be led by Esther Meinhardt and will feature examples of heritage scrapbooks and will discuss materials and methods for creating a treasured family heirloom.
The class is free but space is limited so sign up now to reserve your space. Email Bob Bryan at BBryan84@tampabay.rr.com or call at 595-4521.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Rather than making you read a projected (and unclear) image of the microfilm, this device converts it to a digital image and shows it to you on the computer screen. You can do all sorts of improvements to it (change the brightness of the image, increase its sharpness, etc), and then chose to print it or save it to a flash drive.
New instructions are being made up now and are projected to be placed next to the reader by Tuesday, 16 Sep. We will also be giving orientation sessions periodically to demonstrate its use. It will take some time before all the consultants at the library are up to speed on the reader, but we hope the instructions (which contain lots of pictures) will be all that you need to get up and running.
This reader will breathe new life into our microfilm and microfiche collection. Check it out.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Previously some journals were kept in the state section of the shelves and some were kept in the journal display shelves. You never really knew where to look for a particular journal. We feel that this new arrangement will reduce much of the confusion ...for most journals there is now only one place to look, and that is in the appropriate state section.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Patrons often try to help by re-shelving the books they use, and sometimes get them out of order. Then the next person looking for that book gets frustrated because the book appears not to be available. Your assistance under the Adopt-a-State program will be a great help. Not only will it make resources more available, but the genealogy department will be a more pleasant place to visit and do research...and YOU get to see new additions to the state collection first.
SO HOW DO YOU DO IT? Simply let me, Peter Summers, know of your desire to participate (727-535-3093; email@example.com). A short orientation session will be arranged and you will on your way.