Monday, September 29, 2008
Nominations for PGS Board of Directors
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
Genealogy Databases Accessible Again
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
More New Equipment in the Genealogy Department
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
Largo Library Genealogy Librarian Departs
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
Manasota Genealogical Society meeting
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
Adopt-a-State has its first volunteer
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
Historic Houses in Massachusetts
"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
Heritage Scrapbooking Class
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
New Equipment in the Genealogy Department
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
New Look for Genealogy Journals in the Library
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
A New Way to Support the PGS
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.