Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cemeteries of Goshen, Ohio Online

Cemeteries in Goshen Township, Mahoning County, Ohio are online for those who have ancestors from that area. The cemeteries indexed are Bunker Hill, East Goshen, and Lumberton.

Follow the link below and than scroll down the page for links to each of the cemetery indexes.

Goshen Cemeteries

Monday, April 28, 2014

Largo Area Historical Society Monthly Meeting

Catch the monthly meeting of the Largo Area Historical Society on 12 May, 2014. The meeting starts with a covered dish supper at 6:30 pm followed by a business meeting and speaker.

This month Fletcher Belcher will share stories of his pioneer family.

Largo Area Historical Society monthly meeting--12 May

Largo Area Historical Society holds its monthly meeting at the Historic Feed Store in Largo Central Park on 12 May. The festivities start at 6:30 pm with a covered dish supper, and continues at about 7 pm with the speaker this month:  Fletcher Belcher. Guests are welcome.

PGS Events for the Week of 28 April - 3 May

Monday, 28-Apr-14 at 6:00—the class will demonstrate how to search the vast databases available on this rapidly-expanding site made available from the LDS (Mormon) genealogy collection. Peter Summers will be leading this class so attend this even if you’ve taken this before because the site changes and Peter will present a different perspective. Summers, Local History Rm, Largo Library.

Tuesday, 29-Apr-14 at 6:00 PM--GENEALOGY SOFTWARE UTILITIES-Part I -- Demonstration of several utility programs useful for genealogy such as: Dropbox, Skype, Google Voice, Google Earth, Evernote, Mozy/Carbonite online backup, Online software (Googledrive), automatic backup software, GEDCOM utilities and more. Bryan, Local History Rm, Largo Library

Saturday, 3-May-14 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. This is the last meeting before the summer break. Hosmer/Bryan. Jenkins C, Largo Library.

By the way...
PGS has several more sites where you can find some good stuff! Check out these links:
• Facebook:
• Monthly Newsletter: click on "PGS News" link at
• Class schedule:
• Class handouts, book lists, and other publications -- sign in to members-only website:

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Check Out The USGenNet Data Repository

Established in 2004, the USGenNet Data Repository continues to add new record sets to its free collection. It is organized by state—select your state of interest in the upper left corner of the home page.

You never know what you may find at this site as it is regularly updated.

Check it out at:  The USGenNet Data Repository, a division of USGenNet Inc. biographies books cemeteries church county court county histories land (deeds, etc.) letters newspaper obituaries prison lists ship rosters shipwrecks tax records, vital records, (birth, marriage, death) wills probate letters of administration civil war letters

Friday, April 25, 2014

Largo High School "Final Homecoming" 12-13 May

The Largo Area Historical Society and Largo High School want you to be aware of the High School's "Final Homecoming from 5-8 pm on 12 and 13 May. This is your chance to see the current school one last time before it is demolished.

You can purchase memorabilia (bricks, seats, floor boards, etc.), walk through the campus, enjoy the spring concert, and just say "farewell" to the old Largo High School.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Date Guide to English Genealogy (Part 1)

GenealogyInTime Magazine recently published an series of articles dealing with English research. This three- part, in-depth guide is a must read for anyone with English ancestors.

The guide uses a timeline approach to show what records are available when. This guide should make it easier to find your English ancestors.

You can find the first article in the series at: A Date Guide to English Genealogy (Part 1)

At the end of the article are links to parts 2 and 3.

Cyndi Ingle to Present Webinar at Tampa on 3 May

Join the Florida Genealogy Society on May 3, 2014, for a live webinar program presented by Cyndi Ingle, creator of Cyndi's List and the authority on Internet-based resources for genealogical reference and research. Her presentation is titled "Evaluating Websites."

The meeting will be held in the Auditorium of the John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Drive in Tampa, beginning at 11:00 AM.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Largo Area Historical Society Open House--3 May

Largo Area Historical Society announces its monthly open house at the Historic Feed Store in Largo Central Park from 10 am to 2 pm on 3 May. Drop by and relive the largo of days gone by.


Field Trip to Salt Lake City in 2015

Debbe Hagner, professional genealogist and frequent speaker at PGS meetings, is leading a research trip to Salt Lake City in 2015! The dates are tentatively set for April 23-May 1.  Debbe will also help you prepare, between now and departure time, for your visit to the Family History Library.
For more information contact Debbe Hagner at

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cemeteries of Columbus, Georgia

If you have ancestors buried in Columbus, Georgia, you will be interested in this site. The Columbus Public Works Department website has a database covering four cemeteries, two of which date from the early 1800’s, another from 1890, and the fourth from 1946.

The cemeteries are Linwood, Porterdale, Riverdale, and East Porterdale.

When you get to the home page, click the “Cemeteries” link at the top of the left pane. That will take you to the search screen. You can search for a cemetery to browse, of search directly for a name.

Check it out at:  Cemeteries Division

Friday, April 18, 2014

PGS Events for the Week of 20-26 April

Here's what's happening this week at PGS:

Monday, 21-Apr-14 at 6:00 PM--INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY (Beginner) -- Basics of how to get started in researching your family history—what to do first, where to look& how to do it. Luce, Local History Rm, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 23-Apr-14 at 10:00 AM--Google your family tree-- This presentation demonstrates how to use the powerful features of the Google search engine to discover genealogy information on the internet. Topics include: how to select keyword search terms, how to interpret the results, using Google Alerts, news archive searches, book searches and more neat things that Google can do for you, Bryan, Local History Rm, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 23-April-14—SPECIAL NOTE—If you are one of Liz Pearson’s  Wednesday morning “students,” she will not be at the Genealogy Center on this date but should return the following Wednesday.
Saturday, 26-Apr-14 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group--Questions and Answers and Demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic Genealogy Database Program, Summers, Local History Rm, Largo Library.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Why Genealogy is Important

This is a repeat article but well-worth mentioning again.

We all have our reasons for getting involved in genealogy, and this article in GenealogyInTime Magazine probably covers yours. But there is the possibility that you may have a reason that you have not articulated to yourself and this article can reveal it.

Even if it doesn’t reveal anything personal for you, it is inspiring to see a thoughtful list of possible motivations.

Read the article at:  Why Genealogy is Important

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Maps That Explain The World

“World Views” from The Washington Post offers a treat to all you map lovers out there.

The article shows you maps illustrating economic status, immigration paths, colonial shipping routes, population growth, American ancestry by county, and more.

Check it out at:  40 more maps that explain the world

Friday, April 11, 2014

Detroit Historical Society—Artifact Collection

The Detroit Historical Society has amassed a collection of artifacts (photos, objects, etc.) that are searchable or which can be browsed. If you have Detroit ancestors, you may be interested in exploring it.

Click “View the Collection” from the link given below to go to the search screen. If you wish to see random images, you can find a link to do so in the navigation bar above the search field.

Here is the link:  Detroit Artifacts Spanning 300 Years | Detroit Historical Society

PGS Events for the Week of 13-19 April 2014

Here's what's going on this week at PGS:
Sunday, 13-Apr-14 at 2:00 PM--Software Utilities for Genealogy, Summers, Jewish Genealogy Society      
Wednesday, 16-Apr-14 at 2:00 PM--Who Do You Think You Are? Bryan, Honeywell Retirees, Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave,  Largo, FL.
Wednesday, 16-Apr-14 at 6:00 PM--US CENSUS--NON-POPULATION SCHEDULES— Most of us are familiar with the population schedules of the US Census. But there is a wealth of information about our families in other schedules that were created in certain census years. This class identifies what those other schedules are (Agricultural, Mortality, DDD, etc.), what information can be found in them, and where they can be located today. Summers, Local History Rm, Largo Library.
Saturday, 19-Apr-14 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, 19-Apr-14 at 11:00 AM—Program Meeting—Panel Discussion On What You Can Find Using Book Resources. Fortin& Summers.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Largo Area Historical Society Museum Workshop on 20 May

On 20 May the Largo Area Historical Society museum workshop will be held at the Historic Feed Store in Largo Central Park. If you wish to see the exhibits or join in to help, show up between 10 am and 2 pm.

Largo Area Historical Society Museum Workshop on 22 April

On 22 April the Largo Area Historical Society museum workshop will be held at the Historic Feed Store in Largo Central Park. If you wish to see the exhibits or join in to help, show up between 10 am and 2 pm.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Forgotten Photographs Project

The Forgotten Photographs Project website contains old photographs that have been discovered/found/purchased and posted with as much identifying information as was available.

The photos are arranged alphabetically and access is available right from the home page, and the collection is updated frequently. Access and use if free, within the limits of copyright, which says essentially that you are free to use the content for personal and non-commercial use.

Check it out at:  The Forgotten Photographs Project - HOME

Monday, April 7, 2014

Clearwater Historical Society to Host Spring Fish Fry, 3 May.

Clearwater Historical Society is having its Spring Fish Fry on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Ross Norton Park Recreation Center located at1426 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Clearwater.

Donation is $12 per adult and $6 per child 12 years old and under.

Food will be served from 11:30 a m until 1:00 p m. Join in the fun.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City, Iowa

If you have ancestors from Iowa City who may be interred in the Oakland Cemetery, this site may be of interest.

When you reach the home page thru the link below, click on the “map and database” link about half way down the page. That will take you to a map showing the different areas of the cemetery, and a search form for individual names.

Here is the link to the home page: Oakland Cemetery

Saturday, April 5, 2014

PGS Events for the Week of 6 April 2014

Monday, 7-Apr-14 at 6:00 PM--Family Tree Maker 2012 Basics--A detailed explanation and demonstration of the many features of this most popular genealogy database program. Part 6 of 6. Smith, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 8-Apr-15 at 6:30 PM--Intro to Genealogy, Summers, St. Paul's UMC, 1199 South Highland Ave., Largo, FL.
Wednesday, 9-Apr-14 at 10:00 AM--MS Word in Genealogy-This presentation focuses on generating indexes and tables of contents for documents you author using MSWord. The generation of footnotes and endnotes is also demonstrated. Summers, Local History Rm, Largo Library.
9-Apr-14 at 6:00 PM--Swedish Genealogy Interest Group--LAST SWEDISH CLASS-- NOT ON THE SCHEDULE--There will be a review of the Swedish Church Records databases with an overview of the resources available in the library.  Fred will discuss Emibas & Emihamn, plus sourcing of Swedish records on an Ancestry tree.  One member will tell us of her grandmother’s experiences growing up in Sweden.  Questions will be entertained at the end. Charest & Holmes, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 12-Apr-14 at 11:30 AM--Newspapers in Genealogy--How to use newspapers to discover facts and human interest stories about your ancestors--obituaries, weddings, court cases, etc. We will discuss where to find the newspapers and how to look for genealogy data in them. Hostetler, Aging Well Center,  1501 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Free Genealogy Search Engine

We have mentioned the GenealogyInTime free Genealogy Search Engine in earlier blog posts, but it is worth repeating every once in a while. Recently an additional 100 million records have been indexed and added. This includes not only US records, but also some from Israel, Canada, and the Netherlands.

The total number of ancestral records indexed by the Genealogy Search Engine is now around 3.1 billion.  The search engine is free to use and the ancestral records it finds are also free.  This is a lot of free power to fuel your research.

Give it a try at:  Free Genealogy Search Engine

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Geneallogy Resources for Otero County, Colorado

Here is a website for those with Colorado ancestors, especially in Otero County. It offers cemetery interments, transcribed school yearbooks, and addresses for vital records and other information.

You can find it all at:  Otero County, Colorado Genealogy Resources