Friday, October 31, 2014
Selecting the Right Tool For the Job
If you have been agonizing over whether or not to spend money on that new computer, software program, or database subscription, check out his article to put it all in perspective.
Genealogy's Star: Fitting the Tools to the Task
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The 5 Biggest Mistakes I Made with My Genealogy
Here is an article by Gena Philibert-Ortega that is well worth the read. It was published on the GenealogyBank.com Blog, and should hit home for all of us.
You know what she is going to say, but actually reading the article wants to make you vow anew not to be guilty of making those same mistakes…any more.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Join the Canvas Crew at Memorial Park Cemetery, 31 Oct. 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
John Colletta Featured PGS Seminar Speaker 14 Febriary 2015
Today Dr. Colletta lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program.
He has also been an instructor and course coordinator for the National Institute on Genealogical Research (Washington, DC), the Genealogical Institute of Texas (Dallas), and the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (Springfield, Ill.).
His publications include numerous articles, both scholarly and popular, two manuals — They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record and Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans — and one “murder-mystery-family-history,” Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath. It tells the story of Colletta’s great-great grandfather, Joe Ring, who moved his family from Buffalo, New York, to Rolling Fork, Mississippi after the Civil War. When Joe Ring’s country store burned to the ground with five unfortunate victims sleeping upstairs, the incident was investigated as mass murder, robbery and arson.
Dr. Colletta appears frequently on podcasts and local and national radio and television. He is featured in Episode Four of “Ancestors,” the ten-part KBYU-TV series, as well as its sequel. He has received many professional honors, including fellowship in the Utah Genealogical Association and distinguished service awards from the Dallas Genealogical Society and the National Society, Daughters of Colonial Founders and Patriots.
Friday, October 24, 2014
PGS Events for the Week of 27 October to 1 November 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Largo Library Genealog Center Digitized Book Collection
All of the books are in pdf format and so can easily be read on any of the PCs in the library. The book titles are included in the library automated catalog and are also in the index binder located at the CD collection.
Getting the books digitized and saved to disc was the first step in the project. Future plans involve making the books available on line. When that happens, this blog will alert you.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Heritage Village County Jubilee This Saturday, 25 October
This is the blurb from the Heritage Village website:
"The 36th Annual Country Jubilee is bringing a variety of activities to Pinellas County’s Heritage Village on Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be something for everyone. More than 100 food and craft vendors will be lining the walkways in and around Heritage Village. House tours, antique cars, musical entertainment, old time craft demonstrations and more. $2 donation requested."
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tompkins County, NY Public Library Databases
If you have New York State ancestors, you may want to check this site out at: Digital Books - TCPL - Tompkins County Public Library
Monday, October 20, 2014
Largo Area Historical Society Hosts 50's Picnic on 8 Nov. '14
Saturday, October 18, 2014
PGS Educational Events for the Week 20-25 October 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Search Yearbooks on Mocavo
Check it out at: Search Yearbooks | Free Ancestry Search on Mocavo
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Largo Area Historical Society Open House on 1 Nov. 14
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Google Tips, Tricks and Facts
Here is a site that doesn’t deal directly with genealogy, but does deal with Google, and therefore indirectly deals with it…and just about everything else.
There are some fun things to try at this site, as well as some search tips you may need refreshing on.
Check it out at: Little-Known Tips, Tricks and Facts About Google
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Genealogy Book Lists at Largo Public Library
We have had several books lists available for some time. They cover the topics:
>African American Genealogy
>Native American Genealogy
Now some additional lists have been added for these topics:
>Immigration and Emigration Research
>Land and Property Research
The lists are available to all as free handouts at the Genealogy Center (2d floor of Largo Public Library), and also to PGS members on the member-only website.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
PGS Educational Events for the Week of 13-18 October 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Dons List of City Directories
Here is a site offering online, ditigized city directories for a variety of locations and dates. The list is arranged by state, and by community within state.
The entries come from different sources, but all sport the same handy user interface located at the top of each page.
While you are at the site, also check out the tabs across the top of the home page for yearbooks, military, and more topics.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Class on Using the Ancesty.com Card Catalog being held in Tampa
There are two sessions: Sunday, October 12, from 2-3:30 pm and Wednesday, October 22, from 3-4:30 pm.
The Florida History and Genealogy Library is located in the John F. Germany Library at 900 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, Florida.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Can Someone “Steal” Genealogical Information?
James Tanner, in his blog Genealogy’s Star,” answers that question. The short answer is apparently “no,” but to stop there is to negate James’ great article. He analyzes the topic in detail, and with clarity.
Check it out at: Genealogy's Star: Can you steal my ancestors? Work Product, Facts and Compilations
Sunday, October 5, 2014
PGS Educational Events for the Week of 6-11 October 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Clearwater Historical Society Expands to South Ward School
"The Clearwater Historical Society (CHS) was founded in 1979 and since 1982 has operated a museum in the vintage 1896 Plumb House on Martin Luther King Blvd. The society and its historic collections have long since outgrown the building.
"In June of this year, the CHS and Pinellas County School Board entered into a 50 year lease (with a minimum term of 15 years) for the use of South Ward School. Under the terms of the agreement, CHS will maintain and insure the property thereby relieving the School Board of that financial burden.
"The historical society intends to preserve and adapt the South Ward campus for use as a historical museum as well as provide room for the history of the Pinellas county School System and community meeting space as well. In addition, the Bomber Legacy Project has joined forces with CHS and seeks to preserve the history of the men's fast pitch softball team that put Clearwater on the map.
"The South Ward campus is home to buildings that are among some of the earliest school facilities in Pinellas County and were in danger of deteriorating."
We add our congratulations to CHS in their effort to preserve a significant part of our heritage, and are pleased to acknowledge them as one of our PGS Organizational Members.