Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Online Genealogy Search techniques
Check it out at: Ten Innovations in Online Genealogy Search
Sunday, December 28, 2014
PGS Educational Event for the Week of 28 December 2014 to 3 January 2015
Saturday, 3-Jan-15 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions& Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software, Hosmer, Jenkins C, Largo Library
Here are some websites to keep at hand:
• PGS on Facebook: http://goo.gl/fU1lo
• PGS Monthly Newsletter: click on "PGS News" link at http://goo.gl/9FFe0
• PGS Class schedule: http://www.flpgs.org/classes.aspx
• PGS Class handouts, book lists, and other publications -- sign in to members-only website: http://goo.gl/9cqHR
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Ohio Marriages and Obituaries
Check the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society for county marriages and obits. On the home page look for the links in the panel to the left of the screen.
The marriage index covers April 1880 through April 1941 and contains 38,421 marriages.
The obituary index covers 1954-1967 and 2003-2011.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Are People With the Same Family Name Related?
This article from GenealogyInTime Magazine gives some insight to the chances that people with the same surname are related (actually it appears to only run up to about 50% for even the most rare surnames…and significantly less for more common surnames).
The data comes from a study of British surnames. You can read the article at: Are People With the Same Family Name Related?
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Godfrey Memorial Library Databases Available to Largo Public Library Genealogists
The Godfrey Memorial Library is located in Middletown, Connecticut, and its collection focuses mainly on New England states. Some of its databases, however, include other states and even roam occasionally to foreign countries. The collection also offers material that is not available elsewhere on the Internet. The home page gives you the choice of doing a word search or browsing the individual collections. Instructions on how to access the Godfrey collection are located next to each workstation in the Genealogy Center, and consultants are on duty to provide assistance as needed.
The following is a list of the principle databases in the Godfrey collection:
- American Genealogical and Biographical Index (AGBI)
- Biographies – alphabetical surname list of published genealogies
- Cemeteries – Ed Laput Cemetery Project; indexes alphabetized by state (mostly Connecticut); cemetery records listed by Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Italy (only a few)
- Church records – indexes and record books
- Directories – alphabetized by state
- Funeral Home Records – indexes and record books
- Genealogies – alphabetized lists of books, family charts and journals
- Godfrey digital content on World Vital Records – digitized books
- Helpful Websites – table of links organized by state and by topic
- Maps – alphabetized by states
- Military – Books in three categories: Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish American War
- Newspapers – 19th century US Newspapers
- State and Local Histories – Alphabetized by state
- Vital Records – alphabetized list by state (mostly Connecticut and Massachusetts)
Plan to stop by the Genealogy Center and see if these new resources are helpful in your research.
Middlesex County Probate Records Free Online
AmericanAncestors.org has made available probate records from some 45,000 cases adjudicated from 1648 to 1871.
You can search and view them for free at: New England Historic Genealogical Society
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Brick Wall Solutions
The GenealogyInTime Magazine offers us another of its articles about finding solutions to brick wall problems. This one is full of tips and is worth reading even if you haven’t encountered a brick wall in your research yet.
More Great Genealogy Brick Wall Solutions
Monday, December 15, 2014
Anglicized French Surnames
If you suspect that you have some French ancestry, you will be interested in the Anglicization of French surnames. Knowing that version of your surname can help in tracing back to the old county.
You can find an impressive list of English surnames and their French equivalents at the Quebec Project GenWeb.
Check it out at: GenWebQuebec, noms anglicisés
Saturday, December 13, 2014
PGS Educational Events for the week of 14-20 December 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Economics and Name Change
The GenealogyInTime Magazine offers us an interesting article about the economic consequences of immigrants changing their names.
A recent study in Sweden is cited that revealed earnings increased with more “local-sounding” names.
See the details at: Why Immigrants Change Their Name
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
New Year's Eve "London Time"
Beginning at 5:30 PM with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, the festivities will move into a delicious English dinner and dancing to the music of the Jim Weber Band. There will also be silent and Chinese auctions.
AT 7 PM, New Year's in London Time, the balloons will drop and Champaign will be served.
Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple, and sponsorship opportunities are available. Proceeds go to support of the Largo Public Library.
Tickets are available online at www.gllf.org or at the Largo Public Library Circulation Desk. Call the GLLF office for more information : 727-586-7398
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Take a break at: http://www.funstuffforgenealogists.com/html/poems.htm
Sunday, December 7, 2014
PGS Educational Activities for the Week of 7-13 December 2014
Thu, 11-Dec-14 at 10:30 AM--Canadian Genealogy Interest Group. Grandmaison, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Ancestry Paths: Links and Tips Abound
Ancestry Paths is one of those websites that you tend to get lost in. You start to read a bit, follow a link…then another…and pretty soon time has passed and you were not aware of it.
The site offers a wealth of information on scores of genealogy topics, and then links to find additional information and even online data.
Check it out at: Ancestry Paths | Helping you find your way to Genealogy information.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Videos and Podcasts on DNA
If you are interested in getting started in DNA research, or just want to bolster your understanding in general, this website may be for you. I gives you direct links to videos and podcasts about the subject. They are free. There are also links to information on the more popular testing companies.
Check it out at: How-To DNA | How-To Videos and Podcasts That Help You Understand DNA