Monday, August 31, 2015

LaGrange County, Indiana Public Library Offers Online Resources

If you have ancestors from LaGrange County, Indiana, this site will be of interest to you. Once you get to the landing page, scroll down to "Genealogy Links." There you will find links to records such as marriage, birth, death, divorce, census, and more. In fact, if you look closely, you will see that the censuses are local transcriptions for the 1890 census.

A little further down the page are links to broader Indiana research sources.

There is a lot on this page in addition to what I just mentioned, so take your time and look around.

LaGrange County Public Library - Genealogy Resources:

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 30 August to 5 September 2016

Tuesday, 1-Sep-2015 at 6:00 PM--GENEALOGY SOFTWARE UTILITIES-Part II- Demonstration of several utility programs useful for genealogy such as: Dropbox, Skype, Google Voice, Google Earth, Evernote, Mozy/Carbonite online backup, Online software (Googledocs), automatic backup software, GEDCOM utilities and more.          Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, 2-Sep-2015 at 10:00 AM--Scanned Genealogy Books Online--How and where to find them  (google books, heritage quest,, et al, Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, 3-Sep-2015 at 1:00 PM--German Genealogy-Gathering Facts--Part 2--This course is an overview of the historical, geographical and political changes that affected Germany’s boundaries and caused population movements to other lands such as Ireland, England and America. An important timeline of German events will be discussed with a deeper understanding of the Thirty Years War and the upheaval of the Palatinate area causing emigration beginning in the 1700s. Novel groups such as these Palatines along with the Hessians, Pennsylvania Dutch and several religious groups including the Anabaptists will be discussed. Commons, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Saturday, 5-Sep-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/Bryan, Jenkins C, Largo Library.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Providence, Rhode Island House Directories Now Available Online

The Providence City Archives announces the completion of their project to scan Providence House Directories. The dates of the directories range from 1895 to 1935, and there are 24 of them.

The link below leads you to a page with a hotlink to each of the available directories. Clicking on a link will take you to a page where a pdf file of the directory is available. Be patient during the loading process because some of the files are large and will take bit of time.

Providence House Directories Now Available Online | City of Providence:

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project Provides Indexes

The Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project freely offers indexes to burials in 1,441 of the 3,300 cemetery and burial sites located in Saskatchewan, Canada. The link below takes you to a page listing the cemeteries, which are all hotlinks to the respective index of burials. In many cases the GPS coordinates of the cemeteries are included with the indexes.

If you are sketchy on the exact cemetery you are interested in, you can do a name search that will cover all of the indexes.

Check it out at:
Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project - Transcribed or Photographed - Saskatchewan Cemetery Index:

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

PGS Events for the Week of 23-29 August

Monday, 24-Aug-2015 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. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 26-Aug-2015 at 10:00 AM--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 Room, Largo Library

Friday, August 21, 2015

Example of Using Old Maps in Genealogy Research

Daine Haddad, writing for the Genealogy Insider Blog, gives us a step-by-step example of using old maps to answer a genealogy question. The type of map used is a Sanborn Fire Insurance Map. She also brings an old newspaper article to bear on getting her answers.

Genealogy Insider - Using Old Maps to Answer My Genealogy Question:

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Free Death Notices Index From Australian Newspapers

Good news for those "Down Under." The Ryerson Index lists death notices appearing in Australian newspapers. The date range is from 1803 to the present time. The index also includes some funeral and probate notices as well as some obituaries. About 285 newspapers are included in the index and currently the index boasts over five million entries

When you get to the landing page, the search tab is in the upper right corner of the page.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Offerings at Madison County Alabama Records Center

The Madison County Records Center in Huntsville, Alabama has several online indexes available that will be of interest if you have ancestors from that area.

The indexes include marriage, naturalization, probate, Confederate pensions, and more.

Check it out at:  Madison County Records Center Holdings:

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PGS Events for the Week 16-22 August, 2015

Monday, 17-Aug-2015 at 10:00 AM--Immigration Records and Ships Passenger Lists-How to use them. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 18-Aug-2015 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy--Introduction--Part 1--What is the difference between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland?  Is Limerick where limericks were first written? Do Irish names begin with “Mc” or “Mac?  This fun class gives you some starting points on how-to search the internet for Irish genealogical research. You will discover surname meanings, helpful  surname sites, geographical sites, Irish place-names sites, online Irish family trees, and Irish Genealogy Societies. Commons, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 21-Aug-2015 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group--Q & A, sharing information about researching you German roots. Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 22-Aug-2015 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Family History Videos at American Ancestors, by NEHGS

The NEHGS website,, has archived webinars that are available for free viewing. They cover all manner of topics from using the website to getting started in genealogy, to identifying Civil War ancestors...and more.

Each webinar appears as a thumbnail view of a screen. Click on the center of the thumbnail to start the video, and then click in the bottom right corner of the thumbnail to switch to a large screen on You Tube.

Check them out at:  Watch Family History Videos:

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Cyndi Ingle to Speak at Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa Fall Seminar in October 2015

The Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa is pleased to announce its annual Fall Seminar to be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015, with our special guest speaker, Cyndi Ingle. Cyndi is the owner and operator of Cyndi's List, the comprehensive, categorized, and cross-referenced list of almost 335,000 links that point you to genealogical research sites on the Internet. 
The title of this year's seminar is "Focus Your Research with Cyndi's SHORT List" and will include the following lectures:
  • "Building a Digital Research Plan"
  • "The Internet: Lower Your Expectations to Raise Your Research Potential"
  • "Plotting, Scheming, and Mapping Online"
  • "Foreign Language Tools for English-Speaking Genealogists"
The seminar will take place at the Robert W. Saunders, Sr., Public Library at 1505 Nebraska Avenue in Tampa from 9 am to 4 pm. Free parking is available at the library and at the adjacent Washington Elementary School. A map and driving directions will be loaded to the website by September 15th.
Registration for the seminar is $40 for society members and $45 for non-members. If you join FGS in conjunction with registering for the seminar, you will be entitled to the member rate of $40 and your membership will include the remainder of 2015 and all of 2016! An Alessi boxed lunch consisting of your choice of sandwich, chips, a treat, and a bottle of water is available for an additional $10, and may be ordered at the time of registration.

You can register online at you can use the form found in the Public Downloads area on this website and send a check. All registrations must be received before the event. (All mailed registrations must be postmarked by October 1, 2015.)
No walk-in registrations will be accepted on the day of the seminar.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Pennsylvania Land Records Online

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission offers many digitized land records from different periods in the colony's/state's history.

When you get to the landing page, scroll down about one full screen to the title "To Conduct Your Own Land Records Research Begin With These Indexes." You will find links to images as well as to "finding aids." They are arranged by date.

The images are not necessarily indexed for a name search, but the images have some logical order to then so you can make a successful search if you exhibit some persistence.

There is also guidance about how you can request assistance from the archives staff.

Land Records - Home:

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PGS Events for the Week of 9-15 August 2015

Saturday, 15-Aug-2015 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, 15 Aug 2015 at 11:00 AM—Program Meeting: Crowd-sourcing Your Brick Walls. This will be a time to get some suggestions on how to get over, around or through your “brick walls.” Bring one or two dead ends in your research—something very specific such as “what was my g-g-grandmother’s maiden name?” or "Who was my g-grandfather's first wife?" It will be helpful to state what you have done so far. Depending on response, you may have more than one brick wall considered. Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Milford Public Library, Michigan Offers Obituary Request Service

The public library in Milford, Michigan is offering an obituary lookup service for the Milford Times. There is an index online for the newspaper covering the dates 1929 through 1949 that you can use to get specific information to include in your request. But even if your time period of interest is outside of those dates, you can still make the request.

There is an online request form to complete, and the results will be sent to you according to your preferred method of delivery.

Milford Times Obituary Request - Milford Public Library:

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Online Michigan Death Records

The Seeking Michigan website has several collections of online documents and may be of interest if you have ancestors from that area. They include death records from 1897 to 1952, state censuses from 1827 to 1874, Civil War Volunteer Registries, and Civil War Photographs.

When searching the death records, either use the first or last name alone, or put the full name in quotation makes. Using the full name with no quotes apparently leads to "no hits."

Check it out at:  Family History « Portfolio Categories « Seeking Michigan:

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

PGS Events For the Week of 2-8 August 2015

Monday, 3 Aug 2015 at 6:00 PM--Census Timelines--this class focuses on analyzing groups of similar questions asked in different census years, thus creating a time line of your ancestors' responses; it also looks at the instructions given to census takers--if you understand the questions, you can better understand the answers. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library