Friday, July 29, 2016

List of Public Libraries

Here is a handy list, by state, of public libraries. Click on the state of interest, and then that state's cities are listed in alphabetical order with their library. The name of the library is given along with its address and phone number.

Even in this day when nearly all libraries have their own website you can search, a simple list may be helpful.

Public Libraries:

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PGS Events for the Week of 1-6 August 2016

Monday, 1-Aug-2016 at 10:00 searching--the next level. This class will explore approaches to difficult searches--how to find them when they're not where they should be. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library
Tuesday, 2-Aug-2016 at 6:00 PM--Genealogical Proof--This class explains how to evaluate the evidence we collect as we build our family trees. Some sources are more reliable, some records bring us closer to the actual event, and some information is more “on point.” How do we rank all of this as we try to assemble genealogical “truth”? The class uses the “Genealogical Proof Standard” as the guide. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Grave Registration Database

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Database is a volunteer supported project that was established in 1996. The database itself was not available to the public until 2005.

As a member of the public, you can search the database, and if you have an approved account, you can enter data.

You can search the database by name, unit, state, branch, and cemetery information. Your resulting hit list will give birth and death information as well as unit and rank and discharge.

This is a work in progress, so your ancestor may not be represented, but it will not hurt to explore it a bit to show support for the project.

Check it out at:  Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War : Grave Registration:

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

PGS Program Features "Preserving Our Personal Archives" on 20 August 2016

The 20 August 2016 monthly program presented by the Pinellas Genealogy Society is titled: "Preserving Our Personal Archives.” The Co-presenters are Jim Schnur, Special Collections Librarian, USFSP, and Patricia Landon, Museum Specialist, Heritage Village. 
The program offers practical suggestions on how to preserve personal papers and family records held in your homes, as well as guidance on how to work with others in your family as new treasures are found in attics, closets, and safety deposit boxes. 
The discussion will include strategies for traditional archival materials, some general suggestions for three-dimensional pieces, and important considerations for audio/visual and "born-digital" items. 
In addition, the program will include a brief update on some of the activities at Heritage Village, including the recent tenting of buildings, and forthcoming improvements in the archives and library.
The program will be held at the Largo Public Library at 11 AM on Saturday, 20 Aug 2016. AT 10 AM the program will be preceded by a "computers in genealogy" Q&A session. 
Both events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Burial Locator for Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis' Crown Hill Cemetery has about 190 thousand burials dating back to 1862, and within its grounds also includes a small national cemetery.

The burial locator can search by first and or last name, and birth year. It also provides some filters based on type of burial. The hit list will give name, date of birth, date of burial,  and burial location information.

A phone number and email address for the Crown Hill Funeral Home is given in case you need assistance.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Genealogy Latin Dictionary

Ever get involved in reading a document concerning one of your ancestors and run across a Latin word or phrase you were not familiar with. If so, then GenealogyInTime Magazine's Genealogy Latin Dictionary may be the reference  you need.

It presents to you in alphabetized list form the Latin phrase (eg. et uxor), abbreviation (et ux.), and English meaning (and wife).

Genealogy Latin Dictionary (Page A):

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

North Carolina Land Grants Online

If you have ancestors in North Carolina who were landowners and may have gotten their land through a land grant, this site may be for you.

It offers searchable data for 216 thousand land grants for the years 1663 through 1960. Included in those numbers are 10 thousand grants issued by North Carolina in what is not Tennessee.

As you get into the site and wish to see more than just top level information,  you are asked to answer a question (the answer is actually given to you; the purpose is to weed out spammers), and then complete a guest registration.

Check it out at:  NC Land Grant Images and Data | Home:

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Friday, July 15, 2016

PGS Events for the Week of 17-23 July 2016

Tuesday, 19-Jul-2016 at 10:00 AM--City Directories in Genealogy research--City directories are a valuable genealogy resource. They can give information on household composition, residence and business location, and insights into the lives our ancestors led. They can also be used as a substitute for the US Federal Census, or used in conjunction with the census to locate hard-to-find ancestors. This class explores the history of this resource, the research value of the information they provide, and where to find the records. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, 21-Jul-2016 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group-a discussion of resources and techniques for researching your Irish ancestry. Focareta—Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Saturday, 23-Jul-2016 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program, Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Toledo, Ohio Obituary Index Free On Line

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library offers a free online index to obituaries published in the Toledo, Ohio daily newspaper, The Blade. The paper has been in publication since 1835, and the index goes back as far as 1837 and runs to the present.

The index can  be searched by first or last name, address, year, or keyword. Each name on the hit list is a hot link to specific source information. You can request the copy of an obituary free of charge.

Blade Obituary Index:

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Monday, July 11, 2016

County-specific Google Search Engines May Give Different Results

Google has many search engines tailored for various countries around the world. At times your searches may benefit from using a specific country search engine rather than relying solely on

The GenealogyInTime Magazine offers us an article about how to use these various search engines as well as a list of hotlinks to get to them.

A Country Guide to Google Search Engines:

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Free Webinar on using From Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Friday, July 8, 2016

PGS Events for the Week of 10-16 July 2016

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA Online Indexes

The Handley Library in Winchester, Virginia has several indexes online that those with ancestors in that area may find helpful. One is an obituary index from local newspapers dating back to 1896, and sn alphabetical list of both Handley High School and James Wood High School seniors.

Check them out at:  Handley Regional Library: Indexes:

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Welsh Newspapers Online at the National Library of Wales

A collection of Welsh newspapers, consisting of 15 million articles in 1.1 million pages has be digitized and is available free online from the National Library of Wales.

The user interface is exceptionally slick, allowing you to both browse and search the collection. If you choose to browse, you can do so by region of Wales, types of images, dates of publication, or specific paper.

Check it out at:  Welsh Newspapers Online - Home:

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Revolutionary War Records on Free through 15 July 2016

Free access to Fold3 Revolutionary War records through July 15. Go to to begin searching.

PGS Events for the Week of 3-9 July 1016

Wednesday, 6-Jul-2016 at 10:00 AM--Newspapers Online in Genealogy—This class will explore the genealogy data to be found in newspapers (obituaries, weddings, human interest stories, etc.) and show where to find the online repositories and how to use them. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library