Monday, November 28, 2016

The Cemeteries of Cuba, New York

If you have ancestors from Allegany County, New York, you may be interested in these cemeteries located on its western boarder.

Mouse over the "Community" tab and  then mouse over "Cemeteries" in the drop down menu. Then click on the cemetery of your choice (Our Lady of Angels Catholic Cemetery (OLA), established in 1855; Cuba Cemetery, established in 1841; and North Cuba Cemetery)

Check it out at:  Community:

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Friday, November 25, 2016

PGS Events for the Week of 27 Nov to 3 Dec 2016

Tuesday, 29-Nov-2016 at 11:30 AM--DNA Basics—an introduction to DNA that may be help attendees better understand the discussion in the DNA Interest Group following at 1:00 PM. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 29-Nov-2016 at 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group--Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others interested in making DNA Connections.  This is a group for DNA novices to learn together. Luce, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 30-Nov-2016 at 6:00 PM--Library of Congress Website--what genealogy help it provides, veterans’ information, historic newspapers, digital collections, photographs, and use of the catalog. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 1-Dec-2016 at 1:00 PM--Swedish Genealogy Interest Group--The session will explore the many tools available and methods possible for locating and researching your ancestors who came from Sweden. Contributions of interest to the group as a whole are welcome and encouraged. Charest, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 2-Dec-2016 at 10:15 AM--Franco-American Discussion Group. Geographic areas include: Europe (primarily France, but not limited to France)-Eastern Canada (primarily Quebec, some Ontario, but including the Acadians of the Maritime Provinces)-USA (Central North America and New England, also Louisiana and the surrounding Southern states). Grandmaison, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 3-Dec-2016 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, Local History Room, Largo Library. 

Death Photography: You May Have An Example in Your Collection

This article for the BBC News by Bethan Bell describes the practice of photographing the deceased and perhaps even posing them with living family members. Such was the practice in Victorian England.

Morbid as it may sound, there was reason for it, and Bell's article makes for fascinating reading as he explains it.

You may have such a photo in your collection and not realize it. Check it out at:
Taken from life: The unsettling art of death photography - BBC News:

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

City and County Directories Around Cincinnati, Ohio

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio has made this collection available to us. The collection contains directories from the cities of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Hamilton, Norwood, Hamilton County, and Huron County. Also included is Covington and Newport, Kentucky. Some of the directories were published as early as 1819.

You can do a simple or an advanced search and use some filters to narrow your search as you go.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Riverside Cemetery in the City of Ladysmith, Wisconsin  

Riverside Cemetery is owned and operated by the City of Ladysmith. To see an alphabetic listing of burials, click on "Burial Listing Report" located on the landing page.

You can also see maps of the cemetery by quadrant or its entirety. Each map can be down loaded or printed and contains the names of the grave owner and the person interred, the location of the marker, and whether the person is a veteran. You can enlarge the map by holding down the control key and tapping the "+" key.

Cemetery-Riverside Cemetery - City of Ladysmith, Wisconsin  :

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Friday, November 18, 2016

PGS Events for the Week of 20-16 November 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Spanish-American War Service Summary Cards for Georgia Volunteers

Georgia raised three militia regiments for service in the Spanish-American War (April-December 1898). All three regiments were sworn into service by mid-May, 1898 and they served until November 18, 1898.

You can search by key word in any of the indexed data fields, or restrict your search to any individual field using the advanced search.

The information found on the cards includes name, race, residence, occupation, birth place, age, date and place of enlistment, muster-in and muster-out date and place, organization, rank, and more.

Spanish-American War Service Summary Cards:

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Woodbridge Public Library Offers Digitized Newspapaers

Here you will find an archive of twelve historical newspapers serving the area around Woodbridge, New Jersey. The dates of the papers range from 1898 to 1970.

You can search by key word, decade, or start by choosing a specific newspaper.

Check it out at:  Woodbridge Public Library | Local History:

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Friday, November 11, 2016

PGS Events for the Week of 13-19 November 2016

Monday, 14-Nov-2016 at 10:00 AM--Understanding Historical Causes of Death-Death certificates are important resources when researching the lives of our ancestors. However, due to factors such as outdated terminology and the limits of medical knowledge in the past, it can be hard to interpret the causes of death given. This presentation examines some of those factors, and points to resources that can help you find out what your ancestors really died of. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 17-Nov-2016 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group, Padgett-Focareta, Local History Room, Largo Library
Friday, 18-Nov-2016 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group, Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 19-Nov-2016 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 Nov 2016 at 11:00 AM—Business Meeting—followed by a special Lecture Series presentation by Dick Eastman.
Privacy Concerns for Genealogists starting about 11:15 followed by a short lunch break and then a second presentation by Eastman, Genealogy in the Cloud.
Dick Eastman is an internationally known genealogist and has been involved in genealogy for more than 35 years. For the past nine years he has published the daily online periodical, "Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter."

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program

This site features a large collection of digitized Indiana newspapers: over 113,000 issues comprising about 850,000 pages.

You can browse by title of the paper, or by date of publication. You can also search using a simple or advanced search form. The browse links are at the right of the landing page, and the search link is a tab at the top of the page. There are also tabs at the top of the page to browse by county as well as repeats of the browse capabilities listed on the right of the page (title and date). Many of the issues have been tagged with names or events, and those tags can also be browsed.

Check it out at:

Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program:

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Drew Smith to Speak of JGSTB on 13 November 2016

Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay Meeting
Your Ancestor's FAN Club:
Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls

Speaker: Drew Smith
Sunday, November 13, 2016
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida on Sunday November 13, 2016 at 2 pm for a presentation by Drew Smith on  “Your Ancestor's FAN Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls”.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Riverside Cemetery & Conservancy of Macon, Georgia

The Riverside Cemetery was established in 1887 and has more than 18,000 burials in its 125 acres. If you have Georgia ancestors, it is well worth you time to check out this site. The site offers an excellent user interface as well.

After you fill in the search form, you are given an alphabetic listing of names that meet your criteria. At first the information seems meager, but that is not the case if you explore further. Initially you are given the name, and dates of birth and death. Each name is a hot link. When you click on a name you are taken to another information page that add interment date, spouse or parent, surviving relatives, lot information, image of the headstone, and the location of the plot (complete with GPS coordinates) on an interactive map.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

PGS Events for the Week of 6-12 November 2016

Monday, 7-Nov-2016 at 6:00 PM--MAPS IN GENEALOGY RESEARCH –EVEN MORE – Maps can reveal much about the lives our ancestors led and the conditions under which they lived. They can also reveal hints on where to look for other important documents. There are many different types of maps available to the researcher, and this class deals with military, ward, topographical, plat, and railroad maps. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, 8-Nov-2016 at 10:00 AM--Local and county histories are often overlooked resources that can contain a wealth of resources on your ancestors and the places that they lived. This presentation explores the background of local and county history books; what information can be found in them; and, where to find them, both in print and online. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, 10-Nov-2016 at 10:00 AM--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. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library. 

County Tyrone, Ireland Genealogical Research Website

Those of you with Irish in your ancestry may find this website devoted to County Tyrone research helpful. It is difficult to explain what the site offers because it offers so much. You can find links to birth records, church records, maps, marriages, emigration, and much more.

You have to take some time and explore the many pages and links offered here, but it can be well worth the effort.

Check it out at:

County Tyrone Ireland Genealogy | Official Website of the Co. Tyrone Mailing List:

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tulsa Genealogy Society Offers Online Databases

Here is a link for those of you with an Oklahoma interest, presented by the Tulsa Genealogical Society.

There is much to explore on this site, but three research databases that jumped out at me were the "Funeral Home Index," the "Tulsa County Divorce Index," and the "Tulsa County Marriage Index." All three of those links are found on the left side of the landing page under the "Research" heading.

Check it out at:  Tulsa Genealogy Society-Home:

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