Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Humble (Texas) Area Genealogical Society is hosting an eConference.

The Society sent us the information that follows:

THAGS eConference: Back to ResearchSaturday, 23 September 2017 from 8:30am - 4pm CDT
Join us for an eConference! We’ve arranged for four great speakers to teach us about a variety of research topics. Registration costs $15 and you can watch the live webinar presentations or see the replay on your own schedule for up to 30 days after the eConference. During the eConference you’ll be able to ask questions through the webinar program’s chat features. After these four hours of instructions, the speakers will convene for a final panel discussion to answer questions not finished during the webinars or any additional questions you have. It will be a great day of education and entertainment.

How to Register:
Go to the conference page on our website rence and click on the register button or click on this link to REGISTER NOW. The website also contains schedule information to include information on the speakers.

After clicking the "Register Now" button, you'll be taken to PayPal, where you can pay using your PayPal account or with a credit card or eCheck. After payment is complete, you'll be directed to the "Finalize Registration" page. You'll enter your name and email (this doesn't have to be the same email as your PayPal account) to complete the registration process. An email will be sent to you with links and passwords for the eConference.

Online Cemetery Index for the City of Pullman, Washington

This index of burials in four Pullman, Washington cemeteries, can be search by the last name of the deceased or the deed owner. The hit list will will show first, last, and middle names of both deceased and deed owner; grave location; and dates of death, birth, and interment.

Cemetery Search:

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Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay to Meet at on 20 September at Florida Holocaust Museum

This notice was received from our friends at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay:

The Florida Holocaust Museum & Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay
Retrieving Identities of the Holocaust by Bullets Victims
by Urszula Szczepinska, Curator of Education & Director of Research, The FHM
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dear JGSTB Members and Friends,

     The September 2017 meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will be hosted by and held at The Florida Holocaust Museum (55 Fifth Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701) on Sunday, September 10, 2017.  Registration is at 1:30PM, and the program starts at 2:00PM.  An optional docent-led tour of The Florida Holocaust Museum will take place following the program.  Members of both organizations as well as anyone interested in Jewish Genealogy and Holocaust research may attend the program at no charge.  The optional tour of The FHM will be free to members of both organizations.  Non-members may join the tour at a reduced charge of $9.00.  Advanced Registration for the tour is requested for members and non-members.  RSVP to Sally Israel by telephone at 727-343-1652 or by email at

Sunday, August 27, 2017

North Carolina Yearbooks Online

If you have ancestors who attended school in North Carolina, you may find this DigitalNC site of value. It offers a collection of both college and high school yearbooks that date back as far as the 1890's.

You can search for a particular school, and browse the associated yearbooks..

North Carolina Yearbooks · DigitalNC:

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

PGS Educational Events for the Week of 27 Aug to 2 Sep 2017

Wednesday, 30-Aug-2017 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.
Thursday, 31-Aug-2017 at 12:00 PM--Ancestry Family Trees, Summers, Gulfport Public Library.
Saturday, 2-Sep-2017 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. This is the first meeting since May 2017. Hosmer-Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tracking the Black Sheep and Other Marginal Ancestors

Lisa Alzo gives us a great article titled "The Darker Side of Genealogy:Tracking Criminals, Rogues, Scoundrels and Black Sheep. She describes five tips for your research, and includes several websites to visit for even more information.

Check it out at:
The Darker Side Of Genealogy: Tracking Criminals, Rogues, Scoundrels & Black Sheep:

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2016

Granted, we are already past the half way point for 2017, but looking over this list is well worth the time. It is presented annually by the GenealogyInTime Magazine. The article presents the top 100 from a variety of perspectives that may be helpful.

If nothing else, such a list is fun to look over to find those sites that you are not familiar with so you can check them out.

Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2016:

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David E. Rencher, Family Search Chief Genealogical Officer, To Speak in Tampa on 7 Oct 2017

This comes from the Vice President of the Florida Genealogical Society:

I am writing to invite your society members to the Florida Genealogical Society’s annual Fall Seminar, scheduled from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday October 7, 2017, at Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library in Tampa.

We are extremely pleased to announce that David E. Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer for Family Search will be our speaker for this year's seminar “Family Search ...And Beyond!”.  David's reputation as a superb speaker is sure to entice your members to attend this great day of informative lectures.   As in previous years there will be morning and afternoon refreshments.  Lunch will be provided by Alessi Bakeries & Deli for only $10.00 and there will be lots of door prizes!  

registration can be done on-line at cpage.php?pt=157 . Complete the document and return it with a check made payable to the Florida Genealogical Society, Inc. Register before 23 Sep for a price break.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Susan via e-mail at or by telephone at 813-278-9961

Drew Smith Presents "Crowdsourcing Your Brick Walls" at Largo Public Library on 16 September at 11 am

Sunday, August 20, 2017

PGS Classes Scheduled for August through November 2017

Use the following like to see the PGS Classes scheduled for August through November 2017...

PGS Class List Aug thru Nov 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

PGS Educational Events for the Week of 200-26 August 2017

Tuesday, 22-Aug-2017 at 11:30 AM--DNA Testing for genealogy—What you can and cannot do with DNA testing relating to your family history—an introduction. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library
Tuesday, 22-Aug-2017 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. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Saturday, 26-Aug-2017 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.

Using Google Custom Search in Your Research

Genealogist Randy Majors gives us a tool to construct a custom Google search to use when searching the web for ancestors. This custom search results in a focused hit  list. It builds the search based on your input, so you don't have to know the details of building a search, the tool does it for you.

You can limit your search to marriages, births, or deaths; or run a full Google search. You can also choose to show sample search results as you type to view the effects of alternate name spellings, etc.

Immediately below the search box is a list of quick tips for using the tool. AncestorSearch using Google Custom Search:

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Kansas Historical Society Provides Several Online Indexes

If you have ancestors associated with Kansas, the Kansas Historical Society website should be on your list of research sites.

When you get to the home page, mouse over the "Research" tab at the top of the page, and then click on the "Genealogy Indexes" heading. You then can choose to search on names, places, newspapers, county records, military, or other helpful links.

This is a great resource. Check it out at:  Home - Kansas Historical Society:

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Erie Cemetery in Erie, Pennsylvania

The landing page gives you search boxes for a simple search and for an advanced search, and both are straight forward to use. Your search results list first and last name, cemetery in which the person is buried (besides Erie, Laurel Hill and Wintergreen are also included in the search), the burial location within the cemetery, and dates of birth and death. You can print the record, download it as a PDF, or plot it on a map.

Check it out at:  Locate a Loved One | Erie Cemetery Association:

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Friday, August 11, 2017

PGS Educational Events for the Week of 13-19 Aug 2017

CANCELLATION--The German Genealogy Interest Group scheduled for Friday, 18 August is cancelled due to Sue Dietz back surgery.
Saturday, 19-Aug-2017 at 0:00 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-Aug-2017 at 11:00 AM--Program meeting--Walking in Their Footsteps:Locating Places Where Our Ancestors Lived and Worked. Fortin, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Library of Congress Has Unparalleled World War I Collections

This Library of Congress webpage may not have your WWI soldier-ancestor by name, but it has plenty of background material you can use to get an appreciation of the conditions under which thay lived during the war, as well as what those on the home front endured. You can browse newspapers, documents, maps, posters, photos, and more.

Check it out at:  World War I | Library of Congress:

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"Speaking of History" Lecture Series at Heritage Village in Largo, FL

Here is a list of upcoming history lectures sponsored by the Pinellas County Historical Society as part of their "Speaking of History" Lecture Series. The lectures are at 2 PM in the Pinellas Room at Heritage Village in Largo, Florida.

·         September 17 – Gulf Beaches presentation by Lance Peterson and Michael Heerschap
·         October 15 – Coastal Living/Sponge Warehouse presented by Naomi Mucci and Heather Culligan
·         November 19 –Publix Supermarkets presented by Jennifer Bush, Publix Historian
·         January 21 – Safety Harbor presented by Warren Firschein and Laura Kepner
·         February 18 - TBD
·         March 18 – Underwater Archeology presented by Jeff Moates

·         April 15 – McMullen Archival Letters presented by Elizabeth Brincklow

Monday, August 7, 2017

Patricia Charpentier to Speak in Tampa on 19 August 2017

This was received from Patricia:

"I'm heading your way Saturday, August 19th, to give my talk, Don't Make Your Descendants Research You, at the John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa.

"As genealogists, many of us focus our time and energy researching and writing about our ancestors and neglect to record our own lives. Be inspired and guided in writing your life story in this hands-on workshop that helps you commit to paper the story only you can tell. 

"The free talk focuses on the importance of writing your own story, so it is open to all, genealogists and non-genealogists alike. This free program goes from 10:30-noon at the John F. Germany Public Library (900 N. Ashley Dr. Tampa, Florida 33602-3704)."

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Linn Grove Cemetery in Greeley, Colorado

This site is nicely organized. The landing page is a map of the cemetery with a search box in the upper right corner of the page. Use that search box to search for a particular name in the format of "Last Name, First Name," or simply the last name alone.

If you use your mouse's scroll wheel to zoom in (or the controls in the upper left of the map) names will appear next to each of the head stones for you to browse.

If you have ancestors from the area of Greeley, Colorado, you will want to check out this site.

City of Greeley Linn Grove Cemetery:

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

PGS Events for The Week of 6-12 August 2017

Tuesday, 8-Aug-2017 at 10:00 AM--Digital Cameras in Genealogy--The digital camera is one of the most important tools for the genealogists. This class will discuss the important features of cameras, and demonstrate how to make the best use of the digital camera in your research. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 10 Aug 2017 at 12:00 search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Bryan, Gulfport Public Library.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

How To Save Treasured Letters

Denise May Levenick, writing in the Ancestry Blog, gives us an article titled "How to Save Grandma's Love Letters." It doesn't take much to see that the content of the article can be applied to a host of treasured correspondence, whether grandma is involved or not.

Denise gives us five solid tips that she has picked up for professional archivists and historians. She also provides a link to a previous article she has written on the topic of preservation.

Read Denise's article at:  How to Save Grandma’s Love Letters – Ancestry Blog:

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