Tuesday, November 28, 2017

North Carolina Yearbooks, College and High School, Available Online

This collection comes to by via the Digital NC project. From the landing page you can select either college and university yearbooks or high school yearbooks. To the right of each institution name is a link titled "View All." That takes you to a list of all the publication years in the collection for that school. Click on the item in the list and you are taken to a reader.

Check it out at:
North Carolina Yearbooks · DigitalNC:

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Irish Vital Records Online from the Irish Government

Through its website IrishGenealogy.ie, the Irish government is making birth, marriage, and death records from the General Register Office available online. Birth records are from 1864 to 1915, marriage records from 1882 to 1940, and death records from 1864.

You can search by name, civil registration office, or year range.

Check it out at:  Irish Genealogy:

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Friday, November 24, 2017

PGS Events for the jWeek of 27 Nov - 2 Dec. 2017

uesday, 28-Nov-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, 28-Nov-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.
Friday, 1-Dec-2017 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), Charest/LeFebvre, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 2-Dec-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. Hosmer/Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Scottish Genealogy and Family History Books Free Online

The National Library of Scotland has provided about 400 genealogy books online. The link below takes you to a Blog ("An Old Scottish Blog"). The blog entry, organizes the books by title family, and each title has a link to read it at the NLS website.

Once you get to the reader, you can search for terms within the book, print, download, etc.

If Scottish ancestry is your focus, don't forget to nose around the Blog itself. It has great articles and leads.

Scottish Genealogy and Family History Research - News - Genealogy and Family History in Scotland:

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

PGS Holiday Party and More on 16 December -- all welcome

Choose two of your ancestors for each of the dates below and come prepared knowing where they were (which US state, Canadian province, or foreign country).  The years are 1776 and 1918.

For example:
   Needham - Pennsylvania
   Prentis - Vermont

   Schuler - England
   Prentis - Iowa 

 We’ll break into groups and find out if our ancestors might have met.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

New York City Directories from 1798 Available Online

This collection of eighty-three New York City Directories dated from 1798 to 1923 comes from the New York Public Library. Click on the cover of any of the displayed directories and you will be taken to the reader.

To advance the pages of the directory, click on the page images displayed in the bottom right of the screen, or click on "View as Book" to advance the page by simply clicking on it.

New York City Directories - NYPL Digital Collections:

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 20-25 November 2017

Monday, 20-Nov-2017 at 6:00 PM--LOYALISTS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION – who were the Loyalists, and how were they affected by the outcome of the war? Were they rewarded for their loyalty to the British crown, and if so, in what manner? Get the answer to these questions and more, including what records may exist and where they might be found.   Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 25-Nov-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.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cemetery Lists from the Shelton Library System, Sheldon, Connecticut

Cemetery lists for Coram, East Village, Long Hill, Lower White Hills, and Upper White Hills are found at this website. Click on the name of the cemetery of interest and you will be taken to a transcribed list of burials.

Check it out at:  Historic Items | Shelton Library System:

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Information Online About Loyalists and British Soldiers, 1772-1784

This database from the Library and Archives Canada, contains information from the Carleton Papers.

According to the website: "The series includes a variety of documents about loyalist soldiers and civilian refugees (both white and black people) but also about people who were on Manhattan Island or the adjacent mainland dominated by the British during the American Revolution, as well as many British and German soldiers who settled in Canada later and also some rebels. "

You can search by keyword, name, rank, or regiment. In the hit list, click on the "Item Number" next to the name of interest to be taken to a more complete record.

Links at the left of the landing page will take you to more information about the records and how to use what you find.

Search: Carleton Papers – Loyalists and British Soldiers, 1772-1784 - Library and Archives Canada:

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Friday, November 10, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 12 - 18 November 2017

Thursday, 16-Nov-2017 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group--a discussion group regarding techniques to find your Irish ancestry. Commons, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 17-Nov-2017 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group-Trish Commons will be speaking on German History. This topic will help you understand the conditions when your ancestors emigrated. Commons, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 18-Nov-2017 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, 18-Nov-2017 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting--Lecture Series--Laying Out Clues in Funeral Home Records: Funeral home and mortuary records can provide clues to many other sources, especially before death certificates were issued and between censuses. Learn what information may be included, what it infers, and places to locate the records. Examples of records from online sources are presented and discussed. George Morgan, Jenkins B, Largo Library
Saturday, 18-Nov-2017 at 1:30 PM--Lecture Series: Timelining Your Ancestors--Your ancestors lived complex lives, interacting with family members, friends, neighbors, and associates of all types. They participated in their communities, and they were affected by events in their communities and around the world. You want to place your ancestors into geographical, historical, and social context so that you can better understand their lives. This seminar suggests a wide array of resources for locating details about your ancestors and presents a methodology for constructing a chronological timeline of their lives. George Morgan, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Lancashire Births Marriages & Deaths Indexes

This information comes from the website: "The Register Offices in the county of Lancashire, England, hold the original records of births, marriages and deaths back to the start of civil registration in 1837.
   "The county's Family History Societies are collaborating with the local Registration Services to make the indexes to these records freely searchable via the Internet.
   "Although the indexes are not yet complete for all years and districts, we hope that the database will eventually cover all Lancashire births, marriages and deaths from 1837."

Three tabs at the top of the landing page will lead you to search forms for births, marriages , and deaths as well as additional information on each record set.

Lancashire Births Marriages & Deaths Indexes:

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Mount Mora Cemetery, Saint Joseph, Missouri Burial Index Online

Mount Mora Cemetery is the oldest operating cemetery in Saint Joseph, Missouri and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

You can do a name search, and each name in the hit list is a link to a larger record. The information is transcribed and is quite extensive, if known.

Check it out at:
Mount Mora Cemetery - Saint Joseph, Missouri:

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

New York Journal and Related Titles, 1896-1899 Online

This collection of the New York Journal comes from the Library of Congress. It covers the years 1896-1899 and includes the New York Journal and other titles it changed to during that time frame.

From the website: "In 1895, William Randolph Hearst purchased the paper to compete with Joseph Pulitzer's New York World. The New York Journal is an example of "Yellow Journalism," where the newspapers competed for readers through bold headlines, illustrations, and activist journalism. The paper infamously reported on and influenced events like the Spanish-American War."

Check it out at:
About this Collection - New York Journal and Related Titles, 1896-1899 | Digital Collections | Library of Congress:

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Friday, November 3, 2017

PGS Events for the Week of 6-11 November 2017

Monday, 6-Nov-2017 at 6:00 PM--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.
Monday, 6-Nov-2017 at 7:00 PM--Pre-1850 Census Research, Summers, Tarpon Springs Library. NOTE LOCATION.
Tuesday, 7-Nov-2017 at 10:00 AM--GENEALOGY PHOTOS: ORGANIZING, MANAGING AND ENHANCING using Picasa, the powerful free program from Google. This class will demonstrate how to manage your digital genealogy photos so they can be easily found and how to enhance their appearance. This includes cropping, straightening, one-touch fix, removing blemishes, adding captions and text to the photo, making a collage, and much more. Bryan , Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 10-Nov-2017 at 10:30 AM--HistoryGeo.com: how to use this large collection of land-ownership maps to recreate frontier neighborhoods and track migrations of families across the United States. Free at Largo Library. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 11-Nov-2017 at 2:00 PM--Genealogy Databases at Largo Library Workshop—JGSTB, Summers, Jenkins Room B, Largo Library.

The Memorial Park Cemetery Canvass Continues on 6 November

The canvassing crew will meet at Memorial Park cemetery (located in St Petersburg, 49th St N and 54th Ave N), Monday, Nov 6 at 8:30am, to prod for covered markers and find missing photos of names in the old records..

We will be working at Division A, located on the south side of 54th Ave N and 49th St N..

We supply tools (prodding tool, brooms, shovels), water and cookies, or you can bring your own. Also bring garden gloves, sunscreen, hats, caps, etc.

Join this group of dedicated volunteers.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Search Some of the World's Historical Newspaper Archives in One Place

This website elephind.com searches several newspaper archives in one swipe. It searches over 3,400 newspaper titles from such archives as Columbia University, Library of Congress, National Library of Australia, Pennsylvania State University, and many more. You can search them all at one time or choose the specific archive you are interested in. The countries covered are the United States, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, and Singapore.

Check it out at:
Elephind.com: Search the world's historic newspaper archives:

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Lee County Genealogical Society Features Dr. Paul R. Rivera on 16 Nov 2017

Lee County Genealogical Society, Inc. 
November 16, 2017 Meeting 
“From Baltimore to San Juan to Seville to . . . “ Reconstructing and Understanding the Millennium-long History of a Multi-Cultural Family 

Dr. Paul R. Rivera 

A career historian and genealogy newcomer, the presenter has pursued the history of his unique Puerto Rican-Irish family for the past decade. In previous programs for the Society, he has used the research of historians and the records of genealogy to trace his mother’s Irish family to County Monaghan in 1860 and father’s Puerto Rican family to the rural interior of that island in 1800.

This presentation will recount the latest chapter in the search for genealogical records and historical insights to reconstruct and interpret the historical experiences of his family. The research spans the past millennium in three nations and three historical eras – Puerto Rico during the Spanish colonial period, Spain and Portugal in the Renaissance and earlier in the Middle Ages. The program will conclude with a discussion of insights gained and lessons learned from the project that should prove useful to genealogists in search of their family history.

Cypress Lakes Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall 
8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers 

Doors Open: 9:30 a.m. 
Announcements at 10:00 a.m. followed by program. 

For more information visit www.LCGSFL.org