Saturday, June 30, 2018

List of Newspaper Links

The Newspaper Links of Old, a post on the Lawson Research Blog, gives us a list of several newspaper related sites. Not all of them are collections of digitized newspapers: some are locations of microfilm collections, some are collections of abstracts, and yes, some are digital collections. We are talking about hundreds of links here, organized by state.

Check it out at:
Newspaper Links of Old | Lawson Research:

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Historical Timeline of Michigan

If you are like me, every so often you like to draw out a timeline to help give clarity to your research, and even to find a way through a brick wall. This article by William Dollarhide, published in Leland Meitzler's Genealogy Blog, give a time line of historical events in formation of Michigan.

If you have ancestors who lived in Michigan between 1612 and 2016, plotting your ancestor's life events against these historical events can be illuminating. Perhaps the most direct benefit is being able to use particulars of the growth of the state is to help you locate where vital records were kept during your ancestor's lifetime.

Find the article at:
Historical Timeline of Michigan, 1612-2016 – GenealogyBlog:

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

A Will Can Reduce Uncertainty about Your Genealogy Stuff

Breanna Olaveson, writing in the FamilySearch Blog, gives us an article on the essentials of having a will to determine what happens to your genealogy stuff when you die. It is a short article, but one designed to get you thinking ahead.

Check it out at:
Will Essentials: What happens to your tangible and digital “stuff” when you die?:

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Friday, June 22, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 24-30 June 2018

Monday, 25-Jun-18 at 6:00 basic search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 26-Jun-18 at 11:30 AM--Genealogy and DNA: The Basics. Learn about the types of DNA tests used for genealogy and popular testing companies. We compare the benefits of each type of test and each company’s database. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 26-Jun-18 at 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group: Learn how to interpret your DNA test results, and apply those results to your current family history research. Join our casual group as we research and learn together. Manning, Jenkins A & B, Largo Library.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wabash (Indiana) Valley Obituary Index

If you have ancestors from Indiana's Wabash Valley area, this obituary index may be what you are looking for. The dates covered are from 1900 to the present.

The obits themselves are in the Vigo County Public Library, and can be requested. The is a link on the landing page to do so.

Check it out at:
Wabash Valley Obituary Index: 1900 to Present | Vigo County Public Library:

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Tips on How to Write Family History More Powerfully

This short article comes to us by way of Lisa Louise Cooke's Blog. It presents three steps to bringing life to your written family history.

Check it out at:

How to Write Family History More Powerfully: Tips from a Master Storyteller | Genealogy Gems:

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Friday, June 15, 2018

California Digital Newspaper Collection

This collection comes from a project of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research at the University of California, Riverside. It contains over 250 thousand issues equating to over 3.5 million pages. The earliest editions are in 1845. A quick count shows over 90 titles are involved.

The home page allows a keyword search as well as the ability to browse by title, date, county, and tag.

Once you are viewing the page you want, right click on the page to see download  and other options

California Digital Newspaper Collection:

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 17 - 23 June 2018

Monday, 18-Jun-18 at 6:00 PM--Internet Site Exploration - a fun-filled look at some lesser known genealogy websites, bring your favorites. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 23-Jun-18 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. This class repeats every fourth Saturday at the same time. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Six Steps to Digitizing Your Family Photos

Logan Metcalfe, writing in the FamilySearch Blog, gives us tips on successfully digitizing family photo collections. We are all faced with this issue, and it never hurts to see what practitioners in the field are doing.

It is a short article, but logically organized into six steps.

Six Steps to Digitizing Your Family Photos:

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Florida Militia Muster Rolls from the Seminole Indian Wars

This digitized book is offered by the University of Florida Digital Collections, and it is a gem for you military history buffs, and an essential for those of you with ancestors who participated in the Seminole Wars.

The entries include notes on significant events affecting the reporting units.

Check it out at:
Florida militia muster rolls, Seminole Indian Wars:

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Friday, June 8, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 10-16 June 2018

Friday, 15-Jun-18      at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group--This group discusses resources and techniques for researching your German ancestry. Dietz        , Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 16-Jun-18 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, 16-Jun-18 at 11:00 AM--Business Mtg and Program: Update on, Mark Jones, Jenkins B, Largo Library

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Introduction to Molecular Genealogy (DNA Instructional Videos)

If you are new to DNA and trying to decide what test(s) to take, this site will help you decide. It offers six short instructional videos that explain the four types of DNA that are if interest to genealogists: Autosomal, X Chromosome, Y Chromosome, and Mitochondrial.

Introduction to Molecular Genealogy:

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Findmypast Gives You An Analysis of Your First Name

Here's a fun little offering from Just type in your first name and see when it was most popular, least popular, what the most likely name of your spouse is, and more.

It's a lead-in to spark your interest in, but a fun little exercise.

Try it out at:
You called me what?! - Findmypast:

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Friday, June 1, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 3-9 June 2018

Monday, 4-Jun-18 at 6:00 PM--Census tracking--Probably the fundamental way of using the US Federal Census is to track ancestors from one census year to the next. In that process we seek to uncover relationships and lost or heretofore unknown ancestors. This class shows a strategy on how to do that, using an actual family as an example. In addition, it also shows how to uncover hints on using resources outside of the census itself. Uncover relationships and lost ancestors in this class that focuses on using a strategy when searching through census records. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 7-Jun-18 at 10:15 AM--Organizing Your files-paper and electronic--some methods and suggestions for keeping track of your genealogy documents. Learn some methods and suggestions for keeping track of your genealogy documents. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.