Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Web Resource for Researching naval History in the Age of Sail

The website Three Decks, says it "has become a premier resource for researching naval history during the Age of Sail." Even a quick glance at the home page leads one to believe that statement is true.

There is much to explore, notably the ability to search for ships, battles, and people. If you have an ancestor who fought with the Navy during the time of sailing ships, this site it worth checking out. You will certainly get some valuable background information, and you may also find him by name.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Library of Congress List of State Institutions Providing Online Access to Collections

Across the country, the archives, cultural institutions, museums, and libraries of most states are collaborating to provide online access to their collections. They provide unprecedented access to materials that document local and regional growth and development as well as a look at the cultures and traditions that have made individual states and communities unique. 

The Library of Congress gives us a curated list of state and regional digital projects. For each project, the primary institution or institutions overseeing the project are noted.

This is an ever-growing list, so bookmark it so you can check back occasionally to see what's been added that may be of interest to you.

Check the list at:

Friday, August 24, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 26 August to 1 September 2018

Tuesday, 28-Aug-18 at 11:00 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, 28-Aug-18, 1:00 PM--DNA Interest Group – Share your DNA knowledge and discuss your results with others who are interested in making DNA connections. This is a group for DNA novices to learn together. Manning, Jenkins A & B, Largo Library – 
Saturday, 1-Sep-18 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group--Q&A and a demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. Hosmer-Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Taking A Road Trip? Here Are Some Hints For Success

Writing in the Ancestry Blog, Julianna Szucs gives us an article containing "6 Tips for a Successful Family History Road Trip." Given that its now summer, the season for vacations and road trips, the information is timely.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Obituary Index from Jessamine County, Kentucky

The Jessamine County Public Library in Nicholasville, Kentucky has put online an obituary index covering 1887 to 2005. The source is the Jessamine Journal.

You can search by name and date range, and the hit list will give you name and the date of the obituary. You may request a copy of the obituary by using the link in the left panel of the landing page.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Maple Grove Cemetery in Nicholasville, Kentucky

The Maple Grove cemetery was established in 1849 in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The landing page gives  you a short history of the cemetery. Look for the "Maple Grove Directory" link to download the cemetery index in Excel format. This index covers up through 2008. There is another link for an index with more recent burials.

Where to Write for Vital Records

There are many sources that will provide information on where to write for vital records, but if you want an easy-to-use, authoritative collection of information maintained by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), this site is for you.

The list applies to the United States and its territories and gives information about birth, marriage, divorce, and death records including the cost and applicable dates of the various record sets. Contact information is also included for the office of record.

Put this link in your favorites for easy access:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

New Orleans Records As An Immigration Port

This short article from the "Tribune Star" website provides a quick look at New Orleans as an immigration port. Various links are provided throughout the article to additional information. Included in those are links to immigration passenger lists at and at the website of the Louisiana Secretary of State. The latter site provides data for the years 1851 and 1852, which were not originally indexed.

Check it our at:

Saturday, August 11, 2018

FreeReg Provides Free Transcriptions of English Parish Registers

The FreeREG project focuses on parish registers from England, Scotland, and Wales. It gives us free online access to transcriptions of  entries in those documents.

After entering your search criteria, the hit list will give you a single line of typed information for each hit. That single line can be expanded by clicking on the "detail" column at the far right of the line.

PGS Events for the Week of 12-18 August 2018

Friday, 17-Aug-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, 18-Aug-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, 18-Aug-18 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting--Pennsylvania: the Keystone State. Hostetler, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Memorializing a Facebook Account

Here is an interesting article from the "Information Society" Blog about how to handle (memorialize) the Facebook account of a departed.

This article is a couple years old, but the information is still current. Still, expect changes over time.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Suncoast Genealogy Society Focuses on Family Heirlooms at 25 August Meeting

The Suncoast Genealogy Society meets on the 4th Saturday of the month at 2pm at the Palm Harbor Library (2330 Nebraska Ave., Falm Harbor, FL).

On 25 August program, attendees are asked to bring a family heirloom and tell about its importance to the family.

The meeting will be preceded by an open discussion of DNA and genealogy at 1pm.

Website Focuses on Ukraine from 1650 to 1920

This is a relatively new site. Its focus in the Ukraine from 1650 to 1920, giving us about 300 years of records. Reportedly the site contains two and a half million people and is growing daily.

The site is free but requires you to establish an account.

Check it out at:

Friday, August 3, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 5-11 August 2018

Tuesday, 7-Aug-18 at 6:00 PM--Library Catalog Searching for Genealogists – Learn which libraries and archives can aid you in your search, as well as, how to get the most from catalog searches. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.


The Annual Pinellas Genealogy Society Seminar, co-sponsored by the Largo Public Library, is scheduled for 23 February 2019 at the Largo Public Library from 8 am to 4 pm. The library is located at 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL.

This all-day event features D. Joshua Taylor as the primary speaker as well as three breakout speakers. Joshua’s four presentations are titled (1) “Finding Ancestors in the U.S. between 1780 and 1830,” (2) “Treasures in the Archives: Using Archive Grid,” (3) “Essential Technology for Genealogists,” and (4) “Timesaving Tips for Every Researcher.”

Joshua is a nationally known speaker, author, and educator with a long list of publications and leadership positions within the genealogy community to his credit. He is also well-known for being a featured genealogist on the TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?” and a host on the popular PGS series “Genealogy Roadshow.”

The topics of the breakout sessions will be: “DNA and Genealogy: Practical Applications” by Denise Manning, “Vital Resources for English and Welsh Family History Research” by Liz Pearson, and “Using for Military Research” by Peter Summers

In addition to the speakers, this event boasts a continental breakfast, box lunch, door prizes, book sale, and plenty of time to network with other researchers and guest organizations. The registration fee is $40 for PGS members and $45 for non-members. After 13 February, the cost is $50 for everyone, so register early.

We at PGS are proud of this annual, day-long event; and proud of the lineup of speakers and topics we have scheduled. There is something for everybody—novice researcher or experienced. Join us.

For detailed information about the seminar and a registration form, see the tabs at the top of this Blog's homepage.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Search New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries' Burial Records

Seven New Orleans Catholic cemeteries are included in this listing. You have to agree to terms of use by checking a box on the landing page. After doing so, a search box will appear. You can search for a name in a specific cemetery, or in all of the cemeteries at once.

At first it may appear that nothing has happened when you click "Search." The results are appended to the search box, so just scroll down in the search box to see the hit list.

Check it out at:
Search Burial Records - Cemeteries, New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries - New Orleans, LA:

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Sharing Heirlooms and Memories is the focus of the Suncoast Genealogy Society at Their 25 August Meeting.

The Suncoast Genealogy Society meets on the 4th Saturday of the month at 2pm at the Palm Harbor Library (2330 Nebraska Ave., Falm Harbor, FL).

On 25 August,  the program will focus on sharing heirlooms and memories. Bring an item belonging to one of your ancestor and talk for a few minutes sharing it's importance to  your family history.

The meeting will be preceded by an open discussion of DNA and genealogy at 1pm.