Monday, October 29, 2018

Cemetery Listings from Salem, New York

The Bancroft Public Library in Salem, NY offers us an extensive collection of cemetery listings. Most of the cemeteries are located in New York, but because of the border location of Salem, some Vermont cemeteries are also included.

Possible data fields that one may find in the listings include name, parents, spouse, date and place of death, place and date of birth, age, etc.

Check it out at:

Friday, October 26, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 28 October to 3 November 2018

Monday, 29-Oct-18 at 10:00 search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 1-Nov-18 at 10:30—the class will demonstrate how to search the vast databases available on this rapidly-expanding site made available from the LDS (Mormon) genealogy collection. Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 3-Nov-18 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. Bryan-Hosmer, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Informative Article on USCT Civil War Pension Files

Bernice Alexander Bennett, writing in the International African American Museum Blog, gives us an excellent article on the value and use of US Colored Troops Pension Files.

Her article gives background information about pension files and the challenges faced by USCT who submitted an application. Most of the article deals with what one may find in such a pension file, and she includes several examples of the documents.

At the end of the article, Bernice also includes a list of the references for those who want to do some further reading.

Check it out at:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Cemetery Listing for Geneseo, New York Online

The interment database for the Temple Hell Cemetery in Geneseo, New York is online and searchable. In some cases a photo of the headstone is also included in the listing. You can search on a surname or see a listing of the entire database.

At the home page, click on "Interment Database" found in the left panel.

Monday, October 22, 2018

PGS Events for 22-27 October 2018

Monday, 22-Oct-18 at 6:00 PM--Bounty Lands in Genealogy Research--Bounty Lands were used from before the Revolutionary War up until 1858 to reward military service and stimulate enlistment. Those records can confirm military service and even locate ancestors during and after hostilities. This class gives the history of the subject, what records are available, and where to find them. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, 23-Oct-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, B, Largo Library.

Tuesday, 23-Oct-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.

NO RootsMagic User Group this Saturday, 27 October. Library is closed for Spooktacular.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Donna Moughty's Irish Genealogy Blog

Here is a link to a most helpful site if you are tracking down Irish ancestors: it is Donna Moughty's Irish Genealogy Blog. You may be familiar with Donna already, since we occasionally have her speak at some of our monthly general meetings. In the spring of 2017 she was the focus speaker at one of our special Lecture Series events.

Her Blog is a handy place to go to see the latest thought on methodology, technology, and Irish research.

Check it often at:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ancestry Blog Gives Advice on Tracing African-American Roots

Here is a great article that may be helpful if you are tracing your African-American roots. It comes from the Ancestry Blog, citing the contributions of Virginia McAlister.

Some key topics are covered in the article: the issue of surnames, tracking slave owners, how DNA testing can be a help, and more. Laced throughout the article are examples of different search strategies than can be employed.

Find the article at:

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Online Plot Search of Dry Creek Cemetery, Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho's Dry Creek Cemetery is searchable online. You can view a plot map as well as do a name search. The search results will show you name, birth date, death date, and plot location.

If you have Idaho ancestors, check it out at: 

Friday, October 12, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 14-20 October 2018

Thursday, 18-Oct-18 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group--Researching Your Cork County Ancestors, Centanne, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 19-Oct-18 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group--a discussion group regarding techniques to find your German ancestry. Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 20-Oct-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, 20-Oct-18 at 11:00 AM-Program Meeting--Was Your Ancestor an Abolitionist? Well, Susan  Lewis, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

"Las Vegas Age" Newspaper Available Online

Issues of the "Las Vegas Age" are now available online. The issues range from 1905 to 1924 (with some holes).

You can browse the collection, or search by date or keyword.

Check it out at:

Monday, October 8, 2018

Allen County Library Genealogy Center Provides Much Military Information

The Genealogy Center of the Alan County Library offers a wealth of military information. You can find info about individuals, units, conflicts, and more.

If  you have military ancestors, this site is worth a look. Of course the chances are good that your ancestor will not be included, but as genealogists, we are pretty much always working against the odds.

Check it out at:

Friday, October 5, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 7-13 October 2018

Tuesday, 9-Oct-18 at 6:00 PM--Digitized genealogy books online – Searching the internet for thousands of scanned genealogy books available online (from Google Books, Heritage Quest,, et al). Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 13-Oct-18--12:00 to 4:00 PM--Family History Assistance Day--Genealogists from the Pinellas Genealogy Society will be on hand to help you find your ancestors.  Free, individual assistance will be provided to each person who attends.  Be sure to bring what you know (names, dates, places of birth, death, marriages, residence, etc.) concerning your parents, grandparents, 

Over 100,000 Auckland WWII Records Available Online

Thanks to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, over 100 thousand WWII records are available free online. You can browse the collection, or search by name or keyword.

Check it out at:

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Suncoast Genealogy Society Mini-Seminar on 27 October 2018 Features Ann Staley

Don't forget, the Suncoast Genealogy Society is presenting a mini-seminar featuring C. Ann Staley speaking on “The Every Day Life of Our Ancestors,” and “Using Probate Records.” 

An application form is available in the Largo Library Genealogy Center. The non-member fee is $30 if the registration is mailed on or before 15 October. After that, or at the door, the fee is $35.

For additional information call 727-784-0420 or email

Cemetery Burial Records for Ishpeming, Michigan

Ishpeming is located in Marquette County, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. So if you have "Yuppers" in your ancestry, this site offering burial records may be what you are looking for.

From the landing page, click on the first letter of the surname to see an alphabetized list of names. The list will give you name, dates of birth and death, and grave location.