Thursday, November 29, 2018

Shiawassee County, Michigan Obituary Index Online

If you have Michigan ancestors, this list of obituaries taken from the "Owosso Argus-Press may be of interest to you.

The collection dates from 1862 to the present. If you find an obit of interest, you can order it from the library...the landing page gives instructions.

Monday, November 26, 2018

New Jersey Marriage Index Free Online at Internet Archive

The Reclaim the Records project gives us 115 years of New Jersey Marriages. The time period covered is 1901-2016. The collection is available at the Internet Archive.

When you get to the landing page, you will find each file is listed year-by-year. Opening a file will reveal the marriages listed alphabetically by surname. The collection of brides is listed first, followed by the grooms.

Friday, November 23, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 25 November to 1 December

Tuesday, 27-Nov-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, 27-Nov-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.
Saturday, 1-Dec-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.

"Jornal Igreja Lusitana" Available Online from the Portuguese Public Archive

If you are interested in Portuguese ancestry research, this collection of digitized issues of the Lusitanian Church Newspaper -- "Jornal Igreja Lusitana" -- may be of interest to you. The collection covers the period 1894 to 1923.

As you may suspect, the collection is in Portuguese, so use of something like Google Translate may be necessary.

Check it out at:

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay Meets on 9 December 2018

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM.

A “Pot Luck” luncheon will be served at 12 noon followed by a brief business meeting at 1:30 PM to elect and install new officers.  The program will feature “success stories” and “lessons learned” by members while researching their families.

There is no charge to members for the luncheon.  Non-members and guests will be charged $5 for the luncheon.  Reservations must be made by December 1st to ensure there will be ample food for those attending.  Make your reservation by calling Sally Israel at 727-343-1652.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Oskaloosa, Iowa Forest Cemetery Burials Online

The Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa, Iowa dates back to 1860. Click on "Burial Records" at the top of the landing page to be taken to an alphabetized list. You can browse the list or do a keyword search.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Cemetery Listings of The Cemeteries in Savannah, Georgia Are Available Online

The city of Savannah owns and operates five cemeteries: Colonial Park, Laurel Grove North, Laurel Grove South, Bonaventure, and Greenwich. An online database of the burials in those cemeteries is available from the city of Savannah.

You can search an individual cemetery or all five of the cemeteries at once. Clicking on a name in your hit list will reveal additional detailed information. Given the historic nature of the Savannah cemeteries, this is a treasure of information.

Friday, November 16, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 18 to 24 November 2018

Tuesday, 20-Nov-18 at 10:00 AM--Spanish-American War-- This class is an exploration of the causes, conflicts, and results of the United States’ war with Spain in 1898. In addition to the history of the conflict and its consequences, the types of records generated during the conflict will be discussed along with guidance on where to find those records. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 24-Nov-18 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.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Drake County, Iowa Obituary Database

Obituaries taken from the newspapers of Grinnell and surrounding communities in Poweshiek County in Iowa are presented by the Drake County Library.

To get started, click the "Search Obituaries" bar on the landing page. after entering your search terms, a hit list appears. Each listed name is a hot link to a scanned image of the obituary.

Check it out at:

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Gravestone Photo Project for County Tyrone

The site "Ulster Ireland Genealogy," offers users a searchable database of photos dealing with headstones from County Tyrone. Click on the banner that says "County Tyrone--The Gravestone Project."

In addition to grave stones, you can do a Tyrone-wide search for other genealogical information. And, if you scroll down the page you can find links to the other counties in Ulster besides Tyrone.

There is more to this site that I can easily write about. Take your time and fully explore it on your own.

Check it out at:

Friday, November 9, 2018

PGS Events for the Week of 11 - 17 November 2018

Thursday, 15-Nov-18 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group– This group discusses resources and techniques for researching your Irish ancestry. Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 16-Nov-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, 17-Nov-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, 17-Nov-18 at 11:00 AM--3:00 PM--Program Meeting-Lecture Series: “Our Quaker Ancestors: Their History and the Records They Left” & “The Marriage of the Waters”: The Erie Canal and the Opening of the Midwest. Lyttle, Annette Burke, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Obituary and Death Notice from Lexington County, South Carolina, Available Online

South Carolina's Lexington County Public Library has made an obituary and death notice database available on line, taken from listings in several local newspapers. Those papers are: Lexington Dispatch, Lexington News, Lexington Dispatch-News, Lexington County Chronicle, Southern Headlight, Summerland Headlight, Twin City News, and West Columbia Journal.

The landing page offers the options of searching by name or browsing by date. A link to "more information" takes you ta a page explaining how to use the database, and an explanation of the abbreviations used.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Oconee Hill Genealogy Group (Athens, Georgia) Provide Cemetery Listing Online

A listing of burials in the Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens, Georgia is provided online by the Oconee Hill Genealogy Group.

Mouse over the "Find a Grave" tab to reveal your options -- name search, map, etc. This is a large collection of about 13,000 names.

Check it out at:

Lee County Genealogical Society features Kaaren Linton on 15 November 2018

Lee County Genealogical Society features Kaaren Linton on 15 November 2018 speaking on "Westward Expansion and Native American Genealogical Research.

The meeting starts at 10 am at Cypress Lakes Presbyterian Church (8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers.

For more information visit .

PGS Events for the Week of 4-10 November 2018

Monday, 5-Nov-18 at 6:00 PM--Walking in their footsteps-One of the fun things about genealogy is getting to know our ancestors as people, not just as names and dates on a chart. This presentation will help you to identify sources that can assist you in locating the precise locations where your ancestors lived and worked.  Fortin , Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 6-Nov-18 at 6:00 PM--Digital Cameras in genealogy--The digital camera is one of the most important tools for the genealogist. 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, 8-Nov-18 at 1:00 PM--Introduction to Irish Genealogy-Part 2.  Resources and strategies for discovering your ancestors in Ireland. Explore census records, parish records and more. Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Imperial War Museum Compiles Register of War Memorials

Great Britain's Imperial War Museum is compiling a register of United Kingdom war memorials, to include the names of the individuals listed on them. So far they have collected over 77,000 memorial in the UK, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man.

On the home page, click on the link to "War Memorials Register." That will take you to a page where you can search for a specific memorial, apply a selection of search filters, or browse the collection. Click on the image of a memorial to reveal additional information.