Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Lake County Public Library, Indiana Provides Genealogy Databases Online

The Lake County Public Library offers us online indexes of obituaries (from 1921), marriages and deaths (1857-1938), and births (1931-1938). The sources are various local newspapers.

The listing is an index only. Instructions are on the landing page for requesting actual copies.

http://engagedpatrons.org/database/LakeCountyObits/

Friday, September 13, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 16-21 September 2019

Monday, 16-Sep-19 at 6:00 PM--Brick Walls. You will eventually reach a point where you seemingly can’t go back further on a particular line. This class will offer some ideas and suggestions for overcoming dead ends in your family history research. Instructor: Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 19-Sep-19 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group. Topics vary monthly. Customs and culture, review of online resources, strategies for breaking down walls. Members are given an opportunity to share their ancestor discoveries, their travels to Ireland, and topics of interest. Instructor: Commons, Jenkins C, Largo Library.
Saturday, 21-Sep-19 at 10:00 AM--Computers in Genealogy. Question and answer session on the use of computers in genealogy research and record keeping. Instructor: Bryan, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 21-Sep-19 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting. Maximizing Your Research on the FamilySearch.org--FamilySearch.org adds millions of new images to its website each month. Most are initially not indexed. This session demonstrates how access and search the indexed records, and how to work with the browsable images to locate your ancestors’ records. This session also explains informational resources at the new FamilySearch, and shows you how to get help. Speaker: George Morgan, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Park Ridge, Illinois Area Obituaries Online

Park Ridge, Illinois is a suburb of Chicago. Its public library is host to a collection of over 29,000 obituaries taken from local papers from 1929 to the present. The listing can be browsed or searched.

What you see is an index only. To see the actual obituary you must visit the library. For questions, the number is 847-825-3123.

https://www.parkridgelibrary.org/obituaries/

Monday, September 9, 2019

Spencer, Iowa City Cemetery Listings Available Online

Scroll down to the bottom of the landing page to find links to listings for Riverside and North Lawn Cemeteries in Spencer, Iowa.

In both instances you will be taken to an interactive map. Double click to zoom in progressively on the map until you finally get burial information for a specific plot. If  you don't know the grave location, you can do a name search. When you click on a name in your hit list, you are taken to the location of the grave and presented with record information.

http://www.spenceriowacity.com/cemetery.php

Friday, September 6, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 9-14 September 2019

Monday, 9-Sep-19 at 10:00 AM. Ancestry.com--basic search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Instructor: Bryan. Local History Room, Largo Library
Saturday, 14-Sep-19 at 1:00 PM: DNA Tests by Ancestry.com--I have my results, what's next? This is a basic DNA class that provides strategies and techniques for using your Ancestry DNA results to find new relatives and discover keys to the past. Bring your laptop if you like but it is not required. If you do, bring your Ancestry login and password! Drop in from 2:00-4:00 or stay after the class for one-on-one assistance with your personal DNA questions. Instructor: Luce, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Save the date for an upcoming event: Family History Assistance Day will be 9 Nov 2019 from noon-4:00 pm in Jenkins A, Largo Library. Be sure to invite your friends who are interested in getting started and come yourself for some one-on-one help.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Palatine German Research Trove at "Awesome Genealogy"

The Blog Awesome Genealogy - Life in the Past Lane, gives us a post dealing with researching the Palatine Germans. These are Germans from the Palatinate Region who came to North America roughly in the mid-1700's.

The post starts with an article for historical background and is filled with links for further research.

Check it out at:
http://www.awesomegenealogy.com/palatines.shtml

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Tips for Beginning Swedish Genealogy

This article comes from Paul Woodbury, a Legacy Tree Genealogist, writing in Lisa Louise Cooke's Blog, "Genealogy Gems."

Paul offers five tips and provides several links to other resources.

https://lisalouisecooke.com/2017/07/22/beginning-swedish-genealogy/

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Brown County, Texas Cemetery Indexes Available Online

Thanks to the Pecan Valley Genealogical Society, we can see listings for the cemeteries of Brown County, Texas. The display as a good one, listing over 75 area cemeteries. To see a listing, click on the name of the cemetery listed in the table on the landing page.

Check it out at:
http://www.browncountytexasgenealogy.com/pvgs_cemeteries.html

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Elmwood Cemetery Directory in Flora, Illinois Available Online.

Flora, Clay County, Illinois is home to the Elmwood Cemetery which saw its first burial in 1853. The burials include some 770 veterans.

The landing page provides a link to download a Microsoft Word document containing the list of burials. Further exploration of the landing page will reveal several veteran-oriented databases that may be of interest to you.


http://florapubliclibrary.org/local-history/?doing_wp_cron=1560257562.8658819198608398437500

PGS Events for the Week of 26-31 August 2019

Monday, 26-Aug-19 at 10:00 AM Local and County Histories are often overlooked resources that can contain a wealth of resources on your ancestors and the places that they lived. This presentation explores the background of local and county history books; what information can be found in them; and, where to find them, both in print and online. Instructor: Fortin. Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 27-Aug-19 at 11:00 AM--DNA Basics for Genealogy. 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. Instructor: Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 27-Aug-19 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. Instructor: Manning-Luce, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 28-Aug-19 at 1:00 PM--FamilySearch Family Tree.  The class will demonstrate how to build a family tree using the free FamilySearch.org.  Most importantly it will show how to deal with incorrect information in a shared environment and encourage family contacts.  Instructor: Nerge, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Friday, 30-Aug-19 at 10:30 AM--German Genealogy Interest Group. A roundtable discussion regarding techniques to find your German ancestry, questions and answers, handouts. Instructor: Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
More stuff of interest:
The Franco-American Discussion Group meetings have been cancelled for the coming months of Sep-Oct-Nov. Charlie Grandmaison passed away and we have no one to lead the group.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Loveland, Colorado Cemetery Records Available Online

A database of burials at Lakeside Burial Park and Loveland Burial Park in Loveland, Colorado is available online. The Lakeside Cemetery was founded in 1880, followed in 1912 by the Loveland Cemetery.

Click on the link titled "I Want To..." located in the upper left corner of the landing page. You will be presented with several options to search and view the Burial Park and burial information.


https://maps.cityofloveland.org/apps/?viewer=cemetery

Friday, August 16, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 19 - 24 August 2019

Tuesday, 20-Aug-19 at 10:00 AM--Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC): History and Research.The CCC was a major governmental program of the New Deal that sought to employ millions of destitute young men of the Depression Era. Although the term “CCC” is usually recognized, few specifics are generally known about the program. This presentation recounts the history and accomplishments of the CCC, as well as characteristics of the corps members and camp life. It will also explore where records can be found and how to order them if needed. Instructor: Summers.  Local History Room, Largo Library
24-Aug-19  10:00 AM   RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Instructor: Summers. Local History Room, Largo Library.

African American Funeral Program Collection Expanded at Augusta, Georgia Public Library

The Eula M. Ramsey Johnson Memorial Funeral Program Collection at the Augusta-Richmond County Public System has added over 10,000 pages of funeral programs. The collection offers over 3,000 African American funeral programs spanning the period 1933 to 2017.

Check it out at:
http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/CollectionsA-Z/fpro_search.html?Welcome

Monday, August 12, 2019

Online Data at the City Archives of Victoria, British Columbia

The city of Victoria, British Columbia offers a number of resources through their city archives. Take your time and browse the links provided on the landing page.

In particular, scroll to the bottom of the landing page for links to Ross Bay cemetery records, death notices, and marriage notices.

https://archives.victoria.ca/

Friday, August 9, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 12-17 August 2019

Monday, 12-Aug-19 at 10:00 AM.Civil War Ancestors: Presents a strategy for tracing your Civil War Ancestors. Examines both state and national records, and both print and digital formats. The emphasis in the digital world is websites that are free and accessible from home. Instructor: Summers. Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 17-Aug-19 at 10:00 AM--Computers in Genealogy:Question and answer session on the use of computers in genealogy research and record keeping. Instructor: Bryan, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 17-Aug-19 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting: Not in the Census? Try Again--Not everyone recorded in a census is easy to find on first inspection. In this session, attendees will learn tips and techniques to locate those ancestors who require additional effort. The session will cover a quick bit of U.S., UK, and Canadian census history; the idea that some individuals were counted two or more times in the same census, or sometimes entirely missed; and the pitfalls of enumeration, transcription, and indexing, Attendees will learn some clever searching techniques beyond the obvious methods; how to find individuals who are not where they are expected to be; and how to use browsing instead of searching for the tough situations. Speaker: Drew Smith, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 17-Aug-19 at 12:30 PM--Workshop tour of the Genealogy Center showing the many genealogical research resources there. Instructor: Summers., Genealogy Center, Largo Library.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Irish Research - Recognize When You May Need Help

Lisa Louise Cooke interviews Kate Eakman, Professional Genealogist specializing in Irish genealogy at Legacy Tree Genealogists to get tips on getting started with your Irish research and when you may need professional help

Check it out at:
https://lisalouisecooke.com/2017/03/15/irish-genealogy-help/

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

"Walk-in DNA Assistance the Second Saturday of Each Month

Denise Manning and Susan Luce are offering a walk-in DNA help session on the second Saturday of each month from 1-4.  Since they already have the DNA for adoptees class scheduled for this Saturday (10 Aug) at 1, they will provide that one on one assistance as soon as the class is over...about 2:15.  Come join them--they would love to work with you.  They will be in the Jenkins Room A!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 5-10 August 2019

Monday, 5-Aug-19 at 10:00 AM. Genealogical Numbering Systems—explore different ways of showing relationships in family histories, and understanding ancestor and descendant reports in your genealogy program. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Saturday, 10-Aug-19 at 1:00 PM--DNA for Adoptees --Strategies to find birth families. This class is for those that have taken the DNA Basic class and are ready to explore ways to use DNA to help find birth families.  You need to have a good understanding of general genealogical research strategies and databases such as Familysearch.org and Ancestry.com search engines and be familiar with your DNA testing company's products and tools.
Drop in from 2:00-4:00 or stay after the class for one-on-one assistance with your personal DNA questions.

Instructor: Manning-Luce, Jenkins A, Largo Library.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Meaning of Names

This site offers origins, statistics, and  popularity rankings for names. Users can search and compare the most popular names,  find trending names, and review various lists of names by origin, region, and more.

https://www.names.org/

Friday, July 26, 2019

"Free BMD" Website Updated with More English and Welsh Vital Records

I have highlighted the website "Free BMD" several times in the past, but it deserves to get visibility whenever possible. The website currently has around 266 million records.

The site focuses on English and Welsh birth, marriage and death records. The landing page offers a rather detailed search form with several filters to help you narrow your search.

There is a lot of information here with lots of links. Take your time getting familiar with it so you don't miss anything.

https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl

Monday, July 22, 2019

Relocated Cemeteries Associated with the TVA Project

This is a rather unusual but critical database. It details the more than 20,000 graves that were relocated by the government due to their probable loss through flooding as the Tennessee Valley Authority project was undertaken.

To view the database, download the alphabetized list in either PDF or Excel format. Links to the down load are found about half way down the landing page. Among the information offered is name, birth and death dates, original and new cemetery, and date of relocation.

Check it out:
https://www.tva.gov/Environment/Environmental-Stewardship/Land-Management/Cultural-%252B-Historic-Preservation/Relocated-Cemeteries

Saturday, July 20, 2019

PGS Member Harriet Tompkins Shares Her Unique Memories of the NASA Moon Landing


Harriet Tompkins, board member of the Pinellas Genealogy Society in Largo, Florida, shares memories as a student working at NASA in July 1969 when American astronauts took off on the journey for the ages - to be the first to step on the moon.





Friday, July 19, 2019

Job Openings for 2020 Census


Florida Genealogical Society-Tampa Features Kenyatta Berry at 5 October 2019 Seminar



PGS Events for the Week of 22-27 July 2019

Tuesday, 23-Jul-19 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. Instructor: Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 23-Jul-19 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. Instructor: Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Saturday, 27-Jul-19 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group. Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Riverside Cemetery, Menominee, Michigan Online Records

Riverside Cemetery in Menominee, Michigan provides us a listing of burials. The landing page takes you to a table where you click on the beginning letter of the surname you are researching.

You then have an alphabetic list of names with associated information. In addition to the individual's name, you get date of birth or age, date of death and burial, and grave location.

Check it out at:
http://joomla.uproc.lib.mi.us/Spies/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=96&Itemid=127

Monday, July 15, 2019

Lee County Genealogical Society Features Bryan Mulcahy at 15 August Meeting.

Lee County Genealogical Society hosts Bryan Mulcahy speaking on "Finding Church Records." Event is on 15 August at 10am in Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church (8260 Cypress Lake Dr., Fort Myers, FL).

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland Online Information

Mount Auburn Cemetery is on of Baltimore's largest African American cemeteries, founded in 1872. This is a great site with lots of information about those buried there.

The landing page offers you an alphabetized listing of names, with each name being a hotlink to detailed information. You can find information extracted from death certificates, links to ordering those certificates, tombstone photo when available, and more.

Check it out at:
http://mountauburn.msa.maryland.gov/cityofthedead.aspx

PGS Events for the Week of 15-20 July 2019

Monday, 15-Jul-19 at 10:00 AM. Pre-1850 Census Analysis. Many researchers become frustrated with the difficulty in researching the US Census prior to 1850 because of only the heads of households being explicitly named. However, those early censuses contain more information than one might initially think. This class examines the characteristics of the pre-1850 census, the information available, and some strategies for analyzing those census years. Instructor: Summers     Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 20-Jul-19 at 10:00 AM--Computers in Genealogy. Question and answer session on the use of computers in genealogy research and record keeping. Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 20-Jul-19 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting.Workshop--"From Interview to Story." Bring a picture or object associated with your childhood. After a short talk on interview techniques, we will pair up and interview each other, and then write a short story to take home. Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Some Tips If You Are Beginning Swedish Genealogy

Here is an article to help you start your Swedish genealogy research. It comes to us from Paul Woodbury, who is a senior genealogist with "Legacy Tree Genealogists." Paul's tips are offered in Lisa Louise Cooke's Blog Genealogy Gems."

Check it out if you are in need of some pointers in what can be a challenging area of research.

https://lisalouisecooke.com/2017/07/22/beginning-swedish-genealogy/

Monday, July 8, 2019

eConference on DNA Coming Up on 9 August 2019

The following comes from FamilyHistoryFanatics.com:

"We wanted to let you know about the 2nd annual A Summer of DNA eConference coming up on Friday, August 9th. The eConference last year was very successful and had great attendance. 

"Speakers will be talking about the following:
Daniel Horowitz - Theory of Family Relativity and Other MyHeritage Tools
Donna Rutherford - Testing Family Members: Why and Who to Choose
Emily Aulicino - atDNA: Verify, Correct, Expand
Leah Larkin - When Your Tree Is a Banyan: Working with Endogamy and DNA

"The online sessions will begin at 9am Central Time on Friday August 9th. Some answers to common questions that people have asked us:
1. Yes, the sessions are live. These are not pre-recorded, so if you have questions, then please ask them in the chat during any of the sessions and we'll get them answered.
2. Yes there are door prizes. This event is sponsored by MyHeritage who will be giving away 4 DNA kits during the presentations. 
3. No, you don't have to be watching the live presentations to win (although we hope you do), everyone who is registered will be eligible to win the DNA kits.
4. Yes, recordings of the sessions will be available for 30 days after the eConference so even if you can't make the live session, register so that you can watch the recordings.
5. Yes we use our webcams. You don't have to watch slides all the time. You also get to see people. 
6. Yes, this event is open to anyone who wants to register.  No need to travel or even change out of your pajamas if you don't want to.
"As with past events there will be a 5th hour panel discussion where you can ask questions about any of the topics or even anything else related to DNA and genetic genealogy. Early bird registration is only $19.99 until July 31st. Regular registration price is $24.99 after July 31st. Learn more at the website (https://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/summerdna) "

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Digital Ohio Newspapers Online

The website "Ohio Memory" provides an alphabetical list of Ohio digitized newspapers. That list is also searchable.

clicking on a title will transfer you to the Library of Congress site to view the paper and do further searching.

https://ohiohistoryhost.org/ohiomemory/newspapers

Friday, July 5, 2019

On 19 July Suncoast Genealogy Society Presents Classes on Pre-1850 Census Records and Finding an Ancestor's Home Town

From 1:30 - 4:00 PM on 19 July, the Suncoast Education committee presents two intermediate classes. One is titled "Secrets in the 1790 - 1840 Census Records," presented by Jean Van Horn. The second is titled "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Home Town," presented by Ann James.

The venue is the Palm Harbor Public Library.

Space is limited so register early. Call or text Jean Van Horn at 727-744-5686 or email: jean.vh@verizon.net to reserve your space.

PGS Educational Events for the Week of 8-13 July 2019

Monday, 8-Jul-19 at 1:00 PM--Familysearch.org. The class will demonstrate how to search the vast databases available on this rapidly-expanding site made available from the LDS (Mormon) genealogy collection. Instructor: Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Friday, June 28, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 1-6 July 2019

Tuesday, 2-Jul-19 at 6:00 PM--Genealogical Proof. This class explains how to evaluate the evidence we collect as we build our family trees. Some sources are more reliable, some records bring us closer to the actual event, and some information is more “on point.” How do we rank all of this as we try to assemble genealogical “truth”? The class uses the “Genealogical Proof Standard” as the guide. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Job Openings for the 2020 Census

A representative will be at a table in the lobby of the Largo Library from 10am to 1pm on 3 and 17 July.

More information can be found at:
2020census.gov/jobs

Friday, June 21, 2019

PGS Events for the week of 24-29 June 2019

Monday, 24-Jun-19 at 10:00 AM. Writing Your Family History--Are You Ready to Publish? If you have been in Genealogy for any amount of time, you have heard many reasons why you can’t publish. Let's get past that. Instructor: Hostetler, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 25-Jun-19 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. Instructor: Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 25-Jun-19 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. Instructor: Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Lee County Genealogical Society Features David Nelson at 18 July Meeting

Lee County Genealogical Society hosts David Nelson speaking on "Letter from Australia." Event is on 18 July at 10am in Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church (8260 Cypress Lake Dr., Fort Myers, FL).

Friday, June 14, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 17-22 June 2019

Tuesday, 18-Jun-19 at 6:00 PM--Organizing Your Files-Paper and Electronic.  Some methods and suggestions for keeping track of your genealogy documents. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 22-Jun-19 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group:Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Marshfield, Wisconsin Cemetery Online

The Hillside Cemetery in Marshfield, Wisconsin provides and interactive cemetery viewer for researchers. The link for the viewer is to the left in the landing page.

Once in the viewer, click on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right of the page to do your search. Click on the individual names in your hit list to be taken to the gave location in the cemetery map.

Check it out at: 
http://ci.marshfield.wi.us/departments/cemetery/index.php

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Gulfport Historical Society and Museum Hosts a Volunteer Training Day on 14 June 2019

We are looking for the historically inclined, and the adventurous of spirit

We are hosting a Volunteer Training Day on June 14, 2019 from 10 AM to 12 PM. There are multiple opportunities to get involved in the exciting future of the museum. Stop by and meet our Volunteer Coordinator, Lisa and Operations Manager, Jon.
The Gulfport Historical Society operates the Gulfport History Museum, located at 5301 28th Ave. S., in Gulfport. 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Clearwater Historical Society Museum and Cultural Center Grand Opening on 15 June




The Clearwater Historical Society invites you to the Grand Opening of the Clearwater Historical Society Museum and Cultural Center at South Ward School on Saturday, June 15 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Pinellas County’s Historical Preservation Board will kick-off the celebration at 10 a.m. with an unveiling ceremony of the South Ward School’s historical marker.

The Clearwater Historical Society Museum and Cultural Center is located at 610 S. Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater 33756. Park in the lot across from the First United Methodist Church at 411 Turner St. on the corner of Ft. Harrison Ave and Turner St.

Canadiana Website Features Three Significant Collections

Three major collections for Canadian research are presented at the Canadiana site. They are "Early Canadiana Online," "Heritage," and "Canadiana Online." Links to the three are prominently displayed across the top of the landing page. Among the three collections there are millions of scanned pages of  periodicals, newspapers, government documents, and more.

The "Heritage" collection specifically links to some of the key collections from the Library and Archives Canada.

Check it out at:  http://www.canadiana.ca/

Friday, June 7, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 10-15 June 2019

Monday, 10-Jun-19 at 10:00 AM--Property Research Basics. This is a general treatment of property research in the United States. It will explore ownership documents from land grants to land patents to deeds; it will explain the difference in land descriptions in state land states and public land states; it will examine the historical context of military bounty land, the Homestead Act, and the cash purchase of public land. We will also survey where to find the records generated during the ownership and transfer of property. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 15-Jun-19 at 10:00 AM--Computers in Genealogy. Question and answer session on the use of computers in genealogy research and record keeping. Instructor: Bryan, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 15-Jun-19 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting--Skeletons in the Family Closet. We all find scandals, scalawags, and other surprises in the course of our genealogical research. This presentation discusses some of the unexpected, and sometimes unsavory, facts that may arise and ethical considerations to keep in mind when deciding how to share them. Instructor: Fortin, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Carver County, Minnesota Newspapers Online

The Carver County, Minnesota Historical Society has provided us with some genealogy resources at their website. The  landing page is for newspaper research, but there is also a collection of plat maps. You can find those under the "Research Center" tab at the top of the landing page.

An advanced search option is available just to the right of the search field.

https://www.carvercountyhistoricalsociety.org/newspaper/search.php

Monday, June 3, 2019

Lee County Genealogical Society Features Norman Jones at 20 July Meeting

Lee County Genealogical Society hosts Norman Jones speaking on "I Knew There Was Blue Blood Somewhere." Event is on 20 July at 10am in Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church (8260 Cypress Lake Dr., Fort Myers, FL).

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Advantage Archives Provides A Collection of Small Town Newspapers

The landing page of this site provides you an interactive map to help show you the communities covered in its collection of small town newspapers. The collection is actually a collection of links to community libraries among others that have digitized collections.

The interactive map is a bit messy with an abundance of push pins. Another way to browse the collection is to click on the name of your state of interest in the list to the left of the map, and then follow the link to the city of interest.

This is a great site!

Check it out at: 
http://www.advantagearchives.com/new-cha-directory/

PGS Events for the Week of 3-8 June 2019

Monday, 3-Jun-19 at 6:00 PM--Ancestry.com: Basic search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Instructor: Bryan    , Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 6-Jun-19 at 10:15 AM--City Directories in Genealogy Research. City directories are a valuable genealogy resource. They can give information on household composition, residence and business location, and insights into the lives our ancestors led. They can also be used as a substitute for the US Federal Census, or used in conjunction with the census to locate hard-to-find ancestors. This class explores the history of this resource, the research value of the information they provide, and where to find the records. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 8-Jun-19 at 1:00 PM: DNA-Part 2--Digging deeper into the types of DNA tests and how to use the results to further your research. Instructor: Manning. Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Family History Fanatics Online Conference Coming on 29 June 2019

Family History Fanatics will be producing a "Research Strategies and Historical Writing" online conference on June 29th.  Speakers and topics will include:

Amy Johnson Crow - Writing Your Family History in Bite-Sized Pieces
Devon Noel Lee A Recipe for Writing Family History
Lisa Lisson - Adding Social History to Family History Writing
Dan Earle - You Down with KDP? Ya You Know Me!: Preparing Your Manuscript for Self Publication

The online sessions will begin at 9 am Central Time on June 29th. A final panel discussion will end the day.  All registrants will be able to view the conference for 30 days.  Register and get your questions answered by some of the most popular genealogy educators! Presentations are live, not pre-recorded, and you can ask questions throughout.

Price is only $19.99 until June 19th and then it will be $24.99. 
More information is available on the website: https://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/writingconf

Grave Locator for Bismarck's St. Mary's Parish Online

For those with ancestors from the Bismarck, North Dakota area, a grave locator for St. Mary's Parish Family is at online. Instructions for using the site are front and center on the landing page.

Check it out at:  https://stmarysbismarck.org/grave-locator

Monday, May 27, 2019

Gulfport History Museum Reopening Celebration on 1 June

This comes from out Organizational Partner in Gulfport:


At long last, the museum reopens! Join us?

Join us for a very special grand re-opening of the Gulfport History Museum!
After months of renovation following last summer's Labor Day fire, our museum is in beautiful shape and we're excited to officially open to the public on June 1, 2019. 
We'll be open to everyone this Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for a meet and greet with volunteers, board members and our first-ever operations manager. You can learn more about GHS's plans for the coming year and our ongoing efforts to digitize and preserve Gulfport's town records, all while enjoying our beautifully restored museum space. Our exhibit The Gabber: 50 Years of Hyper-Local News will be back on display for your enjoyment.  
We'll have a light buffet brunch, courtesy of Stella's, with some muffins from A Friend Who Bakes. We always welcome dogs and well-behaved children.

Let us know you're coming to our grand reopening!
The Gulfport Historical Society operates the Gulfport History Museum, located at 5301 28th Ave. S., in Gulfport. 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 27 May to 1 June 2019

Tuesday, 28-May-19 at 11:00 AM--DNA for Genealogy: 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. Instructor: Manning. Jenkins A
Tuesday, 28-May-19 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. Instructor: Manning. Jenkins A.
Wednesday, 29-May-19 at 10:00 AM--Orphan Trains and the Children Who Rode in Them. The story of the Orphan Trains, which relocated children from the eastern cities to rural farmlands, has become a part of American popular culture. This presentation explores the facts behind the legends; follows a group of children “placed-out” in 1880; and, provides resources available to learn more about the orphan trains and their riders. Instructor: Fortin.      Local History Room.
Saturday, 1-Jun-19 at 1:00 PM--DNA Basics-Part 1. 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. Instructor: Manning, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Open Archives Has Largest Collection of free Dutch Historical Records

This is reputedly the largest collection of references to people in Dutch historical records. They recently achieved their 200 millionth entry.

Check it out at:
https://www.openarch.nl/

Monday, May 20, 2019

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild - A Different View of Passenger Lists

If you are not familiar with the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, you are in for a treat. This collection of transcribed ship passenger lists is volunteer driven, and may reveal a passenger name that has been alluding  you.

You can search by passenger name, or browse by ship name,. In addition you can browse by special ship grouping, port of departure, port of arrival and captain's name.

If you find your ancestor in these transcriptions, then you have the information you need to seek out the original passenger list.

https://www.immigrantships.net/

Saturday, May 18, 2019

PS Events for the Week of 20-25 May 2019

Monday, 20-May-19 at 10:00 AM-- Local and County Histories—CLASS CANCELLED. Instructor Karen Fortin had a death in the family and had to be out of town. Class will be re-scheduled later this year.      
Tuesday, 21-May-19 at 10:00 AM--Ancestry Family Trees – Part 2. Publishing your tree on Ancestry.com can be a great way to share your research with others, as well as to provide a backup for your work. This presentation covers how to start a family tree on Ancestry.com, and how to maintain it. That includes working with people, events, images, and sources.  Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 24-May-19 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). Instructor: Grandmaison, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 25-May-19 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Cemetery Listing for Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.Online

Oak Hill Cemetery was founded in 1880 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. The landing page gives  you a link to "Burials Roster," That roster is a complete alphabetic listing of the burials, providing such information as name, burial location, and year of death.

Check it out at:
https://www.siloamsprings.com/152/Burial-Records

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Getting Started in Scots-Irish Genealogy by Lisa Cooke

Lisa Louise Cooke, writing in her Blog "Genealogy Gems," gives us a guide to getting started in Scots-Irish genealogy. The article is a good starting point giving some general background, available resources, and links to further study.

Check it out at:
https://lisalouisecooke.com/2018/01/29/scots-irish-genealogy/

Friday, May 10, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 13-18 May 2019

Tuesday, 14-May-19 at 10:00 AM--Ancestry Family Trees – Part 1. Publishing your tree on Ancestry.com can be a great way to share your research with others, as well as to provide a backup for your work. This presentation covers how to start a family tree on Ancestry.com, and how to maintain it. That includes working with people, events, images, and sources.  Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 16-May-19 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group. Topics vary monthly. Customs and culture, review of online resources, strategies for breaking down walls. Members are given an opportunity to share their ancestor discoveries, their travels to Ireland, and topics of interest. Jenkins C, Largo Library.
Saturday, 18-May-19 at 10:00 AM--Computers in Genealogy: Question and Answer session on the use of computers in genealogy research and record keeping. Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 18-May-19 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting: Hiking the Pilgrim Paper Trail-Tips for Documenting your Early Arrival Ancestors for Lineage Society Use. Join Pilgrim speaker Lori Coffey as she outlines how to prepare for membership in a hereditary group like the Mayflower Society. This fun and interactive presentation will provide ideas on how to document your early arrival ancestors. Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota Birth and Death Index Online

Birth and death indexes for Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota are online for the years 1872 to 1910 thanks to the county Museum and Historical Society.

To see the index you must download an Excel file...which means  you need the MS Excel software on your computer, or at least the Excel reader. There is a link to download the reader if you need to.

The links to the birth and death indexes are in boxes to the right in the landing page.

http://www.co.ym.mn.gov/index.asp?SEC=ABA349CA-E420-415B-A89E-69E13E517FEF&DE=3695BEFC-A48D-4F89-9B70-541A3F35E16D

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Central Database of Victims of the Spanish Civil War and the Franco Regime

This is a specialize collection, but could be valuable if you have Spanish ancestry. It is an attempt to document the 125,000 people who were victims of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The fate of many is still unknown to their families.

Enter your search term and click on a name in the resulting hit list for additional information on the source of the information.

https://scwd.ihr.world/en/

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Plain Township, Ohio Provides Online Cemetery Burial Search

A burial index for the Maplewood Cemetery, located in Plain Township of Franklin County, Ohio is available online. From the landing page, click on the link "Maplewood Cemetery Online Burial Search."

Fill out the search form presented and you will be given a hit list giving a name and a grave location. Each name is a hot link to additional information about the deceased.

Check it out at:
https://plaintownship.org/cemeteries/maplewood-cemetery-online-burial-search/

Friday, May 3, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 6-11 May 2019

Monday, 6-May-19 at 10:00 AM--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. Instructor: Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 7-May-19 at 6:00 PM--Writing Brief Narrative Sketches – Sharing Interesting Ancestors with Family. Do you want to share your family history research and enthusiasm with your relatives, but find that their eyes tend to glaze over when you pull out your pedigree charts and family group sheets? Try presenting the information to them in bite-size chunks, one interesting ancestor at a time, using brief, 1-3 page narratives with visual impact. Instructor: Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal Available Online

Central Michigan University offers us a portal for access to Michigan newspapers. Some of the papers are available for free and some require payment, but the links in the portal tell you which is which.

Michigan newspapers available through the Library of Congress (Chronicling America) are included in the portal, so this site is very inclusive.

Check it our at:
https://www.cmich.edu/library/clarke/Pages/Michigan-Digital-Newspaper-Portal.aspx

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Gallipollis, Ohio Library System Provides Online Historical Newspaper Collection

The Bossard Memorial Library in Gallipolis, Ohio has provided us with 123 years of digitized historical newspapers. The collection dates back to 1895 and includes six titles.

You can browse by title and by year, or search for people, places, or events for a specified time frame.

Check it out at:
http://bossardlibrary.advantage-preservation.com/

Friday, April 26, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 29 April to 4 May 2019

Monday, 29-Apr-19 at 10:00 AM--Library Databases. There are several databases subscribed to by the Largo Public Library that support genealogy research. Ancestry and HeritageQuest are the most well-known, but there are also American Ancestors, News Bank, and others. This class shows how to find and use those databases. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 30-Apr-19 at 10:00 AM--Library of Congress Website. This class will cover what genealogy help it provides, veterans’ information, historic newspapers, digital collections, photographs, and use of the catalog. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 2-May-19 at 10:15 AM--Death Records. This class will focus on finding records to establish the death date of your deceased kinfolk. We will describe and demonstrate how and where to find many types of records and resources that will enable you to determine death dates. In addition to the commonly used records such as death certificates, tombstones, obituaries, death indexes, etc., you will discover some that you may not have considered. Instructor: Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 4-May-19 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group . Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software.  This will be the last meeting until September. Instructor: Bryan-Hosmer.     Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 4-May-19 at 1:00 PM--Ancestry DNA: I have my results, what's next? This class is a basic DNA class that provides strategies and techniques for using your Ancestry DNA results to find new relatives and discover keys to the past. Bring your laptop if you like but it is not required. If you do, bring your Ancestry login and password! Instructor: Luce, Jenkins A, Largo Library.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Menominee, Michigan Obituaries, Newspaper Articles, and More Available Online

Thanks to the Spies Public Library for making these databases available. They are the work of local historian Robert G. Shaw, and cover Marinette, Menominee, and Peshtigo communities.

You will find obituaries, funeral notices, newspaper articles and weddings.

http://joomla.uproc.lib.mi.us/Spies/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=81&Itemid=131

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Suncoast Genealogy Society Features Debbe Hagner at 25 May Meeting

Here's the info:

Saturday, May 25, 2019, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Palm Harbor Public Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor, Florida.

“How To Use The New Family Search” presented by: Debbe Hagner.
     With so many features available, there is sure to be something that will spark your interest. Debbie will discuss Family Search and all the new options!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Oak Ridge, Tennessee Obituary Index Available Online

This index contains entries from 1943 to the present taken from local Oak Ridge, Tennessee newspapers. The focus on Anderson and Roane counties. As with all indexes, the entries point you to the publication date and page number of the original entry.

Check it out at:
http://oakridgetn.gov/obituary.aspx

Friday, April 19, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 22-27 April 2019

Monday, 22-Apr-19 at 6:00 PM--Newspapers Online in Genealogy. This class will explore the genealogy data to be found in newspapers (obituaries, weddings, human interest stories, etc.) and show where to find the online repositories and how to use them. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, 23-Apr-19 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. Instructor: Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 23-Apr-19 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. Instructor: Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Friday, 26-Apr-19 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). Instructor: Grandmaison, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 27-Apr-19 at 10:00 AM--RootsMagic User Group. Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program, Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Site DigitalNC has added several more newspapers to its free website

The Digital North Carolina Heritage Center has added to its newspaper collection. This is worth checking out if you have ancestor from North Carolina, but the landing page can take to you more information than only newspapers. Yearbooks, historical images, and city directories are also offered.

Check it out at: http://www.digitalnc.org/

Monday, April 15, 2019

Digital Collections From Andover, Massachusetts

Thanks to the Memorial Hall Library of Andover, Massachusetts for the many and varied online digital collections made available. Navigate to the area that interests you by using the links located in the left pane of the landing page.

You can see cemetery, military, and town records, as well as school yearbooks, and historical newspapers.

If you have ancestors from this part of Massachusetts, check out this resource at:
https://mhl.org/andover%E2%80%99s-digital-collections-links

Friday, April 12, 2019

Milburn, New Jersey Public Library Features Online Collections

Thanks to the public library in Milburn, New Jersey several online databases are available for researcher use. The resources include local newspapers, and city directories, as well as town and church histories.

You can search using the search box on the landing page, or you can browse by first selecting one of the tabs at the top of the page.

http://www.digifind-it.com/millburn/chrome_search/search.cgi

PGS Events for the Week of 15-20 April 2019

Monday, 15-Apr-19 at 10:00 AM--Research Logs are an often over-looked tool of genealogy. They can be important aids on using the Genealogy Proof Standard, as well as helping you plan, record and analyze your research. This class explains what they are, their value, and how to use them.  Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library
Thursday, 18-Apr-19 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Interest Group --Topics vary monthly. Customs and culture, review of online resources, strategies for breaking down walls. Members are given an opportunity to share their ancestor discoveries, their travels to Ireland, and topics of interest. Padgett, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Saturday, 20-Apr-19 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-Apr-19 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting: Migration Patterns in the US--This is an introduction to the concept of Migration Patterns within the United States. Using this concept, this program will provide you with the tools to tackle the questions:
  1. Where did my forebears come from? 2. Where might I find their records?
Instructor: Hostetler, Jenkins B, Largo Library
Saturday, 20-Apr-19 at 12:30 PM--Workshop Tour of the Genealogy Center showing the many genealogical research resources there. Instructor: Summers, Genealogy Center, Largo Library.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

This collection of Japanese American newspapers boasts some 50 titles and runs from 1887 to 1955. Some issues are in English and some are in Japanese. The collection can be both searched and browsed (by title and date)

The publications focus mainly on the United States with a good number from Hawaii, but some international titles are also included..

https://hojishinbun.hoover.org/

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Online Searchable Death Indexes, Records, and Obituaries By Joe Beine

Thanks to genealogist Joe Beine for keeping this list of death indexes and records updated. In addition to listings by state, collections relating to several large cities are included also.

If you click on the link "Genealogy Records & Resources," you will find several other equally beneficial topical lists.

https://www.deathindexes.com/

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Legacy Writing Workshop at Tarpon Springs Library on 15 April


Gulfport Historical Society Presents Walking Tour on 20 April

Join the Gulfport Historical Society as they take a stroll through history in Gulfport. The tour examines the creation of this small seaside hamlet; the tour guides — all Gulfport locals with a penchant for history and storytelling — share the town's history and stories with the group. The tour starts at the Gulfport History Museum where you can take a peek at some of their historic photos.

Tour free for Gulfport Historical Society members. All others pay $10 per person. There is a water cooler at the museum; please bring your refillable bottle to fill up before the tour.

These tours sell out, so advance ticket purchase is highly suggested. Members should pre-register to ensure they have a spot. No one wants to turn people away, but when the group gets too large it's hard for everyone to hear the tour guides.


  • 04/20/2019
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S., Gulfport.   Register here

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Links to Historical Newspaper Archives Online

This is a huge listing of historical newspaper links (US and international), student newspapers, and magazine archives.

Check it out at:  http://www.xooxleanswers.com/free-newspaper-archives/

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Suncoast Genealogy Society Features Megan Smolenyak at 27 April Meeting


The event is held at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave, Palm Harbor, Florida.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Digital Archive of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement During WWII

The UC Berkeley Bancroft Library brings us this exhaustive collection of about 150,000 original items dealing with the Japanese American experience during WWII. The items include personal papers, maps, correspondence, photographs, and audiovisual materials.

If you have affected ancestors, or are just looking for historical information about this period in our history, check it out.

http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/collections/jacs/index.html

Saturday, March 30, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 1-6 April 2019

Monday, 1 April 2019 at 6:30 pm--Fold3.com. This is an online database focused on digitized military records. It is a fee site that is free if used at a Pinellas County Public Library. It is also free from home if accessed through the website of a Pinellas County public library. This presentation explains how to get the most out of using it.  Instructor: Peter Summers, Tarpon Springs Public -Library, 138 E. Lemon, Tarpon Springs, FL

Tuesday, 2-Apr-19 at 6:00 PM--National Archives–-Ordering Data. This is an in-depth explanation of how to order several different records from the National Archives. The records include military (both historic and modern), naturalization, census, land, and microfilm. Both online and postal mail ordering procedures will be covered. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, 4-Apr-19 at 10:15 AM--Living Persons. Suggested methods and tips for finding living people--kinfolks you never knew. Instructor: Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 5-Apr-19 at 10:15 AM—Timelines are exceptionally flexible tools that serve many purposes for genealogists. They can help you plan your research, and then help you organize and analyze the results of that research. This class will give several examples of the use of timelines, as well as provide tips on building and using them. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday--Library is closed...no Family Tree Maker User Group meeting.