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.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Cleveland, Tennessee Obituary Index Online

The Bradley Public Library in Cleveland, Tennessee makes this obituary database available to us. The records date back as far at 1965 and come form several local newspapers.

If you find a name of interest, you can request the library to send you the actual article for $2.00.

http://clevelandlibrary.org/obitsearch/index.php

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Suncoast Genealogy Society Features George G. Morgan at March Mini-Seminar


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

Digital California Newspapers online

You can browse or search this collection of digitized California newspapers. If browsing is your choice, you can do so by title, date, county. or tag.

There are over 4 million pages in this collection

https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc

Friday, March 22, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 224-30 March 2019

Monday, 25-Mar-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.
Tuesday, 26-Mar-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, 26-Mar-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.
Wednesday, 27-Mar-19 t 10:00 AM--Digitized Genealogy Books Online:How and where to find them  (google books, heritage quest, ancestry.com, et al). Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 28-Mar-19 at 10:15 AM--WAR OF 1812: This class seeks to provide an understanding of the historical significance of the War of 1812: it looks at the causes of the war, how it was fought, and its consequences. It then explores the genealogically relevant records generated in relation to the war: what they are, and where to find them. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 30-Mar-19 at 12:00-4:00 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, and great-grandparents. We will help you find earlier generations. Instructors: Various PGS genealogists, Jenkins A, Largo Library.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Georgia's Walker County Messenger Now Online

Copies of the Walker County Messenger (Georgia) are available online via the Digital Library of Georgia. The publication dates range from 1880 to 1924.

You can search or browse the issues. The search function is in the tab bar near the top of the landing page. If  you wish to browse, there are several options.

This site can also lead to other Georgia historical newspaper collections, so take  your time and explore it fully.

Check it out at:  https://gahistoricnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu/lccn/sn89053488/

Monday, March 18, 2019

Jacksonville (Alabama) Herald Newspaper Available online

Copies of the Jacksonville Herald from 1837 through 1895 are available online. From the landing page, you have the ability to download a PDF of any of the newspapers available.

The papers are not name-searchable, but there us a surname index in PDF format that you can download as a finding aide.

http://www.jsu.edu/library/collections/jacksonville_republican.html

Friday, March 15, 2019

Death Index for Buffalo, NY Available Online

Thanks to Reclaim the Records over 640,000 names are included in the death index for Buffalo, NY. If you scroll down the landing page, you will be able to read an interesting description of the hoops the Reclaim the Records Project often has to jump through.

To get to the records, click on the link "browse through the images online" found to the right of the thumbnail image near the top of the page.

https://www.reclaimtherecords.org/records-request/14/

PGS Events for the Week of 17-23 March 2019

Monday, 18-Mar-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.
Tuesday, 19-Mar-19 at 6:00 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.
Thursday, 21-Mar-19 at 1:00--4:00 PM-- Irish Genealogy Interest Group Monthly Meeting: Celebrating Ireland. Members will share their travel videos with an Irish-inspired pot luck lunch. Movie following: the Irish-American classic, "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Pot Luck Lunch RSVP khdcom@aol.com. Instructor: Padgett, Jenkins B. Largo Library.
Friday, 22-Mar-19 at 10:30 AM—German Genealogy Interest Group-David Dellinger will be speaking about the research and process involved in writing a book, the Peasant Kings, based on his German immigrant ancestors. David a former president of PGS and editor of the PGS journal, past secretary of Florida State Genealogical Society, and author of numerous articles, not only on his family research but linguistics. Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 23-Mar-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.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Wichita Falls, TX Cemetery Databases Online

The four city-owned cemeteries of Wichita  Falls, TX have databases freely accessible online. The dates covered vary with the cemetery, but the oldest is 1879.

To get to the databases, scroll down the landing page to a section titled "File Viewing" found on the right side of the page. To view the records, you have to download an Excel spreadsheet.

http://www.wichitafallstx.gov/728/Burial-Records

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Blaine Bettinger Talks about the "dangers" of Small Shared DNA Segments

This article from Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., writing in his Blog The Genetic Genealogist, alerts us to the dangers of relying on shared DNA segments of 7 cM and less.

The material is nicely presented with a comprehensive summary at the beginning, preceding a more in-depth technical treatment of the topic.

Check it out at:
https://thegeneticgenealogist.com/2017/12/29/a-small-segment-round-up/

Friday, March 8, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 10-16 March 2019

Monday, 11-Mar-19 at 10:00 AM--Newspapers.com: This is an online database focused on digitized historical newspapers. It is a fee site that is free if accessed at or through the Largo Library. This presentation explains how to get the most out of using it. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 12-Mar-19 15 6:00 PM--Heritage Quest--Getting the most from this free* website. Instructor: Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 13-Mar-19 at 6:00 PM--AmericanAncestors.org: Searching the Online Databases. American Ancestors, the website for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, provides more than 1 billion records in over 450 databases online. Although much of the collection focuses on New England, records from around the U.S. and even some from other countries are available. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the website, and will go through the basics of searching these extensive databases Instructor: Instructor: Fortin  Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 14-Mar-19 at 10:15 AM-- THIS IS A NEW CLASS—JUST ADDED: Canadian Research. Description: Research in all Canadian provinces using archives and genealogical societies. Contact information and links to online resources will be provided. Instructor: Sonia van Heerden, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Friday, 15-Mar-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, 16-Mar-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, 16-Mar-19 at 11:00 AM ~ 3:00 PM--Program Meeting--Lecture Series Presented by Guest Speaker, Donna Moughty in Jenkins B, Largo Library.
  • 11:15—12:30 pm: Jumping the Pond: Finding the Origins of Your Immigrant Ancestor”
  • 12:30—1:15 pm: Break for lunch. Bring your own or dine at the Bookmark CafĂ© in the lobby
  • 1:15—2:30 pm : Rubble to Ruin: Locating Famine Emigrants Using Griffith’s Valuation”

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Two Databases from the East Hampton. Connecticut Public Library

The library at East Hampton, Connecticut has made two databases available free and online. On is of the East Hampton News and the other is of the East Hampton high School yearbook, the Oracle. The former covers the years 1887-1952, and the latter covers 1940-1999.

You can search or browse both databases. Check them out at:
http://easthampton.advantage-preservation.com/

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Matawan-Aberdeen, New Jersey Public Library, Offers an Online Collection of Newspapers and Yearbooks

Thanks to the Matawan-Aberdeen Public Library we have an online collection of newspapers and yearbooks spplicable to Monmouth County in northeastern New Jersey.

You can browse or search the digitized newspapers (Matawan Journal, Matawan Independent, and Home News Tribune) by clicking on the appropriate tab at the top of the landing page. The yearbooks span the period 1953 to 2007

http://www.digifind-it.com/matawan/home.php

Friday, March 1, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 3-9 March 2019

Monday, 4-Mar-19 at 6:00 PM--Google Earth Tours can be a fun way to share your genealogical research with relatives. This class will show you the basics of how to create, save, and share a tour that can visually illustrate the life and travels of your ancestors using the Google Earth free program Instructor: Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 5-Mar-19 at 6:00 PM--Backup & Computer Data Protection--How to assure your genealogy (and other) computer data is safe from natural disasters, computer failure, viruses, spyware, etc. We will discuss what data you need to backup and specific means to safely backup that data. We will show how to protect your computer from viruses and spyware. Instructor: Jaggers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 7-Mar-19 at 1:00 PM--Introduction to Irish Genealogy-Part 2.Learn the basics of how to get started in researching your family history. Instructor: Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Online Version of Meyers Gazetteer Available with Historical Maps

The "Meyers," first published in 1912 is a comprehensive gazetteer of the former German Empire. Valuable as its contents are -- listing every town, village and hamlet -- it is admittedly difficult to use.

The site is an online version that allows wildcard searches for your place of interest in Germany or Poland.

When you get a hit, the original "Meyers" entry is shown as well as a readable and defined translation. Tabs allow you views of the ecclesiastical environment, a historical map that can be toggled with a modern version, and more.

At the top of the landing page is a help tab that is worth your time to read over before launching into a search.

This is a great resource for those doing German/Poland research for the early 20th Century time-frame.

https://www.meyersgaz.org/

Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Blog, "The Ancestor Hunt," Offers a Summary of Newspaper Links for the Southern States

This Blog entry gives licks to some 850 newspaper titles from the Southern states. The list is a subset of the Blog's larger treatment of newspaper research links, articles, classes, etc. that we have publicized on the PGS Blog.

Check it out at:
http://www.theancestorhunt.com/blog/850-free-southern-states-online-historic-newspaper-titles-added#.XB-j4lxKi71

PGS Events for the Week of 24 February - 2 March 2019

Monday, 25-Feb-19 at 6:00 PM--Eastern European Research - Tips for searching for ancestors who came from Galicia/Halychyna, Bukovina, Poland, Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Germans from Russia, Rusyns, Boykos. Help on how to start - with information obtained in the New World. Instructor: van Heerden, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 26-Feb-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, 26-Feb-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, B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 2-Mar-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. Instructor: Bryan-Hosmer, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 2-Mar-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.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The South Bay Genealogy Society Presents a Genealogy Tech Forum on 4 March 2019

The Genealogy Tech Forum is on Monday, March 4th, at SouthShore Regional Library from 10:30am to 12:00noon in The Community Room.  The topic is: Digital Note Taking with Evernote and OneNote.  Learn how these programs will help you organize and keep track of your online research.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Bellwood, Illinois Newspaper Archive

Bellwood is located in Cook County, Illinois, and if you have ancestors from this area, the Public Library's digital archive of newspapers and yearbooks may be of interest to  you.

The five newspapers covered span the years 1937 to 2017, and the yearbooks cover 1961 to 2017. You can browse the collection or search by keyword.

http://bellwood.advantage-preservation.com/

Sunday, February 17, 2019

"GG Archives" Offer a Wealth of information on a variety of Genealogical Topics

The GG Archives have been around since 2000 and contain over 5000 pages and 20,000 images. The topics dealt with include immigration, military, and more.

The site is filled with hotlinks and "rabbit holes," so be aware you may spend a lot of time here.

Check it out at:  https://www.gjenvick.com/#axzz4p5OusOtu

Friday, February 15, 2019

PGS SEMINAR REGISTRATION IS CLOSED AND NO WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED

We are pleased to announce the we have had a great response to our seminar coming up on Saturday, 23 February.

Unfortunately, because of that we are having to close registration for the event. In addition, there will be no walk-in registrations accepted either.

AGAIN...PGS SEMINAR REGISTRATION IS CLOSED AND NO WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

If you have recently registered, you will receive either confirmation of your registration or notice that the registrations have been closed, in which case your payment will be returned.

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but delighted that so many of you will be able to join us at the seminar.

PGS Events for the Week of 17-23 February 2019

Tuesday, 19-Feb-19 at 10:00 AM—Courthouse Records--What types are available, where and how to find them and their use in genealogy. Instructor: Hostetler, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 20-Feb-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.
Thursday, 21-Feb-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: Padgett, Jenkins A, Largo Library
Saturday, 23-Feb-19 at 8:00 AM-4:00 PM--Annual Seminar: Seehttps://goo.gl/cZJPFF for details and application. Jenkins A, B, C--Largo Library. We are at full capacity for this event.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Summit, New Jersey Newspapers Online

Thanks to the Summit Public Library we have an online newspaper database available. A total of six papers are included with publication dates ranging form 1883 to 2016 (the different papers all have individual date ranges.

The newspaper titles are: Summit Herald, Observer, Dispatch, Herald-Dispatch, Union County Local Source, and Record.

Click on the name of the paper of interest across the top of the landing page.

http://www.digifind-it.com/summit/home.php

Suncoast Genealogy Society Features "DNA Interest Group and Other Genealogy Questions


DNA Interest Group and Other Genealogy Questions” will be held by Suncoast Genealogy Society from 1-3 PM at the Palm Harbor Library.

Lee County Genealogical Society March Seminar Features Lisa Louise Cooke



Monday, February 11, 2019

Telling Your DNA Matches from Your Mother's and Father's Side Apart

Ancestry DNA gives us a short article on ways you can separate the DNA matches from your mother's side from those of your father's.

The methods involve testing your parents, half-siblings, and surrogates

Check it out at:
https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2017/12/06/dna-question-how-can-i-tell-matches-from-my-mothers-and-fathers-side-apart/

Lee County Genealogical Society Meeting and Program on 21 February 2019


Saturday, February 9, 2019

PGS Events for the Week of 10-16 February 2019

Monday, 11-Feb-19 at 6:00 PM--RootsMagic-5. This class explores the use of this popular genealogy software program. It consists of five classes, each 1 ½ hours long, held for five consecutive weeks. The intent is to take the student from the basics of initial entry of family information to the more detailed topics of incorporating images in your family history, citing sources, and generating various reports. The class is the last of the series. NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION due to the high attendance. Summers, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 12-Feb-19 at 5:30 PM--Family Tree Maker by the Experts:Special demonstration and explanation of the Family Tree Maker program by the FTM development and marketing team. Come see the demo and bring your FTM issues and questions. Presenters: Family Tree Maker Staff, Jenkins C, Largo Library.
Friday, 15-Feb-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, 16-Feb-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, 16-Feb-19 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting--Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis. This lecture discusses the principles of highly effective genealogical evidence analysis and shows examples of capturing all the clues to expand and improve our research. Instructor: George Morgan, Jenkins B, Largo Library.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Largo Historical Society Holds Its 45th Annual Cracker Supper on 9 Mar 2019

The LAHS Annual Cracker Supper will be held at 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo. The event kicks off with OJ Hour at 4 PM and the supper and program begins at 5:30 PM.

Reservations required. For reservation information call 727-535-7342.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Largo Historical Society Holds Its Museum Day on 2 Mar 2019

The event runs from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Historic Feed Store in Largo Central Park.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Suncoast Genealogy Society Features Karen Fortin at 16 Feb 2019 Meeting.

Karen Fortin presentation – Feb. 16, 2019.
 Sharing Interesting Ancestors with Family: Writing Brief Narrative Sketches

One of the great joys of doing genealogical research is when we come across those fascinating ancestors whose stories come to life before our eyes, and we cannot wait to share them with our relatives. However, when we try to do this without some type of structure, using pedigree charts and family group sheets, we quickly see their eyes begin to glaze over.  A more effective way to gain their interest (and hopefully hook them with the genealogy bug!) is to write brief sketches that detail the highlights of the lives of these ancestors in just a few pages.
The presentation will provide guidance on how to organize the information about your ancestor, how to structure and bring focus to a sketch, what information and images to incorporate, whether to include sensitive family history, physical vs. electronic formats for sharing, and tips on writing. The most important thing, however, is for you to have fun writing the sketches so that your enthusiasm about the ancestor is shared along with the information.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Largo Historical Society Meeting on 11 Feb Features A Society Museum Tour

The meeting kicks off at 6:30 PM with a covered dish supper. The society meets in the Historic Feed Store in Largo Central Park.

PGS Events for the Week of 3-9 February

Monday, 4-Feb-19 at 6:00 PM--RootsMagic-4:  This class explores the use of this popular genealogy software program. It consists of five classes, each 1 ½ hours long, held for five consecutive weeks. The intent is to take the student from the basics of initial entry of family information to the more detailed topics of incorporating images in your family history, citing sources, and generating various reports. The class will be most effective if all sessions are attended in order. Summers. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 5-Feb-19--6:00 PM--The Family Tree Maker 2017 Basics series of classes originally scheduled for this time had to be cancelled. HOWEVER, Maridell Hahn, who was to teach the classes, is at the Genealogy Center in the library every Monday morning and will help patrons one-on-one with Family Tree Maker questions. Also, there will be a special presentation on 12 Feb by the FTM development and marketing team at 5:30 pm at the library.
Thursday, 7-Feb-19 at 1:00 PM--Introduction to Irish Genealogy, exploring maps and records to find your ancestors in Ireland. Instructor: Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 9-Feb-19 at 1:00 PM--Y-DNA: Learn about why you might want to spend the big money and take the "Big Y" or Y-111 test. When is it worth it and what do you learn from more markers tested? What can you expect from joining a surname or locality project with FamilyTreeDna.com? What if none of the matches share your surname? Instructor: Luce, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Creating "Time Capsules" Can Be A Great Holiday Activity for the Family

Janet Hovorka, writing in the Blog "Zap the Grandma Gap," gives us ideas on creating a time capsule as a family activity. In her article she writes:

"When the family gets together at the holidays, a fun activity can be creating a time capsule.  My kids and I have created time capsules at the end of the year for short term storage and then packed them away with the Christmas decorations.  We include goals for the year and reflections on the year past. It's fun to open them next Thanksgiving weekend when we get the decorations out."

This sounds like a great activity for more holidays than just Christmas....birthdays come to mind.

You can find the article at:
http://zapthegrandmagap.blogspot.com/2017/11/time-capsules.html