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.