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.

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.

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:

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:

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:

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.

Monday, July 8, 2019

eConference on DNA Coming Up on 9 August 2019

The following comes from

"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 ( "

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.

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: to reserve your space.

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

Monday, 8-Jul-19 at 1:00 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.