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.


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.


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.


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:

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.