Sunday, January 26, 2020

Pinellas County Historical Society Presents Its "Speaking of History" Series

These event comes to us from the Pinellas County Historical Society Newsletter:

SPEAKING OF HISTORY:

Mark your calendar for February 16 for Speaking of History.

Historian J. Michael Francis will present “Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans, and Indians in La Florida, 1513-1607”. Mr. Francis explores the early history of European settlements in Florida. His focus is on Florida’s rich yet largely neglected Spanish colonization, which began nearly a century before Jamestown with St. Augustine, the first European settlement of North America established in 1513.

Friday, January 24, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 27 January to 1 February 2020

Monday, 27-Jan-20 at 6:00 PM. RootsMagic-2--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. It’s 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, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 28-Jan-20 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. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 28-Jan-20 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. Manning, Jenkins A, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 28-Jan-20 at 6:00 PM. Family Tree Maker 2019 Basics--Part 3; A detailed explanation and demonstration of the many features of this most popular genealogy database program. Hahn, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 30-Jan-20 at 1:00 PM--Irish Genealogy Introduction Part I--This class will cover preparation for Irish research, understanding maps and land divisions, surname searches, and major records. We'll look briefly at vital records, parish records, and census records, and the resources for conducting a search—everything you need to get started. (Suggested: basic knowledge of genealogy and U.S. records search completed on your Irish ancestors.). Padgett. Jenkins C, Largo  Library.
Saturday, 1-Feb-20 at 10:00 AM. Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. Bryan//Hosmer, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Suncoast Genealogy Society to Offer 6-Week Beginning Genealogy Course Starting 14 February 2020

SGS Beginning Genealogy Course

This six week course was developed to teach you the research and documentation processes for finding your ancestors and documenting this information in a form that can be shared with your family. It includes exploring the major research websites, while focusing on U.S. records. The class will start on Friday, 2/14/20 to 3/21/20, from 1:30 - 4:00 pm at Palm Harbor Library. For more information contact Shari Harmon, 7272.539.1046 or email sharih1046@gmailcom.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Donna Moughty Leads Research Trips to Ireland in October 2020

This comes from Donna Moughty:

2020 Ireland Research Trips

I'm writing to share information with your organization about the 2020 Research Trips to both Belfast and Dublin. This will be the eighth year I've taken groups to Ireland. The dates for the trips are: 
  • Belfast - October 10-17, 2020
  • Dublin - October 17-24, 2020
Each trip is limited to 15 researchers, however, non-researching companions are welcome. This trip is designed for serious researchers and you must know the location in Ireland where your ancestor originated.  Each day begins with an orientation by the staff of one of the major repositories, followed by research time.  More information and registration forms for each trip can be found on my websitehttps://www.irishfamilyroots.com/ireland-research-trip

Friday, January 17, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 20-25 January 2020

Tuesday, 21-Jan-20 at 6:00 PM. Family Tree Maker 2019 Basics--Part 2. A detailed explanation and demonstration of the many features of this most popular genealogy database program. Hahn, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 22-Jan-20 at 10:00 AM. Military Records --This class explores the types of military records produced from the Revolutionary War to modern times. It shows the information contained in those various records, and where to find them in print and online. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 23-Jan-20 at 1:00 PM. Findmypast.com--Largo Library now has the subscription database, Findmypast.com available free for in-library research. This site is the premier online resource for genealogy records for the UK and Ireland as well as some for the US (PERSI and birth, marriage and death). This class will introduce you to how to navigate and best use the site. Padgett, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 25-Jan-20 at 10:00 AM. RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Gulfport Historical Society conducts tour on 18 January 2020

This comes to us from the Gulfport Historical Society, one of our Organizational Partners:

Seaside History Tours
   “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” – L.P. Hartley
Take a stroll through history at one of Florida’s most scenic seaside hamlets, courtesy of the Gulfport Historical Society. The next guided tour is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. Tours start at the Gulfport History Museum (5301 28th Ave. S.)
 
While small, the city of Gulfport is rich in history, complete with colorful characters and tales of mysterious smugglers. This tour lasts roughly two hours and costs $10 per person, although GHS members can take this tour for free. Register for the tour — or become a member so you can take the tour for free — at gulfporthistoricalsociety.org. Please note: Although members go free, we ask that members pre-register for the tours so we can plan accordingly. 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Galveston, Texas Immigration Database Online

This immigration database for Galveston, Texan is brought to us by the Galveston Historical Foundation. The data may be offered by other sources, but having multiple places to look for the same information is a luxury.

From the landing page, click on the link "Access the Online Database." You can search by name, year of arrival, and ship's name. The hit list gives simply index information, but has a "details" link with more information from the individual records.

https://www.galvestonhistory.org/sites/1877-tall-ship-elissa-at-the-texas-seaport-museum/galveston-immigration-database

Friday, January 10, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 13-18 January 2020

Monday, 13-Jan-20 at 6:00 PM. RootsMagic-1  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, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Tuesday, 14-Jan-20 at 6:00 PM. Family Tree Maker 2019 Basics--Part 1. A detailed explanation and demonstration of the many features of this most popular genealogy database program. It consists of five classes, each 1 ½ hours long, held for five consecutive weeks. The class will be most effective if all sessions are attended in order. Hahn, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Wednesday, 15-Jan-20 at 1:00 PM. FamilySearch Family Tree Interest Group. This class will explain and demonstrate how to use the powerful features of this universal family tree. Nerge, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 16-Jan-20 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.
Friday, 17-Jan-20 at 10:30 AM. German Genealogy Interest Group. This meeting will consist of two sessions.
  • 10:30-12:00--Beginning German Genealogy
  • 1:00-2:30--German migrations according to ancestry.com
Dietz, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 18-Jan-20 at 10:00 AM. Computers in Genealogy. This is a question and answer session on the use of computers in genealogy research and record keeping. Bryan, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 18-Jan-20 at 11:00 AM. Program Meeting. “Genealogy Refresh: Genealogy Basics and Beyond” presented by Rue Lynn Galbraith, Jenkins B, Largo Library.
Saturday, 18-Jan-20 at 12:30 PM. Workshop Tour of the Genealogy Center. This tour will show the many genealogical research resources there. Summers    Genealogy Center, Largo Library.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Cemetery Records for Sallisaw (OK) Memorial Cemetery Available on line

This collection of burial records include more than 5,000 names with dates running from early 1900's to early 2018.

At the landing page click on "Cemetery" in the left panel and then link titled "Cemetery Register." The records include name, birth date and place, death and burial date, and grave location.

http://www.sallisawok.org/116/Cemetery

Sunday, January 5, 2020

PGS Annual Seminar Features Thomas Jones on 22 February 2020

The Annual Pinellas Genealogy Society Seminar, co-sponsored by the Largo Public Library, is scheduled for 22 February 2020 at the Largo Public Library from 8 am to 4 pm. 

This all-day event features four presentations by renowned genealogist, lecturer, educator, and author Dr. Thomas Jones, the primary speaker. His four presentations are titled (1) “Solving the mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor,” (2) “Methods of Proving Parentage,” (3) “Five Proven Techniques for Finding Your Ancestor's European Origin,” and (4) “Creating a Family History of Lasting Value.”

We will also have presentations from three breakout speakers: Family History Research & DNA: Tying the Two Together” by Denise Manning, “A Miscellany of Lesser-Known English and Welsh Family History Resources – 1640 to the Present” by Liz Pearson, and “Using Google Effectively to Supplement Your Research” by Lori Coffey.

In addition to the speakers, the event boasts a continental breakfast, box lunch, door prizes, book sale, and plenty of time to network with guest organizations and other researchers. 


Check our website (pinellasgenealogysociety.com) for more information and registration options. Hope to see you there.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 6 - 11 January 2020

Tuesday, 7-Jan-20 at 10:00 AM--Google for Genealogy. Google (yes, Google!) is a powerful tool to help research your family data.  We will start with the basics of how to create a simple request that will find exactly what you seek.  Then we progress into tips and tricks on advanced Google tools to uncover credible, accurate information that will further enhance your family tree research. Coffey, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Thursday, 9-Jan-20 at 1:00 PM--Naturalization Records. Many of our ancestors became naturalized citizens and left a paper trail when they did so. This class explains the naturalization process, what information can be found in the records, and where those records can be found. Summers, Local History Room, Largo Library.