Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Historical and Geographical Tips to Research Your Irish Ancestors

Kate Eakman, Senior Research at Legacy Tree Genealogists, gives us an article published by Lisa Louise Cooke in her Genealogy Gems Blog to help in your Irish research. The article is titled "Trace Your Irish Ancestors with Four Historical and Geographical Tips.

Easy to read and highly informative, the article gives key elements in starting your Irish ancestor research.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 29 June - 4 July 2020

Thursday, 2-Jul-20 at 7:00 PM: DNA 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. This meeting focuses on Ancestry DNA. Online class—webinar, Manning/Luce.

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Meeting ID: 874 4303 1296

Password: 2020

Saturday, 4-Jul-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, Online class—webinar, Bryan

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Meeting ID: 567 524 039

Password: 2020

Obituary Index for the Plymouth, Indiana "Pilot" Available Online

An obituary index compiled from a Plymouth, Indiana newspaper called the "Pilot" is available online. It covers the dates from July 1922 to May 1983.

The index offers the name and the date the obituary appeared in the newspaper. If you find a name of interest, you can request it from the library. The email for the library is provided on the landing page.


Monday, June 22, 2020

Columbia County, Oregon Cemetery Listings Available Online

The Rainier Cemetery District provides us interment listings for twelve cemeteries located in Columbia County, Oregon.

From the landing page, locate the link "Search a Database" located in the left pane of the web page. That will take you to several links you can follow to finally land on an alphabetized PDF file. The information you can find includes name, grave location, and dates of birth, death, and burial. There are also indicators if the deceased had military affiliation.

The landing page has links to the individual cemeteries where you can find photos and maps.


Friday, June 19, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 22-27 June 2020

Tuesday, 23-Jun-20 at 1:00 PM DNA Interest Group. Every month on the Fourth Tuesday. 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, Luce--Online class—webinar
To join the meeting, follow this link:
If needed, Meeting ID: 845 7492 9851 and Password is 2020.
Saturday, 27-Jun-20 at 10:00 AM RootsMagic User Group. Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Summers--Online class—webinar
If needed, Meeting ID is 774 843 754 and password is 2020.  

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Wotld War I American Expeditionary Forces Deaths Index Online

If you have ancestors who lost their lives in WWI, or of you suspect you do, checking this index onn Family?Search.org can be helpful.

You do not get an abundance of information above name, name, date of death, name of unit, serial number, and maybe home state. But if you find a ancestors record, you now know enough to continue your research and perhaps track down his records at the National Archives.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Swiss Newspapers Digitized and Free Online

This collection can be helpful if you have Swiss ancestors. The collection reportedly contains 116 titles, comprising over 490,000 issues, about 4.5 million pages and over 36 million articles...all in the native language.

You can translate the site to English (look for the button in the upper right corner of the landing page), but that translates the headings, not the articles themselves.

The reader has a nice feature. When you click on an article in the image of the paper you are interested in, a transcribed version of the article appears in the left page of the window.


Friday, June 12, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 15-20 June 2020

Tuesday, 16-Jun-20 at 10:00 AM--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. Presented by Peter Summers online via Zoom.
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Meeting ID: 869 5023 5505
Password: 2020
Saturday, 20-Jun-20 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting online via Zoom: 
Photo Detective Roadshow with Maureen Taylor--Maureen shows each picture and asks the owner to talk about the image. Maureen guides them through the telling with a few questions.  Along the way, she'll ask questions, point out identification clues, and offer theories about the picture.  Don’t be surprised if there is a big reveal. Maureen offers research advice to follow up on the new clues. 
Everyone is welcome to listen to the discussion, and if you wish to actively participate, submit a digital picture of your chosen photo, front and back (if there is information on the back), along with a note explaining what you know, if anything, about the photo.  Email your photo with notes to PhotoRoadShow@PinellasGenealogySociety.com no later than midnight June 15th.
Here is the information you need to join the meeting on Jun 20, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Click this link to join the Zoom Meeting:
Additional meeting information if needed:
Meeting ID: 857 7271 2842
Password: 2020

Thursday, June 11, 2020

National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers free Webinar and More During 20th Anniversary Celebration

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is inviting us to a free event, as well as discounts and prizes as they continue celebrating their 20th anniversary year.

Here is what is available to you from The National Institute:

Saturday, June 27, 2020: a FREE online fun-filled day with Gena Phillibert-Ortega: talks and games;
* $10,000 worth of prizes;
* one of three free courses available to everyone;
* one of six courses at 50% off;
* 15% off any one package.

For more information:  http://blog.genealogicalstudies.com/2020/05/all-day-special-event/

Or you can contact The National Institute directly at:
1-800-580-0165 ext 1

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Suncoast Genealogy Society DNA Interest Group Meets Monday, 8 Jun 2020

SGS DNA Interest Group Meeting Monday, 8 Jun 2020 @ 1:00 PM

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 573-065-245

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Obituary Index for the Plainville Times, Plainville, Texas

To get the this Plainville, Texas obituary index, click on the line that reads "Obituary Index." Another link will appear that will take you to a Spreadsheet which is alphabetized by name of deceased.


Friday, June 5, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 8-13 June 2020

Here is the online event scheduled for next week. If you need help with Zoom, see the PGS website at pinellasgenealogysociety.com "Zoom Orientation."
Sign-in information for each class is also given on the calendar at the society website.
Saturday, 13 Jun 2020 at 1:00-4:00 PM--Advanced Genetic Genealogy Discussion
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Meeting ID: 880 6405 0975
Password: 2020
We will be reviewing the book Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies, Chapter 2.