Sunday, August 30, 2020

PGS Events for 31 August to 5 September 2020

 Thursday, 3-Sep-20 at 7:00 PM.     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 and look at shared matches.

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Meeting ID: 874 4303 1296

Password: 2020    


Saturday, 5-Sep-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            

Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software.

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Meeting ID: 567 524 039

Password: 20200

Friday, August 28, 2020

French Genealogy Glossary for Quick Translation

This glossary of French words and terms comes to us from the site "Ancestor Search."

Often you can get the information you need for a foreign record by translating key word rather than the entire document. The glossary helps in the strategy.

Friday, August 21, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 24 - 29 August 2020

 Tuesday, 25-Aug-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/Luce.

To join the meeting, follow this link: If needed, Meeting ID: 845 7492 9851 and Password is 2020.

Thursday, 27-Aug-20 at 1:00 PM. site is the largest, most comprehensive collection of genealogy data on the internet. This class will focus on search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Bryan.

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If needed, Meeting ID: 894 1285 8041 

Password: 2020

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

West Pasco County Genealogy Society Features Debbe Hagner at its September Meeting

 This announcement comes from our friends at the West Pasco County Genealogy Society:

"We want to ensure the safety of all Society members and participants. Therefore, we have elected to have our monthly meetings and lectures held via the ZOOM video / audio conferencing application for the remainder of the 2020 year. ZOOM has truly been a blessing for so many of us, allowing us to keep in touch with family and friends, and also enabling business activities to be conducted on-line. It can be used on a desktop or laptop computer, a cellphone, or i-Pad and it’s very user-friendly.  

"We will hold the September Society session via ZOOM on Wednesday, September 16Please notethere is no charge to attend the meeting and we invite you to join us!

"The meeting and presentation will be hosted by our president, Debbe Hagner. The topics will be “A Basic Overview of Roots Magic,” and “Top Genealogy Research Websites.” Debbe will share guidelines about using Roots Magic and what is on the horizon with the software. Many of us have been using the COVID-19 down time to work on our genealogy, so knowing the best sites to utilize for your research – both free and subscription sites – will enable you to get the “best bang for your buck."

Following are the Meeting details:

When: September 16, 2020

Meeting Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Cost: No charge to attend

 To access the ZOOM site on Sept. 16, you can click on the link noted below:

You will then enter the Meeting ID: 898 1198 0182 and the Passcode: 477409, which will enable you to join the meeting.

 If you have any questions about the September WPCGS meeting and lecture, or about accessing / using the ZOOM app, please contact Debbe Hagner via e-mail at:

Monday, August 17, 2020

PGS Elections Coming in December


Annual PGS elections are coming up in December. To see information about this event, the affected positions, and the  responsibilities involved as well as how to show your interest, go to the PGS website and click on the "PGS Election Info" tab (or go directly to

Saturday, August 15, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 17-22 August 2020

 All scheduled classes are posted on the society calendar at which also has information on using Zoom (Zoom Orientation tab).

Tuesday, 18-Aug-20 at 1:00 PM. Introduction to Genealogy -- Basics of how to get started in researching your family history—what to do first, where to look & how to do it. Bryan.

To join the class, follow this link:

If needed, Meeting ID: 854 5018 9281, Password: 2020

Saturday, 22-Aug-20 at 10:00 AM. RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Summers

To join the meeting, follow this link:

If needed, Meeting ID is 774 843 754 and password is 2020.

Friday, August 14, 2020

DNA Research Based on Artifact Testing

Blaine Bettinger, writing in his Blog The Genetic Genealogist, gives us an interesting research development to consider in his article titled "Testing Artifacts to Obtain DNA Evidence for Genealogical Research." 

In Blaine's words, "If we can obtain and reliably identify DNA from deceased ancestors, relatives, or other individuals, we might be able to enrich our genealogical research." This is a thought-provoking article published in 2018 which points to the possibility of expanded DNA research opportunities.

Monday, August 10, 2020

WWI Online Indexes and Records

If you are exploring a WWI ancestor, this site by Joe Beine may be just what you need to move your research forward. It lists data collections by both United States and individual state level, warns you when the site requires payment, and is updated frequently. The site can lead you to both index and record collections.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 10-15 August 2020

 All scheduled classes are posted on the society calendar at which also has information on using Zoom (Zoom Orientation tab).

Tuesday, 11-Aug-20 at 10:00 AM, Passing the Baton--This class explores some legal and logical things we can doto help ensure that our genealogy research goes to good hands when we pass on. Summers

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If needed, Meeting ID: 893 4696 5354, Password: 2020

Saturday, 15-Aug-20 at 11:00 AM. Program Meeting--“Before Roads and Rails: Waterways to the Midwest” Before improved roads and the advent of the railroads, travel by water was the easiest and fastest way to the newly-opened territories of the midwestern United States. Our ancestors traveled them, worked on them, and lived by them. Learn how to reconstruct the stories of their travel and livelihood. Presented by Annette Burke Lyttle.

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If needed, Meeting ID: 841 1854 8007, Password: 2020

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Newspaper Archives for Liberty, New York Available Online

Issues of the "Liberty Register" of Liberty, New York are available online thanks to the Liberty Public Library. You can filter your search by key word and date, or browse by date. The publications span time from 1870 to 1979.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

About locating and Using German Census Records

Thanks to James Beidler writing this article in Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems Blog. The title is "German Census Records DO Exist."

The author tells us about finding and cataloging German census records, and then where you can learn about them. This is a very informative article and comes with images and examples.