Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Searchable Scottish Indexes Available Online

The landing page offers you a search box encompassing all of the genealogy collections on the site, which are considerable.

As the title indicates, you are working with indexes. If you want the records you can purchase them.

You have the option of searching any of the indexes individually. Click on the "Record Sets" tab at the top of the landing page to access them. The holdings cover a lot of ground such as records on mental health, paternity, criminals, birth/death/marriage, and more.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

"Genealogy a la Carte" a Rich Source of Montreal Point of View Resources

Thanks to Gail Dever for this Blog focusing mostly on the Canadian genealogy community. In Gail's words:

"Genealogy à la carte is a daily blog about genealogy news, resources, and issues facing the genealogy community across Canada and, from time to time, in the United States and elsewhere around the world — all written from a Montréal point de vue."

Before you get lost in the scores of research links shown on the landing page, take a moment to explore the "About" tab and the "Genealogy Research Toolbox" tab. The landing page I have given you focuses on Quebec/New-France, but that is only one of the topics in the Toolbox.

Check it out at:

Friday, September 25, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 28 September to 3 October 2020

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

Thursday, 1-Oct-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.

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If needed, Meeting ID: 874 4303 1296, Password: 2020

Saturday, 3-Oct-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

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If needed, Meeting ID: 567 524 039, Password: 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

Washington State Digitized Newspapers Online

Thanks to the Washington State Library for this online collection of Washington historic newspapers.

You can search by key word, and focus by date as well as browse the collection by title and date. Take some time to peruse the landing page before doing a search just to appreciate the scope of this resource.

Friday, September 18, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 21-26 September 2020

 Tuesday, 22-Sep-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. Online class—webinar. Manning/Luce

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

Saturday, 26-Sep-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.

 To join the meeting, follow this link:

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


Saturday Sep 26 at 1:30-3:30 PM—Suncoast Genealogy Society program  presentation will be hosted by president Debbie Wilson Smyth.  The topic is “Indirectly Evident: Finding William’s Parents”.  This program will explore a case study using indirect evidence to arrive at a sound conclusion for the parents of William Graham of Meigs County, Ohio.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

"Maple Stars and Stripes" Podcast Filled with French-Canadian Research Hints, Tips, and More.

If you are researching French-Canadian ancestors, you may be interested in this podcast. There are over 90 episodes that provide research guidance as well as a general understanding of your ancestor's life and times.

Thanks to Sandra Goodwin for this gem.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 14 - 19 September 2020

 Tuesday, 15-Sep-20 at 1:00 PM--Library Databases--There are several databases subscribed to by the Largo Public Library that support genealogy research. Ancestry and HeritageQuest are the most well-known, but there are also American Ancestors, News Bank, and others. This class shows how to find and use those databases. Summers

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If needed, Meeting ID: 879 1080 3730, Passcode: 2020



Saturday, 19-Sep-20 at 11:00 AM--Program Meeting. Where the Records Are, There’s a Document Waiting for You! Presented by Rue Lynn Galbraith. People are acquainted with the websites such as FamilySearch, Ancestry, Find My Past and others used for genealogical research. However, additional online resources are available to those who are researching their Family Tree - the State Archives. Rue Lynn will present how to use State Archives and Libraries, the treasures that can be found in these archives, and the resources available at Historical/Genealogical Societies. 

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If needed, Meeting ID: 857 7271 2842, Password: 2020


Monday, 14 Sep 20 at 1:00-3:00 PM—Suncoast Genealogy Society invites you to attend the DNA Interest Group discussion. The topic will be Common Misconceptions and there will also be a general discussion on using 23andMe for genealogy.

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If needed Access Code: 573-065-245

Wednesday, 16 Sep 20 at 3:00 PM--West Pasco County Genealogy Society program meeting and presentation will be hosted by 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:

Friday, September 11, 2020

Millions of Obituary Records Available Online at

Familysearch has millions of newspaper obituary articles. Unfortunately they are scattered throughout their massive data collection. But Kenneth Marks in his blog The Ancester Hunter, has consolidated those locations for us.

While you are on the site, take a moment to look around and be amazed at the work that Kenneth has done that benefits us all.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

A Reminder to Record Your Sources

In his Genealogy Tip of the Day, genealogist Michael John Neill reminds us of some reasons we should always record our sources. Specifically, he uses the example of running across birth or marriage records in military pension application files.

Friday, September 4, 2020

PGS Events for the Week of 7-12 September 2020

 Wed, 9-Sep-20 at 1:00 PM--Female ancestors--locating and tracing the maternal line; tips and methods to finding maiden names. Bryan

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If needed: Meeting ID: 828 9244 5763, Password: 2020

Sat, 12-Sep-20 at 1:00 PM--Advanced Genetic Genealogy-We will be reviewing the book Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies.  We will start May 9th with Chapter 1, continuing to review one chapter a month through the summer. Luce/Manning

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If needed: Meeting ID: 880 6405 0975, Password: 2020

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Bismark, North Dakota Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery Burials Listing Online

The burial listing for Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Bismark, ND is available online. You can do wild card searches on both first and last names.

The hit list will give name, interred date, and burial space. Each entry is hot-linked to a map showing the burial location.