Saturday, February 27, 2021

PGS Events for the Week of 1 - 6 March 20221

 Wednesday, 3-Mar-21 at 6:00 PM. Ancestry Family Trees-Part 2.       Publishing your tree on can be a great way to share your research with others, as well as to provide a backup for your work. This presentation covers how to start a family tree on, and how to maintain it. That includes working with people, events, images, and sources. Summers. Online Class – Webinar

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Thursday, 4-Mar-21 at 7:00 PM  DNA Basics.  DNA Basics II (Shared Matches):  This class focuses on how to use DNA "cousin" matching in your research. Whether it is called "Shared Matches", "In Common With", or some other title, all of the primary DNA companies have tools that allow you to analyze your matches based on the groups that have DNA in common. DNA Basics I is recommended, but not required before attending Basics II. Manning/Luce, Online Class – Webinar

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Saturday, 6-Mar-21 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, Online Class – Webinar

Friday, February 26, 2021 Provides Logic for Multi-generational DNA testing

 Everyone has their own reasons for taking a DNA test, so who in the family to test is a personal decision. But if you are new to genetic genealogy, you may like to see some rationale contributing to that testing question. An article in the Ancestry Blog by J. Smith titled "How Many DNA Tests Does One Family Need?" does that.

Admittedly, since Ancestry is a testing company, they have an interest in seeing lots of people getting tested. That aside, the article gives a concise, understandable explanation of the possible gains that might flow from different members of your family (siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins, uncles, aunts, and even children) being tested.

Friday, February 19, 2021

PGS Events for the Week of 22 - 27 February 2021

Tuesday, 23-Feb-21 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.

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Wednesday, 24-Feb-21 at 6:00 PM. Ancestry Family Trees-Part 1. Publishing your tree on can be a great way to share your research with others, as well as to provide a backup for your work. This presentation covers how to start a family tree on, and how to maintain it. That includes working with people, events, images, and sources. Summers, Online Class – Webinar.

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Thursday, 25-Feb-21 at 1:00 PM, Digital Images in Genealogy. This is a beginner level class on processing digitized images and using them in your genealogy research. This class will focus on the basic operations of importing, organizing, enhancing, and manipulating digital image files stored on your computer. We will cover how to acquire the image files (camera, email, scanner, internet) and demonstrate the use of a couple of Windows apps useful for scanning images and snipping portions of a document or webpage. We will introduce the use of the powerful, free graphic viewer, Irfanview, to accomplish many tasks that you may want to do to make your family history story more interesting. Bryan, Online Class – Webinar.

Saturday, 27-Feb-21 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.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Fund Raising Opportunity to Support The Largo Public Library


We have the potential to earn $10,000 for programs and services for the Largo Public Library for the next few weeks!

You know how important the Largo Library and its Genealogy Center are to the genealogical community of Pinellas County and beyond. Here is an opportunity to earn money for the library with very little effort and no direct cash contribution from you.

From now until March 9th you can help fundraise for the Largo Library Foundation (GLLF) simply by sharing your opinions on popular brands and companies. It’s basically a quick survey that takes only 60 seconds of your time. Each opinion you share creates up to $2 towards GLLF!

Here are the details!

  • You can sign up on your computer or phone.
  • To sign up on your computer, click here- 
  • To sign up on your phone, text “IMPACT2021 (no spaces) to 31996”
  • Be sure to select the Greater Largo Library Foundation as the organization you're supporting when you sign up!



·      When you join Express Feedback for Good your personal information is not sold or shared. During the campaign, you will receive reminders from EFG to submit feedback. You may opt out at any time.

·       Must be 18 years or older to participate.

·       Each individual can complete 75 surveys ($2 x 75 = $150!!) during the campaign.

·       Quality feedback is defined as spending more than 30 seconds per opinion.

·       When you sign up, the company will send daily reminders to provide feedback in order to support GLLF, if you don’t want a daily text select email as your preferred method of contact.

·       Please don’t forget to select Greater Largo Library Foundation as the organization you are supporting.

Family Tree University Winter 2021 Virtual Genealogy Conference March 12-14 2021


Winter 2021 Virtual Genealogy Conference

Over the course of three days, you'll get access to the latest research methods for finding your family history, from DNA testing and the latest technology to new resources and search tools. You'll get 15 presentations that you can download and keep, along with several live Q&As, access to professional genealogists through the discussion boards. Sign up now to reap the rewards of a fun-filled genealogy weekend - and watch your family tree grow.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Got An Ancestor From 1800s San Francisco, California? Check This Out

If you have tracked an ancestor to San Francisco in the 1800s time frame, this Maritime Heritage Project website may have information you are looking for. You can find ships, captains, passengers, and more.

The following characterization is taken from the website:

"Stories of Maritime Nations, Merchants, Captains, Ships and Passenger Lists of opportunists and immigrants sailing from world seaports into San Francisco Bay during the 1800s

Friday, February 12, 2021

PGS Events for the week of 15-20 February 2021

 Monday, 15-Feb-21 at 1:00 PM. City Directories in Genealogy Research--City directories are a valuable genealogy resource. They can give information on household composition, residence and business location, and insights into the lives our ancestors led. They can also be used as a substitute for the US Federal Census or used in conjunction with the census to locate hard-to-find ancestors. This class explores the history of this resource, the research value of the information they provide, and where to find the records. Summers. Online Class – Webinar. Register at:

Tuesday, 16-Feb-21 at 1:00 PM, King Philip’s War, 1675-1676: Causes & Consequences. Although largely forgotten, King Philip’s War was a widespread conflict that had a significant and long-lasting impact on New England colonists and Native Americans. The class will look at causes leading up to this brutal war, analyze the course of the war, and outline the consequences that helped shape the future of the United States. Fortin. Online Class – Webinar. Register at:


Saturday, 20-Feb-21 at 8:30 AM. Annual Seminar with Thomas MacEntee--During this day-long online event, Thomas will give four presentations that will hold something for everybody. The topics are: (1) “How Do I Know What I Don’t Know-Fast Tracking Your Genealogy Education,” (2) “Internet Archive: A Gold Mine For Genealogists,” (3) “Successful Collateral and Cluster Searching,” and (4) “Did I Get Everything? Creating a Checklist for Genealogy Research.” Thomas MacEntee. Online Class – Webinar.

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More of possible interest...

Free access to publishers edition through Monday, 15 Feb 2021. Access at This has much more than the database through Largo library so check it out.

African-American Family History--Just in case you miss the PGS program tomorrow (13 Feb 2021), you can participate in a repeat presentation hosted by Tarpon Springs Public Library on 18 Feb at 6:30 PM. Register at to attend.

 MyHeritage is offering free access to all marriage records (over 400 million) for Valentine’s Day, from February 10–16! Go to for more information.

You are invited to the FSGS "Poolside Chats: A Genealogy Webinar Series" of webinars held live on-line the 3rd Thursday of every month at 8pm ET. It is free to attend, but you must register in advance. The next will be on 18 Feb 2021. Diane L. Richard presents:

Researching African American Ancestors: Funeral Programs and Photo Archives

20th-Century African American researchers will find funeral programs and photo archives invaluable. There is a rich tradition revolving around funeral programs. As a result, numerous archives have intentionally collected them, and many are now placing them online for all to access. You will find many details of genealogical relevance that help us fill in evidentiary gaps, and sometimes photos are included. Register at

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Scottish Indexes Website Offers Select Databases Online

The "Scottish Indexes" website offers a rather unique collection of databases that may aid in any Scottish genealogy research you are interested in. They have expected things like censuses (1841, 1851, 1861), but they have unexpected things also: criminal records, mental health entries, paternity index, etc. 

Much of the information is available to search and view, but some of the research trails lead to a paywall when it comes to seeing actual records.

This is a fun site to paw around in, so be sure and allocate enough time.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Genealogical Society of Broward County Co-sponsors Black History Month Event

 This information was provided by the Genealogical Society of Broward County:

Sacred Burial Ground Biennial Conversation
Black History Month

Tuesday, February 16
4:30pm - 6:00pm EST (Free, Virtual)

What value do local South Florida cemeteries provide for historic preservation? Join to learn how you may participate in restoring, documenting & voicing histories of the past for future generations!

Join The African American Research Library & Cultural Center in collaboration with Collaborative Ancestral Burial Societies* (CABS) for our biennial Sacred Burial Ground update.  
The panel dialog will focus on researching family roots and uncovering the history of Ancestral Burial Sites. Various African/Caribbean American cemeteries will be discussed including Woodlawn, Westview Community Gardens (Pompano), Knowles (Deerfield-Broward), Lincoln, and Evergreen Memorial Gardens (Miami-Dade).  Featured panelists/invited guests include Hazel Armbrister, Roberto Fernandez III (History Broward), Gloria Battle (Deerfield), and John Allen, Coral Gables Museum.  Dr. Ramona La Roche will serve as moderator.

*Coral Gables Museum, Branhilda Richardson Knowles Memorial Park and Historic Cemetery, History Broward, Woodlawn Cemetery, Genealogical Society of Broward County (GSBC) Education Committee and National Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society.

Friday, February 5, 2021

PGS Events for the Week of 8 Feb - 13 Feb. 2021

 All scheduled PGS classes are posted on the society calendar at  You may also renew your membership and register for the annual seminar using the Members and/or 2021 Seminar tabs at the top of the page.

Tuesday, 9-Feb-21 at 6:00 PM.  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, Online Class – Webinar

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Thursday, 11-Feb-21 at 6:00 PM. Immigration Records & Passenger Lists--This class recounts the history of immigration and passenger lists from the 1700's to the 1900's. It shows what information the documents provide and where those documents can be found. This class recounts the history of immigration and passenger lists from the 1700's to the 1900's. It shows what information the documents provide and where those documents can be found. Summers          Online Class – Webinar

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Saturday, 13-Feb-21 at 11:00 AM--Monthly Program Meeting: "From Slavery to DNA."  Harriet Thompkins and Patriva Mack. Don’t miss this one! Online Class – Webinar

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Saturday, 13-Feb-21 at 1:00 PM. Advanced Genetic Genealogy--This is a discussion group for those that have a basic understanding of DNA and Genetic Genealogy and have read the appointed chapter in the Advanced Genetic Genealogy:  Techniques and Case Studies book edited by Debbie Parker Wayne.  Manning/Luce      Online Class – Webinar.

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Interments Database for Vicksburg National Cemetery

Scroll down the landing page a bit and click on the first letter of the surname of the deceased to start your search. The cemetery, established in 1866, holds about 17 thousand soldiers.