Friday, April 30, 2021

Excellent Site if You Have Revolutionary War Ancestors From Tennessee

 The landing page gives you information about the data included in the site, search instructions, etc. Do not bypass this page. It gives you historical background as well as instructions on how to uses the site.

The data is revealed under the tabs at the top of the landing page (Patriot Selector, Patriot List, Density Maps, Patriot Locations, and Enlistments).

The site gives you geographic location information for Revolutionary War soldiers residing in Tennessee using various maps and overlays. The basic information is extracted from National Archive records of soldiers who applied for pensions from the federal government.

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Selected Cemetery Lists From the Greater Toronto Area Available Online

 The landing page provides a search box to fill out, where the cemetery and deceased's first and last names are required search fields. 

Clicking the "Home" tab will reveal other search items as well as some search hints.

Monday, April 19, 2021

A Unique way to Commemorate and Celebrate an Ancestor

 Looking for a unique way to celebrate an ancestor and help the Largo Public Library at the same time? You can purchase a commemorative brick that will be installed around the planter boxes at the entrance to the library. The brick recognizes the person’s name inscribed on the brick and also recognizes a $250 donation to support library programs. In addition, while supplies last, donors will receive an original brick from the Historic Belleview Biltmore Hotel as a thank you gift from the Greater Largo Library Foundation. If you are interested or want additional information, contact Greater Largo Library Foundation Director Elliott Rakofsky at 727-586-7398.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

PGS Events for the Week of 19 - 24 April 2021

 Monday, 19-Apr-21 at 6:00 PM. class will demonstrate how to search the vast databases available on this rapidly-expanding site made available from the LDS (Mormon) genealogy collection. Bryan.

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Wednesday, 21-Apr-21 at 1:00 PM. Orphan Trains--The story of the Orphan Trains, which relocated children from the eastern cities to rural farmlands, has become a part of American popular culture. This presentation explores the facts behind the legends; follows a group of children“placed-out” in 1880; and, provides resources available to learn more about the orphan trains and their riders. Fortin.

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Thursday, 22-Apr-21 at 6:00 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.

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Saturday, 24-Apr-21 at 10:00 AM. RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Summers    

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Online Burial Search Available for Chicago's Graceland Cemetery

 The Graceland Cemetery was established in 1860 on Chicago's north side. It covers 1199 acres today. Search instructions are  provided on the landing page.

Be aware that the burial search function is not supported in Internet Explorer, so plan on using another browser.

Friday, April 9, 2021

PGS Events for the Week of 12-17 April 2021

 Monday,12-Apr-21 at 6:00 PM. Backup and Computer Data Protection--How to assure your genealogy (and other) computer data is safe from natural disasters, computer failure, viruses, spyware, etc. We will discuss what data you need to backup and specific means to safely backup that data. We will show how to protect your computer from viruses and spyware. Bryan, Online Class - Webinar          

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Saturday, 17-Apr-21 at 11:00 AM. Program Meeting--Caring for Family Keepsakes: Top 10 Family Treasures: Learn how to care for your family treasures, from photographs to furniture, love letters to lockets, clocks, and Bibles. Also, learn how to identify common hazards such as silverfish, mold, acid migration, and how to set up a simple Home Archive to safely store your heirlooms. Denise Levenick.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

"WieWasWie" Website Offers an entry to Netherlands vital, military, and criminal records

 Basic searches and results are free at this website of Netherlands vital records information, and there us a subscription option also.

The following information comes directly from the WieWasWie website:

"CBG|Center for family historie in The Hague is the owner of CBG is the national center for knowledge, documentation and publicity for genealogy and heraldry.

"Purpose of the website 
WieWasWie wants to open genealogy and historical family research for any person. For this matter WieWasWie offers one website for finding reliable sources for historical research and support for your quest. The power of WieWasWie is the giant availability of historical documents.

"Target audience
Besides the many experienced genealogists, already working many years on family tree research, a lot of people have only just started. Research shows that many people are interested in family history and family tree research, but haven't started yet. For instance because they don't know where to start or which sources to use. WieWasWie aims on these interested and starting researchers, but also the experienced genealogists are more than welcome to use the website.

WieWasWie was originated from two former Dutch databases for family research. These websites offered just like WieWasWie nowadays collections from individual archiving institutions. Because of the large number of enthousiastic users, these websites were overloaded many times. Also these institutions wanted a central platform for offering many more collections. From that wish WieWasWie was born.

"By whom?
WieWasWie is the result of the common effort of a large number of archiving institutions. Read more about these participating organisations behind WieWasWie."

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Friday, April 2, 2021

PGS Events for the Week of 5-10 April 2021

 Thursday, 8-Apr-2 at 6:00 PM. search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Fortin, Online Class – Webinar.

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Saturday, 10-Apr-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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