Friday, December 2, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 5-10 December 2022

 Monday, 5-Dec-22 at 1:00 PM. Census Tracking--Probably the fundamental way of using the US Federal Census is to track ancestors from one census year to the next. In that process we seek to uncover relationships and lost or heretofore unknown ancestors. This class shows a strategy on how to do that, using an actual family as an example. In addition, it also shows how to uncover hints on using resources outside of the census itself. Summers, Hybrid-LH Room.

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom, at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsc-2orDkoHNVDk4fhziIMmR_JjXLoJfwN

Thursday, 8-Dec-22 at 1:00 PM. Dead Men do Tell Tales--Reconstructing life in a community using death certificates. Death certificates can tell us a lot about how our ancestors lived and died. When looked at as a group they can also tell us about life and death in their communities. This presentation focuses on an analysis of death certificates from Attleboro, Massachusetts over a five-year period, and shows how they can provide us with a window into the lives of the people who lived there. Fortin, Hybrid-LH Room.

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom, at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrdOGhqzMqGNTHlvmkB4xX94KEssB9UAIm

Saturday, 10-Dec-22 at 1:00 PM. DNA Advanced Genetic Genealogy. Experienced DNA users join together to discuss the more advanced tools and concepts used in applying DNA to family research. Manning/Luce, Zoom only.

Register in advance for this meeting: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtce2oqzsjHdG3ngvmXUFMc62VYtGw1LmY 

Friday, November 25, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 30 November to 3 December 2022

 Wednesday, 30-Nov-22 at 1:00 PM. Skeletons in the Family Closet--Dealing with the unexpected--We all find scandals, scalawags, and other surprises in the course of our genealogical research. This presentation some of the unexpected, and sometimes unsavory, facts that may arise and ethical considerations to keep in mind when deciding how to share them. Fortin, Hybrid-Local History Room and Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpfu-rpjgtGdaHP4YQc5uwrZZDE9KiLKbe

Thursday, 1-Dec-22 at 7:00 PM. 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, Zoom only.

This class will be held online only via Zoom.
 
Register in advance for this meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpc-qorTooE9JW5OMnaJJkM9Fh1VeHegJM 

Saturday, 3-Dec-22 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, Zoom only.

This will be an online only class via Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/uJIqcuusrjgj-d8heG8CDgJP3UdqO8QVYw

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Obituary Index for Newton, Kansas Available Online

The entries in this index range from 1872 to 1952. They come from The Evening Kansan-Republican and The Newton Kansan. Browse by name and then click on the name of interest for more information.

https://newton.digitalsckls.info/collections/show/6

Friday, November 18, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 22-26 November 2022

Tuesday, 22-Nov-22 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, Zoom only.

Register for the meeting via Zoom at: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocO2hrDIiH9VDe2BaW6l0D-bC2kaQ3ycl

Wednesday, 23-Nov-22 at 1:00 PM. Life Aboard the Mayflower—1620. We all know the Mayflower Pilgrims’ story of thanksgiving after a grueling winter of failures and death.  But how much do we know about this tiny ship with the huge reputation? The Mayflower was their lifeline and their home, where babies were born and heroes were created as tempest and destruction crashed over them. See what life was like for Saints, Strangers, and Sailors.  Learn what it took for the Pilgrims to survive on the Mayflower for 243 days. Coffey, Hybrid-Local History Room and Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwucuGhrToiGtMkNKVgi_ulDxuSNZ4hS-XR

Saturday, 26-Nov-22 at 10:00 AM. RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Summers, Zoom Only.

Use the following link to register for this class via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/upMpf-2rqT4uDsD_bqYog2joIPrnT_FVqg

Value of School Yearbooks in Genealogy Research

 The Legacy News Blog gives us this informative article about using year books in genealogy research. It provides views on why they are important to researchers and what types of information can be gleaned from them.

The article concludes with links to several sites that provide online databases of searchable yearbooks.

Check it out:

https://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2016/10/using-yearbooks-for-genealogical-research-.html

Saturday, November 12, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 14-19 November 2022

 Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Pinellas Genealogy Society will present an “old-style” seminar on Saturday November 19, 2022, from 10AM – 2 PM featuring nine topics in three tracks. 

This free event will be presented in person plus online in a hybrid format.  Registration is only required if you are planning to attend online. The three tracks taught by PGS trainers cover genealogy essentials for new researchers, skill builder topics for those who are intermediate to advanced, and DNA from beginner to advanced. The conference begins at 10AM (ET) with welcome, introduction and 4th decade overview.  The first three presentations begin at 10:35AM.  A conference booklet of presentation handouts will be available to all registrants. 

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqcOuvrzkiHtbHl9fjiJlf1G3ttzDAEd9N

Click the following link to download a copy of the "old-style" seminar schedule:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/16kvz-tcTHLw21dK_iaSqd2pa8qE8eN-F/view?usp=sharing

Saturday, November 5, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 8-12 November 2022

 Tuesday, 8-Nov-22 at 1:00 PM. Bounty Lands were used from before the Revolutionary War up until 1858 to reward military service and stimulate enlistment. Those records can confirm military service and even locate ancestors during and after hostilities. This class gives the history of the subject, what records are available, and where to find them. Summers, Hybrid-Local History Room and Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvf-GpqToqEt1JjgZlfq3WPayh7ChrWiIx

Saturday, 12-Nov-22 at 1:00 PM. DNA-Advanced Genetic Genealogy--we will delve into Mitochondrial DNA with a speaker to be announced. Manning/Luce, Zoom Only.

Register in advance for this meeting: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtce2oqzsjHdG3ngvmXUFMc62VYtGw1LmY 

Friday, October 28, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 3-5 November 2022

 Thursday, 3-Nov-22 at 7:00 PM. DNA Basics I (Ethnicity): This one hour class defines DNA, gives examples of DNA inheritance patterns and discusses the different types of DNA tests and the companies that provide them.  It gives ideas for the best ways to make the most of your DNA dollars and how you might want to "target test" some of your relatives.  In addition, the class provides information on the ethnicity estimates provided by each company and how you might use them in your research.  Manning/Luce, Zoom Only.

Register in advance for this meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpc-qorTooE9JW5OMnaJJkM9Fh1VeHegJM                                                      

Saturday, 5-Nov-22 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, Zoom Only.      

Register in advance for this meeting at: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/uJIqcuusrjgj-d8heG8CDgJP3UdqO8QVYw  

Monday, October 24, 2022

Newspaper Database for Cresco, Iowa Available Online

About twenty newspapers servicing the city of Cresco, Iowa are online and searchable. Some of the publications date back to 1830.

You can search by key word or browse by title and date.

Check it out:  http://howardcounty.advantage-preservation.com/

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Fun with Word Clouds

 This is a free online word cloud generator. The landing page gives you all the option choices you need to generate a word cloud and save it. Generating your first cloud can be a bit of a challenge, but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty straight forward.

Enjoy.

https://www.wordclouds.com/

Saturday, October 15, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 18-22 October 2022

 Tuesday, 18-Oct-22 at 1:00 PM. Women of 1776--While a lot of things were different 7 generations ago, it’s surprising how much we have in common with the women of 1776. We will meet specific women – including rich, poor, patriot, and enslaved – who bring different perspectives to the abilities, successes, and generosity that defined the female contribution to our new nation. We also delve into enterprise, food, and daily life of the times. Coffey, Hybrid-Local History Room and Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkf-6gqzkjE9ML4bBrqnFW-K_VMER4IhN8

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

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Search The Meyers Gazetteer

 The Meyers Gazetteer is arguably the most important German gazetteer. It sought to list every place name in the 1871-1918 German Empire.

Key in the information provided is the state and other jurisdictions where the civil registry office was located and parishes if that town had them.

And, of course, the database is searchable.

The landing page is the search page. At the top is a Help button that is worth looking over before diving into your actual search.

Check it out at:  https://www.meyersgaz.org/

Friday, October 7, 2022

PGS Events for the week of 10-15 October 2022

 Tuesday, 11-Oct-22 at 1:00 PM. Library Databases--There are several databases subscribed to by the Largo Public Library that support genealogy research. Ancestry and Heritage Quest are the most well-known, but there are also American Ancestors, Godfrey Library, HistoryGeo, FindMyPast, and others. This class shows how to find and use those databases. Summers, Hybrid-Local History Room and Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIofuiopzMsH9JAqS8Z9skwvaTfUaywBLZV

Saturday, 15-Oct-22 at 11:00 AM. Program Meeting--No Easy Button. Using Immersion Genealogy to Understand Your Ancestors-- Family history is much more than names, dates, and places, or boxes, lines, and charts. For 21st century genealogists, it is easy to limit our research to the documents or other facts we find online. Take your research to the next step to understand your ancestors’ lives through “immersion genealogy.” We will learn the process of discovering where they lived, worked, and worshipped, and experiencing those customs and traditions they passed down. We will also discuss key resources, methodology, and tips for reaching out to relatives and repositories, and how to make the most out of a trip to your ancestor’s hometown (near or far).      Hybrid-Jenkins B and Zoom        

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqcOuvrzkiHtbHl9fjiJlf1G3ttzDAEd9N

Family History Assistance Day is coming up on 29 October. This is where you bring your research papers, and with the assistance of a volunteer researcher, you explore the Internet to further fill out your family tree. This is a great opportunity for those just starting out in their genealogy research, as well as for experienced researchers who need another set of eyes to help move through a pesky research question.

The event runs from 11am to 4pm on a first-come-first-served basis.

This year there are two ways you can participate: in person or virtually.

For those who wish to participate in person, bring your research  question to Jenkins Room A between 11am and 4pm and we’ll pair you with a volunteer. No advanced registration is necessary.

For those who wish to participate via the Internet, you can do so using Zoom. You need to register ahead of time, but you will be served in the order that you log into the meeting. You can find the URL to register at the 29 October calendar entry in the PGS Website home page. We hold Family History Assistance Day twice a year, and it has proven to be a popular event. It’s open to the public and it’s free. 

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Manatee Genealogical Society Features Margaret Kapustiak at Virtual Program on 1 November 2022

 

The Manatee Genealogical Society invites guests to its virtual meeting and program on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, from 10:00am to 12:00 pm EST.  The program speaker, Margaret (Peg) Kapustiak, will present "Researching Online Update for 2022/23.” 

This program will discuss new sources and ways to verify your pre-internet research, plus provide comparisons of Ancestry.com to FamilySearch.org: new ideas and reminders for experienced and entry level historians.  Peg will also provide practical tips, sources and websites, plus suggestions on helpful information. 

Peg has been a genealogist/family historian for 44 years, researching in Chicago, the Midwest, New England and New York state, plus 10 countries in Europe and Asia.  She has provided over 155 talks to 46 national and international organizations in the past 21 years. 

Guests must register at least one day in advance by emailing: info@mgsfl.org.

For more information, please visit the website at: https://mgsfl.org/ .



Friday, September 30, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 2-8 October 2022

 Thursday, 6-Oct-22 at 7:00 PM. DNA Basics III (Ancestry.com DNA): By looking at DNA test results through the lens of one of the most popular testing companies, class participants will be able to apply what they have learned in Basics I and II to their understanding of their own test results at Ancestry.com.  This class reviews the tools and resources available through Ancestry DNA.  While Basics I & II are recommended, they are not required prior to taking this class. Manning/Luce          Zoom Only.

Register in advance for this meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpc-qorTooE9JW5OMnaJJkM9Fh1VeHegJM                                             

Saturday, 8-Oct-22 at 1:00 PM. DNA-Advanced Genetic Genealogy--This is a series of discussions led by David Vance, author of The Genealogist's Guide to Y-DNA Testing for Genetic Genealogy. David will present a close review of Family Tree DNA's new Discover tool and also look at charting options for DNA discoveries. Manning/Luce     Zoom Only.

Register in advance for this meeting: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtce2oqzsjHdG3ngvmXUFMc62VYtGw1LmY              

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Listing of High School and College Yearbooks Onliine

 Thanks to "The Ancestor Hunt" Blog for this list of free high school and college year books on line.

When you get to the landing page, scroll down a bit and you will hit several articles about researching yearbooks, and then an alphabetical list of South Carolina cities and their associated schools. The name of the school is a hot link.

Some of the destinations may not be complete listings....works in process. But the resource is substantial.

Check it out:

https://theancestorhunt.com/blog/free-south-carolina-high-school-and-college-yearbooks-online/#.Xqq76KhKi70

Friday, September 23, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 27 September to 1 October

 Tuesday, 27-Sep-22 at 11:00 AM. DNA Basics II (Ancestry.com DNA):          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, hybrid--Jenkins C and via Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYucu-spjopGNM7gyWoB6fyHdlibwKF0Yip

Tuesday, 27-Sep-22 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, hybrid--Jenkins C and via Zoom.

Register for the meeting via Zoom at: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocO2hrDIiH9VDe2BaW6l0D-bC2kaQ3ycl

Thursday, 29-Sep-22 at 1:00 PM. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC): History and Research. The CCC was a major governmental program of the New Deal that sought to employ millions of destitute young men of the Depression Era. Although the term “CCC” is usually recognized, few specifics are generally known about the program. This presentation recounts the history and accomplishments of the CCC, as well as characteristics of the corps members and camp life. It will also explore where records can be found and how to order them if needed. Summers, hybrid--Local History Room and via Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArf-mtqD0iHNQRg1FUwvrOKB4LKv1uXrjN

Saturday, 1-Oct-22 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, Zoom Only.

Register in advance for this meeting at: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/uJIqcuusrjgj-d8heG8CDgJP3UdqO8QVYw

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Use of the Alternate Name Field in Your Family Tree

 Thanks to Randy Seaver for the informative article in his blog, Genea-Musings, on using alternate names in his family tree. 

Lots of details, lots of examples, and several links to other resources make this article a pleasure to read.

Check it out at:  https://www.geneamusings.com/2020/04/dear-randy-why-do-you-add-alternate.html

Monday, September 12, 2022

Searchable Newspaper Database from Petersburg, Alaska

 The Petersburg, Alaska Public Library has provided us with searchable copies of several local newspapers ranging from the early to mid-1900s. 

You can search by key word or elect to browse by paper or year of publication.

Check it out at:  http://petersburg.advantage-preservation.com/ 

Friday, September 9, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 12-17 September

 Monday, 12-Sep-22 at 1:00 PM. Bounty Lands. Bounty Lands were used from before the Revolutionary War up until 1858 to reward military service and stimulate enlistment. Those records can confirm military service and even locate ancestors during and after hostilities. This class gives the history of the subject, what records are available, and where to find them. Summers, hybrid--Local History Room and via Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkcOyvrz4qE9buQpQWu80q_6aMroDNTb8x

Saturday, 17-Sep-22 at 11:00 AM. Program Meeting--Reverse Genealogy: Locating Living Relatives. Let’s step away from researching our deceased ancestors (admittedly who are easier to find) and attempt to locate living relatives to keep the tree up to date or invite them to a family reunion, but also to find who might have great-great-grandma’s family Bible or photos of Civil War ancestors or letters written from the home country.  We’ll discuss online sites that allow us to look for potential living relatives at no cost. Plus, we’ll explore methods for contacting them without sounding like a scam artist or hacker! Katherine Wilson     hybrid--Jenkins B and via Zoom.

This will be a hybrid meeting held in-person in the Meeting Room/Jenkins B and online via Zoom. Registration is only required for Zoom attendees.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqcOuvrzkiH

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Digital Newspapers of Postville, Iowa Now Online

 The Postville, Iowa public library has a collection of online local newspapers you can use to either search or browse. The dates of publication range from the 1870's to the 2000's.

Also digitized and searchable is a 5-volume set of "Roster of Iowa Soldiers, War of the Rebellion."


http://postville.advantage-preservation.com/

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Ancestors Have Good Qualities and Bad...That Makes Them Human

 In her Blog "Treasure Chest of Memories," Laura Hedgecock gives us a thought-provoking article titled "Why You Should Write about Both Good and Bad Sides of Ancestors,"

We have probably all agonized about what to do with some sensitive information that our research has unearthed. This article gives a point of view that might stimulate your decision.

https://www.treasurechestofmemories.com/write-about-both-good-and-bad-sides-of-ancestors/

Friday, August 26, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 29 Aug to 3 Sep

 Monday, 29-Aug-22 at 1:00 PM. Immigration Records and Ships 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. Summers, hybrid--Local History Room and via Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsde2vrj4iG9cwJDTbzHucToPb-f6VngsJ

Thursday, 1-Sep-22 at 7:00 PM.  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, Zoom Only.

Register in advance for this meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpc-qorTooE9JW5OMnaJJkM9Fh1VeHegJM 

Saturday, 3-Sep-22 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, Zoom Only.

Register in advance for this meeting via Zoom at: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/uJIqcuusrjgj-d8heG8CDgJP3UdqO8QVYw


Wednesday, August 24, 2022

O'Fallon, Illinois Historical Society Has Online Index Including Obituaries and Marriages

 This index of O'Fallon, Illinois obituaries and marriages is offered in downloadable PDF files. Scroll down the landing page to read about the index and then click on the PDF link appropriate for your ancestor's surname. The records date from 1898 to 2007.

If you find an index entry of value, you can contact the library and request an image. There is a small fee for that service.

https://www.ofallonhistory.net/Progress-index.html

Friday, August 19, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 23-27 August 2022

 Tuesday, 23-Aug-22 at 11:00 AM. DNA Basics I (Ethnicity): This one-hour class defines DNA, gives examples of DNA inheritance patterns and discusses the different types of DNA tests and the companies that provide them.  It gives ideas for the best ways to make the most of your DNA dollars and how you might want to "target test" some of your relatives.  In addition, the class provides information on the ethnicity estimates provided by each company and how you might use them in your research.   (This is a repeat of the class presented via Zoom on 4 August). Manning/Luce            hybrid--Jenkins C and via Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErc-mqqjoiHdRkaWqWP4HZFCxUl2xEebSy

Tuesday, 23-Aug-22 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, hybrid--Jenkins C and via Zoom.

Register for the meeting via Zoom at: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocO2hrDIiH9VDe2BaW6l0D-bC2kaQ3ycl

Saturday, 27-Aug-22 at 10:00 AM. RootsMagic User Group--Questions and answers and demonstrations of how to use the RootsMagic genealogy database software program. Summers, Zoom Only

Use the following link to register for this class via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/upMpf-2rqT4uDsD_bqYog2joIPrnT_FVqg

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Plymouth Public Library, Massachusetts Has Several Record Collections Online

 The Digital Collections of the Plymouth Public Library, Massachusetts offer several collections that may be worth checking out during your research. Included are town annual reports, high school yearbooks, historical newspapers, and several local history volumes.

Check it out at:

https://www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org/historygenealogy/plymouth-digital-collections/

Friday, August 12, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 15-20 August 2022

 Monday, 15-Aug-22 at 1:00 PM. Timelines --Timelines are exceptionally flexible tools that serve many purposes for genealogists. They can help you plan your research, and then help you organize and analyze the results of that research. This class will give several examples of the use of timelines, as well as provide tips on building and using them. Summers, hybrid--Local History Room and via Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAldu-oqT0qE9eE6TjAfsVYgm0Nzcille14

Thursday, 18-Aug-22 at 1:00 PM. Library Catalog Searching for Genealogists – Libraries are a great place for finding genealogy resources. This class will show you how to find libraries and archives that can help you in your search, how to get the most from catalog searches, and discover other helpful resources available through online catalogs. Fortin, hybrid--Local History Room and via Zoom, Fortin

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlfuGqpzsuHtyKINIwVV1opN1tYTRmtV0m

Saturday, 20-Aug-22 at 11:00 AM. Program Meeting--Kings, Pilgrims and Tavern Keepers: Who Is in Your Family Tree? Do you descend from royalty like King John or one of the Magna Carta barons?  Can you trace your lineage back 40 generations or so to Charlemagne?  Maybe there is a Mayflower passenger hiding in your tree. Or you descend from a colonial tavern keeper and don’t know you are eligible for Flagon and Trencher. If are you curious about lineage societies, then join us for this presentation.  Debbie Duay will discuss the keys to establishing membership like how to find an eligible ancestor and the types of requirements that the Baronial Order of Magna Charta or the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne and other societies require. Duay, hybrid--Jenkins B and via Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqcOuvrzkiHtbHl9fjiJlf1G3ttzDAEd9N

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Finding online, Digitized Historical Books

 Thanks to Linda Stufflebean writing in her Blog "Empty Branches on the Family Tree, for a quick list of online sources to visit to read historical digitized genealogy books.

The list gives us five sites to explore, each with enough explanatory detail to entice you to follow the URLs.

Check it out at:

https://emptybranchesonthefamilytree.com/2020/03/finding-digitized-historical-books-online/

PGS Events for the Week of 8-13 August 2022

 Monday, 8-Aug-22 at 1:00 PM. Newspapers.com--This is an online database focused on digitized historical newspapers. It is a fee site that is free if accessed at or through the Largo Library. This presentation explains how to get the most out of using it. Summers, hybrid--Local History Room and via Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArceivqzovGtZcqRayWTYmM7RQlGi94sun

Saturday, 13-Aug-22 at 1:00 PM. Advanced Genetic Genealogy-- This is a series of discussions led by David Vance, author of The Genealogist's Guide to Y-DNA Testing for Genetic Genealogy. We will cover the administration and use of the Family Tree DNA project groups and much more. Manning/Luce   Zoom Only.

Register in advance for this meeting: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtce2oqzsjHdG3ngvmXUFMc62VYtGw1LmY 

Friday, July 29, 2022

PGS Events for the week of 2-6 August 2022

 Tuesday, 2-Aug-22 at 1:00 PM. Excel for Genealogy--You may know and use Excel to crunch your budget numbers, but have you thought about using it specifically for genealogy?  Even if you’re new to Excel, we will teach you the basics of building a database right, then we’ll cover how to think through your options to make the exact database that meets your specific needs. Then, as we show you ways to use Excel in genealogy, we’ll add tips to take your skills to the next level whether you’re using your own computer or the library’s. Coffey, hybrid--Local History Room and via Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwuceCppzMjEt1v7jkwDGQsXcg1t7eroE05

Thursday, 4-Aug-22 at 7:00 PM. DNA Basics I (Ethnicity)--  This one-hour class defines DNA, gives examples of DNA inheritance patterns and discusses the different types of DNA tests and the companies that provide them.  It gives ideas for the best ways to make the most of your DNA dollars and how you might want to "target test" some of your relatives.  In addition, the class provides information on the ethnicity estimates provided by each company and how you might use them in your research.  Manning/Luce, Zoom Only.

Register in advance for this meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpc-qorTooE9JW5OMnaJJkM9Fh1VeHegJM 

Saturday, 6-Aug-22 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, hybrid--Local History Room and via Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting via Zoom at: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/uJIqcuusrjgj-d8heG8CDgJP3UdqO8QVYw

Friday, July 22, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 25-30 July 2022

 Monday, 25-Jul-22 at 1:00 PM. Facebook for Genealogy--You may use Facebook every day sharing family photos and stories, but have you ever thought to use it for genealogy research? We will discuss how to find relatives and search tips, plus the hundreds of Facebook groups dedicated to family history! But before we explain all that, we give an overview and tour to learn how this ubiquitous program actually works, so you can control what you see and what others see about you. Coffey, Hybrid--Zoom and in-person in the Local History Room.

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkceCgrzkiGt2u7o0ppaqrygw4-xuOEidt

Tuesday, 26-Jul-22 at 11:00 AM. DNA Basics III (Ancestry.com DNA): Repeat of class on 7 July) By looking at DNA test results through the lens of one of the most popular testing companies, class participants will be able to apply what they have learned in Basics I and II to their understanding of their own test results at Ancestry.com.  This class reviews the tools and resources available through Ancestry DNA.  While Basics I & II are recommended, they are not required prior to taking this class. Manning/Luce, Hybrid--Zoom and in-person in Jenkins C.

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkfuCgpzMjG9JG3kLmhc7Fda3KZuJS_5Kz

Tuesday, 26-Jul-22 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, Hybrid--Zoom and in-person in Jenkins C.

Register for the meeting via Zoom at: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocO2hrDIiH9VDe2BaW6l0D-bC2kaQ3ycl

Thursday, 28-Jul-22 at 1:00 PM. Civil War Ancestors: Presents a strategy for tracing your Civil War Ancestors. Examines both state and national records, and both print and digital formats. The emphasis in the digital world is websites that are free and accessible from home. Summers, Hybrid--Zoom and in-person in the Local History Room.

Register in advance for this meeting, if attending via Zoom at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkdO2gpjgsG9WXT8DcVc5FMwbknYTBjNK_

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Guymon, Texas Newspapers Available Online

 Selected historical newspapers servicing Guymon, Texas are available online.  The publication dates range from 1904 to 1979. You can both browse and search the collection. Clicking a title in the hit list takes you to a digital image of the page.

http://guymon.advantage-preservation.com/