Friday, February 25, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 1-5 March 2022

 Tuesday, 1-Mar-22 at 1:00 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

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Thursday, 3-Mar-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. Luce/Manning

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Saturday, 5-Mar-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

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Education Records Can Reveal Key Information about Your Ancestors and Their Families

 Thanks to the "FindMyPast" Blog for this interesting article about the value of education records, and five tips on how to get the most from them.

The article is full of images to give a greater understanding of how to use the records.

Friday, February 18, 2022

PGS Event for the Week of 22-26 February 2022

 Tuesday, 22-Feb-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. Luce/Manning.

This will be an online class only due to concern for the COVID virus. Register in advance   

Saturday, 26-Feb-22 at 9:45 am. Seminar--You don’t want to miss this!

It’s not too late to register for the Pinellas Genealogy Society’s Annual Seminar to be held on 26 February 2022 featuring Lisa Louise Cooke. The event will be presented in a virtual format via the Zoom platform.

Lisa Louise Cooke is the Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy audio show at that has been downloaded over 3 million times. She is the author of popular books such as The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox Second EditionMobile Genealogy, and How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, and the Google Earth for Genealogy video series. An instructor and podcaster for Family Tree Magazine, she also authors the magazine’s monthly Lisa’s Picks column. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and presenter and has been featured at conferences and seminars such as Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London, RootsTech, and the National Genealogical Society Conference.

During this day-long online event, Lisa will give four presentations that will hold something for everybody.

The event begins at 9:45 AM (ET) with the first presentation kicking off at 10AM.
An online conference booklet including presentation handouts will be available to all registrants.

We at PGS are proud of this annual, day-long event; and excited about the selection of topics we have scheduled. There is something for everybody—novice researcher or experienced. Join us.

Check the PGS website ( for registration guidance and forms.

The registration fee for PGS members is $30 and for non-members is $35. If you haven’t renewed yet, no worries! You can renew at the same time you register for this event. We look forward to seeing you online!


o   9:45 AM (ET) Opening [Saturday, February 26]

o   10:00 AM Reconstruct Your Ancestor’s World with Google

o   11:00 AM Break

o   11:15 AM Create a Free Google Earth Map Collection for Your Research

    o   12:15 PM Lunch

(Open Q&A Period: join for a wide-ranging discussion with other attendees, starts at 12:30 PM)

o   1:00 PM How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case

o   2:00 PM Break

o   2:15 PM How to Organize all this Genealogy Stuff!

o   3:15 PM Closing

To register for the seminar, visit our home page at and follow the menu choice at the top of the screen!

Digital Newspaper Archives Available Online Focus on Western New York Counties

 Historical newspapers from the New York counties of Livingston, Ontario, Wayne, and Wyoming are available online thanks to the Pioneer Library System. More than 20 newspapers are included in the archive, and dates range from early 1800's to mid 1900's.

The archive can be searched by keyword and date, or browsed by newspaper title or date.

Friday, February 11, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 14-19 February 2022

 Monday, 14 Feb 2022 at 6:00 PM. RootsMagic 8—Part 5. This is the final class in a series of five that explores the use of the latest version of this popular genealogy software program. The intent is to take the student from the basics of initial entry of family information to the more detailed topics of incorporating images in your family history, citing sources, and generating various reports. The class will be most effective if all sessions are attended in order. Summers

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Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 at 10 AM—see below

Saturday, 19 Feb 2022 at 11:00 AM. Monthly Program Meeting.
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.

Topic: “Ancestors on the Move: Migration from Farms to Cities, 1870–1920.”  The 1870 census was the first time farmers fell below 50% of American wage earners. Even then, they were still close, at 47.7%. By 1920, farmers were less than one third of the American population. Between 1870 and 1920, 11 million Americans migrated to cities. Learn about the events that spurred this migration and changed our ancestors from rural to urban dwellers and how to reconstruct their stories. Presented by Annette Burke Lyttle,  

Annette has been a full-time genealogist and family historian since 2012. She holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University. Annette is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and subscribes to their code of ethics. You can find her at

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Items of possible interest:

Lineage Society Applications--Do you want to join a lineage society, but do not know where to start? This virtual seminar will cover the guidelines and optimum research strategies needed to meet the genealogical proof standards of evidence for a successful lineage society application. Ann Staley presents for the Lee County Library on Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 at 10:00 -11:15 AM. Register at

101 Best Genealogy Sites of 2021--(as determined by Family Tree Magazine). You can check them out at

Sunday, February 6, 2022

List of Links to Probate Records Online

 Thanks to Kenneth Marks for making this information available in his Blog: The Ancestor Hunt. The link below will take you to a page with a list of links to wills and probate records online. The list is alphabetical by state. You have to scroll down the page a bit to get to the list. The list is mostly links to records available on 

Preceding the state list are some links to articles about the value of probate research.

It is worth checking some of the tabs available at the top of the landing page. Specifically, the tabs titled "Resources," "Blog," and "More." They will reveal that Kenneth is offering a wealth of research assistance in a variety of topic areas.

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Friday, February 4, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 8-12 February 2022

 Monday, 7-Feb-22 at 6:00 PM. RootsMagic 8--Part 4. This class explores the use of the latest version of this popular genealogy software program. It consists of five classes, each 1 ½ hours long, held for five consecutive weeks. It’s intent is to take the student from the basics of initial entry of family information to the more detailed topics of incorporating images in your family history, citing sources, and generating various reports. The class will be most effective if all sessions are attended in order.  Summers

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Tuesday, 8-Feb-22 at 6:00 PM. Family Tree Maker 2019 Basics--Part 5. A detailed explanation and demonstration of the many features of this most popular genealogy database program. Hahn

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Wednesday, 9-Feb-22 at 1:00 PM. Scottish Ancestry and Immigration.       Learn about Scottish Ancestry and Immigration at the 37th Annual Genealogy Seminar sponsored by the DAR Caladesi Chapter in conjunction with the Scottish American Society of Dunedin.  It will be on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Scottish Cultural Center, 917 Louden Ave in Dunedin. This is free and open to the public.  There will be displays from lineage societies and members of the Daughters of the American Revolution to help find links to your family patriots.  Lori Coffey

Saturday, 12-Feb-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 discuss chapter 14 this month.  Learn how Y-DNA is helpful in your genealogy (and how it is not!); understand Short Tandem Repeats (STRs) and Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and how they can be analyzed to help solve genealogy problems; examine how to evaluate and use DNA Projects; Develop testing strategies and much, much more.  Attendees are expected to have read the monthly chapter(s) prior to the session. The book is available on, free through Kindle Unlimited, $28.60 for digital Kindle purchase or $48.94 for the print version.  Manning/Luce

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