Monday, March 28, 2022

Links to Free Online Kentucky Church Records

 Thanks to Kenneth Marks of "The Ancestor Hunt" Blog for his work in putting this list together. The landing page has lots of interesting and helpful things to say about church records in general, besides hundreds of links to Kentucky Church Records in particular.

Many of the links are to pages in the website.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 28 March to 2 April 2022

 Monday, 28-Mar-22 at 1:00 PM. Scottish Ancestry and Immigration--Does your DNA reveal Scottish or Irish ancestry, but you don’t have any in your tree? That happened to me!  Join me as I take you through my Gaelic journey searching for royalty for my mother! This intriguing journey took me through the history of Scotland, a land of two peoples, and how it’s intertwined with that of Ireland. Then follow the Scottish diaspora around the world as they fled the king’s wrath.  I’ll share tips to help you with your search along the way! Coffey

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Tuesday, 29-Mar-22 at 1:00 PM. Census Before 1850--Analysis.  Many researchers become frustrated with the difficulty in researching the US Census prior to 1850 because of only the heads of households being explicitly named. However, those early censuses contain more information than one might initially think. This class examines the characteristics of the pre-1850 census, the information available, and some strategies for analyzing those census years. Summers

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Saturday, 2-Apr-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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Saturday, 2 April, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Tombstone Cleaning Field Trip at Largo Municipal Cemetery with Andrew Lumish.

When: Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

Where: 1232-1298 Jasper St., Largo


·        On Missouri Ave N turn East on Jasper St (has traffic light)

·        Drive to end of Jasper St and turn left on S. Betty Lane

·        Turn left to entrance to the cemetery, Old Section

·        Volunteers will direct where to park

Supplies to bring:    

·        Gallon of water

·        Spray bottle or pump sprayers

·        Soft brushes (soft like toothbrush)  

·        Clean rags or old clean towels

·        Waterproof gloves (optional)

·        Folding chair

·        Hat and sunscreen (if you need them)

Wear comfortable shoes

PGS will provide drinking water and snacks and Andrew will bring the D/2 solution.

Please note: There are no bathrooms or running water at the cemetery. At the corner of Missouri Ave N & Jasper street is a McDonald’s, that has very few bathrooms. Walmart has bathrooms – at corner of Missouri Ave N & Jasper, turn left onto Missouri; then turn left at the next light, Rosery Rd; then turn right in Walmart parking lot.

Although registration is not required, if you are planning to attend please send an email message to let us know how many are coming so that we can ensure that we have enough supplies -

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Get the Lowdown on 100 Most Common Surnames in the US

 This article by Kimberly Powell, published on the site "ThoughtCo," gives an interesting perspective of the "Top 100 Most Common Last Names in the United States."

As you review the list, be aware that the "Surname" and "Surname Origin" entries are hot links to more information.

[Powell, Kimberly. "Top 100 Most Common Last Names in the United States." ThoughtCo, Feb. 16, 2021,]

Friday, March 18, 2022

Suncoast Genealogy Society Features Denise Manning at 23 April Meeting


PGS Events for the Week of 21-27 March 2022

 Monday, 21-Mar-22 at 1:00 PM. search techniques for getting the most from this huge collection of databases. Fortin, Zoom Only.

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Tuesday, 22-Mar-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, Zoom Only.

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Saturday, 26-Mar-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

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Friday, March 11, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 14-19 March 2022

 Tuesday, 15-Mar-22 at 1:00 PM. Census--Non-Population Schedules.  Most of us are familiar with the population schedules of the US Census. But there is a wealth of information about our families in other schedules that were created in certain census years. This class identifies what those other schedules are (Agricultural, Mortality, DDD, etc.), what information can be found in them, and where they can be located today. Summers

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Saturday, 19-Mar-22 at 11:00 AM. Anniversary 2nd Decade Event & Two-Session Lecture Series: “Dissecting Obituaries for New Clues” by George C. Morgan and "Cemetery Preservation and Restoration" by Andrew Lumish (The Good Cemetarian).

The first talk by George Morgan will be via Zoom only and begins at approximately 11:15 after our business meeting starting at 11:00. There will be a break for lunch and then the second talk begins about 1:00 pm in person and on Zoom.

“Dissecting Obituaries for New Clues.”  Obituaries are miniature biographies for the deceased.  In this talk George G. Morgan presents an excellent methodology for dissecting an obituary, determining what information is provided or inferred, identifying record types that may be available, where those records are located, and how to access them. This method will definitely expand your research!

The second topic, “Cemetery Preservation and Restoration” will begin about 1:00 pm and will be presented in person and on Zoom by Andrew Lumish. He will address the proper way to restore cemetery monuments.  He will also share how he uses genealogy to recall the lives of those buried there, especially veterans.  

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Due to possible distancing guidelines at the library, if you wish to join us in-person, we also ask that you send a message to so we can ensure adequate seating. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Suncoast Genealogy Society Upcoming Events

 Our friends at Suncoast Genealogy Society shared these event with us:

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Zion Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee Has Online Database

The Zion Cemetery in Memphis was established in 1876 and has at least 25,000 burials by 1925. It was abandoned in the 1960's.

The Zion Community Project was begun in 2005 to restore and preserve the cemetery. The landing page will give you some background of the project and provides a "Search" link to search the database. Also available is a video focusing on the history of the cemetery and photos of the restoration effort.

Friday, March 4, 2022

PGS Events for the Week of 7-12 March 2022

 Tuesday, 8-Mar-22 at 1:00 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

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Saturday, 12-Mar-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 end our discussion of the book with chapters 15-17 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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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

African Americans in the Revolutionary War

 I usually don't offer Wikipedia links in this Blog, figuring that you can do that type of search as well as I,  but this article on "African Americans in the Revolutionary War" was so informative that I couldn't help myself.

It is extensive, offering at least nine subtopics, and includes an extensive bibliography and list of references.

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