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.


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

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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.

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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.

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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.


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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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