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 ( 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  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.

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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.

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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 in process. But the resource is substantial.

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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 ( 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."