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.

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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.      

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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:

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.


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

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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:

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.

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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        

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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 to 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:

For more information, please visit the website at: .