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Volume 7, Issue 2

February 2002

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At our January meeting PGS board members brought us up to date on the achievements of the past year and shared their goals for the year to come. President Bob Raup thanked the volunteers for their contributions. He emphasized the role the society needs to play in the new Largo library building project and his desire to see an organized record extracting project. Vice President Al Hamilton suggested more assistance to new fledgling genealogists and more social activities to bring members together to share ancestors and techniques.

All meetings begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Jenkins auditorium in the Largo Public Library. Guests are warmly welcomed and encouraged to attend.

We are seeking friendly people interested in volunteering three hours a week assisting people in the Genealogy Department. This is also a great way to get a first peek at the new items in the collection. If this sounds like something you would be interested in please leave your name and number at the volunteer desk and the coordinator will call you.
Seminar Success
We had another outstanding seminar on Saturday January 26th. Participants attended a wide variety of lectures offered in a comfortable setting. A delicious lunch rounded off the day. Bette Hostetler was the recipient of the Second Annual Unsung Researcher Award. Congratulations Bette for all your hard work and dedication!
A lot of people contributed to make this seminar a success. Thanks to Damon Hostetler, Seminar Chair for bringing it all together. Thanks to all the volunteers who taught classes and staffed the food and book booths. Also, great big thanks to the Family History Center for providing such accommodating surroundings.
God is Love, I dare say,
But what a mischievous Devil Love is….
                                  Samuel Butler
From Pauline’s Desk…
New Maps
Northwest Territory States Founded. (Drawer 6)
New Hampshire 1796 (Drawer 3)
Hanover Germany 1832 (Drawer 7)
Computers In Genealogy
The Computer Interest Group is a forum for genealogists to discuss computer programs, Internet discoveries and solutions to problems. The CIG meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, following the regular PGS meetings, about 12:00pm, in the lobby -- Jenkins Room. Guests are welcomed—hurry in – seats fill up fast!! For more information, or to join the email discussion list, Email Bob Bryan
PGS Quarterly needs you!
If you have queries, please turn them in to Bob Raup or to the Volunteer Desk for inclusion in the next issue of The Pinellas Genealogist. Remember, this issue will be mailed out all over the country!  The Editor would also appreciate stories of your research trips and reviews of printed or computerized genealogy materials. Naturally, Pinellas County material is always needed. Thank you for your continued support of our quarterly!
ALERT - Leseigh Butts would like to alert those who attended her Photo Restoration class at the Seminar that the URL for the animated e-mail program was incorrect. It should be
The Suncoast Genealogy Society of Palm Harbor’s seminar is Saturday, February 23, from 8:00 to 4:00 at the Palm Harbor Library. Flyers are available at the volunteer desk.
News from Special Collections
• When calling the Largo Library with questions relating to genealogy, please use the number for the Genealogy Help Desk: 586-7410.
• Please do not re-shelve books or return other materials. Our volunteers count each item returned as a statistic. These counts help us to determine our peak times for service and areas of high demand. Thank you!
• Please continue to bring in flyers or brochures about libraries you visit this year. Thanks! 
• When using the microfilm, please rewind the film before returning it to its box. Please do not remove the take-up reel; this will only leave the film in an upside-down and backwards state! 
We have received the 1881 British Census and National Index which includes England, Scotland, Wales, Channel Island, Isle of Man and the Royal Navy.  It is a 24 disc. CD ROM set and is loaded on all three genealogy computers.
There is an excellent article “Getting More From the 1881 British Census” by Mark Howells, which is available in the January 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine or online at
CHAPEL HILL MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY, Largo, 2001. 170 pgs., 3,671 entries, history, photos, obits., maps, more. $19.50+tax+S/H.
NECROLOGY INDEX ST. PETE TIMES & INDEPENDENT 1901-1935. 80 pages of Pinellas Obits from Times and Independent. $10.25+tax+S/H.

Shipping and handling for all books is 1-2 books, $5.00; 3-4 books, $8.00.

(Check out our other books for sale.)

1. Check out the Vertical File! It is located between the microfiche cabinet and the military books. Inside you will find file folders with materials from libraries around the country. 
2. Check out the Road Maps! They are now in the first drawer of the Manuscript File cabinets next to the volunteer desk. 
We have three new videotapes available in the general circulating library collection that may be of interest to genealogists. 
Instruction 0595 Using - A how-to guide for the database with research tips and advice.

Instruction 0594 Digital Imaging for Genealogy - An instructional video on how to use digital cameras, scanners and software to preserve and document your family history.

Instruction 0611 Cryptic Clues in the Bone Yard - This video discusses overlooked clues in cemetery research such as hot to determine date by analyzing composition of the stone and how to interpret the art and symbols on tombstones.
New Microfiche - Found in the Fiche Cabinet under Heading
United States:
Emigrants from the Palatinate to the American Colonies in the 18th Century.
The Colonial Tavern: A Glimpse of New England Town Life in the 17th and 18th Centuries.
The Settlement of the German Coast of Louisiana and the Creoles of German Descent.
The Large Slaveholders of Louisiana, 1860.
Guide to Vital Statistic Records of Church Archives in Louisiana, Protestant and Jewish Churches.
Rhode Island:
Census of the Inhabitants of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, 1774.
Magruder’s Maryland Colonial Abstracts, Wills, Accounts and Inventories 1772-1777.
Index of Maryland Colonial Wills, 1634-1777.
Registers of the Births, Marriages, and Deaths, of the “Eglise Francoise a la Nouvell York”. From 1688 to 1804.
Memorials of the Huguenots in America, with special reference to their Emigration to Pennsylvania.
A List of Early Settlers of Georgia.
Passports Issued by Governors of Georgia, 1785-1809.
Check out the new materials in Special Collections
In the genealogy area of Special Collections, on a cabinet next to the Federal census film cabinets, is a Suggestion Box. Please take the time to drop us a note and let us know how we are doing. Any new ideas for new classes or programs? Any requests for books or films to order? We appreciate your advice. 

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