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Volume 7, Issue 7

July/August 2002

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Summer has arrived, bringing much needed showers, hot days and a general slowing down of activities. In keeping with our summer video series, on June 15th, members met and enjoyed a film presentation.  We have been saying goodbye, one by one, to our winter members as they have returned north for the summer. For anyone who is planning a summer genealogical adventure please be sure to grab some flyers and handouts from the libraries and historical societies that you visit so we can add them to our vertical file.

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.
Remember, just around the corner are three great seminars in this area:
• Florida State Genealogical Society’s 26th Annual Conference at the St. Petersburg Hilton on November 15th and 16th , 2002.
• Pinellas Genealogy Society’s annual seminar at the Largo Family History Center on January 25th, 2003.
• Florida Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet at the Largo Cultural Center on February 14th, 2003.
Lesleigh Butts coordinated a cleanup event on Saturday, June 29th ,  at the historic Greenwood Cemetery. Eleven PGS members and various historical groups in the area gathered to clear the cemetery of trash and rubbish. Volunteers were treated to breakfast and lunch, given a historic  tour of the cemetery, and interviewed by the Poynter Institute for an article which can be viewed at  Thanks to all the members who participated in this community event and to Lesleigh for bringing it to our attention.
"Griffith’s Valuation"?
A valuable source for Irish research is the Griffith’s Valuation, a census substitute for the years before, during, and after the Great Famine (1845-1850). Designed to determine the value of all privately held lands and buildings in rural as well as urban areas it provides names and locations of residences. The original volumes of the survey are held in the National Archives and National Library in Dublin, but the index can be found on the Family Archive #188 at the library. It provides an index of surnames of householders with the county and parish location, occupation, religious affiliation, etc.
Computers In Genealogy
The Computer Interest Group is a forum for genealogists to discuss computer programs, Internet discoveries and solutions to problems. This lively group meets at 9:45 am, before the regular PGS meeting, in the 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 William Wallace 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! Local members will now be receiving their quarterly at the PGS Saturday meeting.
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. PGS Members: Up to two queries are free!! Thank you for your continued support of our quarterly!
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! 
*************Inter Library Loans***************
BUSSEY FUNERAL HOME RECORDS, St. Petersburg, Fl, 2002. 92 pgs, 557 entries, photocopies of the Register of Funerals. $10.00+tax+S/H

GREENWOOD CEMETERY, St. Petersburg, 2002. 263 pgs., 1329 entries, history, photos, obits, maps and more. $31.00+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. 
  3. Remind yourself to collect and bring back to share newsletters and handouts from the libraries you visit.
  4. Share your experiences at genealogy libraries your visited with the society by writing a small article for the newsletter.
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. 
Volunteers Needed
We have an immediate need during the summer for genealogy volunteers. Saturday morning and afternoon volunteers would be appreciated, as well as substitutes. Anyone interested contact Bette Raup, Volunteer Coordinator, or leave your name and number at the genealogy desk.

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