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Volume 7, Issue 5

May 2002

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History Comes Alive
Vincent Luisi entertained our group on Saturday, April 20th by describing the activities and collection of the Dunedin Historical Museum. As director of the museum, Luisi and his volunteers have pioneered an innovative “living history” program in which reinactors take on the roles of individuals who have contributed to Dunedin’s history. A popular event was the “Vintage Baseball” game complete with uniforms and equipment from the late 1800’s. The museum boasts a large local history photograph collection, as well as artifacts reflecting early Dunedin. A visit to highlights their current display. The museum, located at 349 Main Street, sits conveniently along the Pinellas Trail and includes a gift shop. Thanks Vincent, for sharing your wonderful collection with the PGS members.

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 on summer hiatus from classes. But don’t despair; there are wonderful opportunities for instruction in the many upcoming seminars. 
Pinellas County is lucky to have THREE major conferences coming to this area later this year. The Florida State Genealogical Society will hold its annual conference at the St. Petersburg Hilton Hotel on November 13th –17th, our very own PGS annual seminar will be at the Largo Family History Center on January 25th, 2003, and the Florida Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet at the Largo Cultural Center on February 14th and 15th 2003. This is a great opportunity to show what a great hub of genealogy activity we have in Pinellas County. We will need lots of volunteers for these events. If you are interested please contact Damon Hostetler or Mercedes Bleattler.

The order is in and the cabinets have arrived. All we need now is the microfilm, which is anticipated sometime in May. You can start getting yourself ready for the census by visiting these two web sites which help you to determine your Enumeration District.

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.
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! 
Map Collection
We have over 250 maps and about 100 atlases in our collection. They are located in three general areas: Individual flat maps are kept in the two metal map cabinets in front of the volunteers desk, rolled up maps are kept in the map carrier just between the Ready Reference area and the microfilm cabinets, and bound atlases are stored on top of the metal file cabinets.
We have maps ranging from small county land ownership maps to international atlases. Historical maps can be invaluable in locating changing town, city or country names. Detailed atlases can help you locate a small obscure town that might not make it into a more general map. Maps are also helpful in determining the distance between cities and the possible migration paths of you ancestors. The atlases are cataloged and may be accessed through the library catalog. The non-cataloged maps are organized in the Map Collection Index Folder, which is kept by the atlases. Pauline and her crew of volunteers work hard on making these maps available and accessible.
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.
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. User Tip
Have you been having trouble maneuvering and printing your online census images from Try this: First open your online image. Scroll the page down and you will see a link that reads “View this image with the HTML viewer”. Click this link. Scroll down again and click the link that reads “Already have the plug in?” Click this link. Then click the link to view full screen. There will be a row of icons on top. The magnifying glasses will increase or decrease the image. The hand icon will allow you to move the image up and down. When you get the correct size and placement and are ready to print you will right click the mouse and select “Print Image”. These instructions will work on the library computers; a home subscription might require a different approach.
Web Site of Interest
Maritime Gateway Information –
A massive site for maritime research. Great information is hidden in obscure spots if you take the time to browse.

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