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Volume 7, Issue 8

September 2002

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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.
Upcoming Seminars
• 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.
We are still seeking volunteers to assist patrons in the genealogy department. Especially welcome at this time would be someone for evening hours on either Wednesday or Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00, and some backup relief workers to fill in for vacations. Please see Bette Raup if you are interested. All new volunteers will receive training and will partner with another volunteer on their shift. Please don’t feel that you have to be an expert to help!
See the October classes on the 2002 Calendar.  We are trying something new in our class program this year. Rather than have a one-time class on a particular topic we are offering groups on specific topics that will meet every month. This has proved very successful with our computer special interest group. They will be led by a moderator but will encourage all members of the group to bring questions and tips to share with others. We are looking for suggestions on more groups to add; perhaps ethic research such as German or Irish, or specific types of records, such as National Archive records. Please let Bette Raup know if you have a suggestion for a group to add and if you will be willing to host as a moderator.
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! 
The Roll of Honor & Index
The Roll of Honor is the only official memorial to the Union dead ever published. Consisting of 27 volumes this source references the names of over 200,000 Union soldiers who were buried in national cemeteries, soldiers’ lots, and garrison cemeteries. Martha and William Reamy compiled the comprehensive index to this collection with an alphabetical list of cemeteries linked to the corresponding volume and page number of the Roll of Honor
We have access to both the Index and The Roll of Honor here at the library. The index is located in book format in the military section under RGEN 355 Reamy. The entire 27 volumes are included in the Family Tree Maker CDROM #351.
Family History Radio will host a free live Genealogy webcast on September 10th from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. in which Karen Clifford will host a genealogy question and answer session on the Internet. In addition to the question and answer session, Family History Radio will talk about current genealogy news, research tips and tricks, and the latest genealogy products and services. To register go to: and fill out the form. Registrants will receive information telling them what to do to be able to tune in and listen. You will also be eligible to be able to win prizes, giveaways, and free training sessions. To access this webcast you will need a computer with Windows 98 or better, an audio speaker setup, Internet Explorer Browser and a 56 kbps or better connection.
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. 
Web Sites of Interest These sites are full of helpful links for persons doing German research. Thanks to Lesleigh Butts for sharing them. A collection of links to online death indexes, and databases from all over the country including obit indexes, cemetery databases, and smaller death indexes at the state or county level. Obituary links arranged by state and county as well as an Obituary Archive Search Engine and Canadian obit links.

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