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Volume 8, Issue 4

April 2003

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Heritage Village Curator Don Ivey spoke at our March meeting about the special holdings found at the museum’s archives. The collection focuses on the history of Pinellas County, as well as Florida, and includes county wide city directories, school yearbooks, maps and newspapers. Florida state census records from as early as 1840, and early Pinellas tax rolls are available for researchers. Don graciously invited us to learn more about the collection by attending a “behind the scenes tour” on March 25th, where members discovered Pinellas pioneer histories available in both audio and video recording format; a photograph file with over 8,000 pictures; subject files on topics pertaining to Pinellas County, including a 20 volume Harvey Wells work which identifies early property owners.
Thank you Don, for your wonderful talk and tour and for your work in preserving our county history!
All meetings begin at 11:00 AM in the Jenkins auditorium in the Largo Public Library. Guests are warmly welcomed and encouraged to attend. The Computer Interest Group meets before the general meeting at 9:45 AM.
See the March classes on the 2003 Calendar.
If you have a special interest that you think we could build a group around please share it with Bette Raup or Mercedes Bleatttler.
Computers In Genealogy
Computer Interest Group (CIG) – Meets monthly at 9:45 A.M. in the Jenkins Assembly Conference Room on the third Saturday of each month just before the regular PGS meeting throughout the year. This forum is an informal discussion group in a question and answer format on anything related to the use of computers in genealogy. There is no fee and all levels of computer expertise are welcome. To become a member of 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 Pinellas genealogy Society welcomes aboard our youngest member, Amanda Boylson, age 10, a student at St. Jude’s, and the granddaughter of one of our best cemetery canvassers, Marlyn Ginty. Marlyn is teaching Amanda the importance of family history, and the value of volunteering. Amanda has already accompanied Marlyn to Memorial Park to learn the ropes-welcome Amanda.

We are pleased to announce that the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative has awarded the Largo Library a $15,000 Genealogy Enhancement Fund request. Part of this money will be spent to complete our 1930 Federal Population Census collection on microfilm. Any suggestions for books or CD ROM’s to compliment our collection? Please pass your requests along to Mercedes Bleattler, Special Collections Librarian.

Our very own Beth Shields has become a freelance writer, submitting an article entitles “Waif Files” to the Family Chronicle. The article was accepted and published in the Mar/Apr issue on page 44.

  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. 

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