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Volume 8, Issue 11

December 2003

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We would like to thank St. Petersburg Times Genealogy Columnist, Donna Allen Murray, for her wonderful talk last meeting. She shared things she had learned based on her personal genealogy experiences and highlighted some often overlooked resources. At the end of her talk she answered questions from the packed crowd.
December 20th – Christmas Party and Election of Officers. (Please bring a snack or goody to share with members at the party)

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.

We are pleased to announce the arrival of three new volunteers to the library genealogy department:
Matt Pachosa, Jerry McGinty and Glen Hartshorn

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 BryanNext meeting is December 20, 2003.

The Family Tree Maker Group (FTM)
FTM meets monthly October through May at 10:00 A.M. in the Jenkins Assembly Conference Room in the lobby of the Largo Library. Each session lasts approximately two hours. There is no fee for this workshop, but donations to the Greater Largo Library Foundation are appreciated. December’s topic, led by Bob Bryan and Karen Kegan, is “Family Tree Maker Basics”. A must for FTM beginners.
Next Family Tree Maker Group date: December 6th.

The Beginners Study Group
The Beginners Study Group is designed to help beginners get started in genealogy and serve as a forum for advanced genealogists. We are pleased to announce it is up and running again with a nice core group meeting on the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 to 12:00 in the small classroom in the rear of the library next to the genealogy department. The topic for the next meeting is “Genealogical Research Using Census Records”, led by Bette Raup.
Next Beginners Study Group: December 13th.


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: 727-586-7410.
• 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!

Betsy Filz James E. Miller
Janet Lahr Evelyn Cromwell

A special thanks are in order to Lynn Pippenger. She has made a generous donation of $25,000 to the Largo Library Building Fund, earmarked for the Genealogy Department!

We wish a speedy recovery to Bette Hostetler and Edith Kilroy.

Betty Adkins – Outstanding Library Service
Lynn Pippenger - Outstanding Library Service

 Annual Education Seminar
The Pinellas Genealogy Society Inc. presents

John Philip Colletta
Topics include:
Passenger Arrival Records – Introduction
Passenger Arrival Records – Advanced
Assembling a Quality Family History

Bonus Breakout Session Topics:
Beginning Genealogy – Bette Raup
Using Courthouse Records – Bette Hostetler
What, Why & How: Exploring Your Family’s Past Using Social History – Carla Kerns
Where’s That Old Geezer?, or I know They’re There – Damon Hostetler
How to Get the Most Out of the LDS Family History Library – Debbe Hagner

Saturday, January 24, 2004
Family History Center
9001 106th Avenue North
Largo, Fl 33777
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Luncheon Speech by Dr. Colletta included!
Contact: Mercedes Bleattler at 727-587-6748 or the PGS website.

New to our collection are the 35 volume set, The Domesday Books. In 1086, William the Conqueror launched the Domesday Survey of England to determine the value of his newly acquired lands. Commissioners were sent to every county to discover the names of landowners and their tenants, as well as those who had owned land in the time of Edward the Confessor (1066). The results of these returns make up the Domesday Books, now translated to English by the late Dr. John Morris. The last three volumes are indexes: Places, Persons and Subjects.

This definitive reference book (106th Edition) of the British aristocracy includes coverage of ancestors who lived up to a thousand years ago.

Charlie Grandmaison has updated his popular booklet listing the books, maps, microfiche/film and CDROMs relating to Canadian genealogy available at the Largo Library. They are available for sale at the Genealogy Desk for $2.

See our 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. 

New Reference Database:

The Reference Department of the library has purchased a new military database entitled MilitaryUSA.  It allows you to search Korean & Vietnam War and Desert Storm Casualties, Vietnam War MOS and a general Vietnam Veteran Database. Also included are a WWII Memorial, Casualty Books, Oversea Burials and Destroyers. This source may be used in the library only. It is bookmarked on the Genealogy PC’s and required a login and password available at the Genealogy Volunteer Desk or the Reference Desk.

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