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Volume 8, Issue 1

January 2003

Previous Issue

Food and fellowship was shared at the December holiday meeting. The following officers for the year 2003 were elected and installed:
President – Lesleigh Butts
Vice President – Al Hamilton
Treasurer – Damon Hostetler
Resident Agent – Marge Hazel
Recording Secretary – Gertrude Devers
Corresponding Secretary – Dave Dellinger
Seminar Director – Mercedes Bleattler
Education Director – Patricia Strait
Finance Director – Charles Grandmaision
Project Director – Maureen Hauge

Applications for our annual seminar on January 25th are available at the Genealogy Desk in the Largo library or online at  A $46 registration will entitle you to the full day seminar, including lunch and door prizes, your 2003 PGS membership dues, a subscription to the Pinellas Genealogist, as well as discounts for all classes throughout the year. $35 for seminar, lunch and door prize only ($40 if postmarked after January 17th)... At the door registration will be $45.
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 January 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
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! 

Two Exciting Conferences on the Horizon

January 25, 2003
Pinellas Genealogy Society Annual Seminar at the Family History Center, Largo, Fl. 
Featured Speaker: 

John T. Humphrey

Topics Include: Documentation is Essential, Developing the Skills to Become a Genealogist, Reconstructing Families on the Colonial Frontier, Researching Eighteenth-Century Germans.
For more information contact

February 14-15, 2003
Florida Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will hold its annual conference at the Largo Cultural Center, Largo, Fl.
Featured Speaker:

Diane Van Skiver Gagel M.A.

Topics include: Hidden or Rarely Used Genealogical Resources, The Argonauts: Researching our California Gold Rush Ancestors, Migration Patterns of Ohio, and Quaker Research.
For more information contact or

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. 
New Database available at Largo Library
The Largo library has recently subscribed to a new AncestryPlus database entitles “Historical Newspapers”. This is a specialized database that is not included in our regular AncestryPlus program. It is only accessible via the website on the three PC’s in genealogy. It is not included in the AncestryPlus database on the library WindowPac computers. (Sorry for the confusion but it is a complicated licensing agreement problem.) The Historical Newspapers Database includes the New York Times from 1851 to 1906. It also includes many other local newspapers and The Washington Post. The images are available in PDF full page format and have a searchable index. The volunteers or staff at the library will be happy to show you how to access “Historical Newspapers”.

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