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Volume 8, Issue 6

June 2003

Previous Issue

Scott Taylor Hartzell, author of “St. Petersburg: An Oral History”, entertained members with fascinating stories concerning some of the earlier and more flamboyant pioneers of St. Petersburg. Scott also highlighted the techniques he uses to write an interesting and factual local history. He emphasized the importance of conducting oral interviews in order to discover the personal details that are not found in your standard printed sources. Thanks to Scott for sharing his observations with us. Check out his book!
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.
The Beginners Study Group will not be meeting again until sometime in fall. This group is designed to help beginners get started in genealogy and serve as a forum for advanced genealogists to share their strategies. Please feel free to e-mail Pat Strait, Education Chair, to let her know that you are interested in joining Bette Raup and the group when it reconvenes later this year.

The Family Tree Maker Group is on summer hiatus and will not meet again until October. Dates and topics will be announced at a later date.
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!

1930 Federal Population Census
The Largo library has received the last shipment of the 1930 Federal Population Census microfilm. We now have all the states represented. A big thank-you to the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative for funding this purchase!

We would like to thank the following individuals for their donations to the genealogy library last month. It is due to the generosity of our members and friends that our collection is the best in the area.
Ann Cantlin Betty Noe
Carlton Weidmeyer Ms. Shorey
Katherine Rowse  

 PGS Book Committee


It’s that time of year again for our annual PGS picnic. Bring your family and join us on Saturday, June 28th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Largo Central Park. Hot dogs, burgers and drinks will be provided. Please bring a dish to share as well as any genealogical research books or materials that you would like to donate to the Seminar book sale. There is a sign up sheet in the library. Contact Lesleigh Butts for information: 398-5378 or

New Volunteer Coordinator!!
Kristen Jones has graciously accepted the position of Volunteer Coordinator for the library volunteers. Volunteering to work with genealogy patrons at the library is a tremendous service that we all appreciate. An extra thanks to Kristin for agreeing to schedule this great group of people. If you are interested in working at the library please contact Kristin or Mercedes.

April 2003

Marilyn Ginty – Outstanding work on Memorial Park cemetery
Ed Deming – Outstanding PGS Webmaster
Rosanne Bronick - Outstanding library volunteer 11 years plus

May 2003

Prudence Fabricand – Outstanding library volunteer 12 years plus
Kerry McElhaney – Outstanding work canvassing Royal palm and memorial park and greenwood cemetery

The Pinellas Genealogy Society was awarded the Mayor’s Outstanding Community Partnership Initiative Award from the city of St. Petersburg for our collaborative effort along with Verizon and Chris Kelly of Historic Roser Park, in preserving and increasing the awareness of the Historic Greenwood Cemetery. Lesleigh Butts accepted this award and plaque from Mayor Rick Baker at the Mahaffee Theater last month. It is now hanging in the library genealogy department.

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. 
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland --
This site includes direct access to the Ulster Covenant, a pledge of opposition to the Home Rule Bill in Ireland. It includes 237,368 original signatures and addresses of men who signed the Ulster Covenant on Sept. 28, 1912 and 234,046 women who signed the parallel Declaration. Multiple search fields include surname and parliamentary division. Thanks for sharing, Pat Kostelnik!

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