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Volume 8, Issue 5

May 2003

Previous Issue

Kay Holley enlightened our group last April on the clothing customs and habits of the late 1800’s from the stages of mourning dress to the use of fans as a method of social conversation. Thanks Kay for such an interesting program.

Please give a warm welcome to our new Recording Secretary Sally Brown.
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.
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.
On August 16th, Debbe Hagner will be speaking at our PGS meeting on the topic of “brick walls”. Debbe welcomes individual questions or problems that she can be working on prior to the class. If you would like to share yours, please submit them to Gladys Evan at 398-2700.
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! 

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our success... Through the generous sharing of their time and talents, the PGS and the Largo Library are able to support a vibrant and growing genealogy community. We would like to welcome the following new volunteers!

Library/Special Collections – Kristin Jones
Cemetery Canvassing – Carol Chesler and Joyce Read.
Data Extraction – Ed Harn, Tom Ziebold.

Would you like to be a part of the volunteering experience?

LIBRARY VOLUNTEER – Meet nice people; learn more about the genealogy collection. Can you spare 3 hrs one day a week (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM or 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM) - or - 2 evening hours (6-8 PM) one evening a week?
For Info Contact: Jerry Butts 727 398-5378
DATA ENTRY –Want to volunteer from home, set your own pace? This one does the trick! Assist in computer data entry Memorial Park Cemetery project.
For Info Contact: Lesleigh Butts 727 398-5378
EXTRACTION WORK - Join in the fun; assist in extraction of information from records such as marriage, old funeral home records, and much more. If you like indoor fun, this one’s for you!
For Info Contact: Maureen Hauge 727 319-4469
CANVASS A CEMETERY – If fresh air and sunshine is your gig……..if you love chirping birds and beautiful landscape and time for meditation…… JOIN - -----“The Park Gang”! Dig in and help us wrap up canvass work in Memorial Park Cemetery. The project is just over half complete. Be a part of this impressive project. A few more volunteers can make all the difference!
For Info Contact: Lesleigh Butts 727 398-5378.
SEMINAR COMMITTEE – Assist Mercedes Bleattler in preparation of the PGS Annual Seminar – she would love to have you join the team.
For Info Contact: Mercedes Bleattler: 727 587-6748

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. 

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