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Volume 8, Issue 10

November 2003

Previous Issue

Our guest speaker at the October 18th meeting, George Morgan, of Aha! Seminars, spoke on the strategies of doing advanced genealogy research on the internet and the methods to evaluate the information you find on the web. We had another full crowd for this informative lecture.
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 delighted to have three new volunteers in the genealogy department of the library:
Ed Cabana, Mary Gribschaw, and Janet Lahr
We are looking for some assistance with the data entry on the Memorial Park cemetery project. Any interested persons please contact Lesleigh Butts.

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.  Next meeting is November 15, 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.
November’s topic, on the 1st, will be “Restoring antique photos and scanning news items, births, marriages, deaths & converting them to OCR for inclusion in your family history”.

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 “Genealogy Research in the Courthouse”, led by Bette Hostetler.
Next Beginners Study Group: November 8th.

We wish Bob Tanner a speedy recovery from his surgery and look forward to seeing him soon.

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!

Virginia Rudolph
Ann H. Harrell
Stephen J. & Mary E. Gribschaw
Michale W. Beegle
Carol Smith Baker
Sam Baker
John F. & Mary K. Murphy

PGS Family History Scrapbook Workshop

4th Saturday of each month from 1-4 pm
Conducted by Kristin Jones
Held at the Barrington Community Room
901 Seminole Blvd.
Largo, Fl.
No Fee Required.
Signup in Genealogy Department of library
-Or- Call Lesleigh Butts 398-8678
Or Kristin Jones 536-9394.
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.
Lewis Harris Jr. Laura Glass-Steneck
Margaret Stonaker – Outstanding Library Service
Sally Brown - Outstanding Library/Research and Recording Secretary
Pat Strait – Outstanding Library Service and Education Director
Two Pinellas Genealogy Society members have been cited with honorable mention in the Hancock County Genealogy Society Newsletter!

Bobby Shorey and Pat Grandmaison have produced family history books that have been placed in various libraries in the State of Maine.
B. E. Shorey published the book, Sampson Shore and his Shorey Descendants. Patricia Grandmaison published The Johnson Family of Sullivan, Maine.

It is a coincidence that Bobbie and Pat are related to the same Shorey 1st cousin, 3 times removed, in the mid 1800’s, and that both of them are doing research in the Ellsworth, Maine and Mount Desert Island area.

See our books for sale!

 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.

  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. 
Web Sites Suggestions
Lists those who may have lived in Connecticut during the 1636-1776 time periods with scanned images of the 15 volumes of the Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut. (Thanks Sally Brown.)
Information on over 90,000 Civil War soldiers who served in the Michigan regiments. (Thanks Robert Horning)
Frequently asked questions about gravestone rubbings. (Thanks Howard Jensen)
German/English symbols and abbreviations and German genealogy terms. (Thanks Bob Bryan)

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