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Volume 8, Issue 9

October 2003

Previous Issue

We had a wonderful attendance at the September meeting- over 72 people. Damon Hostetler presented tools for organizing our genealogy material. He offered plenty of storage ideas to get us thinking. It was a topic that everyone seems to struggle with and Damon gave us some wonderful ideas. Thanks Damon for speaking to the group.

Our PGS banner made its debut at the FGS/FSGS conference in Orlando last month. Rosanne Bronick, our PGS delegate, marched in the banner parade of the opening ceremony. Check out our banner at
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 would like to extend our condolences to Mary Flora, Library Genealogy Volunteer, on the death of her husband, Clinton Flora last month. Our thoughts are with her and her family.

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.

The Beginners Study Group is designed to help beginners get started in genealogy and serve as a forum for advanced genealogists. We would love to get this group going again if there is sufficient interest. The meeting date would be the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 to 12:00. We already have five interested participants. If you would like to attend please email Pat Strait, Education Chair, or call Mercedes at the library at 587-6748.
Next Beginners Study Group: Will announce when we have enough participants.
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 October 18, 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.
Next Family Tree Maker Group date: October 4, 2003. First hour will be question and answer session. The second hour will cover loading photos from a digital camera into your computer and scanning photos into your computer.

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. They will resume meetings in fall. Please e-mail Pat Strait, Education Chair, if you are interested in joining when it reconvenes.
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!

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.

Bette Raup

Brenda Miller

Lee Heath

Don Baker

Barney Britton

Cindy Petelle


Rosemary Hayes, Pinellas Park
Eleanor J. Middleton, Seminole
Don Simcoe, Dunedin
Joan Beckwith, Largo
Brenda Miller, Seminole
Angela Stevens, largo
Paula Smith, St. Petersburg
Patricia Riggs, Largo
Pat Johnson – Outstanding Cemetery Volunteer
Lee Heath - Outstanding Library/Research Volunteer

Pat Grandmaison – Outstanding Cemetery/Library Volunteer
Genealogy Videos
We have a number of videos available for home viewing in the genealogy department. Here are some new titles to check-out:
  • Maps! Maps! Maps! using maps in genealogical research. 1997.
  • FamilyRoots Organizer video series. 2000.
  • Introduction to Family Tree Maker 9.0. 2001
  • How to do genealogy online. 2000.

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. 

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