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Volume 8, Issue 8

September 2003

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Meetings
Debbe Hagner, President of the West Pasco Genealogy Society, and guest speaker at the August meeting, presented strategies for breaking through the brick walls in your research. She gave us lots of great ideas.
Thanks Debbe .

The August meeting was also the debut of our new PGS banner. Designed by Pat Johnston and Lesleigh Butts, this colorful banner will be taken to the state conference in Orlando this September where it will be included in the annual Banner Parade. The theme of the banner is “The Pinellas Genealogy Society: the Bridge to Genealogy in Pinellas County” Images on the banner include the 1917 Courthouse symbolizing Pinellas Court Records as the backbone of genealogical research in Pinellas, the famous Skyway Bridge symbolizing PGS as the bridge to Pinellas genealogical research, and pine branches/cones symbolizing the evolution of our name Pinellas from the Spanish Punta Pinal or “Point of Pines”.
THE 2003 CALENDAR
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.
Classes
Family History Scrapbook Workshop
Kristin Jones, scrapbook consultant and fellow genealogist, will present a session on scrap booking on August 9th, 2003, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Enrollment is limited to 16, so please register with Pat Strait (546-3461) or Lesleigh Butts (398-5378)

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.  Next meeting is September 20, 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!

PERSI (or PERiodical Source Index) is a comprehensive subject index to genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since approximately 1800. It is a product of the Allen County Public Library and until recently has been offered as a database on Ancestry.com. HeritageQuest has now secured the rights to PERSI but will not finish loading it until early 2004. Fortunately, at the Largo Library, we have three CD ROM’s editions covering the years 1999, 2000, and 2001which can serve as a substitute until HeritageQuest completes the online loading process.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
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.

Beth Shields

Lesleigh Butts

James Clark

Diane Spencer

Pinellas Genealogy Society

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

Pat Corell, Clearwater
Sandra & Ken Matthews, Largo
Gale M. Hanson, Largo
Marjorie M. Kent, Redington Beach
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AWARD FOR JULY
Edith Kilroy – Outstanding Library Volunteer
Rae Rose - Outstanding Cemetery Volunteer
NEW PGS PUBLICATION RELEASE
 “St. Petersburg Town 1900 – A Directory and Census Transcription”. Compiled by Tom Ziebold, this 54 page book is a transcription of St. Petersburg 1900 census sheets with both an alphabetical and street directory as well as a recreation of the original census pages. The cost is $6.00+tax. If you are interested in purchasing a copy please e-mail Lesleigh Butts.

See our books for sale!

BEFORE YOU GO ON VACATION…
  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
SUGGESTION BOX
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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