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Volume 9, Issue 4

April 2004

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Carole Andreani of PhotoCaro spoke to members and guests at the March meeting about the steps to take to restore your old faded photographs. She presented some restoration tips which can be accomplished with a home PC’s and described the technology available for professionals to restore your family treasures to their original beauty.

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.
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 BryanNext meeting is April 17, 2004.

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. April’s group will discuss “Your Family History Book: From Beginning to Bundled and Out the Door”. Class is led by Charlie Grandmaison.
Next Family Tree Maker Group date: April 3, 2004.

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. This group has closed for the summer after a successful series. We look forward to resuming it in October.
Library Tour

Special Collections Librarian, Mercedes Bleattler, will hold a Discussion and Tour of the Resources and Sources  Available in the Genealogy Department at the Largo Library on April 10th at 10 a.m. Sign up with a volunteer in the Genealogy Department or contact Pat Strait or phone (727) 546-3461.

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: 727-586-7410.
• 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!

Nirma Perricone

Linda Halpern

Janice Haueisen

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. 

Howard Jensen

Gale Ambrosio

Governor William Bradford Colony Mayflower Descendants in the State of Florida
Lesliegh Butts


Thanks to new donations to our Capital Campaign we have now raised $45,375 toward our goal of $150,000 for furnishings, fixtures and equiptment for the Genealogy Department in the new library. We are 30% of the way there!  No donation is too small. For more information of giving please visit our web site.

It’s time to get out and travel with your friends at PGS. We have two exciting field trips planned for this spring.

Saturday April 24 – Tour of the Special Collections of the USF Library St. Petersburg Campus. Jim Schnur will lead us on a tour of the department. We will meet in the Largo Library parking lot at 10:00 am to carpool to the library.

Saturday May 8 – J. B. Starkey’s Flatwood Adventures at his Anclote River Ranch. Details with regard to cost of the tour, lunch and carpooling will be disseminated to all members as we get closer to the date.

For more information of either trip please contact Pat Strait, Education Chair.
Bring your family and join us for another fun filled PGS Spring Picnic at Largo Central Park- Shelter #1. On May 1st from 9:30 AM to 1 PM we will meet for food, friendship and games. Bring your favorite picnic dish to share. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and beverages will be provided. Please sign up by April 26th so we can help plan food quantities. See Lesleigh Butts or Karen Keegan for details. Sign Up sheet is in the Genealogy Department of the library. Witness the fun from last year at

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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