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Volume 9, Issue 8

August 2004

Previous Issue

Damon Hostetler shared his knowledge of photography and genealogy at our July meeting by detailing the evolution of cameras from glass plates to digital. While portraits are a familiar part of your family history record, Damon illustrated other uses of the camera. Some ideas included capturing digital images of courthouse records and taking panoramic photos in the cemetery to help you or a later researcher locate your ancestors’ gravestones.

At the July meeting Lesleigh Butts officially announced her resignation as President of PGS. Karen Keegan, Vice President, will fill in as acting President for the remainder of the term. Lesleigh was presented with an award from the society for her imaginative and vibrant leadership. We wish her and her husband Jerry much happiness in there new home in Jasper, Florida.

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 August 21, 2004.

The Family Tree Maker Group (FTM)
FTM is now on their summer break. They meet 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. Classes will resume in October. Next Family Tree Maker Group date: October 2nd.

The Beginners Study Group
The Beginners Study Group concluded their session for 2003-2004 in March. There was an enthusiastic response to the meetings and we have every reason to think they will resume in the fall. If you are interested in attending a beginners group please email Pat Strait, Education Chair.
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!
Great Job!
Thanks to the hard work of Pauline Battista and Pat Mackey our map collection is a much easier area in which to do research.

All maps in the collection are indexed in the binder entitled “Map Collection Index” (filed with the atlases on the map cabinet).
In addition, each individual map, after being enclosed in a protective plastic cover, is arranged by location in the file drawers of the map cabinet. A ring holder with a descriptive card holds them together for easy identification. For instance, in Massachusetts you will find:

  1. Watertown original allotments
  2. Boston ca 1830
  3. Sea Captains – Hyannis 1854
  4. Dover Neck Survey 1912
  5. Plymouth Colony 1620-1691.
Welcome to new members!
Susan Styx Rita Todd
Donald R. Malone

Reminder: There is a three ring binder entitled “Pedigree Charts” located outside the PGS office near the Volunteer Desk. It includes all the submitted pedigree charts of PGS members. It is a great source for finding other members who are researching in your locality. You might even find a related line. If you wish to submit a Pedigree or update yours please contact Gladys Evan, Membership Chair.

On July 15th a hardy group of volunteers and PGS members donned hard hats and ventured over to visit the Genealogy area of the partially completed new library. This behind the scenes tour to the second floor provided a better picture of the size and location of the new 3,600 sq feet area. It will feature:

  • A capacity to support wireless technology.

  • New computers with the ability to burn CD ROMS.

  • Study tables equipped with data ports capable of serving laptops with internet.

  • New shelving with an 11,200 book capacity

  • An additional microfilm reader/printer.

  • Lockers for volunteers and researchers.

  • A book scanner.

  • Additional 100 sq feet in the PGS staff office.

  • A new volunteer Reference Desk with computer.

  • A photocopier in the Genealogy Area.

  • A quiet research setting adjacent to the Reference Department.

  • A large bulletin board to list community genealogy events.

  • Comfortable reading area with a beautiful view.

  • Close proximity to the Local History Room, an attractive room available for Genealogy and Local History meetings.

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. 


A list of genealogy fiction including fifty plus titles involving genealogists or genealogy in the plot. Most of the titles are mysteries.

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