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Volume 9, Issue 12

December 2004

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At our November meeting, Charlie Grandmaison presented tips on how to translate French and German language text using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and language translation sites. He showed examples of translations he made using software that the Largo library has in their Word Processing room (across of the Circulation Desk) and from free online sites such as Alta Vista Bablefish.

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 thank the following individuals for their kind donations of genealogy materials to the Largo Library.

Beth Shields Wayne Smithey
Pam Scheffer Charles Carter
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Computers 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 December 18, 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. Karen Keegan will lead the group in a discussion on scanning, photo editing and backing up files to ‘A’ and CD drives. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Karen Keegan . Next Family Tree Maker Group date: December 4th.

“We can’t all let ourselves be washed away by the tide of history, Sophie. Some of us must tarry in order to gather up what has been left along the river banks.”

Jostein Gaarder, “Sophie’s World”

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!
2005 Annual Education Seminar
Sandra Hargreaves Luebking
Lectures include:

More Land, John? – Techniques in the use of land purchase records.
Trials and Tribulations – Capture those persons who lived “on the fringe” of mainstream society.
Finding Females – Grandma, Where Are You? – How to pursue that most elusive of antecedents: the female.

#1 Lineage Societies- Questions and Answers – Bob and Bette Raup
#2 Picturing the Past: Family Clues in Photographs – Carla Kerns
#3 The Changing Technology in Genealogy – Damon Hostetler
#4 German Research – Gerd Hemminger
#5 Ireland/Northern Ireland – It’s all Irish – Maureen Hauge
Saturday, January 22nd, 2005
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Family History Center
9001 106th Avenue North, Largo, FL
Seminar includes Luncheon Speech by Sandra Luebking
Contact: Mercedes Bleattler at 727-587-6748.
If you have not been successful searching Ellis Island for your ancestor’s passenger records in the past you might try again. Ellis Island has updated their website to include an advanced search which includes fields such as Town/Village of Origin and Name of Ship.

Stephen Morse, popularly recognized as creating the ultimate search form for Ellis Island has expanded his site to include “one-step” search forms for other various passenger lists including Castle Garden records, Baltimore and San Francisco Manifests and Ship Lists and numerous alternative Census searches.

Volunteer Spotlight

If you have ever sent away to a genealogical or historical society for research assistance you appreciate how valuable a skilled researcher at the local level can be.  We would like to recognize two such individuals.

Betty Adkins works on the PGS Research Committee and diligently answers queries from all over the nation. She uses resources at the library as well as traveling to the courthouse and other libraries when required.

Pati Royal offers research assistance for Pinellas County through the “Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness” program. She also devotes hours of her personal time to hunting down local records.

We thank you both for all your hard work.

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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