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Volume 9, Issue 1

January 2004

Previous Issue

Our December meeting included the election of the 2004 officers and a holiday celebration. Please welcome the newly elected:
President Lesliegh Butts
Vice Pres. Karen Keegan
Recording Secretary Sally Brown
Corresponding Secretary Alice Charest
Treasurer/Res. Agent Damon Hostetler
Seminar Chair Mercedes Bleattler
Finance Director Charlie Grandmaison
Education Director Pat Strait
Projects Director Dorothy Delaney

A big thanks to those who served in these positions in 2003. Your involvement helped to shape the future of our society.


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 January 17, 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. January’s group will continue conquering the basic by exploring the FTM Frequently Asked Questions on both the software program and the web site. Digital photography and Optical Character Recognition will also be covered.
Next Family Tree Maker Group date: January 3rd.

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. We are pleased to announce it is up and running again with a nice core group meeting on the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 to 12:00 in the small classroom in the rear of the library next to the genealogy department. The topic for the next meeting is “Cemetery Exploration and Cemetery Records”, led by Bette Raup.
Next Beginners Study Group: January 10th.
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!

Ralph Purvee Harris Brown

 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
Delicious Italian Luncheon with Humerous Speech by Dr. Colletta included!
Contact: Mercedes Bleattler at 727-587-6748 or the PGS website.


The Family Records Centre in London, which opened in 1997, houses the records of the General Register Office’s Public Search room and the Census Reading Rooms of the National Archives.
These records were previously held at the St. Catherine’s House and Somerset house and are often still referred to as the St. Catherine’s Index. At the Family Records Centre you can search Censuses from 1841-1901 for England and Wales, Wills before 1858, Nonconformist records of births, marriages and deaths before 1837, Indexes to birth, marriage and deaths 1837 to date, and Indexes to adoptions records 1927 to date.
The Public records Office in Kew, effectively known at the National Archives of the U.K., holds government records from the Doomsday Books to current military records.
Included on their web site is a link to the 1901 Census Online.
A new book in our collection explains these facilities in detail:
Tracing Your Ancestors in the Public Records Office RGEN 929.341 Bevan

The Germanic Special Interest Group of the Genealogical Society of Sarasota is sponsoring a GERMANIC Workshop

Roger P. Minert, PH.D., A.G.
Saturday 28 February, 2004
8:45 – 3:30
Sahib Shrine Center, Sarasota


Bob Tanner – Outstanding Library Service
Beth Sternbeck - Outstanding Library Service

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. 

Web Sites Worth Checking Out
Civil War Solider and Sailors
A project of the National Parks Service, this database has a searchable index of names from both sides of the battle. It provides regiment and rank information as well as the film # at the National Archives. You can also search battles, medals of honor and more.
Thanks to Jerry McGinty for discovering this site.
Landowners in Ireland by county in alphabetical order. The names and address of every land owner in Ireland 1876 who had at least one acre of land.
Access to back issues of the All Ireland Sources newsletter.
Thanks to the PGS Computer Interest Group for sharing these two sites.

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