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Volume 9, Issue 6

June 2004

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Our May guest speaker was Denise Kleinrichert, author of “Republican Internment and the Prison Ship Argenta 1922”, a book about the nationalists who were rounded up by the unionist administration in Ireland in the early 1920’s and interned in the prison ship Agenta under unbelievable conditions. Thanks to Denise for sharing her research on such an interesting topic

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 offer our condolences to the following members in their time of loss:

Rosanne Bronick
Verna Daniel
Joan Beckwith
Everett Van Ripper

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 June 19, 2004.

The Family Tree Maker Group (FTM)
FTM is now on their summer break. They normally 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.

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.
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!

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. 

Carlton Weidmeyer

Wayne Smithey

Richard Tappan J. Dobkin
Charles Toswnsend


It’s that time of year to start thinking of people to fill the leadership positions in our society. Please consider serving a term in some capacity. After all, this society is YOUR society. The main requirement is a desire to serve and help direct our society’s future. There is always plenty of assistance and advice from the previous officers to new board members. The nominating committee of Bob Bryan, Beth Shields and Mercedes Bleattler are interested in hearing from you.

Pinellas Genealogy Society has won two  awards this month!

The St. Petersburg Preservation, Inc. has awarded PGS the 2004 Preservation Award in the category of Preservation/History Education in recognition for our outstanding historic preservation and history education efforts and for our numerous publications.

On a state level the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation has awarded the Organization Achievement Award for PGS’s work in the restoration of the historic Greenwood Cemetery in St. Petersburg.

An interesting article on PGS and our work with the Greenwood Cemetery was in The St. Petersburg Times on Sunday May 23.


We are happy to announce two new library volunteers; Nirma Perricone and Everett Van Riper. But we can still use more. Please don’t feel that you need to be an expert! What we really need are people to assist patrons who are new to genealogy by getting them started on filling out a Pedigree Sheet or doing a search on the census. They appreciate this personal assistance and it’s a great way to keep up with the changes in the department. Please let Mercedes Bleattler know if you are interested via email or phone: 587-6748.
Thanks Nirma and Everett!

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. 


Pedigree Resource File Volumes 2 and 3

We have received the next two installments of the Pedigree Resource File from the Church of the Latter-
Day Saints. This brings the file up to 75 CD’s, including a Master Index. This file is a group of
lineage-linked pedigrees that have been submitted to the church. They contain unedited notes and
sources as well as the ability to print charts and reports from the data.

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