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Volume 9, Issue 5

May 2004

Previous Issue

Our guest speaker at the April meeting was J. B. Starkey of the Pinellas pioneer Starkey family. He delighted attendees with his boyhood memories of life in early rural Pinellas County, from his recollections of Silas Dent, the hermit of Cabbage Key, to the proliferation of rattlesnakes in Largo. Thank you Mr. Starkey for giving us a first hand glimpse of a Pinellas County many of us never experienced.

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. The May 1st session will conclude the meetings for the 2003-2004 year. The topic will be “Special Features in FTM” and “Saving to a CD”. Class is led by Karen Keegan.
Next Family Tree Maker Group date: May 1st.

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.
Free balloon clip art balloons We had a wonderful picnic in Largo Central Park on Saturday, May 1st. Members and family enjoyed food, games and mingling amid great weather.
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!

Irene L. Malchow

Candace Lewis

Shirley Ann Onofrey

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. 

Joseph Hahn

Waynett Smithey

Pat Monroe in memory of Larry Allan Bill Fawcett


We are in need of genealogists to help patrons at the library researching their genealogy. 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: Or 587-6748.

Field Trip

Saturday May 8 – J. B. Starkey’s Flatwood Adventures at his Anclote River Ranch.
We will meet at the Largo Library parking lot to carpool to the J. B. Starkey Flatwoods Adventures in Pasco County.
Admission will be $7.56. A buffet style lunch is available for $8.75 and includes:
Choice of two: chicken, pork or beef
Choice of two: cole slaw, baked beans, green beans, potato salad
Homemade Brownies Drinks: colas, water, etc.
You may also bring your own lunch if you prefer.
The tour begins at 11:00 a.m. and lasts two hours. Lunch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
For more information please contact Pat Strait, Education Chair, 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. 

Native American Research

An excellent starting place for Native American Research is the web site Native American Genealogy:
It provides links to Indian Tribe Listings, Queries, Treaties, Census Records, Cemeteries and more.

Indian Rolls are one of the most valuable resources and this site includes links to 24 rolls, all of them
have a searchable index except for the Guion Miller Roll. To search the Guion Miller Roll the library has
a CD ROM entitled: “Vital Information from the Guion Miller Roll: Eastern Cherokee Court of
Claims, 1906-1909”. This CD contains about 46,000 applications submitted by members of the tribe, or
their descendants. These applications include various forms of proof in support of their claim to share in
the judgment won against the U.S. for violations of treaties form 1835 to 1845. The files themselves are
available at a variety of locations described on the CD.

Many of the other Indian rolls list compensation given to persons after relocation, some are Muster Rolls of
entire tribes arriving at reservations and some give information of the degree of blood for individuals.

AncestryPlus has an index to the Dawes Commission 1898-1914. The Dawes Commission is also
referred to as the “Enrollment Cards of the Five Civilized Tribes”. The library has the 93 rolls of the
“Enrollment Cards” on microfilm.

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