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Volume 9, Issue 11

November 2004

Previous Issue

We wish to thank Lisa Wagner, the Special Collections librarian at the John Germany Library in Hillsborough County, for coming to speak to our group in September. Lisa gave us an overview of what materials can be found in their collection including some new additions. She also graciously offered to host a tour of the department, and on October 25th, several members drove to Tampa for a guided walk through of the department.

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.
Our Annual Education Seminar is just around the corner. Be a part of the fun and volunteer to help out on January 22nd. Positions needed include:
  • Food Committee Book Sale
  • Set Up & Clean Up
  • Hospitality Registration

Please contact Mercedes Bleattler at 587-6748 or by email.

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 November 20, 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 covering scanning and digital photography. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Karen Keegan . Next Family Tree Maker Group date: November 6th.

How to Get Started on Your Family Research – Saturday, January 6th.
This introductory session will be held in the small conference room to the rear of the genealogy section of the library at 10:00 a.m. and will run for two hours. The cost of the class in $5.00 for materials and will be led by Bette Raup. We hope to follow these classes with a couple more during the winter months. No sign up is required but to help us to plan the number of handouts please e-mail Pat Strait, Education Chair of your intention to attend..
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!


The last newsletter listed an increase in the membership fees as voted by the PGS Board in April. There was an error in the listing of the price for the partial year membership. Here are the correct fees:

  • $17 One individual for one year.

  • $25 Two individuals at same address for one year.

July thru Oct. 30th:

  • $8.50 One individual for the remainder of the year.

  • $12.50 Two Individuals at same address for the remainder of the year.

Welcome New Members!
Pat LeConte Joseph J. Booth
Renie & Fred Lehman

Heritage Hunting Debut

Starting Sunday, October 24th, the Tampa Tribune will feature a genealogy column in their Sunday Baylife edition entitled “Heritage Hunting”. Sharon Tate Moody, a national genealogist and now Sun City Center resident, will be writing on topics and events as well as answering questions. This may be just the remedy for those of us missing the recently discontinued Donna Murray Allen column in St. Petersburg Times. If you don’t subscribe to the Tribune come read the Largo library’s subscription.

From the Library

We are very fortunate at the Largo library to be the recipient of a variety of genealogy books and journals. This year we have acquired numerous missing early editions of “The New York Genealogical and Biographical Records”, bringing our collection up to an almost complete set from 1920 to 2000. We have a CD ROM in the collection which has an index for these journals from 1870 to 1998 entitled “Worden’s Index to the N.Y. Genealogical Biographical Records”. For those doing British research we also received Vols. 1-25 of the “Journal of the Northumberland & Durham Family History Society”.


Saturday, November 13, 2004 9:30 a.m.
Walter Stock will discuss using government documents other than the usual NARA documents such as documents held by the U.S. Government Depositories (USF-Tampa) and Law Libraries (Stetson).
The Genealogical Society of Sarasota will be hosting this program at the Selby Library Auditorium, 1331 First Street, Sarasota.

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. 


Links to surnames or state and county information. Thanks Howard Jensen!

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