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Volume 9, Issue 10

October 2004

Previous Issue

David Ellis presented a very informative lecture in September on the intricacies of Copyright Law. This is an important aspect of publishing which genealogists planning to produce a family history need to be aware.

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 welcome back Ila C. Marks to the society and wish a speedy recovery to Maureen Haige.
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 October 16, 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 versions 11 and lower re: upgrading from one version to another; creating work directories, folders and family files; saving vs. 'save as'; backing up files to CD; shortcut keys, help screens and changing formats. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Karen Keegan . Next Family Tree Maker Group date: October 2nd.

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!


As voted on by the PGS Board in April, there will be an increase of $1 in membership fees. Fees for 2005 will be:

  • $17 One individual for one year.

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

July thru Oct. 30th:

  • $9 One individual for the remainder of the year.

  • $13 Two Individuals at same address for the remainder of the year.

If you are a new member to the society we urge you to return your completed member registration form to Gladys Evan, Membership Chair. If you include your email address on the form you will be added to our PGS group email postings and receive information of genealogy events, classes, field trips and more. We also encourage you to turn in your four generation pedigree chart to include in our PGS Pedigree Book.

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.
Howard Jensen Dorothy Boyer
Beth Shields C. St. John
Peggy Webster Clare Sears
Carleton Weidmeyer

We have lost two treasured members and friends this month—
Floriece LaBare - a 24 year PGS member and an active participant in the monthly CIG group as well as the Caladesi Chapter DAR.
Elsie Warner - a longtime library volunteer on Thursday afternoons. She was also active in the DAR and the Mayflower Society.
Our prayers are with their families at this time.

From the Library


Frakturs are decorated manuscripts, America’s equivalent to European illuminated manuscripts. They are common among peoples of German descent who lived in 18th or 19th century Pennsylvania, or among German Americans whose families were originally from the Mid-Atlantic States. Most are birth and baptism certificates (Taufscheins) made from about 1760 into the first quarter of this century. While valuable for genealogists they are often difficult to locate as they are not housed in religious or government resposatories but in personal homes. We have received a series of books on Fraktur art and artists.

German-American Family Records in the Fraktur Tradition. 3 Vols.

This series lists Birth and Baptism Certificates and Bible Records from private collections. The entries are organized alphabetically under surname with an English translation of the text and a description of the art work included.

Papers for Birth Days: A Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners. 2 Vol.

These two books list Fraktur Artists or Scribners alphabetically with a description of their style as well as the localities and time periods in which they worked.|

Since the majority of Fraktur Artists were from the Pennsylvania the books are located in that area- 929.3748 Earnest

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. 


The Brooklyn Daily Eagle offers a free index to their newspaper covering the years 1841-1902. This is only Phase 1 of the project and more years will be added.

Denver Public Library has lots of links on their genealogy page. They include Denver area cemeteries, an Obituary Index, the Bromwell Index which searches early Colorado county histories, and the Horan Index which searches Horan Mortuary ledgers from 1900 to 1956.

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