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Volume 9, Issue 9

September 2004

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Thanks to Debbe Hagner, our August speaker, who presented a program on the genealogy software Roots Magic.
In the past we have chosen to shown videos at the summer month meetings rather than schedule lecturers.  Many of our year round members have requested that speakers be continued through the summer. The Board and the Program Director have worked hard to deliver a continuous lecture series.  Let’s give them a big round of thanks for providing such an informative series this year.

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.
Rosanne Bronick, a long time member and library volunteer has moved out of the state. We wish her the best in her new adventure.

We also wish a speedy recovery to Pru Fabricand.
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 September 18, 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. Classes will resume in October. Next Family Tree Maker Group date: October 2nd.

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. If you are interested in attending a beginners group please email Pat Strait, Education Chair.
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!
Welcome to new members!
Dr. Joanne Rowe Charles Abela
E. Valerie Hewitt Jean Foster Kelley
Denise Manning Ernest Whalen
We also have a new volunteer at the library!
Welcome Ginger Williams

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

Are you a nocturnal researcher? Do you enjoy census searching from the comfort of your home? With your Largo Library card you have home access to a number of databases.

First go to, where you will find the Largo Library Virtual Reference Desk. If you click on the Database link you will be taken to a list of subscription databases. Notice the red dot next to each one. This indicates the ones that you are able to use from home. Note: AncestryPlus is not available remotely due to a restriction in their contract which specifies in-library use only. When you select your database, such as Heritage Quest, you will be asked to enter your library card number which is found on the back of your library card. If you have any problems accessing please call the Reference Desk at 587-6748 to see if there is any problem with your card number.

Another database of interest to Genealogists is FirstSearch. This is the home of WorldCat, the national library catalog. If you have a title that you cannot find in our local Sunline catalog you can search in WorldCat. It will list all the libraries in the nation that have a copy. You can also request a copy be sent to Largo Library by clicking the InterLibrary Loan online request form and filling in your name, phone number and library card number. Remember, often libraries won’t send special collection books but it’s worth a try. Some researchers like to know what libraries have the book in case they are planning a research trip to that area in the future.

If you click the Website link of the Virtual Library you will find a category entitled Genealogy. We have bookmarked many of the most popular free genealogy sites such as Ellis Island, US GEN Web and more.

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. 


Here are two Scottish sites of interest. Scottish Documents offers free access to a searchable index of over 520,000 wills and testaments from 1500 to 1901. The General Register Office for Scotland offers a pay per records option.

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