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Volume 10, Issue 2

February 2005

Previous Issue

The January meeting included the presentation of the year end reports from all the Board members. Our newly elected President BobByran outlined his hopes and goals for the society in the coming year.

The 2005Seminar was a great success with over 100 attendees. Barbara Murphey, library director at the Largo Library, was presented with the “Unsung Hero” award for her dedication to the genealogy section of the library. She was also presented with a three volume set of vital record indexes for Nova Scotia to be donated to the library in her name.

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 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 December 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. Karen Keegan will lead the group in a discussion on scanning, photo editing and backing up files to ‘A’ and CD drives. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Karen Keegan . Next Family Tree Maker Group date: December 4th.
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!
 New Members!
Let’s welcome the following people to the Pinellas Genealogy Society:
Nancy Morrell Patricia K. Cassidy
Ann Rainey Carol D. Tolley
Alexander J. Colvin Agnes G. Hogaboom
Tampa Trip

Are you interested in carpooling to the John F Germany Library in downtown Tampa? If so, please e-mail Pat Strait at She is planning a trip for Saturday, March 26. There must be a minimum of eight (8) people. There is no fee for the trip, but everyone is expected to share in gas and parking expense. We will meet at 8:30 A.M. in the Largo Library parking lot. The library opens at 9:00 A.M. Lisa Wagner, Supervisor of the History and Genealogy Department, will give the group a brief introduction. We will plan to stay for several hours. You may bring a lunch. There is a small room in which to take a break, eat or have a drink.

Local Seminars and Events!

Lee County Genealogical Society
Speaker: John Philip Colleta

Military Service Records 1776-1912
Naturalization Records, 1790-1920s
Using Original and Derivative Sources
How to Assemble and Write your Family History

Saturday, January 29, 2005.

Horizon Village Clubhouse, 9200Horizon Boulevard, North Fort Myers, Florida.

Suncoast Genealogy Society
Speaker: George Morgan

Bring ‘em back to life: Developing an ancestor profile
Planning a very successful genealogical research trip
Pursuing your genealogical research on the internet

March 5, 2005

Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center
1500 16 St. Palm Harbor
Contact Ann James @ 727-791-1983 or

Genealogical Society of Collier County
Speaker: Donna Murray Allen

Developing a research strategy
Overlooked and underused resources
Bank on collateral relatives to find hidden treasures
A dozen ways to find an ancestor’s maiden name
Marriage records reveal more than a bride and & groom

March 12, 2005

St. Johns Episcopal Church 500 Park Shore Drive at Crayton Rd. Naples

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. 



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