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Volume 10, Issue 3

March 2005

Previous Issue

Clyde Chamberlain, freelance writer and collector of humorous tombstones, gave an entertaining talk to February attendees. Was anyone successful in guessing the mystery tombstone? Thanks to Mr. Chamberlain for his engaging presentation.

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 March 19, 2005.

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. This month's topic: Comparing Version 11.0 to Family Tree Maker 2005. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Karen Keegan . Next Family Tree Maker Group date: March 5th.
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!


The Largo Library will close for six weeks to move into our new building at 120 Central Park Drive. At 5:00 on Sunday, June 19, the doors will close until the grand opening on Sunday, July 31. Please note that the society events scheduled for this period are being held at remote locations.
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!
 We would like to thank the following individuals for their kind donations of genealogy materials to the Largo Library:
John Mangan Robert Dennison
Robert Fletcher Pat Miller
Sharyn Hay & Pomora Valley Genealogical Society(CA)
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!

Imperial Polk Genealogical Society

Speakers:  Donna Moughty & Fran Carter Walker

How to Begin Your Irish Research
Using Griffiths Valuation
Finding Your Ancestors Before Probate
Advanced Probate

Saturday, March 12, 2005.

Florida Southern College – Alumni Room,
Kathleen,  Florida. 863-858-2738 or

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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