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P. G. S.  News

Volume 10, Issue 4

April 2005

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Regular Pinellas Genealogy Society (P.G.S.) meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Jenkins Auditorium in the Largo Library. Guests are warmly welcomed and encouraged to attend.

The P.G.S. Board meets at 8:30 in the Largo Library Rear Conference Room every third Saturday.


The Pinellas Genealogy Society’s mission is to further genealogical research and preservation of Pinellas County genealogy materials. New members are welcomed at all times during the year. Annual dues per person are $17 and joint memberships are $25. Application forms available in the library or on the P.G.S. website.  

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 April 16, 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. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Karen Keegan . Next Family Tree Maker Group date: April 1st.

We would like to welcome this month’s new member to the Pinellas Genealogy Society

Richard G. Freeburg

April’s meeting is one you won’t want to miss—Sharon Tate Moody, CGRS will present “Airing the Family Laundry: Secrets Revealed in Court Records”.  Buried in the seldom-indexed pages of criminal and civil court minutes are family skeletons that Aunt Mary and Great Grandpa Jones would never discuss. This session presents examples of what can be found and suggests avenues for beginning a successful search. Hope you see you April 16th.

Editor’s Note:

This newsletter is published and distributed monthly in the Largo Library. Its goal is to keep P.G.S. members and library volunteers and visitors up to date on events, classes, new acquisitions and more.
Do you have an idea on how to improve this newsletter? Is there something you would like to share with others such as a genealogy tip, a website or an upcoming event? Please email the editor with your questions, suggestions or complaints.
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!
▪ Volunteers are available at the Largo Library to assist researchers in getting started in genealogy and using the library collection. Hours are: Monday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Monday through Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. If you would like to volunteer please see Mercedes at the library or email


Karen Keegan has volunteered to take on the task of P.G.S. Historian. She will be collecting newspaper articles, pictures, etc. relating to the activities of the society. Her goal is to retain the originals to be preserved for the archives and to have a photocopied edition available for public viewing. If you have any articles or pictures that you would like to donate please email Karen.


We have two exciting events coming up.

On Saturday, May 21st, we will meet at Shelter #1 in Largo Central Park for our annual P.G.S. picnic. 10 am to 1 pm. This popular event is full of good food, fun and friendship. More details on the menu will be forthcoming but start thinking of a favorite side dish or dessert to share. Please sign up in the library or by calling 586-7410.

It looks like the historic Belleview Biltmore Hotel has survived the latest threat of destruction. Please plan on joining us Saturday, July 16th, as we meet at this historic hotel for a catered lunch and group tour. This event will run from 9:30 to 1:00 p.m. and more details concerning fees will be available soon. Please sign up in the library or by calling 586-7410.

Check the P.G.S. website calendar for more details on these upcoming events.


Based on a survey of professional genealogists these are the top 14 sites.














PGS Books for sale

The Pinellas Genealogy Society has canvassed and printed nineteen cemetery books covering Pinellas County as well as local histories and more. Also available for purchase in a DVD format is a live tour of selected Pinellas County cemeteries.

Purchasing information may be found at P.G.S.’s website here.

EPISCOPAL CHURCH INTERMENTS IN SOUTH PINELLAS COUNTY, Fl. South Pinellas County, 2005. 244 pgs., 1501 Interments in Episcopal Memorial Gardens and St. Bartholomew’s Cemetery (1892). History, photos, obits. $19.50+tax+S/H.



This official publication of the Pinellas Genealogy Society is issued free of additional charge to paid-up members of the Society. Authors and compilers, members and non-members alike, are not only welcome to, but encouraged to, submit articles for publication. Also appreciated are stories of research trips and reviews of printed or computerized genealogy materials. New items of genealogical reference are also gratefully accepted.

Submission Deadlines: February 1st (Spring issue); May 1st (Summer issue); August 1st (Fall issue); November 1st (Winter issue)

Up to two free queries may be placed in each issue by any paid-up member. Queries are limited to 60 words each, plus name and address of the submitter; one double-length query of up to 120 words, plus name and address, is acceptable. Non-member query fees are $1.00 for each single-length, and $2.00 for each double-length query. Mail all queries to the Editor.




William Wallace
Pinellas Genealogist
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120 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771-2110
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