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P. G. S.  News

Volume 10, Issue 5

May 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 BryanNo meeting in May due to the picnic. Meetings will resume on June 18, 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. Led by Karen Keegan . The next FTM meeting date: Next October.  No meeting will be held in May.

On Saturday, May 21st, we will meet at Shelter #1 in Largo Central Park for our annual P.G.S. picnic from 10 am to 1 pm. This popular event is full of good food, fun, games, and friendship. Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be provided. Please plan to bring a favorite side dish or dessert to share. Please sign up in the library or by calling 586-7410.

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.

The Largo Area Historical Society is accepting orders for their newly completed Largo history book entitled “From Pines and Palmettos: A Portrait of Largo, Florida”.
Copies are available at pre-publication prices of $37.95 + $2.66 sales tax up until May 15, 2005.

Contact: Elmer Williams 531-1804.


We have two exciting events coming up.

Saturday, June 18, Heritage Village, 11909 125 Street, Largo.
We will meet in the church on the Heritage Village property at 10:00 a.m. It is suggested that PGS members park in the Gulf Coast Museum of Art parking lot, adjacent property at 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo as there are several activities scheduled for that day. Walk across the wooden bridge to the church building. Ellen Babb, Historian, will speak to us on “The Heritage Village New Interpretative Plan”. The talk is designed to bring to life the history of Pinellas County through the structures that have been relocated to the village. It will last approximately an hour. Afterward, we are invited to self-tour the village. There will also be experts at the village that day to appraise your valuables. If interested bring your valuables. The fee is $5.00 per item or $12 for three items. For information: Contact Pat Strait.

Saturday, July 16, Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa, 25 Belleview Road, Clearwater.
We are planning a luncheon and tour of the historic Belleview Biltmore. Members will gather in the lobby at 11:15 a.m. A Biltmore representative will greet us and take us to a room where we will have lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Following lunch we will be taken on the tour which lasts a little over an hour. If you are planning to attend, you must sign up at the library in the genealogy department before June 19. From June 19 until July 1, you may sign up with Pat Strait. The price of luncheon and tour is $20.00 to be paid via check made out to the Pinellas Genealogy Society and sent to the library to arrive no later that July 8. The address is PGS, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, 33771.


The Pinellas Genealogy Society would like to develop a list of qualified translators who can help genealogists with documents in foreign languages. If you have foreign language skills and would like to offer to help with translating, please let us know.  Send your name and preferred contact information, e.g., email address, phone number, mailing address, and languages to:
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
c/o Largo Library
120 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771-2110
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