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Volume 10, Issue 8

September 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 Local History 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 CIG meeting date: 17 September 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: 4 October 2005.

Beginning Genealogy

A class in beginning genealogy will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2005, from 10:00 A.M. to noon in the Local History Room at the Largo Public Library. There is a $5.00 fee for the class payable by cash or check at the beginning of the session. Bette Raup will be teaching the session. So that she can prepare handouts in advance, please register by emailing her or sign up on a sheet in the Genealogy Center of the library. On Saturday, February 11, 2006, there will be a follow-up class. Details of this class will be available soon.

For more information on classes please contact Pat Strait, Education Chair.

Editor’s Note:

This newsletter is published and distributed monthly in the Largo Library. Our 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. Subject Line: PGS/Library News
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
Canadian 1901 Census Available Online
Recently the Canadian Senate and House of Commons voted to pass Bill S-18 making the 1901 Canadian Census available to the public. The Library and Archives of Canada has scanned the images and they are now available on line at:

Click on the English link, then the “Database” link.
mouse38.jpgWeb Sites – Passenger Lists and Immigration
Castle Garden

This new site just opened last month. It covers the pre- Ellis Island years from 1830-1892. The “quick search” option if free and provides the passenger’s age, occupation, arrival date, port or origin and ship name.

Ellis Island

Ellis Island covers passengers who came to America through Ellis Island between the years 1892-1924. Searching is free but you must choose a login and password to view an image.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

This volunteer based site links to pages for researching emigration, immigration and naturalization and includes some passenger lists and ship images.

What Passenger Lists Are Online?

This site is a good starting point for immigration as it compiles links to various passenger lists for U.S. arrivals from European ports. Two popular online indexes are the Hamburg Passenger Record search from Germany and the St. Albans Border Crossings of immigrants landing in Canada who then entered the U.S. via Great Lakes ports.

Stephen Morse One-Step WebPages

Morse has created various “one-step” databases in which to search existing databases such as Ellis Island, Castle Garden and more.

Morton Allen Directory of European Steamships

Under the “Ships 1890-1920” there are links to information taken from the Morton Allen Directory. This is essentially a listing, year – by – year of ship lines arriving at various ports with the arrival date and steamship name. It is a good starting point if all you know is the approximate year of immigration and a general area. The Morton Allen Directory is also available in book format in the library at RGEN 929.373 Morton

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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