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Volume 11, Issue 2

February 2006

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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.  


Did you miss the used book sale at the PGS seminar?
We will be selling periodicals at the February 18th meeting at very reasonable prices!


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: 18 February 2006.

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 February 2006.

Are you a Beginning Genealogist or Need a Refresher?
Come and learn all the basics to beginning your family research. Developing your skill in locating records, correctly filling out pedigree charts, and careful documenting of your sources can start you off on the right path to successful research.
We are offering a beginners class led by Bette Raup on February 11. Sign up sheets for this class is available in the Genealogy Center of the Largo library or you may call the Genealogy Department at 586-7410. $5 Fee.

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

New Item

Heritage Quest has added the Freedman’s Bank Records to their database. Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company was established in Washington to benefit recently freed slaves. The information asked of the depositors includes name, age, and place of birth, occupation and family members. The early books include names of former masters and plantation names and some have death certificates included. These records offer vital links in African American research. (Heritage Quest is offered in the Largo Library as well as remotely with the use of your library card).


We had another successful educational seminar this year. Sharon Tate Moody, Drew Smith, George G. Morgan and Donna Moughty led informative and entertaining lectures and the open forum at the close of the day allowed attendees to ask specific questions relevant to their own research.
Thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard to provide a smooth running day and to all the sponsors who contributed door prizes and flyers.
There are three upcoming seminars this month in the surrounding counties:

  Pasco County Genealogical Society
February 11 10:00 – Dade City
Drew Smith : Effective Internet Research Techniques

  South Bay Genealogical Society
February 21 8:45 to 4:00 – Ruskin
Tom Kemp: Roots on the Web for the Harried Genealogist -Part 1 and 2
Sharon Tate Moody: With All My Worldly Goods I Thee Endow, No Ring? No License? Are They Married? Applying Common Law to Marriage

  Suncoast Genealogy Seminar
February 25 9:00 to 4:00 Palm Harbor
Tom Kemp and Debbie Hagner
Roots Online – Practical Resources You Will Rely on Today
What Institutions and Organizations Should a Genealogist Use?
Ethnic Research
Contact – 727-937-8915
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.

Alexander Funeral Home Records 1917-1947. Clearwater. 207 B/W pages. $20.00 B/W, N/A Color.



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
Check out the new materials in Special Collections


Ancestry put the 1911 Canadian census online and the next day Steve Morse put up a One-step search page which allows searches by person or by geographic region.

Links to London “Magnificent Seven” cemeteries.

This site links you to free records of all kinds relating to death. It includes: coffin plates, funeral cards, cemetery records, German death cards, wills, family Bible records and more.

This fashion history site provides a collection of images and information about women’s clothing, hats, jewelry and hairstyles from 1750 to the present. It includes a section with detailed examples of how to determine the date of a photograph based on the costumes worn by the women.

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