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Volume 11, Issue 3

March 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.


WELCOME-new and returning members

Juanita Wood Sharon (Shari) Harmon
Robert Gerhardt Janet & Jim Barca
Rita Greenwood

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: 18 March 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 March 2006.

Do you have a Saturday you could set aside for helping others with their genealogy research? We could use volunteers to work a three-hour shift on Saturdays- either 9:30 to 12:30 or 12:30 to 3:30. Even if you could only be available for one Saturday a month it would be a great help. Saturday is a day when we see a lot of working people coming to the library to do research as well as new genealogist checking out us out. Please call Mercedes if interested at 586-7410.

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

Web Sites of Interest
Index to Vital Records in West Virginia.

An ongoing project with the West Virginia Archives and the Genealogical Society of Utah. It includes birth, death and marriage.
Inflation Calculator

Inflation calculator that allows you to translate costs from as early as 1800 into today’s values.

Military Pension Files and Service Records transcribed by Virgil D. White

We can all thank Virgil D. White for producing over 13 different pension and military service indexes. His high reputation in the genealogy community lies in his skill in creating detailed abstracts with just the information he knows a genealogist would want. You can use this information to order either the complete military service or pension file from the National Archives. The library has copies of the archive order forms available in the genealogy center. (NAFT 85 – Federal Pension or Bounty Land Warrant Applications, NAFT 86 – Military Service Records 1775-1916, SF 180 Military Service Records 1917 – Present)

With the recent addition of the four volume set, Index to Revolutionary War Service Records, the Largo Library now has a complete collection of Mr. White’s books. They can be found in the 331.25291355 area of the collection.

Titles include:

  1. Index to Medal of Honor Recipients 1863-1978
  2. Index to Revolutionary War Service Records
  3. Index to War of 1812 Pension Files
  4. Index to Old War Pension Files 1815-1926
  5. Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files
  6. Index to US Military Pension Applications of Remarried Widows 1812-1911
  7. Index to Volunteer Soldiers 1784-1811
  8. Index to Pension Applications for Indian Wars Service between 1817-1898
  9. Index to Volunteer Soldiers in Indian Wars and Disturbances 1815-1858
  10. Index to Mexican War Pension Files
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
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