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P. G. S.  News

Volume 11, Issue 6

June 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.  

Longtime PGS Members Bob & Bette Raup were presented with an engraved clock recognizing their years of service to the society and the genealogy community. We look forward to seeing them again during their winter visits.


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 June 2006.

The Family Tree Maker Group (FTM)
FTM enthusiasts meet the first Saturday of each month, October through May, at 10:00 A.M. in the Jenkins Assembly Conference Room. Each session lasts approximately two hours. There is no fee for this workshop. Led by  Karen Keegan . The next FTM meeting date: On hiatus till October 2006.

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 Genealogy Librarian.

On Wednesday, June 14, 2006, PGS will have a booth at the Flag Day Celebration held at the St. Petersburg Pier. From 11 to 3, they will have computers set up with access to genealogy databases and offer 15-20 minute genealogy consultations to the public. Thanks to the planning committee of Evelyn Berg, David Dellinger, Karen Keegan and Pat Strait for organizing and hosting this event.

Thanks to the following individuals for their kind donations of materials to the Largo Genealogy Center.

Susan Braun Pat Hammesfahr
Betsy Filtz David Dellinger
Carol Brown Wayne Smithy
Maureen Hauge Gayle Fisher


Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation - Search the Y-Chromosome Database

A number of years back many members of the Pinellas Genealogy Society participated in a Brigham Young DNA study. This Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation database is the result of the Y chromosome research from that study and is searchable by surname.

The Florida Memory Project

The Florida Memory Project has added a searchable index and images of Florida WWI Service Cards. It provides a digital image of service record dossiers for each veteran.
Also on this site are the Florida Confederate Pension Application Files.

Boston College -“The Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot”

Boston College Irish Studies Program has launched an “Information Wanted” site with a searchable index to the advertisements for missing friends and relatives listed in the Boston Pilot newspaper from 1831 to 1921. This project is based on the material found in “The Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot”, an eight volume set found at the library.

Newspaper Obituaries

Pennsylvania’s state library has posted microfilmed images of scrapbooks containing newspaper obituaries published between Oct. 16, 1891, and March 3, 1904. At the bottom of the page, unclick everything except the State Library of Pennsylvania-Genealogy. Then type in keywords.

Microfilm Loan Fee Increase at FHC

The loan fee required to request microfilm through Family History Centers across the country has increased. They will now charge $5.50 a film. Microfiche fees will remain at .15 per fiche.
PGS Books for sale

The Pinellas Genealogy Society offers publications in black and white (B/W) and, when available, in color. There is a 7% tax and shipping/handling charge.
Purchasing information can be found here.

Alexander Funeral Home Records 1917-1947. Clearwater. 207 B/W pages. $20.00 B/W, N/A Color.
Lincoln Cemetery. 596 B/W + 22 Color pages. $51.75 B/W, $69.50 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
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120 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771-2110
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