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Volume 11, Issue 7

July 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.  

Ancestry is celebrating the completion of the 1930 census index and offering a free 3 day trial of the 1930 database from home through July 30. Now Ancestry can boast that they have every publicly available U.S. Census record in one place


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 August 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 2 September 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.

Handouts in the Genealogy Center

There are some new free genealogy guides available at the library. They were designed to help new genealogists get started and as a guide for research in a specific area. They include:
So, you want to do some Genealogy?
A beginner’s guide, compiled by Karen Keegan, which helps new genealogists get focused and organized.
Locating Compiled Family Records (Online & Hardcopy)
This guide helps to locate family histories both in the print format or available to view online. It also includes links to Online Pedigree Databases.
Guide to Finding your Civil War Ancestors
This guide designed by Pete Summers, helps you get started in Civil War research and guides you to books on this topic in the library collection.
Ancestor Locator Guide for Immigration
A pathfinder which starts with what you already know about your immigrant ancestor and helps you locate websites and print sources in the library collection to further investigate.
Genealogy Websites
List of free websites to access on the internet.

The Status of Genealogy CD ROM’s at the Largo Public Library

The Genealogy Center has a large collection of CD ROM genealogy titles; over 520.
For the last several months they have been unavailable as we worked to transfer them from their Caddie discs to new cases for use in our new Windows XP PC. The CD ROMs are now assessable (only in the library and on Computer GEN3 in the Genealogy Center).
A complete listing of the titles is available at the library and on the PGS website. Click the link “Largo Library”, then “Index to CD ROM, Microfilm and Microfiche”, then “CD ROM Catalog”.
While much of the information found on these CD ROMs is contained in the various databases on, many researchers still like to use the CD ROM format.
Check out the titles we own. You might find a couple you missed the first time around or a new record source to explore.
Some highlighted CDs include:
  • Three new Swedish titles: Emibas, Swedish Emigrant, and the Swedish Census 1890.
  • LDS Pedigree Resource File – 78 CDs
  • Three Irish titles: Tithe Applotment Books, Index of Irish Wills, Griffiths Valuation, and the Irish Flax Growers.
  • The S.A.R. Patriot Index
  • Cherokee Court of Claims – The Guion Miller Rolls.
  • Worden’s Index to the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record 1870-1998.
  • Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
  • The Complete Mayflower Descendant. Vol. 1-46. 1600s to 1800s.
  • Naturalization Records – Philadelphia.


  • The Irish Genealogist 1937-1993
  • The Irish Ancestor 1969=1986
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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