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Volume 11, Issue 8

August 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 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.  

FGS Fall Seminar

The Florida Genealogical Society is having Henry “Hank” Jones speak at their Fall Genealogy Seminar on Saturday Sept, 16th at the Hillsborough Community College. See for details.

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: 19 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.


The Greater Largo Library Foundation (GLLF) would like to make sure your donation to the GLLF’s Capital Campaign to build the new library has been appropriately recognized. If your donation was given as part of the Pinellas Genealogy Society campaign, please contact Mercedes Bleattler at 586-7410, no later than September 15th, to confirm that your name is on the appreciation plaque located in the Genealogy Center.

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.


Thanks to the recent Pinellas Public Library Cooperative Reserve Grant fund the Genealogy Center was able to purchase the following Irish materials.
Books include:
The Complete Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland. (40 Volumes)
In the 1830’s a major series of parish accounts was commissioned to accompany the new Ordnance Survey maps, called the Memoirs. Now, over 150 years later, the Institute of Irish Studies, in association with the Royal Irish Academy, has published the Memoirs in full to provide a unique source for the cultural heritage.

The 40 volumes and accompanying index act as a nineteenth-century Domesday book, The Memoirs record landscape, buildings and antiquities, land-holdings and population, and employment and livelihood of the parishes.
Melancholy Madness: A Coroner’s Casebook.
Description: Based on the recently discovered nineteenth-century casebook of Coroner William Charles Waddell, the book "reveals bizarre tales of murder and investigation in the drumlins, valleys and towns of County Monaghan,"
Irish Church Records: Their history, availability and use in family and local history research.
Directory of Irish Archives. 4th Edition.
Irish Libraries – Archives, Museums & Genealogical Centers.
Tracing your Kerry Ancestors
Tracing your Limerick Ancestors.
Tracing your Mayo Ancestors.
Tracing your Dublin Ancestors.
Tracing your Cork Ancestors.
CD ROMSs include:
The 1851 Dublin City Census – Chart’s Index of Heads of Households and includes the 1847 Ordnance Survey Town Plans of Dublin City.
Grenham’s Irish Surnames- Highlights the distribution of surnames throughout Ireland helping you to pinpoint your ancestor’s home town.
The Irish Ancestor 1969-1986 – PDF formatted articles from the successful Irish Ancestor publication.
Returning Home – Transatlantic Migration from North American to Britain & Ireland 1858-1870.
The Irish Genealogist Vol. 1-8 1937-1993. The official publication of the Irish Genealogical Research Society.
The 1831 Tithe Defaulters – Valuable records compiled from a land tax in 1831.
The 1848 Petitions of the William Smith O’Brien Petition. – This petition to gain clemency for the rebel leader was signed by over 80,000 people throughout Ireland and England between 1848-49.
The 1798 Rebellion: Claimants and Surrenders – Contains lists of individuals who made claims for compensation for loss of property during the rising.
Brian J, Cantwell’s Memorials of the Dead – Mr. Cantwell spent 25 years visiting over 500 sites and recorded over 24,392 memorials listing the names of 67,297 people.
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
c/o Largo Library
120 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771-2110
Check out the new materials in Special Collections

NEW Library Database
ProQuest Obituaries

ProQuest Obituaries Collection includes obituaries and death notices from prominent newspapers. At this time it includes the New York Times (dating back to 1851), the Los Angeles Times (dating back to 1882), the Chicago Tribune (dating back to 1853) and the Washington Post (dating back to 1878). More papers will be added in the future. As with Heritage Quest, this database may be accessed from home with your valid Largo Public Library card.

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