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Volume 6, Issue 11

December 2001

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Meetings
At our November meeting Thomas Nocera presented an interesting discussion on the Liberty Trees and their role in American Revolutionary history. He explained the campaign across the nation to plant American Liberty elms in communities.

Check out the 2001 calendar here.  Classes will begin in October.  See the schedule of classes remaining in 2001 here.

Jan 19 – The New Board of Officers will present their goals for the year 2002. 

Be sure to attend the Dec. 15th meeting and cast your vote for your choice of officers. Recipients will be elected and installed at this Dec. meeting and will assume duties immediately. Please bring a “finger-food” item to share.
Volunteers
We are seeking friendly people interested in volunteering three hours a week assisting people in the Genealogy Department. This is also a great way to get a first peek at the new items in the collection. If this sounds like something you would be interested in please leave your name and number at the volunteer desk and the coordinator will call you.
PGS Genealogy & Technology Seminar
Join us Saturday, January 26, 2002 at the Family History Center in Largo for our annual seminar.  If you register early, before Dec. 28th , a members registration includes lunch, your 2002 Society membership dues, a subscription to the Quarterly, and a door prize number.
Class topics include:
Computer Basics-- Photo Restoration--Using Genealogy Programs--Internet Genealogy--Brick Walls Q & A’s--US Connections to French Canadian Genealogy--Data Organization, Preservation & Distribution of Genealogy Collection-- Family Connections: Working with Cousins-- Beginning Genealogy Part I and II--Courthouse Records--Germany Research--Military Records--Family History Center--Maternal Lines--Virginia Research--African-American Research--Eastern Europe
For questions contact Damon Hostetler, Seminar Chair at bushonghostetlergen@verizon.net. Registration forms available at the volunteer desk, or at our web site, here.
From Pauline’s Desk…
New Maps!
Afghanistan – Drawer #7
Civil War Battlefields – Drawer #6
Louisiana – St. Charles Parish Landowners – Drawer #3
Computers In Genealogy
The Computer Interest Group is a forum for genealogists to discuss computer programs, Internet discoveries and solutions to problems. The CIG meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, following the regular PGS meetings, about 12:30pm, in the lobby -- Jenkins Room. Guests are welcomed—hurry in – seats fill up fast!! For more information, or to join the email discussion list, Email Bob Bryan
PGS Quarterly needs you!
If you have queries, please turn them in to Bob Raup or to the Volunteer Desk for inclusion in the next issue of The Pinellas Genealogist. Remember, this issue will be mailed out all over the country!  The Editor would also appreciate stories of your research trips and reviews of printed or computerized genealogy materials. Naturally, Pinellas County material is always needed. Thank you for your continued support of our quarterly!
SUNCOAST SEMINAR 2002
The Suncoast Genealogy Society of Palm Harbor’s seminar is Saturday, February 23, from 8:00 to 4:00 at the Palm Harbor Library. Flyers are available at the volunteer desk.
News from Special Collections
• When calling the Largo Library with questions relating to genealogy, please use the number for the Genealogy Help Desk: 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! 
LOOK!
Four New CD ROM’s!
Canadian Genealogy Index 1600’s -1900’s - Family Archives #118.
African Americans in the 1870 Census – Family Archives #165
Immigrant Histories: Huguenot Settlers in North America and Europe, 1600’s – 1900’s. Family Tree Maker #600
Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-1838.
DID YOU KNOW?
The SP2000 microfilm reader/printer also has the ability to view and print microfiche. A volunteer can assist you in converting it to a fiche reader/printer as well as changing the lens to a higher strength for the smaller fiche print. 
2 NEW ITEMS FOR SALE
CHAPEL HILL MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY, Largo, 2001. 170 pgs., 3,671 entries, history, photos, obits., maps, more. $19.50+tax+S/H.
NECROLOGY INDEX ST. PETE TIMES & INDEPENDENT 1901-1935. 80 pages of Pinellas Obits from Times and Independent. $10.25+tax+S/H.

(Check out our other books for sale.)

BEFORE YOU GO ON VACATION…
1. Check out the Vertical File! It is located between the microfiche cabinet and the military books. Inside you will find file folders with materials from libraries around the country. 
2. Check out the Road Maps! They are now in the first drawer of the Manuscript File cabinets next to the volunteer desk. 
3. Remind yourself to collect and bring back to share newsletters and handouts from the libraries you visit.
Check out the new materials in Special Collections
SUGGESTION BOX
In the genealogy area of Special Collections, on a cabinet next to the Federal census film cabinets, is a Suggestion Box. Please take the time to drop us a note and let us know how we are doing. Any new ideas for new classes or programs? Any requests for books or films to order? We appreciate your advice. 

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