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Volume 6 Issue 2......... February 2001

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A new century begins

The real millennium is here and PGS is keeping pace! January’s meeting was filled with details about Pinellas Genealogy Society’s plans for 2001. President Bob Raup expressed gratitude for the terrific work our volunteers have accomplished this past year. He proposed two temporary committees to further enhance the society. Web page, and Queries Assistance. (Several volunteers offered their time on these committees already and we all thank you!!) The large audience then applauded as many PGS members received service awards. Among those were Margaret Stonaker with 25 years, Flo LaBare with 20 years, Marie Cantlin with 15 years, Pauline Battista, Pat Hammesfahr, Hope Richland, Carolyn Marscher, Bette Hostetler and Damon Hostetler with 10 years, and many others with 5 years of service to PGS.


Please be advised the trip to the Orlando Library has been canceled! There weren’t enough people signed up to support the trip. Please be advised we will try another time.

Annual Education Seminar – Another success!

The 2001 PGS Seminar is history! Were you one of the lucky people to enjoy this event? Nearly 200 participants listened to interesting lectures such as, 20th Century Research, German Genealogy and Pennsylvania Research. Lunch was delicious and the prizes were outstanding! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this seminar a success!

Thanks also to Damon Hostetler for leading the way! Congratulations!

PGS Classes (All classes held from 10am to 12 pm):

February 24th, Resources at the Largo Library with Mercedes Bleattler and Ginger Brengle

March 3rd, Basic Genealogy

March 31st, Finding your Female Ancestry with Carla Kerns and Ginger Brengle

March 24th, Computers in Genealogy

All classes are held in the Rear Conference room and will be limited to 20 participants.

You may call 586-7410 from 9:30 –3:30 to get registered in advance. A donation of $5.00 per class is requested. PGS members pay just $2.50 per class. These donations go to the Grater Largo Library Foundation to benefit Special Collections.

From Pauline’s Desk…..

The index to the map collection is ready. It is located on top of the May Cabinets in a brown notebook. Please take a look on your next visit!

Computers in Genealogy

The January meeting of the CIG group was a full house. We apologize for cutting the meeting short – it won’t happen again! The Computer Interest Group is a forum for genealogists to discuss computer programs and Internet discoveries. The CIG meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, following the regular PGS meetings, about 12:30 pm, in the Jenkins Room of the Largo Library. Guests are welcomed – hurry in – seats fill up fast!! For more information, or to join the e-mail discussion list, E-mail Bob Bryan:


The Tampa Bay Library Consortium was recently awarded a grant that, among other things, will cover the costs of cataloging our microfilm and microfiche. It will take some time to accomplish this, but eventually researchers will be able to search our non-book materials on the computer catalog! Hurrah!

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.


The Pinellas Genealogist

Our quarterly magazine

We are in need of QUERIES, book reviews, research stories and computer research information. If you traveled this year, please write a brief evaluation of the libraries you visited. PGS Members: Queries are Free!!!

Submit queries and research stories to: Editor, TPG, c/o Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL 33771-2110 or drop off at Genealogy Office. Thank you!!


Pgs MEMBER AND LIBRARY VOLUNTEER Evelyn Berg shares news of a new resource for researchers. The German Genealogy Group, Inc. is delighted to announce that distinguished GGG member, Dr. Richard Haberstroh, has a new research book to offer. The German Churches of Metropolitan New York – A Research Guide

Is a pioneering work of immense value to anyone researching New York families of German origin. Dr. Harberstroh has identified over 400 Protestant and Catholic churches which have served the German communities in the present five boroughs of New York City, as well as Jersey City and Hoboken, NJ, from the 1600’s to the present. For each church he gives the year founded, location(s) whereabouts of records, and in the case of Protestant churches, names of pastors. This book is cloth, 6 X 9", Illus. Indexed, 156 pages. PRICE: $25.00 includes shipping, handling and tax. Contact: German Genealogy Group, PO Box 1004, Kings Park, NY 11754. Make check payable to "GGG"

Highlighting a new book….

Located on the Ready Reference shelf, at 071.3016 is American Newspapers: 1821 – 1936 a Union List of files available in the U.S. and Canada. This book, originally published in 1937, is a list of locations for old newspaper offices, libraries, archives, historical societies and private collections. It is organized alphabetically by state or province, then by city, then by the name of the paper, the number of years in print, information on name changes, which facilities have copies, and if printing was ever suspended. Also noted is whether a paper focused on a particular ethnic group or was written in a foreign language. The facilities are coded to their corresponding contact information printed in the front of the book. Remember, this list was compiled in 1937, so many busy libraries of today are not included.

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