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Volume 9, Issue 7

July 2004

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Meetings
“The Internet was invented for genealogy” quipped Tom Kemp, Asst. Director of the Godfrey Memorial Library in Middletown Connecticut, speaker at the June meeting. With the increasing amount of primary data available in digitized format, online genealogy research has become not only a convenient but a legitimate research method. Tom illustrated many excellent sites, including the Godfrey Scholar subscription offered at his library. Visit www.godfrey.org for a listing of databases and details on how to subscribe.
THE 2004 CALENDAR

All meetings begin at 11:00 AM in the Jenkins auditorium in the Largo Public Library. Guests are warmly welcomed and encouraged to attend. The Computer Interest Group meets before the general meeting at 9:45 AM.

Welcome to new members!

Sharon Centanne William G. Wonderlin
Florence and Roland Flinton Carla Kerns
Computers In Genealogy
Computer 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 meeting is July 17, 2004.

The Family Tree Maker Group (FTM)
FTM is now on their summer break. They normally meet monthly October through May at 10:00 A.M. in the Jenkins Assembly Conference Room in the lobby of the Largo Library. Each session lasts approximately two hours. There is no fee for this workshop, but donations to the Greater Largo Library Foundation are appreciated.

The Beginners Study Group
The Beginners Study Group concluded their session for 2003-2004 in March. There was an enthusiastic response to the meetings and we have every reason to think they will resume in the fall.
PGS Quarterly needs you!
If you have queries, please turn them in to William Wallace 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! Local members will now be receiving their quarterly at the PGS Saturday meeting.

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. PGS Members: Up to two queries are free!! Thank you for your continued support of our quarterly!
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!

We would like to thank the following individuals for their donations to the genealogy library last month. It is due to the generosity of our members and friends that our collection is the best in the area. 

Ronald Westlake

Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Hill

Colonial Dames in honor of Dorothy Boyer
In case you have heard the rumors- it’s true, MyFamily.com has decided not to renew its distribution subscription with the Gale Group which means that Gale will no longer offer AncestryPlus to the library market. Our subscription at the Largo Library will be honored through 2005. Ancestry.com has not changed their subscription to home users; just libraries. A large number of people throughout the country rely on public libraries for their access to Ancestry and we anticipate an agreement with a new provider will be worked out soon.
There will be an exclusive tour of the new Largo Library for PGS Members and Library Volunteers on July 15th between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Refreshments in the Jenkins Assembly Room at 3:00 preceding the tour. On this tour we will actually be going to the second floor to visit the new Genealogy Center. Groups of twenty will be escorted over in hard hats for a guided tour of the entire library with an emphasis on the Genealogy Center.

Please RSVP with Michele at 587-6779 or e-mail at mdavico@largo.com or with Mercedes at 587-6748 or e-mail at mbleattl@largo.com.

Largo is dedicated to building a state of the art facility designed to support wireless technology and equipped with the latest in genealogy equipment. If you have any ideas of computers, scanners, printers, etc. that you have seen in other facilities and would like to see in your new library, please send your suggestions to Mercedes at the phone and email above.

Dirk brings his family tree to class.
(Gary Larson-Far Side gallery 3)


See our 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.
  4. Share your experiences at genealogy libraries your visited with the society by writing a small article for the newsletter.
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. 

www.deathindexes.com

This site gathers together links to online death indexes by state and county. Some has free access; some will link you to the Ancestry website for a fee.

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