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Volume 6, Issue 10

November 2001

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Meetings

City of Largo Mayor Robert Jackson was the Guest Speaker at the Oct. 20th meeting. He shared with PGS members the plans for the new library, discussing the location, size, and focus of the new building. He credited the staff and volunteers for helping to make our genealogy department such a success. Largo Library has visitors from all parts of the county and well as the state and frequently it is the Genealogy Department which draws them to this area, making PGS members an important part of the planning of the new library. He encouraged members to be active and vocal in support for the new library. Thanks, Mayor Jackson for coming to speak to PGS on Saturday.

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

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
Set a date in your calendar for the Jan. 26th 2002 seminar held at the Family History Center. This daylong educational seminar offers 19 different classes, many dealing with technology, as well as lunch and door prizes. 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…
We are looking for missing issues from Heritage Quest and the Ill. State Genealogy Society Quarterly in order to complete a bindery order.  Anyone willing to donate the the following editions?
* Heritage Quest # 79, 80, 85, 87, 88, and 92
* ILL State Gen. Soc. Quarterly Vol. 6 #2, Vol. 26 #2
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!
PEDIGREE BOOK UPDATE
Pat Grandmasion has updated the index to the Society Pedigree Book. If you have your pedigree sheet included please be sure that your contact information is correct. Please contact Pat at 343-2766 if you would like to have your pedigree chart included in this collection. 
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!
We have a two new computers loaded with new caddy disc drives! No more crossing your fingers and hoping the button won’t stick. All of these computers now have Internet access enabling us to search all the databases from familysearch.org (Ancestral File, IGI, Pedigree Resource File, Social Security Death Index). We still have the CDROM versions; however, the online information is more up-to-date. There are also many genealogy sites bookmarked. (Ellis Island, Rootsweb, CyndiLists, SuperPages.com (an online phone directory lookup), and more.
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.
Here are two new microfilm items.
U.S. Ward Maps of Cities. 
A selective checklist of pre-1900 maps from Library of Congress, covering major U.S. cities. Includes 232 maps.
Contained on 1 roll of microfilm and stored in the cabinet next to the Enumeration District Description rolls.

Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Tampa, Fl.
A 65 roll series covering passenger lists for 1898-1945. Also includes a 26 roll index.
Shelved with the Florida microfilm.
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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