28 December 2007

New Online Class: Genealogy in a Wired World

It is FREE.

HP is again offer it's onlline class, Genealogy in a Wired World or
<http://h30240.www3.hp.com/courses/overview.jsp?courseId=7340&userId=1167995&mailingId=3194684>
It is an easy class with lots of tips and examples.

You will have to sign up and there is a limit on class size.

19 December 2007

Your Garmin and Genealogy

A portable GPS (Global Positioning System) is very helpful for traveling and for genealogy. Garmin, Magellan, and TomTom are some of the most common manufacturers. For genealogy, they can be used to identify the exact location of any significance such as homes or gravesites. I recently used my Garmin GPS to correctly identify the name and location of a cemetery referenced on Find A Grave, which usually has a map included on the front page description for the cemetery. Find A Grave uses Google maps and reference the GPS coordinates. I went to the cemetery and looked at the map on the Garmin in my hand. There is a menu option on the Garmin to save the location where you are standing. I saved the location and named it the cemetery name. Then at any time I can go back to it on the screen of the Garmin and it will display the GPS coordinates of where I was standing when I saved the location. When back home researching on the internet, I can reference the information and determine exactly what cemetery is on Find A Grave. I can also go to my genealogy software and add the GPS coordinates for the cemetery. I could add the GPS coordinates for any address I want to reference in my software.
In the United States, the latitude is referenced as positive number for the northern hemisphere. The longitude is referenced as a negative number for the western hemisphere.
These GPS's are very handy little devices.
What ideas do you have for using them to assist with your research?

12 December 2007

Creating a Book with Microsoft Word Workshop

  • Do you have years of Family History research that cannot be shared easily with others?
  • Do you have tools (e.g., computer, MS Word, Scanner) but no ideas how to use the tools to
    pull it together?
  • Do you have a Saturday you can dedicate to finding out how to use MS Word to produce
    a professional looking family history?

The Pasco County Genealogical Society is hosting a seminar on Saturday February 2, 2008 to
help you!

Learn about templates and how to use them. Unlock the mystery of having Word produce an table of contents automatically and when you finish, what your options are for printing your finished copy.


Pam Treme and Pattie Schultz conducted this successful workshop at the Pasco County Genealogical Society in November 2006 and are repeating it by popular demand.



When: Saturday February 2, 2008 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Where: LDS Family History Center, 9016 Ft King Rd. Dade City, Florida
Registration Form Available: http://www.rootsweb.com/~flpcgs

02 December 2007

Pasco County Genealogical Society December Meeting

Christmas is fast approaching and so is the December 8th Pasco County Genealogical Society Meeting. At this meeting we will be electing our new slate of officers and voting on the changes to our by-laws. All of that voting can work up quite an appetite, so be prepared to partake in all the wonderful goodies, since this is also our annual Christmas party!

This year the society decided to adopt a local home for the elderly so if you would like, please bring a small gift ($5) marked for a man or woman. Toiletries are always appreciated as might a warm pair of socks or some handkerchiefs.

And, since it is the end of the year, the annual dues is coming up. Membership dues for an Individual is $15, Family $22.50 and for a Student it is $5.00. Sounds like a great Christmas present!

The Pasco County Genealogical Society (PCGS) meeting is at 10:00 at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints at 9016 Fort King Road, Dade City, FL.

Visit our web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flpcgs for more information.

A family tree can wither if nobody tends it's roots