31 January 2008

The New Family Search

If you haven’t checked out the new Family Search site it is time to get on the ball! I visited it this morning and have to say that it has been worth the wait.
Follow this like http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html?datestamp=1201545182531 then register by clicking on the link that says "Register to use Family Search" the link is right under the sign in button. Within a few minutes you will receive a confirmation e-mail and will be able to search the site. If you don't find what you are looking for don't give up and make sure you check back frequently because they are adding records daily.

Happy Hunting

29 January 2008

Putting Search Engines to Work

Google this. Ask Jeeves that. Have you Yahoo’d today? Did you forget to check Librarything and Worldcat? Confused? Lost on the Information Highway?

Our February speaker, Drew Smith, will explain how to use search engines more effectively and help you make better use of your valuable research time!

Drew Smith is a nationally known genealogy speaker from Odessa, Florida and co-host of the popular Genealogy Guys Podcast. He is also the current President of the Florida Genealogical Society—Tampa. Drew’s presentations are well received and you will enjoy his easy going manner and rapport with the group. His diverse knowledge of searching methods will certainly answer many of your questions.

The Pasco County Genealogical Society (PCGS) will conduct their monthly meeting on Saturday February 9 at 10:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints at 9016 Fort King Road, Dade City, FL.

24 January 2008

A New Immigration Movie

There is a new movie available on DVD, called the Golden Door or Nuovomondo.

It is about the journey of a Sicilian widower, his mother, and two sons who immigrate to America. The story is about their journey from Sicily to New York in the early 20th century. It is about the steamship and their Ellis Island experience. Some English is spoken, but subtitles easily carry the other conversations.

I wonder how accurate the story is in terms of their ordeal. Please comment if you have seen the movie.

21 January 2008

Civil War Cemeteries

There are Civil War cemeteries throughout the United States even in California. The following website will provide a nice list of them: Civil War Cemeteries . I visited the Cold Harbor National Cemetery in Mechanicsville, Virginia. It is certainly an all afternoon experience. The first stop is at the history center building which has the walls covered with maps, photos, and explanations of the battle that occurred in the area. It is presented in a very understandable format with recorded explanations along with written descriptions. They also have a very nice selection of books and maps for sale all pertaining to the battles in the area and the Civil War. There is also a federal worker there that can answer questions and they are very interested in the subject. This stop alone is a very informative visit. The history center is next to one of the battlefields where seasonal reenactments occur. Down the road is the cemetery. After learning about the battle and talking with the man working that day, one realizes that finding a specific grave may not exist. The battles in that area were horrific and many soldiers were not identified and buried.
Driving down the road to the cemetery is the next stop. The first picture is what can be seen from the road. At the entrance is a listing in a book of all cemetery graves. This cemetery has 3 or 4 monuments for regiments in the battle. Most every stone has a soldier, his regiment, and rank is listed on the marker. The monuments have a long list of soldiers and near as I can tell, these soldiers are not on the individual graves.
After learning about the battle, driving around the area, and seeing the graves, one can be awestruck with challenges these men faced. First, they walked every where and did not have adequate food and clothing. The area is very harsh. The battles were very intense. Thousands of soldiers participated and died. Although my visit was difficult to accomplish with crutches and a bum leg, it was worth it. These guys deserve a very special remembrance for their sacrifices and I was able to find the grave of the 4-great uncle I was looking for.

04 January 2008

Jumping the Pond: Finding the Origins of your Immigrant Ancestor

Before you buy a ticket to your ancestral homeland you need to look at the roots your ancestor planted in America. The January speaker at the Pasco County Genealogical Society, Donna M. Moughty, will look at the types of records available in the United States that might help you identify a town of origin in the native country.

Donna Moughty, a Professional Genealogist and former Regional Manager for a national technology company, has been conducting family research for over 15 years. She teaches classes for beginners and lectures on a variety of subjects including Internet, Irish research and computer topics. In addition, she provides consultations, research assistance and training.

Please join us on January 12 for this informative presentation.

The Pasco County Genealogical Society (PCGS) will conduct their monthly meeting on Sat., January 12 at 10:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints at 9016 Fort King Road, Dade City, FL.