30 May 2008

Dade City Cemetery - Front Page News

The Dade City Cemetery has been in the news for surprising reasons.

The latest was on the front page of Thursday May 29, 2008's Tampa Tribune. The article was titled Dade City Employees Can Take Benefit to the Grave. The story is about a positive move by the city government to compensate qualified city employees for their "comp-time." The recent changes in the tax laws will eliminate accumulations of "comp-time." The cemetery plots sell for between $300 to $400. The cemetery dates back 300 years.

Earlier in the week, another article was found on the front page of Tuesday May 27, 2008's Pasco Tribune section of the Tampa Tribune. The article was titled, Dade City Seeks Cemetery Land Swap. The article describes a planned swap of equipment, land, and cash for property adjacent to the cemetery. The 130 year old cemetery was running out of space for new residences.

Usually we hear or read about negative stories connected to cemeteries. This is the opposite, they are positive stories. The cemetery is growing and active. the City sees the cemetery as a resource.

BTW: This is a link to another positive posting about cemeteries in Albany County, NewYork.

21 May 2008

A Bunch of Digital Libraries and Archives

OEdb.org has 250+ Killer Digital Libraries and Archives, listed with links. This above link is hot, it is for the URL, oedb.org/library/features/250-plus-killer-digital-libraries-and-archives.

There are links to states, libraries, archives, books, maps, and more.

Find a cool spot with your computer this hot Summer and surf the Internet. Expensive gasoline is not required.

British History Timeline is Online // Use with Reservations

The BBC has published a link to: British History Timeline. This link is hot and is for the URL, www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/launch_tl_british.shtml.

If you have British ancestors, you can see what events were going on that many have caused them to be draw to and flee from a place.

Since the British are the oldest enemy of the United States, I find it interesting what they say about Anglo-American events. Like in March 1765 there were riots in the American Colonies over a Stamp Tax. But I find nothing on the War of 1812 where Washington was burned, Baltimore and New Orleans attacked, savage Indians sent to kill all whites in Illinois, the burning of American settlements along the Great Lakes and other omissions. However British victories over the French are listed.

Check it out for yourself.

The Soldier in later Medieval England

Did you know that there is a database to check to see if your later Medieval English soldier ancestor is listed? And what else they have on him. This is for the period 1369 to 1453 A.D.

It is called the Soldier in Later Medieval England. It is a pilot database at the University of Southampton that was begun in October of 2006 and is now open for public searching.

Try some of your Anglo-ancestors or at least there surnames. The above link is hot. The URL is medievalsoldier.org.

I searched Bryan and got many hits. I even searched Sanchez and got two hits on the same person.

20 May 2008

Road Trip !

The Pasco County Genealogical Society visited the John F. Germany Library in Tampa for its May education program.

It had been awhile since some of us had visited the library and we were quite pleased with all the material we found. Some members took advantage of signing up for their complimentery Hillsborough County library card and another check out books!

A nice touch is that the library is a 'hot spot' so those of us who brought our laptops were able to access the Internet and cross reference some of our research.

With the success of this "Road Trip" we would appreciate suggestions on our next destination. Please post suggestions for future roadtrip to this message and we will consider them.

07 May 2008

Roots Magic Class @ South Bay Genealogy

A Roots Magic class will be sponsored by South Bay Genealogy Society!

It is scheduled for first Monday of each month this summer: June 2nd, July 7th
and August 4th at 9:30-11:30 in the Caper Room at Atrium in Sun City Center, North Course Lane.

Beth Clarke, webmaster for South Bay Genealogy, will teach the course.

Please email her to register at bethnles@tampabay.rr.com.

05 May 2008

PCGS - May 10th 2008

“Preserving the Living Family's History for the Future - A Personal Perspective”

Have you thought about digitizing your grandparents’ slides? Do you want to start to scanning family pictures? And wouldn’t it be great to transcribe the letters your parents wrote during the war?

Our May speaker Linda Miller got the genealogy bug while doing research with her grandparents and describes herself as an enthusiastic genealogist. Upon retirement she plans to gather her years of research and organize it for future generations. Her ambitious genealogy project includes putting together a complete multi media compilation of the artifacts she has collected during her family history adventure.

Linda Miller grew up in Dade City and graduated from Florida State University with a BA in French. She and her husband moved to Rochester New York where Linda took up weaving and spinning. How living back in Florida she has acted as a demonstrating craftsman at the Florida Pioneer Museum.

The Pasco County Genealogical Society (PCGS) will conduct their monthly meeting on Saturday May 10th 2008 at 10:00 am 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

Pope Orders Bishops to Stop LDS filming of Parish Records

There is a May 2nd news article on the Catholic News Service, Vatican letter directs bishops to keep parish records from Mormons.

The news report does not give a reason why the order came down from the Pope. There are suggestions however.

The upshot of this letter is records not already copied will likely remain concealed.