25 September 2008

Goodsearch Update

Have you checked the tally on the Good Search lately? It is almost $5.00. Thank you all for shopping. Let's make it $10 before the next meeting.
For instructions, please visit our website and click the link for Goodsearch.

Change in Policy at Hillsborough County Libraries

As we have seen at the Pasco County Libraries, policy changes are being made to bring the library operations under the reduced operating budgets resulting from election results in January, 2008 that modified the property tax structure.

We will be seeing more changes in October.

The Hillsborough County Library issued this email to those using the "Reciprocal Borrowing" privilege:
Reciprocal Borrowers (Change in Policy)

Hillsborough County Library Services

Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Dear Library User:

The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System’s participation in Tampa Bay Library Consortium’s reciprocal borrowing program will end on September 30, 2008. The FY09 Hillsborough County budget, approved by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners on September 18, 2008, does not provide funding to extend public library service to users who do not reside in Hillsborough County. The economic effects of the recent passage of Amendment One to the Florida Constitution, the property tax rollback approved by the Florida Legislature in 2007, and decline in property tax revenues have resulted in the need for budget reductions. Some fee based services will still be available to non-County residents. As of October 1, 2008, library customers who live outside of Hillsborough County and wish to continue borrowing materials from Hillsborough County’s public libraries may pay an annual fee of $100 per household to obtain a non-resident card.

  • Customers who choose to obtain a non-resident card will be entitled to check out any circulating materials. Non-resident card holders are subject to the same loan periods and overdue fines and fees as County residents.
  • Items checked out by non-resident cardholders must be returned to any public library in Hillsborough County. They may not be returned to libraries outside of Hillsborough County.
  • Non-County residents who choose not to obtain a non-resident card will still be welcome to use library materials inside the library and attend library programs.
  • Non-County residents who choose not to obtain a non-resident card will need to show photo identification and proof of address to obtain a guest pass in order to use Internet computers. They will be subject to the same daily time and use limits as Hillsborough County residents and non-resident cardholders. Inter-library loan service will not be available.

You may obtain your non-resident library card at the circulation desk at any branch in the Hillsborough County system after October 1. Cash or check payments will be accepted and proof of identification and address will be required. Reciprocal users of Bruton Memorial Library in Plant City should contact that library for further information.

We appreciate your understanding during this time of transition and our efforts to continue quality library service.

I could put books on hold and check them out. This larger library system has great books on the historic periods that my ancestors lived in. We can still use and are welcome to use the resources at the John F. Germany Library in downtown Tampa [parking fees have increased too] and any other of their libraries. Our privileges are now similar to those we have at the State universities.

Orange County Libraries had policies like this over a year ago. Even the "wifi" access in the library required a non-resident user fee.

Please remain positive, use all the resource that remain available, otherwise they will also disappear [they will be seen as unwanted.] The Quintilla Geer Bruton Archives Center should be checked out even by "Snowbirds." and the same with the Polk County Historical/Genealogical Library in Bartow [they both have a very large family history collections.] Since these are threatened resources, you should call them before you drive there.

17 September 2008

Ancestry.com Access Library Edition

Get it while it last because I'm sure they are going to plug it up when they figure it out:
1. Go to http://wpl.lib.ri.us/
2. Click Databases/Web Sites
3. Click Genealogy
4. Click Ancestry.Library Edition (in Library)
5. Start searching....

This news came from one of my English lists.

16 September 2008

St. Augustine is Planning the 450th Anniversary of its Founding

Mark your 2015 calendars (LOL). Florida may not get the Olympic Games or a National Political Convention, but passing up celebrating the founding of St. Augustine is not the case. However you must start early.

I noticed that this week the US Senators from Florida, Sen. Bill Nelson and Sen. Mel Martinez, introduce a Bill in the US Senate to support the celebration. The local governments have been deep into the planning and inviting process.

St. Augustine was founded on September 8, 1565. The town has been continuously occupied since with the first child of European ancestry, Martín de Argüelles, born a year later. [Check the Wikipedia for more details about the history.]

The last celebration included Spanish Royals and a "boat-load" of fancy sailing ships. Expect more in 2015.

14 September 2008

FGS - Tampa Seminar - Update

You may have missed Cathy Vance, Pam Treme and myself at our PCGS Meeting on Saturday. We were attending the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) Seminar at HCC.

Our society had a table in the vendor area and we were quite busy! Many of the folks from other societies came by to pick up a flyer of our Fall schedule.

George and Drew were great hosts, the speaker was very interesting and the door prizes plentiful. AND Cathy was a winner!

A good time was had by all.


Hello, everyone,
Please use the email link that Cathy gave you for Goodsearch.com or when you register sign up to support Pasco County Genealogical Society for you charity or we won't get credit for your searches. Please contact Cathy if you want more information on this wonderful new project.

08 September 2008

Florida State Genealogical Society Conference Update

The latest issue of Florida Lines has an update on the annual conference that is in mid-November in the North Orlando area this year. An earlier posting to this blog has additional details.

There is a long list of other things to see, if you are travel there with a person without genealogical interests and Mickey Mouse is not on the list.

Recently Dick Eastman's Genealogical Newsletter has discussed the high cost of conference affairs. I found lodging nearby the conference in a quality hotel at a most reasonable price. I am expecting free parking at the conference. The registration fee is reasonable with several meals and banquet included. Best of all is the vendor area, I can re-stock my genealogical supplies and sign-up for chances to win free stuff.

07 September 2008

PCGS Meeting - September 13, 2008

“In the Footprints of my Grandparents – England and Wales”

Have you ever wondered what the city, town, and countryside of your ancestor’s native land looked like or how it influenced their life?

After our summer break the Pasco County Genealogical Society kicks off the year with a great program describing ‘boots on the ground’ research.

Our September speaker, Pasco County Genealogical Society member Bob Rosengrant will talk about his experiences actually doing just that. Find out how he went about retracing his grandparents’ lives in England and Wales. It will also be a great opportunity to pick up some great tips on you can too.

The Pasco County Genealogical Society (PCGS) will conduct their monthly meeting on Saturday September 13 2008 at 10:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints at 9016 Fort King Road, Dade City, FL.

05 September 2008

London historical records to go online

The BBC is reporting that records from the London Metropolitan Archive and Guildhall Library Manuscripts will start being available Online through Ancestry.co.uk early next year.

The article reports the document date from "the early 16th Century to 2006" and "they include parish records, school records, electoral registers, lists of workhouse labourers and wills."

Access to Ancestry.co.uk is already available at our local FHC, 4-days-a-week.

02 September 2008

cemetery location

I have been trying to find information concerning my Uncle's grave in Springfield, VT for some time. I tried the message board with no luck. I Googled cemeteries in that location and kept coming up with the name of a funeral home. After a few frustrating tries I finally emailed the home and sure enough they helped me. They are located adjoining the cemetery and emailed back the exact location and directions to the site. I am stopping by while in VT to take a picture of the stone. So, don't give up but try the local funeral homes. You might strike it rich.
Ray Morris

Family Story

The first weekend in August is the Bernhardt Family reunion in Salisbury, NC. This year my cousin who now lives in Reno, NV, told the story of how her family was at Pearl Harbor December 7. Their house backed up to the Tennessee and the Arizona was close by. Her Dad had on his whites, ready to go to work, when they heard and saw the planes. He realized they were not American so he had them run for the car which was parked under some trees. The Japanese pilots were shooting at the trees so they were lucky not to get hit. When they went back to the house later, the one side was shot off and nothing in it was usable. They cleaned it out with shovels. They left January 7 but her Dad stayed for two more years.

Joan Knowles