Isle of Eight Flags
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The written history of Fernandina on Amelia Island has unfolded under eight flags. The French flag was the first flag to fly over the island. Jean Ribault, French explorer, landed in 1562. He named the island Isle de Mar.
The Amelia Island Genealogical Society is happy to announce the launch of our updated website.
For over 20 years AIGS has been proud to serve both those seeking information about Amelia Island ancestors and those without local ties wishing to connect with other genealogists. Our upgraded site is another step to reaching as many as possible.
The physical AIGS research collection, through an agreement with the Nassau County Public Library system, is housed at the Fernandina Beach branch library where it is available to the public. If you cannot visit, a collection of online databases are searchable on this website. They grow steadily as we uncover and document additional unpublished record sets to reach a wider audience.
If you are already a member of this active group, you are familiar with its benefits such as monthly speakers, quarterly publications and monthly newsletter. Here you’ll continue to find information on upcoming events, both local and beyond. A newly added Forum section enhances member-to-member collaboration. If you’re new to genealogy, or would like to brush up on research skills, you might like to enroll in our annual Beginner Class, or join a project to increase your knowledge of the area.
The written history of this northern-most barrier island on the Atlantic coast of Florida stretches back to the 1500’s. That’s a lot of history! We can’t fill in all the blanks for you, but we hope you find your digital visit informative.
If you’re not already a member, we hope you consider joining us soon.
Join Us for Our Next Monthly Meeting
February 17, 2015
The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Police Department, 1525 Lime Street. AIGS Webmaster, Jim Miller, will introduce the Society’s new website to members and guests. The public site contains information about the Society, officers and membership, research links, member surnames of research interest, and a database of over 47,000 individuals drawn from area historic records. A members-only section includes a document repository, current and back issues of the monthly Geneline newsletter, and a Forums page for members to discuss research and request help. These and many other features will be unveiled in the evening’s program.
Jim Miller is a native of Fernandina, currently living in Yulee. He is a retired Ocean Engineer with a Masters in System Management. Mr. Miller has been working with computers since his college days in the late 1960’s and took over as AIGS Webmaster in January 2015 after assisting with development of the new website. In addition, he was part of the database redesign team in 2011 and proposed the society’s photographic survey of Bosque Bello Cemetery. Mr. Miller was interviewed about the project on WJCT in October 2014. The video can be seen here.