Isle of Eight Flags
The written history of Amelia Island has unfolded under eight flags. Click on a flag for more information.
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For Our Next General Meeting
April 16, 2019
The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Public Library, 25 N 4th St. Michael Ports will present Franklin Robert Thomas: A Case Study in Climbing Over Southern Brick Walls. Ports will demonstrate how he uncovered the life of Franklin Robert Thomas: finding parents and determining his date of birth; documenting his flight to Texas, Confederate service and return home; homesteading in Indian Territory and hunting buffalo; and his death and burial.
Michael Ports is a practicing civil engineer with more than 48 years of professional service. The genealogical bug bit him hard when he was in graduate school. Since then he has been working to trace all of his ancestral lines as far back as possible. He has published more than 100 articles in genealogical journals and magazines, mostly on his own lines; 5 comprehensive genealogies available online; and more than 50 books of transcribed original records.
Where were YOU in 2002?
15 years ago AIGS celebrated its 10th anniversary, now memorialized in scrapbook.
The book has been digitized and will soon be added to the Society's online collection.
If you scroll through and recognize unidentified faces, or if you have any special recollections of that evening, please drop us a line.
We'll update the collection with your notes.
Clicking on the link below will take you to the Society's public Forum posting where you can download the Scrapbook and comment.
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For over a quarter of a century 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 They grow steadily as we uncover and document additional unpublished record sets to reach a wider audience.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.
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