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
May 21, 2019
The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Public Library, 25 N 4th St. Marsha Phelts will present the story of an enclave now known as American Beach, a 200-acre coastal community of African Americans on the southern end of Amelia Island. She will discuss the pioneering families, some of whose descendants still live in the area.
Marsha Dean Phelts is a fifth generation Floridian who has spent her life on the northeast coast of Florida in Jacksonville and American Beach. Her rewarding career was spent as a children’s librarian in the Duval County Public School System and Florida Genealogy Librarian in the Jacksonville Public Library System. She is now a full-time resident of American Beach. She is the author of An American Beach for African Americans, The American Beach Cookbook, the 75thAnniversary Edition of The American Beach Book of Homes, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church: History and Heritage, Landon Williams: The Boy from Jessie Street, Sollie Mitchell’s 1st 100 Years and her first children’s book 20 Pieces of Peppermint Candy.
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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