Amelia Island Genealogical Society, Nassau County Florida
Amelia Island Genealogical Society
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The written history of Amelia Island has unfolded under eight flags. Click on a flag for more information.
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Welcome Genealogists!
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.

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. We provide an informative Nassau County Florida research guide if your ancestors are from here.

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.
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  They grow steadily as we uncover and document additional unpublished record sets to reach a wider audience.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 publication (Nassau Genealogist) and the monthly newsletter (The Geneline). If you’re not already a member, we hope you consider joining us.

The Amelia Island Genealogical Society board members voted to cancel all meetings and events through the end of April. The board felt that with the demographic of our membership we should heed the responsible advice of medical authorities.
  1. We are canceling the society meetings scheduled for March 17 and April 21. Rob Portegies-Zwart is arranging with our scheduled April Speaker for her to do her presentation as a webinar.
  2. The Saturday morning classes (Genealogy 102) that Dennis Partridge is conducting in March are postponed. Dennis will be in contact with all class members about potential future dates.  Any member, who wants a refund of their $20 paid for the sessions, can request one from him.
  3. All Library Q&A sessions are canceled.
  4. All Board and committee meetings are canceled.
  5. All SIG meetings for April are canceled.
The Board apologizes for the short notice and the inconvenience.
if you have questions, please call me (President Bob Frey) at 904 432-8508 or e-mail

March 2020 Regular Meeting - Postponed

Family History - Fun and Foibles
Speaker: Joel Warner
To Be Rescheduled
Joel WarnerThis presentation goes back to England and tackles some research problems from four different families. During a review of each of these cases, we identify interesting flukes, errors and assumptions which took us down wrong paths.
We will also look at the corrective actions which solved some problems. Some of the problems were quite difficult, some were much easier. Some had stayed "on the books" for many years and some were recent. We are able to see that one of our best tools as family history researchers is a healthy skepticism. This keeps us to jumping to conclusions not justified by the documents we have available to us.
Our goals as family historians is not to put together what probably happened or what might have happened. Our goal is to find, through reasonable exhaustive research, what did happen. We cannot know everything, but by linking documents together we can be reasonably certain of many things.
My goal with this presentation is to use real cases I have worked on to show how perseverance and luck will often help researchers solve problems. Some may take patience as more and more records become available. But there is great satisfaction with connecting yourself to real lives of real family members who contributed to what and who you are.
About the Speaker:
Joel Warner has had interest in Family History since he was a boy. This was due to his mother and grandparents working in the area and sharing stories of how his ancestors came to America, the problems they face and what they left behind. He finds working with others to help them progress is to be enriching and fulfilling.
Joel has lived in Jacksonville for about 30 years, finally landing here after living in California, Utah, Ohio, Indiana, Oklahoma, Maryland and Australia. He is a member of the Jacksonville Genealogy Society and the Southern Genealogy Exchange Society. He has served on the planning committee of the North Florida Genealogy Conference for the past 9 years. The next Conference is March 14 and you can sign up through

Please join us for our next AIGS Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, 17 March 2020, at 7:00 PM. All Meetings are held at the Community Meeting Room, Fernandina Beach Library, 25 North 4th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.
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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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