Amelia Island Genealogical Society, Nassau County Florida
Amelia Island Genealogical Society
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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. Our upgraded site is another step to reaching as many as possible.

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  They grow steadily as we uncover and document additional unpublished record sets to reach a wider audience.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.


January 2020 Regular Meeting

My Surprise Family: Find Your Ancestry Story
Speaker: Margaret M. Nicholson, PhD
January 21, 2020, 7pm
My Surprise Family by Margaret M. NicholsonMargaret Nicholson got involved in her family's genealogy through an aunt who talked her into sending her DNA to She was surprised to find a close, but unknown, DNA match. To learn how this person was related to her, she had to become proficient at using the website.
Margaret will take you through the process of how she discovered that the daddy who raised her was not her birth father. Along the way, you will see how family trees, historical records, and DNA matches played a role in her story. The presentation is structured to appeal to both novice and experienced users of genealogy/DNA online sites.
The speaker's book My Surprise Family: Find Your Ancestry Story is as a mystery, a memoir, and a manual. Copies will be available at the meeting for purchase and signing.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Nicholson moved to St Augustine, FL from Harrisburg, PA, sixteen years ago, a move prompted by the birth of her grandson. Previously she lived and worked in Pennsylvania, the Netherlands, and briefly in Germany. She became a wife and mother at eighteen, began college at twenty-eight, and earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in middle age.
After retiring from university teaching, Margaret eagerly switched from academic writing to personal subjects. Creating a family tree for grandson Noah sparked her interest in genealogy. She says, "He's sixteen and ignores me if I utter the words, 'first cousin once removed,' but he will look at the ship manifest showing the arrival of his maternal great-grandfather from Italy."

Please join us for our next AIGS Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, 21 January 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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2020 Annual Beginning Genealogy Course

Remaining Dates
18 January 2020 - Vital Records & Courthouse Research
25 January 2020 - Organization & Documentation
1 February 2020 - Newspapers/Digital Books & Genetic Genealogy
8 February 2020 - Introduction to Online Tools and our Genealogy Library
15 February 2020 - Immigration/Emigration & Military Records
This course is fully booked. Please contact Dennis Partridge if you wish to reserve a seat for 2021!

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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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