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For Our Next Monthly Meeting
August 21, 2018
The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Public Library, 25 N 4th St. Dennis Partridge will present King Philip and His Tribe. Many families have a story of an ancestor who was Native American. Proving this fact has always been elusive, but for a genealogist, the legend piques curiosity, and elusiveness, interest. Researching a Native American (NA) ancestor, however, can be confusing and time consuming, sending the researcher down a rabbit hole of incomplete record sources - made more difficult, by the specificity of the documents for each tribe - or at least, that's how researching a NA ancestor is spun to new genealogists. In truth, one discovers a NA ancestor, at first, just like you research any other ancestor, one generation at a time. The evening's talk revolves around personal research into the ancestors of Partridge's grandmother Della Grenier (Greenia) and his main research tenet: “Nothing is what you think it is, until you can prove it is!” Partridge managed to discover various lines of ancestry for Grenier - research that he had not previously pursued due to the lack of accessible records. His great-great-grandmother's family was a most colorful family and have a remarkable story to tell. The facts and records surrounding them will introduce the audience to Native Americans, coureur des bois, gypsies, "River Rats," eugenics, racism, and poverty as it affected a whole community of “outsiders” in upstate Vermont. This talk however is more than just a story, it’s a concrete example of the FAN principle of genealogical research (family, associates, and neighbors).
Dennis N. Partridge has been conducting personal research into his family since 1980. In 1996, in the infancy of the Internet, he morphed into a web developer bringing with him his passion for genealogy. Today, Dennis owns and operates AccessGenealogy (https://www.accessgenealogy.com/), one of the largest, privately owned genealogical websites online, well-known and frequented by Native American family researchers. Dennis also serves as Research Coordinator for the Amelia Island Genealogical Society.
Did You Know...?
DID YOU KNOW...that AIGS has the latest issues of Your Genealogy Today, Family Tree Magazine, and Internet Genealogy? You can find them at the Fernandina Beach Public Library in the genealogy section. Back issues are on the shelves!
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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