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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BOSQUE BELLO CEMETERY TOUR
Saturday October 21
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WEDNESDAY 9/6/2017 5:00 PM
SEMINAR POSTPONED!
THE APPROACH OF HURRICANE IRMA HAS
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Seminar Topics

Principles for Effective Evidence Analysis

It is imperative that we use both traditional and online resources in our research and work them in tandem. With the volume of digitized resources growing exponentially each year, our rapid access to original genealogical records online may flood us with more information than we can handle. It is easy to rush through the evidence examination and analysis processes, increasing the probably that we will miss critical details. It is critical that we take the time to carefully analyze all the evidence content for clues implied or suggested. This lecture discusses the principles of highly effective genealogical evidence analysis and shows examples of capturing all the clues to expand and improve our research.

Dissecting Obituaries for New Clues

Obituaries are miniature biographies for the deceased. The writers were compelled to compress as much information into a small amount of text. Your job is to carefully analyze the content of the death notice, obituary, and/or funeral notice and look for clues. This seminar presents a methodology for dissecting an obituary, determining what information is provided or inferred, identifying record types that may be available, where those records are located, and how to access them.

Laying Out Clues in Funeral Home Records

Funeral home and mortuary records can provide clues to many other sources, especially before death certificates were issued and between censuses. Learn what information may be included, what it infers, and places to locate the records. Examples of records from online sources are presented and discussed.

Sidestep Genealogy

Brick wall research blocks are inevitable. We strive to start with ourselves and work backwards, but sometimes there are impediments that stop us in our tracks. It is then that we must use our most creative research skills, and it is essential that we move to other family members. That means researching our ancestors' siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, and the collateral lines with which they are connected. Sidestep genealogy means researching these alternative individuals, their records, the places that they lived, and other resources. This lecture will make you stop and think about what alternative research paths you might use, and point you to new resources you may never have considered.

 



Genealogy Q & A at the Library
 
Do you have questions about family history research – perhaps how to get started or ideas for getting unstuck? A volunteer from the Amelia Island Genealogical Society will be available in the Genealogy section of the Fernandina Beach Library Branch to assist those interested in studying their family history. Stop by and see what resources are available. Next sessions dates are:
 
Thursday evening, September 7, 6 - 8 PM
Monday afternoon, September 18, 1 - 3 PM
 


 
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Join Us
 
Next General Meeting - September 19, 2017
 
 
Have You Lost Your Way?
 

The evening's presentation will be a panel discussion "Have You Lost Your Way?" an opportunity to seek assistance in identifying next steps and resources available to move your family history research forward. Priority will be given to questions submitted by September 5 to the AIGS Webmaster or posted to the forum and reviewed in preparation for the meeting. Other questions may be addressed as time permits. Panel members will be experienced researchers and fellow members Bob Frey, Sharon Elliott, Marcia Pertuz, Gus Reinwald and Gloria Toomey. Bob Loveless will moderate. Public welcome.

 
Questions can be submitted to the AIGS Webmaster at webmaster@aigensoc.org.
 
Members can also post their query on the dedicated forum on the AIGS website https://aigensoc.org/forum.php 
 
 
 


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Where were YOU in 2002?
 
 
Nearly 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.
Note: You must be logged in as a Member to comment.
 


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Welcome Genealogists!
 
For over 24 years 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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