Isle of Eight Flags
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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.
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 They grow steadily as we uncover and document additional unpublished record sets to reach a wider audience.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
February 2020 Regular Meeting
Genealogies of the Dutch Settlement in Seventeenth Century America
Speaker: Michael Lewis
February 18, 2020, 7pm
Michael Lewis will share insights and advice collected from over fifteen years of conducting genealogy research on the Wyckoff family in America when the first generation of the Wyckoff family arrived on the ship Rensselaerswyck in 1637. Included will be a 60 year timeline of family movements and events, and a genealogy of the layer-upon-layer of multiple data sources that began to reveal extremely detailed and personal information on the Wyckoff family, one of the truly founding families of America.
Subjects presented in the discussion will include: The startup of the New Netherlands settlements at Fort Orange, Rensselaerswijck, Beverwijck, and others near present day Albany, New York, and also Amersfort, Breuckelen, Boswicjk, Haerlem and others near Manhattan Island, Long Island and New Amsterdam; a short discussion of religions in the Dutch colonies, Government authority, Dutch leaders, immigration, Indian wars, and living in the colonies; records generated on emigrating ships and throughout the Dutch colonies; Dutch genealogy sources and where to find them; and a short discussion of the status of current and planned Dutch genealogy projects in America and around the world, and the potential impact on future Dutch genealogy research.
About the Speaker:
Michael Lewis lives in Fernandina Beach and retired in 2017 after 37 years as an International Program Manager of Weapons Systems at Lockheed Martin Corporation. He currently has his own business as a Government Contractor, Lewis DFM Technologies, which provides Design and Manufacturing consulting and training to the US Navy, as well as to global commercial companies, including NASA, Ford Motor Company, John Deere, Lycoming, General Electric, Olympus, Harris Corporation, Halliburton and dozens of others.
Mr. Lewis has spent most of his adult life conducting genealogy research on his family in Wales and Scotland and his wife's Dutch family roots. He is a member of the Amelia Island Genealogical Society.
Please join us for our next AIGS Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, 18 February 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
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!
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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