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Records from Nassau County Deed Book A – 1840-1842

p.1 Territory of Florida, Nassau CountyThomas I. Higginbotham to Joseph Higginbotham for- $700Negro woman called Susan about 26 yrs old, dark complexion26 June 1840Witness: James T. ONeill, Asaph DunbarSpicer C. Braddock, County Clerk p.2 Territory of Fla, Nassau County20 Dec 1839. Antonio Deas to James Lang. $50. Property in OldTownWitness: Domingo Acosta, John A. CavidoFrancis D. Pouck (?), mayor, verified p.4 James Bissant to Wm Wilker/Wilks and R. W. Kirkland$250 for 640 acres on waters of Boggy Swamp and the Kings Roadformer property of Lewis Thigpen3 Dec 1835Witness: William Luan(?), Samuel Russell p.5 William Wilkes to R. W. Kirkland $200320………

Lockwood-Brooks

From a 1929 Fernandina Newspaper Mr. And Mrs. W. M. Brooks of Fernandinaannounce the marriage of their daughterFrancis Alphia,toMr. Robert B. Lockwoodon Monday, September sixteenth,nineteen hundred and twenty-nine. The ceremony was performed at the bride’s home by the Rev. W. T. Overstreet, in the presence of members of the immediate families of the bride and bridegroom. The bride was becomingly gowned in an ensemble of navy blue transparent velvet with hat and accessories to harmonize. Mrs. Lockwood, who has many friends, complted her high school education at McPhaul Institute, Sylvester, Ga. Later Mrs. Lockwood attended Georgia State college, Milledgeville, Ga.,………

Sanders-Wild Marriage

From an unknown newspaper 1926 Sunday afternoon, July 4, 1926, the marriage of Miss Grace Sanders and Mr. Kelly K. Wilds was solemnized by the pastor, Rev. T. J. Herring, at the First Baptist Church. The church was decorated with white daisies and fern. A chain of daisies was gracefully draped from the choir loft and vases of them made a border around the altar which was most effective. Miss Alice Dana and brother, Mr. Joe Dana, played very sweetly upon the piano and violin and promptly at three o’clock the wedding march pealed forth and the groom and his………

Muster Roll of Company B, 1st Regiment, Fernandina, 1902-1907

Contributed by Lynn James 2 April 1902 – 30 September 1902 Mullen, Louis, CaptHunter, Edgar J., 1st LieutJeffreys, R. A., 1st SgtNagel, Peter, Qmstr SgtWilliams, Carl H., SgtMizell, J. Jr., SgtKelly, Dan A., SgtCarleton, Robert P., Sgt Hall, Henry W., CplMcNain, C. Brandon, CplFolsom, Frank B., CplMcDonell, Eugene P., CplJohnson, J. P., CplBrooks, Council M., CplLivingston, J. Felix, MusicianWolff, Edwin L., Artificer Privates: Byrd, Chas.Baker, James M.Boen, John R.Carrio, Mannie J.Dougherty, LevanGoldstein, LouisGoldstein, HarryHall, J. B. GordonKelly, FrankManucy, Robt S.Livingston, Woodward C.Rofen, J. ArthurRutishauser, Walter J. Starbuck, Harry F.Sharp, Chas B.Smith, A. W.Silva, Geo.Wilds, W. NaylorWilliams, James A.Wilson, W. B.Wingate,………

Burials at Bosque Bello Cemetery

The following persons are buried at Bosque Bello Cemetery according to the city cemetery records. However, no marker, either temporary or permanent, was found when the Cemetery Committee made its inventory of Bosque Bello in 1997. Anyone wishing further information should contact the City of Fernandina Beach. NameBurial DateAndrews, EllisOctober 21, 1995Baker, Frances LucilleNovember 21, 1991Battison, Helen M.September 6, 1991Brennan, Suzanne RobinsMarch 30, 1993Brown, BerthaNovember 2, 1996Brown, JacobNovember 30, 1993Bunch, Walter PhillipOctober 1, 1996Butler, Anthony BernardJuly 24, 1993Coes, JasonSeptember 17, 1992Collins, Pricilla A.March 3, 1995Dorman, Mary CorinneOctober 1, 1996Drummer, Joanne MarieNovember 25, 1994Everhart, Betty AnnDecember 7, 1992Fiala, PatrickOctober 4, 1994Foster,………

Jury for the Fall Term – October 1881

from The Florida Mirror, October 15, 1881 The following is a list of the jury drawn for the fall term of the Circuit Court for this county, which convenes at Lyceum Hall on Tuesday next: Grand Jurors: John H. BraddockArthur SteilNathan J. FourakerN. A. HicksRichard AustinD. W. GibsonStephen D. KirklandGeorge W. HodgesEdward Colson B. G. DyalC. A. NoyesSimon LightseyJ. H. DawsonR. H. JonesF. C. SuhrerClem. BowenW. W. CushenHenry E. Dotterer Petit Jurors: John BootheJ. N. GreenEmil O. FriendJ. H. BradleyJoseph AndersonAbner DavisJackson MizellMonroe DavisJ. T. Gunn Thomas E. BlissThomas KyddW. W. McCulleyJ. C. BufordHenry NettlesJ. C. SnowballB. F. DavisJ. H.………

Mortuary Reports – March-May 1884

June 7, 1884, from The Florida Mirror “The mortality list we publish covers three months, and embraces not only the city of Fernandina, but Amelia Island, a population of over 3000 persons. It will be noted that but 2 white adults are included, one of an advanced age. That a large proportion of the deaths are children, and that the death rate for the whole population does not exceed a ratio of 4 per cent per annum, a statement that speaks well for the health of Fernandina.” Mortuary Report of Amelia Island for Months of March, April and May. Furnished………

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Genealogy Articles

“Ancestor Road Show” 2022

During our Annual Meeting, on November 15, members had the opportunity to talk briefly about a family heirloom or tell a family history, as part of our traditional show-and-tell. Marcia Pertuz started us off with a PowerPoint presentation on town bands in the early 1900s. We also learned that in…

President’s Message for October 2022

It’s beginning to feel like fall on the Island and that means your Society is starting to prepare for 2023. Beginner Class preparation have begun by the Education Committee and those on last years waiting list have already been notified so they can signup before the announcement is made to…

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Finding Women in County, State, and Federal Records

Our October 18 program was a virtual presentation on Finding Women in County, State, and Federal Records: What You Really Need to Know by Margo Fariss Brewer. The presentation was followed by 26 attendees in the Library meeting room and 3 members who signed in from home. Despite some technical…

2023 AIGS Membership Renewal

October is here already!  It has been a year of recovery for AIGS after the 2021 COVID impacts.  We have grown our membership numbers from 83 (2021 year end) to our current count of 122.  The 2022 monthly meeting presentations have been quite varied, both in topic and format –…

Fun and Foibles

On Tuesday, September 20, we were treated to an informative and very entertaining presentation by Joel Warner, President of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society.  Joel had come to Amelia Island to talk to us about four cases he had worked on during his research in England.  He managed to involve the…

Free Genealogy Forms

The following forms will enable our membership to create and document their family history in a more organized manner. The number and types of these forms will increase over time as they are created. Starting out we have a basic set of forms that should encourage better record keeping. Each…

The Nassau County Genealogist

The Nassau County Genealogist  – Change in Year-End Mailing Procedures

Considering increased postage and printing costs, the AIGS Board has made the decision to discontinue the automatic mailing of The Nassau County Genealogist issues remaining in members’ folders at year end.  This will apply only to members who reside locally (Nassau County); mailing will continue for out-of-county and Organization memberships….

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