Land records are considered one of the most underused resources for amateur genealogists. September’s meeting featured AIGS own land record guru, James “Jim” Shroads. Jim made a living, late in life, by digging into these types of records for his legal practice. When you find people like Jim who are willing to share their knowledge of specific types of records, you should seek them out! Jim took what could have been a difficult subject matter and brought it down to a level that we could all understand. Well done Jim! If you missed his presentation, it was not recorded. Sorry! However, he instructs during our Beginning Genealogy Classes, and Land and Courthouse Records is one of the topics, so I expect he’ll repeat this presentation during January’s classes. Speaking of which, we are now taking reservations for our 2022 Beginning Genealogy Classes! Limited to only 24 seats, these classes fill up quickly. More details can be found here: Beginning Genealogy Course – First Session. Opportunities exist in our society for members to seek out and get assistance with their family history research. From our 1,000+ genealogy book collection at the Fernandina Beach library, our general meetings featuring specific genealogy topics, to our new Special Interest Group subjects, you can find a vast array of educational opportunities to increase your genealogy knowledge throughout the year. If ever you have a question, the library committee staffs the question and answer sessions at the library, and are more than willing to assist you …
This small interest group will work through the book “Mastering Genealogical Documentation” by Thomas W. Jones. One of the most frustrating parts of genealogy is properly sourcing material used to document the facts around our ancestors lives. Participants are expected to have a copy to read, study and work the end of chapter exercises, and to participate in monthly meetings. Times, dates, and whether this is a virtual or in-person group meeting will be decided by those indicating they want to participate.
Group Leader: Dennis Partridge At some point in the process of conducting genealogical research, you should desire to save and pass down to your descendants those stories you’ve discovered about your ancestors. We’re not talking BMD facts (birth, marriage, death), but who were they, what did they do during their life, and how did they contribute to society and the world around them? With a combination of video and working through the manuscript “Guide to Genealogical Writing” by Penelope Stratton and Henry Hoff, participants in this group will begin the process of putting pen to paper and writing these stories. Times, dates, and whether this is a virtual or in-person group meeting will be decided by those indicating they want to participate. If you have a question about this group please fill out the comments below the signup form. Otherwise if you’re interested in joining, please fill out the form and click the link to signup. The group leader will contact you back! This SIG is open to AIGS members only. Membership has it’s benefits!
Genealogists often have overlapping interests and skillsets (or lack thereof) with other genealogists. These overlapping genealogical interests and skillsets are perfect for groups of members to create a group around. We call these Special Interest Groups, or SIGs for the abbreviated shortened version. SIGs from the board. These groups can meet virtually or in person and can be anywhere from 2-12 people (you get more than 12 and they kind of defy the definition of “small”). It’s up to each group how often to meet, and when to meet. The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will support you in your interests, setting up these groups, and getting the word out to the membership. These groups are for members only! It’s one of those benefits of membership we like to talk about on the website. Covid had us shut these groups down for the past year, but it’s time to start these groups back up. The following SIGs are registering for 2022. Each SIG sets their own dates and time for meetings, how frequently they meet, and whether to meet in person or virtually. If you’re at all interested, please register for the group on their individual pages. Mastering Genealogical Documentation This small interest group will work through the book “Mastering Genealogical Documentation” by Thomas W. Jones. One of the most frustrating parts of genealogy is properly sourcing material used to document the facts around our ancestors lives. Participants are expected to have a copy to read, study and work the end …
A large part of our collection of genealogy books has come from people like you donating their personal collection to be placed on the library shelves of the Fernandina Beach Library in the genealogy section. The vast majority of books present are part of our collection! This collection grows each year, and the following books have been donated so far this year.
While creating the Nassau County Florida Obituaries data set the Amelia Island Genealogical Society volunteers also extracted a list of those who attended the funeral. It was hoped that genealogists could utilize this list of people to find individuals who may have been related to the decedent.
An index of obituaries and death notices from the Fernandina Beach News-Leader, January 2016 – Present plus all obituaries from the News-Leader and some obituaries from the Florida Times- Union from October 1992 through December 2007. Obituaries from Nassau County Record from January 2017 – Present are now included.
This data includes 127 land transactions for Nassau County Florida, and includes the name of the individual who purchased the land, the signature date, the document number and the Florida Land transaction reference number. The General Land Office Records are available for Florida online at the Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records.