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December 2, 2016 By: Jean Mann
December 2016
It has been my pleasure to serve as your president for the past two years.  It has been a learning experience to work with an outstanding Executive Board which is composed of an extraordinary group of members who are willing to give of their time and talents to further the work of the Amelia Island Genealogical Society. 
Having been a member since the inception of the organization in 1992, it has been gratifying to see the progress we have made in reaching members of our community who are interested in finding their past.  Our ongoing Beginning Genealogy Classes in January of each year has provided an invaluable source of information over the years.  We have built a collection of research materials for our Library which has become one of the best in Northeast Florida.  We are grateful to the Nassau County Public Library for its purchase of books which complement the collection.  Our contribution to the community for many years has been to assist in the purchase of the annual subscription to for the Fernandina Branch Library which is used by many local citizens who are not members of our organization.   Our website is a source of information for genealogists across the country and our databases are improving on a constant basis.
As we enter a new year with new leadership, I look forward to continuing as the immediate past president on the Executive Board.  Dawn Bostwick will be an outstanding president for you.  If you have suggestions on how to make AIGS a better organization or you have ideas for programs you would like have provided, please share those ideas with Dawn.
I would like to thank all of the past presidents who have provided guidance and support as well as, you the members.  Thank you for the opportunity you provided to me.

December 2, 2016 By: Jean Mann
November 2016
You will see information throughout this month’s Geneline concerning our November 15th annual meeting, but I want to emphasize the importance of your attendance at this meeting.  November is always our annual meeting when we elect officers and directors for the coming year and approve the budget for the next year.  We must have a quorum of 25% of our membership or 30 members to conduct our business.  If you cannot attend, please complete the proxy and mail to our Post Office Box 6005, Fernandina Beach 32035.
Our Nominating Committee, composed of Larry Conte, Kay Watt and Charlie Finnegan, has done an outstanding job in finding and presenting a slate of officers to serve the Society for 2017.  The proposed slate can be found elsewhere in this publication.
We like to have fun at this annual meeting, so once again, will have our Ancestor Roadshow.  If you have DNA results and have made an interesting “find,” please come and be prepared to share your story.  Alternatively, you can bring an heirloom and share that story with the group.  This is always an interesting meeting, so we look forward to seeing you.
December 2, 2016 By: Jean Mann
October 2016
Jodi Friedman, Casting Director for Sirens Media and Leftfield Entertainment, recently sent out the following letter which is self-explanatory:  We’re currently casting a groundbreaking new series for one of the major TV networks that will feature passionate descendants, historians, and history enthusiasts. Specifically, we are looking for individuals who want to challenge history, and are confident that the history books got something wrong. Our series will dive into an active investigation with distant relatives of notable historical figures, as well as passionate history buffs on a mission to reveal the truth about a historical event. People must have some sort of proof, whether it be a diary, photographs, documents, etc. We are looking to cover all time periods, everything from ancient Greece to Obama’s presidency – nothing is too old or too recent. If you (or someone you know) has physical evidence of something that can possibly rewrite history – and the passion prove it – we want to hear from you ASAP!
Please spread the word! My contact info is below if anyone has questions.  Jodi Friedman, Casting Director, 212.564.2607 x2648,
2017 FGS Conference in Pittsburgh, PA – Even though the 2016 Conference is only a few weeks past, it is not too early to book hotel reservations for the 2017 Conference which will be held August 30 to September 2, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with the theme “Building Bridges to the Past.”  The Westin Convention Center is the Main Conference Hotel (866-716-8108) and the Omni William Penn Hotel (412-281-7100).  Both are conveniently located near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center are are offering reduced rates for FGS Conference attendees.
Do You Want to Share your Expertise? – The Nominating Committee is still looking for members who are willing to share their expertise as leaders of our society.  If you are interested in serving as an officer, please contact me at 904-261-0211 or
Looking Forward to our Annual Meeting – The Annual Meeting of AIGS will be held on November 15, 2016.  We will plan to have our own “Genealogy Roadshow,” so plan on bringing a special heirloom that you would like to share with the group.  You will be given a brief time to tell about your heirloom and/or the ancestor to whom it belonged.  Please read other information in this edition of the Geneline that gives additional details.
September 28, 2016 By: Jean Mann
September 2016
This and That
    In June of last year, the LDS Church’s FamilySearch service began a project to index the records of 4 million freed slaves.  The project is now complete.  Over 18,940 volunteers worked and uncovered the names of nearly 1.8 million of about 4 million pre-Civil war era slaves.  The Afro-American Genealogy and Historical Society and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture were partners with Family Search.
    Do you know what the headlines in the newspapers were the day you were born?  If you have an account at, you can enter your birth date.  When I did this, dozens of world-wide newspapers were available.  The common theme for the day of my birth ---- William O. Douglas appointed to the Supreme Court, ‘Stop Hitler’ Actions Begun, and Fans Wild as Cubs Near 4th Title.
    The computer industry is predicting that PCs will disappear within the next ten years and be replaced by cell phones, tablet computers and other lightweight computing divices.
    Have you made provision in your will for your genealogy research and your digital assets?  A revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act has been adopted by a number of states which lays out rules under which an executor can manage a decendent’s digital accounts.    To read an article by Andrea Coombes on this subject, go to      
     Do you have British ancestors?  British Airways and are joining forces and offering a sweepstakes with travel to London which includes 2 business-class tickets, one year membership to, 4 nights at the Sheraton Grand Luxury London Park Lane Hotel.  For contest details, go to:
September 28, 2016 By: Jean Mann
August 2016
            Do you have Canadian ancestors?  The Canadian non-profit organization, now has more than 1.5 million records on its website.  The site is maintained and staffed by unpaid volunteers.  You can submit headstone photos or learn more about the site at
            Did you know that photos exist of men who fought in the American Revolution?  Joe Bauman, a Utah journalist spent thirty years compiling images from early photographs.  The images are of a shoemaker, two ministers, a doctor, a tavern-keeper, a blacksmith, a settler of the Ohio frontier and the captain of a coastal vessel.  To view the images, go to
            United Kingdom Reseach – Findmypast has recently added almost two million articles.  These include Worchestershire monument inscriptions from 178 parishes, monument inscriptions from Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshie in northern Scotland, monument inscriptions from 22 churches in Middlesex covering the period 1485 to 2014, and Devon burials, Northumberland and Durham marriages, baptisms and burials.  Visit to look at these records