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Timucuan Village by Theodore de Bry

President’s Message for September 2021

August General Meeting Highlights I want to personally thank Prof. Keith Ashley for an outstanding presentation about the ongoing archaeological excavations on Big Talbot Island. If you were unable to attend our first in-person meeting since Covid_19, then you also missed one of the best speakers we’ve been able to schedule! If your perception of what a Timucuan village looked like back in the 16th Century is tied to Theodore de Bry’s engraving, pictured here, then you have been deceived. The excavation is showing that the depiction is largely the fanciful artistry of de Bry, where he reused features found in other tribal villages and applied it to whatever tribe he was engraving at the time. History shows us that tribes were distinct and reliant on the resources around them. Their utensils, tools, food, and homes were all dependent on the resources available. The findings at Mocama are based on three themes described by Prof. Ashley: Hereditary Leaders Ranked Clans Social Inequality Mocama is not the only dig Prof. Ashley is leading, we hope to have him back in 2022 to discuss the findings from the other excavation! July General Meeting Highlights I missed commenting about our virtual meeting held in July as I was still working on a personal family writeup, the fruition of that presentation. As we did in June, we featured a video lecture from Prof. John Philip Colletta, part of the genealogy DVD series by The Great Courses called Discovering your roots : an introduction to …

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President’s Message for August 2021

We are back! I am happy to announce that we will begin in-person general meetings starting this month with a presentation by Prof. Keith Ashley of UNF on 17 August 2021 at 7pm in the Fernandina Beach Library community room. Prof. Ashley’s presentation will update us on the dig he and his team have been conducting on Big Talbot Island. While not genealogy specific, an understanding of the historical aspects of the area your ancestors lived in is important when researching. It helps us place those family facts in an historical context. Don’t have family from Nassau County? Neither do I, but I’ll still be there, as this is sure to be an intriguing presentation! Due to the active spread of Covid in our community we strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask, as we will not be able to socially distance ourselves. I am excited that the programming committee was able to book him. Great job! Speaking of committees, we are in the process of re-activating two different committees. One of the things I noticed when redeveloping the AIGS website was that the cemetery project was incomplete. It’s actually been over a decade since any group has traipsed the cemeteries of Nassau County in order to record those interred there and make a survey of all markers, including photographs. If you like to get out and walk around cemeteries then perhaps this is a good fit for you? Please contact our Vice-President James Shroads if you’d like to help …

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