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How to Convert Old Photographs, Slides, & Videos into Digital Formats

On April 18, 25 attendees to our monthly meeting, including nine guests, were treated to a very lively and informative presentation by Jo Lichten. Based on the experience with her own family, Jo explained how to preserve cherished memories for future generations. She showed how to convert photos, slides, and videos into digital formats, either by doing it yourself or by hiring a reputable company for the job. She reviewed equipment for DIYs, where to outsource and what costs to expect. We also learned about the advantages and disadvantages of storage places such as computers, jump (thumb) drives, external backup devices, and the cloud. Thank you, Jo, for a great program!

1905 Death Certificate _____ Releford

Genealogy and Wildcard Search Techniques

Nassau County death certificate #1914. is a great example of a poorly written record with significant deficiencies in the information. The rabbit hole I proceeded to jump into led me to a Nassau County family with at least 4 different spellings of their last name in the records. They were traceable, but how to find them wasn’t going to prove simple. Let’s step through the process I used to identify the individual in the death record and her family makeup. The key to this, was using wildcard searches. Don’t worry, I explain to you what those are. Are you ready to go down this rabbit hole with me?

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What’s new in Family Tree Maker?

Our January general meeting was attended last night by 35 people, a large portion of them visitors to our society. Mark Olsen did a wonderful job demonstrating the new version of FTM 2019, and we thank him for taking the time to do it!

2023 AIGS Membership – Please Renew or Join!

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 – we’ve had a great combination of in-person and virtual (live) presenters, covering subjects including DNA, local land grant and Fort Clinch history, ancestor research, the history of the US Census, and military records research. There is one more meeting this year – please join us for our November program!

“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 NY State each city, town, village, or borough has a town historian, who can be an invaluable source of information. Jim Shroads put time, place and information into context, based on a 90-year-old newspaper that he had found under his house during renovation work. Jean Mann went even further back in time. She showed us a 19th century Nassau County ballot box, and explained how elections were held in those days. Gus Reinwald told us the story about his father’s uncle, an inventor and held many patents, in particular of carnival rides which he opened all over the US and Canada. His story was illustrated by many photos, drawings and other documents. Finally, Dennis Partridge described the accomplishments of Thomas Hanson Braddock (1931-2022), culminating with his induction into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. Tom had given Dennis a pair of expensive boots, but as Dennis concluded: “I fit in Tom’s boots, but I don’t think I’ll ever fill them”. We thank all the presenters for their very entertaining and informative contributions.

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 difficulties, Margo gave us a comprehensive overview of various records that are most likely to include information on female ancestors.

2023 AIGS Budget

At the October AIGS Board Meeting (10/12/22), the proposed budget for 2023 was reviewed and adopted by the Board. The proposed budget will be presented for approval by the AIGS membership, at the Annual Meeting on November 15, 2022, 7pm (Fernandina Beach Public Library, 25 N 4th St, Community Meeting Room). 2022 has been a rebuilding year as we ramped back up our meeting programs and classes. We saw a growth in membership, not quite back to pre-COVID levels, but trending that way. In building the budget for 2023, we have forecasted a continued growth in membership. To meet our projected expenses (increasing as well), we expect a small draw from 2022 carryover funds may be necessary; this is reflected in the proposed budget shown below. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting Patti MillageTreasurer, AIGS Proposed Budget...

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2023 Slate of Candidates

Pursuant to Article XI of the Amelia Island Genealogical Society ByLaws the nominating committee submits the following slate of candidates for 2023. Position Candidate President James L. (“Jim”) Shroads Vice-President Judy Frey Secretary Patti Millage Treasurer Bob Frey At Large Director #1 Jean Mann At Large Director #2 Janet Loveless At Large Director #3 Robert (“Bob”) Keane At Large Director #4 Rob Portegies-Zwart Past President Dennis N. Partridge

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 – we’ve had a great combination of in-person and virtual (live) presenters, covering subjects including DNA, local land grant and Fort Clinch history, ancestor research, the history of the US Census, and military records research. There is one more meeting this year – please join us for our November program!

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