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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!

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 audience, while identifying flukes, errors and wrong assumptions, and demonstrating how perseverance and luck may help to solve problems. Thank you, Joel! 

How to Use DNA to Prove an Ancestor and a Hereditary Disorder

On Tuesday, July 19, an audience of 33 (including 7 guests) was treated to a highly entertaining and enlightening presentation by Sharon Clark Driscoll. Using her own DNA tests through AncestryDNA and 23andMe as examples, Sharon showed us the tools that are available to confirm ancestry lines, in particular the Shared cM Project 4.0. She also described a genetic health risk report provided by 23andMe, which reveals your risk level for developing certain health conditions.  To those who attended, as well as those who missed it, we recommend visiting the DNA Painter website: https://dnapainter.com/ Thank you, Sharon, for helping us to demystify our DNA results!

Crandall Cemetery

The Villiage of Crandall was platted in 1927, it had sprung up around the L. A. Davis and Brother’s Turpentine Mill located on the St. Mary’s River west of Roses Bluff circa 1895. The land was sold to Rayonier circa 1937. There was an African American church in Crandall. The 1910 Census, of Census District 4, which includes Crandall and Evergreen, was 75% African American (black/mullato) and had a total population of 210. There are two known marked graves and a large number of depressions that are likely grave sites. There are 30 known death certificates citing Crandall cemetery as the place of burial. The Crandall database lists the known and suspected based on death certificates and burials not just the existing grave markers. The cemetery is on Rayonier Forest Products’ land and prior approval is required to be escorted to the cemetery, snake-bite gaiter, orange safety vest, and hard hats will be provided, and four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended as approximately 4-miles of dirt roads are on the route.

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