Presentation by Keith Ashley, UNF Professor of Anthropology. Located on Big Talbot Island, Sarabay was one of the local Mocama Indian communities mentioned by French and Spanish explorers during the 1560s. The University of North Florida (UNF) first investigated the site in 1998-99 and returned for more excavations in the fall 2020 and summer 2021. Artifacts recovered so far include thousands of fragments of indigenous pottery along with bone, shell, and stone tools. The recovery of a small collection of Spanish artifacts dates the site to AD 1580-1620. This presentation discusses the findings of ongoing excavations at the site of Sarabay. Bio: Keith Ashley is an archaeologist and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Florida.. His current research focuses on the indigenous peoples and histories of southeastern North America, particularly Florida. He is actively involved in archaeological excavations with UNF students throughout northeastern Florida.
The Amelia Island Genealogical Society board and officers meet monthly to handle the society business. AIGS membership is welcome to attend. Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/cwt-ekde-nihJoin by phone: (US) +1 650-667-2463 (PIN: 495225113)
Fundamentals of Land and Probate Records for Genealogists, with particular focus on Nassau County court records The purpose of this program is to provide an overview of the land and probate record keeping systems used in the United States of America. Land and probate record systems were created for economic and legal purposes, so understanding why and how those systems work aids the genealogist’s search to determine who our ancestors were, what they did, where, and when.
The AIGS Education Committee will hold it’s first meeting in anticipation of starting back our Beginning Genealogy classes in January! All current (and past) members of the committee are encouraged to attend, so that we can get ourselves off on the right course. The committee chair is Jean Mann, and please contact her from your personal members page.
This meeting will discuss the duties of the Membership Committee and begin work on developing a New Members Welcome Packet.
The programs committee will meet at the Fernandina Beach Library to discuss potential programs for 2022.
The Amelia Island Genealogical Society board and officers meet monthly to handle the society business. AIGS membership is welcome to attend. This meeting is virtual: https://meet.google.com/cwt-ekde-nih or phone in at +1 650-667-2463 (PIN: 495225113) Required Agenda Items The Board must approve the slate of candidates to serve in 2022. Board will also appoint an Audit Committee for 2021.
Theron Rogers, as a volunteer for Find a Grave, goes around on a Harley Davidson taking pictures of gravestones. Theron will give us a short introduction to Find a Grave, a website that allows you to see the burial sites of your family and friends. He will then tell us about his adventures on his motorcycle, the many cemeteries he visited and the fascinating graves he discovered and photographed.
This is a virtual webinar put on by the Florida State Genealogical Society for free. Any AIGS member can attend. The GoToWebinar link to register is here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2978814905850037262 We’ll explore how historical events channeled Germans into certain areas and how chain migration drew allied families together. Many migrated from NY/MD/PA down the Shenandoah Valley into VA, NC and SC. Accessible rivers and railroads led to the establishment of the German Triangle between Cincinnati, Milwaukee and St. Louis. The National Road and German-language advertisements channeled them to Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin and points west. The 1848 Revolution led them to the Texas German Belt. Knowing where your ancestors settled in the mid-1800s can often lead you backwards by considering the migration routes of other Germans, particularly allied families. Presenter Sharon Cook MacInnes, Ph.D., CG, is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Genealogical Society. She specializes in Pennsylvania land records, colonial research, and methodology. Her 35-year chase over Pennsylvania for elusive ancestors revealed the importance of land to our ancestors and led her to publish the series “Early Landowners of Pennsylvania: Atlas of Township Warrantee Maps of *** County.” To date, she has compiled and published 8 volumes of county atlases pinpointing the original tracts and their owners. Sharon is the CEO of Ancestor Tracks (http://ancestortracks.com) which is dedicated to publishing online free, downloadable 19th-century maps of every county of Pennsylvania to be used with census records and published county histories.
Membership committee meeting.