Genealogists often have overlapping interests and skillsets (or lack thereof) with other genealogists. These overlapping genealogical interests and skillsets are perfect for groups of members to create a group around. We call these Special Interest Groups, or SIGs for the abbreviated shortened version. SIGs from the board. These groups can meet virtually or in person and can be anywhere from 2-12 people (you get more than 12 and they kind of defy the definition of “small”). It’s up to each group how often to meet, and when to meet. The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will support you in your interests, setting up these groups, and getting the word out to the membership. These groups are for members only! It’s one of those benefits of membership we like to talk about on the website.
Covid had us shut these groups down for the past year, but it’s time to start these groups back up. The following SIGs are registering for 2022. Each SIG sets their own dates and time for meetings, how frequently they meet, and whether to meet in person or virtually. If you’re at all interested, please register for the group on their individual pages.
Mastering Genealogical Documentation
This small interest group will work through the book “Mastering Genealogical Documentation” by Thomas W. Jones. One of the most frustrating parts of genealogy is properly sourcing material used to document the facts around our ancestors lives. Participants are expected to have a copy to read, study and work the end of chapter exercises, and to participate in monthly meetings. Times, dates, and whether this is a virtual or in-person group meeting will be decided by those indicating they want to participate.
Writing Your Ancestors Life Story
At some point in the process of conducting genealogical research, you should desire to save and pass down to your descendants those stories you’ve discovered about your ancestors. We’re not talking BMD facts (birth, marriage, death), but who were they, what did they do during their life, and how did they contribute to society and the world around them? With a combination of video and working through the manuscript “Guide to Genealogical Writing” by Penelope Stratton and Henry Hoff, participants in this group will not only begin the process of putting pen to paper and writing these stories, but actually start writing!