20 November 2021


Speaker: C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL
Topic: It’s Coming! Getting Ready for the 1950 Population Census.

Brief Description: When this census is released in April 2022, it will be full of possibilities for extending your family knowledge. However – it will not be indexed, at least not for a few months. The major players in indexing haven’t said how it will be accomplished, but one entity has hinted at using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for the 1st scan. So, with over 150 million people enumerated and nothing indexed, how do you find who you are looking for? What do all the codes and lines mean? What does the form look like? How did the tabulators tamper with it? And what information does it tell us about the “Silent Generation” (those born from 1928-1945)?

Speaker Bio: Ann Staley, CG®, CGLSM, is an educator, consultant, and lecturer. She is on the faculty of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies; Education Chair, Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc.; Vice-President, Genealogical Speakers Guild; author of several articles for the NGS Magazine; and co-author of the NGS Research in the States Series-Florida. Her specialties are Methodology, Research Sources, Computer Resources, Vital Records and their Sources, Conference Planning, and assisted genealogy research trips.

17 July 2021


Speaker: Diane L. Richard
Topic: Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Invaluable to ALL Southern Research!

Description: This is a Recorded Archived FSGS Webinar presentation.
We overlook records that we think pertain to only one group of people. The Freedmen’s Bureau records cover more than freed slaves – they include ex-soldiers, impoverished widows, small children, and destitute parents. They include ration, school, court, marriage, military, and more records, along with incredibly personal correspondence regarding loved ones.

Presenter: Diane L Richard is the Principle of Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com. She has M.E. and M.B.A. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina, other Southern States and migration paths to the Mississippi River. She has researched NC roots for the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode. Since 2006 she has authored almost 300 articles on genealogy topics for such publications as Internet Genealogy, Your Genealogy Today (was Family Chronicle), NCGS Journal, and local WCGS publications (newsletters and journal). Since 2010 she has been the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society and published over 1900 posts. She is currently editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) journal and Wake Treasures, the journal of the Wake County Genealogical Society.

21 August 2021


Speaker: Kimberly Nagy, MD, PLCGS
Topic: “Dropsy, Quinsy, or Consumption: Just Exactly What Did My Ancestor Have?”

Description: Have you ever wondered what some of the medical terms found on old documents really mean? What is the modern term for those diseases? Was it treatable? Was it contagious? Was this an epidemic? This lecture discusses several commonly used terms for medical ailments.

Presenter: Kimberly Nagy, MD PLCGS has been researching her ancestry for over forty years.  Much of her experience predates the internet and she loves the smell of old books in libraries, courthouses and archives. Now retired from her career as a Trauma Surgeon, she can devote all of her time to her passion – Genealogy! She has extensive experience with Lineage Society applications and loves to lecture – both of these are reflected in her work as a Professional Genealogist.

18 September 2021


Speaker: Lisa A. Alzo
Topic: No Easy Button: Using Immersion Genealogy to Understand Your Ancestors

Description: Family history is so much more than just names, dates, and places, or boxes, lines, and charts. For 21st century genealogists, it is easy to limit our research to the documents or other facts we find online, or to what others tell us to be true. Learn how to take your research a step further to understand your ancestors’ lives through “immersion genealogy”—the process of discovering where they lived, worked, and worshipped, and experiencing those customs and traditions they passed down through the generations. Key resources, methodology, and tips for reaching out to relatives and repositories, and how to make the most out of a trip to your ancestor’s hometown (whether in North America or across the pond) will be discussed.

Presenter: Lisa grew up in Duquesne , Pennsylvania , and currently resides in Ithaca , New York. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Lisa began writing creatively in the fourth grade with an assignment entitled, “All About Me,” and went on to win several English/Writing awards in high school and college. Lisa has published articles in Ancestry Magazine, Discovering Family History Magazine, Family Chronicle , Family Tree Magazine , Genealogical Computing, Reunions Magazine, NGSNews Magazine, Reunions Magazine, Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, FEEFHS Journal and Rocenka: Journal of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. An avid genealogist for 26 years, Lisa currently teaches online genealogy courses for Family Tree University and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is the recipient of the 2002 Mary Zirin Prize given by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies to recognize the achievements of independent scholars, and is a frequently invited speaker for national conferences, genealogical and historical societies. She is the author of ten books

20 March 2021

Membership virtual show and tell. Since we can’t all get together and socialize, here’s your chance to share and tell us about your family! We have done this in past years in person, and it has been a lot of fun!

You can share any of the following:

  • Artifacts
  • Favorite finds
  • Heirlooms
  • Traditions
  • Family Secrets
  • Family Stories 

This will be a Zoom event open to all members to show or tell your genealogy related story.  There are a few requirements to participate (anyone can watch)

  • You must have a computer with a camera and reliable internet service
  • You must sign up in advance
  • Time is limited to 3 – 5 minutes
  • You may show photos and documents from your computer as long as you have tested it in advance.
  • Participants must attend a test meeting (date to be announced)  prior to the actual meeting so we can be sure that all technology is working properly.

To sign up, email:  info@jaxgen.org

Give your name, topic, and approximate time of your presentation ( 3 – 5 minutes)

20 February 2021


Brief Description: JGS recently received an interesting research request to look into the life and relationships of a young woman born in Jacksonville in 1899. The person requesting the research is a descendant of the son of the young woman in question. The son was born in Jacksonville, but after the death of his mother was adopted in California. The research takes us on a journey from Jacksonville to Atlanta, Alaska, and California. It is an interesting story because there are many sources of information AND many voids in the document trail. Along the way we find dead ends, supposition, and family stories — but also many important events for which we find solid evidence of steps in the life of this young woman and her son. Ultimately, we are left with as many questions as answers, but also with a sense of the lives of the people involved and the many interesting twists and turns they experience. After the presentation Society members are invited to suggest other steps we might take to find answers to our questions.

Speaker Bio: Joel Warner has been interested in genealogy from a young age. He still has a pedigree chart which he copied from his grandmother’s research at the age of 8, written in his third-grade penmanship. He spends much of his research time helping others get started in family history. He also likes to collect stories of those “coincidences” many genealogists experience when information comes together in the most unlikely circumstances. Joel and his wife Alzina are members of the Jacksonville Genealogy Society, The Southern Genealogist’s Exchange Society, and the planning committee of the North Florida Genealogy Conference. Alzina is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Colonists.

21 November 2020

Speaker: C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL

Topic: Slave Narratives: Telling the Story of Slavery and Families

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Brief Description: The WPA Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) of the late 1930s provides us with more than 2,300 first-person accounts of former slaves. This collection provides autobiographical experiences of the slavery institution. But how can we use this rich resource? Can they be relied upon? The slave narratives, with their autobiographical accounts, can provide insight into the institution, and rich context and clues for family research.

Speaker Bio: Ann is an educator and consultant. Her specialties are Methodology, Research Sources, Computer Resources, Vital Records and their Sources, and Conference Planning. She is the author of several articles for the NGS Magazine and the co-author of the NGS Research in the States Series-Florida.

17 October 2020

Speaker: Michael John Neill

Topic: What it Does Not Say

Brief Description: Many times, a record only scratches the surface of what was going on when that record was created. This lecture looks at why a record was created and how state statute, common practice, economic situations, family issues, and other factors may be the “real story” behind any document. Also discusses how to determine (when possible) what those “unwritten” issues were.

Speaker Bio: Michael John Neill has been researching his genealogy since the early 1980s. His roots lie in most US states east of the Mississippi, as well as the Midwest, and includes Mayflower immigrants and more recent arrivals. He has written on genealogical topics since the late 1980s and has lectured nationally at a wide variety of local, regional, and national conferences and workshops. He maintains five blogs including Genealogy Tip of the Day, Genealogy Search Tip, and Casefile Clues. Michael leads annual research trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He is a community college mathematics instructor with a master’s degree in mathematics.

19 September 2020

Speaker: Judy Fambrough-Billingsley

Topic: “Researching, Writing and Publishing Your Family Legacy”

Description: Judy shares her experience searching for her roots. She will share what she has learned about leveraging resources when researching your family tree, whether found on the Internet or offline, and how to verify the information you discover. Participants interested in writing their own biography or family history will receive plenty of ideas to help them create their own unique story in a way that they will be proud to share it. Judy will also offer helpful publishing and marketing tips when choosing to make it public. The discussion will also cover how to prepare yourself emotionally for what you might unexpectedly discover while doing your research.

Bio: Judy was born in Germany shortly after the end of World War II and is the daughter of an African-American soldier and a German woman.  She was placed in an orphanage in Germany before being adopted by an American Couple.  Judy is the author of the book “Too Brown to Keep: A search for Love, Forgiveness, and Healing.”