Meeting Information


The Society council meetings are held the 3rd Saturday of the month from 12:00 p.m to 1:30 p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, Florida.


The Society monthly membership meetings are held the 3rd Saturday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, Florida.

April 2019 Date: 20 April 2019

1425 Chaffee Road South
Jacksonville, Florida

Speaker: George Leon Bass

Topic: Obituaries, A Trigger for Family History Research

Brief Description: This presentation will promote the use of obituaries, time lines, and family group sheets in family history research. It will include sources for obituaries as well as information that can be obtained from them. A "mountain cousin" discussion will deal with techniques for determining cousin relationships. It will also discuss the evolution and volatility of data on websites. A case study will be presented to demonstrate these concepts.

Speaker Bio: George Leon Bass grew up as the son of a moonshiner on a farm in Western North Carolina. He attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh. George has lived in Orange Park since 1972. He served as a pilot performing aeronautical engineering duty in the US Navy and retired in 1981. Since then he worked as an Adjunct Professor in Engineering Technology for Florida A&M University from 1986 to 1993. He was a computer scientist and small business owner until 2006. He has been involved with genealogy since 1972. He also has three published works.
May 2019 Date: 18 May 2019

Place:  Webb Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, Florida  

Speaker:  Melody Porter  

Topic: DAR/SAR  

Brief Description:  What is DAR/SAR and Why Should I Join? - Describes what the DAR/SAR is, why should you join, how to determine if your ancestors qualify and more.  

Speaker Bio:  Melody Porter’s background started in banking and mortgage finance, but as businesses transformed and began using computer software, she became a business analyst and project manager. She has been researching her genealogy for over 30 years. Melody specializes in Florida, Georgia and Native American research, but has a soft spot for French and English history. Proud to be a Native American (both Cherokee and Choctaw), Melody is a voting member of the Western Cherokee Tribe in Oklahoma. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA. She has attended The Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University in Birmingham, AL as well as local, state and national genealogy conferences (NGS & FGS) to stay up on the newest trends.   Now State Registrar for the Georgia State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (GSSDAR) and Thomasville GA DAR Chapter Registrar, Melody is utilizing her skills in genealogy combined with service to the community. Proud to prove her heritage for United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) through a Choctaw ancestor, Melody, her mother and aunt all recently became members of the Texas State Society of Mayflower Descendants (TXSOMD).
June 2019 TBD
July 2019 Date:  20 July 2019

Place:  TBD  

Speaker:  Sharon L. Gilley  

Topic:  Missing in America Project (MIAP)   Brief Description:  The Missing In America Project (MIAP) locates, identifies, and inters the unclaimed cremated remains of American Veterans.  Sharon will discuss the purpose of MIAP and its history and  discuss her work as a Florida Genealogist for MIAP.  

Speaker Bio:  Sharon is originally from NJ and has lived in Florida since 2001.  She is  a member of the Sophia Fleming Chapter NSDAR where she was Registrar from May 2017 through May 2019. She has been a National Defense Vice Chairman - MIAP with the Florida State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Winslow Heritage Society through her mother's lineage.    Sharon has a Bachelors in Arts - History from Columbia College and a Masters in Military History - Emphasis World War II from American Military University.

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