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.

February 2017

Date: 18 February 2017

Speaker: Chris Bass

Topic:Passing pictures and memories on to the next generation.

Brief Description:Getting your family photographs ready to pass to the next generation is an enormous task.I will share my experiences on how to start, and give suggestions on how to sort, name, and scan pictures. I will briefly discuss photo restoration using Adobe Photoshop Elements, and give tips on managing your digital media. So, come learn the steps involved in organizing your family photographs and documents so that you can enjoy them now, and have them ready to pass on to the next generation.

Speaker Bio: Chris was born in Freeport Illinois. She attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She raised her family in Warsaw, Indiana. She moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2004. Chris was in charge of the Genealogy and Local History Department for the Clay County Public Library for eleven years. She set up the Clay County History Vertical File. She also teaches introductory and intermediate computer classes for the library. She is an avid amateur photographer.She has five grown children, two step-children, fifteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She has numerous pictures of all of them. She is in the process of organizing her family photos.

March 2017

North Florida Genealogy Conference

[NOTE: this conference replaces the regular March meeting of JGS]

--- No Membership Meeting ---

JGS is proud to be one of the sponsoring organizations of the North Florida Genealogy Conference. Teaming up with the Southern Genealogists Exchange Society and the Family History Centers in the area, this is the 7th year for the conference. In the past, the conference has had an attendance of 200-300 participants. The 2017 Conference promises to be as good as the predecessors. Here are a few highlights of the conference.

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for check-in and the opening session is at 8:45 am.

Location: The LDS church located at 461 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 32073. This is South of the Orange Park Mall and immediately adjacent to Orange Park High School.

Again this year they will be offering one-on-one help in the Family History Center and help with your Brick Wall problems.

The website ( contains much more information about the conference and the schedule of the lectures and presenters. There are lectures on Colonial Records, Adoption, Search Strategies, Courthouse Research, and much more.

April 2017

Date: 15 April 2017

Speaker: C. Ann Staley, CGSM, CGLSM
Topic: The Everyday Life of Our Ancestors


 Brief description: Our ancestors lived life between those dashes on their gravestone. Using our life as an example, how can we parallel it to theirs? They ate and drank, married and had families, dressed, had trades and occupations, practiced a religion, dabbled in the arts and sciences, participated in politics and economics, etc. This lecture will examine the various aspects of life and provide resources to discover the historical context and personal details of our ancestors' lives. A case study will be presented.


Speaker Bio: Ann is an instructor, consultant, trip leader and lecturer. She is the Education Chairman for JGS; the Secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild; on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies; and a Trustee of the Florida State Genealogical Society. Her specialties are Methodology, Research Sources, Computer Resources, Conference Planning, and Assisted Research Trips to the Family History Library. She is the compiler of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc. Quarterly Full Name Index, Volumes 1 through 4, 1973 through 1976, the author of several articles for the NGS Magazine, and the co-author of the NGS Research in the States Series-Florida.  

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