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.

May 2017

Date: 20 May 2017

Speaker: Denise Mortorff, M.O.B., Retired Lecturer

Topic: YOU FOUND IT WHERE? Organizations: How To Find Them & Access Their Collections For Genealogy Research

Thousands of organizations around the world house materials that can enable researchers in furthering their ancestry.  Learn about organization types, how to identify those pertinent to your research needs, and ways to access their collections. Considerations in creating effective research queries will be discussed if there is time.

Bio: 44 years of genealogy and counting.  Employed by the Tampa Public Library years ago, in their Special Collections Department, Denise helped patrons research about Florida including early state and Tampa Bay history, along with the use of materials in the vast genealogy collection, at that time, ranging from New England to Florida . She became entrenched in tracing her own family history and from that point on she has given presentations for many organizations and major conferences, published in periodicals, and done in depth research in England and its' early institutions particularly in London. She is a member of the Pipe Roll Society and other organizations. She has had two courses on and published a family history that was one of a small group of materials in the late 80s that was used to establish the copyright laws that are used for family history's in our Country today. NGS in their Qrtly described it as "among the best of its genre" in the Country that year. She also has Scot, Dutch and German ancestry but has not limited her understanding of how to do research to those areas.  She has two children, and two grandchildren, and is currently enjoying life in Georgia . A graduate of BYU's Management School in Organizational Behavior with experience leading her to teach at a university for several years. She collects seashells since a child, Depression era pewter, Colonial bank notes and friends.

June 2017 Date: 17 June 2017

Speaker: Melody Porter

Topic: Tribal Member or Just Indian? Always heard that you have Native American ancestry and think you want to join the tribe?  Learn the difference between researching for ancestry and actually being eligible for Tribal membership.  Federally recognized Native American Tribes have guidelines to enroll new members.   Find out who can and cannot be a Tribal Member and why. 
Melody discusses her Cherokee and Choctaw ancestry, why she is a member of only the Western Cherokee Tribe and how research will be different depending on your goals.

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 is a lover of history and family stories.  In her spare time, she has been researching her genealogy for over 30 years.  Escaping to Thomasville, Georgia, she made her getaway and is pursuing genealogy fulltime as a genealogy and history  researcher, lecturer and writer.  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 at Samford University in Birmingham, AL as well as local, state and national genealogy conferences (NGS & FGS) to stay up on the newest trends.  As a DAR member, she is constantly improving her research skills by helping others join DAR.  She has had her DNA tested as well as her parents DNA and enjoys finding new cousins.
July 2017

Date: 15 July 2017

Speaker: Nancy Waters Lauer (archived FSGS webinar presentation)

Topic: Your Ancestor Was…Occupations of Our Ancestors

So you have found the occupation of your ancestor, now what? Ancestral occupations can give clues to who our ancestors were, how they lived, where they lived, and most importantly, give them individual identity and personality. The sources that identify occupations are numerous. Church records, city directories, census records, wills, and land records are just a few that may list professions. Once you know how your ancestor earned a living, what’s next? This is where the inquisitive personality of a genealogist proves most valuable. The time spent researching can prove very rewarding. There is much we can discover about our families from their occupations and allow them to live again so that future generations can come to understand their heritage.

August 2017

Date: 19 August 2017

Miles Meyer

Topic: FamilySearch Unveiled is one of the largest FREE online genealogy databases. During this live demonstration we will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of the FS Family Tree, how to discover records using hints, how to find unindexed digital records, how sourcing works and why it is important, how to use the Wiki, and many other topics. Come learn how to use one of the most important genealogy sites on the internet.

September 2017 Date: 16 September 2017

Speaker: TBD

Topic:  TBD
October 2017 Date: 21 October 2017

Special Event with the Jacksonville Public Library This event is in the planning stage; updated information will be provided on our website.
November 2017

Date: 18 November 2017

In November our members will be our speakers as we have "Show and Tell', sharing family heirlooms and the stories behind them. We will also have election of officers for the coming two years, as well as an end-of-year social.

December 2017 No membership meeting.

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