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 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.  

May 2017

Date: 20 May 2017

Speaker: Denise Mortorff

Topic: TBD

June 2017 Date: 17 June 2017

Speaker: Melody Porter

Topic: TBD
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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