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.

September 2019 Date:  21 September 2019

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

Speaker:  Kathy Stickney  

Topic:  Researching Your War of 1812 Soldiers

Brief Description: This talk begins with a brief sketch of the War of 1812, including sayings and songs that came out of the war. It then explores the various records available on War of 1812 soldiers. Topics included are: where to begin your research, discovering your soldier's unit (muster rolls), military service records, pensions, and military bounty land grants. Attention is given to the genealogical gems that can come from the various records. Information is provided on what is available online and how to order copies of records from the National Archives.

Speaker Bio: Kathy Stickney graduated from Florida State University with undergraduate and graduate degrees and has been researching her family for 26 years. Kathy's family traces back from Alabama to England (her father's side) and from Indiana to England and Germany (her mother's side). She has attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research in Washington, D.C. and the Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research; she has had numerous articles published in genealogical and historical magazines. Kathy is active in her local genealogical society, the DAR, and Daughters of the War of 1812. Both Kathy and her husband are members of the Florida State Genealogical Society and serve on the FSGS Pioneer Descendant Certification Committee as reviewers and records administrators. Kathy has proven several family lines as First Families of Ohio and First Families of Pennsylvania.

September 2019 Date: 22 September 2019

Place: St. Paul Catholic Church Auditorium, 2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Family Tree Maker is coming to Jacksonville to put on a presentation about what's new and exciting in the newest version, to be released later this summer. Along with the introduction to the newest features, they will discuss the basic how-to's of Family Tree Maker and give you an insight to the partner printing products, Charting Companion and Family Book Creator. They will also dive into how to use your DNA results to validate your current family tree.

Please join in for a great event! Come with questions and be ready to learn. To register, please go to the link below at Eventbrite and click on the green "Register" button. This will help them plan for seating.
October 2019 Date: 19 October 2019 – JGS 50th Birthday Celebration – 2 Special Presentations

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

Speaker: C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL

Topic: America's New Deal: The WPA's Federal Project Number One

Brief Description: The Works Progress Administration (later changed to Work Projects Administration) (WPA) carried out many public works projects (many still visible today); however, the smaller projects were just as effective. Federal Project Number One consisted of 5 separate divisions/projects employing artists, musicians, actors and actresses, historians, researchers, and writers, to name a few. The Federal Art Project, Federal Music Project, Federal Theatre Project, Federal Writers Project, and the Historical Records Survey contributed to the success of the WPA and to the employment record of the US. This presentation will provide information on each division/project and their contributions; however, the focus will mainly be on the last two - the Federal Writers Project, and the Historical Records Survey and some of the publications and inventories they created.

Speaker Bio: C. Ann Staley, CG®, CGL(SM), is an educator, consultant, and co-leader of Ann-Mar Genealogy Trips. She is the Education Chair for the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc.; the Membership Chair of the Genealogical Speakers Guild; on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies; and a Director 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 and the Allen County Public Library. She is the author of several articles for the NGS Magazine, and the co-author of the NGS Research in the States Series-Florida.

Speaker: Karen Rhodes

Topic: Humans of Old St. Augustine: The Tragic Death of Dr. Darcy

Brief Description: In 1809, the Irish physician John Darcy, resident of St. Augustine, took his own life by an overdose of laudanum. The tale of the hours leading up to this event, and the history of Dr. Darcy, presents a mystery story from St. Augustine's past, taken directly from the inquest into the death.

Speaker Bio: Karen Packard Rhodes went back to college at 60, earning two post-baccalaureate degrees in Spanish and History at the University of North Florida. She then earned a Master of Liberal Arts in Florida Studies at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. She has been the principal investigator for St. Augustine, 1784 – 1821, for the website, La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas, and is the author of Non-Federal Censuses of Florida: A Guide to Sources (McFarland, 2010).
November 2019 Date: 16 November 2019

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

Speaker: Paul Howes

Topic: Crossing the Atlantic – for Beginners

Brief Description: Most of our families came here from somewhere else, usually Europe, of course. Often we might know the country, but just knowing that is rarely enough, especially if your name is Smith or Andersen, or if national borders have since changed. How do we find the actual location where the person came from so we can visit or engage a local researcher? Paul will review the available resources to help you figure out the detail. There are many more than you might think!

Speaker Bio: An actuary by profession, before retiring almost ten years ago and moving to Florida, Paul had been a senior partner in a global consulting firm. He has lived in six countries, and worked in over fifty. Paul has been a keen genealogist for twenty years and started his One-Name Study in 2008, since building a database of 160,000 people in reconstructed families. In March 2018 Paul was awarded the Guild of One-Name Studies Master Craftsman award "in recognition of his service to the Guild as Chairman and for steadfastly promoting the ethos of members helping members and the concept of One-Name studies and surname research". Paul has spoken at major conferences on both sides of the Atlantic. In his other lives, Paul is a proud grandparent, an executive coach, a keen yachtsman, and a member of many genealogy societies in the UK and US, including JGS.

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