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.

June 2019

Date:  15 June 2019

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

Speaker: Janis Minor Forté via a recorded 17 Mar 2016 Florida State Genealogy Society Webinar

Topic: They're Not on the Census - Using Non- traditional Sources to Identify Slave Owners"

Brief Description: Researching enslaved African Americans prior to 1865 is a difficult but not impossible task. Identifying slave holders, reconstructing family units and finding missing kin are all primary research goals for those developing family histories. Using methodology as an approach to problem solving, this webinar explores strategies to identify slave ownership. Attendees will be able to identify a variety of new research sources that will increase the probability of slave owner identification, reconstruct slave families as well as identify missing and unknown kin.

Speaker Bio: Janis Minor Forté is an experienced genealogist, writer and lecturer who presents at national, state and local conferences. Her presentation specialties include methodology, problem solving and skill building techniques for beginners to advanced researchers. A track coordinator and lecturer for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), she is skilled in both on-site and on-line. In 2009 – 2011, she chaired the publication committee of the Afro- American Genealogical and Historical Society ofChicago’s “30th Anniversary Our Heritage FamilyStories”. This 386 page hard cover heritage book is a fully indexed compilation of genealogies, family stories, pedigree charts and family group sheets. Janis is a graduate of the University of Chicago witha Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration.

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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