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.

October 2019 Date: 19 October 2019 – JGS 50th Birthday Celebration – 2 Special Presentations

Place: Webb Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, Florida
Doors open at 10:30 AM
First speaker at 11:00 AM
Lunch at 12:00 Noon
Business meeting at 1:30 PM
Second speaker at 2:00 PM
Cake and punch at 3:00 PM

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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