Past Meetings

  • 15 August 2020

    Speaker: Thomas MacEntee

    Topic: Internet Archive: A Gold Mine for Genealogists

    Place: Online 1:30 p.m. (EDT)

    Brief Description: The Internet Archive ( is a free, on-line repository rich with genealogy source documents including census images and e-books. Learn how to navigate the Internet Archive and leverage the best search strategies to download a variety of materials including archived web pages, e-books, video, audio and more. 

    Speaker Bio: 

    What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional based in the United States who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas has over 42 years of experience researching family history

    Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at Genealogy!

    Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

    Please register for Internet Archive: A Gold Mine for Genealogists on Aug 15, 2020 1:30 PM EDT at:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

  • 18 July 2020

    The July meeting has been canceled. Stay tuned for information on our next meeting.

  • 20 June 2020

    Speaker: Daniel Horowitz

    Topic: MyHeritage’s Unique Technologies

    Place: Online 1:30 p.m. (EDT)

    Brief Description: An advance review of new features and technologies on MyHeritage, the online family history service. Take full advantage of MyHeritage’s unmatched technologies to help you find long-lost relatives. The tree Consistency Checker, PedigreeMap, Theory of Family Relativity, Calendar and Events, Statistics, Pedigree Tree, Charts, Relationship Report, Surveys, and more.

    Speaker Bio: Daniel Horowitz has over 30 years’ experience in genealogy and is the Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage. He lectures at genealogy conferences and events around the world. 

  • 16 May 2020

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

    Speaker: Peter Mullen

    Topic:History of the Spanish Flu in the American South

    Brief Description: 100 Year Anniversary of the 1918 – 1920 Pandemic. The toll of history’s worst epidemic surpasses all the military deaths in World War I and World War II combined, and it may have begun in the USA. Where were you or your ancestors in 1918 – 1920? Did any family members die during that time frame? Learn about the origins of influenza as a zoonotic disease resulting from the domestication of wild animals throughout the history of human civilization. Learn how the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control strive to produce a yearly influenza vaccine to protect us from another pandemic.

    Speaker Bio: Peter Mullen is a native born Kentuckian and a graduate of the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University earning degrees in Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science and currently living in Callahan, Florida where he is a retired professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He is a member of the Speakers Bureau for the Georgia Historical Society, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Sons of Union Veterans; he lectures to professional and historical societies nation wide promoting history and culture of the South. He has been a member of the prestigious Sons of Confederate Veterans Sesquicentennial Society since April 21, 2014. Professor Mullen was commissioned by Governor Steven L. Beshear of the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a Kentucky Colonel on September 20, 2011 in the 220th year of the Commonwealth. He is a member of the Golden Alumni Society of the University of Louisville, a recipient of the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal – the highest non-lineage honor bestowed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and notary in the State of Florida. He is currently the Program Education Coordinator for the West Nassau Genealogical Society, Callahan, Florida.

  • 18 April 2020

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

    Speaker: Connie Bradshaw

    Topic: TBD on DNA