About our collection
Like many small genealogical societies, we do not have sufficient resources to maintain our own collection of genealogical materials. We are very fortunate, however, to have an excellent, long-standing relationship with our partner, the Bay County Public Library. It houses, administers, indexes, catalogs, and maintains Bay County's collection.
Special thanks go to Linda Kleback and Rebecca Saunders, the Library's past and present genealogy specialists, respectively. Rebecca is also a member of our Board.
Index to County Histories
The Library's Local History Room holds many limited-distribution, early Bay County histories that contain much genealogical information about the early settlers. An Every-name and every-place index is being created by BCGS volunteers. At present, 17 already have been indexed, and the merged index appears on our Web site.
Some fiction with a genealogical theme
For those who enjoy an occassional break from research, Rebecca has assembled a short list of novels in the Library that have a genealogical bearing. They are not shelved in the genealogy section, so they are unlikely to be noticed by family historians.
In the afterword of Sharyn McCrumb’ wonderful novel, The Songcatcher she writes “... to me it symbolized the fragility of one's heritage. Each of us is the link between the past and the future, and it is up to us to pass along the legends, the stories, the songs, and the traditions of our own family. If we don't they will be lost...”
How could a genealogist not appreciate such an author?
Some Books With a Genealogy Theme
|Anderson, Bridge||Hotel Paradise||F AND|
||YA F BAU
||Lineages and lies
||Murder runs in the family
||LP Mys GEO
||Rosy Cole discovers
||Always time to die
|Nixon, Joan Lowery
||Search for the shadowman
||LP F ROB
||Death on the family tree
F indicates a fiction book.
YA F is a young adult novel.
jFic is a children’s novel.
Mys is mystery.
jMys is a children’s mystery.
LP indicates a Large Print edition.
The final three letters are the first three letters of the authors name.
F, Mys, and LP are in the section of the Library presently to the left when you enter the front door.
| Title || Author |
| Butler County Historical and Gen. Soc. Quarterly || Butler County Hist. and Gen. Soc. |
| Valley Leaves || Alabama Genealogical Society |
| AGS Newsletter || Arkansas Gen. Soc. |
| Arkansas Family Historian || Arkansas Gen. Soc. |
| Buried Treasures || Central Florida Gen. Soc. |
| County Line, The || Bay County Gen. Soc. |
| Florida Historical Quarterly || Florida Historical Society |
| Florida Lines || Florida State Gen. Soc. |
| Indian River Genealogical Society newsletter || Indian River Genealogical Soc. |
| Pinellas Genealogist || Pinellas Genealogy Society |
| Tallahassee Genealogist || Tallahassee Gen. Soc. |
| Treasure Chest News || Central Florida Gen. Soc. |
| West Florida Genealogical Society Newsletter || West Florida Genealogical Soc. |
| Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly || Georgia Genealogical Society |
| Scribe || Georgia Genealogical Society |
| Kinfolks || SW Louisiana Gen. Soc. |
| NCGS News || North Carolina Gen. Soc. |
| North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal || North Carolina Gen. Soc. |
| New England Ancestors || New England Historic Gen. Soc. |
| Carolina Herald || South Carolina Gen. Soc. |
| Darlington Flag Quarterly || Old Darlington Dist Chap, SCGS |
| South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research || Brent H. Holcomb |
| Ansearchin' News || Tennessee Valley Gen. Soc. |
| Confederate Veteran || |
| Everton's Genealogical Helper || |
| Family Chronicle || |
| Forum || Federation of Genealogical Societies |
| Internet Genealogy || |
| National Genealogical Society Newsmagazine || National Genealogical Society |
| National Genealogical Society Quarterly || National Genealogical Society |