The Genealogical Society of Greater Miami is a non-profit organization incorporated in November, 1974. The object of the society is to stimulate and to encourage its members and others to collect and to distribute genealogical and historical information.
Membership in the society is open to individuals, institutions, libraries and societies. The members range from beginners to professionals, including several members who have published extensive genealogical works and many who have had articles published in both regional and national publications. The particular interests and expertise of our members range from areas throughout the United States to foreign countries.
Meetings are held October through April on the second Sunday of the month and on the third Sunday of the month of May, at 2:00 p.m. Programs are on genealogical and related topics. Prospective members and guests are welcome to attend. Please check the GSGM Calendar for locations and topics.
The Ancestor File is an alphabetized database to be used as a research tool. Ancestors of each member submitting a 5-generation pedigree chart are listed along with their date and place of birth, marriage, and death. Also included are the spouse and parents of each ancestor, if known. Approximately 5,000 ancestors are included in this file.
The society sponsors seminars on all phases of genealogy. Past seminars included “Research in England” by Colin Chapman, British genealogist of the English Family History Society; “Basic Genealogy for Beginners”, “The New England Historical and Genealogical Society - Its Libraries and Holdings” by David Anderson of that Society; P. William Filby, well-known author and editor of the Passenger and Immigration Lists Index; James Walker, National Archives Military Records specialist; Wilbur F. Helmbold, Past Director of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama; Loran Rosbottom of the Irish Genealogical Research Society; William Dollarhide, Cornelia Schrader-Muggenthaler of Munich, Germany, Derek A. Palgrave, Henry “Hank” Jones, Christine Rose, Pamela Cooper, Ann Mohr Osisek, Paul Enchelmayer, & Ann Bergelt. Notices regarding future seminars or classes will be found in the library and in the local newspapers as well as the HERITAGE and the GSGM web page.
The society’s library has been donated to and merged with the Miami-Dade Public Library Genealogical Department in order to allow for greater availability to researchers and to provide for proper care and maintenance for the collection. All exchange materials from other societies as well as books donated to the society for review in the HERITAGE have been placed in the library, located 101 W. Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130, 305-375-5580.