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Welcome to the Genealogical Society of Sarasota, Inc.



GSS members are dedicated to promoting interest in genealogy, educating our members,
preserving genealogical records, and supporting local resources.

You are invited to join us at our meetings to learn more about our society and get involved.

GSS General Meetings are held at the Selby Public Library,
1331 First Street, Geldbart Auditorium, 1st (main) floor, downtown Sarasota, 34236.

For dates and more details check the Calendar of Events Page.


GSS Special Find A Grave Event or "Come and Walk a Cemetery with us!" - 2015

A wonderful experience and nice day was had by 16 of our GSS Members and 1 Volunteer at our "FindAGrave" or "Walk a Cemetery" Day" on  Feb 21!
We took pictures and notes of headstones and memorials. These were uploaded to Within hours of uploading data, our members were already receiving acknowledgements from friends or relatives of the deceased. This event was a very rewarding experience. Many of us would like to do it again!
We would like to extend special appreciations to Theresa, manager of Sarasota Memorial Park, for her assistance and to the owners of Casa Italia for their gracious hospitality and delicious lunch!

I would like to extend a special thank you for the invaluable assistance with this event to Kate Prugh, Tom Sparrow, Regina Negryz, Steve Fields, and Nancy Johnson. What a great team!

If you would like to find out more details, contact me  Marilyn Wethington


GSS has a new section on our website - Membersí Webpages! - 2014

For more details check the What's New Page


The Republic of Ireland Special Interest Group has started up again this 2014/2015 season!

Two new SIGs start up this 2014/2015 season - A DNA Special Interest Group and a New England Special Interest Group!

For dates and more details check the Calendar of Events Page.


The Listing of the Books in the Genealogy Section of Selby Library was updated as of February 13, 2014.

Thank you to GSS Member, John Noyes, for compiling this information and keeping it updated for us!

Click here for more information...


GSS has purchased library access to the online New England Historic Genealogical Society, NEHGS, databases.

You can access these records now at Selby Library!        January 2014

New England Historic Genealogical Society, NEHGS, description of their American Ancestors databases.

Map for Selby Library      Selby Library Parking Information


Sarasota County Cemetery Records Online!!!!              Updated in 2014!

Cemeteries of Sarasota County Florida - A Record of Births, Deaths, and Burials

In 1992, members of the Genealogical Society of Sarasota, Inc completed a survey of all of the Sarasota County cemeteries, and compiled a listing that was published in a book titled Cemeteries of Sarasota County Florida - A Record of Births, Deaths and Burials. This book has been out of print for several years. In 2007, several members of GSS prepared the data to add it to our GSS website. GSS is pleased to be able to share the data with you here via the internet.

This Book contains cemetery records from Sarasota County, Florida. The data is organized into files based on the Cemetery Name and Alphabetically by Surname. Adobe Reader is used to view and search the contents. Click here or click on the "Cemetery Files" button to the left to view the Cemetery Book Page.


GSS Web pages visited since February 2005 --

Genealogical Society of Sarasota, Inc.
P.O. Box 1917
Sarasota, FL   34230-1917

If you encounter any problems with this website, please email the WebMaster - Marilyn Wethington- no genealogy queries please.