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Genealogical Society of Sarasota Meetings:

General Member Meetings:
Meetings are on the 2nd Saturday morning of the each month, October through May.
Social time begins at 10:00 AM. The Meeting follows at 10:30 AM and concludes by 12:00 noon. Library doors open at 10:00 AM.
For the lastest up-to-date information about GSS activities, check back here on our Calendar of Events page!
Information about General Member Meetings is currently provided by the GSS President.
Meetings are at the Selby Public Library, 1331 First Street, Geldbart Auditorium, 1st (main) floor, downtown Sarasota, 34236.
Map for Selby Library      Parking Information

Meet for lunch with other Genealogists after the general meetings - Location of lunch will be announced at the meeting.



     SPEAKER:  GSS Members
     PROGRAM:   “Genealogical Musical Chairs. Explore the Possibilities”

     DESCRIPTION:   This year we will feature research related to Quaker records, the War of 1812, German ancestry, New England, Jewish and Virginia records, Afro-American research and those stubborn brick walls.



     SPEAKER:  C. Ann Staley
     PROGRAM:   ‘Will’ They be There? Using Probate Records

     DESCRIPTION:   A how-to on finding clues in these often overlooked vital records. C. Ann Staley is a Certified Genealogist, Certified Genealogical Lecturer, and instructor. She has been researching her family since 1980 and for clients since 1998.



     SPEAKER:  Kathleen Callanan
     PROGRAM:   DNA and Genetic Genealogy

     DESCRIPTION:   The basics and beyond. For those who have had the autosomal DNA test or just considering the possibility. Bring your questions! Kathleen J. Callanan is a Genetic Genealogy Consultant and author. She is a retired electrical engineer with degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Hawaii and the St. Joseph Institute for Japanese Studies.



     SPEAKER:  Drew Smith
     PROGRAM:   Your Ancestor’s FAN Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls

     DESCRIPTION:   Our ancestors were surrounded by family, associates, and neighbors. By researching them, we discover additional records pointing to our own ancestors. Drew Smith is a librarian in the Academic Services department of the University of South Florida. He currently serves as the Chair of the Family History International Standards Organization and as President of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa.



     SPEAKER:  Gene Jones and Bill Schustik
     PROGRAM:   Florida from Succession to Surrender

     DESCRIPTION:   Stories and songs as they relate to Florida’s history during the Civil War and its impact on Floridians then and now. Troubadour Bill Schustik and author Gene Jones promise to entertain you.



     SPEAKER:  Maureen Taylor
     PROGRAM:   Live webinar: "Photo Identification and Clues in Your Family’s Photo Record”

     DESCRIPTION:   Look at your old family photos in a whole new light. Maureen Taylor has been dubbed “The nation’s foremost photo detective” by the Wall Street Journal. She is a frequent speaker on photo identification and family history at historical societies, museums and conferences. Maureen is the author of several books and hundreds of articles. She is currently a contributing editor of Family Tree Magazine.


     SPEAKER:  Susan Well
     PROGRAM:   My Family Tree is Full of Nuts: Genealogical Truths to Learn Early

     DESCRIPTION:   Every genealogist has sighed and said, “I surely wish someone had told me that before.” From the value of DNA tests to the challenge of freeform spelling, find out what everyone wishes they knew from the beginning. Susan Well has been on the Board of the Genealogical Society of Sarasota and is the leader of its UK SIG. She has lectured on genealogical topics for the past five years.


MAY 14, 2016 SATURDAY GENERAL MEETING - Meet at Turtle Beach for a Picnic!

     All GSS Members are Invited.......
     PROGRAM:  Picnic at Turtle Beach Pavilion.  Bring a dish!

     DESCRIPTION:   Picnic at Turtle Beach Pavilion. Bring a dish!


GSS Board of Director Meetings:

Board meetings are held on the following Mondays at 10:15 a.m. in the second floor Selby Library Conference Room.

For the 2015 - 2016 Season:

      October 5, 2015
      November 2, 2015
      December 7, 2015
      January 4, 2016
      February 1, 2016
      March 7, 2016
      April 4, 2016
      May 2, 2016

GSS Computer Special Interest Group:

Computers, the Internet, and other technology sure are useful tools for genealogical research!
We all have different experiences, use different technologies, and have different levels of knowledge.
There is always something new to learn and share!  We welcome all genealogists with any level of experience!
Besides presentations, classes, question & answer times, show and tell, we may also do projects.
You can bring your own computers if you like.
Please contact Marilyn if you have any ideas for topics to cover.

The Computer SIG meetings will be held on Wednesdays and 1 Saturday and at various times.
We will meet at the Fruitville Public Library .
                                            Map for Fruitville Library       

      October 21, 2015, Wednesday, 12:30 to 3:00 at Fruitville Library       
      November 18, 2015, Wednesday, 12:30 to 2:45 at Fruitville Library
      December 2015 - no meeting
      January 6, 2016, Wednesday, 12:15 to 3:00 at Fruitville Library
      February 6, 2016, Saturday, 11:45 to 2:00 at Fruitville Library        *** Note - Change in day and time - Saturday!!!!
      March 30, 2016, Wednesday, 11:00 to 2:15 at Fruitville Library     ***Note - date and time!!!!
      April 20, 2016, Wednesday, 12 noon to 3:00 at Fruitville Library

If you have any questions, contact Marilyn Wethington

GSS DNA Special Interest Group:

Meetings are on Tuesday evenings at the Braden River Public Library in Manatee County at 4915 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida.
                                                                                           Map for Braden River Public Library

       October 27, 2015,   5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
       November 24, 2015,   5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
       December 22, 2015,   5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

If you have any questions, contact Regina Negrycz

GSS Germanic Special Interest Group:

Everyone from beginners to experts are welcome!
Besides covering specific topics, there usually is plenty of time for questions and open discussion to help each other solve our genealogy problems.
Click here for a listing of Germanic Links

Meetings will be held on the following Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Fruitville Public Library starting at 12:30 p.m.
Map for Fruitville Library

      October 20, 2015, Tuesday
      November 17, 2015, Tuesday
      January 20, 2016, Wednesday ***
      February 17, 2016, Wednesday ***
      March 15, 2016, Tuesday
      April 19, 2016, Tuesday

If you have any questions, contact Karen Dwyer

GSS Republic of Ireland Special Interest Group:

The Irish SIG Group will be starting up again this season!
Meetings will be on Saturdays at the Braden River Public Library in Manatee County at 4915 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida.
                                                                                           Map for Braden River Public Library
       November 21, 2015,  10AM - 12 noon
       December 26, 2015,  10AM - 12 noon

If you have any questions, contact Regina Negrycz

GSS Italian Special Interest Group:

We are seeking a volunteer to lead this SIG.
If you are knowledgeable on Italian genealogy and would like to help others find their Italian roots, please contact Nancy Johnson

GSS New England Special Interest Group:

This SIG will explore the numerous resources available for research in New England.
The New England SIG will meet the Second Thursday of the month, 1:00 - 2:30 PM.
We will meet at the Sarasota County Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road Sarasota, FL 34240.
Map for Fruitville Library

       October 8, 2015
       November 12, 2015
       December 10, 2015
       January 14, 2016
       February 11, 2016
       March 10, 2016
       April 14, 2016
       May 12, 2016

For questions, contact Chuck Ford

GSS United Kingdom Special Interest Group

For researchers with ancestors in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, learn new techniques and new websites. Then, share your queries and triumphs with a group of genealogists at all stages of searching.

Meetings are held at the Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road Sarasota, FL 34240, on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. Map for Fruitville Library

      8 December 2015
      26 January 2016

      23 February 2016

      29 March 2016

      26 April 2016

For questions, contact Susan Well

GSS Book Acquisition Committee:

Our Meetings held at Selby Library, upstairs in the Genealogy Section from 10:15am to 11:30am. Map for Selby Library

If you have any questions, contact Alex Morris

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