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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.

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APRIL 11, 2015 SATURDAY GENERAL MEETING

     SPEAKER:    Bryan Mulcahy
     PROGRAM:   Locating Female Ancestors

     DESCRIPTION:   Female ancestors have always presented research challenges for genealogists. One of the biggest problems involves the custom in many western cultures of adopting the last name of their husband. Researchers looking for female ancestors must take the time to learn the social norms unique to the culture or area and time period of study. This challenge is further complicated by the fact that until the latter part of the 20th century, women did not enjoy the same legal rights as men, especially when it came to land and personal property, civil rights, and inheritances. Hence, women tend to be listed less often than their male counterparts in genealogical records. Consequently, the number of records mentioning women dwindles as a family history is researched into earlier and earlier time periods. Once the researcher determines the time period and locality of residence for the female ancestor, they must become familiar with the common legal practices, especially those dealing with women’s rights and inheritances. Each state often had their own statutes governing the status of women which can further complicate the issues. This session will provide attendees with a variety of proven strategies and research options for overcoming these challenges.

Bryan Mulcahy has his MS in Library/Information Science and is currently the Reference Librarian for Lee County Library System and a part-time Reference Librarian for Hodges University (formerly International College) in Fort Myers. He also worked at the SW Georgia Regional library in Bainbridge, Georgia from 1984-1988; Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library in Moultrie, Georgia from 1988-1990; as well as the Florida State University Law Library from 1982-1984. Bryan is very active in genealogy research and has spoken at regional genealogy societies on a variety of subjects. He is most generous in sharing his research strategies and hand-outs with area society members.

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

Selby Library Parking Information        Map for Selby Library

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MAY 9, 2015 SATURDAY GENERAL MEETING

     SPEAKER: GSS Members
     PROGRAM:   "Genealogy Show & Tell"

     DESCRIPTION:   There will be an opportunity for interested members to share briefly some unique genealogy family treasures with other Society members. Ann Simmonds will do a reading from her children's book on the Fletcher family. Please contact Nancy Johnson (choco8448@yahoo.com) if you would like to be a presenter.

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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 2014 - 2015 Season:           Note that the day of the week has been changed to Monday!
      April 6, 2015
      May 4, 2015


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       

      March 19, 2015, Thursday, 12 noon to 3:00
      April 16, 2015, Thursday, 12 noon to 3:00

      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 2016 - To Be Determined
      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:

A DNA Special Interest Group will start up this season!

Please note - As of Dec 29, 2914 the locations of the DNA SIG meetings were changed due to renovations at Gulf Gate Library.

Note, that in April the meeting will be on Tuesday evening at Gulf Gate Public Library, Meeting Room A, 7112 Curtis Ave, Sarasota, FL 34231. Map for Gulf Gate Public Library

In May, the meeting will be on a Tuesday evening at the Braden River Public Library in Manatee County at 4915 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida. Map for Braden River Public Library

       April 7, 2015 - Tuesday at 5:30 PM,   Gulf Gate Public Library, Meeting Room A       NOTE - Change in Date & Place ****
       May 5, 2015,   5:30 PM Braden River Public Library       

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.

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

      March 17, 2015
      April 21, 2015

      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 held on the 1st Saturday of the month. Most of the meetings will be at the Fruitville Public Library Meeting Room, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota, FL 34240. Map for Fruitville Library

Note that the March meeting will be at the Braden River Public Library in Manatee County at 4915 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida. Map for Braden River Public Library

       March 14, 2015,  3:00 PM                          
       April 4, 2015,  10:00 AM - 12 noon            Fruitville Library
       May 2, 2015,  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM             Fruitville Library

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 new SIG will begin meeting in the fall to explore the numerous resources available for research in New England.
The New England SIG will meet the First Thursday of the month (except for January -2nd Thurs.), 1:00 - 2:30 PM.
We will meet at the Sarasota County Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road Sarasota, FL 34240.
Map for Fruitville Library

       April 2, 2015
       May 7, 2015

If you have any questions, contact Chuck Ford or Karen Dwyer


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

      31 March 2015
      28 April 2015


      8 December 2015

      26 January 2016

      23 February 2016

      29 March 2016

      26 April 2016

For questions, contact Susan Well or Jean Wallace


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



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Sarasota, FL   34230-1917

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