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Calendar of Events

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 provided by the GSS Program Director.
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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MAY 10, 2014 SATURDAY GENERAL MEETING

     SPEAKER:    GSS Members
     PROGRAM:   Helpful Genealogy Websites

     DESCRIPTION:   Several GSS Members will discuss the benefits of their favorite genealogy websites!

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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OCTOBER 11, 2014 SATURDAY GENERAL MEETING

     SPEAKER:    GSS Members
     PROGRAM:   "Genealogical Musical Chairs”

     DESCRIPTION:   A fun meeting, “Genealogical Musical Chairs,” is planned. A group of Society experts will provide help on various topics as members rotate from table to table at the sound of music. We’re never too old for a round of musical chairs!

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NOVEMBER 8, 2014 SATURDAY GENERAL MEETING

     PROGRAM:   GSS 35th Anniversary Celebration

     DESCRIPTION:   Check back for more details about the fun we are going to have!

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DECEMBER 13, 2014 SATURDAY GENERAL MEETING

     SPEAKER:    Drew Smith
     PROGRAM:   Social Networking for Genealogical Researchers


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JANUARY 10, 2015 SATURDAY GENERAL MEETING

     SPEAKER:    Kim Garvey
     PROGRAM:   Baa Baa Black Sheep


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FEBRUARY 14, 2015 SATURDAY GENERAL MEETING

     SPEAKER:    Gary Smith
     PROGRAM:   Punching Through That Brickwall


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MARCH 14, 2015 SATURDAY GENERAL MEETING

     SPEAKER:    To be announced....

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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.

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MAY 9, 2015 SATURDAY GENERAL MEETING

     SPEAKER:    To be announced....

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GSS Board of Director Meetings:

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

May 5, 2014 - Monday 10:15 a.m. thru 1 pm           ** Note - Monday

For the 2014 - 2015 Season:           Note that the day of the week has been changed to Monday!
October 6, 2014 - Monday
November 3, 2014 - Monday
December 1, 2014 - Monday
January 5, 2015 - Monday
February 2, 2015 - Monday
March 2, 2015 - Monday
April 6, 2015 - Monday
May 4, 2015 - Monday


GSS Computer Special Interest Group:

Meeting dates for the 2014/2015 will be announced here....
This SIG meets once a month during season.
The meeting is informal, usually beginning with a Q & A time, followed by special presentations.
All meetings are open to questions and discussion of computer related problems.


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 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.
Check out the Links mentioned in our Germanic SIG.

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

      October 21, 2014,
      November 18, 2014,
      January 20, 2015,
      February 17, 2015,
      March 17, 2015,
      April 21, 2015,

If you have any questions, contact Karen Dwyer


GSS Republic of Ireland Special Interest Group:

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


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.
Check out the Links mentioned in our GSS United Kingdom SIG.

Meetings are held at the Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road Sarasota, FL 34240, on Tuesdays from 10:15 a.m - 11:45 a.m. Map for Fruitville Library

      29 April 2014, Tuesday

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



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P.O. Box 1917
Sarasota, FL   34230-1917

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