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.
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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 LibraryParking Information
Meet for lunch with other Genealogists after the general meetings -
Location of lunch will be announced at the meeting.
SPEAKER: Kim Garvey PROGRAM: "Pointing the Way Toward 21st C. Remembrance"
What new sources are genealogists overlooking as the tradition of death remembrance changes in the face of our mobile, digital age? This lecture will examine the process of death remembrance with an emphasis on the 21st century. How will cremation, technology, and globalization change the way future genealogists conduct their research?
Kim Garvey is a historian and librarian. Her areas of genealogy expertise include US History and Historical Methodology as they apply to genealogy; genealogy technology; Irish, Jewish, African and Hispanic ethnic research; and research on cemeteries, funerals and death in society. She is a recipient of the 2009 Richard S. Lackey Scholar of the National Institute of Genealogical Research.
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.
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 (email@example.com) if you would like to be a presenter.
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!
March 2, 2015
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 the following dates and times.
We will meet at the Fruitville Public Library. Map for Fruitville Library
February 28, 2015, Saturday, 12:30 to 3:30 *** Note - Change in date and time - Saturday!!!!
March 19, 2015, Thursday, 12 noon to 3:00 April 16, 2015, Thursday, 12 noon to 3:00
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.
Most meetings 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
Note, that in February 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
March 3, 2015, Tues. 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Braden River Public Library
April 2015 - No Meeting
May 5, 2015, 5:30 PM Braden River Public Library
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
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
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
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