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 LibraryParking 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”
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
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
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.
APRIL 9, 2016 SATURDAY GENERAL MEETING
SPEAKER: Susan Well PROGRAM: My Family Tree is Full of Nuts: Genealogical Truths to Learn Early
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.
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
at 10:15 a.m. Map for
8 December 2015
26 January 2016
23 February 2016
29 March 2016
26 April 2016