Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County (GSOC)
P.O. Box 1175
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32549-1175



Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida


Entrance Used for GSOC Meetings
Meetings and Membership

Regular meetings are held at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Avenue, Valparaiso, FL, at 10 AM on the second Saturday of each month. There is no admission charge and all are welcome. The meetings are usually followed by an optional Dutch treat lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Click here to see a map showing the location of the Heritage Museum. (Click the "Back" button on that page to get back to here.)

Annual membership dues are $24 for an individual and $35 for an individual and spouse at the same address.

If you would like to become a member, want to renew your membership, or want to update your membership record, please click on one of these application forms. When the desired form is displayed, you can print it or save it to your computer.

The form for new members is: New Member Form and the form for renewing members is Renewal Form. Checks should be made out to GSOC and mailed along with the form to the GSOC post office address shown above or brought to a meeting.

Meeting Minutes


GSOC Publications

Surnames Being Researched by GSOC Members

Okaloosa County Information,
Libraries, Museums,
and Local Histories

Okaloosa County Photos From the Past
[FL Map]

GSOC Journal
The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County publishes A Journal of NORTHWEST FLORIDA once yearly. Volunteers conduct research in Northwest Florida for information to be published in the Journal with emphasis on material of limited availability. Members provide material from sources in areas in which they are searching.

Volume XXXII, Issue 102, was published and distributed in December 2013.

GSOC Meetings

May 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM
[Bruce Rova]
The speaker for our April meeting will be Mr. Bruce Rova who will present the program, Who's That Lady?

This program will address a problem that genealogical researchers often encounter: identifying maiden surnames, parents, and other information for women in family trees when we only know a married surname.

Mr. Rova will discuss strategies and resources that can help in this process and will share practical examples of a myriad of means he has used successfully in his research: reviewing how to find direct sources and, especially, gathering and using clues from indirect sources to reveal new information and resolve such problems.

Mr. Rova is a past president of the West Florida Genealogical Society. He discussed the WFGS in a television interview which can be seen in this YouTube video.

Other GSOC Meetings

The June 14, 2014 meeting will be at 10 AM in the Heritage Museum. Mr. Don Allgood from the Okaloosa County Clerk of Court office, will guide us in how to obtain and use Okaloosa County records.

GSOC Officers for 2014

President, James Young
1st Vice President (Programs), Del Lessard
2nd Vice President (Membership), Sue Basch
Treasurer, Bob Basch
Immediate Past President, Donna Elliott
Recording Secretary, Pat Pruett
Corresponding Secretary, Carl Laws
Historian, TBD
Publicity, Val Moreland
Genealogist, Margaret Harris
Webmaster & Newsletter Editor, Jim Young
Journal Editor, TBD

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