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.

The 2014 Journal is now being prepared for distribution in October 2014. The theme continues the World War I through the Korean War period with an emphasis on how this era impacted Okaloosa County and its people. Previous Journals have had articles dealing with World War I through the Great Depression and into World War II.

The 2014 Journal will include the period from late in World War II through the Korean War. Articles using this theme are encouraged and solicited. A style and submission guide is available by clicking HERE.

GSOC Meetings

August 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM
[Bert Blackmon]
Mr. Bert Blackmon will be the guest speaker for the August meeting at 10:00 am at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Mr. Blackmon's presentation will be "Researching Military Records" and will focus on the many kinds of records available for persons who served in the military and where to look for these records.

Mr. Blackmon is retired from the Baldwin County School System, the United States Army and the Alabama National Guard. He is an avid re-enactor of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the War Between the States, and he belongs to numerous heritage and genealogical groups, such as the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the 15th Confederate Cavalry /1st Louisiana Union Cavalry (a reenactor group), plus many others.

Mr. Blackmon enjoys research and visiting historical sites, libraries and courthouses. Among his favorite pastimes are walking and surveying old semi-abandoned cemeteries and plowing through ancient, forgotten legal forms, Bibles and letters. He has done a good bit of genealogical research and has traced some of his family back to Virginia in the early 1600s and Salem, Massachusetts in 1629. From time to time, he gives talks on various historic and genealogical topics. and occasionally writes articles for the publications of some of the groups to which he belongs.

Other GSOC Meetings

September 13 - Show and Tell. The time for GSOC members who would like to share an exciting "find" or interesting genealogical tale from their own personal experience. Please contact Del Lessard if you would like to be one of the show-n-tellers.

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, Jim Young

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