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Genealogical Society of
Okaloosa County (GSOC)

P.O. Box 1175
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32549-1175

The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County, Florida, Inc.
was incorporated as a Florida non-profit, tax-exempt organization in 1976
to bring together persons interested in genealogy and family history.

[FWB Library]

Fort Walton Beach Library

[FWB Lib Map]

Location of the FWB Library

Regular GSOC meetings are held at the Fort Walton Beach Library at 10:30 AM on the fourth Saturday of each month.

The library is located at 185 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL. There is no admission charge for the GSOC meetings and all are welcome.

The meetings are usually followed by an optional Dutch treat lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Some meetings may be held at an alternate location, please see the information below concerning future meetings and the notices in the local newspapers for the location of specific meetings.

Click here to see the map showing the location of the Fort Walton Beach Library in a slightly larger scale. (Click the "Back" button on that page to get back to here.)

The main parking lot and the library entrance are entered from First Street SE.


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: Membership Form. When the form is displayed on your screen, you can print it or save it to your computer.

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.

The success of our Society depends on the support of our members, and there are many opportunities to help, some of which are as simple as writing an article for the GSOC Newsletter or for the annual Journal. There are a number of volunteer opportunities on the membership form mentioned above and on the separate volunteer form which can be obtained by clicking on Volunteer Form. You can print the form or save it to your computer. Please volunteer for something and either bring the form to the next meeting or send it to the email address shown on the form.

[Election Notice]

Regular GSOC Meetings are held at the Fort Walton Beach Library on the 4th Saturday of each month.

Future GSOC Meetings

October 28, 10:30 AM
Fort Walton Beach Library
185 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL.
The Preservation of Walton County
History and Heritage

Presenter: Mr. Bruce Cosson

[Bruce Cosson]

Mr. Bruce Cosson is a member of the Board of Directors of the Walton County Heritage Association (WCHA) Museum & Genealogical Society which is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of Walton County, Florida.

He's a life-long resident of Walton County and his family heritage goes back to the early days of that county's settlement. He's also a local historian and conducts most of his research in the local panhandle area. Mr. Cosson has been doing serious family research since 2009.

In addition to tracing his own family roots, Mr. Cosson has done extensive research in the history of his community of Alaqua, the first county seat of Walton County.

One of his hobbies is metal detecting which will be represented in some of the displays and photographs that he plans to show.

Other Meetings for 2017

November 25, 2017 - Program (to be announced)
and the Election of GSOC Officers for 2018

December 16, 2017 - Annual Christmas Luncheon
and Installation of Officers for 2018
at the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club

Meeting Minutes
Newsletters (since 2009)
GSOC Books (free read on line and/or download)
Surnames Being Researched by GSOC Members as of July 2016
Current GSOC Bylaws (Revised 10 Sept 2016)

Okaloosa County Photos

From the Past
[FL Map]


The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County publishes our Journal 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 articles and other material from sources in areas in which they are searching.

The 2017 Journal was published and distributed in September 2017, and its theme is Education. It traces the development of schools in Okaloosa County. The excellent schools we have today are the result of the hard work and dedication of educators, school board members, and parents over the last 102 years. The theme of the 2016 issue was the Vietnam War, and the 2015 issue was dedicated to the centennial of Okaloosa County. Previous recent Journals have had articles dealing with World War I through the Great Depression, through World War II, into the Korean Conflict and the beginning of the Cold War.

Seven previous Journals are available in the members-only section of this website, however, the Table of Contents for those issues can be viewed from the links below.

Table of Contents of the 2017 Journal
Table of Contents of the 2016 Journal
Table of Contents of the 2015 Journal
Table of Contents of the 2014 Journal
Table of Contents of the 2013 Journal
Table of Contents of the 2012 Journal
Table of Contents of the 2011 Journal

GSOC Officers and Special Duties for 2017

Elected Officers
President, Jon Sheperd
1st Vice President (Programs), Margaret Harris
2nd Vice President (Membership), Jerry Rush
Treasurer, Phil Hoge
Immediate Past President, Sue Basch
Recording Secretary, Kathie Sheperd
Corresponding Secretary, Val Moreland

Special Duties
Publicity, Val Moreland
Genealogist, Margaret Harris
Webmaster, Jim Young
Newsletter Editor, Edward Crosby
Journal Coordinator & Editor, Cindy Barber

Click on the "Members" button below to access the members-only section of this web site. You will be asked for a password which is available to GSOC members and can be obtained by contacting the GSOC webmaster, Jim Young, at 850-862-8642, or by using the e-mail link button below.

This section currently contains Nicole Grinnan's presentation entitled Tombstone Tales, Guide to Funerary Art, and Basic Guidelines for Cleaning Historic Stone; Amy Raley's presentation entitled Federal Road Migration; Sarah Roach's handout that accompanied her presentation Walking Back Into Colonial America; and the GSOC Journals for 2010 through 2016.

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