SOUTH BAY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
South Bay Genealogical Society (SBGS) began as a Special Interest Group of
The Computer Club in Sun City Center FL in 1991, when a group of genealogy
enthusiasts decided to band together. As such, membership was restricted to
Sun City Center residents.
group decided that more independence was needed and they desired to admit
members from outside the local community. Thus, after a few months, the
South Bay Genealogy Club was formed, with twelve founding members. As the
Club grew, it was recognized that a more formal structure was needed. In
1996, Bylaws were adopted and the name changed to the South Bay Genealogical
a bit unique among genealogical societies in that its monthly meetings are
all luncheon meetings. This has been true since the start. In addition to
a nice lunch, members enjoy a program centered on genealogy. Many noted
genealogist have made presentations at these luncheons - Dear MYRTLE, George
Morgan, Fran Carter, Damon Hostetler, Elmer Spear, and many others - plus,
excellent programs by SBGS members.
Society publishes a monthly E- newsletter, LINKS, which includes news of the
Society and of genealogy in general. Since 1997, SBGS members have taught
courses in genealogy at the Community Church College, thus exposing
many others to the wonderful hobby of Genealogy.
Workshops have been held on several subjects. The Society has sponsored Special
Interest Groups such as German Club and Genealogy Roundtable, which met monthly. We
are currently planning some special topic roundtables for the coming year.
In addition, we have Personal Ancestral File and Roots Magic assistance
available on an as-needed basis. Five very successful Seminars were
held in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013 and 2016..
our special projects include staffing an “Ask a Genealogist” several mornings each
week at SouthShore Regional Library. We also are very involved with the
Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, making early ship manifests
available to all genealogists.
September through May, we meet on the third Tuesday at noon in the Royal Palm
Room at Little Harbor Resort for a luncheon, featuring presentations by noted
genealogy speakers. Our banner is proudly displayed at in the Genealogy
Room at South Shore Library.