February – Who’s Your Daddy

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When Original Records Lead You Astray

Marie Santry’s program is a case study of a man who grew up with the surname HASKELL. He had his father’s birth record, Social Security Application, and other documents identifying the Haskell surname. These records indicated he was born in 1892 in Lapeer County, Michigan; but searching census records did not find any such person in 1900 or 1910. He doesn’t surface in census records until 1920. Thus began a mystery that has led to two other surnames, more birth records, marriage records, newspaper accounts, court papers, and finally DNA tests.

Marie has been researching her family history for almost 30 years and has helped others in their search as well. As a member of the Amelia Island Genealogical Society (AIGS), she designed an update on a genealogy course for beginners and has been a principle instructor in the course for 10 years. She has presented programs for AIGS, the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, the Coastal Georgia Genealogical Society, the Amelia Island Historical Society, and the Amelia Island Museum of History. She is past-president of AIGS, past –regent of the Amelia Island Chapter NSDAR, and a former vice-chairman of the Genealogical Records Committee of the Florida State Society DAR. She also serves the Florida State Genealogical Society, reviewing applications for their “Descendant of Florida Pioneers” Program.

Join us on Saturday, February 16th, at the Southeast Branch Library located at 6670 US 1 South. St. Augustine Genealogical Society member meetings are open to the public at no charge. Check-in begins at 12:45pm and the meeting will be called to order at 1:00pm.

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