June – The Creek Wars

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Michael Ports is the speaker for our June member meeting. His presentation looks at the Creek Wars – part of the American Indian wars that continued through most of the 19th century.

Join us Saturday, June 15th, at the Southeast Branch Library for a fascinating look at the Indian wars that impacted Florida and a number of other southeastern states.

Check-in begins at 12:30pm and the meeting is called to order at 1:00pm. Visitors are always welcome at no charge.

May – Let Me Weave You A Story

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Saturday, May 18th, is the date for our May Member Meeting. Our speaker this month is Lori Smith Miranda. Her presentation takes a look at genealogical synchronicity and family patterns. Lori serves on the board of the Amelia Island Genealogical Society and is one of the instructors for the society’s annual Beginning Genealogy course.

Join us on Saturday, May 18th, at the Southeast Branch Library located at 6670 U.S. 1 South. Check-in begins at 12:30pm and the meeting is called to order at 1:00pm. Visitors are always welcome at no charge.

March – Unlock the Mystery of Autosomal DNA

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DNA model by ryangs via Flickr

For our March member meeting Connie Bradshaw returns with more DNA goodness to help our research efforts. Her presentation takes a look at the different companies providing Autosomal DNA testing along with their pros and cons, what results are provided from the testing labs and what to do with your results.

Connie is a 26 year U.S. Navy veteran, a member of a variety of national and local genealogical and historical societies and a well-known speaker on genetic genealogy. In addition to genealogical research, Connie advises individuals on methods of preserving their own life stories, photos and heirlooms with the Legacy Stories’ Reminiscing With Purpose program.

Our March meeting will be held on Saturday, March 16th, at the Southeast Branch Library located at 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL. Check-in begins at 12:30pm with the meeting called to order at 1:00pm. Visitors are always welcome at no charge.

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.