October – Family History Faire


October is Family History Month. The St. Augustine Genealogical Society is celebrating with a family history faire.

Members of the genealogical society will be showcasing their research, family heirlooms and artifacts. SAGS has also invited local-area authors who have written their own family history books, as well as local societies that can aid you in your research.  Noted Ormond Beach author, Meredith Wayne Price, who wrote “Gretel’s Cross” and other genealogy related authors will be displaying their books and artifacts.  Organizations, such as the Daughters of the American Revolution will also be on-hand to tell you about their organization and how to become a member.

Please join us to get ideas and tips on how to conduct your own family ancestry campaign.

September – A Personal DNA Case Study

The September meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th, at the Southeast Branch Library. Margaret Nicholson is our speaker. She is presenting a personal case study on how DNA can help find one’s roots.

You’ve done genealogy for years—and years, painstakingly, driving here and there, searching through dusty courthouse records, and traipsing across cemeteries with a camera.  Now everyone is talking about the role DNA can lay in finding ancestors or locating distant, or close but missing, relatives. You spit in a little tube and send your kit to Ancestry.com. Your results are back, now what?

Using her experience as a case study, she will demonstrate the software features useful for identifying unknown relatives and explain how to use DNA matches to confirm a lineage in a family tree.  Her story involved a surprise father, so more time and effort was required to find her paternal relatives and build a family tree. But the process is essentially the same, even if you don’t receive a surprise with your DNA results.

Margaret M Nicholson came to St Augustine from Harrisburg, PA, fifteen years ago, a move prompted by the birth of her grandchild. Creating a family tree for Noah sparked Margaret’s interest in genealogy. She says, “He’s almost sixteen and ignores me if I utter the words, ‘first cousin once removed,’ but he will look at the ship manifest showing the arrival of his maternal great-grandfather from Italy.”

After taking the plunge into DNA testing and discovering an unexpected birth father, Margaret stopped work on her 80,000-word travel memoir to begin writing My Ancestry Story and How to Find Yours (working title). She has become proficient at using Ancestry.com’s DNA results and family tree hints and enjoys sharing her expertise with others. Margaret hopes her book about solving her mystery will provide help for many others. If all goes as planned, the book will be available in September.

St. Augustine Genelogical Society member meetings are open to the public at no charge. Check-in begins at 12:45pm and the meeting is called to order at 1:00pm.

August – Summer Break


SummerTrip.pngThere will be no August member meeting. The society will meet again in September at the Southeast Branch Library. Even if you are taking advantage of the last few weeks before school begins, you can still stay in touch wherever you are. Our weekly Research Notes newsletter will be delivered to subscribed members each Monday. Members can always drop by our Facebook group to request help, share eureka moments or just chat.

We’ll see you all again in September!

June – DNA Questions Answered


Our June member meeting will be held Saturday, June 16, at the Southeast Branch Library. Jack Butler returns to answer your DNA questions. Check-in begins at 12:45pm and the meeting is called to order at 1:00pm.

St. Augustine Genelogical Society member meetings are open to the public at no charge.