April Member Meeting

Picture This - Family Photos

Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 15th. We are delighted to have Lori Miranda presenting Picture This: Family Photos and Other Piles, and What I’ve Learned. Lori lives in Fernandina Beach where she is an architect and partner with her husband in their architectural firm. She is also a board member with the Amelia Island Genealogical Society and and a well-known speaker in this area.

A genealogist may run into several different types of photo collections during research, each with its own set of pros and cons.  “Picture This” is an introduction to the issues of which family historians should be aware when coming across such images.  The presentation will include an outline of the history of photography, different types of photographs, dating photos, analyzing images for clues, caring for these objects, and strategies to “make it rain.”  In addition, today’s technology can be a boon to sharing images and teasing out details of ancestors’ lives, but it can come at a cost to future generations.  Having exposure to the various ways of dealing with family collections can help the genealogist make appropriate decisions for how to process a stash.

Our April short course will begin after the speaker’s Q&A and a short break. This month’s subject is Automating Your Searches With Google Alerts. Learn how to create and save a search which Google will then run repeatedly on a schedule you determine. When results are discovered, Google will automatically notify you.

Join us on Saturday, April 15th, at the Southeast Branch Library located at 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086. Check-in begins at 12:45pm and the meeting starts at 1:oopm. Society meetings are free and open to the public.

April Meeting – Researching Your Confederate Soldier

Chickamauga Battlefield
Chickamauga Battlefield. Photo courtesy Denise Olson.

Join us at the Southeast Branch Library on April 9th when Kathy Stickney is our guest speaker. Using her father’s family members as a case study, Kathy traces them through the various records available on Confederate soldiers and their units.  Records illustrated include muster rolls, trench rolls, register for a hospital, register of prisoner of war, oath of allegiance, roll of surrendered prisoners, company transfer, home guard rolls, and pension records.  Information is provided on how to research a given unit, discover its chain of command, and the battles it fought.  People are encouraged to dig deeper and even visit the various battlefields

Kathy Stickney graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors degree in elementary education and a Masters degree in library science. She has been researching her family for 18 years. Her mother’s father’s family came from Germany and she has researched them extensively both in this country and in Germany. Most of her father’s family fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. She has methodically researched and written magazine articles about their involvement in the war. Her novel on them titled For Those I Love was released by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC in August 2013. Kathy is a graduate of The National Institute on Genealogical Research in Washington, D.C. and The Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research at Samford University.  Kathy has had articles published in The Florida Genealogist,  Everton’s Genealogical Helper, Alabama Genealogical Society Magazine, The Patrick Henry Orator(quarterly publication of the Henry County Historical Group), the Ohio Genealogical Quarterly, the UDC Magazine, and the NGS Magazine. Kathy has combined her love of genealogy with her love of scrapbooking and has done several heritage scrapbooks.  She is a member of the Florida State Genealogical Society and serves as a member of the FSGS Pioneer Descendant Certification Committee.

Our meeting will begin at 10:30am. The public is welcome and refreshments will be served.