Isle of Eight Flags
The written history of Amelia Island has unfolded under eight flags. Click on a flag for more information.
The Amelia Island Genealogical Society is happy to announce the launch of our updated website.
For over 20 years AIGS has been proud to serve both those seeking information about Amelia Island ancestors and those without local ties wishing to connect with other genealogists. Our upgraded site is another step to reaching as many as possible.
The physical AIGS research collection, through an agreement with the Nassau County Public Library system, is housed at the Fernandina Beach branch library where it is available to the public. If you cannot visit, a collection of online databases are searchable on this website. They grow steadily as we uncover and document additional unpublished record sets to reach a wider audience.
If you are already a member of this active group, you are familiar with its benefits such as monthly speakers, quarterly publications and monthly newsletter. Here you’ll continue to find information on upcoming events, both local and beyond. A newly added Forum section enhances member-to-member collaboration. If you’re new to genealogy, or would like to brush up on research skills, you might like to enroll in our annual Beginner Class, or join a project to increase your knowledge of the area.
The written history of this northern-most barrier island on the Atlantic coast of Florida stretches back to the 1500’s. That’s a lot of history! We can’t fill in all the blanks for you, but we hope you find your digital visit informative.
If you’re not already a member, we hope you consider joining us soon.
Join Us for Our Next Monthly Meeting
April 21, 2015
The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Police Department, 1525 Lime Street. Speaker David Jones, Special Collections Librarian at Jacksonville University, will present "The Mystery of Captain John Thomas Ayres". He will explore the steps he took to learn how his great grandfather, a naturalized American citizen trained as a bricklayer, became a British Army officer at the age of 50 and served during and after the First World War.
David Jones, a native of Columbus, Ohio, has lived in Jacksonville since 1979. He has a bachelor's degree in history from the University of West Florida and a master's degree in library science from Florida State University. Both degrees have served him well in pursuit of his family history and genealogy. As a child, David listened avidly to his grandparents' family stories but didn't become actively interested in formal genealogical research until early 1994 when his wife began working in the genealogy collection of the Jacksonville Public Library. That summer, a trip to Ohio and meeting many relatives ranging in age from two to one hundred, ignited a consuming passion for tracing his ancestral roots. He enjoys putting ancestors in the context of the history of their time and place to answer questions about them.
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