Amelia Island Genealogical Society, Nassau County Florida
Amelia Island Genealogical Society
Isle of Eight Flags
The written history of Amelia Island has unfolded under eight flags. Click on a flag for more information.

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8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Lisa Louise Cooke – Update: Google! Everything New That You Need to Know for Genealogy – Google continues to evolve and change every day. In this session, Google Guru Lisa Louise Cooke will give you an update on the most recent Google changes. Then she will unleash advanced search strategies for genealogy that you probably aren’t using, but are ‘must-haves’ in order to get the best results possible. You'll learn what you need to know about: Search Operators, Google Chrome, Google Books, Google Translate, Google News Archive, and Google Earth Pro.
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Donna Moughty – Finding the Women in Your Family Tree – Prior to the 20th century, many women didn’t have an identity of their own. They were tangled with their father or husband and in some places, were not allowed to own real estate in their own names or to sign legal documents.  When they married their name changed, sometimes multiple times making them harder to find and so they frequently get listed in genealogies by their given name and an approximate date of birth and death.  They have been referred to as our “invisible ancestors.”  This lecture looks at strategies to identify and write about our female ancestors.
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. – Ginger R Smith, MLS – How to Use to Optimize Your DNA Testing Experience – In this lecture, attendees will learn how to download their raw DNA data, upload to, and learn how to use the tools available on the website. We will discuss each tool and its usefulness in detail. Attendees should have some exposure to autosomal testing and should have tested with at least one company. All 3 testing companies will be represented in this lecture.
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Victor S Dunn, CG – Deed Books: More Than Just Land Records – Genealogical information found in real estate deeds discussed as well as the different types of deeds and their implications for genealogists. Other miscellaneous items recorded in deed books such as powers of attorney, deeds of trust, surveys, slave manumissions, slave sales and distributions, and heir releases are examined.
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Mary Kircher Roddy - FamilyBrowse: Finding Unindexed Records on FamilySearch - has millions of images on its website, many of which are unindexed and not searchable.  But if you know how to get into the catalog and browse around, you can find images of birth and death certificates, naturalization papers, deeds, wills, estate inventories and more.  And FamilySearch is adding more and more such images every month.  To take advantage of this ever-increasing bounty, it’s important to know how to find these types of records. The presentation will cover finding a Los Angeles, California death certificate, a New Jersey probate record, a Pennsylvania naturalization record, a New York deed and a Saskatchewan homestead record.  The examples are specific, but provide general search techniques for FamilySearch.  These techniques can be used by researchers to locate any number of different types of records.

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Where were YOU in 2002?
Nearly 15 years ago AIGS celebrated its 10th anniversary, now memorialized in scrapbook.
The book has been digitized and will soon be added to the Society's online collection.
If you scroll through and recognize unidentified faces, or if you have any special recollections of that evening, please drop us a line.
We'll update the collection with your notes.
Clicking on the link below will take you to the Society's public Forum posting where you can download the Scrapbook and comment.
Note: You must be logged in as a Member to comment.

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Welcome Genealogists!
For over 24 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.

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