Thursday, October 07, 2004

Volume 17-3, Autumn: Programs & Events


Information provided by Mary Jane Law, Program Chairman.

September 13, 2004
Civil War Prisons-Andersonville and Elmira
Barbara Maloney

October 11, 2004
Teddy Roosevelt and the Roosevelt Family Genealogy
Ben DuBose

November 8, 2004
The Mayflower Pilgrims and the Mayflower Society
Michael Boonstra



The 29th annual reunion of the family association will be September 17th and 18th, in Clemson, S.C. with the local reunion of Chastain members on the 19th.
contact Carrie Chastain; for more information.

September 8-11 2004
Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference. Austin Convention Center, Austin Texas. For more information:

October 24-31
St. Augustine Genealogical Society’s trip..
One week in Washington, DC. Visit the DAR Library and National Archives. Contact Edie Mixon for more information.

November 12-13, 2004
Florida State Genealogical Society
Twenty-Eight annual Conference Hilton Rialto Place, Melbourne Florida. Fifteen Qualified Speakers. For more information contact; A Staley P.O. Box 441364, Jacksonville, Fl. or email

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

(17-3) The President's Message by Vera Zimmerman

What's your hurricane preparedness procedure? Besides stocking up on Flashlight batteries and canned food, don't forget to find a safe place for your genealogical data. I always mail a GEDCOM and a backup disk to one of my cousins at the beginning of the hurricane season. This year I put disks in double zip lock bags in the freezer as well. I have a "hurricane closet" full of nothing but photos. I shudder to think about all those precious old photos being lost after having survived for over a hundred years. Another good reason to get those photos copied and share them with relatives. Speaking of photos the five latest additions to my photo collection are three daguerreotypes and two tintypes. They were found while cleaning out a file cabinet at my father-in-law's farm in Oklahoma. They were in the bottom of a file drawer underneath file folders of old financial records. The tintypes had masking tape labels on the back identifying the subjects, but there was no ID on the daguerreotypes. When I took them apart to clean and photograph I found that two of them had name and date written in pencil on the wooden case behind the copper plate. They were my husbands great-great-grandparents, Luther Wood and his wife Sarah Allen Wood of Massachusetts. What a thrill! I photographed them using a copy stand with my 35 mm SLR camera and multiplier lenses and then scanned them to send via email. When the prints, negatives and CDs came back from the developer, it was obvious that the photos were much better than the scans. The 45 degree angle of the lights on the copy stand, as opposed to direct light of the flat bed scanner, are better for copying daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes. The photographic copies are even better than the originals.

This is the real MESSage. My yard is a mess, my house is a mess, my brain is a mess. Four hurricanes in less than two months have left a lot of us in a mess. We were fortunate that we did not have any major structural damage to the house and that the Indian River stopped just about two inches short of coming in our back door. We did have to endure weeks without power and telephone and (Gasp!) computer access!

To those of you who also escaped damage, write this off as a major learning experience. Remember to share your data with all those cousins (preferably a cousin or two in Nebraska!). If your information is destroyed by hurricane, flood or tornado, you'll be able to recover what you have shared. To those of you who did have damage, you have my sympathy. If there is anything we can share to help make your recovery easier, let us know.

I discovered an important fact during the time I lived in a dark boarded up house. I would not have made a good cave woman. I can't think in the dark. Did you ever try to pack by flashlight? Fortunately I already had airline tickets out and I spent the time from one week after Frances through one week after Jeanne in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. My husband and son evacuated via RV to Jackson, Mississippi. Another important discovery I made when we returned two days ago. I did such a good job of packing stuff up in plastic in case of a tree-through-the-roof deluge and/or rising water that I can't find anything. We're not unpacking though. We still have six weeks of hurricane season left. I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving.

On a sad note, when I got back online today I learned that dear Jean Snyder had passed away while I was gone. She was a wonderful person and an asset to our society. We owe her a debt of gratitude for her many years of work in BGS, especially her knowledge and expertise in organizing and improving our library collection. Our deepest sympathy to her family at this sad time. We will miss you, Jean.

Vera Zimmerman
October 5, 2004

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

(17-3) In Fond Memory of Jean Sterling Snyder 1929 - 2004

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Jean Sterling Snyder, 75 of Merritt Island Florida.

Jean passed away at Gainesville’s Shands Teaching Hospital on September 15, 2004 from a burst Brain Aneurysm suffered on July 29.

Born January 23, 1929, Jean Carol Sterling, in Oneida, New York, Jean lived in Merritt Island, Florida with her husband, Guy W. Snyder 84, who survives her.

Jean is also survived by two sons, Eric Leigh Snyder, of Port Orange, Florida, and Jeffery Guy Snyder and his wife Vicki, currently living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and her Sister, Marilyn Argentine and her husband Anthony of Roseville, California.

Mrs. Snyder, who held degrees in English, and Library Science, loved cats, especially her own Agatha. Her hobbies included the study of Genealogy and Travel, having lived in Morocco, Holland, Germany, and several locations within the United States.

Jean’s body has been donated to science for the purpose of research. No services are planned.

Memorial Gifts may be made to: University of Florida, Department of Neurosurgery, P.O. Box 100265 Gainesville, Florida, 32610. Attn: Margaret Dermott, In Memory of: JEAN SNYDER

The Picture of Jean was taken on the Queen Mary II on its second voyage from England

Monday, October 04, 2004

(17-3) Family history enthusiasts join new Florida group by June C. Byrne

A new Florida group that advances professionalism in family history research is now accepting members throughout the state.

The APG Florida Chapter, a nonprofit corporation, was established this year to support members, educate the public in family history, promote high professional standards and help preserve access to historical access to historical records in the state.

“Although the state has many genealogical organizations, the Florida Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) is the only professional one devoted to supporting family historians and others who do professional-quality work for hire or for themselves.” says its president Richard F. Robinson, a Certified Genealogical Records Specialist, of Delay Beach, Florida.

Members are professional researchers, writers, lecturers, or work in related fields, but many do professional-caliber research for their families, are genealogy students or working toward certification or accreditation in the popular field of genealogy.

Anyone is eligible to join the Florida organization as long as they also join APG, an international organization of more than 1,400 members who agree to abide by a code of professional ethics.

For more information or an application form, visit the Websites, and or call membership chair, Laurie Caulk at (904) 234-1702

June C. Byrne
Publicity Chairperson,
Florida Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Inc.
Phone 386788-1692