Sunday, December 26, 2004

(17-4) NEW OFFICERS 2005

Volume 17, Issue 4 Winter 2004


PRESIDENT: Peter Bradish

Pete joined Brevard Genealogy Society in late 1996, where he was at once made Research Chairman, the position he is now setting aside to be our President. His family names are Bradish and Earnest. Pete’s expertise is the application of Technology for Genealogical Research. He writes often for Everton’s Family History, has taught classes on photographing Cemetery monuments. He started to work on Genealogy after his wife Connie took him to the National Archives in Washington, DC.

Peter is the incoming President of the Brevard Genealogical Society. He and his wife Connie are on the road in a motor coach 8 months of the year in retirement seeing friends, relatives and North America, doing genealogy research, writing magazine articles, giving seminars and attending RV rallies. They are members of NGS, NEHGS, NYGBS, and several local societies in the United States and Britain. To contact Pete by Email: bradish @


Dolly is a new member joining us in 2003 and never has held an office. She is researching in the areas of Iowa, New York and Nebraska, with the family name of Dunscombe. She started working in Genealogy when she started working on her father’s name. Dolly has some wonderful programs set up for us this year. Dolly enjoys authoring DVD videos.
To contact Dolly by email: rrosales @

SECRETARY: Betty Eichhorn

Betty had joined BGS by April 1995, and held many positions during her years with us. She has started the Cemetery Project, taught classes on immigration, and will be teaching classes in Jan. of 2005.

Betty was born on Long Island NY but was raised in south Florida, mainly in Miami and Coral Gables. She attended the Univ. of Miami one semester but that was too expensive ($200.00 per semester). So when her twin brothers graduated two years after she did, the family move to Gainesville and the three of them attended the Univ. of Florida ($75.00 per semester). They all graduated from there in the same year. With a degree in mathematics, Betty went to work at the Cape doing data analysis on the Navaho, Thor and Minuteman guidance systems. She married her boss's boss while on the Minuteman project. The project was moved to California and they declined to follow it. Instead they opened a camping, canoeing, and backpacking store in Cocoa and after 15 years, they closed it and retired. Now they can take long trips and they have. Betty has been active in Audubon, Florida Trail Association, the Civil War Round Table, the garden club and BGS. She began researching her family in 1994. All of her ancestors arrived in the U. S. in the mid 1800s and settled in NY. Betty’s father's German grandfather had a farm in College Point, Queens County, NY. Her mother's father was of Irish descent and a farmer in western Monroe County (west of Rochester) and her mother's, mother's family was from Norfolk, England. They were farmers, too, in Orleans County, just west of Monroe County. Surnames are: German - Beresheim, Marr, Reinhardt. Irish - Rayburn (Reburn in Monaghan County, Ireland), Weir. English - Dyball, Reed. Betty’s quote “The main problem that I have is that I do not know when any of them arrived in the U. S. But I have not yet checked Ancestry's immigration records. Maybe, just maybe, I will get lucky one day.”
To contact Betty by email: BAEichhorn @

TREASURER: Thana White Cottrell

Thana joined BGS after 1995 but has been here 8 or 9 years, where she has held the offices of Membership Chairman for 2 years and our Treasure for the last 2 years. Thana started to work on the family genealogy because of the stories that both her Grandmothers told her. This led her to do research in South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Illinois, and Missouri, working on the surnames of Milling, Owens, Mullen, White, Brittain, Brassfield, Nason, and Bartlett.
Thana’s expertise is in the fields of census and Newspaper work.

Interesting facts about Thana is that she is a former professional Girl Scout Field Director, and Camp Director.
To reach Thana by email: twcottrell @

COMPUTER: Frank Byran

Sorry will have to add Frank’s in our next newspaper.
To reach Frank by email: fbryan @

EDUCATION CHAIRMAN: Vera Booksh Zimmerman

Vera joined BGS around 1995. She has served as Corresponding Secretary and then as Secretary when the offices of Corresponding and Recording Secretary were combined. In 2002. She was Vice President and the last two years served as President.

Her research is mostly in Louisiana and Mississippi for the last 200 years. Before that she has branches in Arkansas, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, not to mention Germany, France, Spain, England, Ireland, Belgium and Switzerland.

Some family names are Begue, Booksh, Buard, Carstens, Chalfont, Collins, Connelly, Coudray, Dardenne, Farnin, Francis, Gonzales, Harmeyer, Hasling, Hattaway, Johnson, Kraus, L'age, Lang, Leonard, McGuire, Moret, Neal, Obermeyer, Pratt, Shaffer, Schlatre, Tisdale, Wade... just to mention a few.

Vera loves old photographs and was lucky enough to inherit a lot of great old photo albums, so she's done a lot of research on dating photographs. She was editor for The History of Brevard County, Vol. 1, 2 and editor and wrote for Vol. 3, doing research on local history.

Way back in 1988 the National Genealogical Society conference was in Biloxi, Mississippi. Vera's mother and aunt had been doing genealogy research for over 20 years and she took her Mama to the conference. She was just going to put all their data on the computer, but got hooked.

Vera majored in Art and Anthropology. She painta and does etchings, often based on old photos. She belongs to the Indian River Anthropological Society, a local chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society, that does local archaeology, both prehistoric and historic. Her car license plate holder says "Genealogy, Disturbing the dead and irritating the living." I guess that applies to both activities.

To contact Vera by email: Zimmerman @

HISTORIAN: Mary Jane Law

Mary Jane has been with BGS for about 4 years, and was our Vice President last year.

Mary Jane has been working on her family “Descendants of Deacon Richard Hall, of Bradford, Mass.” and has over 400 pages on this line. She started working on Genealogy to get DAR supplemental’s, and has been Lineage Chairman for the DAR. Her family manes are, Hall, Satterlee, Whitney, Berrian, and Eldredge.

Interesting facts about Mary Jane are, NOW GET THIS, She is a Commercial Pilot with Instrument rating, and also has Sea plane and glider. She is a 10 Generation American, as all her ancestors on both sides were here by 1700.Eight ancestors fought in the American Revolution. Mary Jane has a BA from William and Mary Col. in Williamsburg, Va.
To reach Mary Jane by email: merriejay @

LIBRARIAN: Joan Bullard

Sorry, will have to put in Joan’s information in our next paper.
To contract Joan by email jbull99442 @

MEMBERSHIP: Jodelle Wilson

Jodelle joined BGS in 2000, and was on the Nominating Committee in 2002, and then she was elected to Membership in 2003 and has held this position since then.

Jodelle has a very interesting life as she has collected pictures of her Grandparents, for her Family Tree of Pictures; this is what started her in Genealogy in 1968. She is a Reg. Dietitian in Fl., Miss., Was in the Peace Corps in Antigua, and the years from 1994 to 1999 she was in the US Virgin Islands.

Jodelle has a BS in Dietetics Nutrition from FIU, and a MPH in Public Health from Tulane School of Tropical Medicine, Tulane, LA.
As Jodelle has no email address, she asks you to contact her by phone: 321-638-8811.

PUBLICATION: Barbara Maloney

Barbara joined BGS back in about 1988, when she first came to Fl. then while her dad was ill she didn’t do much until a few years ago when she once again rejoined BGS. This year, 2005 will be her 2nd year as Editor of our newspaper. She started to first work on genealogy when her dad asked her, in 1969/70 to find out just who the persons in the small family cemetery were, and how they were related to him. This turned in many years of searching in old records, NH Historical Society, and the small towns around Rockingham and Strafford Co. in NH, along with many states in the northeast.

For years she knew who the persons were, as she has a “Brown Bess” belonging to one, but could not connect the two families together, then a neighbor, unknown cousin, put them together with an article written in 1800’s putting the Durham family to the Barrington and Northwood families, in 1976.

This has now been added to with many cousins from around the world, hopefully one day into a book of the whole Chesley family. Family names are many, with the major names of Chesley, Tuttle, Kimball, Russell, Wentworth, from New England back to the 1640’s. Just found out that JE and GW Bush are descended from the Aunt of the first generation
Barbara, has done speeches on Andersonville Prison, in Ga. to local Genealogical Societies, 2 years at Catskill Community Col, in Catskill, NY, been a over the road truck driver for 7 years, managed a mobile home park, and deep into Genealogy.
To contact Barbara by email: Bmal1487 @


This will be Lucy’s second year with Publicity and she has had good coverage with our local newspapers.

Luck started working on Genealogy in the 1980’s in the Virginia, and North Carolina area with the family names of Francis, Henry, Parker, Chishire, and Rowe.

Lucy and her husband are square dancers and she is a volunteer in the Gift shop at the Central Brevard Library
To contact Lucy by email JKB1932 @

RESEARCH: Jim Garmon, and wife Bonnie

Jim and Bonnie are new to BGS joining only 3 mos. ago, and this will be the first office held.

Jim and Bonnie started working on Genealogy in 1994 in the area of Fl., South Carolina, and Georgia, with the names of Garmon, Baylor, Howard, Roberts, Prather and Phillips.

Jim works with old handwriting, census research, computer databases, and Fl. migration. Both are retired, Jim from Intelligence Community and Bonnie from housework. (Good luck) Jim’s dad was born in 1875.
To contact Jim by email: JBGARMON @

WEBMASTER: Patrice Green

Patrice joined BGS in1997 at the Christmas meeting, and has held offices ever since. Initially as the BGS representative to ECFGSC, then Chair of Publicity, Publications and now Wwebmaster.

Patrice acquired her love of Genealogy at her mother’s knee listening to the family stories. Her research areas are Georgia in 1850’s, S.C., 1800-1850, Va. 1760 up, Pa. 1730 -1760’s, Ohio 1910 up, and Florida 1910 to present. Her family names are Houser, Short, Hampton, Jones, and Woods.

Patrice has been a List Administrator for Roots Web since 1999 and is currently the Brevard Gen Web Coordinator. She is also a fan of Science fiction literature.

To contact Patrice by email: genealogies @


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