Friday, June 10, 2005

(18- 2) President's Message

Hello Everyone,

Summer’s here and many of you will be traveling away from your home in Florida. Doing genealogy on-site can be more satisfying because you have the opportunity to see and touch the actual records. Keep this in mind if you do travel and plan your trip such that you can stop and do some research the "old fashioned way."

Our society has several projects underway. One is photographing the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station cemeteries are on hold until at least the fall. More on this if and when it progresses.

The on-line posting of cemetery tombstone pictures is moving along. We have the 4 cemeteries on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on our web site now and Cocoa Cemetery (which is much, much larger) is moving along nicely. Hopefully we'll announce its completion soon on the BGS Mailing List. The Hill Top Cemetery of course will follow.

A small project to locate and photograph certain small, private cemeteries is underway. Summertime is not a good venue for this but if you would like to participate, please let me know. We need help identifying where some are actually located and whether they actually exist. For example, City Point Cemetery exists and we know where it is. There is an alleged City Point black cemetery, the location of which is unknown, or, it might just be another name for a cemetery we already know about. Knowledge concerning what and where these small cemeteries are is needed. If you know of a small cemetery in Brevard County, or know someone who might have knowledge about any, please tell us.

Another project is to resurrect the pioneer and local family history files and a researcher index in our library. We've made the first step toward this goal but as it progresses we'll be needing some local knowledge to help us. More on this as it develops.

In the mean time, have a great summer!

Take care... Peter Bradish

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