Friday, September 09, 2005

Volume 18-3, Fall 2005 - Programs & Events


Come join the excitement of the 29th Annual Genealogy Conference. This exciting learning experience will be held 11-12 November 2005 in Panama City Beach, Florida at the Bay Point Marriott Resort (4200 Marriott Drive).
Our featured speaker, Donna Moughty, will present four exciting lectures you will not want to miss. Ms Moughty is a well known genealogical instructor and lecturer and her topics will be:
  • "Applying for Your Irish Passport"
  • "Immigration"
  • "Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are--Hide and Seek on the Internet!"
  • "Using Griffith's Valuation"
In addition to the featured speaker, we will have Pamela J. Cooper, Amy Larner Giroux, CG(sm), CGL(sm), Ann Mohr Osisek, Gladys Friedman Paulin, CGRS(sm), Deanna D. Ramsey, William Zehner, CGSM, and James McSweeney (NARA SE Region Archives). All total, we will be providing the opportunity to participate in about 19 lectures covering Censuses, Military, Methodology, National Archive Resources, Naturalization, Land Records, Organization, Cemetery Records and Computer/Technology.

We are also pleased to announce that Dean DeBolt, noted Lecturer, historian and author, will be our Banquet Speaker.

If you would like further information, contact A. Staley, P. O. Box 441364, Jacksonville, FL 32222 Email: or you will find the registration form online at the FSGS Web site


By Vera Zimmerman, Education Chairman

The Summer session of the BGS Beginning Genealogy Class ran from Thursday July 7 to August 11, 2005. A binder with an excellent syllabus put together by Betty Eichhorn plus many useful forms was given to each of the twenty students. Betty Eichhorn and Vera Zimmerman were the regular teachers with Frank Bryan, Thana Cottrell, Patrice Green and Joan Bullard teaching segments on specialized subjects. Thanks to much hard work by Betty Eichhorn the syllabus is being reorganized for next year. This Winter session will be held in Room 1, accommodating a maximum of forty students. Classes will run for six weeks starting on Thursday Jan. 12, 2005 from 9:30 to Noon




Copyright laws

The speaker for the September 12 BGS meeting will be David L. Stewart who will speak on Copyright. Mr. Stewart is an attorney with Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath and Gilchrist, P.A. He is a member of the Florida Bar, District of Columbia Bar, the Virginia Bar and the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is Adjunct Professor at Florida Institute of Technology. He has worked as Administrative Patent Judge (Examiner-in-Chief) Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, United States Patent and Trademark Office and as Special Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner for Patents and concurrently Director of Systems Modeling and Advanced Studies in the Office of the Assistant Commissioner for Information Systems.



The Genealogy Society of South Brevard will meet Wednesday Sept. 14, 2005 at the Melbourne Library, 540 E. Fee Avenue. Social hour begins at 9:30 and the program starts at 10 am. The program will be presented by Ada Forney, Master Story Teller. She will be showing us how to connect our family's stories to historical events.

Bio: Ada Forney
Ada Forney is a professional, full-time storyteller, singer, author, composer and a native Florida Cracker. She is a member of Florida Storytelling Association, the National Storytelling Network, Florida Folklore Society, Florida Historical Society and Toast-masters International. Ada teaches storytelling, stars in a half hour storytelling TV show, is a guest teller on public radio and has performed at many storytelling festivals including the prestigious Florida Folk Festival. She is also the storytelling coordinator for the Barberville Pioneer Days.

Oct 12th “Getting To Know You" did you ever wish that you knew individual GSSG members better? This will be a fun program where each of us will learn more about the members of our group. Social time begins 9:30am and the program at 10 am at the Melbourne Public Library 540 E. Fee Ave Melbourne

Nov 9th "The Making of a Flag" presented by the National Sojourners. A most enjoyable patriotic program. Social time begins 9:30am and the program at 10 am at the Melbourne Public Library 540 E. Fee Ave Melbourne

December 14th GSSB Christmas Party. A sharing of our Christmas memories and Christmas goodies. A holiday music program will also be presented. Social time begins 9:30am and the program at 10 am at the Melbourne Public Library 540 E. Fee Ave Melbourne


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