Monday, March 13, 2006

(19-1) Bios

VERA ZIMMERMAN
BGS Past President

Vera was born into a Louisiana family that loved photography. Her paternal grandfather built his own camera in about 1900 and passed down a love of taking photos as well as lots of old family photos. She got her first camera, a Kodak Brownie type, over 50 years ago and her first 35mm camera as a high school graduation present. She took photography classes at Newcomb College of Tulane University while working on a degree in Fine Arts.

Her maternal grandmother passed on a love of sewing and Vera remembers sitting under her grandmother's old Singer sewing machine and "helping" operate the foot treadle as her grandmother sewed. Vera got a hand-cranked toy sewing machine and made her own doll clothes. She began sewing her own clothes and designing Mardi Gras costumes while in high school and designed costumes for several Carnival Balls. She has done extensive research on period clothing styles.


Vera studied Art and Anthropology and received her Bachelor's degree from University of Houston. She has been involved in archaeological and historical projects in Brevard for over 25 years. She was photo editor for the two volume History of Brevard County by Dr. Jerrell Shofner published by the Brevard Historical Commission and Editor and writer for Volume 3 History of Brevard County: Photographic Memories.


Her program for the March meeting looks at the datable elements in old photographs from photographic and printing methods to clothing styles and she hopes it will help some of you solve a few of those mysteries in your family photo collection.


ANN MOHR OSISEK
Secretary of Fl. State Genealogy Society.

Ann is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, current Secretary and incoming Vice President for the Florida State Genealogical Society and a member of their Speakers Guild. She has served as managing instructor for genealogy programs at the Disney Institute in Orlando, Fl


NANCY SIECK
Editor NBGS

Registrar of the Indian River Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic, Editor of the newspaper of the Genealogical Society of North Brevard. She also volunteers each Tuesday at the Titusville Library and each Wednesday at the Family History Center in Rockledge.


PAMELA COOPER
Editor Indian River Genealogical Society’s Newsletter:

Pam has been the supervisor of the Florida History and Genealogy Department for the Indian River County Main Library in Vero Beach, Florida since 1986. She built the collection from 250 titles to over 30,000 titles. Currently, she is in charge of developing the new Archive Center of Florida and Local History which has become a rich resource for Floridians.

She is the founder of the first "Genealogy and Local History Caucus" of the Florida Library Association in May of 1990. She received the 1991 Distinguished Service Award from the Florida State Genealogical Society for her work with the Caucus.

She served as a Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies in 1995-1998; Director of the Florida Historical Society in 1997-1999, President of the Florida State Genealogical Society 1999-2003 and with her husband, served as National Conference Co-chair of the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2003 National Conference, which was held in Orlando.

Since 1986, she has served as President, Editor, and Program Chair of the Indian River Genealogical Society and as Trustee, Vice-president, and several committee chairs of the Florida State Genealogical Society. In 1994, she established the East Central Florida Genealogical Society Co-op. The Co-op has successfully provided a database of family histories that are located in nine county libraries.

At the National Genealogical Society conference in May of 2000, she received the Filby Prize for Genealogical Librarianship and with her husband they received the Award of Merit from the Federation of Genealogical Societies in 2003.

Pam is a teacher and lecturer on genealogy at local, state and national levels and currently is the Editor of the Indian River Genealogical Society’s Newsletter. Working together with her mother, she published her first family history in 1993, Descendants of John W. Clark and Francis Hoff of Lincolnshire, England. She assisted in publishing the book World War II at the Vero Beach Naval Air Station, which became available January 2003. In 2005, she wrote the Florida chapter in the Red Book: American, State


MICHAEL J. BOONSTRA, CG
Genealogy Librarian, CBL

Michael currently serves as genealogy librarian for the Central Brevard Library in Cocoa. Michael has been involved with genealogy since the age of 15and has a Masters Degree in Humanities with an additional specialty in History. Michael specializes in New England research and has had his research published in journals such as the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. He is a Mayflower descendant on both his maternal grandfather’s and grandmother’s side and holds the office of historian of the John Howland Colony of Mayflower Descendants in Winter Park, Florida.

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