About SGES

The Southern Genealogists Exchange Society is located in Jacksonville, FL, but serves the entire U.S. Southeast, and beyond. Our genealogical library is located at 6215 Sauterne Dive, Jacksonville. Visit our website at http://www.sgesjax.com.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Upcoming Events

We have a couple of events coming up of interest to the genealogical and historical communities at the local level:

On 10 September 2011 is our seminar: "Bringing Your Ancestors to Life," with guest speaker Patricia Charpentier.  This is a hands-on writing workshop, where participants will write brief vignettes of their family history using techniques that Ms. Charpentier will teach during the day-long session.  Volunteering participants will then read their selections to the audience.  Fee at the door is $40.  For more information, visit http://www.sgesjax.com and click on 'Upcoming Events" or call the Society at 904-778-1000.

On 24 September Baker County celebrates their sesquicentennial, sponsored by the Baker County Historical Society.  SGES will have a table at the festival.   The celebration will be in Macclenny, in Baker County, near the junction of U.S. 90 and Fifth Street (coming from Jacksonville, turn right on Fifth Street).  See http://www.150yearsofbaker.com for more information.

On the national level, there are three upcoming events of interest:

Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference, this year in Springfield, Illinois, 7-10 September.  See http://www.fgsconferenceblog.org/ for more information.

32nd Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, 22-25 September.  See http://bit.ly/naKw6j for more information (that is a shortened URL).

Atlanta Family History Expo, Atlanta, Georgia, 11-12 November.  For more information see http://222.fhexpos.com/expos/.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Southern Genealogists Exchange Society

The Southern Genealogists Exchange Society is one of two dynamic genealogical societies located in Jacksonville, FL.  Though we style ourselves a local genealogical society, and most of our activities take place in the northeast Florida area, we serve the entire U.S. Southeast, and the rest of the country, as well,.  We have members all over the country.

We publish a newsletter, Legacy, which is distributed to members electronically.  We also publish a quarterly, The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Quarterly, which features articles about families, copies of documents, lists of cemetery interments, and other information of use to genealogists and family historians.  The quarterly began as a privately-published periodical in 1957, and has been in continuous publication since then.

We host yearly seminars.  We have had as seminar guests Lisa Arnold from Ancestry.com and George G. Morgan, one of the "Genealogy Guys."  Our seminars cover a variety of topics, with a host of local and national speakers.  Our next seminar is on 10 September 2011, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Riverside Presbyterian Church, 849 Park Street, in Jacksonville.  The speaker is Patricia Charpentier, who will guide attendees in writing down their family histories and memories.  Patricia has been our guest before, and her sessions are lively and instructive.  Start writing your memories now.

Our president is Jon Ferguson.  I am the Education Chair and duty blogger, Karen Rhodes.  This blog will discuss the activities of SGES, its history, and topics of genealogical interest not just to those tracing southern lineages, but -- I hope -- to all.  I also plan to have guest bloggers present their own perspectives on genealogical topics.

For more information on the SGES, including how to join, visit our website.