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.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Ann Staley's Genealogy Summer Camp

C. Ann Staley, CG, local professional genealogist, has come up with a great idea for the summer. She is holding a "Genealogy Summer Camp" at the Jacksonville Public Library, July 23-26.  This summer camp is more for teenagers and adults than for children.  Lots of good learning and fun, and no mosquitoes!

This four-day genealogical conference will include presentations on topics such as beginning genealogical research, land records (beginning and intermediate), military records (beginning and intermediate), vital records (birth, marriage, death), pre-1850 census research to determine parentage, free genealogy information on the internet, and cemetery records, among others.  Your friendly neighborhood blogger, Karen Rhodes, will present talks on beginning genealogical research, British colonial and American federal paleography, and using blogs, podcasts, and Twitter (and Google+) for genealogy.

Other speakers include Arnold Weeks, Margo Brewer, Ann Staley (of course), David Fuller, and Amy L. Giroux.

Sessions begin at 10 a.m. and end around 2:30.  No information is available yet on registration, so watch this space, and I'll get that out as soon as it comes to me.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

"Virtual Tea" featured in Times-Union

The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville's paper, has featured the SGES "Virtual Tea" for Mother's Day in its blog. The "Virtual Tea," a fundraising effort for the SGES, was described in the last entry on this blog.

The purpose of the fundraising is to keep our genealogical research library open.  In the present economy, many libraries are getting cut or even closing.  SGES is dedicated to keeping its library open, and providing services both locally and nationally, and even internationally.  Our library is staffed by volunteers, but we have expenses of office supplies, utilities, and acquisition of books and other materials.

The "Virtual Tea" is, in the opinion of your friendly neighborhood official SGES blogger, a unique and fascinating idea.  A participant enters information about female ancestors, under their maiden names.  One can also upload photographs.  Instructions are at the website .  It is a great way to celebrate Mother's Day and honor your female ancestors.

For local residents who do not have the facility to upload photos, a "scanning day" is being held at SGES Headquarters, 6215 Sauterne Drive (just off Blanding Blvd., north of 103rd Street) on Friday, 4 May, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Bring your photo or photos, and we will scan them for you and get it posted on the "Virtual Tea" website.

Join this unique tribute, and let us know about your female ancestors.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spring Happenings

New things are happening at the Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society.

First, we have a newly redesigned website which is finally located at the proper domain. This reflects the fact that we are a non-profit organization, recognized as an educational organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The old website is still active.

SGES is having a fund-raiser which is fun and original. Go here, and you will see the announcement of the "Mother's Day Tea."  You do not have to dress up or bake little goodies.  At the right on the website is a list of options, including "submit a maiden."  This brings up the form on which you can submit a female ancestor by maiden name.  You may also upload a photograph.  Select "make your donation" to see the suggested price list for submissions.  Any donation is appreciated.  There is a deadline:  May 9.  Let's honor our mothers and grandmothers and other female ancestors who have shaped our lives.

Continue to visit the site over the next few weeks as the Maiden Name Wall will expand and photographs  continuously added to the slide show.

SGES is also now listed on Facebook, under The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society, Inc.  We invite you to "like" us and keep up with developments in genealogy and the activities of the society.