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 Brevard Genealogical Society Beginning Genealogy Course

A four-week Beginning Course will start on June 4th, 2019.

The class will meet each Tuesday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, in Meeting Room 4 on the second floor of the Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library (Central Brevard Library), 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa, FL.

The $30.00 fee for non-members includes all materials and membership in the Brevard Genealogical Society for the remainder of 2019. Class size is limited and pre-registration by June 1st is required.  

For current BGS members class fee is $10.00 per student which covers the cost of materials. 

Materials include a 3-ring binder with course syllabus which contains summaries of all classes, a supply of genealogy forms, sheet protectors and notebook paper. Your instructor will be Vera Zimmerman with guest lecturers on special topics.

For more information contact Vera Zimmerman (321) 453-4932, verazimmerman@flbgs.org

or visit the BGS website at http://www.flbgs.org/ed/classes

or register here.

March 11th, 2019 Speaker

posted Mar 6, 2019, 5:39 AM by BGS Webmaster   [ updated Mar 6, 2019, 6:04 AM ]

Just a reminder, March 11th we have Jack Butler coming to speak about:

Wills & Estates - Genealogy's Gold Mines :
Wills, administrations, inventories, inheritance, settlements, and trusts – the types of records generated by the probate process are a wonderful source of genealogical information. This lecture covers the types of estates, examples of the documents found in them, and where to find them.

Cemetary Project Update

posted Feb 13, 2019, 12:08 PM by BGS Webmaster   [ updated Feb 13, 2019, 12:09 PM ]

Linda Thompson has just updated the Cemetery Project with a complete report on Cocoa City Cemetery and the Hilltop Cemetery.  She finished it up with a complete table listing of the stones along with a great selection of photos, and, a map layout of each.  Great work!  Use the Cemetery Projects menu choice in our sidebar menu to get to the Cemetery Projects page and scroll down the table and click on Cocoa City Cemetery, or Hilltop Cemetery to see Linda's good work!

Podcast Available Now

posted Jan 21, 2019, 1:21 PM by BGS Webmaster   [ updated Jan 21, 2019, 1:22 PM ]

BGS Members, 

I would like to let you know about something that Linda Thompson, our Research Committee Chair,  has been working very hard on.
She has now posted some podcasts for you to use and enjoy in the USA Research Genealogy Interest Group webpage. 
Please go to our home page and scroll down the left hand column to the Members Only section. And then go to Genealogy Research Interest Groups. 
Under the USA Research. That will bring you to a page titled “Groups”. 
Scroll down and click on USA Research. 
This will bring you to a page titled “USA Research Genealogy Interest Group. 
Please check out the area that says Webinars, Podcasts & YouTube. 
The other areas are still under construction. 
Please let us know how you like it. 
Thanks to Linda for working on this. 

Louann Kiddy Creasy - BGS Publicity Chair

Free Book by Nathan Dylan Goodwin for BGS Members

posted Jan 16, 2019, 10:15 AM by BGS Webmaster   [ updated Jan 16, 2019, 10:17 AM ]

This just in from Vera Booksh Zimmerman...
Author Nathan Dylan Goodwin, who has written several genealogical mysteries that I have reviewed in our newsletter, has a new story out. He has generously offered a digital copy of The Asylum  for free to our members. All you have to do is visit his website and sign up for his newsletter:
"I just wanted to let you know that I have a new story, which is out now. It is called The Asylum and is a short prequel to Hiding the Past (book #1), therefore a great place for new readers to start! The story is currently 99c on Amazon, but you can offer your society a FREE digital copy if they visit my website,


Richard LaChance

posted Jan 12, 2019, 6:58 AM by BGS Webmaster   [ updated Jan 14, 2019, 5:06 AM ]

BGS Members, 

It saddens me to inform you of the passing of another BGS member, Richard LaChance. 

Attached you should find his obituary. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. 

Louann Kiddy Creasy - Publicity Chair

Bonnie Garmon

posted Jan 4, 2019, 8:13 AM by BGS Webmaster

BGS Members,
It is with great sadness that I have just heard of the passing of our long time member and great friend of BGS, Bonnie Garmon. 
Her service will be on January 19th at Wiley-Baxley Funeral home, 1360 N Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island from 11 to 3.

Our condolences go out to the Garmon family. She will be missed. 

Louann Kiddy Creasy - BGS Publicity Chair

January 14th 2019 Speaker

posted Jan 4, 2019, 4:45 AM by BGS Webmaster   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 4:46 AM ]

January 14, 2019 - speaker Diane Victor-Zalenski will present “How
much do you really know about Genealogy?”. She will be using a
Jeopardy type genealogy game to test our knowledge.The game will
include several topics, and should be fun and informative. Come and
test your knowledge. **This meeting will be held in Room #2.

Happy New Year!

posted Jan 3, 2019, 8:55 AM by BGS Webmaster   [ updated Jan 3, 2019, 10:26 AM ]

Happy New Year BGS Members,
I hope your year is starting out well. It is a beautiful day to start out our New Year.
Attached you should find the January 2019 announcement of the upcoming BGS meetings, and some other items I thought you might enjoy. We hope you will attend the meetings and workshops... And bring a friend! We love to share our interest in genealogy.
We also invite you to become more active in your BGS group… sign up to be on committees, share your knowledge or experiences in whatever area by writing articles for the newsletters, let us know if there is a particular subject or speaker you’d like to hear at the meetings, or join a GIG (genealogy interest group). This is your society, it is what you make it. Check us out on Facebook. We are working hard to make it more interesting with meeting announcements, and photos of past events. If you hear about an event, such as festivals, seminars, or any other local event of genealogical or historical interest, please let me know and I will send it out to the membership so we all can enjoy.
Thank you all for the compliments on my past emails. I hope you continue to enjoy them. If there is anything that you would like me to add or improve on, please let me know. I have attached a copy of the registration form for the Feb. 16 Valentine Seminar in Vero Beach. You still have till Jan. 31st to send in your registration. 
Take care and enjoy your New Year!  Louann Kiddy Creasy - BGS Publicity Chair

Join Our New Facebook Group

posted Nov 15, 2016, 11:33 AM by BGS Webmaster   [ updated Jan 3, 2019, 9:44 AM ]

In addition to our page at Facebook we now also have a Facebook Group. We invite you to join and participate.

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