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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.

Patrice Green has passed from us.

posted May 8, 2019, 2:07 PM by BGS Webmaster   [ updated May 8, 2019, 2:10 PM ]

We are greatly saddened to inform you of the death of Patrice Green and relate the following from her family:
Patrice Milton Green, age 70, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019, at home, after a long battle with cancer.
She was born on August 19, 1948, in Coral Gables, Florida, to William (Milutinovich) Milton and Helen Laura "Patricia" (Houser) Milton.
Patrice was a member of the Brevard Genealogical Society since 1998, and the Philip Perry Chapter of the DAR. She served as State Coordinator for the FLGenWeb Project, and Country Coordinator for Eastern Europe on the WorldGenWeb. She was also the family historian.
If you would like to pay respects to the family, they will be receiving visitors on Sunday, May 19th, from 2-5 pm at 1925 Gates Rd., Merritt Island, FL. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Brevard Genealogical Society (www.flbgs.org). 
Visit www.islandcremations.com to sign the online guest book.

Monday, May 13, 2019 Speaker

posted May 3, 2019, 5:41 AM by BGS Webmaster   [ updated May 3, 2019, 5:45 AM ]

Monday, May 13, 2019 - Guest speaker, Miles Meyer will present Disaster Preparedness for Genealogists. Come and find out how to preserve and protect your research from disasters.

April 15th, 2019 Speaker

posted Mar 31, 2019, 8:38 AM by BGS Webmaster   [ updated Mar 31, 2019, 8:39 AM ]

April 15, 2019: Peter Bradish - “One-Name Studies” -
Learn what an ONS is and why you might want to do one.
What kind of effort is it, what steps to take and what
resources there are to help you. Just because your
surname is Johnson, Jones or some other frequently
occurring name doesn’t mean doing an ONS would be
overwhelming. Find out why

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.

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