About Us

The primary purpose of the Brevard Genealogical Society is education.

We provide educational opportunities to the membership and the public through training courses, workshops, and seminars on methods and standards of genealogical and historical research.

We try to stimulate interest in, and encourage the recording of, family history, especially among young people.

We encourage the collection of genealogical and historical books and other materials by the Society, through donation and purchase, so they may be properly cataloged, cared for, and made available for all to use.  

We exchange information through publications, group activities, or on a one-to-one basis.

We try to reduce duplication of research, publication, and library materials by individuals and societies.  

And we maintain close liaison with other genealogical and historical organizations, local, nationwide and international, to reinforce our efforts toward common goals, and to avoid schedule conflicts.

Proclamation from the City of Cocoa

9th December 2019

The Florida State Genealogical Society presented to Brevard Genealogical Society this award for "Genealogy Outstanding Achievement" in recognition of our contribution to the field of Florida Genealogy and/or History for 5 years, 10 November 2006.


In 1968 the Brevard Chapter of The Southern Genealogist’s Exchange Society was formed. The Charter Members were:

 Evelyn M. (Mrs. Carl F.) Bley, Merritt Island

 Donna (Mrs. Joel G.) Brinkle, Cocoa

 Gladys (Mrs. I. A.) Burnaman, Cocoa

 Russeline S. (Mrs.) Clifton, Merritt Island

 Evelyn H. (Mrs. Joe A.) Cowart, Cocoa

 Joe A. Cowart, Jr., Cocoa

 Dorothy W. (Mrs. J. M.) Ellington, Cocoa

 Mary M. (Mrs. I. J.) Ellington, Cocoa

 Irene A. (Mrs. Tom) Fogarty, Merritt Island

 Lillian H. (Mrs. Earl) Hayes, Titusville

 Duane B. Martin, Merritt Island

 Marjorie M. (Mrs. Duane B.) Martin, Merritt Island

 Mildred (Mrs. Otto) Powers, Titusville

 Mrs. R. E. Stokes, Merritt Island

 Dorothy M. Stratton, Merritt Island

 Patricia Stratton, Merritt Island

The name was changed to the Brevard Genealogical Society on 11 February 1975, and bylaws were adopted. On 13 November 1989, Articles of Incorporation were filed and the Society became "Brevard Genealogical Society, Inc.", a not-for-profit corporation, effective 1 January 1990.