Genealogical Society of South Brevard County Florida
Genealogical Society of South Brevard
Genealogical Society of
South Brevard
P.O. Box 786
Melbourne, Florida
Hello there--and welcome! 
The Genealogical Society of South Brevard (GSSB) is here for you!  We provide materials for family historians,  beginners genealogy courses, frequent Tid Bits in emails, a quarterly Bulletin, and monthly programs for those wanting to improve their research skills. There is also a very active French and Canadian Heritage Society group that meets monthly.   GSSB sponsors many activities for those wanting to know more about their ancestors and the lives they lived.
Our entire genealogy library catalog is online and it is searchable!  What a great resource for you.  Come and check it out. Click here to get started or select + Library from the menu at the left.
The society's genealogy library, meeting room, and classroom are located in the Melbourne Library, 540 E. Fee Avenue, near the downtown area of Melbourne.  Meetings are at 10 am, the second Wednesday of every month (except July-August) in the library Meeting Room (first room on right inside front door).  Come at 9:30 for some snacks, drinks, and meet the wonderful people ( I'm biased! ) in our group.
Please explore our website and do come see us at our next meeting!
12-2-2016.  Webmaster updates  page updated!
GSSB members,
check your email for login instructions--
Emailed 6-10-16:  "NEW INSTRUCTIONS; New GSSB web site is OPEN"

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Irish Research Resource:
The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:
  • All Society journals from 1992 to 2016 including over 800 individual articles
  • All Society publications including extensive collections of gravestone inscriptions, historic records and surname studies.
  • Released online for the first time
Leading Family History website Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of all these journals dating from 1992 to 2016. The journals are now available to search as part of the PERiodical Source Index and will be joined by the expansive range of other Genealogical Society or Ireland publications over the coming weeks. The publications consists of a wide range of documents including transcripts of original records, memorial inscriptions, local and surname studies and collections of specialist sources and guides. The information dates back to 1798 and covers many counties in Ireland including Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Offaly and Wicklow.
The release is comprised of two sets of important publications, namely:
  • Journals – In 1992 the Society commenced publication of a journal. Back then it was the Dun Laoghaire Genealogical Society, but immediately expanded its remit to cover much more than the area around the Borough. It published 224 articles between then and 1999 when it changed its name to the Genealogical Society of Ireland. Since 2000 it has published over 600 articles on Irish family history including transcripts of source materials, scholarly articles, name studies and other material.
  • Publications – Alongside the journals, the society has had an ambitious publishing programme. It has so far published over 40 individual volumes of source materials. Its first in 1992 was an 1837 memorial from Wicklow signed by hundreds of residents. Thereafter they have published many volumes of gravestone inscriptions and memorials, several school registers, military records, extracts from the 1821 and 1901 census returns, occupational records, information about the population in 1798, and specific family studies, and much more.
Brian Donovan, Head of Irish Records at Findmypast, comments: “The Genealogical Society of Ireland occupies a unique position in the Irish genealogical landscape. Not only is it the largest volunteer society in the Republic, it is by far the most active, involved in campaigns, publications, international events and the promotion of the hobby of family history. It is dedicated to making the complexities of research understandable to the novice, while at the same time developing unique expertise across a range of topics. It is particularly important as a lobbyist to government for the shared interests of the genealogy sector in Ireland and opens its doors to everyone to help in this task. With all this in mind, we at Findmypast are especially pleased to see their fabulous collection of publications available to our audience. We also wish them every continuing success.”
About Findmypast
Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a Scottish-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.
Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.
In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitised records from across the globe, including over 120 million Irish family history records, the largest collection online.
About Genealogical Society of Ireland
The Society was established in 1990 to promote an awareness, appreciation and knowledge of our genealogical and heraldic heritage in Ireland and amongst her Diaspora.
It is devoted to the promotion of the study of genealogy and related subjects as educational leisure pursuits available to all in the community irrespective of age, prior-learning, background or socio-economic circumstances by organising Open Meetings, lectures, workshops, publishing genealogical material, organising group project, exhibiting at major relevant events and the provision of an Archive and Research Centre, An Daonchartlann.
The Society encourages its members, undertaking research in every county in Ireland, to make their research available to others through publication. Through its publications programme, the Society makes accessible to researchers at home and abroad many sources otherwise not available except in their original state. The collection and repatriation of genealogical material is an important function of the Society’s Archive and Research Centre, An Daonchartlann.

December 14
(December F&CHS meeting is with GSSB)
We do not have a separate meeting in December.  Please join GSSB for our Holiday Party.
December 14
Christmas Party Meeting
December 26
No GSSB Board Meeting in December
January 28
Dick Eastman Presentation
Click image to enlarge. Dick Eastman is the author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, the most popular online genealogy magazine in the world. TOPICS Using WorldCat to Find Genealogy Books Going Nearly Paperless - How to Get Started Cloudy, ...
February 25
2017 Valentine Genealogy Seminar
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