Genealogical Society of South Brevard County Florida
Genealogical Society of South Brevard
Genealogical Society of
South Brevard
P.O. Box 786
Melbourne, Florida

Basic Genealogy Course

small groupJanuary 4, 2017 through February 15, 2017
1:30pm to 3:30pm,  basic class.
In 2017, we also will have an intermediate class of two  sessions following the basic class,  February 22, and March 1, 2017.  See Schedule of Events.
The course is held in the Melbourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Street in the large meeting room at the front of the library.
To register for class, call 321-953-8373 or email with your name and phone number. The $35 cost can be paid at the first class.
The cost includes all class materials as well as membership in the Genealogical Society of South Brevard until end of current year for the January class, or end of following year for the September class..


CLASS 1: WHY GENEALOGY? – Overview of basic forms used in genealogy – Discussion of genealogy software programs, their features and other software products available.

CLASS 2: RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET- Free and subscription sites – Search engines and other aids – downloading and printing forms – Taking and keeping research notes – Organizing your research.

CLASS 3: USING SOURCES FROM THE FAMILY & HOME – Photography in family history – Correspondence – Interviews – Indexes, numbering and ahnentafel systems.

CLASS 4: PERSONAL HISTORIES – Searching for the family history in print – using the library, local research opportunities and sites, archives, societies.

CLASS 5: USING THE US DECENTENNIAL CENSUS – State and local census records – soundex and miracode indexes.

CLASS 6: USING MILITARY RECORDS TO FIND ANCESTORS – Courthouse records – finding vital records – Searching land and property records.

CLASS 7: FINDING YOUR IMMIGRANT ANCESTOR’S HOME – Settlement patterns and migration routes – Hereditary and patriotic societies – Class wrap-up.