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

Special NoteThe In-Person Genealogy Course, usually held at the Melbourne Public Library, has been temporarily suspended through 2021 due to safety concerns over COVID-19 outbreak. GSSB will announce when in-person classes will resume. They are usually held in Winter and Fall each year at the library, for seven to eight consecutive Wednesdays. 
For further information or to register for the current online class see the below information
(details are also available on the Event Schedule page)
INSTRUCTOR:  Yolanda Lifter
DATE & TIME:   First Class is Tuesday, February 9, 2021; 7:00pm - 8:00pm using online learning. The Instructor will email students Zoom class invitation and information needed to enter the online classroom.  Eight Consecutive classes in the series will be each following Tuesday evening 7pm-8pm (Feb. 9 through Mar. 30, 2021).  
(Note:  Completion of any individual class is not required to attend other classes in the series.  However, it may result in missing important concepts which could be useful in those clases)
REGISTRATIONONLINE 8 week course - Email the society at to request class registration, giving your name and phone number. Class size may be limited to allow for more personal attention from the instructor.  
COST: The Online Course is $25 for the full 8 consecutive week course, and includes an annual membership to the Genealogical Society of South Brevard. Current members may take the course at no cost with pre-registration.  After registration is approved via email, payment may be made by check to GSSB or online via paypal/credit card as a "New Membership" purchase, essentially making the course free to you as a member. 
CURRICULUM OVERVIEW: (subject to change based on changing technology, resource availability, and methodology)
CLASS 1: INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY -  forms, numbering systems, research strategies, primary and secondary sources, citations, organization of data, developing a research plan, home sources.
CLASS 2: VITAL RECORDS - births, marriages, divorces, deaths, and associated records, church records.
CLASS 3: CENSUS RECORDS - U.S. population schedules, state censuses, 1890 veterans schedule, non-populations schedules, voting records.
CLASS 4: COURTHOUSE AND LAND RECORDS - records of probate, estate, chancery, guardianship, and lunacy
deeds, patents, mortgages, tax records.
CLASS 5: MILITARY RECORDS - draft registrations, muster rolls, rosters, service records, pension files, bounty land records.
CLASS 6: IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION RECORDS - passenger lists, border crossings, declarations of intention, passports.
CLASS 7: NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBLISHED RESOURCES - notices of marriages, divorces, and probate, PERSI, family genealogies, county and state histories, journals, manuscripts, newsletters, lineage societies.
CLASS 8: RESEARCH TRIPS AND SHARING - steps in planning an on-site research trip, Facebook groups and pages, blogs and articles, online trees, personal websites, family associations, county and state genealogical societies.