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

The Fall 2017 Basic Genealogy Course series will be scheduled for September 6, 2017 through October 18, 2017, 6:00pm to 7:45pm, on consecutive Wednesday evenings at the Melbourne Public Library. 
In 2017, we also will have an intermediate class of four sessions. The first two Spring classes were a great success and two additional classes will be offered this Fall on October 25 and November 1, 2017. These are scheduled following the basic curriculum so students can sign up if interested. See details on our Event Schedule page.
Both the Beginning and Intermediate course series are held in the Melbourne Public Library, at 540 E. Fee Ave., usually 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 for the basic series curriculum.  The two advanced classes will have a single $10 fee for materials.  The advanced classes have stand-alone topics for each class date and do not have a pre-requisite class (except students should have a better than basic knowledge level).
Cost of the basic course 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 (if you are already a member of the GSSB the membership will cover your annual renewal).  


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.