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 next Basic Genealogy course series will start January 9, 2019, at the Melbourne Public Library, 1:30pm to 3:30pm for seven consecutive Wednesdays.  For further information or to register for January, contact Marian Harrison at (321) 953-8373, or email her at
See details on our Event Schedule page.
The class will be 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. There is a $35 cost which can be paid at the first class for the basic series curriculum. Current members can take the course for $10 (cost of materials). 
Cost of the basic course includes all class materials as well as membership in the Genealogical Society of South Brevard until the 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 and pay the full September cost, the fee will cover your annual renewal).  

BASIC CLASS SCHEDULE AND CURRICULUM (subject to change based on changing technology, resource availability, and methodology)

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.