Genealogical Society of South Brevard County Florida
Genealogical Society of South Brevard
Genealogical Society of
South Brevard
P.O. Box 786
Melbourne, Florida
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The Genealogical Society of South Brevard (GSSB) provides resources, programs and materials for family historians. Explore our website by clicking the menu at left for all the options available. ​For questions or assistance email us at   

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Serving Genealogists in South Brevard County, FL since 1974
Saturday, March 23, 2019:  10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Melbourne Public Library Conference Room, 540 E. Fee Ave., Melbourne, FL
OPEN HOUSE - The Genealogical Society of South Brevard will hold an an all day public Open House to celebrate another milestone of serving our members and the public with genealogical services and activities. Formed in 1974, we will celebrate 45 years on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Melbourne Public Library on Fee Avenue. The open house will be from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. So mark your calendar and come celebrate with us.
          There will be snacks and coffee for attendees and several activities, with volunteers available to speak with visitors about family history and talk about the many benefits of membership in the GSSB, including our monthly programs and special seminars and workshops sponsored by the GSSB. Research supplies will be available to hand out along with limited assistance completing special lookup requests. We will have displays and interesting examples of the work of the members of the society.
          Attendees can take a guided tour of the GSSB Family History Resource Room within the library and obtain information about special resources accessible there. They will also learn how our volunteers assist researchers when they visit the library.  
          We're looking forward to seeing you there!!

Eleanor Mae Wilson Shonting Passes Away at 94

Eleanor W. Shonting, long time member and supporter of the GSSB passed away on January 18, 2019. Eleanor was born 1924 in the township of Truro, Franklin County, Ohio. She was the only child of James Henry Wilson and Lola Blanche McNaughton. Her parents were married in 1922 in Franklin County. In 1943, Eleanor married Milton F. Shonting (1923-1994) in Franklin County. Eleanor helped shape the GSSB in earlier years and was committed to helping others in their pursuit of family history. She had a lifelong interest and dedication to genealogy, history, arts and crafts. We are all saddened by her death and the society sends our greatest condolences to her family and friends. Her obituary can be found courtesy of the Dignity Memorial website with service information in care of Life Event Center at Florida Memorial, Rockledge, Florida.

Melbourne Public Library; 540 E. Fee Ave. (9:30am - 11:45am)
(click the image below for a larger view of the program flyer)

Melbourne Public Library; 540 E. Fee Ave. (9:30am - 11:45am)
(click the image below for a larger view of the program flyer)
Programs To Be Announced

Second Annual GSSB Yearbook

The GSSB is publishing its second "Yearbook: A Look Back" as an annual publication which presents information and activities of the society during the past calendar year. It was created to provide a look back for members at the past year and includes summary information on programs, events, activities, society news, publications and other information related to the previous year of operations. The yearbook is intended to be an archive of the year and document efforts of the society for its members.
It is hoped we will be able to publish it at the end of each year so members will have access to a quick reference or "Look Back" at things of interest from the past year.  Once logged in, members can find this and last year's publication by clicking the "GSSB Archives" menu item and then clicking the "Annual Yearbook" tab.  Or if you are already logged in, click this link.

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GSSB Fall 2019 Learning Opportunity
Intermediate Research Class - Saturday, October 12, 2019
Melbourne Public Library Conference Room, 540 E. Fee Avenue, Melbourne, FL
Instructor Marian Harrison will teach an intermediate class for those who have some prior experience and knowledge of family history research and would like to begin to enhance their knowledge and skills beyond the beginner course level. Course topics and times are pending and will be announced here once confirmed.  
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Genealogical Society of South Brevard
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 786, Melbourne, FL  32902-0786
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GSSB Family History Room - Genealogy Library
Melbourne, FL - Brevard Public Library
540 E. Fee Ave., Melbourne, FL  32902