EST. 1992

We’re located by the Atlantic Ocean and Halifax River



Our purpose is to help others in the community to find their family roots under the experienced guidance of our qualified members and expert guest speakers.


Speaker for January

Ann Staley

Ann Staley, CG®, CGLSM, is an educator, consultant, and lecturer. She is the Education Chairman for the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc.; the Membership Chair for the Genealogical Speakers Guild; on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies; and a volunteer of the National Genealogical Society and the Florida State Genealogical Society. She has served previously on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Ann is the compiler of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc. Quarterly Full Name Index, Volumes 1 through 4, 1973 through 1976, author of articles for the NGS Magazine, author of Researching American Court Records, and the co-author of the NGS Research in the States Series: Florida. Ann has been researching her family from Alabama, Mississippi, Indiana, and Virginia to France, England, and Germany. Her specialties are methodology, vital records and their sources, computer research resources, conference planning, and assisted genealogy research trips.


So You Can't Read a Foreign Language: Deciphering Vital Records - Tips and Techniques

Sooner or later, as a researcher you will be facing a vital record in a foreign language. Treating the language as a barrier or "brick wall" will only frustrate you further. In this presentation we will look at the Structure of the Vital Record, Record Type and Format, Deciphering Handwriting Tips, use of Translation Guides, and more. Case Studies using a German record and a French record will be discussed. __________

2023 HGS Programs

January 12th - So You Can’t Read a Foreign Language - Ann Staley

February 9th - Sharing From Our Ancestors: Diaries Letters and Recipes that have been handed down to us.

March 9th - Irish Genealogy From Your Armchair - Paul Howes

April 13th - The Marriage of the Waters, The Erie Canal and the Opening of the Midwest - Annette Burke Lyttle

May 11th - Genealogy Timelines - Bill Meister


Benefits of Membership


All of our meetings are open to the public, feature an invited guest speaker and are held in the auditorium of the Ormond Beach Library on the second Thursday of the month at 1:30 PM.

Basic Concepts in Genealogy

Basic Concepts in Genealogy will be offered at the monthly meeting following our invited speaker and social time. The format will vary from an informal discussion to a more structured class, depending on the topic. This is a great opportunity for those new to genealogy research to meet and learn from our more experienced members in a group setting. All are welcome.


Dues are paid annually and are primarily used to attract the finest speakers for our monthly programs. Cost for membership is $20 for an individual and $25 for a family membership.

One on One Research Help

Have you hit a brick wall in your research or have a general genealogy question? Our experienced HGS researchers offer free individual assistance. Genealogy in the library is offered on the Saturday following our monthly meeting from 1-4 PM in meeting room 3 of the Ormond Beach Library. For registration please contact us at halifaxgensociety@gmail.com


HGS Board of Directors

President: Patricia Craven

Vice President: Pat Peoples

Secretary: Tricia Aanderud

Acting Treasurer: Patricia Craven

Program Director: Greta Daigle

Membership: Rita Vogl

Publicity: Linda Anderson

Publications: Elaine Hemeke

Community Outreach and Education: Pat Peoples

Past President: Bill Vivian



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