Chair Trev Wunderlin opened the meeting, greeted each attendee, & passed out agendas.    

 Saturday 6/7, 11 AM, downtown library auditorium –

At the Florida Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting, Pam Cooper, librarian at the Vero Beach Library, will speak on “Military Records at the National Archives”. Beforehand, at 10:15 AM, 3 groups will meet: Brick Walls Interest Group in the auditorium, &  Computer Interest & DNA Interest Groups in other areas.

 Wednesday 6/11, 3-5 PM, Jan Kaminis Platt Library at 3910 South Manhattan –

The Florida Genealogical Society will sponsor “Ask A Genealogist”. These opportunities are offered at different libraries at different times depending on the availability of a volunteer to offer help.

 Mondays 7/7 – 8/11 (6 classes), 1-3 PM, Lake Magdalene Methodist Church Room 308-309 –

Debra Fleming will teach an OLLI  summer session class on “Hands-On Genealogy: Vaulting the Brick Wall”. Check the OLLI Evergreen Catalog for information (online ). Register online or by calling 813-974-2403 #1 (fee $40). Registration began 5/19.

 Thursday 6/15, 9:30-11 AM, Lake Magdalene Methodist Church Room 308-309 –

The regular GSIG meeting will feature “Joining DAR, SAR, & Other Lineage Societies”. The speaker is Jane Vent, Registrar Tampa Chapter DAR.

 GSIG meets the third Thursday of each month (September through June) in church room above.

 Today’s program – “Finding Public Records & Vital Statistics” – Debbe Hagner, accredited genealogist.

Following are just the topics from her handout; she provided many details  & answered questions.

 She explained the following terms: open/closed records, primary/secondary records, open/closed shelves, indexes, registers, certificates, delayed birth records, licenses, compiled records, extractions, applications, banns, & bonds.

 Vital records might be found in many places including Family History Centers, city/county/state clerk’s offices, & online sites.

 Debbe offered special information on researching each of the following; birth records, birth certificates, marriage records, death records, death certificates, divorce records, adoption records, & stillborn records.

 Other possible record sources are : census, court (legal guardian, probate, land), coroner, criminal, & prison.

 National, state, county, & city archives are a good source of many kinds of special records, as are universities & libraries.

 She offered suggestions on visiting out-of-area places & how to obtain information if you cannot visit in person.

  Submitted by Diana Kelley, Recording Secretary