October Meeting -Open House Oct. 26th
In celebration of Family History Month and our 50th Anniversary, we will be sponsoring an Open House this coming Thursday, October 16th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Public Library. Check our Calendar and Events page for all the details. Come see what is new at both libraries. Representatives from many heritage societies (DAR, SAR, Soc. of Colonial Wars, and more) will be present to explain what they offer. This event will take the place of our regular October meeting.
Winter Program - Ticket Sales Now Open
Winter Program details have been posted on the Calendar & Events Page.
The date is Jauary 17th and pre-registration is required.
Our members range from the beginner who has just discovered an old box of Grandma’s letters and photos, to members who are accredited, professional genealogists. Both make use of our library, online resourcand share their experiences with other members.
We hold monthly meetings from September through May where experienced members share knowledge and techniques for discovering family history. We also schedule at least two special programs during the year for more in depth learning.
We are serious about data. Our library reflects diverse interests and over the years we have amassed an extensive collection of over 15,000 books and other items, covering a very large range of genealogical and historical interests. An online catalog is available to search our holdings. Our database of local death notices and obituaries consists of almost 275,000 entries. Our index of local municipal cemeteries has over 65,000 local entries which dwarfs most other online resources. A complete online surname index to Ancestry, our quarterly journal with over 100,000 entries has also been posted.
In early 2014 we launched two new scanning projects. We started scanning the many unpublished and generally un-indexed family histories in our collection. By digitizing well over fifty binders of information so far, we have made it computer searchable saving researchers many hours of browsing. Even if you have searched our published holdings, this new format makes a another visit to our library worthwhile. The second project is scanning our 130,000+ surname card file. Brett Brown is making excellent progress and we have uploaded card images up to "S".
We hope you will realize the benefits in joining our society, whether your research is focused on Palm Beach County area, or some other part of the state, or country. Cruise our website, attend our meetings, read our publications, and generally get to know us, whether for a few weeks or several months. Check out our schedule of upcoming events, and then plan to take part whenever you have the opportunity. We look forward to having you as our newest member.