Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County

Surname Card File Updated March 2015

All the surname cards have been scanned and uploaded so you can now search the cards from wherever you have access to this website. Click on the button at left, about two thirds of the way down the column, to read the instructions and to give it a try! Locality cards will be added very soon.


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 280,000 entries. Our index of local municipal cemeteries has over 65,000 local entries which dwarfs most other online resources for these cemeteries . 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 We started scanning the many unpublished and generally un-indexed family histories in our collection.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 150,000+ surname and locality card files.
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.
Carlos Ruth