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GSS Special Find A Grave Event or "Come and Walk a Cemetery with us!" - 2015

Are any of you GSS members and others interested in participating in a "FindAGrave" or "Walk a Cemetery" Day?
We will take pictures of headstones and memorials to upload to and enhance the information on our GSS Cemetery page.

Whether you are taking pictures or notes, everyone is welcome and your help will be appreciated!
You can even bring a friend!
People with cameras or other picture taking devices will take pictures of the headstones and memorials, and others will help with note taking, etc.

Date - Saturday, February 21, 2015
Time - 9:30am meet at the cemetery, stay as long as you like
Location - Sarasota Memorial Park, 5833 S. Tamiami Trail (US41), Sarasota 34231     
Click here for a map to Sarasota Memorial Park Cemetery
This cemetery is on Tamiami Trail a bit north of where Clark Road intersects Tamiami Trail.

Around noon, we plan to meet at a restaurant for lunch. Also, help can be provided with your pictures.
Help with your cemetery pictures will also be available at   GSS Computer SIG meetings.

We will be in pairs and go through the sections together as a group.

What we wish to accomplish at the cemetery:
1. Take pictures of headstones and memorials that have not yet been filmed on
There are over 12,000 internments at this cemetery and only about 1/3 have been filmed on Findagrave.

Overall we have other goals for this project - Cemetery activity and at Computer SIG meetings:
1. Provide an environment where GSS members can socialize and share a genealogical experience
2. Provide an experience for our members to learn about filming cemetery memorials
3. Provide hands on experience with digital image files
4. Learn more about using,, and other cemetery resources
5. Contribute to the "greater" genealogical community
6. Add data and/or pictures to our GSS Cemetery Files webpage -
7. Provide an opportunity for experienced members to help others learn some new "tricks" about anything related to this project.


GSS has a new section on our website - Members’ Webpages! - 2014

There is a new section on the GSS Website! It is a section for GSS Members’ only! This past year the GSS Board members have been looking into ways to provide more opportunities to help you with your genealogy research efforts. Besides the library collection, general meetings, SIG meetings, workshops, and free used journals & magazines, this new Members’ Webpages section will allow members to ask questions, share tips and stories, participate in discussions, read informative articles, and connect with each other.

GSS Members can access this section by going to the GSS Website, Then, on the left side of the screen, click on the last button, Members’ Webpages. On that page, click on “Click here to proceed to the Members’ Webpages.” If this is your first time, before you click, you should read some of the information on that page.

The Members’ Webpages are actually on a different URL and function differently than the rest of our website. Marilyn Wethington, our Webmaster, set this section up using technology on a new site. We now have more flexibility for new web activities and some security for the content.

Using the Members’ Blog, you can write questions, tips, stories, new finds, news, etc. You can also add comments to what others have written. Currently, in this Members’ Only section, you will find GSS Newsletters that Regina Negrycz has graciously scanned in for us, a vast array of helpful genealogy articles written by Bryan Mucahy, Help articles, and GSS Board documents.


The Republic of Ireland Special Interest Group started up again this 2014/2015 season! group

Two new SIGs start up this 2014/2015 season - A DNA Special Interest Group and a New England Special Interest Group!

For dates and more details check the Calendar of Events Page.


Two New Books Compiled by GSS in 2012 and Updated again in February 2014!

Listings of the Genealogy Books in the Genealogy Section of Selby Public Library, Sarasota, Florida!

The Genealogical Society of Sarasota, Inc., in conjunction with the Selby Public Library Staff, has produced a shelf listing of the “Non-Circulating” and “Circulating” resources in the Genealogy Area of Selby Public Library. Two books with this information have been published in April 2013.

The “Non-Circulating” titles are listed by shelf location, which is helpful to the library researcher. For example, the titles of the resources for New York State are listed by their call number, which is how they are positioned on the shelves in the New York Section. There are a total of 6,074 titles in “Non-Circulating.” This listing is useful to check what is available at Selby Public Library to plan your visit to the library to do your research.

The “Circulating” titles are listed in the same groupings, with one additional group, “How-To” research various genealogy locations, has been added. All of these books are shelved in one area and are arranged by ascending “Call Numbers.” There are over 2,000 titles in “Circulating.” About two thirds of them are duplicates of items in “Non-Circulating”, but the other one third are items only available in “Circulating.” These “Circulating” items can be checked out and taken home to be studied.

Also, the Listing of the Genealogy Books at Selby is available on this website.  Click on the "Selby Book List" button on the left side of any page on this GSS website to access the listing.

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GSS has purchased library access to the online New England Historic Genealogical Society, NEHGS, databases.

You can access these records now at Selby Library!        January 2014

New England Historic Genealogical Society, NEHGS, description of their American Ancestors databases.

Map for Selby Library      Selby Library Parking Information



Genealogical Society of Sarasota, Inc.
P.O. Box 1917
Sarasota, FL   34230-1917