Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society

Official page of the Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society

The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society (SGES) is a non-profit genealogy society in Jacksonville, FL, providing information and resources for genealogists since 1964. Members and non-members alike are always welcome and encouraged to browse through the over 6,000 books, periodicals  and quarterlies published by other genealogical organizations.  We also have many volumes covering special subjects like Revolutionary War Soldiers, Civil War soldiers, and the Great Puritan Migration, all within the SGES library. These resources cover the United States and some foreign countries. Many family ancestry's records have also been documented and placed within our library.   

SGES Library Periodicals Room
SGES Library Periodicals Room

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Past and Present Newsletter

November 2019  

Past and Present

Newsletter of The Southern Genealogist’s Exchange Society 

Select the "Find Out More" link below to see this month's newsletter

Quote of the Month

The Two Basic Rules of Family History Writing:

 “Facts get recorded. Stories get remembered.”—Lewis Schiff 

Alana's Treasures in Our Library

 MA82 Mayflower Marriages from the files of George Ernest Bowman at The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. 

George Bowman (1860-1941) made it his life’s work to document descendants of 23 male Mayflower passengers. He sources included court, church, bible, probate records, wills, charts, cemetery inscriptions, etc. This resulted in 10,000 + entries over 5 centuries. Fifty pages detail descendants of Richard Warren, subject of this month’s story. Susan E Roser transcribed Bowman’s work for this book which was published in 1990.

New additions to the SGES Library

NC- (EF-375)  Farm Owners of Essener by Bernard Clemens Broring (in German)

(GA-518)  2nd Battalion Georgia Volunteer Cavalry Troop A- D, Troop F (CSA)

(FH-317)  New World Book of Lawsons by Halbert’s Family Heritage 

(LA-21)  Generations, past to present Vol 1 a book of charts by Phoebe Chauvin Morrison 

(FH-1314)  Descendants of John M & Mary Francis Pelham Schofield complied by Lynda  Schofield Corley & others  

SGES Library Inventory is now online!

On October 29th we began the process of uploading the index of our entire library holdings (over 6000 books, documents, maps, periodicals, etc.) to this website, under the "SGES Library Inventory" section. 

As of November 15th, the online inventory upload is complete! 

Select "SGES Library Inventory" from the menu in the left sidebar to access the sections.

Our Library Inventory Is Being Added To TinyCat!


Search our library inventory in TinyCat, a worldwide library catalog offering more search capability.

Adding our inventory on TinyCat is a work in progress and will take some time to complete; as of now it only lists our Florida category titles, with more coming soon. Check it out!

December 2019 Meeting


Date: December 7, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: The Edgewater Clubhouse, 4370 Edgewater Crossing Drive, Jacksonville, FL

Come celebrate with SGES at our annual Holiday Luncheon. The Society will provide meat, drinks and paper goods. Call 904-778-1000 or email to let us know what favorite dish you’ll be bringing to the festivities. 

***Please note*** this month’s meeting will be the 1st Saturday of the month and will start an hour later than usual***

"Surplus Books" Has Moved

In order to shorten our menu list, which is in the left panel, we have moved the "Surplus Books" item to its permanent home - under the SGES Library Inventory menu.

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How Can You Help?

We are a genealogy research society that offers a library with over 6,000 resources. We also have volunteers who can provide genealogical research assistance to help you discover your ancestry. We invite you join us in membership! Your membership will help us to do more. 

Get Involved!

We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our genealogy research vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. 

Thank You

We couldn't accomplish our goals of genealogy research without the help of supporters like you. Thank you for your time and donations that makes this possible!

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