Library Hours

 Wednesdays and Thursdays and the first and third Saturdays - 10 AM - 3 PM

With the exception of Holidays, 

6215 Sauterne Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32210

Phone: 904-778-1000

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This schedule is subject to change so its best to check our calendar by clicking on the button below before visiting the library.

Welcome To our Members & Visitors


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 as well a some foreign countries. Many family ancestry's records have also been documented and placed within our library.   


Events and Announcements

Past and Present Newsletter

 January 2020 

Past and Present

Newsletter of The Southern Genealogist’s Exchange Society 

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


Did you know that in the early Colonial Days there were more persons of German descent living in Georgia than English? Religious conflicts among the Protestants, Lutherans and Catholic in the country of Austria 

prompted a large exile to the greater Savannah area. The initial arrival of Lutheran Salzburgers was in Charleston, SC in 1734.....


 The State Archives of Florida has announced their 2020 Saturday research availability:

January 11, February 8, March 14 & April 11. Hours 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Unfortunately, these dates conflict with our own monthly meetings. But if you have the need for weekend research time, traveling to Tallahassee could prove worthwhile. 

The 10th Annual North Florida Genealogy Conference will be held Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Church of Christ Latter Day Saints, 461 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park. As is the custom, there will be multiple classes to choose from about various topics. Registration opens January 1st.

The website will list the day’s events and registration instructions. Walk-ins will be accepted the day of the conference but those persons will not be guaranteed lunch. 

SGES Monthly Meeting

 Date:  February 8, 2020 

Time:  Doors open at 10:00 AM

Location: Jacksonville Public Library located at 3330 Kori Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32257


Speaker:   Mitch Hemann 

Topic:  " What Your Ancestor’s Music Say About Them?"

Mitch Hemann, Jacksonville Historical Society Archivist by profession and musician/singer/songwriter by avocation, will present a musical program on the origins and evolution of the blues in Northeast Florida. This musical journey with its many twists and turns through more than 100 years of music history will cover songs heard and beloved by our relatives. This unique presentation will combine historical background and live musical performance as Mitch seems to embody the musical spirit of his Scot-Irish ancestors. Join us in a multi-sensory celebration that pays tribute to the music of our ancestors!

January Additions to the Library


NC-353 WNC Bastardy Bonds Henderson County, Polk County and Transylvania County 1840-1899 edited by Sandra Samz

AAR-18 All Kinfolks A Large Collection of Black American Genealogies from 72 Families, Over 2,300 Names Covering the States of FL, GA, NC, SC, VA and more! by Rosa Brooks

AAR-19 Black Family Research Records of Post-Civil War Federal Agencies at the National Archives by Reginald Washington 

From the Librarian


BY Georgia Pribanic, Librarian, SGES


The National Genealogy Society website writes that the National Genealogical Quarterly (NGSQ) is a scholarly journal that publishes material concerning all US regions and all ethnic groups. It includes compiled genealogies, case studies, essays on new methodology and little-known resources, critical review of current books, and previously unpublished source materials. The SGES Library has many issues from 1957 to the current issue of this helpful title along with many paper indexes. In fact, SGES has more issues than the Public Library. This is a rich source and essential title available for your use in your study of genealogy. Come on down!

Genealogy Detectives at the SGES Library

GA-302 The Salzburger Saga by George F. Jones

GA-303 Henry Newman’s Salzburger Letterbooks edited by George F Jones

GA-304 The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 by George F Jones

Quote of the Month

 “Brick walls—that overused euphemism for poor research methods” –Edgar E McDonald  

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