Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society

Official page of the Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society

Welcome to our Members & Visitors Interested in Genealogy

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.   

SGES Library Periodicals Room
SGES Library Periodicals Room

Holiday Closures

December 7th

 Due to the SGES luncheon and the election of the Executive Board officers the SGES library will be closed. 

Christmas and New Year's

The SGES library will be closed on December 25th through 30th. The library will also be closed on January 1st and 2nd.

SGES Events and announcements

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***

Quote of the Month

If you don’t recount your family history, it will be lost. Honor your own stories and tell them too.

The tales may not seem important, but they are what binds families and makes each of us who

we are.”-- Madeleine L’Engle

Past and Present Newsletter

December 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

Alana's Treasures in Our Library

HT-1 The Handybook for Genealogists, United States of America, 10th Edition published by Everton Publishers, Draper, UT. 

This 880 page book holds a wealth of information that is helpful to any researcher. Categories include: societies & repositories, bibliography & record sources as well as many other sources. An invaluable section lists all the counties in each state, when they were created and what county the new one was pulled from. Numerous foreign countries are also included.

December additions to the SGES Library

FL-572 “Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley—African Princess, Florida Slave, Plantation

Owner” by Daniel L Schafer

FH-1316 “Huellas & Footprints—A Family’s Journey & Historical Reference”

edited by Jose’ I Ramirez

TN 112 “Washington County Historical Speeches 1987-1988” edited by Mildred S


SGES References on TinyCat Online Library


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. Use the link and check it out!

Donate to SGES

We depend on the support of people like you to maintain our library and services. Please consider making a donation of any amount. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

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More Ways you can 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 helps us to do more. 

Get Involved!

Volunteers are needed to man the SGES library on a regular basis or as needed.Call or email SGES, indicating your interest. 

 Volunteers are also needed by SGES to do “look-ups” for "out-of-towners". Costs for copies, postage and phone calls would be reimbursed by the requester. You decide if you want to assist with a specific inquiry.


Since we are a non-profit organization, we rely on gifts and donations to provide our services. We couldn't accomplish our goals of furthering genealogical research without the help of supporters like you. 

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