4th Quarter Meeting Notices

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November 2019 Meeting

 The location for this meeting will be in a new place for us. 

Watson Realty Building, 4194 San Juan Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32210. 

San Juan runs off of Hwy 17 also known as Roosevelt Blvd 


Date: November 9, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM

Location:  Watson Realty Building, 

4194 San Juan Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32210

Topic: Plants, Spaniards, Indians, & Migrants

Speaker:  Margaret Powell  

  

Marge received her undergraduate degree from Benedictine University and her masters degree from the University of Chicago. She has also been an herbalist for over 30 years and an avid plant person her entire life.


Her herbal interests span both the culinary, the medicinal and body care as well as growing herbs. She completed a medicinal herbal apprenticeship with Susun Weed and was introduced to herbal body care in workshops conducted by Rosemary Gladstar.


Marge is a passionate cook and most of her cooking is herb enhanced.  She teaches classes in cooking with herbs, making your own medicines, creating lotions and ointments, making soap, and blending scents. She has conducted hands on workshops on these and a variety of other herbal topics across the United States. In 2000 she incorporated Magnolia Hill soap Co., Inc and in 2011 she added Magnolia Hill Nursery which wholesales organic herbs and heirloom vegetables to local garden centers.


She is currently a board member of the International Herb Association (IHA) and the International Herb Association Foundation and is past president of IHA’s former Southeastern Region. She has had numerous herbal articles published in IHA’s annual Herb of the Year publications. Currently she is on a journey to document the folk medicine traditions of NE Florida and SE Georgia.


 The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

October 2019 Meeting

 Date: October 12,  2019 

Time: Doors open at 10:00 AM

Location: Mandarin Public Library, 3330 Kori Rd, Jacksonville

Topic: Spanish Flu Pandemic 

Speaker: Peter Mullen 


Peter is a retired professor from the Florida State College at Jacksonville. He is a member of the Speakers Bureau for the Georgia Historical Society, the Southern Genealogists’ Exchange Society, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, Anthropological Multicultural Associations of the South and Florida State College. H

e lectures to professional and historical societies nation-wide promoting history and culture of the South.


The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

3rd Quarter 2019 Meeting notices

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September 2019 Meeting

Date: September 14, 2019 

Time: Doors open at 10:00 AM

Location: Mandarin Public Library, 3330 Kori Rd, Jacksonville

Topic: The Hogans of Jacksonville 

Speaker: Mike Hogan 


Jacksonville born & raised, Mike is a descendant of one of the city’s pioneer families.

He has served Jacksonville and Duval County in various positions since graduating from 

University of South Florida is 1972.


His employment with Southern Bell/BellSouth (1975-1997) overlapped with his early public 

service life. Serving as a Jacksonville City Councilman, Florida State Representative, Duval County Tax Collector, he is currently Duval County Supervisor of Elections.

Mike looks forward to sharing his family’s story with SGES. 


The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

August 2019 Meeting

Date: August 10,  2019  

Time: Doors open at 10:00 AM 

Location: Mandarin Public Library, 3330 Kori Rd, Jacksonville 

Topic: Using Baptist Church Records in Family Research: A Case Study 

Speaker: Michael Ports 


A civil engineer by profession, Michael has more than 45 years of genealogical  

research experience. His expertise  has resulted in over 100 articles published in genealogical journals and magazines plus more than 46 complied genealogies, transcribed original records and how to books.  


The subject of the case study is Michael’s 3rd great grandmother, Rhoda Suttle, who was born circa 1803 in Georgia.  Handed down in the family are two facts, first her maiden name was Suttle and her father was a Baptist preacher.  The presentation follows his research through numerous Baptist Church records in four states, eventually proving the identity of Rhoda's parents and discovering an extensive amount of information about her preacher father. 


The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 

July 2019 Meeting

Date: July 13, 2019

Time: Doors open at 10:00 AM

Location: Mandarin Public Library, 3330 Kori Rd, Jacksonville

Topic: Civil War Spies

Speaker: Tommy Nocerino


A native New Yorker, Tommy Nocerino fostered his interest and expertise in American history as well as the American cinema, at a very early age. He is often called on as a guest speaker and lecturer about various subjects pertaining to the United States and its rich history, especially early Americana. His pop culture commentary is also in demand on numerous Internet radio shows. 


His first novel, “Lamplight”, was well received and has been a favorite with book clubs. His second novel, “Greycourt”, has been just as popular. His historical fiction novels address lesser known historical events creating his own take. Tommy resides in Fernandina Beach, Florida where he continues to research, write, and speak about his many interests.


The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

2nd Quarter 2019 Meeting Notices

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June 2019 Meeting

Date: June 8, 2019 

Time: Doors open at 10:00 AM

Location: Mandarin Public Library, 3330 Kori Rd, Jacksonville

Topic: Using 19th Century Agricultural Records and Sources for Family Research 

Speaker: Jim Vearil 


Jim is "A True Local" having been born and reared in Jacksonville.  His mother's family have been in Florida since the Second Spanish and early Territorial Period.  He is retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers having worked for them since 1974.  He has a B.S.E. in Environmental Engineering and a M.E. of Environmental Engineering with a minor in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida.  He is a member of the American Society of Engineers; Army Engineer Association; the Engineering Honor Society Tau Beta Pi; Florida Historical Society; Jacksonville Historical Society; Florida State Genealogical Society; Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society; Marion County Historical and Archaeological Museum and Micanopy Historical Society. 


The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.