Central Florida Genealogical Society

Serving central Florida over 40 years! We extend an invitation to everyone in the central Florida area interested in genealogy to join us.

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The Central Florida Genealogical Society, Inc.

is a non-profit society located in the Orlando Florida area that promotes family history research by providing education and research opportunities to its members and the public. We hold regular meetings in several cities in the central Florida area and have members living in Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola Counties and other areas in central Florida and the United States. We are also dedicated to aiding others living elsewhere who have ancestors in central Florida. See our About Us page to learn more.

Central Florida Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and Ancestry.com Work Together to Preserve the Pensions from the War of 1812

preserve-the-pensionsThe Pension Records from the War of 1812 are among the most requested documents at the National Archives. Unfortunately, these fragile documents are in urgent need of digitization. Join the initiative to raise funds to Preserve the Pensions. The money raised will go to digitizing these pension files and make them accessible online – free forever!

CFGS is joining with the FGS and Ancestry.com to save the pension files from the War of 1812. In this initiative CFGS will match every dollar you donate (up to $250) toward this project. The funds we raise will go to the FGS who will match what we send them.Then, Ancestry.com will match the FGS funds.

To digitize one page costs 22.5 cents or 100 pages for $22.50. With our Double Double Doubling matching program with FGS and Ancestry, each $1 you donate will become $8 and will digitize almost 36 pages of pension files that can then be placed online free forever.

You can donate several ways: clicking the PayPal link below, mailing a check made out to CFGS to CFGS, P.O. Box 533958, Orlando, FL 32853-3958, or bring cash to one of our meetings. All donations are deductible. If you need a receipt, please contact our Treasurer Judy Weinberg.


Donation to Preserve the Pensions: You can select an amount in multiples of $5 by changing the Quantity at checkout.

Preserve the Pensions | 5.00 USD

To find out more about women in the pension records.

Note We Have a Changed Our Mailing Address

Our new address is Central Florida Genealogical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 533958, Orlando, FL 32853-3958

Did Your Membership Expire?

Unless you have a Lifetime Membership, all memberships expired on August 31th and must be renewed. If you have not already renewed, you may renew online, by mail, or pay at a meeting. Don't let your membership lapse.

We Hold 40 Meetings Each Year

View Our Meeting Calendar

Visitors and Guests are welcome at all meetings.

Check the News Flash on the right side of most pages or our Events page for upcoming events in the area. Our meetings include:Central Florida Genealogy Society Regular Monthly Meeting

  • General Meetings - Nine monthly meetings with a special speaker held in the evening September through May (These meetings are not held in the summer months.)
  • Daytime Meetings - Six bi-monthly meetings with a special speaker held in odd numbered months: January, March, May, etc.
  • Family Tree Maker Interest Group - Monthly moderated open discussions.
  • Genealogy Computer Interest Group - Monthly moderated meetings with open discussions held in alternating locations.
  • Board of Director Meetings - Our board meets monthly except for December. Others are welcome.
  • Dinner Get Together igenerally held in July.
  • Various Training Classes and Workshops - We hold classes throughout the year. These will be announced on the Events page.
  • Annual workshop or seminar to be announced on the Events page. (Last year we held two seminars with nationally recognized speakers.)

General and daytime meetings feature a speaker covering topics of interest to genealogy and local history researchers. We also have an informal discussion sessions 30 minutes before each General meeting where members can share or ask questions. You can find out more about our regularly scheduled meetings in our calendar below, in the News Flash on the right or on Our Meetings page. Also check out our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Member's Only Features on Our Website

We have a number of features on this website that are available to our members only. The primary one is an online community that has a way for our members to communicate with each other and share their information, presentations and handouts from meetings (when made available) and a member's blog. We also provide members with online copies of recent editions of our quarterly journal Buried Treasure and our newsletter Treasure Chest News. (Older copies of Buried Treasure are available to all visitors.) Members must be in good standing and registered on the website to access these features. Cost of membership is only $20 annually to access these special features.

Calendar of CFGS Events

Our Calendar of Events is shown below. For your convenience, events at the Orange County Library's Genealogy Center are also shown. For upcoming special events, non-CFGS events like webinars or other breaking events, see our Events page. We will make every effort to keep this calendar up to date but Dates and Program Content Are Subject To Change.

The default view is Agenda with the upcoming events listed in chronological order. You can also view this by Month or Week by selecting the buttons. To learn more about any event including a map, click on the event.

For other events in Florida you should also check the Florida State Genealogical Society's Calendar and Dick Eastman's Calendar of Genealogy Events in Florida.