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 Family History on Par Street Reopens!

The Family History Center in the LDS Church at 45 E. Par Street, Orlando will be reopening on Thursday March 23. The new hours will be Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Location Map

At this time dates to move CFGS meetings back to this location have not been determined.

CFGS Presents Drew Smith on Organizing Your Genealogy Saturday May 13th

Drew SmithThe Central Florida Genealogical Society will present a seminar on Organizing Your Genealogy by Drew Smith of the Genealogy Guys. This seminar will be given on Saturday May 13th from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm at the Cultural Hall, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 45 E. Par, Orlando, FL 32804. This is the same building that the Family History Center is located in. Location Map 

Topics will be:

  • Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process
  • Using Evernote for Capturing Notes and Ideas
  • Organizing Your Genealogy Files and Correspondence
  • Organizing Your Research Trip

Cost will be $35 for CFGS Members, $40 for non members, $50 for couples (same address) and $45 at the day of the conference. Registration information will be available soon.

Price includes: Morning refreshments, box lunch & handouts. To ensure lunch, registrations must be received by May 10. We will have door prizes and a genealogy used book sale, too!

Ancestry Revealed Needs You!

The Ancestry Revealed is a community service program of the Central Florida Genealogical Society and is entering it's 5th year. Volunteers help seniors to complete a 4 generation pedigree chart along with a family group sheet, either in their independent or assisted living facility or at various churches and public venues. They are also given various documents that are found along the way such as census records, marriage certificates, ship manifest, naturalization papers etc. All this info is to be passed down to their children and grandchildren. The program operates from September through May each year.

Live workshop at The Mayflower Retirement Community in Winter Park

We need more volunteers right now, as many have had to leave the program the past two years due to moving out of the area, sickness, care-giving etc. and we are down to a skeleton crew. But I am also looking ahead to our next September season. So whether you are available now or not for several months please do consider joining the team.If you are researching your own family you already know how to complete a pedigree chart. Training is available if needed and/or being paired up with a seasoned volunteer during live sessions. If you are interested in helping others in this extremely rewarding program or would like more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. WE NEED YOU.

Workshops are held on two Wednesday’s for each facility, one week apart from each other. Two time slot choices are offered 10:00 am to 12:30 pm or 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. We arrive 30 minutes ahead of time to set up our laptops and get connected to Wi-Fi.  A laptop or tablet is needed (occasionally we have an extra laptop if you don't happen to have one). You do not have to commit to doing every workshop, you can pick and choose whatever schedule works for you.  Occasionally we carpool, mostly due to limited parking space.

The seniors we have helped have been thrilled beyond expectation at the results and the volunteers have been as thrilled as well. Some volunteers will attest to the fact that their research skills have been greatly expanded due to this program. So even if you haven’t been doing genealogy for a long time, this program can help you advance and hone your skills.

If you are interested in helping others in this extremely rewarding program or would like more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are You Going to See Diahan Southard at the JGSGO Meeting April 4?

Prior to this meeting, Elaine Powell will host a pot luck dinner at her home at 5:00 pm. Elaine lives only one mile from the location of the April 4 meeting. If you would like to avoid rush-hour traffic and enjoy a dinner where you can sit and chat with CFGS members before the meeting, please join us. If you are coming from work or are unable to bring a dish, that is no problem. Please come and enjoy dinner with us anyway. There will be plenty of food.

Please RSVP to Elaine at 407-484-4843 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are coming. Her address is 4620 Saddleworth Circle, Orlando, FL 32826.

No Computer or Family Tree Maker Group Meeting at Seminole Co. Library Until Further Notice

The Seminole County Library where we hold the Computer and the Family Tree Maker Group meetings will not be available in February and possibly March due to the library providing income tax preparation help to residents. Once tax season is over, we will resume having meetings at this location.

The March meetings for both of these groups will be held at the LDS Bumby Meeting House located at 4020 S. Bumby Ave., Orlando, FL 32806 Location Map.

Please check the our Calendar for all events to make sure you are aware of the right time and location. 

The good news is that  the Family History Center on Par Street will be available for meetings soon!

Updates and Changes to Our Website

We recently moved our website to a new host on the web. When this move happened, it broke the searchable tables for Marriage Records and our Tombstone Database. Effective today, the Orange County (FL) Marriage Records are back online and are searchable using advanced searches and filters. Note that these records date to when many of the surrounding counties were considered Orange County. 

Tombstone / Cemetery Project

We hope to have the Tombstone Database online soon. We also need some help on completing the Cemetery / Tombstone project. If you are willing to help with this project which was started in the early 1980s please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We have need for people to photograph cemeteries and to do research to add and update information on them.

Meeting Notes Moved on Website

We have also added new pages for notes and links for some of our Special Interest Groups. THis change made necessary a new menu providing access these notes. As other Special Interest Group begin to publish meeting notes these will be added here. This also means that the Computer SIG notes have been moved under this new menu item.

 

New Special Interest Group Notes Menu

Speaker's Handouts from General and Daytime Meetings

We generally have speakers at both our General and Daytime Meetings. When the speakers provide handouts and allows us to put them on our website, these are made avaiable in our Member's Blog area . In order to access this are, you must be logged into the website. Once logged in, the CFGS Community menu will be displayed and you will see the Member's Blog menu under that heading.

The form these handouts take will depend on the speaker. They may be summarized in an article or be available for download in PDF formats from a link. If there is a link, when you click on it the handout should open in your browser. You can then used File --> Save As in the browser to save the PDF file.

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