Hello there--and welcome!
The Genealogical Society of South Brevard (GSSB) is here for you! We provide materials for family historians, beginners genealogy courses, frequent Tid Bits in emails, a quarterly Bulletin, and monthly programs for those wanting to improve their research skills. There is also a very active French and Canadian Heritage Society group that meets monthly.
GSSB sponsors many activities for those wanting to know more about their ancestors and the lives they lived.
Our entire genealogy library catalog is now online and it is searchable!
What a great resource for you. Come and check it out. Click here to get started or select LIBRARY from the menu at the left.
The society's genealogy library, meeting room, and classroom are located in the Melbourne Library, 540 E. Fee Avenue, near the downtown area of Melbourne. Meetings are at 10 am, the second Wednesday of every month (except July-August) in the library Meeting Room (first room on right inside front door). Come at 9:30 for some snacks, drinks, and meet the wonderful people ( I'm biased! ) in our group.
Please explore our website and do come see us at our next meeting!
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"NEW INSTRUCTIONS; New GSSB web site is OPEN"
Info You Can Use
What records does the National Archives have that can help me with my family history research?
Some of the most useful records in NARA's holdings for genealogical research are:
Military Service and Pension, 1775-1902:
The National Archives holds Federal military service records from the Revolutionary War to 1912 in the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. Military records from WWI - present are held in the National Military Personnel Records Center (NPRC), in St. Louis, Missouri.
The most commonly requested military-related records used by genealogists are: Compiled Military Service Records for Volunteers, Pension Applications and Pension Payment Records, and Bounty Land Records. These records can often provide valuable information on the veteran, as well as on all members of the family. For example:
- Compiled service records will provide you with your ancestor's rank, unit, date mustered in and mustered out, basic biographical information, medical information, and military information.
- Pension application files usually provide the most genealogical information. These files often contain supporting documents such as: narratives of events during service, marriage certificates, birth records, death certificates, pages from family Bibles, letters received from the veteran while in service, depositions of witnesses, affidavits, discharge papers and other supporting papers.
- Bounty land records, from claims based on wartime service between 1775 and March 3, 1855, often contain documents similar to those in pension files, with lots of genealogical information. Many of the bounty land application files relating to Revolutionary War and War of 1812 service have been combined with the pension files.
There is no simple explanation for how to begin research in military records. Your research path will depend on aspects such as: what branch of service your ancestor was in, which conflict, what dates, whether Regular Army or a volunteer unit, whether your ancestor was an officer or enlisted personnel, and whether there was a pension application.
Read more about Military Records
How Do I Effectively Use The New GSSB Website (GSSB)
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Basic Geneaology Course (GSSB)
Basic Genealogy Course
Celebrate Grandparents Day
Let’s celebrate Grandparents Day. Let’s summarize the life of one or more of our grandparents. Click image to enlarge
GSSB Board Meeting
Society members welcome to attend!
Finding Your Revolutionary War Patriot - Debbie Duay (GSSB)