Genealogical Society of South Brevard County Florida
Genealogical Society of South Brevard
Genealogical Society of
South Brevard
P.O. Box 786
Melbourne, Florida

Basic Genealogy Course

The In-Person Genealogy Course, usually held at the Melbourne Public Library, has been suspended and classes will now be offered online via video conferencing with "" GSSB will announce if in-person classes are to resume at some future date. The course is now scheduled to start on the first Tuesday in October, with all 1 hour sessions typically running 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, over consecutive Tuesdays.  The Events page will also carry information about upcoming courses. 
INSTRUCTOR:  Yolanda Campbell Lifter (Presented online on classroom learning)
Currently an 8 week course, scheduled for each Tuesday from 7pm-8pm. The Instructor emails students Zoom class invitations and information needed to enter the online classroom, with any handouts pertaining to the class attached.  Completion of any individual class is not required to attend other classes in the series. However, it may result in missing important concepts which could be useful in those classes.
REGISTRATION: Email the society at and request class registration, giving your name and phone number. Class size may be limited to allow for more personal attention from the instructor if demand is high.
COST: The Online Course is $25 for the full 8 consecutive week course, and includes an annual membership to the Genealogical Society of South Brevard. Current members may take the course at no cost with pre-registration.  After registration is approved via email, payment may be made by check to "GSSB" or online via PayPal/credit card as a "New Membership" purchase ($26.50 by Credit Card), essentially making the course free to you as a member.
CURRICULUM OVERVIEW: (subject to change based on changing technology, resources and methodology)
CLASS 1: INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY - forms, numbering systems, research strategies, primary and secondary sources, citations, organization of data, developing a research plan, home sources.
CLASS 2: VITAL RECORDS - births, marriages, divorces, deaths, and associated records, church records.
CLASS 3: CENSUS RECORDS - U.S. population schedules, state censuses, 1890 veterans schedule, non-populations schedules, voting records.
CLASS 4: COURTHOUSE AND LAND RECORDS - records of probate, estate, chancery, guardianship, and lunacy, deeds, patents, mortgages, tax records.
CLASS 5: MILITARY RECORDS - draft registrations, muster rolls, rosters, service records, pension files, bounty land records.
CLASS 6: IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION RECORDS - passenger lists, border crossings, declarations of intention, passports.
CLASS 7: NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBLISHED RESOURCES - notices of marriages, divorces, and probate, PERSI, family genealogies, county and state histories, journals, manuscripts, newsletters, lineage societies.
CLASS 8: RESEARCH TRIPS AND SHARING - steps in planning an on-site research trip, Facebook groups and pages, blogs and articles, online trees, personal websites, family associations, county and state genealogical societies.