Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County

Jane M. Allen Annual Luncheon


On April 9th, Janet M. DeVries, local author gave a pre-lunch presentation based on he newest book, Legendary Locals of West of  Palm Beach, which decribes notable people of early Palm Beach County, not all of them famous, but all of them interesting.
Jethro Hurt, on left,presented the history of the "Pledge of Allegience" prior its recitation at the Annual Luncheon.  Wlat Holmes, on the right, did an excellent job after stepping in as master of ceremonies, pro tem. Lunch was followed by the presentation of volunteer certificates by Sue Comerford and a silent auction and book sale, which raised almost $200.00.

Volunteering Opportunities

The society is currently looking for volunteers for the following positions:
First Vice President - The first vice-president serves as program chair and obtains speakers for the general membership meetings. Sends out a Speaker's Form to obtain information on the speakers. Reserves the location for the meetings and introduces the speakers at the meetings.
Newletter Editor - Our newsletter is sent to members  and prospects throughout the year except during the summer. The editor writes or edits submitted artices to fit the layout of their choice. It contains notice of the meetings, membership information, genealogy articles, etc. Distribution is by e-mail, with two dozen still by snail mail.
Library Volunteers - People willing to commit to a least one three hour shift per week to perform a variety of tasks.
Opportinities include:
  1. Assisting patrons with their research.
  2. Data entry in the "Cemeteries" data base, both simple and more advanced.
  3. Assistance with re-labeling our periodicals in the Rowan System we adopted a few years ago.
  4. Preparing documents for scanning.
  5. Scanning documents.
  6. Cleaning of scanned documents.
  7. Reshelving of books and light housekeeping duties.


Our members range from the beginner who has just discovered an old box of Grandma’s letters and photos, to members who are accredited, professional genealogists. Both make use of our library, online resources and share their experiences with other members.
We hold monthly meetings from September through May where experienced members share knowledge and techniques for discovering family history. We also schedule at least two special  programs during the year for more in depth learning.
Our library reflects diverse interests and over the years we have amassed an extensive collection of over 15,000 books and other items, covering a very large range of genealogical and historical interests. Our catalog is available on this website to search our holdings. Our website contains databases of local death notices and obituaries (over 280,000); local municipal cemeteries (over 65,000); and a surname index to Ancestry, our quarterly journal with over 100,000 entries.
We have several projects in progress with well over 200,000 pages already scanned.  By digitizing these documents, we have made them computer searchable saving researchers many hours of browsing. Even if you have searched our published holdings, this new format makes a another visit to our library worthwhile.
We hope you will realize the benefits in joining our society, whether your research is focused on Palm Beach County area, or some other part of the state, or country. Cruise our website, attend our meetings, read our publications, and generally get to know us, whether for a few weeks or several months. Check out our schedule of upcoming events, and then plan to take part whenever you have the opportunity. We look forward to having you as our newest member.