Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County
Society Mission & History
Our Mission 
 
The mission of the Society is to support individuals in pursuing their family history research by:
  1. maintaining a genealogical library
  2. providing  instruction and promoting scholarly research and writing
  3. collecting, preserving, and disseminating genealogical and related information 
 
 
Society History
 
            The Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County was organized on May 6, 1964 by a group of people interested in tracing their ancestors. Monthly meetings were held in various locations, genealogical procedures were taught, and books and other materials were shared by members.   The Society incorporated in 1966 as Palm Beach County Genealogical Society. Our quarterly journal, Ancestry, began production for the information of members and to exchange with other genealogical societies around the country. Donations of books had increased to the point of requiring library space. The West Palm Beach City Library took us in. This was to be our home for the next forty years, at first in one small upstairs room, and then downstairs into two rooms. Bruce M. Lewis of Lewis Publishing Company, West Palm Beach, retired and gave his whole collection of genealogical and historical volumes to the society, along with shelving and file cabinets from his office. A sizeable contribution of books on Boston and New York was made by Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Many individuals made book donations in honor of friends or as memorials. By this time, our library had over 8,000 volumes, plus magazines, maps and other materials. It had become the largest and most complete genealogical research library in South Florida. The non-circulating collection continued to grow and keep up with the times, moving from microfiche readers to computers.
 
            When the City of West Palm Beach announced the building of a new library, the plans did not include us. We had to find a new home. We contacted the Palm Beach County Public Library System and reached an agreement to rent space for our collection and for our society activities. Our new location is in the main library on Summit Boulevard, in West Palm Beach, where we have a larger, more modern facility. Our new shelving was installed and with the help of many volunteers, we accomplished the move on February 1, 2008. Our collection now includes over 13,000 books, hundreds of CDs, many microfiche and microfilm, an impressive surname file and a large periodical collection. We have upgraded all our equipment and now offer WiFi, Ancestry Library Edition, and several online databases.
 
            The Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County is an all volunteer nonprofit educational organization. We are completely supported by dues, donations and a trust fund. We receive no government funding. Our programs and seminars provide an opportunity to network with others. We have a new name and a new location but are still a group of people interested in tracing their ancestors.
 
 

Board of Directors

President: Carlos Ruth
1st Vice President: Gary Green
2nd Vice President: Walt Holmes
Recording Secretary: John Reis
Public Relations Secretary: Carol Heap
Treasurer & Registrar: Randy Hall
Librarian: Larry Vick
Historian: Sue Holmes
Past President: Bill King
Director: Jethro Hurt, III
Director: Ernie Whitney
 

Committee Chairs

Education: Walt Holmes
Membership & Publicity: Carol Heap
Newsletter: Gary Green
Periodicals: Marjorie Nelson
Programs: Gary Green
Publications: Lorraine Lentsch
Technology & Website: Carlos Ruth
Volunteer Recognition: Ruth Dumas
 

Trustees: Library Trust Fund

Trustee: Randy Hall
Trustee: Harold Kelley
Trustee: David Rinker