The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County

The GSOC is a must for researchers interested in the Florida Panhandle. Contact them at:
P.O. Box 1175
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32549

I understand a new website may soon be in order as well.

The newsletter editor Virginia Trawick may be reached at:
Please remove the leading "X" from the address.

GSOC Meetings are always held the second Saturday of the month. Meetings are held monthly at various places on Saturdays at 10:00 for browsing, 10:30 for business, 11:00 for program.

May 14 - FWB - LDS
Program: Bob Montague, "The Montague Family Migration Patterns from Early VA to the West and South."

June 11 - Nice ville First United Mthodist Church
Program: TBA

New Feature at Genealogy Meetings: Ten minute Genealogy Education Spotlight (A review of the basic principles and practices for Beginning your Family History Research). Handouts every meeting.

Genealogical Society Outreaches:
Crestview Library, Mondays 6:30-8p.m. Beginning Genealogy Help; Contact Florence Lembeck for more info (
Valparaiso Library- Beginning Help: Contact Beverly Gross for times,

October Conference, (Oct. 9th), Time and Program to Be announced, but it will be a winner.

2005 Officers:
President: Chuck Licari
Vice Pres: (Programs) Beverly Gross
Vice Pres: (Membership) Rita Bartmess
Treasurer: Walt Ruckel
Secretary: Joan LaCrosse

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Dues are $12.00 for regular and $18.00 for supporting membership. (The extra $6.00 goes towards books.)
Life membership - $175. Family Life - $225.
Year runs Jan. 1 - Dec. 31.

Newsletters are quarterly.
Journals are 3 times a year.
Brief Queries are Free! (As space permits)
Family Histories for families of NW FL and S AL, as well as those of members, are published at no cost as space permits.

Books compiled by the Society for sale are:

NEW! "Funeral Records of Okaloosa County Florida" From the McLaughlin FH. $25.00 Alphabetically arranged by deceased with index of parents as well. Info includes Date and place of birth, date and place of death, marital status, sex, name, cemetery, occupation, father/mother. It is well worth the $25.00 plus 2.50 Postage.

"Marriages Santa Rosa County, Florida 1869-1906" $10.00 - 123 pages including every-name index.

"Okaloosa County Florida Cemeteries Books" Vol. I - 153 pages, map, 24 Cemeteries North of Shoal River and East of Yellow River, every-name index. SOLD OUT!
Vol. II - 108 pages, map, 24 Cem. North of Shoal River and West of Yellow River, every-name index. $10.00
Vol. III - 131 pages, map, 11 Cem. South of Shoal River and ones on Eglin AFB, indexed. $10.00

"Walton County Marriages 1885-1915" - Over 10,000 names with every-name index. $10.00

Each is 8.5" X 11", soft covers. Shipping and handling for the first book is $2.50 plus .50 per additional volume.

Past issues of "A Journal of Northwest Florida" are $1.50 each, postpaid (when available).