The Genealogical Society of Collier County (Florida) was founded in 1984 and is dedicated to the researching and recording of family histories, teaching, and assisting researchers. On June 18, 2007 the Society filed articles of incorporation with the State of Florida as a non-profit corporation and is now the Genealogical Society of Collier County, Inc. and a 501(c)(3), non-profit, federal tax-exempt organization. We are members of the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Unless otherwise announced, regular meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. in Fellowship Hall at Faith Lutheran Church, 4150 Goodlette Road, Naples. Visitors are welcome at our meetings and Society members are eager to assist persons new to genealogy. Click Here for map.
The collection of genealogical reference books is located in the Collier County Regional Library at 650 Central Avenue, and is supported by our members both financially and through their volunteer services. The collection of books is exceptional and is utilized by both visitors to our area and members of other societies, as well as our own.
Every effort is made by the society to provide programs of interest, speakers are chosen for their expertise in each area. Periodically, full day seminars are scheduled featuring prominent speakers. A fee is generally charged to cover the cost of the seminar.
EDUCATIONAL COURSES, CLASSES and WORKSHOPS
To promote the study of genealogy through efficient methods of research, classes are conducted several times a year for beginning genealogists. The free workshops are held at the Collier County Regional Library on Central Avenue. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. The workshops are well publicized by the library, are open to the public free of charge and fill quickly. Visit our Education link on the left toolbar for details.
PUBLICATIONS AND PROJECTS
The Society newsletter, Heirloom, is published monthly, with the exception of June, July and August. Monthly meeting and program information; special announcements; notice of special meetings of other societies, both local and national; and articles covering all aspects of genealogy are included in each issue.
The Obituary/Death Notice Index has been completed. Volunteer members of the Society have abstracted information from the microfilmed copies of the Naples newspapers and entered the information into an online database accessible through the Collier County Library website. Follow the OBITUARY Search link found on the left toolbar to search the Death Index.
Family History Book Surname Search has been added to the Collier County Public Library’s website. GSCC member John McConnell has catalogued and entered over 55,000 surnames into this database from the family history books found in the genealogy room at the Naples Regional library, 650 Central Avenue. Follow the Library link found on the left toolbar to search this database.