Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society

FSGS Speakers Bureau: C. Ann Staley

P.O. Box 441364
Jacksonville, FL 32222-0014
Area of Expertise:
  • Methodology
  • Research Sources
  • Vital Records and their Sources
  • Conference Planning
  • Assisted Research Trips (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT)
Lecture Topics
Record Sources
  • City Directories - A Line-by-line Account of Our Ancestors
  • Compiled Resources for the 21st Century
  • Death Record Research Sources: Beyond Death Certificates
  • Florida Research: Online Resources
  • Hatched, Matched and Dispatched: Vital Record Research
  • Overlooked Research Sources: A Gold Mine to be Discovered
  • "Read all about it!" Newspaper Research: Reading Past the Headlines
  • "Shore to Shore" - 20th Century Immigration Research
  • "Will" They be There? Using Probate Records
Skills & Methodology
  • Claws or Clues - Scratching for the Elusive Ancestor!
  • So You Can't Read a Foreign Language: Deciphering Vital Records - Tips and Techniques
  • Genealogical Research and the Internet
  • Genealogical Research: Online Resources – for Free!
  • Googling Your Family: Using the Whole Google Website
  • HeritageQuest Online – The Ins and Outs
  • The FamilySearch Website - Demystified
  • The Twilight Zone...Strange Web Sites for Family History Research
  • Using Search Engines Effectively
  • Organization: Computer Assisted
  • What Do I Do With All This STUFF? Mission: Organization
Society Topics
  • Organizing a Society Seminar or Conference
  • Organizing and Carrying Out a Society Project
  • Starting and Maintaining a Pioneer Descendants Program
  • Willing to travel up to 150 miles.
Previous Speaking Engagements
  • Amelia Island Genealogical Society, Amelia Island
  • Bartram Trail Library, Fruit Cove, FL
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies Conferences
  • Florida State Genealogical Society State Conferences
  • Genealogical Society of Flagler County - Palm Coast
  • Genealogical Society of SE Volusia County - New Smyrna Beach
  • Halifax Genealogical Society - Ormond Beach
  • Indian River Genealogical Society - Vero Beach
  • Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research Faculty
  • Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc. - Jacksonville
  • Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies, Inc. - Kansas
  • Orange Park Library, Lecture Series - Orange Par
  • Marion County Genealogical Society - Ocala, FL
  • Mobile Genealogical Society - Mobile, AL
  • North Florida Regional Genealogy Conference - Jacksonville
  • Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society, Inc. - Jacksonville
  • Sweetwater Dell Web Community Genealogy Club - Jacksonville
  • The Villages Genealogical Society - The Villages
  • Volusia Computer Genealogy Group - Daytona Beach
  • Volusia County Genealogical Society - Daytona Beach
  • Basic & Intermediate Genealogy Courses Instructor, Jacksonville, FL


  • Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc. Quarterly Full Name Index, Vols. 1-4, 1973-1976


Ann Staley, CG, CGL, is an instructor, consultant, trip leader and a lecturer at local, state and national conferences. Raised in Mobile, AL, Ann has been researching her family since 1980 from Alabama, Mississippi, and Virginia to France, England, and Germany.

She is the Education Chairman and Webmaster for the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc.; the Vice-President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild; on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies; and an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 2000. Ann is also the compiler of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc. Quarterly Full Name Index, Volumes 1 through 4, 1973 through 1976.

She has studied at the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) in Washington, D.C.; the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama; and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has also been a faculty member of the IGHR.

Ann is a member of the National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, Florida State Genealogical Society, and the Jacksonville [FL] Genealogical Society, Inc.