Thursday, March 21, 2019

A REMEMBRANCE MAY 25 (memorial)

One of our young men from Santa Rosa County died fighting in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. 

OD Harris was one of the younger brothers of the Harris family.  His youngest brother, Hoover Harris held possession of his posthumous purple heart - hoping to find a way to honor him in memoriam.  

Mrs. Lillian (Cook) Harris who was widowed in recent years, has taken his wishes to heart and found members of the Harris family who will help to transfer  to the Jay Museum-- with honors -- this symbol of sacrifice.  

On May 25 and 11 AM  this service and ceremony with take place. Kirby Harris is the presenter of the medal and materials. He is the grand-nephew of OD Harris.  

More information will follow as available.

We will also recognized others whose lives were given in service
in our nation's wars. But this ceremony is especially
to preserve this remembrance.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019


Thank you for your donations to The Society.  We will put it to good use to maintain the museum and to educate the people of our region.  Donations buttons are located at our main website JAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

We encourage you to visit our monthly talks in the museum. 6pm, Every second Thursday.  We begin with some snacks and  have fascinating speakers. You'll meet some great people there too.

You can also SHARE THIS LINK (OUR PAY PAL ACCOUNT) to anyone who wants to donate or buy an item from the society... Just insert the desired amount of payment and method from the directions.


Thank you for taking the time to look into our Historical Society. Please drop in on Fridays or Saturdays between 10 and 3.  You can always email ahead or message us from Facebook to have a volunteer meet you at the museum for a special showing. Groups are encouraged.

Monday, March 4, 2019

I'll be pulling together some of the assets of our JHS over the next couple days.  So look for additions of some of you to various elements for input - admin status or whatever.    we will tie up our JHS assets into a manageable package ...with multiple members having access to the keys to the kingdom...    THIS POST is temporary ... mainly just for the leadership
that is my plan....  vic

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Genealogical Society of SR County APR 21

Ida Dena Ranelson & William Gow (standing)

Our next meeting is on the horizon, and I hope you can attend. Genetic Genealogist, Kristina Clever, will be presenting the program on how to use our DNA data to discover and document our ancestors and relatives. I am very excited about this presentation, and you should be, too. (I have spent more than 30 years searching for the Norwegian parentage of my great grandfather, and my greatest hope is that DNA can help me find who there were and where he was born.) Please come if you can.

We meet at the Santa Rosa County Genealogy Library Building at 10 AM on Saturday, April 21.  Sincerely, Gayle Cowley

6275 Dogwood Drive
Milton, FL 32570
(850) 981-READ (7323)

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Kristina Clever, Genetic Genealogist

 Family Tree and DNA Consultant

After listening to my mom’s amazing stories about researching her ancestors, I started researching my paternal family tree in 1986. After interviewing my grandparents, I realized just how little I knew about them and the struggles they had experienced. My grandfather’s dad died when my grandfather was only 9 months old, and my Aunt Shirley was from grandpa’s first marriage.
Ole Helmer Rude and Olaug Therese Fladaas – Norwegian Immigrants

My grandmother’s first language was Norwegian, and her mom died when my grandmother was just 5 years old and two of her younger sisters were given up for adoption. I was fascinated and wanted to know more. Who were grandpa’s paternal ancestors? What happened to my grandmother’s younger sisters? How did my ancestors come to the US? What were their lives like? And thus…a hobby was born.DNA and Answers

Continuing the Road to DNA and Family Discovery

My passion for DNA and experience with DNA analysis and family research led to becoming a Genetic Genealogist and an unofficial “Search Angel” helping others discover their biological family. If you are looking to unravel the secrets your DNA holds, I have the knowledge and skills to help you. By combining your DNA results with reviewing family trees of your DNA matches and researching relevant documents to confirm the accuracy of those trees, I can help you build your own genetic ancestry tree. I am member of the National Genealogical Society and Association of Professional Genealogists and currently working towards certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

I look forward to seeing you on the 21st!

Sincerely, Gayle Cowley