Left to right: Sandy Shearer, Joy Dever, Ted Goodwin, Elaine Powell, Ann Mohr Osisek, Lea Collins, Janet Jacobs, Norma Wilkinson
The Central Florida Genealogical Society, Inc. was formed in 1969 in Orlando with thirty-two Charter members. Until 1993, we were known as the Central Florida Genealogical & Historical Society. The definition of Central Florida varies; however, it includes the following counties: Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia Counties.
We are located in the Orlando Florida area to serve genealogists from, and those with ancestors in, the Central Florida area. We hold over 120 meetings a year. Both our general and daytime meetings feature a speaker covering a topic of interest to genealogists and local history researchers and we have seven special interest groups on various topics of interest to genealogists. CFGS holds occasional social activities which provide a special time for friendship and fellowship. Several committees, including Education, Hospitality, Membership, Publications, Special Events, Ancestry Revealed and others, provide volunteer opportunities for member involvement. We currently have over 290 members
For more information about how CFGS is organized and run, please see our Current Bylaws
The benefits of joining CFGS are:
Our members’ only webpages, which contains hundreds of articles of interest to genealogists, including all of our society quaterlies, going back 50 years.
Access to all the Power Point and other presentations of the CFGS Special Interest Groups: England, German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish, Family Tree Maker and Roots Magic software, and DNA as it relates to genealogy.
FREE Genealogy Seminar ($40 value)
FREE webinars presented by the Florida State Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies, including handouts.
FREE webinars presented on occasion by other societies across the country.
Free admittance to the University Club of Winter Park Genealogy Interest Group meetings.
Recognize anyone in this “blast from the past” 2002 photo above? Many of them you still see at our meetings. From left: Judy Weinberg (standing at podium), unknown, Past President Larry Kirkwood, Past President Lynne Knorr, Paul Enchelmayer (a future president), Betty Jo Stockton, Gladys Paulin, Mary Phillips, Marie Santry, the late Rose Hogan, President Elaine Powell, and Past President Sim Seckbach.
Past Presidents of CFGS
1969–1971 Peola Tucker Stuart+
1971–1972 Alice Henkel Rupe+
1972–1973 Marion McKenna Schuneman+
1973–1974 Alice Henkel Rupe+
1974–1976 Mary Virginia White+
1976–1977 Betty Brinsfield Hughson+
1977–1978 John Bartram Brouard+
1978–1979 Russell V. Carr+
1979–1980 Mary L. Higdon Swakoff+
1980–1981 Dr. George G. Miles+
1981–1982 Julius Warren Ryals+
1982–1984 Bonnie Lee Warman Ward+
1984–1986 Betty Brinsfield Hughson+
1986–1988 Tanya Cecile Miller+
1988–1990 Ralyne E. Westenhofer
1990–1992 Charlotte E. Kelly Rand+
1992–1994 Ann Mohr Osisek
1994–1994 Marilyn Kangelos+
1995–1997 Sherry S. Mertz
1997–1999 Lynne Knorr
1999–2001 Lawrence R. Kirkwood
2001–2003 Sim Seckbach
2003–2006 Elaine Powell
2007-2008 Paul Enchelmayer
2008-2013 Gregg Gronlund
2013-2017 Sandy Caruthers Shearer
2017-Present Elaine Powell
CFGS Officers (2019-2021)
President: Elaine Powell
1st Vice President: Ann Mohr Osisek
2nd Vice President: Lea Collins
Secretary: Janet Jacobs
Treasurer: Linnea Maloney
Counselor: Sandy Shearer
CFGS webmaster: Linda Watson-Ross & Elaine Powell
Membership Chairperson: Linnea Maloney