Projects & Committees

Activities and databases the Martin County Genealogical Society (MCGS) membership and visitors may participate in and view include (listed alphabetically):

Bible Records Project:

Go To:  Surname Index.

If you find a name of interest in the INDEX, contact Walt Bruetsch for a copy of the record.
The Bible Records Project has become a sizable collection; however, an editor is needed to transcribe some of the less readable copies and to organize and index the book for publication. Members who have not yet turned in copies of their own bible records are invited to do so. For more information, contact (772) 220-1638.

Books for Genealogical Research:

Martin County has large book collections available to the public at its Genealogy Room in the Blake Library and at the Family History Center in Palm City.

The Blake Library collection can be checked on-line via the Library System Catalog, [input example: genealogy New York]. And MCGS be working with the Family History Center to put an index of their book collection on-line.

Cemetery Project: 

Go To:  Selection of Cemeteries.

Printed copies of the cemetery data are available in the Genealogy Room.

MCGS volunteers have and are visiting, transcribing, and recording the data of ALL cemeteries in Martin County, FL. We're always in need of volunteers to transcribe data. Contact Karen Peterson; or Jerry Bloom Stephenson, Assistant

Civil War, 1861-1865, & War of 1812, Projects

Link to the Civil War Database.

Link to the War of 1812 Responses.

In 2012, in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the U. S. Civil War, and the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812,
MCGS compiled a list of MCGS members who have ancestors who fought in the U. S. Civil War from 1861 thru 1865, and the War of 1812 thru 1815.

Here's a free database containing 6.3 million records: Civil War Soldiers & Sailors Database,
Washington, D.C., National Park Service.

In the interest of internet safety, members names have been replaced with a CODE #.
Send an email to: if you wish to contact a member about an ancestor, or if you would like to add your ancestors name to the databases.

DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution):

The Martin Co. Gen. Soc. has a special relationship with the Halpatiokee Chapter NSDAR.
Many MCGS members are also DAR members. The Halpatiokee Chapter jointly sponsors
the First Saturday of the Month research assistance program with us.
And they also support the purchasing of new materials for the Genealogy Room.
Their website is at

Family History Books Surname Project:

Go To:  Selection of Family Surnames.

The purpose of this current project is to create an index of these surnames, which will make it easier for a researcher to find information that may be pertinent to their genealogy. This is a big project because there are several shelves (and a file drawer) of Family History books located in the Special Collections / Genealogy Room of the Blake Library. And within each book are many SURNAMES.

Some books have so many names that a researcher, in addition to searching for a surname, has to also select a region and/or state: i.e. New England, Pennsylvania, etc., for a book that is indexed to that region / state. Thus this MCGS index has only indexed those names which have a meaningful large number of family members. It is not an every person index, but we have tried to include the names from the 1600's thru the 1800's.

Shirley Pizziferri is the leader of this project.    Come in whenever you have time and work with the materials and instructions provided on the main table.
The latest Internet update was on 24 February 2012.

FSGS Survey Results

View the results

of the Fla. State Gen. Soc. Member Societies Survey Results Summary of 13 July 2012.
This is the report to the Society Liaisen Responders by the FSGS Techology Outreach Committee.

Historical Societies Liaison: 

Alice Luckhardt is the MCGS liaison to the historical societies in Martin County. She can be contacted via email:
The Martin Co. GenWeb has a summary of historical info in Martin Co. And here's a link to a Masters Deg. in History.

House of Refuge Project

Link to Keepers of the Various Houses of Refuges Database.

The Historical Society of Martin County has started a new genealogical project for the House of Refuge and they have invited the Martin County Genealogical Society’s members to help them with it. In March 2012 there will be a big opening exhibit and then a permanent exhibit at the HOR on the women and children who lived in the various Houses of Refuges up and down the eastern coast of Florida.

MCGS members are asked to research the various Keepers of the Houses of Refuges and determine the names of their wives and children, with all the various dates, places, etc. Send your results to MCGS’ historical societies liaison, Alice Luckhardt, at E-mail: and cc MCGS at E-mail:

Library Staff's Favorite Websites (links to)

A large variety of websites to help your research.

Library Volunteers Committee: 

Go To:  Webpage with more information.

Members of MCGS serve as volunteers to the Blake Library and provide valuable assistance to anyone researching their family lines in the Genealogy Room. All volunteers are trained by library staff and are well-qualified to assist patrons. For more information, contact: Jerry Bloom Stephenson at or (920) 559-7440.

Members' Surnames Being Researched:

Go To:  Webpage for the Surnames.

Updated 3 November 2017

Members Web Pages:

Go To:  Webpage for the selection.

Mentoring Program:

MCGS has started a Mentoring Program where members will work one-on-one with researchers on topics of interest to the person seeking help. For information: Email Jerry Bloom Stephenson using

Obituaries Project:

Go To: Index 1913-1995, Clipped Obits Index Dec. 1995-Dec. 2003, and April 2006.

MCGS volunteers have completed, as of 15 March 2015, an index of the obituaries appearing in the Stuart News beginning with the year 1913. The Obituaries Project is now online and has generated quite a bit of interest. If you would like to participate in this endeavor or would like to request a "lookup", please contact Karen Peterson at Or Email:

Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee was authorized to foster interest in genealogical research and family history specifically to encourage participation by high school students by granting an annual award of financial aid towards their higher education. Unfortunately, this committee has been discontinued due to low participation and lack of funding.

SIGs (Special Interest Groups):

Go To:  Webpage with more information.

In this day and age of computers and the myriad of problems inherent with them, a number of our members have joined various Treasure Coast Computer/Special Interest Groups. MCGS currently has the following SIGs:

Speaker's Bureau of Martin County Genealogical Society, Inc.

As a community service and to promote interest in the field of genealogy, the Martin County Genealogical Society offers experienced speakers on a variety of subjects relating to genealogy and Family History for local organizations and other genealogical societies.

We would like to present one to your group.

Speakers available and their subjects:

Walter Bruetsch
The Fascinating Hobby of Genealogy
DNA Research
Searching for My Swiss Ancestors

Shirley Pizziferri
How to Begin Your Genealogy
What to Do Once You Have Begun
The Mayflower

Contact the MCGS President to schedule a speaker. See our Contact Us webpage.