Amelia Island Genealogical Society Presents Webinar “Your Ancestor’s FAN Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls” – May 17

Amelia Island Genealogical Society
Press Release
Submitted by Rob Portegies-Zwart
Program Chair
May 11, 2022

Drew Smith



The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 17 at the Fernandina Beach Public Library, 25 N 4th St. Speaker Drew Smith will present a webinar on Your Ancestor’s FAN Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls. Our ancestors were each surrounded by Family, Associates, and Neighbors. In his presentation, Smith will show how by researching this “FAN club”, we can discover additional records pointing to our own ancestors.

Drew Smith developed an interest in genealogy as a child, and he began to engage in serious family history research in 1992 after the death of his favorite aunt. In 2009, Genealogical Publishing Company published his first genealogy book, Social Networking for Genealogists. His second book, co-authored with George G. Morgan, is Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, published in 2013 by McGraw-Hill. His most recent book is Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher, published in 2016 by Family Tree Books. He is currently working on a new book. Drew regularly speaks at conferences and meetings of national, state, and local genealogy societies, especially on topics linking genealogy and technology.

Attendance is free and open to the public. For more information about the AIGS, visit its website at