october, 2021

tue05oct2:00 PM3:00 PMCancelledIN-PERSON EVENT: Finding Your Family History: Researching & Elbow Grease2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Event Details

Interested in local history or even just your own family’s history? Join us for this special presentation by Dr. Scott Ritchie, author of The Flemings of Fleming Island, and Writer-In-Residence at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum. Since writing his book, Scott has done a deep-dive into his own ancestral roots. That journey took him four hundred years back tracing his father’s family in northeast Scotland, and four hundred one years back tracing his mother’s family in New England, where he found his 10th great grandparents aboard the Mayflower. Out of necessity during COVID, he has developed a personal catalogue of resources and techniques for at-home genealogical research, and is eager to share what he has learned.

Dr. Ritchie lives in Austin, Texas, but often returns to his extended family’s ancestral home site on a high bluff along the St. Johns River in northeast Florida. This is where he and his wife began their careers together, where their four children were born, and where he developed an obsession for the history of Hibernia and the Flemings of Fleming Island. After 36 years as an educator in elementary schools, colleges and universities (including four years at Flagler College), Scott “retired” to take up historical research full time. When he isn’t sifting through old documents or crafting a narrative to tell a long-forgotten story, you might find him fishing, hiking, playing his guitar, or in his woodshop. As a lifelong educator, Scott is also a lifelong student, with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, two master’s degrees from Jacksonville University, a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, and an insatiable desire to keep learning new things.

Please notify us at least 3 days in advance should you need a sign language interpreter. ​If you have any questions, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.


(Tuesday) 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM