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Grand Strand Genealogy Club



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Check our Facebook page and web site for the latest events, updates and any changes in the programs

The regular monthly meetings of the Grand Strand Genealogy Club are held at the

Chapin Memorial Library

400 14th Avenue North

Myrtle Beach, SC.

On the second Saturday of the month

By zoom until pandemic is over then will resume

  10 am in the downstairs Activity room

Chapin Memorial Library has a dedicated room on the second floor for genealogy research.  Computers are available for researching the World edition of Ancestry program. Chapin library is a dedicated Family Search center with access to their record collection.

General Information



  • The Grand Strand Genealogy Club charges no dues but a Genie Jar is circulated for donations to help meet club expenses.


  • Sign-up sheets for Attendance, Visitor, Lunch and Mentor are at the back of the room.


  • Mentors are available for anyone who is looking for a little assistance with their research.  Forms are available to request a mentor.  We are also always happy to welcome members who are available to mentor others.  If you have a special expertise in any area of research or are just willing to give of your time, please fill out the form and/or see Sandie Houston.


  • “Dutch Treat” lunch follows the meeting at Harry’s Breakfast Pancakes Restaurant located at 2306 N Kings Highway, a few blocks north of the library.  The restaurant provides a 10% discount for our members.  Members are encouraged to join together for lunch.  It turns into a continuation of genealogy knowledge and is a great way to make new friends.


  • A Member Application needs to be completed yearly.  They are available at the December meeting for the following year. The application is also on our web site.


  • Free Chapin Memorial Library Cards are available for all Myrtle Beach city residents, residents of Horry and surrounding counties plus veterans.

       Proof of residency or military ID is required.  If you do not qualify for a free

       library card, one may be purchased.  Check at the front desk to obtain a library


With  a Chapin Library card, you may request a parking placard at the front desk  from March 1st to October 31st in order to avoid having to pay for meter parking

  • Bring your empty printer ink cartridges to turn into Office Depot Rewards. The monies earned are given to the club’s treasury.   Stamps, reams of printer paper and other items are available for purchase during the club meeting. Call 843-907-2534 to arrange to turn them in to Susan Perhala.


  • To help us earn rewards when shopping at Office Depot/Office Max, give the following phone number to credit the rewards to the club: 843-907-2534, Be sure to say NO when asked if you want to redeem the rewards.


  • Special focus groups are held throughout the month on various topics. Check the website and/or Facebook for times and meeting places. The present focus groups are:

DNA Focus Group hosted by Phyllis Hughes.


Scandinavian SIG (Special Interest Group) hosted by Bob Dahlin


British Isles SIG hosted by Sandie Houston


“Genie Chat” session hosted by Pat Bernschein

Check website and/or Facebook for locations and time.

  • Grand Strand Lanyards may be ordered using the order sheet.  The purpose of the lanyard is to help to get to know each other and to find others researching the same areas that you are interested in.


  • Club t-shirts, short sleeve and long sleeve. They may be ordered by filling out the T-shirt order form.  Payment will be made when ordering.


  • Geni Bites is a quarterly newsletter posted on the website with the latest genealogy suggestions and information.

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