The Villages Genealogical Society

Past Annual Seminar Speakers

Some of the national speakers that have presented to The VGS
L-R: Craig Scott, Debra Fleming, John Colletta, Michael John Neil, Dick Eastman, D. Joshus Taylor, Judy G. Russell, & J. Mark Lowe

Past Annual Seminar's
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2019 Annual All-Day Seminar
David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer from FamilySearch, was a superb guest speaker at our 19th annual all-day seminar.  270 members listened intently during is four presentations that covered using all the features of FamilySearch, Tips & Tricks for their historical collections and various strategies for successful research.  Initial feedback from attendees was extremely positive with many anxious to go home and try some of his suggestions.
Seminar Overview
February 28, 2018 Annual Seminar
From our survey results, Dr. John Colletta was well received at our 18th annual seminar. 
John presented four topics... They were:
  • Libraries, Archives and Public Record Offices: Understanding Resource Repositories
  • The County Courthouse: Your ‘Trunk in the Attic’
  • State Archives: What They Are and How to Use Them
  • Sixteen Repositories, One Life: Uncommon Original Sources Portray a
  • 19th-Century Immigrant
A big "Thank You" to all the volunteers who helped make the day a success.
All 4 Handouts are now available in the "Members Only" section for 30 days only.
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Annual Seminar 2017
Cyndi Ingle, owner & webmaster of Cyndi's List Sites on the Internet was our guest speaker. She presented 4 sessions to 276 members attending today's annual seminar. She was witty and informative. Her topics included:
  • A Guided Tour of Cyndi's List 2.0
  • Advanced Googling for Your Grandma
  • The Hidden Wed, Digging Deeper
  • Be Your Own Digita; Archivist: Preserve Your Research
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J. Mark Lowe
On February 24, 2016, we held our 16th annual all-day seminar. Our Guest Speaker was J. Mark Lowe CG. Mr. Lowe is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and teacher. His 4 session presentation was just outstanding. All sessions were informative, interesting and a joy to listen too. Photographs from the event can be seen in our photo gallery. We now start the planning for next year. Cyndi Ingle will be our guest speaker. Members can download seminar handouts for a limited time in the "Members Only" section.
Panorama view
Seminar panorama view at the La Hacienda Recreation Center

Scenes from the 2016 Seminar

February 2015
239 registered attendees were present at our 15th Annual All-Day Seminar with our guest speaker "The Legal Genealogist" Judy G. Russell. Judy is a genealogist with a law degree and a great sense of humor that she expressed in her lectures that were well received by those in attendance. See pictures in our "Photo Gallery".
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February 2014
Our 14th Annual All-Day Seminar was held on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Over 250 members heard our guest speaker D. Joshua Taylor. Josh presented four different topics about Vital Records, US Gen Web, Time-saving tips for the modern genealogist and Online resources for religious organizations.
Also in our audience was Dick Eastman from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.
Dick Eastman
February 2013
 Our 13 th Annual All-Day Seminar was held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 to a sold out audience at the La Hacienda Center, The Villages, Florida.
 Our guest speaker was Dick Eastman who in 1996 began his weekly online genealogy newsletter that has grown into a daily newsletter. Dick presented four different sessions and from the survey comments, he  was very well received by our membership.
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