The Villages Genealogical Society

Events of 2018

Speaker image banner
Some of the many local, regional and national speakers that we have provided for quality member education...
L-R: George Morgan, Ann Staley,  Alvie Davidson, Donna Moughty, Diahan Southard, Drew Smith & Kathy Stickney
We are often asked by new members, prospective new members and even by other genealogy societies about events and subject matter that we provide at our regular monthly meetings. Below is a list of activities for 2018.
 
presenter image
April 25, 2018 General Meeting
The April General Meeting was very well attended with over 200 members present. Our meeting consisted of four member presentations by President Pat Adams, VP Annette Burke Lyttle, New to Genealogy SIG Coordinator Carol LaSalle and Webmaster John DeAngelo. Each member was allotted 10 minutes to make their presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A. A copy of the slides is in the "Members Only" section of this website. The topics were about using, Newspapers, Books, the FamilySearch Card Catalog and the "Resources" on the VGS website to expand your research capabilities.
 
Slideshow
March 28, 2018 Family History Expo
How could you describe our Family History Expo? Would 192 new members give you an indication? It was a huge success!  The day was busy from before the event started right through closing time.  Some of the venders couldn't even take time from lunch they were so busy.  Most of the presentations were filled to capacity especially Google Tips & Tricks, and the DNA presentations by AncestryDNA and My Heritage.  We thank everyone who attended and hoped you received a wealth of information about what the VGS offers its members. See the photos...
 
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.
 
Animated Meeting Pictures
January 24, 2018 General Meeting
January is usually a full house and our best attended meeting of the year and 2018 proved to be no exception.  402 members were in attendance to hear Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, present "Identifying and Dating Family Photos." From comments overheard after the meeting is was a very well received presentation.
She identified major characteristics of photographic methods, types of images, how to start at home and network with relatives, clothing clues, and using any photographer's imprints to help identify the photographic.
In her afternoon workshop, 100 additional members were on hand for her presentation "Discovering Genealogical Clues in Photographs."  Her first question was is a photograph a Genealogical Document?  Yes it is!
Handouts are available in the "Members Only" section for 60 days.