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Let's Talk Genealogy:  Members Only Event
Tuesday, May 21
Let's Talk Genealogy: Members Only Event  (VGS Special Events)
10:00 am
ZOOM MEETING
We are looking for all levels of VGS members. Come and share with us about your latest research successes or about a research challenge you're facing. Perhaps you have general genealogy questions including places to research or how others organize their information. Share your knowledge and ideas to help keep us all moving forward.
 
Register to attend this Zoom session – Click HERE 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
** If you are not a VGS member but would like to be, click HERE.
 
 


Wednesday, May 22
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting  (Brick Wall SIG)
8:30 am to 9:30 am
In-person @ Savannah Rec Center (Atlanta Room)
 
Topic:  TBD
Coordinators:  Nancy Oster Heydt, Mark Mullinax, & Beverly Hulett

 


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, May 22
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (VGS Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am
Savannah Recreation Center or Online via Zoom
Guest Speaker:  Annette Burke Lyttle
 
Topic Info:  Doing a Deep Dive in Ancestry's Collections
Filling out a search form on Ancestry only returns a small percentage of the millions of records available on the site. Learn how to search on Ancestry so you can find all the records your ancestor may be mentioned in.
 
Speaker's Bio: Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the international, national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. She is coordinator of the "Intermediate Foundations" course and the "Writing the Stories of Our Ancestors" course for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Annette leads "Best Practices Study Groups" for a number of organizations, providing in-depth education on the genealogical research process in an interactive setting. She is president of VGS, president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and editor of The Florida Genealogist.
 
VGS Monthly Book Swap – Leave items You No Longer Need – Take Any Genealogy Materials You Want:  look for the table at the back of the room where you'll find books, magazines, etc. This is for VGS members only. The Book Swap is a great way to share the wealth of knowledge.
 
*  There are two ways to attend the meeting:  in-person at the Savannah Recreation Center or online via Zoom. If you want to attend in person, simply come to the Savannah Recreation Center at 10:00 a.m. on May 22nd. If you want to attend online via Zoom, you will need to register in advance by clicking this LINK.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
 


FTM SIG Meeting
Tuesday, May 28
FTM SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
ZOOM MEETING
MEETING DATE & TIME CHANGED DUE TO HOLIDAY ON 5/27.
REGULAR MOTHLY MEETING
 
Visit our website page for more details about this SIG.
SIG Coordinators:  Karen Feeney & Bob Boerst
 
(Meeting link will be emailed to SIG members approximately 3-5 days prior to meeting date.)
 


Tuesday, May 28
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
SeaBreeze Recreation Center, Clearwater Room
 
Guest Speaker & Topic:  Henry Stish (VGS member) will present Using Artifical Intelligence for Genealogy
Coordinators:  Lynn Hall & Karen Pickelsimer
 



Monday, June 3
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Eisenhower Recreation Center, 3560 Buena Vista Blvd.
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email about the upcoming meeting.
 
Coordinators:  Phil Goldsmith & Jerry Schwartz
 
 


Thursday, June 6
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Daytona Beach Room @ SeaBreeze Recreation Center
Coordinators:  Carol Myers & Marie Musialek
 


Thursday, June 13
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am to 11:50 am
In-person @ Lake Miona Rec Center & via Zoom
Coordinators:  Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.
 


Friday, June 14
Genetic Discoveries SIG Meeting  (Genetic Discoveries SIG)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM MEETING
 
Coordinators:  Bill Canavan, Sherry Bean & Marcella Zorn
Topic:  How to Format Your Family Tree to Identify Your DNA Cousins
 
 


Monday, June 17
Best Practices SIG Meeting  (Best Practices SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
 
Coordinators: Annette Burke-Lyttle & Pat Adams
Topic: Searching on Find My Past/Scotland's People
 
The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January 2023 should be prepared to catch up on the chapters that have already been studied. Visit our SIG webpage for more details.


Let's Talk Genealogy:  Members Only Event
Tuesday, June 18
Let's Talk Genealogy: Members Only Event  (VGS Special Events)
10:00 am
ZOOM MEETING
We are looking for all levels of VGS members. Come and share with us about your latest research successes or about a research challenge you're facing. Perhaps you have general genealogy questions including places to research or how others organize their information. Share your knowledge and ideas to help keep us all moving forward.
 
Register to attend this Zoom session – Click HERE 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
** If you are not a VGS member but would like to be, click HERE.
 
 


FTM SIG Meeting
Monday, June 24
FTM SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM MEETING
 
REGULAR MOTHLY MEETING
 
Visit our website page for more details about this SIG.
SIG Coordinators:  Karen Feeney & Bob Boerst
 
(Meeting link will be emailed to SIG members approximately 3-5 days prior to meeting date.)
 


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, June 26
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (VGS Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am
Online via Zoom only
Guest Speaker: Thomas MacEntee
 
Topic Info:  AI and Genealogy: Trouble Ahead?
While AI (artificial intelligence) might be the current “hot” buzz word, the fact is that many genealogy vendors and even genealogists have already been using this technology for years. The AI industry is at a crossroads and within the next five years, it will permeate almost every aspect of business and society. Learn how AI is currently being used to improve the genealogy experience, and whether or not you should seek out other uses of artificial intelligence for your own genealogy research.
 
Speaker's Bio: Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community..
 
This meeting will be via Zoom only – to attend online via Zoom, you will need to register in advance by clicking this LINK.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
 



Thursday, July 11
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am to 11:50 am
In-person @ Lake Miona Rec Center & via Zoom
Coordinators:  Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.
 


Monday, July 15
Best Practices SIG Meeting  (Best Practices SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
 
Coordinators: Annette Burke-Lyttle & Pat Adams
Topic: WikiTree
 
The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January 2023 should be prepared to catch up on the chapters that have already been studied. Visit our SIG webpage for more details.


FTM SIG Meeting
Monday, July 22
FTM SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM MEETING
 
REGULAR MOTHLY MEETING
Special Guest Speaker:  Henry Stish (VGS member) will take us into the world of AI.
 
Visit our website page for more details about this SIG.
SIG Coordinators:  Karen Feeney & Bob Boerst
 
(Meeting link will be emailed to SIG members approximately 3-5 days prior to meeting date.)
 


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, July 24
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (VGS Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am
Online via Zoom only
Guest Speaker:  Pam Vestal
 
Topic:   Finding What Your Need and Using What You Find
Discover twenty practical strategies for searching the internet more successfully, extracting hidden genealogical nuggets from the documents you find, and evaluating your evidence. We'll explore an assortment of tools for locating overlooked records, understanding codes in documents, recovering missing websites, finding evidence of name changes, and much more.
 
Speaker's Bio:
Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and speaker who turned her focus to her longtime love of genealogy after a 20-year writing career. Her articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Magazine and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and her lectures take her from coast-to-coast. Pam specializes in conducting genealogical research and then transforming that information into illustrated stories that even non-genealogists can enjoy.
 
This meeting will be via Zoom only to attend online via Zoom, you will need to register in advance by clicking this LINK.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
 
 



Monday, August 5
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Eisenhower Recreation Center, 3560 Buena Vista Blvd.
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email about the upcoming meeting.
 
Coordinators:  Phil Goldsmith & Jerry Schwartz
 
 


Thursday, August 8
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am to 11:50 am
In-person @ Lake Miona Rec Center & via Zoom
Coordinators:  Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.
 


Monday, August 19
Best Practices SIG Meeting  (Best Practices SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
 
Coordinators: Annette Burke-Lyttle & Pat Adams
Topic: American Ancestors/NYG&B
 
The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January 2023 should be prepared to catch up on the chapters that have already been studied. Visit our SIG webpage for more details.