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Tuesday, August 14
Citrus County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Other Events)
10:00 am
Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 3474 W. Southern St., Lecanto, FL.
The program will consist of the following discussion groups: New England records, records from the 1800s, DNA testing, immigration and naturalization, overcoming brick walls. Attendees can circulate between the groups. Guests are welcome to attend. For information call Mary Ann Machonkin at 352-382-5515 or go to www.citrusgenealogy.com


Wednesday, August 22
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting  (Brick Wall SIG)
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Atlanta Room at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Nancy Heydt, coordinator
 


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, August 22
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
"Let's Talk Genealogy"  How many times do you just get to sit down and talk genealogy with people whose eyes don’t glaze over? “Let’s Talk Genealogy” is your opportunity! Our meeting room will be set up for small groups to talk about genealogical frustrations and successes, interesting research techniques, record collections, and repositories, and anything else you’d like to share with other folks who love genealogy. Bring notes on a problem or success story, a book you’ve found particularly helpful, a photograph you’re investigating—whatever you’d like to discuss with fellow VGS members. Spend some time making new genealogy friends and celebrating our love for family history research.


Tuesday, August 28
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Annette Burke Lyttle & Dona Black, coordinators
Presentation: Annette Burke Lyttle – Erie Canal and Midwestern Settlement. Small Group Discussion



Monday, September 3
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting Cancelled  (Jewish Genealogy)
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
This meeting has been cancelled due to Labor Day


Monday, September 3
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
New Smynra Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Val Harris and Lois Rose Co-Ordinators
Topic: "Web Hints: FamilySearch & MyHeritage"  - Ken Macomber
WebHints are the small lightbulb icons that indicate that a person in your file may have one or more records that pertain to them on Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, or MyHeritage. Clicking the lightbulb icon opens a dialog window with links to the WebHints from the various providers. When you review the Ancestry hints, you can also move the fact, source, and image (when available) directly into your RootsMagic database.


Tuesday, September 4
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:00 am to 11:20 am
Lake Miona Recreation Center
Anne Berg & Jerry Steidl, Co-cordinators


Tuesday, September 4
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Atlanta Room of the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator


Thursday, September 6
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Daytona Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Barbara Lucier, coordinator
 


Monday, September 10
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Patriot and Spirit Rooms at the Mulberry Grove Regional Recreation Center
John DeAngelo, Coordinator
Topic: "Dealing with DNA Surprises" + answers to your questions.


“Sources or Clues? Pitfalls of Using Published Genealogies and Online Trees.”
Monday, September 10
“Sources or Clues? Pitfalls of Using Published Genealogies and Online Trees.”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar

Our first presentation in this new series , will be presented by Julie Miller, CG, CGL, FNGS. S

Her presentation is: “Sources or Clues? Pitfalls of Using Published Genealogies and Online Trees.”

 

Presentation description: Is it okay to use published genealogies and online trees in the search for our ancestors? Published genealogies and online trees are abundant, they are found in many places and in many different forms. But what happens when we just copy and use what is in published genealogies and online trees? This case study illustrates the confusion and the problems that may result if precautions are not taken.

 

Presenter bio: Julie Miller is a board-certified genealogist and genealogical lecturer who is a full-time professional researcher, speaker, and writer. She is the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Education Manager, was the conference chair of the 2010 and 2012 NGS conferences, and is an NGS fellow. Julie speaks on a wide variety of genealogy subjects both locally and nationally. Her articles have appeared in the NGSQ, NGS Magazine, and she was the genealogy columnist for the Broomfield Enterprise for ten years. Julie has been a volunteer at NARA-Denver for twenty years.

 

Please register for the webinar at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4171457348337485826
 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Julie has given us permission to record her presentation. After the live broadcast, it will be available in the Members Only section of the VGS website for 90 days.



Tuesday, September 11
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Tom Sodeman and Nancy Schultz , Coordinators


Wednesday, September 12
Board of Directors Meeting  (Board of Directors)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Pinellas Library on Powell Road - Room #162


Wednesday, September 12
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New to Genealogy SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.


Thursday, September 13
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am to 11:50 am
Reliance Room at the Lake Miona Regional Recreational Center
Bernie Guenther & Margaret Fahler Sgritta, coordinators
Topic: "How the Hapsburgs & 30 Years War laid Foundation of Modern Europe" — Bernie Guenther


Friday, September 14
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Jim Lannin, coordinator
Topic: “The Next Steps in DNA Analysis – 3rd Party Options”


Wednesday, September 19
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting  (Brick Wall SIG)
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Atlanta Room at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Nancy Heydt, coordinator
Note date change for this meeting...


Wednesday, September 19
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting  (Mid-Atlantic States SIG)
9:30 am to 11:00 am
Defender Room of the Lake Minona Recreation Center
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator
Note: This meeting may be changed or cancelled due to the monthly meeting at about the same time.


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 19
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Presentation: "Creating Google Earth Tours"
Our Guest Speaker is Karen A. Fortin
Description: Google Earth tours can be a fun way to share your genealogical research with relatives. This presentation will show you the basics of how to create, save, and share a tour that can visually illustrate the life and travels of your ancestors using the Google Earth free program.
Karen Fortin received her Bachelor's Degree in History and her Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. She worked in a variety of positions at the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library in Pinellas Park, FL for 30 years.
 
About Karen: Karen's love of history, especially family history, led her to an interest in genealogy.  She began volunteering with the Pinellas Genealogy Society in Largo, FL in 2012, and served as the society’s President from 2014-2017.  Karen started a business providing genealogy and history presentations in 2016 and has lectured at various genealogical societies and public libraries. One of her goals is to encourage people to explore historical periods, places, and events so that they can better understand their ancestors and the world in which they lived.
Note the date change for this meeting...


Thursday, September 20
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New England SIG)
12:00 pm to 1:50 pm
New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Regional Recreational Center
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
 


Friday, September 21
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Scandinavian SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Regional Recreational Center
Larry Peterson, coordinator
 


Monday, September 24
Technology SIG Meeting  (Technology SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Gene Clark, coordinator


Tuesday, September 25
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Annette Burke Lyttle & Dona Black, coordinators
Presentation: Pat Ragnetti – Organizing Your Genealogical Files. Small Group Discussion



Monday, October 1
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
MacArthur Room of the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Topic: "Jewish Given Names and Surnames"  Phil Goldsmith


Monday, October 1
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Atlanta Room of the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator


Monday, October 1
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
New Smynra Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Val Harris and Lois Rose Co-Ordinators


Tuesday, October 2
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:00 am to 11:20 am
Lake Miona Recreation Center
Anne Berg & Jerry Steidl, Co-cordinators


Wednesday, October 3
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (French-Canadian SIG)
9:00 am to 10:50 am
Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Bev Chartier, Temporary Coordinator
 


Thursday, October 4
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Daytona Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Barbara Lucier, coordinator
 


Friday, October 5
British Genealogy SIG Meeting  (British SIG)
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center
Pat Adams and Phyllis Sample, coordinators
 


Monday, October 8
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Patriot and Spirit Rooms at the Mulberry Grove Regional Recreation Center
John DeAngelo, Coordinator


Tuesday, October 9
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Tom Sodeman and Nancy Schultz , Coordinators


Wednesday, October 10
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Irish SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Recreation Center
Tom Voyles, coordinator
 


Wednesday, October 10
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New to Genealogy SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience. 


Thursday, October 11
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am to 11:50 am
Reliance Room at the Lake Miona Regional Recreational Center
Bernie Guenther & Margaret Fahler Sgritta, coordinators
Topic: "Preserving Family History: Getting Past Data" - presented by Thomas Sodeman


Friday, October 12
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Jim Lannin, coordinator
Topic: "DNA Show & Tell"


Wednesday, October 17
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting  (Mid-Atlantic States SIG)
9:30 am to 11:00 am
Defender Room of the Lake Minona Recreation Center
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator.


Thursday, October 18
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New England SIG)
12:00 pm to 1:50 pm
New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Regional Recreational Center
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
 


Friday, October 19
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Scandinavian SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Regional Recreational Center
Larry Peterson, coordinator
 


Monday, October 22
Technology SIG Meeting  (Technology SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Gene Clark, coordinator


Tuesday, October 23
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Annette Burke Lyttle & Dona Black, coordinators
Presentation: Tom Sodeman - Approaches to Preserving Family History. Small discussion group.


Wednesday, October 24
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting Cancelled  (Brick Wall SIG)
This meeting has been cancelled due to the All-Day Virtual Conference.


Fall Virtual Seminar On Immigration Records
Wednesday, October 24
Fall Virtual Seminar On Immigration Records  (Monthly Meeting)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Online Virtual Conference
This all-day seminar is offered free to our members as part of our celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Villages Genealogical Society.
 
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no in-person meeting this month. We will attend the presentations via our own computers or devices at whatever location is convenient for us. (That doesn’t mean you can’t get together with other genealogy buddies for a watch party at somebody’s house, though!)
 
You MUST register for the presentations in order to get the link to join the seminar on the 24th. Registration is now open at: 
 
Schedule
Time
Presentation Title
9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
“Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins”
 
Description: Pin down your elusive immigrant ancestor’s place of origin using some well-known – and lesser-known – record sets, ideas, and techniques.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
“Naturalization Know-How: The Laws and Records of U.S. Citizenship”
 
Description: Many records were created when immigrant ancestors became American citizens. Learn what they are and how to find them.
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
“The Aliens are Coming: USCIS Record Sets”
 
Description: A-Files? AR-2 Forms? C-Files? Oh my! Wade through the alphabet soup of the record sets the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) holds to find where your immigrant ancestor may be hiding.
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
“Unsung Immigration Records of NARA: Contextualizing Recent Immigrant Ancestors”
 
Description: The National Archives (NARA) holds various records about that can provide a treasure trove of information on twentieth-century immigrant ancestors that made America their home. Learn about INS Case and Correspondence Files, Bureau of Naturalization Correspondence Files, Alien Personal History and Statement forms, and A-Files.
 
About our presenter, Rich Venezia:
Rich Venezia is a New Jersey native who now calls Pittsburgh home, with roots in Italy, Ireland, England, Wales, and Prussia. He founded Rich Roots Genealogy in 2013. He was a member of the research team of Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) for two seasons, and also consulted on Follow Your Past (Travel Channel). Rich specializes in 20th-century immigrant ancestry. His main areas of focus include Italian, Irish, Pittsburgh and New Jersey/New York City research. He also assists clients with dual citizenship applications for Ireland and Italy. He holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and is the immediate Past-President of North Hills Genealogists. He is a proud Italian dual citizen. He spoke about "How to Grow Empathy From Uncovering Your Roots" at TEDx Pittsburgh 2017.



Thursday, November 1
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Daytona Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Barbara Lucier, coordinator
 


Friday, November 2
British Genealogy SIG Meeting  (British SIG)
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center
Pat Adams and Phyllis Sample, coordinators
 


Monday, November 5
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
MacArthur Room of the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Topic: "The Mavens' Tables" – Breaking through your Brick Walls


Monday, November 5
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
New Smynra Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Val Harris and Lois Rose Co-Ordinators


Tuesday, November 6
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:00 am to 11:20 am
Lake Miona Recreation Center
Anne Berg & Jerry Steidl, Co-cordinators


Tuesday, November 6
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Atlanta Room of the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator


Wednesday, November 7
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (French-Canadian SIG)
9:00 am to 10:50 am
Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Bev Chartier, Temporary Coordinator