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Monday, November 2
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy)
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Topic: “Comparing Jewish Resources on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, MyHeritage and JewishGen.” - Ellen Kowitt and Sunny Morton
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Monday, November 2
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Val Harris & George Zitterell Co-Coordinators
Topic: "How to Use FamilySearch with RootsMagic" - Ken Macomber


Tuesday, November 3
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-coordinators
No topic availabl
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Wednesday, November 4
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (French-Canadian SIG)
9:00 am to 10:50 am
Jean Colman, Coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...


Wednesday, November 4
Board of Directors Meeting  (Board of Directors)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Pinellas Library Room #162
Tentative


Thursday, November 5
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Goggle Meet Meeting
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
Topic: General meeting.  Learn ways to research your Eastern European ancestors.  Share your successes, bring your questions.
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Friday, November 6
British SIG Monthly Meeting  (British SIG)
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Monday, November 9
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


“Cards, Clevises, and Calomel: What Probate Files Reveal about Our Ancestors”
Monday, November 9
“Cards, Clevises, and Calomel: What Probate Files Reveal about Our Ancestors”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL

Description:

Discover how families lived, worked, and socialized through often-overlooked probate documents. Learn to find and interpret these records to enrich your understanding of past lives. The lecture demonstrates the value of searching beyond the will. Often-overlooked probate records—such as estate inventories, appraisements, sales lists, receipts, and accounts—contain details that place a decedent’s family in social and historic context. The lecture covers these topics.

  • Probate document types
  • Where to find records and what to look for
  • Why search beyond your family of interest
  • How to analyze records for clues
  • Example cases

Presenters Bio: 

Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL, a full-time professional genealogist, is coeditor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Board-certified since 2011, she serves as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) and is the former editor of its publication, OnBoard. She conducts in-depth genealogical research to solve complex problems of identity and kinship for clients. Her personal and client research focuses primarily on the southeastern United States, New York, England, and Germany. Nancy lectures at national and local conferences and has instructed on skill-building topics and genealogy standards at BCG Education Fund workshops and genealogical institutes. Her articles have appeared in NGS Quarterly and other genealogical journals. She authored the “Research Reports” chapter in the Writing, Editing & Publishing section of Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, & Standards (2018). Nancy’s family roots are in upstate New York, but she now enjoys Southern living.
 
Please register for the webinar at:

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



Tuesday, November 10
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators
Topic: "Finding a Home for Family Treasures" - Lin Meeker
SIG members will receive ZOOM login instructions in the monthly SIG blast email. If you would like to join the SIG and receive this email please contact sharol-jack@hotmail.com
 
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting. 


Wednesday, November 11
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Irish SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Tom Voyles, coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...


Wednesday, November 11
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New to Genealogy SIG)
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.
Topic: "Internet Research"
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Thursday, November 12
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Friday, November 13
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Zoom Meeting
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  "Genetic Clustering"
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Saturday, November 14
African American SIG Monthly Meeting  (African American SIG)
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
Topic: "Freedmen's Bureau Records"
 
​SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Tuesday, November 17
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Topic: TBD


Wednesday, November 18
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting canceled  (Brick Wall SIG)
Nancy Heydt, coordinator


Wednesday, November 18
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting, canceled  (Mid-Atlantic States SIG)
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, November 18
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am
Virtual Meeting
Morning Session:
Topic: “The Holiday Talk: Getting to Know Your Family's History” 
Note date change due to Thanksgiving

Description: Each year family’s gather for holiday dinners and other social events which provide family researchers a perfect opportunity for discovering their own roots. Discover methods to learn about your family’s Ancestral Connections & Traditions through family activities such as family bingo, board games and trivia sessions. Learn about the top 3 ways to share your family legacy -- pictures, stories and documents -- with other family members and fellow researchers.

 
Presenters Bio: Michelle Tucker Chubenko is a Senior Researcher and Research Team Lead with Legacy Tree Genealogists. With 30 years’ experience researching her paternal ancestral roots in colonial America and the 20th century flair of her maternal Eastern European ancestry (Ukrainian and Hungarian); she specializes in New Jersey and Eastern European research. She is a founding member with the “Nashi Predky/Our Ancestors” Family History Group at the Ukrainian History and Education Center. She has presented locally on Eastern European research and volunteers as co-coordinator for the Facebook group “Our Ancestors -- Наші Предки / Ukrainian Genealogy”. 
She was a researcher on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? (Season one) and appeared in the Brooke Shields episode, which aired in April 2010. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, local and ethnic genealogical societies, and is active in local history organizations. Michelle has presented genealogical lectures to audiences on a local, regional (NERGC 2017), national level (FGS 2008/Philadelphia and GRIP 2017), internationally (Ontario Ancestors 2019). She has attended the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR), and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and a ProGen17 graduate.
 
Please register for the webinar at: 
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5592456296634179087

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


VGS General Monthly Meeting
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
11:30 am
Virtual Meeting
Afternoon Session:
Topic: “Genealogy Research Using Online Resources”
Note date change due to Thanksgiving

Description: Learn how to effectively navigate the top 4 genealogical websites: FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast and MyHeritage. Michelle will share tips and tricks for using each website to successfully utilize the digital resources for your family history research.

 
Presenters Bio: Michelle Tucker Chubenko is a Senior Researcher and Research Team Lead with Legacy Tree Genealogists. With 30 years’ experience researching her paternal ancestral roots in colonial America and the 20th century flair of her maternal Eastern European ancestry (Ukrainian and Hungarian); she specializes in New Jersey and Eastern European research. She is a founding member with the “Nashi Predky/Our Ancestors” Family History Group at the Ukrainian History and Education Center. She has presented locally on Eastern European research and volunteers as co-coordinator for the Facebook group “Our Ancestors -- Наші Предки / Ukrainian Genealogy”. 
She was a researcher on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? (Season one) and appeared in the Brooke Shields episode, which aired in April 2010. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, local and ethnic genealogical societies, and is active in local history organizations. Michelle has presented genealogical lectures to audiences on a local, regional (NERGC 2017), national level (FGS 2008/Philadelphia and GRIP 2017), internationally (Ontario Ancestors 2019). She has attended the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR), and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and a ProGen17 graduate.
 
Please register for the webinar at: 
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1596772767179985679

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


Wednesday, November 18
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New England SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Friday, November 20
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Scandinavian SIG)
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Ken Bowgren, Per Andersson and Kris Petersen-Gauthier Co-coordinators
No meeting information as of yet...


Monday, November 23
Technology SIG Meeting Canceled  (Technology SIG)
Gene Clark, coordinator
 


Tuesday, November 24
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
Topic: “Researching Your Midwestern Collateral Family Lines” with Dona Black Weber
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.



Tuesday, December 1
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-coordinators
No topic available
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Wednesday, December 2
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (French-Canadian SIG)
9:00 am to 10:50 am
Jean Colman, Coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...


Thursday, December 3
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Meeting
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
Topic: General meeting.  Learn ways to research your Eastern European ancestors.  Share your successes, bring your questions.
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Friday, December 4
British SIG Monthly Meeting  (British SIG)
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Monday, December 7
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy)
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Topic: “Patronymic Naming and Cemetery Records - Their Importance in Jewish Genealogy.” - Nolan Altman
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Monday, December 7
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Val Harris & George Zitterell Co-Coordinators
No meeting information as of yet...


Tuesday, December 8
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators
No Topic as of yet...
SIG members will receive ZOOM login instructions in the monthly SIG blast email. If you would like to join the SIG and receive this email please contact sharol-jack@hotmail.com
 
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting. 


Wednesday, December 9
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Irish SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Tom Voyles, coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...


Thursday, December 10
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Friday, December 11
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Zoom Meeting
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  TBA
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Monday, December 14
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


“Preserving Your Ancestor’s Textiles and Handmade Treasures”
Monday, December 14
“Preserving Your Ancestor’s Textiles and Handmade Treasures”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Live Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Melissa Baker, AKA, The Archive Lady

Description:

Learn from an archivist the best practices to preserving your ancestor’s textiles and handmade items. Everything from Grandma's quilt, that old Christening gown, your Dad's letterman jacket and military uniforms. These textiles and handmade items need special care and consideration when it comes to preservation and storage.

Presenters Bio: 

Melissa Barker, also known as The Archive Lady, is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She lectures, teaches and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual webinar presentations across the United States for genealogical and historical societies. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives and is a well known book Reviews Editor for the FGS Magazine FORUM and Utah Genealogical Association Magazine Crossroads. She writes a bi-weekly advice column entitled The Archive Lady published at Abundant Genealogy. She writes history pieces for her local newspaper The Houston County Herald called From the Archives. Her Professional Genealogy expertise is in Tennessee records and she is currently taking research clients. She has been researching her own family history for the past 30 years.
 
Please register for the webinar at:

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



Tuesday, December 15
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting Canceled  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Canceled


Wednesday, December 16
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting canceled  (Mid-Atlantic States SIG)
9:30 am to 11:00 am
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator


Wednesday, December 16
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New England SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Friday, December 18
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Scandinavian SIG)
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Ken Bowgren, Per Andersson and Kris Petersen-Gauthier Co-coordinators
No meeting information as of yet...


Tuesday, December 22
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Zoom Online Meeting
Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
Topic: “Probate Records” with Karen Campbell



Monday, January 4, 2021
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Gen. MacArthur Room at the Eisenhower Rec. Center
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs


Monday, January 4, 2021
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
New Smyrna Beach Room at the Seabreeze Rec. Center
Val Harris & George Zitterell Co-Coordinators


“The Missing Man: Solving a Mystery with Genealogy Research”
Monday, January 4, 2021
“The Missing Man: Solving a Mystery with Genealogy Research”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Live Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Sharon Hoyt, CG

Description:  One day in the early 1900s, August Lawrence left his Minnesota home for a job and never returned. More than a century later, genealogy research solved the mystery of his disappearance. This talk covers strategies that can help you break down even long-standing brick walls, including researching friends, family, associates, and neighbors; researching others with the same name; and using a wide range of records.  

Presenters Bio: Sharon Hoyt, CG, is a genealogy researcher, speaker, and author from California’s Silicon Valley. Her primary research areas include New England, New York, the Midwest, Canada, and England. She is the winner of the National Genealogical Society 2017 Family History Writing Contest and the 2016 Michael Clark Family History Writing Award from the Minnesota Genealogical Society. Her research has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and Minnesota Genealogist. Sharon holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science.

 
Please register for the webinar at:

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



Wednesday, January 6, 2021
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (French-Canadian SIG)
9:00 am to 10:50 am
Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Rec. Center
Jean Colman, Coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...


Thursday, January 7, 2021
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Daytona Beach Room at the Seabreeze Rec. Center
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
 


Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Destin Room at the Seabreeze Recreation Center
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators


Friday, January 15, 2021
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Scandinavian SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Clearwater Room at the Seabreeze Rec. Center
Ken Bowgren, Per Andersson and Kris Petersen-Gauthier Co-coordinators
 


Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Old Colony & Liberty Rooms at the Mulberry Grove Rec. Center
Pending New Co-Coordinator
Tentative Schedule
 


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:45 pm
Virtual Meeting
Session 1 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. Guest Speaker: Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D
Note: A week earlier than usual...

Topic: "Vital Records"
Description:
 Dates and places of births, marriages, and deaths are the “meat and potatoes” of our genealogical research. Learn how to find the facts in local, state, and even federal government records.


Presenters Bio: Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., is a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research. Lois writes and teaches about genealogical records and methods, including DNA. She is a state officer for the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, a past president of the Northland chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a past officer of her state genealogical society.
 
Please register for this webinar at: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Session 2: 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Guest Speaker: Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D
Topic: "Finding Overseas Ancestors: An Irish Case Study"
Description: In most cases, U.S. records point to the overseas origins of our immigrant ancestors. This case shows how researching the American records of a late-nineteenth-century immigrant to Wisconsin and his family led to identifying his place of origin in Ireland, and research in Irish sources led to a fuller picture of the family in America.
Please register for this webinar at: 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3548003485294195724
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.