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Mobile Device Apps for the Family Historian
Monday, October 15
Mobile Device Apps for the Family Historian  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar
Presented By: Jane Gwynn Haldeman
Presentation Description: The Star Trek generation has grown up and the future is now. Learn about smart phone and other mobile applications that you hold in your hand that will help you with your genealogy data collection. Carry your searchable family tree everywhere with you in your pocket.
 
Presenters Bio:  Jane G. Haldeman is a Chicago-area based professional genealogist and owner of It’s Relative, www.itsrelative.net, with more than 25 years of research experience. She lectures on a wide range of topics both locally and nationally.  She is the Co-Chair for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2019 Conference and was their 2016 Conference Registration Chair. She is a former president of both the Illinois State Genealogical Society and Fox Valley Genealogical Society in Naperville, Illinois, and the author of A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois. Jane may be reached info@itsrelative.net and genealogy@mindsafire.com.


Please register for the webinar at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8025421526168660483

 

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

Jane 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.



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.
Topic: "General review of the Mid- Atlantic States Genealogy:" plus, planning for the future.


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
Jean Colman, Coordinator
 


Wednesday, November 7
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 Date change for this meeting...


Thursday, November 8
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am to 11:50 am
Reliance Room at the Lake Miona Regional Recreational Center
Bernie Guenther, coordinator
Topic: "What Every  Genealogist Should Know About German and It's Impact on Surnames" —  Ken Weaver-President, Southwest Florida German Genealogical Society


Friday, November 9
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting, Cancelled  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
Jim Lannin, coordinator
This meeting has been cancelled.


Saturday, November 10
22nd Annual Florida Family History Conference  (Other Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
You’re invited to the 22nd Annual Florida Family History Conference on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 from 9am – 4:00pm. We are one of the largest family history conferences on the East Coast of the United States! This east coast event brings world-class speakers from all over the country to help you find your family’s history! Our goal is to bring you the latest news on where to find information on your ancestors as well as big, new changes to Internet research sites.
Location: We are proudly holding the conference again at OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL at 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32835.

 

Our Keynote Speaker again this year features Crista Cowan, Corporate Genealogist at Ancestry.com!!

Learn more including how to register, cost and bus info...



Monday, November 12
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, November 13
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
Topic: “Preserving Heirloom Photos and Documents", presenetd by Barbara Filipiak


Wednesday, November 14
Board of Directors Meeting  (Board of Directors)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Pinellas Library on Powell Road - Room #162


Wednesday, November 14
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, November 14
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, November 15
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, November 16
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
 


Your Personal Genealogical Education Plan
Monday, November 19
Your Personal Genealogical Education Plan  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar

Presented By: Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
Presentation Description:  Genealogists who avail themselves of education are more successful in their research goals, but they face realities of time and budget constraints and can be confused by the many choices available. Webinar attendees will receive help to assess their goals and levels of abilities to find which opportunities are best for them. Be prepared to write answers to the questions posed which will result in a personal education plan that can be put into action. Scholarship information and tips for economical education are also discussed.


Presenters Bio:  Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, is co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), past-president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, an instructor for the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR), and coordinator of the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) “Professional Genealogy” course. She was a past Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) instructor, and an instructor and creator of part of Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate course. She has been involved in ProGen Study Group since the beginning, being the mentor for groups 1 and 25. She was awarded the 2017 Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Achievement Award

 

Please register for the webinar at:

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

Elissa has given us permission to record the webinar and make it and her handout available to members only for 90 days after the broadcast.


Monday, November 26
Technology SIG Meeting  (Technology SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Gene Clark, coordinator


Tuesday, November 27
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: Small Group Discussion by State—bring information and questions on Midwestern resources


Wednesday, November 28
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, November 28
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
This month's meeting will feature a morning and afternoon session.
Our guest speaker will be Margo Fariss Brewer
Morning Session: “Newspapers and Timelines: Mastering This Combination Can Expose Unanticipated Records”
 
Presenter Bio:  Margo Fariss Brewer is an active lecturer, consultant, instructor and the co-leader of genealogy trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and Allen County Public Library which she finds strengthens her research and teaching skills. Her genealogy courses include beginning through advanced methodology, writing your family history narrative so it will be read, a genealogy computer lab and DNA testing for genealogy; her courses are offered through Duke University's OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) where she has been on the faculty since 2004. Her lecture specialties include methodology, writing an enjoyable family history narrative with historical context, historical occupations, and military and land records; she focuses on records within the United States. Margo is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild (president), National Genealogical Society (2016 Conference vice-chair), Virginia Genealogical Society and several other local and state genealogical societies.
 
Can't be there in person... You can attend on your computer, tablet, or smart phone no matter where you are. You must register in advance to attend remotely. Not only will you be able to hear the presentation and see the speaker's slides, you'll also be able to hear the business meeting that precedes the presentation.  Please register for The VGS November Online General Meeting at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6912133018364547074


VGS General Monthly Meeting
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Workshop)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Our guest speaker will be Margo Fariss Brewer
You must register to attend...
Afternoon session: “A Family Narrative Your Family Will Want to Read” 
This afternoon session is limited to 100 attendee's and the "Preserving Faimily History SIG" has first preference. Any remaining seats will be offered to the general membership.  Registration begins HERE on October 24th, 2018.
 
Presenter Bio:  Margo Fariss Brewer is an active lecturer, consultant, instructor and the co-leader of genealogy trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and Allen County Public Library which she finds strengthens her research and teaching skills. Her genealogy courses include beginning through advanced methodology, writing your family history narrative so it will be read, a genealogy computer lab and DNA testing for genealogy; her courses are offered through Duke University's OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) where she has been on the faculty since 2004. Her lecture specialties include methodology, writing an enjoyable family history narrative with historical context, historical occupations, and military and land records; she focuses on records within the United States. Margo is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild (president), National Genealogical Society (2016 Conference vice-chair), Virginia Genealogical Society and several other local and state genealogical societies.
 
Can't be there in person... You can attend on your computer, tablet, or smart phone no matter where you are. You must register in advance to attend remotely. You be able to hear the presentation and see the speaker's slides. Please register for this afternoon workshop at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1894936116497198850



Monday, December 3
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 Immigrant Experience", Phyllis Kramer, IAJGS


Monday, December 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


Tuesday, December 4
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled  (Italian SIG)
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
This meeting has been canceled.


Tuesday, December 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


Wednesday, December 5
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (French-Canadian SIG)
9:00 am to 10:50 am
Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Jean Colman, Coordinator
 


Thursday, December 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
 


Friday, December 7
British SIG Monthly Meeting  (British SIG)
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators


Monday, December 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, Co-Coordinator
 


Fraternal Organizations: The Original Social Network
Monday, December 10
Fraternal Organizations: The Original Social Network  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar

Presented by: Dannell "Danni" Altman-Newell

Description: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… these are the social networks of our century. But social networks have been around since before the digital age. Fraternal organizations were among the original social networks and were a large part of our ancestors’ lives. This session will discuss some fraternal organizations your ancestors may have joined along with some of the symbolism associated with the organizations. We will also discuss clues you can look for to determine if your ancestor was a member of a fraternal organization and where to locate resources that may assist you in discovering information about your ancestor’s fraternal life.
 
Presenters Bio: Dannell “Danni” Altman-Newell is a native Kansas Citian. She began doing family history research at an early age, courtesy of spending summers watching her maternal grandparents indexing at the local Family History Center. Danni is currently employed as a Marketing & Membership Manager at the National Storytelling Network. She serves as a volunteer for the National World War I Museum and Memorial and as Education Chair for the Heartland Chapter of the Association for Professional Genealogists. She is a graduate of ProGen Study Group 28 and enjoys learning and researching Midwest and World War I history.
 
Please register for the webinar at:
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Danni 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, December 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, December 12
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Irish SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Recreation Center
Tom Voyles, coordinator
 


Thursday, December 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, coordinator
Topic: "Finding Our German Family" — Paul Clark


Friday, December 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: "DNA Show and Tell"


Wednesday, December 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.


Thursday, December 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, December 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
 



Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting Canceled  (Adoption SIG)
Anne Berg & Jerry Steidl, Co-cordinators
Meeting canceled due to New Year's Day


Monday, January 7, 2019
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: "Mapping Your Family History", Mike Schwartz, JGS of Southern New Jersey