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Thursday, August 13
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am
Zoom Meeting
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
Presentation: "Project Paperclip & My Family's Journey to USA"
Presenter:  Bernie Guenther


Friday, August 14
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic: "Lucidcharts"
Contact the coordinator for login information


“Strategies for Brick Wall Busting.”
Monday, August 17
“Strategies for Brick Wall Busting.”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Elizabeth O'Neal

Description: Have you been doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results? Then it’s time for you to think “outside the box!”  
This presentation will feature a variety of tips and strategies for thinking creatively about your genealogy research.

 
Presenters Bio: 
Elizabeth O’Neal is a professional genealogist who writes, lectures, and consults on a variety of topics. Her passion is using technology and social media to enrich the experience of genealogy research and family history storytelling.
Elizabeth has been researching her own family history for more than 30 years. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, as well as several genealogical and lineage societies. She is the author of the award-winning family history blog My Descendant’s Ancestors and is a regular contributor to many online genealogy publications
 
Please register for the webinar at:

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



Tuesday, August 18
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Presentation: "Using Charts and Reports in Family Tree Maker "
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Tuesday, August 25
Midwest SIG Meeting Canceled  (Midwest SIG)
Annette Burke Lyttle, Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
Online meetings will resume in September


“Clan Cunningham: Skeletons in the Family Closet”
Wednesday, August 26
“Clan Cunningham: Skeletons in the Family Closet”  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online General Meeting

Our guest speaker will be: Pat Adams, VGS President

Description: There were no photos, no stories, no documents except for a baptismal record for her mother. Using that as a starting point, Pat was able to build the family line back to Scotland to her great-great-great grandfather, James Cunningham. Using some direct evidence and a lot of indirect evidence from a variety of records, Pat then assembled James’s family, established when he married and died, and followed his son David’s life till his death in 1900. This case study of the Cunningham family will show how thorough research and correlation of evidence can break through brick walls and bring our family skeletons to life. 

 
Presenters Bio: Pat Adams is currently serving her second term as president of the VGS. Prior to that, she served as vice president and program chair for five years.  She recently completed “Tools & Strategies for Tackling Tough Research Problems” through the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and “Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies” through the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Georgia. Her future educational plans include taking an advanced methodology course in 2021. In addition to the VGS, Pat is also a member of several local, state and national genealogical societies including The Chicago Genealogical Society, The Florida State and Illinois State Genealogical Societies, The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History and The National Genealogical Society. Researching her Scottish and Irish Cunningham line has been an ongoing project for the last 20 years. She has recently learned that Canada will now be added to her list of places to seek out additional Cunningham connections as the story continues and the skeletons come out of the closet.
 
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Tuesday, September 1
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Zoom Meeting
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-cordinators


Wednesday, September 2 through Saturday, September 5
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference  (Other Events)
Kansas City, Missouri
More than 30 years after the last FGS conference held in Kansas City, FGS returns to the home of the Mid-Continent Library.
Limited information currently available...


Thursday, September 3
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm
Google Meet Online Meeting
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
Contact the coordinator for the link to the meeting.  


Monday, September 7
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm
Val Harris & George Zitterell Co-Ordinators
No meeting information as of yet...


Tuesday, September 8
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History)
2:30 pm
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators
No meeting information as of yet...
 


Wednesday, September 9
Board of Directors Meeting  (Board of Directors)
9:00 am
Online Meeting


Wednesday, September 9
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New to Genealogy SIG)
2:30 pm
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.
No meeting information as of yet...


Thursday, September 10
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am
Zoom Meeting
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
 


Friday, September 11
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
No meeting information as of yet...


Saturday, September 12
African American SIG Monthly Meeting  (African American SIG)
2:30 pm
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...


Monday, September 14
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...


“Strategies for Brick Wall Busting.”
Monday, September 14
“Strategies for Brick Wall Busting.”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Live Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Ari Wilkins

Description: Recreating neighborhoods can provide rich and insightful details about an ancestor’s life and surroundings. This lecture will demonstrate ways to build a map using Sanborn Fire insurance maps, census records, and city directories in Google Maps.

 
Presenters Bio: 
Ari Wilkins, a graduate of Louisiana State University, has been actively researching family history since 1998. Ari worked with the esteemed genealogist, Dr. James Rose, for many years on his final project Generations: The WPA Ex-Slave Narrative Database. She is the owner of the genealogical consulting company, Black Genesis. Ari also works as a contributor for Proquest’s African American Heritage database. Ari has instructed at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. She has been a conference speaker at the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Texas State Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, American Library Association, and has lectured at a multitude of local societies. Ari has been a Library Associate at Dallas Public Library since 2007. She specializes in African American research and has lectured on African American migration.
 
Please register for the webinar at:

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



Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Tuesday, September 15
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Topic: "Genealogical Proof for the Everyday Genealogist" Guest Speaker Annette Burke-Lyttle
 
Please register for the webinar at:

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



Wednesday, September 16
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting, canceled  (Mid-Atlantic States SIG)
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator.
No meeting information as of yet...


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 16
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:15 am
Virtual Meeting
Guest Speaker: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG
Topic: “Preserving Family History, Experiences, and Stories from the Pandemic”
Description: Have you been documenting your own story during this time of the Covid pandemic? Do you need some tips on doing this? Do you need ideas on what to preserve and how to do it? What do you want to exist in the future to tell people about your experience of dealing with and memories of living through this pandemic? The ideas include those for adults, children, and even about your pets. Your experience may have included online family get-togethers, social media, signs in the window, journaling, blogging, photographs, parents learning new math, working from home, working on the front lines, and other things from daily life. We need to preserve with an eye towards what will be saved and will endure, versus not valued and tossed away. Comments from historical societies, archives, and other institution about preservation will be shared. The presentation and accompanying handout provide all this and more.
 
Presenter's Bio: Paula Stuart-Warren is a genealogical and historical researcher, lecturer, and coach based in Minnesota but research has taken her to locations and repositories across the U.S. She has done presentations in the U.S., Canada, and on the ocean. Her specialties include unusual records, analysis, research planning, problem-solving, manuscript and archival repositories, railroads, and Native American genealogy. She is a course coordinator and instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and a former board member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and MGS. Paula loves audience questions after each presentation.
 
Please register for this VGS General Meeting at:
 
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 to 12:45 pm
Virtual Bonus Meeting
Guest Speaker: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG
Topic: “Lord Preserve Us! Church Records for Family History Research”
Description: Not all of our ancestors belonged to an organized religion. For those who did, the records which have survived until today can often be helpful to genealogists. Names, dates, relationships, places of new and former residences, burial location, and other details may be learned. With some background knowledge of your family, and of the area in which they lived, it may be possible to find church records for your ancestor. Church related records are important for ancestors and siblings who were involved in the ministry. Often a biography or specialized obituary can be found for these individuals. For ancestors who resided in the New England and Middle Atlantic states, the religious resources are especially rich. Churches related to specific ethnic groups may give us clues to the old country. More and more southern church records are surfacing and serve to replace many burned civil records. Church records may predate the civil recordings of births, deaths, and marriages.
 
Presenter's Bio: Paula Stuart-Warren is a genealogical and historical researcher, lecturer, and coach based in Minnesota but research has taken her to locations and repositories across the U.S. She has done presentations in the U.S., Canada, and on the ocean. Her specialties include unusual records, analysis, research planning, problem-solving, manuscript and archival repositories, railroads, and Native American genealogy. She is a course coordinator and instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and a former board member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and MGS. Paula loves audience questions after each presentation.
 
Please register for this VGS General Meeting at:
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Thursday, September 17
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New England SIG)
12:00 pm to 1:50 pm
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...


Friday, September 18
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Scandinavian SIG)
10:00 am
Larry Peterson, coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...
 


Tuesday, September 22
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm
Online Meeting
Annette Burke Lyttle, Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
No meeting information as of yet...


Wednesday, September 23
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting  (Brick Wall SIG)
8:30 am
Nancy Heydt, coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...
 


Monday, September 28
Technology SIG Meeting  (Technology SIG)
10:00 am
Gene Clark, coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...



Thursday, October 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
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
 


Friday, October 2
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, October 5
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online Meeting
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Topic: TBD


Monday, October 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 & George Zitterell Co-Ordinators


Tuesday, October 6
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Zoom Meeting
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-cordinators


Wednesday, October 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
 


Thursday, October 8
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am to 11:50 am
Zoom Meeting
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators


Friday, October 9
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  TBA


Saturday, October 10
African American SIG Monthly Meeting  (African American SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Jasmine Room at the Hibiscus Recreation Center
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator


Monday, October 12
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


“Genealogical Gems Found in Ledgers”
Monday, October 12
“Genealogical Gems Found in Ledgers”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Diane L Richard, Mosaic 

Description: Running out of places to look for information about your ancestors? Private and little known archival collections are full of ledgers and account books, membership lists, and so much more! Have you explored these? You can learn so much about your family and the neighborhood through these records. Relationships are sometimes noted. Store, post office, business, hospital, physician ledgers and more can link family members and provide many interesting details invaluable to your family history narrative. Using Archivegrid as a resource will also be discussed.

 
Presenters Bio: 
Diane L Richard, Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina and Southern States. She regularly contributes to Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. In 2019 she published Tracing Your Ancestors -- African American Research: A Practical Guide, via Moorshead Publications.  Since 2016 she has been editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) journal.
She is co-leader of Tar Heel Discoveries, www.tarheeldiscoveries.com, started in 2018, which offers guided North Carolina genealogical research programs providing participants targeted, focused, research assistance leading to new family discoveries. 
 
Please register for the webinar at:

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



Tuesday, October 13
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators
 


Wednesday, October 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, October 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.
Topic: "Where to Begin & Genealogy Software"


Thursday, October 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, October 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
 


Tuesday, October 20
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Topic: TBD


Wednesday, October 21
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.


Monday, October 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, October 27
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Online Meeting
Annette Burke Lyttle, Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
More information as it becomes available...


Wednesday, October 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, October 28
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:15 am
Live Virtual Meeting
Guest Speaker: Luana Darby, AG
Topic: “The Librarian Knows Where It’s At—Using State Archives and Local Libraries Resources Online” 
Description: With many state archives and local libraries posting one-of-a-kind information that many times has never been seen outside of that institution, the wealth of information available to genealogists is incredible. From actual records to photographs these digital collections will enrich your genealogical experience and may offer that breakthrough you are looking for!
 
Presenter's Bio: Genealogy and the recording of family history has always been a passion for Luana. She began organizing photos, documents, and information on her grandmother’s family in 1977 and has researched for others since 1985, working as a professional genealogist since 1995. She specializes in Palatine German, US and Canadian, and western European research She frequently travels to Europe for genealogical research on site in archives located in Germany, Poland and France.
Luana has a bachelor’s degree in Family History from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. In addition to her education at BYU and SJSU, Luana is an Accredited Genealogist® and has completed several in-depth tracks of study at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) which cover Advanced Genealogical Methods, Research in German Speaking Areas, Problem Solving in the Midwest, American Records and Research, Computers and Technology in Genealogy, Advanced Methodologies – Land Records, Forensic Genealogy and Genetic Genealogy.
She is a frequent lecturer at local and national conferences and institutes, including the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the British Institute, RootsTech and through Legacy Family Tree Webinars. In January 2015, she joined the faculty of BYU-Idaho as an online family history instructor teaching genealogical analysis and genealogy as a business courses.
 
Please register for this VGS General Meeting at:
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 to 12:45 pm
Bonus Live Virtual Meeting
Guest Speaker: Luana Darby, AG
Topic: “Finding Hidden Gems: Strategic Searches on the Internet”
Description: Have you ever wondered about how librarians can sometimes find things faster and more efficiently when searching on the Internet? Learn ‘how” to search Google, FamilySearch, and Ancestry like a pro to get what you need, as well as other key genealogy websites. Archives, manuscripts, libraries, and their associated finding aids will be discussed and may provide answers you cannot find elsewhere.
 
Presenter's Bio: Genealogy and the recording of family history has always been a passion for Luana. She began organizing photos, documents, and information on her grandmother’s family in 1977 and has researched for others since 1985, working as a professional genealogist since 1995. She specializes in Palatine German, US and Canadian, and western European research She frequently travels to Europe for genealogical research on site in archives located in Germany, Poland and France.
Luana has a bachelor’s degree in Family History from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. In addition to her education at BYU and SJSU, Luana is an Accredited Genealogist® and has completed several in-depth tracks of study at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) which cover Advanced Genealogical Methods, Research in German Speaking Areas, Problem Solving in the Midwest, American Records and Research, Computers and Technology in Genealogy, Advanced Methodologies – Land Records, Forensic Genealogy and Genetic Genealogy.
She is a frequent lecturer at local and national conferences and institutes, including the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the British Institute, RootsTech and through Legacy Family Tree Webinars. In January 2015, she joined the faculty of BYU-Idaho as an online family history instructor teaching genealogical analysis and genealogy as a business courses.
 
Please register for this VGS General Meeting at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.