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Monday, January 18
Best Practices SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Annette Burke-Lyttle and Pat Adams, Co-coordinators
Topic: "Genealogical Proof for the Everyday Genealogist"
 
The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January 2021 should be prepared to catch up on the chapters that have already been studied.
 


Wednesday, January 20
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
9:30 am
NO MEETING THIS MONTH.
 
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator
 


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, January 20
VGS General 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.

Bonus Session - 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 the Bonus Session at: 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3548003485294195724
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Wednesday, January 20
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
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.  


Monday, January 25
Family Tree Maker / Technology SIG Meeting
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Gene Clark, coordinator
No meeting information...


Tuesday, January 26
Midwest SIG Meeting
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
Topic: “Midwestern Probate Records”  – Karen Campbell"
Zoom Meeting .... link will be available soon.



Monday, February 1
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email containing the meeting link.
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs


Monday, February 1
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Zoom Meeting
Information on the meeting and the Zoom link information will be sent via email to members prior to meeting date.
George Zitterell, Coordinator


Tuesday, February 2
Adoption & Missing Kin Special Interest Group Meeting
9:30 am
Online ZOOM Meeting
Anne Berg and Marcella Zorn, Coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an e-mail.
Others please contact the coordinator, through the SIG web page, for the link to this meeting


Wednesday, February 3
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Virtual Meeting via Zoom
Jean Colman, Coordinator
 


Thursday, February 4
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an e-mail.
Others please contact the coordinator, through the SIG web page, for the link to this meeting


Friday, February 5
British SIG Monthly Meeting
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Rec. Center
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators


Monday, February 8
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting
1:00 pm
No meeting information
Mary Frances Gerace, coordinator


“Government for the People: Leveraging Freedom of Information Laws to Procure Novel Records”
Monday, February 8
“Government for the People: Leveraging Freedom of Information Laws to Procure Novel Records”
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Live Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Alec Ferretti

Description:  Learn how state and federal Freedom of Information (FOI) laws work, and how genealogists can use them to uncover novel records. Alec will discuss how to make FOI requests in various states, and will outline case studies in which he used FOI laws to obtain specific types of records pertaining to an ancestor.  These diverse records range from alien files held by US Citizenship and Immigration Services, to burial permits held by local town clerks, to occupational licensing applications held by the State.  Discover records previously thought to be locked away from the public forever!   

Presenters Bio: Alec Ferretti serves on the Board of Reclaim the Records, a non-profit which seeks to restore public access to records which have been illegally withheld by the government.  He has worked for the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center and is the President of the NY Genealogy and Technology Group, an informal organization which meets bi-monthly to discuss genealogy topics.  He specializes in Italian Genealogy and 20th century genealogy.

 
Please register for the webinar at:

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



Tuesday, February 9
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators
Topic: "The Basics of Photo Restoration"
Dariel Diestelkamp is a professional photographer and photo restorer with a passion for saving our photo heritage. On February 9 on Zoom she will generously share some of the most useful tools for amateurs like ourselves. She will talk about generic tools and Photoshop Elements software, and also provide a number of Youtube sites for further information.
 
Watch for Zoom login information on the Preserving Family History blast email.


Wednesday, February 10
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Rec. Center
Tom Voyles, coordinator


Wednesday, February 10
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Neptune Room at the Seabreeze Rec. Center
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.


Thursday, February 11
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 am
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
Zoom Meeting .... link will be available soon.


Friday, February 12
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
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.


Saturday, February 13
African American SIG Monthly Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Jasmine Room at the Hibiscus Recreation Center
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator


Monday, February 15
Best Practices SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Annette Burke-Lyttle and Pat Adams, Co-coordinators
Topic: "Research Objectives"
 
The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January 2021 should be prepared to catch up on the chapters that have already been studied.
 


Wednesday, February 17
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
9:30 am
NO MEETING THIS MONTH.
 
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator


Wednesday, February 17
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
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, February 19
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Ken Bowgren and Per Andersson Co-coordinators
 


Monday, February 22
Family Tree Maker / Technology SIG Meeting
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Destin Room at the Seabreeze Recreation Center
Gene Clark, coordinator
 


Tuesday, February 23
Midwest SIG Meeting
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
Topic: “Using National Archives Records” – Karen Pickelsimer
Zoom Meeting .... link will be available soon.


Our 21st Annual All-Day Seminar
Wednesday, February 24
Our 21st Annual All-Day Seminar
9:00 am to 9:30 pm
A Virtual Seminar: Open to the Public
Our Guest Speaker will be Amy Johnson Crow, CG
About: Amy Johnson Crow holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. She has held a Certified Genealogist® credential since 1995. Amy has worked at Ancestry.com, served as the series editor for the National Genealogical Society Guides, published by Rutledge Hill Press, and was the co-author of Online Roots in that series. Amy is the author of 31 Days to Better Genealogy, a resource guide filled with practical tips you can put into practice right away, as well as more than 40 articles in various genealogical publications. She has presented at genealogy’s top events, include RootsTech and the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference. Amy hosts the popular podcast Generations Café. Amy has never turned down an offer to go visit a cemetery.
Topics:
  • The Genealogy Research Process: The WANDER Method
  • Evaluating Evidence and Its Source
  • Citing Sources Without Stressing Out
  • How Do I Know That’s My Ancestor?
More information Coming Soon...



Monday, March 1
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email containing the meeting link.
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs


Monday, March 1
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Zoom Meeting
Information on the meeting and the Zoom link information will be sent via email to members prior to meeting date.
George Zitterell, Coordinator


Tuesday, March 2
Adoption & Missing Kin Special Interest Group Meeting
9:30 am
Online ZOOM Meeting
Anne Berg and Marcella Zorn, Coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an e-mail.
Others please contact the coordinator, through the SIG web page, for the link to this meeting


Wednesday, March 3
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:00 am to 10:50 am
Virtual Meeting via Zoom
Jean Colman, Coordinator
 


Thursday, March 4
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Daytona Beach Room at the Seabreeze Rec. Center
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
 


Monday, March 8
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting
1:00 pm
No meeting information
Mary Frances Gerace, coordinator


“How Did My Pennsylvania Ancestors Get There? Migration Trails West”
Monday, March 8
“How Did My Pennsylvania Ancestors Get There? Migration Trails West”
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Live Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Description:  This presentation helps attendees give much thought to the five W’s and H of migration:
• WHO and WHAT: How can you find your ancestors’ migration path?
• WHEN and WHERE: migration routes leading out of Pennsylvania to points west using
waterways and overland pathways and when they were used
• WHY: Push and Pull Reasons for migrating: ethnic, religious, political, land, jobs,
families, etc. Military service often led to settlement in areas where the soldier served, or
where he settled due to bounty land grants.
• HOW: trails, roads, railroads, rivers and canals
Several case studies illustrate how awareness of migration paths can solve genealogical problems
even from several states away.   

Presenters Bio: Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, is western Pennsylvania researcher and co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP); past-president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the coordinator since 2007 of the IGHR “Genealogy as a Profession” course in Athens, Georgia, and author of two chapters in the 2018 Professional Genealogy book. She was an instructor and creator for part of Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate course, and past SLIG course coordinator. She has been involved in ProGen Study since the beginning, being the mentor for groups 1, 25, and 50. She was honored with the Association of Professional Genealogists 2017 Professional Achievement Award.

 
Please register for the webinar at:

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



Tuesday, March 9
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Destin Room at the Seabreeze Recreation Center
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators


Wednesday, March 10
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Rec. Center
Tom Voyles, coordinator


Wednesday, March 10
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Neptune Room at the Seabreeze Rec. Center
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.


Thursday, March 11
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 am
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
Zoom Meeting .... link will be available soon.


Friday, March 12
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
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.


Saturday, March 13
African American SIG Monthly Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Jasmine Room at the Hibiscus Recreation Center
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator


Monday, March 15
Best Practices SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Annette Burke-Lyttle and Pat Adams, Co-coordinators
Topic: "Analyze Your Sources"
 
The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January 2021 should be prepared to catch up on the chapters that have already been studied.
 


Wednesday, March 17
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
9:30 am
NO MEETING THIS MONTH.
 
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator


Wednesday, March 17
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
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, March 19
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Ken Bowgren and Per Andersson Co-coordinators
 


Monday, March 22
Family Tree Maker / Technology SIG Meeting
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Destin Room at the Seabreeze Recreation Center
Gene Clark, coordinator
 


Tuesday, March 23
Midwest SIG Meeting
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
Topic: “Quakers in the Midwest” – Annette Burke Lyttle
Zoom Meeting .... link will be available soon.


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, March 24
VGS General Monthly Meeting
10:00 am to 12:45 pm
Savannah Rec. Center
Session 1 - 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. Guest Speaker: Karen Stanbary, CG
Topic: “It’s All About Respect—Clinical Tips for the Management of Unexpected DNA Results” 
Description: Coming Soon

Presenters Bio: Karen Stanbary, CG is an author and national lecturer focusing on topics related to using genetic evidence correlated with documentary evidence to solve genealogical brick walls. A Chicago local, she holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. Her genealogical practice specializes in Midwestern U.S., Chicago, and Mexican research as well as complex problem-solving, unknown parentage, and DNA analysis. She is a coordinator and faculty member at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. She received the NGSQ Award for Excellence for her complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Most recently, she published “Drowning in DNA? The Genealogical Proof Standard Tosses a Lifeline” in Debbie Parker Wayne’s book Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies. She holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists where she serves as a Trustee and is chair of the standing DNA Committee.
Please register for this webinar at: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Bonus Session - 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Guest Speaker:  Karen Stanbary, CG
Topic: "A Giant Logic Puzzle: An Overview of Visual Phasing"
Description: This advanced technique uses three siblings’ autosomal DNA results to reconstruct the genomes of their four grandparents.

Please register for the Bonus Session at: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



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


Friday, April 2
British SIG Monthly Meeting
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Rec. Center
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators


Monday, April 5
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email containing the meeting link.
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs