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August Workshop Update

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August Workshop Attendees
Our August meeting workshop was held at the Eisenhower Recreation Center due to some additional renovation work at the Savannah Center. Our meeting rooms at the Savannah Center should be ready for us when we begin or regular monthly meetings in September.
Todays webinar featured Thomas Jay Kemp and his presentation was titled: “GenealogyBank – The Power of Finding Our Ancestor’s Stories.” For those of you not familiar with GenealogyBank, it is an online newspaper archive subscription service with over 6500 online newspapers.
Following the meeting, we received an email from one of our members who previously didn't have much success using GenealogyBank. She took the chance and signed up for a one year subscription when she discovered new newspapers from her research area had been added to their collection. Within a few hours, she was able to solve the mystery of a family story that had been handed down for many years. More details will be published on our August 29th blog posting.

July Workshop

LR: President Jim Lannin, Jack Hostetler
Our July meeting workshop was held at the Savannah Recreation Center with about 70 members present. The workshop meeting was a webinar presentation "Google Tips for Genealogy". Jack Hostetler won the door prize winning a copy of Lisa Louise Cook's "The Genealogist's Google Toolbox, 2nd Edition."

June Workshop

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Our June meeting workshop was held at the Eisenhower Recreation Center due to renovations at the Savannah Center. The room was filled to capacity to watch a webinar about the "Hookers, Crooks and Kooks" among our ancestors. We all have them but finding information about our family secrets can be a challenge. Knowing where to look is the key to success.

Admission to meetings of The Villages Genealogy Society is limited to
VGS members and paid guests.”

Thursday, Sep. 10th
9:30 am
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Sep. 11th
10:00 am
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Sep. 14th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Sep. 16th
1:30 pm
Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, Sep. 16th
2:30 pm
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting

Surnames began in Europe about the 11th century. They developed as trade increased. The four basic groups of surnames are the patronymic (based on the father’s name), landscape features or place names, action or nicknames, and occupational or office names.
[Basic Genealogy]
Many legal instruments other than deeds appear in deed books. They include Bills of Sale, Prenuptial Agreements, Powers of Attorney, Contracts, Affidavits, Wills and Inventories and Voter and Jury Lists.
[Land Records]