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Upcoming Monday Evening Webinar
 
Live Webinar / August 9 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
What's in a Name?
Featuring Guest Speaker:  Sara Cochran
 
Sara Cochran
Description: How much does spelling matter when we're dealing with historical records? Why are there so many variations, anyway? Have you ever wondered if that record for Abraham Miller is really for your Abram Mueller, or why you can't find an ancestor in the Springfield marriage records? This presentation takes a deeper look at how relying too much on spelling has the potential to trip up our research.
 
Presenter Info: Sara Cochran is a full-time professional genealogist with over twenty-five years of research experience. Her research has taken her into nearly every State in the USA and Ireland, Italy, Austria, and Britian. She holds a Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate, a Bachelor's Degree in Library Science, and is an alumnus of the ProGen Study Group. She especially enjoys breaking down brick walls for her clients, discovering the stories of black sheep ancestors, and helping individuals preserve their photographic legacy. She is currently the Registrar for the Aurantia Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteers at the National Archives, Riverside office. 
 
 
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.
 


Upcoming Monthly Program
 
August General Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, August 18 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Featuring Guest Speaker:  Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL
 
Judy RussellSession 1 Topic 
Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Law for Genealogists
With many aspects in common through international agreements yet key aspects of differences by national laws, copyright law crosses national borders and impacts all genealogical researchers. Understanding the basics – what we have in common, where the laws differ and where we all go wrong – can keep us all on the straight and narrow path of copyright and help us avoid copywrongs.
 
 
Session 2 Topic
An Act for the Relief of Gregory Thomas and Others – The Private Laws of Federal & State Governments
Few researchers realize that many early federal and state laws were private laws – specifically for the benefit of individuals and families. The records can be fabulous for genealogists. Learn how to find these genealogical gems in federal and state collections.
 
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.


 
Admission to meetings of The Villages Genealogy Society is limited to
VGS members and paid guests.
You must be a resident of The Villages, FL for membership.
 
 

Upcoming Events
August 2, 2021
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email containing the meeting link. Herb Siegel, Coordinator Phil Goldsmith, Programs

August 2, 2021
1:00 pm
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace   A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be ...

August 3, 2021
9:30 am
Adoption & Missing Kin Special Interest Group 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 ...

August 9, 2021
1:00 pm
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace   A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be ...

August 9, 2021
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
What's in a Name?
  Guest Speaker:  Sara Cochran   Description: How much does spelling matter when we're dealing with historical records? Why are there so many variations, anyway? ...
Facts and Tips
The USCIS Genealogy Program is a fee-for-service program that provides researchers with timely access to historical immigration and naturalization records of deceased immigrants. https://www.uscis.gov/genealogy
[Naturalization]

Only the 1900 census asks for the person's month and year of birth.
[Census]

Use the Research Extract Sheets to summarize information which cannot be photocopied, for which there is no document in your possession, or for things such as deeds which may be time-consuming or difficult to reread quickly when you need information from the copy you have.
[Charts & Forms]