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Upcoming Monthly Program
January General Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 
Featuring Guest Speaker:  Lisa Ann Alzo, M.F.A.
Session 1 Topic
Writing Your Family History Step-by-Step
You can't edit a blank page! The most difficult part of any writing project is getting started! This session will teach you how to organize your material and divide your writing tasks into small manageable pieces, how to incorporate social history and other elements into your story, and how to overcome writer's block.
Session 2 Topic
Overcoming Brickwalls in Eastern European Research
Research in Eastern European can be a challenging process. Sorting out surnames, trying to identify ancestral hometowns, and deciphering old country records to connect families are just a few of the obstacles often encountered along the way. Through sample case studies, this session will demonstrate lesser utilized research tactics, and discuss repositories and key resources used to locate information about your elusive Eastern European ancestors.
Presenter Info: Lisa Ann Alzo, M.F.A., grew up in Duquesne, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Ithaca, New York. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Lisa began writing creatively in the fourth grade with an assignment entitled, "All About Me", and wend on to win several English/Writing awards in high school and college. An avid genealogist for 26 years, Lisa currently teaches online genealogy courses for Family Tree University and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies..
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

Upcoming Monday Evening Webinar
Live Webinar / Feb. 14, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
A Whole New World of Catholic Records
Featuring Guest Speaker:  Margaret Rose Fortier, CG
Margaret Rose Fortier
Description: Catholic sacramental records can be genealogical gems as they identify important moments, places, times, and cultural information about your ancestors. We will discuss exciting developments for the availability of online Catholic records. Parish records for the U.S. and international Catholic communities will be covered as well as related records of Catholic institutions and newspapers. Attendess will receive a locator chart for online Catholic records worldwide. 
Presenter Info: Margaret Rose Fortier is a Board-certified genealocial researcher, writer and lecturer. Named after her grandmothers and inspiried by her mother's phenomenal memory, she has been researching for 20 years. A graduate of Boston College, she holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University.
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

Admission to in-person 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
January 21, 2022
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
  Coordinator:  Per Andersson  

January 24, 2022
10:00 am to 11:50 am
FTM SIG Meeting
  Topic:  Moving Forward with FTM Coordinators:  Karen Feeney & Bob Boerst   (Meeting link will be emailed to SIG members approximately 5 days prior ...

January 24, 2022
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Technology SIG Meeting
  Coordinator:  Pamela Selinski No meeting information available at this time.

January 25, 2022
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
  Topic: Prepare to share your Answers to Quick Questions. Look for further explanation in an upcoming Blast Email. Coordinators:  Dona Weber & Lynn Hall ...

January 26, 2022
10:00 am to 12:45 pm
VGS General Monthly Meeting & Bonus Session
  Session 1 - 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. Guest Speaker:  Lisa Ann Alzo, M.F.A. Topic: "Writing Your Family History Step-by-Step" Description:  You can't edit a blank ...
Facts and Tips
Collective naturalization is a process used when a government acquires the territory of a foreign government by treaty or cession, and the inhabitants receive the rights and privileges of citizenship.

There are many church groups that your ancestors may have belonged to and many of them have website's dedicated to genealogical research.
[Church Records]

The 1900 through 1930 censuses lists the individual's year of immigration to the United States. Don't be surprised if they are all different dates.