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New SIG Coordinator Needed!
Help WantedDo you have ancestors in states along the East coast – Maine to New York, Pennsylvania to Virginia, and anywhere in between? Do you like hearing how other VGS members are doing research in these areas or what their results have been?
As the SIG Coordinator of the Northeastern SIG you'll have a chance to get to know others doing reseach in the same areas and to encourage members to actively participate in your SIG. No experience or expertise is needed. There are 18, or more, past and present SIG coordinators to help you get started and to share their experiences within their own SIG. If you are interested, please contact Margaret Sgritta, our SIG Manager, via email – click HERE – or by phone at (352) 575-1019.

                      Last day to register is February 19!


Learning Opportunity for Absolute Beginner Genealogists
VGS is sponsoring an "Absolute Beginner Genealogy" class for any Village resident interested in learning how to research their family history.
• Attendees will learn how and where to begin their research and how to organize the results.
• Class will be taught by Terry & Jim Willard who are well-known in The Villages genealogy community. They have taught classes for the Villages Lifelong Learning College and The Villages Enrichment Academy.
• This class will be offered on 3 different dates; each session is FREE and open to any resident of The Villages; enrollment is limited to 30 attendees per session; pre-registration is required -- each person must register separately so that we have your name and contact information.
• Session dates, time, location:
-- Monday, Jan. 22 from 10:30am-12:20pm
-- Monday, Feb. 12 from 10:30am-12:20pm – CLASS IS FULL
-- Thursday, Mar. 14 from 10:30am-12:20pm
-- All sessions will be held in the General Arnold Room at the Eisenhower Recreation Center
REGISTER ONLINE:  seats are limited so don't delay!
Click HERE to register today!


Upcoming Monthly Program
March General Monthly Meeting
In-Person at the Savannah Center or via Zoom
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 / 10:00 a.m.
Featuring: Pat Adams
Pat Adams
Topic: Genealogical Research at the Leesburg Public Library
How to access and use the local genealogy resources at the Leesburg Public Library, in person or online.
Speaker Bio: 
Pat Adams has been a resident of The Villages since 2004 and a member of The VGS since 2007. She served 6 years as president of The VGS and 5 years as vice president and program chair. She is also co-coordinator of the British Special Interest Group. Pat has attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Georgia, and various national and state Conferences.
For more details, and to register to attend, 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
February 26, 2024
FTM SIG Meeting
  This monthly meeting has been cancelled. Instead,  ATTEND THE SPECIAL FTM on Feb. 15, 2024 -- see details in the calendar listing for Feb. 15. ...

February 26, 2024
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Technology SIG Meeting
  Coordinators:  Pamela Selinski & Vicci Turner  

February 27, 2024
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
  Topic:  Sharing Online Resources for Midwest Research Coordinators:  Lynn Hall & Karen Pickelsimer  

February 28, 2024
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
  Topic:  TBD Coordinators:  Nancy Oster Heydt & June Presley   

February 28, 2024
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Our 24th Annual Family History Seminar
  Finding Your Women Ancestors Featuring:  Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL Judy G. Russell is an internationally-known lecturer and award-winning writer. She holds credentials as ...
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