The Villages Genealogical Society

Past Annual Seminar Speakers

Some of the national speakers who have headlined our Seminars.
L-R: Craig Scott, Debra Fleming, John Colletta, Michael John Neil, Dick Eastman, D. Joshus Taylor,
Judy G. Russell, & J. Mark Lowe

Past Annual Seminars
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20th Annual Seminar Highlights
John DeAngelo Photo's
Our 20th Annual Seminar, held on February 19th, was a grand success with 250 attendees for our guest speaker Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD. He presented 4 outstanding presentations on DNA. He mentioned how the world of genealogy is growing and changing as never before with the advances in technology and the use of DNA. In addition to telling us what's new in the world of DNA, he demonstrated the use of DNA Painter to map our chromosomes. He also talked about ways to do everything possible to identify our DNA matches and ways to use autosomal DNA to uncover some of our 18th and 19th century mysteries.
A special thank you goes out to our volunteers. Without them, it would not be possible to run the events our organization sponsors during each year. Next up is the Family History Expo in March.

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2019 Annual All-Day Seminar
David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer from FamilySearch, was a superb guest speaker at our 19th annual all-day seminar where 270 members listened intently during his four presentations that included how to use all the features of FamilySearch, some Tips & Tricks for their historical collections, and various strategies for successful research. Initial feedback from the attendees was extremely positive with many anxious to go home and try some of his suggestions.
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February 28, 2018 Annual Seminar
From our survey results, Dr. John Colletta was well received at our 18th annual seminar. John presented four topics:
  • Libraries, Archives and Public Record Offices: Understanding Resource Repositories
  • The County Courthouse: Your ‘Trunk in the Attic’
  • State Archives: What They Are and How to Use Them
  • Sixteen Repositories, One Life: Uncommon Original Sources Portray a 19th-Century Immigrant
A big "Thank You" to all the volunteers who helped make the day a success.
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Annual Seminar 2017
Cyndi Ingle, owner & webmaster of Cyndi's List Sites on the Internet was our guest speaker. She presented 4 sessions to 276 members attending today's annual seminar. She was witty and informative. Her topics included:
  • A Guided Tour of Cyndi's List 2.0
  • Advanced Googling for Your Grandma
  • The Hidden Wed, Digging Deeper
  • Be Your Own Digital; Archivist: Preserve Your Research
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J. Mark Lowe
On February 24, we held our 16th annual all-day seminar. Our Guest Speaker was J. Mark Lowe CG. Mr. Lowe is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and teacher. His 4 session presentation was just outstanding. All sessions were informative, interesting and a joy to listen too. Photographs from the event can be seen in our photo gallery.
Panorama view
Seminar panorama view at the La Hacienda Recreation Center

Scenes from the 2016 Seminar

February 2015
239 registered attendees were present at our 15th Annual All-Day Seminar with our guest speaker "The Legal Genealogist" Judy G. Russell. Judy is a genealogist with a law degree and a great sense of humor that she expressed in her lectures that were well received by those in attendance. See pictures in our "Photo Gallery".
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February 2014
Our 14th Annual All-Day Seminar was held on Wednesday, February 26. Over 250 members heard our guest speaker, D. Joshua Taylor, present four different topics: Vital Records, US Gen Web, Time-saving tips for the modern genealogist, and Online resources for religious organizations. Also in our audience was Dick Eastman from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.
Dick Eastman
February 2013
 Our 13 th Annual All-Day Seminar was held on Wednesday, February 27 to a sold out audience at the La Hacienda Center, The Villages, Florida. Our guest speaker was Dick Eastman who in 1996 began his weekly online genealogy newsletter that has grown into a daily newsletter. Dick presented four different sessions and from the survey comments, he  was very well received by our membership.
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