The Villages Genealogical Society

Best Practices SIG

General Information
Annette Burke Lyttle
Pat Adams
Hello, my name is Annette Burke Lyttle and I am the coordinator of the Best Practices Special Interest Group. Pat Adams is the SIG'S co-coordinator. We meet on Zoom the third Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m. If you have a question about the SIG, or would like to attend the next meeting, send an email to me –– click HERE –– and I will respond as quickly as I can.
This SIG focuses on learning and using the best research practices in our genealogy work. Best practices can make our research more efficient and effective, and can help us keep from making mistakes about the identities and relationships of our ancestors. We don't want to accidentally attach the wrong person to our family tree and end up researching folks who are not our ancestors. This SIG uses a combination of presentations, guided study, and discussion.
In 2023, we will be using the book Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques by George Morgan and Drew Smith, as our textbook, and we have supplementary handouts as well. This SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January should be prepared to catch up on the topics that have already been studied.
You must be a member of The Villages Genealogical Society to participate in our meetings.

Zoom Meeting Schedule
  18 Jan 2023   Examine Your Brick Wall in Detail
  20 Feb 2023   Locality Research & Research Planning
  20 Mar 2023   Derivative Sources & Sources of Seconday Information
  17 Apr 2023   Neighborhood or Cluster Research
  15 May 2023   Incorporate Newspaper Research
  19 Jun 2023   Get Help from Others
  17 Jul 2023   Professional Help, Step Back and Learn
  21 Aug 2023   Understanding Source Citations
  18 Sep 2023   Working with DNA Results
  16 Oct 2023   Put the Techniques to Work
  20 Nov 2023   Report on Research Results
  18 Dec 2023   Report on Research Results & 2024 Planning
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