The Villages Genealogical Society

Events of 2017

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Some of the many local, regional and national speakers that we have provided for quality member education...
L-R: George Morgan, Ann Staley,  Alvie Davidson, Donna Moughty, Diahan Southard, Drew Smith & Kathy Stickney
We are often asked by new members, prospective new members and even by other genealogy societies about events and subject matter that we provide at our regular monthly meetings. Below is a list of activities for 2017.
 
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March 22, 2017 General Meeting
Genealogy Road Show co-host, Mary Tedesco, was out guest speaker for our March monthly meeting and the guest speaker in the afternoon for our Italian Special Interest Group meeting. 340 members heard Mary present "Underused Resources and Record Types for Genealogists" at the monthly meeeting and 50 Italian SIG members loved the information that was presented in "Italian Genealogy: Records & Resources in Italy."   For those who did not get a handout in the morning session, one is available in "Members Only" > "Meeting Handouts.
 
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Special Event: March 9, 2017 - Ancestry.com
Crista Cowan returned to The Villages and over 550 seats were filled by members during three sessions of lectures and demonstrations on using Ancestry.com. Getting the most from Ancestry.com and many tips and tricks on using your family tree on the ancestry.com website were presented. "Using DNA to Build Your Family Tree" seemed to generate the most questions from attendees.
 
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January 25, 2017 General Meeting
The morning began with a very crowded Brick Wall SIG meeting. You could tell this would be a well attended meeting and it was with 400+ members present. Our guest speaker was Drew Smith. He presented "Organizing Your Genealogy Files and Correspondence." During the meeting, Past President Pat Rand was presented an award for her leadership for the US-Mexican War Preservation Project from the National Park Service. Pat spoke about this project, see more information below.
Past President Betty MacDuff notified the membership that she was moving from The Villages. President Adams presented Betty with a Certificate of Appreciation for her six years as president, 2006-2011, and her 17 year membership with the Society.