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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July 26, 2017 General Meeting
We had another great turnout for our July summer meeting with about 115 members present. Welcome to two new members.   This month we had two speakers. First was Dusty Matthews from the Leesburg Library. She spoke about the FamilySearch microfilms that they have at the library. She spoke about retention and ordering films before ordering is discontinued at the end of August.  Next we had our very own Vice-President Annette Burke Lyttle and she presented "Chasing Uncle William through the Wilds of Cyberspace." It was a very informative and at times humorous account on her research on her Uncle William Crout. Handouts for both speakers are available in "Members Only> Secure Download's> Meeting Handouts"
 
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June 28, 2017 General Meeting
We had a great turnout for our June meeting with about 115 members present plus we received 8  new member applications.   Welcome!   This month we had a panel of 4 experienced members who answered 12 questions that had been submitted by our membership. From the comments after the meeting, we will do this type of meeting again sometime in the future. Thank you to our panelists for taking the time to prepare answers to the member questions. Thank you also to our members who supplied the questions. Without your questions, this meeting would not have been a success.  A copy of  the PowerPoint slide presentation is in the "Members Only" section of our website.
 
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May 24, 2017 General Meeting
Donna Bachowski was our guest speaker at the May general meeting. The snow-birds have returned north, subsequently we only had a little over 100 members present. Donna presented "EPOCH:" (Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage). EPOCH is a project created by the Orange County Library System for our community to save local history and memories. By engaging the community to memorialize the lives of those they have lost, the fullness of the life of the deceased can be preserved for family, researchers, and genealogists. Any one in the world can use this FREE service.  Learn more about EPOCH Here...
 
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April 24, 2017 General Meeting
Dennis Michael Desmond was our guest speaker at our April meeting. You could tell that the snow-birds are heading north since only about 150 members were in attendance. Dennis presented "So, You Think You Want to Write a Book." Dennis went over the key aspects of a successful book. "Research, Writing & Publishing." Another key point is to have others read your book prior to publishing since you, the author, are to close to the story. You want to be sure others understand the subject matter being told. 
 
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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.