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Wednesday, August 23
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting  (Brick Wall SIG)
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Atlanta Room at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Nancy Heydt, coordinator
 


VGS General Monthly Meeting (Summer Series)
Wednesday, August 23
VGS General Monthly Meeting (Summer Series)  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Our first live webinar...
At our August 23rd meeting the Villages Genealogical Society will present a live webinar by Mary Kircher Roddy entitled “Family Browse.” All VGS members, regardless of their physical location in August, can attend this session via computer, phone, or tablet if they can’t attend in person. So mark your calendars for 10 a.m. (Eastern) on August 23rd.
  • All members should have received an email with complete details about this event.
  • Attending the meeting in person, you do not need to register.
  • If you would like to attend the meeting where ever you are located, provided you have a computer or tablet with an internet connection, Register HERE.
Presentation description: FamilySearch.org has millions of images on its website, many of which are unindexed and not searchable.  But if you know how to get into the catalog and browse around, you can find images of birth and death certificates, naturalization papers, deeds, wills, estate inventories, and more.  And FamilySearch is adding more and more such images every month.  To take advantage of this ever-increasing bounty, it’s important to know how to find these types of records. 
Speaker biography: Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington.  She speaks frequently about genealogical topics in the Western Washington area and at regional and national conferences.  Mary is a regular contributor to YourGenealogyToday and Internet Genealogy magazines and a webinar presenter with Legacy Family Tree Webinars.  Her background in accounting has influenced the way she uses spreadsheets and forensic research in her genealogy.  She is working on a novel which incorporates stories of ancestors she has discovered in her research.


FGS 2017 Conference
Wednesday, August 30 through Saturday, September 2
FGS 2017 Conference  (Other Events)
Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Building Bridges to the Past"



Monday, September 4
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
MacArthur Room of the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Topic: TBA


Tuesday, September 5
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Atlanta Room of the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
Note: Our meeting date has been changed to the first Tuesday of each month. There are no meetings June through August.


Thursday, September 7
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Daytona Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Barbara Lucier, coordinator
 


Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, September 8
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Jim Lannin, coordinator
Presentation: VGS member and Genetic Genealogy SIG regular, James Brown, will present: "Finding Smith - A Genetic Melodrama - How DNA Was Used to Trace the Identity of Unknown Ancestors With a Very Common Surname." An alumnus of the SIG’s DNA Show & Tell presentations, Jim will share his experiences in overcoming the challenges of genealogical research when blessed (or cursed) with a common surname. The meeting will be held in the Rhett Butler Room of the Savannah Center. Jim will have a lot to share, so please mark this event on your calendar and make it a point to attend.


Monday, September 11
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Patriot and Spirit Rooms at the Mulberry Grove Regional Recreation Center
Matt Nichols & Jeff Hirsch,  Co-Coordinators


Tuesday, September 12
Genealogy Writers SIG Meeting  (Genealogy Writers SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Anne Berg & Penny Thomas, coordinators


Wednesday, September 13
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New to Genealogy SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.
This month's presentation: "Getting Started & 100 years Freedom to Slavery"


Thursday, September 14
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am to 11:50 am
Reliance Room at the Lake Miona Regional Recreational Center
Bernie Guenther & Margaret Fahler Sgritta, coordinators
"Doing a Blind Search on Ancestry.com" -- presented by Al Becker


Friday, September 15
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Scandinavian SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Regional Recreational Center
Larry Peterson, coordinator
 


Wednesday, September 20
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting  (Mid-Atlantic States SIG)
9:30 am to 11:00 am
Defender Room of the Lake Minona Recreation Center
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator.


Thursday, September 21
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New England SIG)
12:00 pm to 1:50 pm
New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Regional Recreational Center
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
 


Monday, September 25
Technology SIG Meeting  (Technology SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Gene Clark, coordinator
Topic: TBA


Wednesday, September 27
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting  (Brick Wall SIG)
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Atlanta Room at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Nancy Heydt, coordinator
 


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 27
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Presentation: “Googling Your Family: Using the Whole Google Website” by Ann Staley
Description: Google's mission is “to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful” and they do that task very well. Learn how to use the search engine for books, images, newspapers, maps, etc. to enhance your research and the family story you want to tell.
 
Presenter Bio: C. Ann Staley, CGSM, CGLSM, is an instructor, consultant, trip leader and a lecturer. She is the Education Chair for the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc.; the Vice President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild; on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies; and a Director of the Florida State Genealogical Society. Her specialties are Methodology, Research Sources, Computer Resources, Conference Planning, and Assisted Research Trips to the Family History Library. She is the compiler of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc. Quarterly Full Name Index, Volumes 1 through 4, 1973 through 1976, the author of several articles for the NGS Magazine, and the co-author of the NGS Research in the States Series-Florida.



Monday, October 2
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
MacArthur Room of the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Topic: TBA


Wednesday, October 4
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (French-Canadian SIG)
9:00 am to 10:50 am
Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Ron Despard, Coordinator
 


Thursday, October 5
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Daytona Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Barbara Lucier, coordinator
 


Friday, October 6
British Genealogy SIG Meeting  (British SIG)
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center
Pat Adams and Phyllis Sample, coordinators
 


Monday, October 9
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Patriot and Spirit Rooms at the Mulberry Grove Regional Recreation Center
Matt Nichols & Jeff Hirsch,  Co-Coordinators


Tuesday, October 10
Genealogy Writers SIG Meeting  (Genealogy Writers SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Anne Berg & Penny Thomas, coordinators


Wednesday, October 11
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Irish SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Recreation Center
Tom Voyles, coordinator
 


Wednesday, October 11
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New to Genealogy SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.
This month's presentation: "Genealogy Software & Internet Research" 


Thursday, October 12
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am to 11:50 am
Reliance Room at the Lake Miona Regional Recreational Center
Bernie Guenther & Margaret Fahler Sgritta, coordinators
"Report on IGGP Conference Results" -- B. Guenther
"Results of my Germany Research Trip" -- B. Guenther


Friday, October 13
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Jim Lannin, coordinator
Presentation: "DNA Show & Tell"


Saturday, October 14
Family History Fair  (Other Events)
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Leesburg Public Library, 100 East Main St., Leesburg, FL
Free event for all ages featuring:
Family tree crafts for kids, Photo booth, "Record A Story" interview booth, Photo & document scanning, Hands-on class in "Using Evernote for Genealogy", Personal Digital Archiving program, Local authors, Local history and lineage groups.


Tuesday, October 17
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Atlanta Room of the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
Note: Meeting date change for the October meeting...


Wednesday, October 18
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting  (Mid-Atlantic States SIG)
9:30 am to 11:00 am
Defender Room of the Lake Minona Recreation Center
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator.


Thursday, October 19
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New England SIG)
12:00 pm to 1:50 pm
New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Regional Recreational Center
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
 


Friday, October 20
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Scandinavian SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Regional Recreational Center
Larry Peterson, coordinator
 


Monday, October 23
Technology SIG Meeting  (Technology SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Gene Clark, coordinator
Topic: TBA


Wednesday, October 25
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting  (Brick Wall SIG)
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Atlanta Room at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Nancy Heydt, coordinator
 


Wednesday, October 25
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Presentation: TBA



Wednesday, November 1
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (French-Canadian SIG)
9:00 am to 10:50 am
Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Ron Despard, Coordinator
 


Wednesday, November 1
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting  (Mid-Atlantic States SIG)
9:30 am to 11:00 am
Defender Room of the Lake Minona Recreation Center
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator.
Note date change for this meeting.


Thursday, November 2
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Daytona Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Barbara Lucier, coordinator
 


Friday, November 3
British Genealogy SIG Meeting  (British SIG)
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center
Pat Adams and Phyllis Sample, coordinators
 


Monday, November 6
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
MacArthur Room of the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Topic: TBA


Tuesday, November 7
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Atlanta Room of the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
Note: Our meeting date has been changed to the first Tuesday of each month. There are no meetings June through August.


Wednesday, November 8
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Irish SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Recreation Center
Tom Voyles, coordinator
 


Wednesday, November 8
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New to Genealogy SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.
This month's presentation: "Census Records & Immigration" 


Thursday, November 9
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am to 11:50 am
Reliance Room at the Lake Miona Regional Recreational Center
Bernie Guenther & Margaret Fahler Sgritta, coordinators
"Research Success Stories" -- presenters: Paul Clark and Anne Berg


Friday, November 10
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Jim Lannin, coordinator
Presentation: "DNA Show & Tell


Monday, November 13
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Patriot and Spirit Rooms at the Mulberry Grove Regional Recreation Center
Matt Nichols & Jeff Hirsch,  Co-Coordinators


Tuesday, November 14
Genealogy Writers SIG Meeting  (Genealogy Writers SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Anne Berg & Penny Thomas, coordinators


Wednesday, November 15
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting  (Brick Wall SIG)
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Atlanta Room at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Nancy Heydt, coordinator
 


Wednesday, November 15
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Presentation: TBA


Thursday, November 16
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New England SIG)
12:00 pm to 1:50 pm
New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Regional Recreational Center
Christine Courtwright, coordinator