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Monday, March 1
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email containing the meeting link.
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs


Monday, March 1
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Zoom Meeting
Information on the meeting and the Zoom link information will be sent via email to members prior to meeting date.
George Zitterell, Coordinator


Tuesday, March 2
Adoption & Missing Kin Special Interest Group Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
Topic:  An Adoptee's Story
Speaker:  J. Michael Springmann
Speaker Bio:  J. Michael Springmann is an adoptee, attorney, author, political commentator, and form diplomat with the U.S. Dept. of State. As a diplomat, he spent five years in Germany, two years in India, and nearly two years in Saudi Arabia. Currently, he lives and works in Washington, D.C. He holds two degrees in international affairs in addition to his law degree
 
Anne Berg and Marcella Zorn, Coordinators
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date..
Others please contact the coordinator, through the SIG web page, for the link to this meeting


Wednesday, March 3
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (French-Canadian SIG)
9:00 am to 10:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Jean Colman, Coordinator
Topics:
  • Explanation of the term "Dit"
  • How our SIG came to be and evolved over the years
  • Q&A opportunity
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to members prior to the meeting date. 


Thursday, March 4
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
ZOOM MEETING
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.
 


Friday, March 5
British SIG Monthly Meeting  (British SIG)
9:30 am to 11:20 am
ZOOM MEETING
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.
 


Monday, March 8
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
No meeting information
Mary Frances Gerace, coordinator


“How Did My Pennsylvania Ancestors Get There? Migration Trails West”
Monday, March 8
“How Did My Pennsylvania Ancestors Get There? Migration Trails West”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
LIVE ONLINE WEBINAR

Our guest speaker will be: Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Description:  This presentation helps attendees give much thought to the five W’s and H of migration:

  • WHO and WHAT: How can you find your ancestors’ migration path?
  • WHEN and WHERE: migration routes leading out of Pennsylvania to points west using waterways and overland pathways and when they were used
  • WHY: Push and Pull Reasons for migrating: ethnic, religious, political, land, jobs, families, etc. Military service often led to settlement in areas where the soldier served, or where he settled due to bounty land grants.
  • HOW: trails, roads, railroads, rivers and canals
Several case studies illustrate how awareness of migration paths can solve genealogical problems even from several states away.   

Presenters Bio: Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, is western Pennsylvania researcher and co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP); past-president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the coordinator since 2007 of the IGHR “Genealogy as a Profession” course in Athens, Georgia, and author of two chapters in the 2018 Professional Genealogy book. She was an instructor and creator for part of Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate course, and past SLIG course coordinator. She has been involved in ProGen Study since the beginning, being the mentor for groups 1, 25, and 50. She was honored with the Association of Professional Genealogists 2017 Professional Achievement Award.

 
Please register for the webinar at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



Tuesday, March 9
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
ZOOM MEETING
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators
 
Speaker:  Our March guest speaker will be Tina Beaird from Tamarack Genealogy in Oswego, IL. Tina is a highly recommended genealogy and local history librarian at a mid-sized Chicagoland public library.
 
Topic:  Pins & Needles: Adding Social Media to Your Genealogy Repertoire
Many of us have used Facebook to find distant cousins and former high school friends. When it come to genealogy, lots of social media sites are popping up to help make searching for ancestors fun. Join Tina for a fun session on how to use sites like Pinterest, Flickr, History Pin, and more, to find, identify and share ancestors.
 
You will receive a ZOOM link via the Preserving Family History blast email group.
If you would like to be added to the group, please contact Sharol-jack@hotmail.com


Wednesday, March 10
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Irish SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Tom Voyles, coordinator
No meeting information available at this time.


Wednesday, March 10
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New to Genealogy SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
ZOOM MEETING
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.


Thursday, March 11
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.


Friday, March 12
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  TBA
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Saturday, March 13
Irish Internet Sites for Genealogical Research & Services  (Live Webinar)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
VIRTUAL WEBINAR using GoToWebinar
Hosted by the Kentucky Genealogical Society as a public service; this is a Free webinar.
 
Presenter: David Rencher
David Rencher, head of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and chief genealogical officer for FamilySearch, is one of the world's leading Irish genealogical researchers.
 
In This Session:  Because many archives and libraries are closed during the pandemic, this session will offer ways to accomplish much during online research of Irish ancestors and make solid plans for future research. Learn how to go beyond the three major websites for Irish research (FamilySearch, FindMyPast, and Ancestry.com) to find excellent information and indexes.
 
Registration is required – click here to access the registration portal.


Saturday, March 13
African American SIG Monthly Meeting  (African American SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator


Wednesday, March 17
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting  (Mid-Atlantic States SIG)
9:30 am
NO MEETING THIS MONTH.
 
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator


Thursday, March 18
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New England SIG)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
ZOOM MEETING
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
 
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Effective Use of GENUKI: England's Largest Free Genealogy Website
Thursday, March 18
Effective Use of GENUKI: England's Largest Free Genealogy Website  (FSGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
LIVE WEBINAR
Webinar Abstract: Learn how to effectively use the largest free website for British Isles research. Understand how the site is organized and to find and use the many resources and tools on the site. Plus see how to find its gems for specific local research. 
 
Presenter: Paul Milner, FUGA, M.Div, a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and international lecturer. He has taught weeklong English and Scottish research tracks at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and the British Institute.
 
Registration required. Visit FSGS for Registration Link.


Friday, March 19
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Scandinavian SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Ken Bowgren and Per Andersson Co-coordinators
 


Monday, March 22
Family Tree Maker / Technology SIG Meeting  (FTM/Tech SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Gene Clark, Coordinator
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.


Monday, March 22
Best Practices SIG Meeting  (Best Practices SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
(Original date of this meeting was 3/15/2021.)
 
Annette Burke-Lyttle and Pat Adams, Co-coordinators
Topic: "Analyze Your Sources"
 
The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January 2021 should be prepared to catch up on the chapters that have already been studied.
 


Tuesday, March 23
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
ZOOM MEETING
Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
Topic: “Using National Archives Records” – Karen Pickelsimer
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, March 24
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:45 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING
 
Session 1 - 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Guest Speaker: Karen Stanbary, CG
Topic: “It’s All About Respect—Clinical Tips for the Management of Unexpected DNA Results” 
Description: Coming Soon

Presenters Bio: Karen Stanbary, CG is an author and national lecturer focusing on topics related to using genetic evidence correlated with documentary evidence to solve genealogical brick walls. A Chicago local, she holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. Her genealogical practice specializes in Midwestern U.S., Chicago, and Mexican research as well as complex problem-solving, unknown parentage, and DNA analysis. She is a coordinator and faculty member at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. She received the NGSQ Award for Excellence for her complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Most recently, she published “Drowning in DNA? The Genealogical Proof Standard Tosses a Lifeline” in Debbie Parker Wayne’s book Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies. She holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists where she serves as a Trustee and is chair of the standing DNA Committee.
 
Please register for this webinar at: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Bonus Session - 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Guest Speaker:  Karen Stanbary, CG
Topic: "A Giant Logic Puzzle: An Overview of Visual Phasing"
Description: This advanced technique uses three siblings’ autosomal DNA results to reconstruct the genomes of their four grandparents.

Please register for the Bonus Session at: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



Thursday, April 1
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
ZOOM MEETING
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.
 
 


Friday, April 2
British SIG Monthly Meeting  (British SIG)
9:30 am to 11:20 am
ZOOM MEETING
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.
 


Monday, April 5
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email containing the meeting link.
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs


Monday, April 5
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Zoom Meeting
Information on the meeting and the Zoom link information will be sent via email to members prior to meeting date.
George Zitterell, Coordinator


Tuesday, April 6
Adoption & Missing Kin Special Interest Group Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
Anne Berg and Marcella Zorn, Coordinators
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.
Others please contact the coordinator, through the SIG web page, for the link to this meeting


Wednesday, April 7
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (French-Canadian SIG)
9:00 am to 10:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Jean Colman, Coordinator
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to members prior to the meeting date. 


Thursday, April 8
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.


Friday, April 9
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  TBA
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Saturday, April 10
African American SIG Monthly Meeting  (African American SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator


Monday, April 12
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
No meeting information
Mary Frances Gerace, coordinator


“The Time Machine: Offbeat Resources for Family Historians”
Monday, April 12
“The Time Machine: Offbeat Resources for Family Historians”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
LIVE ZOOM WEBINAR

Our guest speakers will be: Dear MYRTLE & Cousin Russ

Description: Exhausted the usual genealogical record sets? Got a seemingly unsurmountable brick wall? Let's step back in time and place to discover documents that mention your ancestors. We'll go bravely where most other family historians have not gone before. This interactive session will loosen the constraints of 21st century thinking, to see what's possible to uncover in previous centuries. Upon our return, attendees will be equipped with insider knowledge of how to find off-beat, unusual record sets.

Presenters Bio: DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, who serves as president of the APG Chapter in Second Life (virtual), is the author of the award-winning DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog where the focus is beginning genealogy topics. DearMYRTLE hosts several weekly YouTube webinars including Mondays with Myrt and Wacky Wednesday. She and Cousin Russ have moderated intensive study groups including Beginning Genealogy, ESM’s QuickLessonsGen-Doc Mastering Genealogical Documentation, Mastering Genealogical Proof, The Written Conclusion, and Genealogy and the Law. DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel has over 1,000 archived webinars.

Russ Worthington, known popularly as Cousin Russ, is a Family Tree Maker expert, writing and posting videos at the Family Tree Maker User Blog. He shares research insights at A Worthington Web Blog. Russ is a serious “original documents” family history researcher, a student of genealogical methodology, a Find-A-Grave volunteer, a public speaker and a technology expert. He served in the US Coast Guard in Viet Nam. He used to listen to DearMYRTLE’s old podcasts while he commuted to work, but they didn’t meet until years later. Myrt was demonstrating genealogy software in a webinar when Cousin Russ piped up that he had the same early Welsh Quakers in Philadelphia and Chester County, Pennsylvania. Russ is the technical advisor and co-produces DearMYRTLE’s genealogy webinars.

Most recently, Myrt and Cousin Russ managed the switch from in-person to virtual 2020 GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pennsylvania) training and assisting Zoom Meeting hosts for all 15 courses. 

DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ have presented five computer labs at RootsTech 2011- 2013, and 2017. Myrt is a speaker at regional and national conferences including several livestreamed from RootsTech. She has served as an official RootsTech blogger and ambassador (2011-2018). Myrt serves the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy’s virtual courses as SLIG Virtual Tech since the first Virtual Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum to present. Most recently, Myrt and Cousin Russ managed the switch from in-person to virtual 2020 GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pennsylvania) training and assisting Zoom Meeting hosts for all 15 courses. 

DearMYRTLE is a co-founder of the Genea-Quilters group on Facebook, and founder of GeneaWebinars, a centralized calendar and blog for all known genealogy webinar hosts and virtual presenters. She serves as co-admin for the 32,000 member The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group together with her hangout co-host, her real-life Cousin Russ Worthington. 
Find out more at https://blog.DearMYRTLE.com 
(Yup! She’s a dot com!)  

 



Tuesday, April 13
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
ZOOM MEETING
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators
 
Watch for Zoom login information on the Preserving Family History blast email.


Wednesday, April 14
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Irish SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Tom Voyles, coordinator
No meeting information available at this time.


Wednesday, April 14
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New to Genealogy SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
ZOOM MEETING
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.


Thursday, April 15
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New England SIG)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
ZOOM MEETING
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
 
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Using PERSI Like a Pro
Thursday, April 15
Using PERSI Like a Pro  (FSGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
LIVE WEBINAR
Webinar Abstract: This lecture will give the audience a look into Allen County Public Library’s PERSI, its history and partnership with Find My Past, tips and techniques for getting the most out of this valuable genealogical resource, and how societies can get involved. We will learn about this valuable and overlooked resource through several mini-case studies.
 
Presenter: Cari A. Taplin, CG, is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. She currently serves as the Secretary for the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG) and is the President of the Lone Star Chapter of APG.
 
Registration required. Visit FSGS for Registration Link.


Friday, April 16
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Scandinavian SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Ken Bowgren & Per Andersson, Co-coordinators
 


Monday, April 19
Best Practices SIG Meeting  (Best Practices SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Annette Burke-Lyttle and Pat Adams, Co-coordinators
Topic: "Locality Research"
 
The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January 2021 should be prepared to catch up on the chapters that have already been studied.
 


Wednesday, April 21
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting  (Mid-Atlantic States SIG)
9:30 am
Defender Room at the Lake Miona Rec. Center
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, April 21
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:45 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING
 
Session 1 - 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Guest Speaker: Luana Darby, CG
Topic: “The Librarian Knows Where It’s At—Using State Archives and Local Libraries Resources Online” 
 
Description: With many state archives and local libraries posting one-of-a-kind information that many times has never been seen outside of that institution, the wealth of information available to genealogists is incredible. From actual records to photographs these digital collections will enrich your genealogical experience and may offer that breakthrough you are looking for!
 
Presenters Bio: Genealogy and the recording of family history has always been a passion for Luana. She began organizing photos, documents, and information on her grandmother’s family in 1977 and has researched for others since 1985, working as a professional genealogist since 1995. She specializes in Palatine German, US and Canadian, and western European research She frequently travels to Europe for genealogical research on site in archives located in Germany, Poland and France.
 
Luana has a bachelor’s degree in Family History from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. In addition to her education at BYU and SJSU, Luana is an Accredited Genealogist® and has completed several in-depth tracks of study at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) which cover Advanced Genealogical Methods, Research in German Speaking Areas, Problem Solving in the Midwest, American Records and Research, Computers and Technology in Genealogy, Advanced Methodologies – Land Records, Forensic Genealogy and Genetic Genealogy. She is a frequent lecturer at local and national conferences and institutes, including the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the British Institute, RootsTech and through Legacy Family Tree Webinars. In January 2015, she joined the faculty of BYU-Idaho as an online family history instructor teaching genealogical analysis and genealogy as a business course.

Please register for this webinar at: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
Bonus Session - 11:30 to 12:45 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Luana Darby, CG
Topic: “Finding Hidden Gems: Strategic Searches on the Internet”
Description: Have you ever wondered about how librarians can sometimes find things faster and more efficiently when searching on the Internet? Learn ‘how” to search Google, FamilySearch, and Ancestry like a pro to get what you need, as well as other key genealogy websites. Archives, manuscripts, libraries, and their associated finding aids will be discussed and may provide answers you cannot find elsewhere.
 
Please register for the Bonus Session at: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Monday, April 26
Family Tree Maker / Technology SIG Meeting  (FTM/Tech SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Gene Clark, coordinator
No meeting information...
 


Tuesday, April 27
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Clearwater Room at the Seabreeze Rec. Center
Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
Topic: “Specific Religions: Mennenonites” – Karen Campbell
Topic: “Specific Religions: Christians” – Anita Rateike



Monday, May 3
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email containing the meeting link.
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs


Monday, May 3
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
New Smyrna Beach Room at the Seabreeze Rec. Center
George Zitterell, Coordinator


Tuesday, May 4
Adoption & Missing Kin Special Interest Group Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:30 am
Online ZOOM Meeting
Anne Berg and Marcella Zorn, Coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an e-mail.
Others please contact the coordinator, through the SIG web page, for the link to this meeting


Thursday, May 6
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Daytona Beach Room at the Seabreeze Rec. Center
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
 


Friday, May 7
British SIG Monthly Meeting  (British SIG)
9:30 am to 11:20 am
ZOOM MEETING
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.