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Monday, May 17
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Monday, May 17
Best Practices SIG Meeting  (Best Practices SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Annette Burke-Lyttle and Pat Adams, Co-coordinators
Topic: "Research Planning"
 
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.
 


Thursday, May 20
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New England SIG)
Coordinator:  Christine Courtwright
 
MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.


Friday, May 21
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Scandinavian SIG)
Coordinator:  Per Andersson
MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 
This SIG will resume meetings in Sept. 2021.
 


Monday, May 24
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Tuesday, May 25
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinators:  Dona Black & Lynn Hall
Topic: “Researching Your Midwestern Civil War Ancestors” – Anette Burke Lyttle
 
 


VGS General Monthly Meeting & Bonus Session
Wednesday, May 26
VGS General Monthly Meeting & Bonus Session  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:45 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING
 
Session 1 - 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Guest Speaker: Thomas MacEntee
Topic: “Genealogy Do-Over: A Year of Learning from Mistakes” 
 
Description: It isn’t often that we get a “do-over” when it comes to stuff that matters in life. When you first got started researching your family history, did you do some things that now are just plain “embarrassing” such as name collecting, not citing sources and more? Well now there’s hope since genealogists from beginner to advanced are employing new research methodologies and documentation practices. Follow genealogist Thomas MacEntee as he basically starts his genealogy research from scratch but includes sound research practices and methodologies as well as new templates, tools and the latest technology to create a better body of family history research.
 
Presenters Bio: What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get me, Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. Currently, Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at GenealogyBargains.com! “I’m a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics and I’ve finally figured out what I do best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. I believe in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success. I see things differently than most in the genealogy field; I’m almost never content with the status quo. That doesn’t mean I chase after change just for the sake of change; but when I see an opportunity to improve something and to bring more people into the genealogy sphere, that’s where you’ll find me.”

Please register for the bonus session 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: Thomas MacEntee
Topic: “The Coded Census - Deciphering US Census Codes”
Description: Participants will learn this history of “coding the census” and how this information can improve genealogy research. Specifically we’ll cover the 1910 to 1950 US Census Population Schedules and the various codes employed. In addition, we’ll review the various census enumerator instructions to determine other notations and marks on the population schedules. Finally, we’ll cover how to take census code information and integrate it into your genealogy research results.
 
Please register for this webinar at: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 


Probate Records: Wills and a Whole Lot More
Thursday, May 27
Probate Records: Wills and a Whole Lot More  (FSGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
LIVE WEBINAR
Webinar Abstract: Probate records can be some of the richest genealogical resources. Yes, they can contain wills, but often the best information comes from the other records in the packets—and our ancestors didn’t even have to die to make an appearance in a probate action. Learn about how to find probate records online and mine them for genealogical gems.
 
Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. She was a faculty member for "Exploring Quaker Records in America" at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in June 2020 and is course coordinator for "From Sea to Shining Sea: Researching Our Ancestors' Migrations in America" for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in January 2021.  Annette is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
 
Registration required. Visit FSGS for Registration Link.
 


Monday, May 31
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 



Southern California Genealogical Society:  GENETIC GENEALOGY 2021
Friday, June 4 through Saturday, June 5
Southern California Genealogical Society: GENETIC GENEALOGY 2021  (Conferences)
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
A world-class DNA conference! Get in on the latest discoveries through sessions from 20 genetic genealogy experts including keynote speaker Roberta Estes, MBA. Other notable presenting include Maurice J. Gleeson (MD of Genetic Genealogy, Ireland), Leah La Perle Larkin, PhD (creator of WATO), and DNA authors Emily Aulicino, MEd, and Richard Hill, MBA
Complete details, and registration links, can be found on the Jamboree website.


Monday, June 7
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, June 7
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Tuesday, June 8
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, June 10
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.
 


Southern California Genealogical Society:  GENEALOGY JAMBOREE 2021
Friday, June 11 through Saturday, June 12
Southern California Genealogical Society: GENEALOGY JAMBOREE 2021  (Conferences)
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
The 51st Genealogy Jamboree features nationally known speakers to keep you in touch with the latest developments in genealogy. From coast to coast, from North to South, from our neighbors – Canada & Mexico – and from the Old World, our speakers can help you find your ancestors' lives and stories.
Complete details, and registration links, can be found on the Jamboree website.


Friday, June 11
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.
 


Monday, June 14
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


DIY DNA
Monday, June 14
DIY DNA  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
LIVE WEBINAR
 
Guest Speaker:  Diahan Southard
 
Description:  If you have ever stared at your DNA match list wondering where to begin, wonder no more. In this live, interactive session Diahan will dive into Karin's DNA test results to help her see how DNA testing can help her address her genealogy question of “Who are the parents of Friedrich Berg, who was born 29 Jan 1904 (16 Jan 1904 Gregorian), possibly in Rovno, Poland or Ukraine, married Lydia Kelm on 11 Aug 1928, immigrated and arrived in NY on 10 Oct 1929, resided in St. Joseph, MI, and died 24 Jun 1985 in Bridgman, MI.” Bring to this session your own DNA question, or just a mystery match you want to identify, and work your own mystery alongside Diahan and Karin. Everyone will leave this session knowing exactly what they need to do next to use their DNA in their family history.
 
Presenter Info:  Diahan Southard is a leading voice for consumer DNA testing from her position as Founder of Your DNA Guide. Diahan teaches internationally, consults with leading testing companies and forensics experts. Southard's company, Your DNA Guide (YourDNAGuide.com), deploys a team of scientists who provide one-on-one genetic genealogy education and research services. You will walk away from an interaction with her enlightened and motivated as she has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable. 
 
Please register for this webinar at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 


Finding Treasurers in Academic Libraries
Thursday, June 17
Finding Treasurers in Academic Libraries  (FSGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
LIVE WEBINAR
Webinar Abstract: You may think that academic libraries will not hold genealogical information for you. You are in for a surprise! We will review holdings in three academic institutions, -- their general collections, special collections and archives. Topical research will be covered. Discover how to find the right institution, how to use their catalog, how to prepare for your visit and once there, how to research most efficiently.
 
Presenter: Jill Morelli, CG, loves to share her passion for genealogy with others as a writer, lecturer and researcher. She specializes in the US Midwest, Scandinavia and northern Germany and lectures nationally on topics inspired by her own research and methodology. As a writer, her articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Swedish American Genealogist, Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly and many others.
 
Registration required. Visit FSGS for Registration Link.
 


Monday, June 21
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Monday, June 21
Best Practices SIG Meeting  (Best Practices SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Annette Burke-Lyttle and Pat Adams, Co-coordinators
Topic: "Source Citations"
 
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, June 22
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinators:  Dona Black & Lynn Hall
Topic: “Your Ancestor’s Path to the Midwest” – Why did they come? – Running Away or Running Toward? – And What Did They Do When They Got There? 
 


Monday, June 28
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


VGS General Monthly Meeting & Bonus Session
Wednesday, June 30
VGS General Monthly Meeting & Bonus Session  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:45 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING
(This is a change to the original date of this meeting of June 23, 2021.)
 
Session 1 - 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Guest Speaker: Joshua L. Goodman
Topic: “Using Land Documents in Family History Research” 
 
Description: Perhaps you know which county and community your ancestors lived in, but how cool would it be to know exactly where they owned land? Finding that information is easy if you know where to look. Join historian Dr. Josh Goodman from the State Archives of Florida for a virtual tour of common land records that can help you pinpoint where your ancestors once owned property, or uncover the history of your own property. The program also includes a tutorial on how to translate legal descriptions of land in deeds and patents into real locations on a modern map.
 
Presenters Bio: Josh Goodman is the Archives Historian for the State Archives of Florida in Tallahassee. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in history from Tulane University in New Orleans. As Archives Historian, Josh supervises the digitization of historical records for the award-winning Florida Memory website, and promotes the study of Florida history through community outreach and educational programs.

Please register for the bonus session 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: Joshua L. Goodman
Topic: “Researching Ghost Towns in Florida”
Description: Have you ever passed a sign on the highway with the name of a town, but there was no town? Or maybe you’ve seen a named place on a map and driven there only to find a crossroads and nothing more. “Ghost towns” such as these are a common feature of American geography. They form and falter for all kinds of reasons, but they share one aspect in common. There’s almost always an interesting story behind each one. Join historian Dr. Josh Goodman from the State Archives of Florida to learn about easily accessible records that can help you trace the history of ghost towns and the people who lived there.
 
Please register for this webinar at: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 



Monday, July 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, July 5
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Tuesday, July 6
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, July 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, July 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.
 


Monday, July 12
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Citizen Soldiers: Militia to National Guard
Thursday, July 15
Citizen Soldiers: Militia to National Guard  (FSGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
LIVE WEBINAR
Webinar Abstract: From colonial militias to 21st century National Guard, America’s citizen soldiers have answered the call to serve and defend their communities and the nation. Discover and understand your ancestor’s militia and Guard experience. Federal, state, and local records help document your citizen soldier.
 
Presenter: Alice Hoyt Veen, CG, is a Board-certified genealogist, professional researcher, and genealogical educator. She believes family history success lies in truly understanding the records our ancestors created. Her presentations reflect this philosophy through real case-study examples and hands-on practice. Alice serves as a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, a charitable trust advancing the educational aims of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She has spoken at national, regional, and state conferences, and for numerous Iowa organizations.
 
Registration required. Visit FSGS for Registration Link.
 


IGGP 2021 Conference:  Researching Together Worldwide
Saturday, July 17 through Saturday, July 24
IGGP 2021 Conference: Researching Together Worldwide  (Conferences)
VIRTUAL EVENT
The International German Genealogy Partnership has announced their 2021 Conference. This unique virtual conference is a must-attend event for anyone researching the lives of their German ancestors. Registration will open in January, and an "Early Bird Special" price will be valid for all registrants until March 31. More details are available on their website.
 


Monday, July 19
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Monday, July 19
Best Practices SIG Meeting  (Best Practices SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Annette Burke-Lyttle and Pat Adams, Co-coordinators
Topic: "Research Logs"
 
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.
 


Monday, July 26
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Tuesday, July 27
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinators:  Dona Black & Lynn Hall
Topic: “TBA"



Monday, August 2
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, August 2
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.


Tuesday, August 3
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


Monday, August 9
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.


Thursday, August 12
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, August 13
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.


Monday, August 16
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.


Monday, August 16
Best Practices SIG Meeting  (Best Practices SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Annette Burke-Lyttle and Pat Adams, Co-coordinators
Topic: "Report Writing"
 
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.