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RootsTech – 2024
Thursday, February 29 through Saturday, March 2
RootsTech – 2024  (Conferences)
Salt Lake City & Virtual
Why you need to be a part of RootsTech 2024!
RootsTech is the premier event to celebrate your heritage and other meaningful connections through a deeper understanding of family history and genealogy. Come join us and discover your story at RootsTech 2024!
 
• Registration is now open – click HERE to get all the details.



Friday, March 1
British SIG Monthly Meeting  (British SIG)
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Lake Miona Recreation Center, 1526 Buena Vista Blvd.
 
Topic: TBD
Coordinators:  Pat Adams & Ruth Mason
 
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SIG Leaders Meeting
Sunday, March 3
SIG Leaders Meeting  (VGS SIG Leaders Meeting)
2:00 pm to 3:20 pm
Allamanda Recreation Center, Gladiola Room
Meeting Agenda:
The agenda will include a presentation by Annette Burke Lyttle on how to hold a hybrid meeting and ideas for VGS outreach to potential new members. If you have an item you would like included on the agenda, send an email to Margaret Sgritta, SIG Chair, to SIGChair@vgsfl.org
 
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Monday, March 4
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Eisenhower Recreation Center, 3560 Buena Vista Blvd.
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email about the upcoming meeting.
 
Coordinators:  Phil Goldsmith & Jerry Schwartz
 
 


RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
Monday, March 4
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
SeaBreeze Recreation Center – Destin Room, and on Zoom
Topic:  Back to Basics: Popular Utility Reports
Reminder:  Bring your laptops
Coordinator:  George Zitterell
 
 


Tuesday, March 5
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG  (Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online ZOOM Meeting
Coordinators:  Marcella Zorn & Bill Canavan
 
SIG members will receive an e-mail with the Zoom link.
Others please contact the coordinator, through the SIG web page, for the link to this meeting


Wednesday, March 6
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (French-Canadian SIG)
9:00 am to 10:50 am
La Hacienda Recreation Center
Coordinator:  Jean Colman


Thursday, March 7
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Daytona Beach Room @ SeaBreeze Recreation Center
Coordinators:  Carol Myers & Marie Musialek
 


Friday, March 8
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM MEETING
Coordinators:  Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa
Topic:  TBA
 
SIG members will receive the meeting link via an email. You can also contact the coordinators, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting
 


Monday, March 11
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:20 pm
Atlanta Room @ Savannah Recreation Center
Coordinators: Laura Wright & Paul Coia
 


Tuesday, March 12
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Destin Room @ SeaBreeze Recreation Center
 
Topic:  Keepsake e-Books for Children
Presenter:  Michelle Booth
Coordinators:  Sharol Lewin & Nancy Schultz
 


Wednesday, March 13
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Irish SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Osceola Room @ Chula Vista Recreation Center
 
Topic:  TBA
Coordinators:  Tom Voyles & Kendra Marasco
 


Wednesday, March 13
ABCs of Genealogy SIG Meeting  (ABCs of Genealogy SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Neptune Beach Room @ SeaBreeze Recreation Center
The ABCs of Genealogy SIG is for VGS members with any level of experience in genealogical research. Sessions are geared to be easy to understand to get you started and keep you going as you discover more about your ancestors.
 
Topic:  DNA – Using Software Programs – Family Tree Maker Intro
Coordinators:  Carol LaSalle & Cheryl Richardson
 


Thursday, March 14
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am to 11:50 am
In-person @ Lake Miona Rec Center & via Zoom
Coordinators:  Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.
 


Monday, March 18
Best Practices SIG Meeting  (Best Practices SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
 
Coordinators: Annette Burke-Lyttle & Pat Adams
Topic: Using Unindexed Images on FamilySearch
 
The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January 2023 should be prepared to catch up on the chapters that have already been studied. Visit our SIG webpage for more details.
 
 


Let's Talk Genealogy:  Members Only Event
Tuesday, March 19
Let's Talk Genealogy: Members Only Event  (VGS Special Events)
10:00 am
ZOOM MEETING
We are looking for all levels of VGS members. Come and share with us about your latest research successes or about a research challenge you're facing. Perhaps you have general genealogy questions including places to research or how others organize their information. Share your knowledge and ideas to help keep us all moving forward.
 
Register to attend this Zoom session – Click HERE
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
** If you are not a VGS member but would like to be, click HERE.


Monday, March 25
Technology SIG Meeting  (Technology SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
SeaBreeze Recreation Center
 
Coordinators:  Pamela Selinski & Vicci Turner
 


FTM SIG Meeting
Monday, March 25
FTM SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM MEETING
 
REGULAR MOTHLY MEETING
 
Visit our website page for more details about this SIG.
SIG Coordinators:  Karen Feeney & Bob Boerst
 
(Meeting link will be emailed to SIG members 3-5 days prior to meeting date.)
 
 
 


Tuesday, March 26
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
SeaBreeze Recreation Center, Clearwater Room
 
Topic:  Using Maps in Your Research
Coordinators:  Lynn Hall & Karen Pickelsimer
 


Wednesday, March 27
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting  (Brick Wall SIG)
8:30 am to 9:30 am
In-person @ Savannah Rec Center (Atlanta Room)
 
Topic:  TBD
Coordinators:  Nancy Oster Heydt & June Presley 

 


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, March 27
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (VGS Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am
Savannah Recreation Center or Online via Zoom
Guest Speaker:  Pat Adams
 
Topic:  Genealogical Research at the Leesburg Public Library
How to access and use the local genealogy resources at the Leesburg Public Library, in person or online.
 
Speaker's Bio:
Pat Adams has been a resident of The Villages since 2004 and a member of The VGS since 2007. She served 6 years as president of VGS and 5 years as vice president and program chair. She is also co-coordinator of the British Special Interest Group. Pat has attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Georgia and various national and state conferences. In addition to the VGS, Pat is also a member of several local, state and national genealogical soceities include The Florida Genealogical Society-Tampa, Kinseekers, Pastfinders, the Chicago Genealogical Society, the Florida State and Illinois State Genealogical societies, the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History, and the National Genealogical Society Researching her Scottish, Irish and Swedish heritage has been an ongoing project for over 20 years. Through Ancestry she has discovered cousin connections on her maternal and paternal lines which led to breakthroughs and new discoveries to purseu. Her greatest breakthrough was discovering the gravestie of her long-lost maternal grandfather in 2016 and an actual photo of him in 2023. Pat continues to work to seek out connections and uncover more of her ancestral story.
 
There are two ways to attend:  in-person at the Savannah Recreation Center or online via Zoom. If you want to attend in person, simply come to the Savannah Recreation Center at 10:00 a.m. on March 27th. If you want to attend online via Zoom, you will need to register in advance by clicking this LINK.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting
 
 
 



RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
Monday, April 1
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
SeaBreeze Recreation Center – Destin Room, and on Zoom
 
Reminder:  Bring your laptops
Coordinator:  George Zitterell
 
 


Tuesday, April 9
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Destin Room @ SeaBreeze Recreation Center
 
Topic: AI Tools for Genealogy
Whether you're conducting genealogy research or writing up your family history, artificial intelligence (AI) today offers immensely powerful tools – yet surprisingly easy to use. Best of all, you can access these tools for free! This upcoming presentation will identify how you can tap AI and illustrate your family history, assist your genealogy research, estimate dates for your photos, transcribe handwritten records, and improve the quality of your photos and audio. A live AI demo will also be presented by our member Henry Stitsh.
 
Coordinators:  Sharol Lewin & Nancy Schultz
 


Wednesday, April 10
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Irish SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Osceola Room @ Chula Vista Recreation Center
 
Topic:  TBA
Coordinators:  Tom Voyles & Kendra Marasco
 


Monday, April 15
Best Practices SIG Meeting  (Best Practices SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
 
Coordinators: Annette Burke-Lyttle & Pat Adams
Topic: Color Coding for DNA
 
The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January 2023 should be prepared to catch up on the chapters that have already been studied. Visit our SIG webpage for more details.
 
 


Let's Talk Genealogy:  Members Only Event
Tuesday, April 16
Let's Talk Genealogy: Members Only Event  (VGS Special Events)
10:00 am
ZOOM MEETING
We are looking for all levels of VGS members. Come and share with us about your latest research successes or about a research challenge you're facing. Perhaps you have general genealogy questions including places to research or how others organize their information. Share your knowledge and ideas to help keep us all moving forward.
 
Register to attend this Zoom session – Click HERE
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
** If you are not a VGS member but would like to be, click HERE.
 
 


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, April 17
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (VGS Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am
Rohan Recreation Center or Online via Zoom
Guest Speaker:  Peggy Jude
 
Topic:  What Can I Do With My DNA? 13 Things You Can Do With Your DNA
So, you took a test, and your know your ethnicity. You are related to who you expected. Now what? Explore what you can do with your DNA, from the basics to more advanced options.
 
Speaker's Bio:
Peggy is a speaker, educator and researcher who has been conducting genealogical research for over 40 years. She specializes and teaches in five areas of genealogical interest:  DNA, Genealogical Technology, Preserving Family History and Family Heirlooms, Genealogical Methods and Records, and Swedish Genealogy. She is also a course coordinator for the DNA Foundations course at the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR). She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and a graduate of ProGen. Peggy serves as the VP, Projects and member of the board of the Manatee Genealogical Society (FL) where she leads both the DNA and the Technology for Genealogy Special Interest Groups for the society. She holds a BS in Zoology from Iows State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
 
There are two ways to attend:  in-person at the Rohan Recreation Center or online via Zoom. If you want to attend in person, simply come to the Rohan Recreation Center at 10:00 a.m. on April 17th. If you want to attend online via Zoom, you will need to register in advance by clicking this LINK.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
 
 


FTM SIG Meeting
Monday, April 22
FTM SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM MEETING
 
REGULAR MOTHLY MEETING
 
Visit our website page for more details about this SIG.
SIG Coordinators:  Karen Feeney & Bob Boerst
 
(Meeting link will be emailed to SIG members 3-5 days prior to meeting date.)
 
 


Tuesday, April 23
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
SeaBreeze Recreation Center, Clearwater Room
 
Topic:  Following Migrating Ancestors: Three Case Studies
Coordinators:  Lynn Hall & Karen Pickelsimer
 



RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
Monday, May 6
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
SeaBreeze Recreation Center – Destin Room, and on Zoom
 
Reminder:  Bring your laptops
Coordinator:  George Zitterell
 
 


Wednesday, May 8
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Irish SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Osceola Room @ Chula Vista Recreation Center
 
Topic:  TBA
Coordinators:  Tom Voyles & Kendra Marasco
 


Monday, May 20
Best Practices SIG Meeting  (Best Practices SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
 
Coordinators: Annette Burke-Lyttle & Pat Adams
Topic: A Tour of Family Tree Maker
 
The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January 2023 should be prepared to catch up on the chapters that have already been studied. Visit our SIG webpage for more details.
 
 


Let's Talk Genealogy:  Members Only Event
Tuesday, May 21
Let's Talk Genealogy: Members Only Event  (VGS Special Events)
10:00 am
ZOOM MEETING
We are looking for all levels of VGS members. Come and share with us about your latest research successes or about a research challenge you're facing. Perhaps you have general genealogy questions including places to research or how others organize their information. Share your knowledge and ideas to help keep us all moving forward.
 
Register to attend this Zoom session – Click HERE 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
** If you are not a VGS member but would like to be, click HERE.
 
 


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, May 22
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (VGS Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am
Savannah Recreation Center or Online via Zoom
Guest Speaker:  Annette Burke Lyttle
 
Topic Info:  Doing a Deep Dive in Ancestry's Collections
Filling our a search form on Ancestry only returns a small percentage of the millions of records available on the site. Learn how to search on Ancestry so you can find all the records your ancestor may be mentioned in.
 
Speaker's Bio: 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 international, national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. She is coordinator of the "Intermediate Foundations" course and the "Writing the Stories of Our Ancestors" course for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Annette leads "Best Practices Study Groups" for a number of organizations, providing in-depth education on the genealogical research process in an interactive setting. She is president of VGS, president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and editor of The Florida Genealogist.
 
There are two ways to attend:  in-person at the Savannah Recreation Center or online via Zoom. If you want to attend in person, simply come to the Savannah Recreation Center at 10:00 a.m. on May 22nd. If you want to attend online via Zoom, you will need to register in advance by clicking this LINK.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
 


FTM SIG Meeting
Monday, May 27
FTM SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM MEETING
 
REGULAR MOTHLY MEETING
 
Visit our website page for more details about this SIG.
SIG Coordinators:  Karen Feeney & Bob Boerst
 
(Meeting link will be emailed to SIG members approximately 3-5 days prior to meeting date.)
 


Tuesday, May 28
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
SeaBreeze Recreation Center, Clearwater Room
 
Topic:  Small Group Help Sessions
Coordinators:  Lynn Hall & Karen Pickelsimer