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“Anatomy of a Case Study: Steps Used to Write for Yourself or for Publication”
Monday, July 13
“Anatomy of a Case Study: Steps Used to Write for Yourself or for Publication”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Live Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Melinda Daffin Henningfield, CG 

Description: This class is not about grammar, or the mechanics of writing. It’s about writing in a way that is readily understood, interesting and factual. You will learn five important steps to follow as you write and document your genealogy research, ensuring a quality, accurate, report, one that can be kept as your family’s private document, or that can be used for publication.

 
Presenters Bio: 
Melinda Daffin Henningfield, CG®, is a professional genealogist, lecturer, and author. Her educational background includes a BA in History Education, a BS and an MS in Nursing, and a certificate as a Nurse Practitioner. She belongs to the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and many regional, state, and local genealogical societies. She specializes in solving complex genealogical problems involving DNA, separating and identifying individuals with common names, as well as migration, and immigration. She has written articles published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, OnBoard, Crossroads, and other genealogical publications. A native of Florida, she has deep southern roots on her mother's side and northeastern and southern ancestry on her father's side..
 
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Thursday, July 16
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am
Live Online Webinar
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
Topic: Bavaria
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Tuesday, July 21
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Webinar  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Presentation: "Using Media in Family Tree Maker"
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Wednesday, July 22
VGS Virtual General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online Webinar
Topic: "Lets Talk Genealogy"  -  3 Presentations by VGS members...
 
Obituaries 2.0 – Telling the Rest of the Story, Nancy Flanigan Schultz
Description: Last year the Preserving Family History SIG had a lively discussion about why family historians were well suited for writing obituaries, and some of the best practices doing so. Many people felt the obituaries of their loved ones left much unsaid, and they considered ways that could be rectified. Nancy Flanigan Schultz will discuss how the audience, approach and issues can be very different as you attempt to tell the rest of the story.
Bio: Nancy Flanigan Schultz spent half of her career working for a Fortune 500 company, and the rest doing Business Process Improvement consulting for government, higher education and the private sector. Since retiring to The Villages in 2014, she has has immersed herself in her Irish, German and Puritan family history, and is currently writing a book on Flana/igans of Amenia. She is also co-chair of the VGS Preserving Family History SIG.
 
Understanding DNA Results, Dan Spear
 
Description: An explanation from a practical and a basic biological perspective of what all the DNA numbers mean and how to interpret them.
Bio: Dan Spear has been a serious genealogy hobbyist for almost 20 years, with special emphasis on DNA analysis for almost 10 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, but has been a software developer for his professional career. Surrounded by brick walls in his own genealogical research, he gets his genealogical fix these days mostly by helping others understand and investigate their own questions.
 
20th Century Immigration Case Study: Grandpa, What Were You Thinking? Pat Adams
 
Description: Tracking the migration of ancestors through documents they created as well as looking at the times they lived in, can help us to “walk in their shoes” and perhaps provide us with clues to answer that question.  Especially since you are not able to just ask, “Why did you do that?”
Bio: Pat Adams is the President of the VGS and currently serving her second term..  Previously, she served 5 years as Vice-President and Program Chair.  She is also the co-coordinator of the British Special Interest Group and is a member of several other genealogical societies including The Florida State Genealogical Society, The Illinois State Genealogical Society, The Chicago Genealogical Society, Your Irish Heritage,  and The National Genealogical Society. A Chicago native, Pat has been researching her Scottish, Irish and Swedish heritage for over 20 years. One of Her biggest breakthroughs came a few years ago. After a 14 year search, she was finally able to find the gravesite of her long lost maternal grandfather.
 
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Tuesday, July 28
Midwest SIG Meeting Canceled  (Midwest SIG)
Annette Burke Lyttle & Dona Black, coordinators (both away for this meeting)



Monday, August 3
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


Monday, August 3
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Online Webinar
Val Harris Co-Ordinator
Contact the Co-ordinator for more information...


Tuesday, August 4
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Online Webinar
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-cordinators
Speaker: Annette Burke-Lyttle, Vice-President of the VGS
Program: "Chasing Uncle William Through the Wilds of Cyberspace"
Follow the amazing life of William Crout, Civil War veteran, hotel owner, rancher, and local character, and learn how it’s possible to reconstruct life stories in surprising detail with a variety of resources available online. Along the way, we’ll also talk about some sound research methods.
Presenter'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 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 virtual 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 virtual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in January 2021.  Annette is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is vice president of VGS.
 
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Thursday, August 6
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Online Webinar
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
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Thursday, August 13
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am to 11:50 am
Reliance Room at the Lake Miona Regional Recreational Center
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
 


Friday, August 14
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic: "Lucidcharts"
Contact the coordinator for login information


“Strategies for Brick Wall Busting.”
Monday, August 17
“Strategies for Brick Wall Busting.”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Elizabeth O'Neal

Description: Have you been doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results? Then it’s time for you to think “outside the box!”  
This presentation will feature a variety of tips and strategies for thinking creatively about your genealogy research.

 
Presenters Bio: 
Elizabeth O’Neal is a professional genealogist who writes, lectures, and consults on a variety of topics. Her passion is using technology and social media to enrich the experience of genealogy research and family history storytelling.
Elizabeth has been researching her own family history for more than 30 years. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, as well as several genealogical and lineage societies. She is the author of the award-winning family history blog My Descendant’s Ancestors and is a regular contributor to many online genealogy publications
 
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Tuesday, August 18
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Presentation: "Using Charts and Reports in Family Tree Maker "
 
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Tuesday, August 25
Midwest SIG Meeting Canceled  (Midwest SIG)
Annette Burke Lyttle & Dona Black, coordinators


Wednesday, August 26
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online Webinar
Topic: "My Cunningham Research"
Presented by: Pat Adams, VGS President
More info soon...



Tuesday, September 1
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Zoom Meeting
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-cordinators


Wednesday, September 2 through Saturday, September 5
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference  (Other Events)
Kansas City, Missouri
More than 30 years after the last FGS conference held in Kansas City, FGS returns to the home of the Mid-Continent Library.
Limited information currently available...


Thursday, September 3
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Daytona Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
 


Monday, September 7
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


Monday, September 7
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
New Smynra Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Val Harris Co-Ordinator


Tuesday, September 8
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Tom Sodeman and Nancy Schultz , Coordinators
 


Wednesday, September 9
Board of Directors Meeting  (Board of Directors)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Belvedere Library


Wednesday, September 9
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.
Topic: "Immigration"


Thursday, September 10
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am to 11:50 am
Reliance Room at the Lake Miona Regional Recreational Center
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
 


Friday, September 11
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  TBA


Saturday, September 12
African American SIG Monthly Meeting  (African American SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Jasmine Room at the Hibiscus Recreation Center
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator


Monday, September 14
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


“Strategies for Brick Wall Busting.”
Monday, September 14
“Strategies for Brick Wall Busting.”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Live Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Ari Wilkins

Description: Recreating neighborhoods can provide rich and insightful details about an ancestor’s life and surroundings. This lecture will demonstrate ways to build a map using Sanborn Fire insurance maps, census records, and city directories in Google Maps.

 
Presenters Bio: 
Ari Wilkins, a graduate of Louisiana State University, has been actively researching family history since 1998. Ari worked with the esteemed genealogist, Dr. James Rose, for many years on his final project Generations: The WPA Ex-Slave Narrative Database. She is the owner of the genealogical consulting company, Black Genesis. Ari also works as a contributor for Proquest’s African American Heritage database. Ari has instructed at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. She has been a conference speaker at the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Texas State Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, American Library Association, and has lectured at a multitude of local societies. Ari has been a Library Associate at Dallas Public Library since 2007. She specializes in African American research and has lectured on African American migration.
 
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Tuesday, September 15
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Liberty and Old Glory Rooms at the Mulberry Grove Regional Recreation Center
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator


Wednesday, September 16
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting, canceled  (Mid-Atlantic States SIG)
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator.


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 16
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:15 am
Virtual Meeting
Guest Speaker: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG
Topic: “Preserving Family History, Experiences, and Stories from the Pandemic”
Description: Have you been documenting your own story during this time of the Covid pandemic? Do you need some tips on doing this? Do you need ideas on what to preserve and how to do it? What do you want to exist in the future to tell people about your experience of dealing with and memories of living through this pandemic? The ideas include those for adults, children, and even about your pets. Your experience may have included online family get-togethers, social media, signs in the window, journaling, blogging, photographs, parents learning new math, working from home, working on the front lines, and other things from daily life. We need to preserve with an eye towards what will be saved and will endure, versus not valued and tossed away. Comments from historical societies, archives, and other institution about preservation will be shared. The presentation and accompanying handout provide all this and more.
 
Presenter's Bio: Paula Stuart-Warren is a genealogical and historical researcher, lecturer, and coach based in Minnesota but research has taken her to locations and repositories across the U.S. She has done presentations in the U.S., Canada, and on the ocean. Her specialties include unusual records, analysis, research planning, problem-solving, manuscript and archival repositories, railroads, and Native American genealogy. She is a course coordinator and instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and a former board member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and MGS. Paula loves audience questions after each presentation.
 
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VGS General Monthly Meeting
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
11:30 am to 12:45 pm
Virtual Bonus Meeting
Guest Speaker: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG
Topic: “Lord Preserve Us! Church Records for Family History Research”
Description: Not all of our ancestors belonged to an organized religion. For those who did, the records which have survived until today can often be helpful to genealogists. Names, dates, relationships, places of new and former residences, burial location, and other details may be learned. With some background knowledge of your family, and of the area in which they lived, it may be possible to find church records for your ancestor. Church related records are important for ancestors and siblings who were involved in the ministry. Often a biography or specialized obituary can be found for these individuals. For ancestors who resided in the New England and Middle Atlantic states, the religious resources are especially rich. Churches related to specific ethnic groups may give us clues to the old country. More and more southern church records are surfacing and serve to replace many burned civil records. Church records may predate the civil recordings of births, deaths, and marriages.
 
Presenter's Bio: Paula Stuart-Warren is a genealogical and historical researcher, lecturer, and coach based in Minnesota but research has taken her to locations and repositories across the U.S. She has done presentations in the U.S., Canada, and on the ocean. Her specialties include unusual records, analysis, research planning, problem-solving, manuscript and archival repositories, railroads, and Native American genealogy. She is a course coordinator and instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and a former board member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and MGS. Paula loves audience questions after each presentation.
 
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Thursday, September 17
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, September 18
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
 


Tuesday, September 22
Midwest SIG Meeting Canceled  (Midwest SIG)
Annette Burke Lyttle & Dona Black, coordinators


Wednesday, September 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
 


Monday, September 28
Technology SIG Meeting  (Technology SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Gene Clark, coordinator



Thursday, October 1
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Daytona Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
 


Friday, October 2
British SIG Monthly Meeting  (British SIG)
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators


Monday, October 5
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


Monday, October 5
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
New Smynra Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Val Harris Co-Ordinator


Tuesday, October 6
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Zoom Meeting
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-cordinators


Wednesday, October 7
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (French-Canadian SIG)
9:00 am to 10:50 am
Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Jean Colman, Coordinator
 


Thursday, October 8
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am to 11:50 am
Reliance Room at the Lake Miona Regional Recreational Center
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
 


Friday, October 9
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  TBA


Saturday, October 10
African American SIG Monthly Meeting  (African American SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Jasmine Room at the Hibiscus Recreation Center
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator


Monday, October 12
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


“Genealogical Gems Found in Ledgers”
Monday, October 12
“Genealogical Gems Found in Ledgers”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Diane L Richard, Mosaic 

Description: Running out of places to look for information about your ancestors? Private and little known archival collections are full of ledgers and account books, membership lists, and so much more! Have you explored these? You can learn so much about your family and the neighborhood through these records. Relationships are sometimes noted. Store, post office, business, hospital, physician ledgers and more can link family members and provide many interesting details invaluable to your family history narrative. Using Archivegrid as a resource will also be discussed.

 
Presenters Bio: 
Diane L Richard, Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina and Southern States. She regularly contributes to Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. In 2019 she published Tracing Your Ancestors -- African American Research: A Practical Guide, via Moorshead Publications.  Since 2016 she has been editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) journal.
She is co-leader of Tar Heel Discoveries, www.tarheeldiscoveries.com, started in 2018, which offers guided North Carolina genealogical research programs providing participants targeted, focused, research assistance leading to new family discoveries. 
 
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