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Thursday, October 1
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Meeting
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
Topic: General meeting.  Learn ways to research your Eastern European ancestors.  Share your successes, bring your questions.  
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Friday, October 2
British SIG Monthly Meeting  (British SIG)
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Monday, October 5
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy)
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Topic: “Challenges of Jewish Ancestral Research – Names, Dates and Places.” Dr. Jeanette Silverman
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Monday, October 5
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Monday, October 5
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Val Harris & George Zitterell Co-Coordinators
Topic: "Understanding Multimedia Files in RootsMagic 7" - Ken Macomber
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Tuesday, October 6
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-coordinators
No topic available
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Wednesday, October 7
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (French-Canadian SIG)
9:00 am to 10:50 am
Jean Colman, Coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...


Thursday, October 8
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am
On Zoom Meeting
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, October 9
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Zoom Online Meeting
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  "Solving Cold Cases Using Genetic Genealogy"
Guest Speaker: Lori Napolitano
Description: Genetic Genealogy intersected with law enforcement in 2018.  Currently, over 100 murderers, rapists and unidentified deceased persons have been identified in cold cases in this country.  Learn how genetic genealogy and unknown parentage techniques are making our communities safer and bringing long-awaited answers to victims and their families.
Bio: Lori is a genetic genealogist working in law enforcement.  Her genetic genealogy experience began 4 years ago with her own family's adoption issue.  She then created her business DNA Family Connections to help others find answers to their family questions.  As a civilian law enforcement professional for 30 years, working in forensics and investigations, she has been able to bring her genetic genealogy skills to work and has helped solve several violent crime cold cases.  Lori is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the International Homicide Investigators Association and has given genetic genealogy presentations to law enforcement and crime labs across the county.  She has a Master's degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University and a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Jacksonville University.  She will be giving The Villages a trial run later this year, with hopes to retire here!
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Saturday, October 10
African American SIG Monthly Meeting  (African American SIG)
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
Topic: "The Underground Railroad" - Annette Burke-Lyttle
 
​SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Monday, October 12
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


“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, MosaicRPM 

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. 
 
Please register for the webinar at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



Tuesday, October 13
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators
Topic: "Sharing More Ideas about Organizing to Write Your Family Stories" with Phil Goldsmith and Paul Clark
Because of the popularity of our September topic we are going to hear two of our SIG members share their substantial experience getting organized to write about their family histories. Come prepared to listen, learn and share your experiences too!
 
SIG members will receive ZOOM login instructions in the monthly SIG blast email. If you would like to join the SIG and receive this email please contact sharol-jack@hotmail.com
 
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting. 


Wednesday, October 14
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Irish SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Tom Voyles, coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...


Wednesday, October 14
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New to Genealogy SIG)
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.
Topic: "Genealogy Software"
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Friday, October 16
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Scandinavian SIG)
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Ken Bowgren, Per Andersson and Kris Petersen-Gauthier Co-coordinators
No meeting information as of yet...


Monday, October 19
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Tuesday, October 20
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Topic: "Ask a Question"
Description: After listening attentively for several months, the October meeting will give you the opportunity to ask questions. I'll try to give you answers.  I will also go over a couple of new software bugs that have been found and reported to Mackiev.com.
 
Ask your question HERE... 
 
Please register for the webinar at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



Wednesday, October 21
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting canceled  (Mid-Atlantic States SIG)
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator


Wednesday, October 21
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New England SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Monday, October 26
Technology SIG Meeting  (Technology SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Gene Clark, coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...


Monday, October 26
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Tuesday, October 27
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Annette Burke Lyttle, Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
Topic:  "Waterways to the Midwest” with Annette Burke Lyttle
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Wednesday, October 28
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting canceled  (Brick Wall SIG)
Nancy Heydt, coordinator


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, October 28
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:15 am
Live Virtual Meeting
Guest Speaker: Luana Darby, AG
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!
 
Presenter's 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 courses.
 
Please register for this VGS General Meeting at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


VGS General Monthly Meeting
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
11:30 am to 12:45 pm
Bonus Live Virtual Meeting
Guest Speaker: Luana Darby, AG
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.
 
Presenter's 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 courses.
 
Please register for this VGS General Meeting at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



Monday, November 2
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy)
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Topic: “Comparing Jewish Resources on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, MyHeritage and JewishGen.” - Ellen Kowitt and Sunny Morton
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Monday, November 2
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting  (Roots Magic SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Val Harris & George Zitterell Co-Coordinators
No meeting information as of yet...


Tuesday, November 3
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-coordinators
No topic availabl
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Wednesday, November 4
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (French-Canadian SIG)
9:00 am to 10:50 am
Jean Colman, Coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...


Wednesday, November 4
Board of Directors Meeting  (Board of Directors)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Pinellas Library Room #162
Tentative


Thursday, November 5
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Meeting
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
Topic: General meeting.  Learn ways to research your Eastern European ancestors.  Share your successes, bring your questions.
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Friday, November 6
British SIG Monthly Meeting  (British SIG)
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Monday, November 9
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


“Cards, Clevises, and Calomel: What Probate Files Reveal about Our Ancestors”
Monday, November 9
“Cards, Clevises, and Calomel: What Probate Files Reveal about Our Ancestors”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL

Description:

Discover how families lived, worked, and socialized through often-overlooked probate documents. Learn to find and interpret these records to enrich your understanding of past lives. The lecture demonstrates the value of searching beyond the will. Often-overlooked probate records—such as estate inventories, appraisements, sales lists, receipts, and accounts—contain details that place a decedent’s family in social and historic context. The lecture covers these topics.

  • Probate document types
  • Where to find records and what to look for
  • Why search beyond your family of interest
  • How to analyze records for clues
  • Example cases

Presenters Bio: 

Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL, a full-time professional genealogist, is coeditor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Board-certified since 2011, she serves as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) and is the former editor of its publication, OnBoard. She conducts in-depth genealogical research to solve complex problems of identity and kinship for clients. Her personal and client research focuses primarily on the southeastern United States, New York, England, and Germany. Nancy lectures at national and local conferences and has instructed on skill-building topics and genealogy standards at BCG Education Fund workshops and genealogical institutes. Her articles have appeared in NGS Quarterly and other genealogical journals. She authored the “Research Reports” chapter in the Writing, Editing & Publishing section of Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, & Standards (2018). Nancy’s family roots are in upstate New York, but she now enjoys Southern living.
 
Please register for the webinar at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



Tuesday, November 10
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators
Topic: "Finding a Home for Family Treasures" - Lin Meeker
SIG members will receive ZOOM login instructions in the monthly SIG blast email. If you would like to join the SIG and receive this email please contact sharol-jack@hotmail.com
 
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting. 


Wednesday, November 11
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Irish SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Tom Voyles, coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...


Wednesday, November 11
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New to Genealogy SIG)
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.
Topic: "Internet Research"
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Thursday, November 12
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Friday, November 13
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Zoom Meeting
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  "Genetic Clustering"
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.


Saturday, November 14
African American SIG Monthly Meeting  (African American SIG)
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
Topic: "Freedmen's Bureau Records"
 
​SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


Tuesday, November 17
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting  (Family Tree Maker SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Topic: TBD


Wednesday, November 18
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting canceled  (Brick Wall SIG)
Nancy Heydt, coordinator


Wednesday, November 18
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting, canceled  (Mid-Atlantic States SIG)
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, November 18
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am
Virtual Meeting
Morning Session:
Topic: “The Holiday Talk: Getting to Know Your Family's History” 
Note date change due to Thanksgiving

Description: Each year family’s gather for holiday dinners and other social events which provide family researchers a perfect opportunity for discovering their own roots. Discover methods to learn about your family’s Ancestral Connections & Traditions through family activities such as family bingo, board games and trivia sessions. Learn about the top 3 ways to share your family legacy -- pictures, stories and documents -- with other family members and fellow researchers.

 
Presenters Bio: Michelle Tucker Chubenko is a Senior Researcher and Research Team Lead with Legacy Tree Genealogists. With 30 years’ experience researching her paternal ancestral roots in colonial America and the 20th century flair of her maternal Eastern European ancestry (Ukrainian and Hungarian); she specializes in New Jersey and Eastern European research. She is a founding member with the “Nashi Predky/Our Ancestors” Family History Group at the Ukrainian History and Education Center. She has presented locally on Eastern European research and volunteers as co-coordinator for the Facebook group “Our Ancestors -- Наші Предки / Ukrainian Genealogy”. 
She was a researcher on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? (Season one) and appeared in the Brooke Shields episode, which aired in April 2010. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, local and ethnic genealogical societies, and is active in local history organizations. Michelle has presented genealogical lectures to audiences on a local, regional (NERGC 2017), national level (FGS 2008/Philadelphia and GRIP 2017), internationally (Ontario Ancestors 2019). She has attended the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR), and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and a ProGen17 graduate.
 
Please register for the webinar at: 
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5592456296634179087

 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Wednesday, November 18
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New England SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, November 18
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Virtual Meeting
Afternoon Session:
Topic: “Genealogy Research Using Online Resources”
Note date change due to Thanksgiving

Description: Learn how to effectively navigate the top 4 genealogical websites: FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast and MyHeritage. Michelle will share tips and tricks for using each website to successfully utilize the digital resources for your family history research.

 
Presenters Bio: Michelle Tucker Chubenko is a Senior Researcher and Research Team Lead with Legacy Tree Genealogists. With 30 years’ experience researching her paternal ancestral roots in colonial America and the 20th century flair of her maternal Eastern European ancestry (Ukrainian and Hungarian); she specializes in New Jersey and Eastern European research. She is a founding member with the “Nashi Predky/Our Ancestors” Family History Group at the Ukrainian History and Education Center. She has presented locally on Eastern European research and volunteers as co-coordinator for the Facebook group “Our Ancestors -- Наші Предки / Ukrainian Genealogy”. 
She was a researcher on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? (Season one) and appeared in the Brooke Shields episode, which aired in April 2010. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, local and ethnic genealogical societies, and is active in local history organizations. Michelle has presented genealogical lectures to audiences on a local, regional (NERGC 2017), national level (FGS 2008/Philadelphia and GRIP 2017), internationally (Ontario Ancestors 2019). She has attended the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR), and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and a ProGen17 graduate.
 
Please register for the webinar at: 
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1596772767179985679

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Friday, November 20
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Scandinavian SIG)
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Ken Bowgren, Per Andersson and Kris Petersen-Gauthier Co-coordinators
No meeting information as of yet...


Monday, November 23
Technology SIG Meeting  (Technology SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Gene Clark, coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...


Tuesday, November 24
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Annette Burke Lyttle, Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
Topic: “Researching Your Midwestern Collateral Family Lines” with Dona Black Weber
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.