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Tuesday, June 18
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
Topic: "10 Things You May Not Be Aware That FTM Can Do" + Q&A


Tuesday, June 25
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Annette Burke Lyttle & Dona Black, coordinators


Wednesday, June 26
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Topic: “Four Free Resources for Improving Your Genealogy Skills” 
Presenters: VGS President Pat Adams & VP Annette Burke Lyttle
Description: Learn about four important resources for improving your genealogy skills—and they’re all free. We’ll discuss the FamilySearch Learning Center and Research Wiki, the National Genealogical Society Learning Center, resources available on YouTube, and resources available on the VGS website.
Note: This program will not be recorded...



Monday, July 1
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
"Using Family Book Creator to Publish Your Story" - Tim Sherrod


Tuesday, July 2
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:00 am to 11:20 am
Lake Miona Recreation Center
Anne Berg & Jerry Steidl, Co-cordinators


Thursday, July 4
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting Cancelled  (Eastern European SIG)
Carol Myers, coordinator


Writing the Family Narrative: A Strategy for Breaking Down Brick Walls
Monday, July 8
Writing the Family Narrative: A Strategy for Breaking Down Brick Walls  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

 

Description: Writing the ancestor's story is a goal for many genealogists, but what if it could be more than telling a story?  What if the process of writing could help you break down brick walls?  We discuss how narrative opens our perspectives into ancestors’ records and lives.  In this lecture we will discuss the value of writing and the techniques that may develop our analytical skills as we write to help us better examine and confront our tallest brick walls. 
 
Presenters Bio: Rebecca Whitman Koford holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and as a Certified Genealogical LecturerSM.  Her focuses are Maryland and military records at the National Archives, especially those of the War of 1812.  Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004.  She has spoken for the National Genealogical Society Conference (NGS), Association of Professional Genealogists Conference (APG), RootsTech, webinars for Legacy and APG, the Maryland State Archives, and for groups in surrounding states.  She has published articles in the NGS Magazine, APG Magazine, SAR Magazine, and the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal.  Rebecca is the Course I coordinator for The Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR). She is a former board member of the Maryland Genealogical Society.  Rebecca is a graduate, former group coordinator, and mentor of the ProGen Study Group, an online peer-led study program based on the book Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills, and is currently the ProGen Administrator. She was appointed as the Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® in July 2018.  Rebecca lives in Mount Airy and volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick, Maryland.
 
Please register for the webinar at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
NOTE: Rebecca has given us permission to record the webinar and make it and her handout available to members only for 90 days after the broadcast.


Thursday, July 11
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, July 12
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Jim Lannin, coordinator


Tuesday, July 16
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


Tuesday, July 23
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Annette Burke Lyttle & Dona Black, coordinators


Wednesday, July 24
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Topic: "Let's Talk Genealogy"
Description: Get together with your fellow VGS members to talk about genealogy. Bring your successes, your brick walls, your favorite resources, and talk about them with people whose eyes won’t glaze over!
Note: This program will not be recorded...



Thursday, August 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, coordinator
 


Monday, August 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
Topic: TBA


Tuesday, August 6
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:00 am to 11:20 am
Lake Miona Recreation Center
Anne Berg & Jerry Steidl, Co-cordinators


Friday, August 9
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Jim Lannin, coordinator


“Finding Aids, Inventories, and Record Group Descriptions: Why Should I Care”
Monday, August 12
“Finding Aids, Inventories, and Record Group Descriptions: Why Should I Care”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Michael Lacopo, DVM

 

Description: The answers you seek to difficult genealogical questions are buried in collections nobody has researched! How will you find them? Published finding aids are the treasure maps. Finding aids, inventories, and record group descriptions can be found for all kinds of historical collections housed in expected and unexpected places. They can be the link between the researcher and the buried genealogical gem in a manuscript collection. How do you find them, what will they tell you, and how do you use them? You aren’t fulfilling your “Reasonably Exhaustive Search” for your ancestors if you don’t dig deeply, and these resources can be the shovels you are looking for!
 
Presenters Bio: Dr. Michael D. Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana surrounded by extended family always willing to tell tall tales. Intrigued by his maternal family’s claim to be kinfolk of Abraham Lincoln, and his paternal family’s stories of murder and mayhem, he took to genealogical research in 1980 to substantiate these family stories.
 
Combing libraries, archives, cemeteries and courthouses as a teenager, Michael gained the skills needed to become a keen researcher. His first major challenge in the world of research was tackled by finding his adopted mother’s birthparents in 1982. You can read about this adventure at his blog at Roots4U.blogspot.com with some engaging story-telling, plot twists and new findings!
 
He has contributed to numerous periodicals and has helped numerous people in their quests to locate their relatives – living and dead. He appeared in USA Today in 2000 discussing genealogy and the proposed destruction of the federal census tabulated in that year. His national lecturing began in Sacramento, CA, at the National Genealogical Society’s national conference in 2004, and has continued with several local, state, national, and international conference speaking engagements to this present day.
 
Michael's interests and strengths include genetic genealogy, Mennonite research, German and Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the 18th century immigration to America, among many other topics. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales or our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past.
 
In addition to his story-telling and educational blog, Michael’s presence can be found online at www.Roots4U.com, or for more up-to-date lecture and research information, at his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Roots4U.
 
Please register for the webinar at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
NOTE: Mike has given us permission to record the webinar and make it and her handout available to members only for 90 days after the broadcast.


Tuesday, August 20
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, August 21 through Saturday, August 24
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference  (Other Events)
Washington, D.C.
FGS makes its first visit to the nation’s capital with the National Archives, Library of Congress, DAR Library, and more a Metro ride away.


Tuesday, August 27
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Annette Burke Lyttle & Dona Black, coordinators


VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, August 28
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Our guest speaker will be Annette Burke Lyttle
Topic: “Probate Records: Wills and a Whole Lot More.”
 
Description: 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.

Presenters Bio:  Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing services in genealogical research, education, and writing. Annette speaks regularly on genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels. She presents on research methods, using social history to flesh out ancestors’ stories, online research, military research, and ancestral occupations and religions. Annette is vice president of the Villages Genealogical Society.
Note: This program will not be recorded...



Monday, September 2
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting Cancelled Labor Day  (Jewish Genealogy)
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs


Tuesday, September 3
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:00 am to 11:20 am
Lake Miona Recreation Center
Anne Berg & Jerry Steidl, Co-cordinators


Tuesday, September 3
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


Thursday, September 5
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, coordinator
 


Friday, September 6
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


Tuesday, September 10
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 11
African American SIG Monthly Meeting  (African American SIG)
12:00 pm to 1:50 pm
Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator


Wednesday, September 11
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.


Thursday, September 12
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 13
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Jim Lannin, coordinator


Tuesday, September 17
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