I hope that everyone has had a fun, interesting and safe summer. With September approaching it is time to think about our family history again and our SIG meetings. Our next meeting will be September 15th at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center from 10:00 am to 11:50 am. This will be an “Open Discussion” meeting Coffee will be available at the meeting.
Our May meeting will be Friday, 5/19, will be at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center in the Clearwater Room from 10:00 am to 11:50 am. This is an “Open Discussion” meeting so bring a lot of questions/things to talk about.
Mike Garvin will be the coordinator for this meeting.
Coffee will be available at the meeting.
We will not meet in June, July or August. Our next meeting will be in Sept..
Have an enjoyable and safe summer!
In a recent issue of “My Heritage News” they stated that they have added a valuable collection for Finnish genealogy research. The collection has 33 million Finnish church census books and preconfirmation books that were kept by the Lutheran Church. This is collection can be searched online for the first time. It covers almost the entire population of Finland from 1657 to 1915.
Go to the myheritage.com website for more information and/or to search the collection.
The October meeting will be at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center from 10:00 am to 11:50 am in the Clearwater Room.
This will be an “Open Disussion” meeting. You bring the questions and we will find the answers.
The VGS will not have a normal meeting in September. Instead it will host a “Family History Expo” September 28th at the Savannah Center. Because this is an Expo and not a regular meeting all village residents are invited to attend. The Expo will open at 11:30 am and close at 3:30 pm.
Invite all of your villages friends and neighbors to attend the Expo.
Our Sept. meeting will be Friday, the 16th, at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center in the Clearwater Room from 10:00 am to 11:50 am. The topic is “Mining Google+ for Genealogical/Family History Information.
I hope that everyone had an interesting and enjoyable summer. I have noted that several of you have done a lot of traveling here and abroad. I look forward to seeing many of you at the meeting.
The topic for our May meeting is “Finding, Accessing and Organizing Information”. We will meet at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center on Friday, 5/20, from 10:00 am to 11:50 am.
Coffee will be available at the meeting.
This will be our last meeting until September 16th. Have a marvelous summer.
At our February meeting we discussed the Villages Genealogical Society’s internet footprint. We logged in to the VGS website and then visited it’s Facebook page, Twitter page, Google+ page and the blog. Although several members had been on these sites we were still able to find a couple of new things to review and discuss. Then we discussed the latest status of the Family Tree Maker software. We had 19 members in attendance and enjoyed considerable input and discussion.
Our March meeting will be at the Pinnellas Library on Powell Road and 466A from 10:00 am to 11:50 am. We will have an “Open Discussion” session. We will also visit a website that provides the methodology for typing special characters.
Philip E. Drugge, of The Villages, FL, passed away peacefully January 22nd after a prolonged illness. Nearly a lifelong resident of Stoughton, Philip was born in Milton, MA. The family moved to North Stoughton in 1942 where Philip and his family shared many happy memories.
Philip attended Stoughton Public Schools and later graduated from the Norfolk Agricultural High School (’58) in Walpole, MA. He was a past Master Councilor of the Ousamequin Chapter of DeMolay in Brockton, MA. Philip joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1958 where he served honorably for 11 years, rising to the rank of Sergeant. In recent years, he was active in the USMC League in The Villages, Florida. Philip received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.
Many young lives were touched by Philip. He and his wife Doris were active youth advisors at the First Congregational Church where he also taught Sunday School. He is likely best remembered by Stoughton residents as the Scout Master of Troop 57. He was particularly proud of the 17 boys who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout during his ten year service to Scouting. His chosen profession was Vocational Education, first teaching Metal Fabrication at Bristol Plymouth High School in Taunton where he also coached the Boys Track Team. Following his time at “BP” he moved to Southeastern Regional Technical High School in Easton. Later, Philip left the classroom to spend many years as a school administrator filling the role of Assistant Principal. Additionally, Philip was an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts teaching courses in Vocational Teacher Certification.
An active runner in his younger years, he competed in many races including a Marathon. A passion for golf led him to his retirement home in The Villages, FL where he also enjoyed pitching competitive horseshoe pitching. When he was not tinkering with the 1939 FarmAll “A” tractor he restored or playing his Ukulele in a local group, he and Doris roamed around the country in their Airstream camper. Philip was especially proud of his Scandinavian heritage and many summers were spent at his family home in northern Sweden and he also served as President of the Stenkil Scandinavian Lodge in Braintree, MA. Phillip’s sharing of his knowledge of Sweden and active participation in our Scandinavian SIG discussions will be greatly missed.
An important part of Philip’s life was his commitment to his Masonic Duty. He rose to become the Worshipful Master of the Phoenix lodge A.F.& A.M. in Hanover, MA and also served as a Shriner.
Services will be held Saturday, January 30th from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Sheehan Lowe and Powers Funeral Home in Stoughton followed by a Masonic Service. The family plans a private burial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 9 Erie Drive, Suite 101, Natick, MA 01760