Our February meeting will be Friday, 2/16, in the Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center from 10:00 am to 11:50 am.
Per Andersson will present “Finding Jöns Bonasson’s parents Using baptism witnesses and naming rules to find your roots”. Additionally, he will talk with us about “Accessing the Swedish Nation Archives digital archives” which will be available for free after February 1, 2018.
Our January meeting will be held at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center in the Clearwater Room from 10:00 am to 11:50 am. Coffee will be available at the meeting.
Our main topic will be “Genealogy 101” to be presented by Paul Clark who has many years of researching and has taught this subject in a classroom environment. He will tell you more about himself at the meeting. Now is a good time to have this topic because we are starting a new year and it is good to make a fresh start periodically to reacquaint ourselves with things that we have forgotten to utilize because we think that we are experienced researchers and don’t need to revisit how to start our research and keep it going. Come to the meeting and see if you have over looked something that may advance your research forward.
Cheryl Franson, one of our members, has found a site about “Restoring Old Photos”. She will tell us what she has learned about fixing those old photos that may have gotten crinkled, torn or water damaged.
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.