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Finnish records

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 website for more information and/or to search the collection.

September VGS Meeting

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.

September meeting

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.

May 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.



February meeting

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.

February 24th Seminar

Our February seminar with Mark Lowe is approaching quickly.  Mark is a great speaker, very down to earth and funny as well as informative.  If you have not yet registered, there is still time to do so and come hear Mark speak on the following topics:
  “Finding Uncle John by Talking to Neighbors”
Using census records, manuscripts, and land records, learn details about your ancestor’s neighborhood and the
people with whom they worked, prayed, fought and married.
  “Documenting the “Right” Family While Staying on Track”
Learn simple techniques for breaking down difficult research problems into manageable segments, including the
basics of documentation and why it is an important family research tool.
  “Discover Your “Magic Genealogy Box”
Learn how certain online sites and books should be placed within your reach, and how these records will
improve your daily genealogical search activities.
  “Cemeteries as a Genealogical Resource”
Tools to help you find cemeteries and ways to learn more from our ancestors through gravestones and
There are still seats available for this seminar.  It is a full day of learning about researching your family history while getting to know some of your fellow researchers.  These  seminars are very interesting and informative so go to the VGS web site where you can download the registration form, print it, complete it and mail it to Mike Garvin.  Mike’s address is on the registration form.

Phillip E. Drugge

Philip E. Drugge

Philip E. Drugge

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

Ancestry Library Demonstration

Ancestry Library Demonstration
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Staff member will provide information on the Ancestry Library database.

Genealogy information for the professional or hobbyist, inside more than 7,000 databases.
*Only accessible from library computers.

Belvedere – Meeting Room

Event Type: Adult

May 2015 meeting

Our topics for May are “Uncovering Danish Roots” and “National Archives”.  We will access the online archive for Denmark as we explore sources of information to find our Danish roots.  Then we will tour the Nation Archives website to discover the amount of information  available  to help us with our research.

We will meet at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center from 10:00 am to 11:50 am, Friday 5/15/2015.

Coffee will be available at the meeting.